May 23, 2008

May 23, 2008
Well it is now 4am on Friday morning and I've already been up about an hour. The pain in my legs kept on waking me up and Gary was snoring so bad it sounded like someone trying to breathe through a wet rag. Unfortunately this is becoming all too frequent. So between the two I finally gave up and went out to the living room with my pets.

Now Chipper, my blind dog, sleeps on the couch and loves it when I join him during the night. He is his happiest when he can feel me next to him and has started the bad habit of consistently barking after I leave him. Now the rest of the group aren't any better. Within minutes of sitting on the couch, all four of them have found some way to be touching me whether laying next to me, in my lap or on the back of the couch behind me. Sometimes I feel like I am wearing a living fur coat but I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. LOL

Luckily, I don't have any appointments today and can start getting ready for my next trip with Divided We Fail. Lindsey and I will be traveling to Palatka, Florida to work an information table for Divided We Fail at the Bluecrab Festival this weekend. It will also be the first time I get to see the Champmobile in person. The Champmobile is a large motor home that AARP has converted into a multi media event with hands on interactive displays and people can even tape themselves asking questions for the presidential candidates and current political officials. So I am definitely going to be taking my camera and getting pictures to share in one of these blogs next week and on the website.

So speaking about getting ready for the trip, I need to do laundry since both of my Divided We Fail red t-shirts are dirty. I've also lost some weight since I have been unable to work out for a couple of months due to my injury so I need to see what clothes fit and which ones do not. Luckily I have clothes in a few different sizes since I have been battling HIV wasting for over a decade now. I also need to go pick up some groceries for the house and pay a couple of bills that came in the mail yesterday. Even activists have the grind of normal day to day life.

This morning, I heard about a large tornado ripping through several northern Colorado towns on Thursday killing at least one person. The tornado also damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and flipped over tractor-trailers and freight rail cars. The coverage showed dazed residents retrieving what they could from their homes in Windsor, a town of 16,000 about 70 miles north of Denver that was hardest hit. Power crews removed downed lines and poles from streets and bulldozers cleared debris. At one point the tornado was over one mile wide and filled the sky with survivors saying it sounded like 10 freight trains going by your front door. The large storm cloud brought heavy hail and descended nearly without warning, touching down near Platteville, about 50 miles north of Denver. Over the next hour, it skipped along a 35-mile-long northwesterly track past Gilcrest, Milliken, Greeley, Windsor and Timnath before the system moved on into southern Wyoming, where a tornado was reported in Laramie.

Around noon, I ended up taking a five hour nap since I didn't get enough sleep last night. For those of you that are HIV negative, people with HIV require more rest than HIV negative people. We also have to pay closer attention to our diet and of course taking medications once your immune system has reached a point requiring them. It was raining most of the afternoon which to me is perfect sleeping weather. I must have left the bedroom door cracked because one time when I woke up I felt Kitty laying on my stomach and opened my eyes to have her face just inches from mine.

Tonight, I received a call from an old friend in Washington DC. Dave and his partner Scott have been my friends for over 20 years and they have been a couple for over 25 years. They moved from Jacksonville to Washington DC about 10 years ago due to better job employment opportunities. They now have a 3 year old son that they co-parent with the woman who were the mother during the pregnancy and her long term partner. Dave had heard about someone we know getting arrested for sleeping with someone and not disclosing their HIV status. Since people sleeping with others and not disclosing their status is one of my big pet peeves, I feel the person who didn't disclose their status deserve whatever sentence they get for endangering the negative persons' life.

Friday night isn't the best of nights for television so after watching the Stephen Colbert Report and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. For those of you who don't watch these two programs, the best way to describe them is entertainment political and current event satire in my opinion. I like the way both shows cut through the bullshit with their guests and in a humorous way get to the real meat of the issues.

Off to bed now. Need to get my rest before the trip to Palatka with Lindsey for Divided We Fail. Hope you're having a safe and great Memorial Day Weekend!

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab