November 1, 2009

November 1, 2009

Welcome to November

Thanks for joining me for another day in my life. I hope your November is off to a safe and great start! It is going to be another very busy month for me as we get ready for our Teddy Bear Touchdowns for children with HIV and AIDS around the world.

I am dragging a little bit today because George and I were out late last night celebrating the block party in Wilton Manors called Wicked Manors. They blocked off Wilton Manors Drive for several blocks. The streets were filled with elaborate costumes, great food, great music and much in the way of tricks and treats.

I must admit it is at times like this I really realize I am not a kid any more. After a few hours of the crowds, I was ready for us to head back home. But I rallied my strength and we went back out to take more pictures. (You can view the slide show on my blog entry for October 31, 2009.)

We ran into several friends of George's and even a few of mine so we ended up having a great time. George and I went as beach boys wearing madras bathing suits, straw hats and flip flops. We had originally planned on going as castaways wearing torn jeans with the hats but it was way too hot here in South Florida to wear jeans so we ended up wearing the bathing suits instead.

The heat down here is unbearable for me so I personally can not wait to get back to north Florida where it occasionally goes below 80 degrees. Even with the little clothes we were wearing I was still sweating my butt off which only lead to me getting tired way before I wanted to do so.

This evening, there was a beautiful full new harvest moon so George and I went for a walk after dinner. I had eaten way too much and was feeling bloated. So the walk helped me feel a little better. Then it was time to get back so I could participate in the chat during the POZIAM Radio show.

The guest on POZIAM last night was Hydeia Broadbent. At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until age three. The prognosis was that she would not live past the age of five and as a result became the “test baby” for HIV/AIDS medications, which are currently on the market today. Needless to say, this “test baby” has defied the odds by more than16 years, which is valid proof that HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence. Hydeia’s debut as an HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker began at the age of six during one of her many visits to the hospital. By age 12 she was appearing on national programs including Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America and “A conversation with Magic Johnson”. Over the next 10 years Hydeia became a notable featured speaker and guest panelist at some of America’s most respected educational institutions: Duke University, Clark Atlanta University, UCLA, USC, and Howard University. Since1996, she has been featured in some of today’s most prominent publications and television programs that include but are not limited to: Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine New York Times, POZ Magazine, Seventeen, Heart & Soul, Nickelodeon, MTV, and BET. To her credit, she has also been honored with an American Red Cross Spirit Award and a 1999 Essence Award.

You can listen to the show if you was not able to listen last night. Here it is:

I was very impressed by her after listening to the show. It takes a strong person to stand up for what they believe and not let others shut her down. I have approached her about being one of our Ambassadors of Hope and hope she will join the team.

Well that is about all for today. I hope you had a great one. Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab