November 2nd, 2008

Because I Believe, Because I Hope

Eva Cassidy - People Get Ready
After years and months, I've finally made my peace with the fact that it's all out of our control now. Come Tuesday, I will gather with family and friends at the local Obama headquarters and watch the election results come in with other supporters - new friends I haven't made yet. I hope that old friends I haven't seen in a while show up as well, it's going to be an emotional night and I've been in nervous tears off and on for over a month now and it would be nice to see familiar smiling faces approaching me and letting me sweep them up into my arms.

The Georgia Campaign for Change HQ is right across the street from Denny's on Macon Road (in the same shopping center as KMart, next to Spirit Halloween), so I'm thinking that getting a bite to eat there and getting a few cups of coffee might be in order. It would be really nice if anyone who had the time could make an appearance and spend some time with us. I have made countless memories at that place. Most of them good and associated with people I love as much as you can possibly love a person, and I miss so many of you that at times I have to stop myself and imagine how I've been able to get this far without your ongoing presence(s) around me.

I believe that we are standing on the cusp of something amazing and reaffirming. I feel as though long awaited possibilities are going to be the history making realities many of us have been waiting for all of our lives. I haven't felt as hopeful as I do right now in a very long time, and I realize how much I've missed it. I'm an optimist and I've been very disillusioned in recent months, but the knowledge that change is on the way is restoring my faith in the possibility of goodness.

So I'll be at Denny's on election night around 6PM or so, and then heading across the street to the Georgia Campaign for Change HQ to hang out with everyone else who has worked on this campaign, to hopefully let our success in being catalysts for my hopes and dreams carry us through the evening - because this is our time to party. My hope is that the locals and usual suspects will show up and say hello, give me a big hug, and spend the time with me. For those of you in other places, I hope that you too will go to your local election HQ and do the same in solidarity - no matter what your political affiliation is - or have some friends over to your home and know that I sincerely hope you're as happy as I am. If you are, then my wish for you has come true and you're all in my thoughts.
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Ruins Through The Viewfinder

I took more pictures yesterday when they reopened the riverwalk behind the Bibb Mill (or what's left of it) and managed to fly under the radar of the security people to get some of these images. Hey, I had to, they're going to have to tear it all down soon and there won't be anything left of interest to photograph and a lot of it looks amazing from the right angles. These images were perfect to process through the viewfinder, and I'm very pleased with the results.

By the way dancewithoutme - I got you a brick from the section that overlooks the river. That's where the fire began and where the wall surrounding the tower on the south side collapsed. It's safe and sound here at home with me and I'll keep it until the next time you come home. ;-)

As of 5:00PM EST today (11.02.08), it is still burning. We drove past it on the way to the grocery store earlier and it was still putting out a few wide plumes of smoke. Since the catastrophic fire on Wednesday, there have been no less than two fire trucks on the property constantly spraying it down 24 hours each day. They have not stopped yet, and still it burns somewhere deep in the basement.

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