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My first MM diary & it is about the AIDS Ride Update about matching opportunity

Hello, I know a lot of people here at MM, but maybe not everyone, so I should introduce myself.Here’s a picture of me last fall at the AIDS Walk, with the Director od AIDS Services of Austin (who is movie star handsome) and a gorgeous sash they made me for having done the AIDS Walk every one of the 25 years it has been in existence:

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I live in Austin & besides progressive politics, the most important thing in the world to me is the AIDS Walk that is in October & the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, in April. The Ride is really my love & my heart. Because it takes training to get ready for, you get to know people better & I have come to know many people involved with it, including many people who are HIV+. Some of the people I love best in this world – people who have done so much good I can’t even tell you – are HIV+ & I want them to have the care they need. Even more than that, I want total strangers, who may not have done great things, to have the care they need. They need more care, the people who don’t have the support networks. So that’s why I work so hard to raise money for this cause, so everyone can get the care they need.

This April, I’ll be doing the Hill Country Ride for AIDS once again. The Ride is a beautiful, magical, wonderful event. If you are in the Austin area, I highly recommend participating. There are ride distances varying from 11 to 100 miles, and this year there is a train run/walk, also – with 5K, 10K & half-marathon options. It is super family-friendly, with lots of stuff for kids to do. and the food — cyclists know their food & this event has really amazing food. If you can’t participate, maybe you could donate — here’s my the Hill Country Ride for AIDS page. If you want to participate, when you sign up, please join Team RunTex, as I’m the captain & I need team members! (any MM people in Central Texas — free training groups for riding or running, on Saturdays & Sundays, and free yoga, too!)

Today I wanted to tell y’all what your donations do.

The Daily F Bomb, Monday 2/25/13


What are your favorite condiments? What are your least favorite? Have you hung on to any pieces of clothing from your younger days that you just cannot bring yourself to let go of, and if so, what?  Are you more comfortable in cities, suburbs, or the country? Do you prefer solitude or being with people?

The Twitter Emitter

Since the Twitter feed last night was dominated by Oscar stuff, most of these are about the show, but I tried to pick ones you’d get if you didn’t watch. I think you can tell from most of these that once again, people were not impressed with the host (Seth MacFarlane). I will go on record saying that Oscar needs to steal Amy Poehler and Tina Fey from the Golden Globes.

The Whitest District of Them All, Part 2

This is the part of a series of posts examining how to create super-packed districts of one race. The other posts in this series pack Asians, blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans.

The Districts

The previous post stated that

I drew a lot of districts in the quest for the whitest district of them all. It wouldn’t do the difficulty of this task justice to just show one district. Rather, I will show the five whitest districts of all the ones that I drew. Numbers five and four will be in this post. The top three will be in the next one.

The fifth-whitest district was in the state of Indiana, the fourth whitest was in the state of Kentucky.

Now for the third-whitest district.

#3: West Virginia


Population – 98.2% white, 0.3% black, 0.5% Hispanic, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% other

More below.

Motley Monday Check in and Mooselaneous Musings

Remember to let your peeps know where you are!

Good morning Motley Meese! Hope your weekend was lovely.

I’m introducing a new feature this week, the Motley Monday shot of the week. Right now I’ll be throwing in some high favorites from my archives, but once the weather warms I’ll post my week’s best shot. Please feel free to join in if you’re a shutterbug.

The Welcoming Committee

Overnight News: New Week: No Oscars, No Big Birds


This is NOT from Glacier National Park.  It is nearby, and perhaps tweeted by a BLM person or a State Park person.  I wish I had better attribution, I readily admit to nabbing this from the twitter.  

UPDATE:  commenters have identified the photo as Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska. So my twitter-radar was way off.  I do have taking my kids to Glacier NP on my mind, and son and I are reading Ice Station Zebra.

Jan F and I are bringing your this Open News Thread!  Watch for updates in comments!  I’ll track this through Thursday, probably.  Week is kinda busy ’til then.  

I did find a little bird:


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The Making Location: For Whom Do You Make?

Do you create for others?  For family members, for charity? I recently reflected on for whom I create, and I have a special project for the Lenten season, which I celebrate before Easter.  

Academy Awards – Your Oscar Predictions [Updated with Results]

Finally! I wait every year, not patiently, for the Academy Awards, and this is The Big Night.  

Do you love movies as much as I do?  I have only seen a couple of the movies nominated, but it’s fun to watch the celebs on the red carpet (their hairdos and even more, the hair-don’ts), the jewelry and pero Dios mio, the dresses!) who can resist the glamour, the decadence, and so much Shiny Stuff only once a year?  Not me.

My aunt and I like to watch together.  Our big activity in the winter months to see all the movies before the awards, but not this year. Yes, since you asked, we do make a big production of it, and wear our best dresses to eat appetizers and get blasted drinking a pitcher of Oscar’s Big Night (recipe below).  This year, we can’t be together.  My husband’s taste in movies trends toward car chases or paranormal activities . . so I’m hoping there are some Meese who like movies?

An Extremely Late Caturday Pooties

Those of you who already either know me or know of me know that I am a massive pootie person. We  moved into an apartment and now have a pootie, named Jenny; however I grew up with both cats & dogs and I love both. I do not discriminate against any animal & love animal photos of all kinds. Please enjoy the following and add any photos that you think the community would like to see. Now, enjoy the photos & have some fun.