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23 September 2002

...the day of the big march dawned bright and clear... (perhaps a little too bright and a little too clear--clouds. fog. drizzle. All would have been nice!) Following (2 pages worth) is my AIDS Walk photo album.

BB.jpg (65157 bytes) Kathleen and I drove to the Capitol and found the registration place for walkers.  Having registered and turned in my money to Sacramento PFLAG (with $691 in pledges, I had the highest amount for PFLAG -- thank you again!), I went looking for my Breaking Barriers buddies.
flags.JPG (58768 bytes) Sacramento Leathermen carried the colors to the capitol steps--where some speeches were made (thank goodness, the speeches ended before the sun got too high!)
quilt.jpg (74907 bytes) A section of the quilt was on display.  You know, I worked as a monitor for the quilt display in Washington, DC in 1996 and at several local displays, and while it has always been important, it was never an emotional experience until today.  I don't know why.  Maybe because I felt I was marching for Bill, and   Steve, and Michael...
coffee.JPG (66952 bytes) Local merchants at donated coffee, bagels and bananas.  Good Bev--I had one bagel, half a banana and a cup of coffee--and counted all the points.
Tommy1.JPG (62029 bytes) The march started.  I was marching with Tommy.  This was our fourth march together.  The first was the SF Pride March,  two months before he was born (but he was definitely there!); the second was in support of the gay carrier of the Olympic torch (Tommy was at the event wrapped up in Grandma's coat to protect him from the cold weather).  The third as this year's pride march in SF, and today's march was #4.   He may be one of the youngest gay activists I know.

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Quote of the Day

"I believe that this could very well be looked back on as the sin of our generation. I look at my parents and ask, where were they during the civil rights movement? I look at my grandparents and ask, what were they doing when the holocaust in Europe was occurring with regard to the Jews, and why didn't they speak up? And when we think of our great, great, great-grandparents, we think how could they have sat by and allowed slavery to exist? And I believe that our children and their children, 40 or 50 years from now, are going to ask me, what did you do while 40 million children became orphans in Africa?"

– Rich Stearns, President of World Vision, US


Photo of the Day

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I have earned my AIDS walk t-shirt!




One Year Ago
No Big Macs
it suddenly struck me that I haven't seen one single American franchise anywhere. No McDonalds, no Jack-in-the-Box, no Pizza Hut, no Burger King, no Blockbuster video. This may be the last place in the western world that has not succumbed to American marketing.

Two Years Ago
It Ain't Over
"I tried to talk with my junior high school aged daughter about AIDS," a friend told me. "She says ‘it’s no big deal, Mom." Her sexually active friends (she’s 13) see no need for using protection.

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