March 4, 2008

March 4, 2008
Welcome back folks! Hope that you had a great weekend.

I enjoyed some decent weather in DC (considering what the rest of the north was like) and some great weather in Jacksonville when I got back home. Washington DC is such a great city; I just wish it didn't get so cold in the winter. There's a reason I live in the South!

I finished another week of workouts with my weights and even got the beginnings of a tan after getting some sun for a few days in the past couple of weeks. Since I've been working out for a few months, I even look good in a men's Speedo again... pretty damn good for pushing 50 if I say so myself. Luckily being Italian and Greek heritage, I tan easily. An ex of mine said that I tan hanging Christmas lights which is a slight exaggeration but not far from the truth.

I'm also enjoying seeing the results of working out consistently for almost three months now. I do one major body part per day and I alternate legs (and butt) with abs every other day. I'm lucky that I started working out when I was a teenager playing sports so it usually only takes a few months to get back in shape. But it does require constant work, healthy eating and getting plenty of rest. My clothes are fitting better and I feel a ton better about my appearance. I almost have my weight back to normal which is a huge relief. If I can stay at a solid muscular 190 - 200 lbs, it's a great weight for me.

This week is going to be busy getting ready for the trip to Ft. Walton, attending meetings and facilitating my support group on tomorrow evening. I also have some errands to run and need to get my haircut. I wish it was going to be warmer in Ft. Walton while we're there but it looks like a very chilly trip since the high's will only be 60 and low's in the 30s. But it's also probably how they got the rooms at the cheap rate since it's still before Spring Break.

I've also been doing a lot of soul searching about what's important in my life and what makes me happy. Sometime we need to make changes to our life in our constant pursuit of happiness and personal growth. I think I'm in one of those periods right now. I really enjoy the work that I'm doing now with this project and Divided We Fail. I'm also looking forward to projects that are coming up with both groups.

We're going to be adding some more people to our Board of Directors in the next couple of months. This is necessary due to the volume of projects and work Dab the AIDS Bear Project is doing. Almost all of our volunteers also work full time jobs and have families so I want their efforts to be enjoyable while helping the community. With more people on board, we can delegate responsibilities, train more speakers and help organizations and people with HIV/AIDS even more efficiently.

I also very grateful that I have a large number of people with HIV/AIDS and health care/benefits providers that will help people in serious trouble when they contact me. From Beth Parker, Dick Neiman and so many others that it would take pages to list everyone... you all have my eternal thanks for helping my community.

It's the election primary returns late tonight and I've been watching CNN most of the evening. Senator Clinton won in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island. Obama won in Vermont. I never thought I'd live to see the day that we had a woman or an African American running for President... and now we have both at once. It'll be interesting to see who will be our Democratic candidate. I'm sure they both know me on sight now with my bright red Divided We Fail T-shirt that I wear to all the events. I'm looking forward to 1 on 1 meetings with them to discuss health care and financial security for all Americans.

It's been storming here in Jacksonville today... but we needed the rain anyway. And it's given me a chance to rest up and catch up on some things I hadn't done in months. Also enjoyed talking with a friend today and spending some time together.

Hope that all of you are having a great week! As always, wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,



Daddy Dab