February 17, 2008

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Hey friends!

Hope that all of you are having a great weekend. I'm enjoying some much needed down time. The past few weeks have been extremely busy and wearing this man out. Between the writer's strike in Hollywood and football season being over; there isn't even much on television. I'm usually so busy that I don't have much time to watch except my favorite shows (Ugly Betty, football, HGTV, baseball, American Idol).

On Friday, I was one of the guest lecturers at the Deadra Green AIDS Summit in Jacksonville, Florida. The Summit was held at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Jacksonville. The day started with Registration and a breakfast. I helped Shannon (the committee chair) display the panels from the National AIDS Memorial Quilt. Clint Humble's memorial panel, an old boyfriend of mine from the 80s, was one of the panels at this event. It was very emotional for me when we unfolded the piece with him on it. I think sometimes just see "a quilt" instead of the people and lives each panel represents... the love, joy, hope, dreams, fear... that each person had during their life.

My lecture was "HIV - Where's the Passion". First I talk about the early days of HIV and AIDS. How bad those days without truly life saving medications could be... the discrimination, the fear, the hatred. Most people living with HIV and AIDS today have been diagnosed since 1995 when the first truly life saving medications became available. They have no idea what it was like to live without funding for the treatments or what people went through for them to have the treatments and protections they have today.

So after we finish covering that then I go into the part where we talk about people being on AIDS Drug Assistance Programs since 2001 with more than 35 dying. How it disgraces the memories of the early people with AIDS that died. How are great country should never stand by and allow those people to die. Then I wrap up with a call to action.

There were several representative from the African American churches that I spoke with about Dab the AIDS Bear Project and our work. Hopefully, we can find a way to work together and get the minority churches to address the problem of HIV and AIDS in their community. All I can do is offer my help.

I spoke with several people that day that really impressed me with their passion and dedication. I just wish I could clone a few hundred copies of each one. The problem in Jacksonville is the same as most cities... apathy... and the lack of people getting off the couch to help. The sad part is those people are the ones that usually complain about everything instead of getting active.

I slept most of Saturday. My back has still been hurting since my trip to St. Petersburg but I'm back doing my workouts and protein shakes. I'm slowly putting some weight back on and starting to get my old body back. My goal is to be 180lbs by my birthday on March 28th.

Don't know how many of you shop on Ebay. I spend so much time working and traveling that it's the easiest way for me to shop. The problem I'm having is buying pants and jeans on Ebay. Unfortunately since I'm not there to try on the merchandise, I've received 2 or 3 pair that don't fit at all and some of the sellers have been a pain about returns.

Getting ready to start my Sunday here and work out. Hopefully the weather will be nicer later and I'll be able to get some sun on my body also. Would like to have a litte color on this body when I go to speak to groups. I look best with a tan even though I know it causes some skin damage... I can already see the starts of damage from all the time I spent in the sun as a kid living in Florida. Ah, the price of vanity. LOL

Hope that all of you are having a great weekend! Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,



Daddy Dab