Today is the Fourth of July. Here in the United States people call it 'Independence Day'. We woke up this morning, looked at the calendar, saw that today is the day, and wondered if we could feel the difference in freedom if we just sat quietly for a few minutes. Kim said she thought she could feel something but the rest of us agreed that today pretty much feels exactly like yesterday. [ Bunny: If you want to feel different get off your ass and do something different. ]
Today marks the 231st anniversary of the Continental Congress' approval of the Declaration of Independence. That's 231 years since that profound document was written up and agreed upon - "Yup, we're going to do this". So with all those smart guys standing behind that promise (Thomas Jefferson & gang) and 231 years to work on it, we should pretty much have the "all men are created equal" thing covered, right?
Well, no. Apparently there's always going to be a lot of work to do. Things get better, then they get worse, then they get a little better again, then a lot worse, then a big step towards good in response to the last bad - it goes on and on and I guess our biggest job is to just not give up. I mean, if we still think "all men are created equal" is a good idea.
We had a short meeting this morning and decided to take the day off from our fundraising activities (the stuff we've been doing non-stop since our Las Vegas meeting) and instead use this Independence Day to relax and remind ourselves what we're trying to work towards. So, today's schedule is filled mostly with scenes of peaceful domesticity and also a couple of documentaries we've been meaning to watch for a while. And cartoons.
7:00 a.m. Wake up, brush teeth, etc.
7:15 a.m. Trying to 'feel the independence'.
7:30 a.m. Meeting.
8:00 a.m. Mimi & Kim marketing, Bunny & Pinky clean up.
10:00 a.m. Do e-mail.
10:30 a.m. Write this post.
11:00 a.m. Make lunch for everybody.
11:30 a.m. Eat.
12:00 p.m. Watch cartoons.
12:30 p.m. Discuss cartoons.
1:00 p.m. Snack break.
1:30 p.m. Watch documentaries: Make It Plain (1994), The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971).
5:30 p.m. Start walking to spider's hole.
6:00 p.m. Dinner with spider & family (bring large-size marshmellows).
11:00 p.m. Finalize new t-shirt designs & vote.
2:00 a.m. Sleep.
Hmm... I haven't been writing in this diary as much as I should. I respond to a lot of e-mails every day; maybe I'll post some of them here.