So I've had a few questions as to where I "disappeared" to Friday and Saturday.
The short answer: I went to DC.
The slightly-longer answer: I went to "MOVE DC", the Kony 2012 conference, march and dance party.
The somewhat-longer answer: I played bus for three teens, including my daughter who's idea it was to do this, so she and two of her friends (a third had to bail at the last minute) could go march for a cause they believe in.
There are, in my estimation, no "good guys" when it comes to the crap going on in Uganda and surrounding nations. But there is never an excuse for turning kids into soldiers or sexually exploiting them. Never. And every step anyone can and does take to move the ball forward on putting a stop to that crap, no matter how small, is a good step.
Sometimes it's not about the big things. Sometimes it's all about the smaller things we do. It's about driving 30 hours over two days, poking up for the fuel such as it is, hauling a handful of teens to do something they believe in with them bucking up for the splits on a hotel room Friday night and their own food during those two days. It's about sore feet but feeling good. I'm home now, having woken up Saturday morning at 7:00 AM, and other than three one-hour catnaps in the car have been up and going since. Don't expect much from me before noon tomorrow, as once I post this I'm going to make love to my pillow without saying a damn word for a good long time.
I got a metric ****load of video footage, some decent, a lot of it bad, and a few good still shots. That's how it usually is. My kid wanted the footage for her high school TV production and it's all hers. She's filled her storage she had with her to capacity and I kept shooting; I've not seen hers -- or all of mine -- as of yet.
This is just one small segment of what I shot last night. No steadycam folks, hand-held and it was a rough environment for it. I didn't dare bring anything big or bulky (like a nice mic setup) as I had no way to shield any of it and earlier was in the "mosh" with crowd-surfing going on -- if I had a shoulder rig on it would have gotten trashed.
Folks, it's not just about economics, and you don't always win. I've been writing Tickers since early 2007, been to The Hill a few times, speak from time to time here and there and work on campaigns and other political events when I believe in them.
But sometimes, life and moving the ball forward is just about doing a little something extraordinary, and within your means, just because you can and because the cause is decent and either you someone you care about has passion for what they believe in.
I did a little bit of that this weekend, and while I'm damn tired, this evening I'm also satisfied.
Go make a difference, no matter how small.
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