May 23, 2009

May 23, 2009
Up Close and Personal

Thanks for stopping by to see what is going on in my life this Memorial Day weekend. I hope you are having a safe and great one yourself.

While the weather here in Florida is very disappointing for our tourists, we are getting some much needed rain. They are hoping for the weather to clear by Monday for our downtown Memorial Day parade which is always a crowd drawer.

Volusia County (Daytona Beach area) however is a totally different situation. They have had over fifty inches of rainfall and flooding has reached three feet in areas. There is an estimated $50 million worth of damage to more than 1,000 structures. This is also one of their major tourist weekends so it is no just the flooding but the loss of tourism which are state is badly needing.

I ran out and took care of some errands today such as dry cleaning, Publix for groceries and a quick lunch at Wendy's before heading back home. Gary was taking care of the laundry and vacuuming. With all the interstate construction near our house, it makes for constant dust in the air. I can never keep the car clean since the construction is a daily event.

Spent the rest of the day getting some personal time in with Gary. Relaxing around the house some and working on this website and my social networking. A friend is opening a new online HIV/AIDS national support group. I have signed on and always like to encourage people who are trying to help our community. I know from living in Jacksonville how hard it is to get people involved. It is definitely nothing like Los Angeles, NYC or even Atlanta. Most people here do not want to be bother, are not out of the closet about their HIV status or just do not care. There might be 100 people in the entire city, half of whom are involved either directly or indirectly with their jobs, who do anything about HIV and AIDS in the city. And you can forget getting anything on the news except on World AIDS Day. Ch 4 has always been the one to give any coverage. Our other stations almost never show up.

But I know many of you have the same problems in your area. I definitely can empathize and hope somehow this new generation of internet networking will help us help each other. It is a definite advantage over the way we had to spread information in the 80s when the epidemic first began.

I am going to sign off for now and enjoy the rest of my Saturday. I hope you are making a special memory for yourself this weekend.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab