A. Welkin (awelkin) wrote in offyearactivist,
A. Welkin

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Linkage and the Parking Ramp

I thought that you might like to know about a couple of other political communities that have sprung up among the fine folks on my friend's list: take_one_step, moderated by writethestars and twentyfourhours, and be_bold, moderated by scieppan and myself.

Also, you might consider occasionally visiting the kicky and political DailyKOS, at


It's sort of a nice blending of political and social commentary, pointed out to me by my friend Eliot.


You know, if there's a silver lining in the election, it's this: rather than hearing about people rolling over and feeling sorry for themselves, EVERYWHERE, RL and virtual life, I'm seeing this kind of call to activism. We've just got to follow through. Honestly, I'm jazzed by everyone's interest and willingness to work. I'm feeling very energized, much like those early endorphine filled days at the Quill!


And finally, a story.

After my Japanese practice conversation today, I drove my car out of the mall parking ramp where I usually put it. The parking attendant, a young man trying to stay warm in the chilly weather, was wearing a John Kerry for President stocking cap.

I said, "Are you going to keep wearing that hat?"

"Yes," he said, not sure how he should answer. "Until they pry it off my cold dead body. Which, with the way things have turned out, may be soon."

I took my change from him. I swallowed. "You know, I bought some Kerry gear before the election. Thought if he lost, I could wear it to war protests."

He untensed. "Yeah," he smiled.

I gave him a thumbs up. "Keep the faith," I said.

"Thanks," he said, as I drove away.

We are everywhere.

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