Union thugs and greedy corporate oppressors are people too. And pretty nice ones, judging from the crowd last night at the third meetup between what Erica Holloway aptly referred to as “Rostrafarians, our liberal darling blogger friends at Two Cathedrals, and those hipster CityBeat cats.”
While the national media bemoans excessive partisanship and political polarization, it’s nice to see some friendly interaction across the lines. Healthy for democracy, and just a decent and fun thing to do.
Among the notables in attendence, the faaaaaabulous Champion of Workers Lorena Gonzalez and her neato Aquaman brother Marco Gonzalez, (I didn’t know they were related before last night), political superstrategist John Dadian, Rostrafarians Gayle Falkenthal and Erica Holloway, SD CityBeaters David Rolland, Kelly Davis and Dave Maass, Two Cathedrals’ Lucas O’Connor, and many others, some of whose names I didn’t quite catch and don’t want to mangle.
Maass told me he’s taking part in the Dustball, which he describes as “a two-day,
1,500-mile (Correction: this year it’s 2,000 miles. Last year it was 1,500 miles) scavenger-hunt style road rally.” He’s done this before, and the rally organizers have chosen him to be their official blogger. And you can help:
“Thing is, I have to do a little fundraising for technology and my food budget (flight, hotels are covered). I’m using IndieGoGo, a “crowdfunding” website. I’m accepting small donations (as low as $5) all the way to big sponsorships. I’ve got a lot rewards for your funding contributions, including official T-shirts, framed photographs and knick-knacks from the road.”
Did you attend the festivities? Feel free to add your scandalous recollections of transideological fraternizing in the comments.
(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion, and not necessarily that of my employer, the North County Times. However, I suspect the NCT would agree that cordial transideological discourse is a good thing).