March 21, 2008

March 21, 2008
Welcome to another entry on my blog. It's been a great weather week in Jacksonville... sunny during the day, light breezes and some rain at night. This is perfect weather to me... the time of year where you can leave the windows open all the time.

I would like to thank those of you that have emailed me concerning this blog. I'm glad sharing my life has helped anyone in their journey with HIV/AIDS or life in general. I consider myself just an average man that happens to care about a community. It takes ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things.

On that note, I'd like to share a video that was forwarded to me by a friend with the Victory Fund. It features an Oklahoma State Representative talking about gays:

It just proved to me that hatred and ignorance are alive and well in our country. I'm sure the representative had no idea that her damning and hurtful words would be exposed on the internet... but that just goes to show you what people are really thinking when they think people aren't paying attention.

On Wednesday, we had our support group meeting and had a couple of new people. It was a great group with several topics being discussed. There are a couple of HIV/AIDS conventions in the next few months that several of us in the group that would like to attend these events. Because of distance and cost, we will check into scholarships and funding for the members.

I'm still waiting to hear back from the organization that Heather and I spoke with about falling under their 501(c)3 so keep your fingers crossed for us. I have a great feeling about it.

We also had our monthly Patient Advisory Board Meeting at BCCC yesterday. It seems that a lot of the complaint filing that has been done through the Advisory Board is now being centralized by the Department of Health. I just hope this doesn't reduce the board to throwing a yearly picnic. Now don't get me wrong, the client picnic is an important event every year that a lot of people work very hard to throw... but I didn't join the board to throw events. I joined to make it a place where people with HIV/AIDS could get affordable quality health care while being treated with respect and dignity.

I finally got my new cell phone at Sprint. I just hope they don't have another systems conversion any time soon. I was helped by Latasha and Kelly, two Sprint employees, who were the ones that were finally able to solve the system errors and problems. Both also had excellent customer service skills far above the other employees that I encountered.

The weekend is coming up and I have an event with Divided We Fail tomorrow. We're doing a sign up table at a walk-a-thon. Luckily, it's over by noon and I'm waiting to see if we'll be inside or outside. It's always great talking with Lindsey so it should be a great time.

Hope that all of you made it safely through the week and have a great weekend! Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab