This is the original edit of our visit to Lazy Bear Weekend in 2015. This year we went to the Johnson's Beach party. This was our second time attending an Bear Weekend event. There was some live entertainment but because of copyright issues, youtube would not allow the original soundtrack. We have come to love these yearly events and try to attend at least Saturday and Sunday for pool parties. Our favorite dj is Rotten Robbie.
This was our first time on Royal Caribbean's "Allure of the Seas." It was an impressive ship but during the entire week, we did not see any other gay couples or gay people as far as we knew. I ended up feeling a little isolated and it brought back memories of being in Toppenish, Washington, a small town in Eastern Washington. We enjoyed the trip but I would have enjoyed it much more if we had seen other gay people. A few years later, we would be on this same ship again for an Atlantis Events gay cruise which would be incredible. Here is some video of this trip in 2013. Please visit my youtube page at www.youtube.com/sylvanro.
In 2012, Donna, Teddy, Courtney and Christina came down from Washington State and stayed with my brother David, over in Rodeo. It was a great visit. Here is some video:
This was the second Lazy Bear we attended in Guerneville, CA in 2015. It is a beautiful setting in the redwoods, along the Russian River. There are more videos like this on my youtube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/sylvanro.
Don't get me wrong, we love living in the Glen Cove neighborhood of Vallejo. It is ideally located only about thirty minutes from San Francisco when traffic is moving on I-80 or a 45 minute ferry ride across the bay. On the one hand, I understand the problems with "gentrification" but on the other hand, as a homeowner, I would like to see Vallejo clean up some of the blight along I-80. Vallejo is already one of the hottest real estate markets in the country, according to some, but much of that is due to it being the cheapest place to live in the San Francisco Bay Area's hot real estate market. It still has a reputation for crime and grittiness. A drive through on I-80 discourages many from thinking of Vallejo as a place to call home. No other city that I have seen in the Bay Area has as much blight along their freeway corridor as Vallejo seems to have. Here are a few pics of Vallejo from I-80:
We had been on about 11 cruises. Three were gay cruises. Two were with RSVP Vacations and most recently, we sailed with Atlantis Events on the world's largest ship, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. Here is about 10 minutes of video.
The election of 2016 is over and Hillary Clinton won!! Well, she won the popular vote, anyway. She won more votes in the country than any white male has ever won. But, in America, we do not have a one person-one vote system. The votes of those living in smaller states have more weight than the votes of those that live in larger states. Larger states, such as California, Texas and New York have the highest GDP. People gravitate to the larger states from the smaller states because larger states have better economic opportunities, educational opportunities, cultural opportunities, and a host of other advantages. The larger states are the ones that create most of the nations wealth and they end up subsidizing many of the smaller states. People of color tend to live in larger states, too, and so the electoral college is rigged to give white voters, in smaller, less productive states an advantage electorally over larger, more productive, more diverse states. So, in 2016, a minority of priveleged white people in the rust belt throwing a pity party for themselves got to dictate to the rest of the country who our President would be for the next four years (or longer if elections are suspended after a manufactured or other crises leading to martial law.
So, on this page, I am trying to be optimistic. I am trying to think ahead to 2020 and thinking about who I would like to see run. Personally, I ruled out Bernie and Hillary as they are yesterday's candidates and not tomorrows. Elizabeth Warren would certainly appeal to the base and it is unlikely that there would be a split in the party as there was in 2016 that gave the election to Trump. Personally, I don't think Michelle Obama will run so I wonder about who else there is? I am going to include a few speeches on this page of people that I am wondering about. I would be curious in feedback on those from other DEMOCRATS. I am not really interested in hearing from "Independents" or anyone that voted for a third party candidate in 2016 or anyone that wants to denigrate the Democratic Party, which IS, still the vehicle that will move the progressive agenda forward once again.
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This first one is Gavin Newsom, born 1967, the current Lieutenant Governor of California. He is running for Governor of California in 2018 but I also think he could be a great president. He was elected as the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco and then re-elected in 2007. In 2004, he directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and helped fight Proposition 8. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010. He has apparenty had problems with alcohol but did seek treatment. He has a wife and three small children. He attended Santa Clara University I think he has some charisma?
The second video I have here is of Senator Cory Booker, born 1969. Out of the four that I have here initially, Newsom, Harris, and Cruz, I think Cory gives the best speech. It is both well written and well given. There are several quotable lines. He has been a Senator fron New Jersey since 2013. Before that, he was mayro of Newark. He attended Stanford and is a Rhodes Scholor. Is America ready for another black president, though? Obama was probably the best president of my lifetime but the backlash from racists in the election of 2016, helped put a fascist over the top. Will America vote for another black man so soon?
Next is Kamala Harris, born 1964. She was recently elected to take Barbara Boxer's seat in the Senate. She graduated from Howard University and the University of California and Hastings College of Law. She was elected Californias Attorney General in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She is the daughter of an Indian-American and a Jamaican-American. I wonder if America IS ready for a female for President? Is the country more misogynistic than it is racist?
Joaquin Castro, born 1974, is in the House of Representatives. His district includes San Antonio, Texas. He has an identical twin brother. I wonder if that would be too complicated for some of our more "simple" Americans? He IS Hispanic and changing demographics would seem to say that this would be helpful but Hispanic turn out was a disappointment in 2016 when there was a fascist running that was scapegoating Hispanics. He graduated with honors from Stanford University.
And then there is Julian Castro, Joaquin's brother. Maybe he's the better candidate? I am not sure:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand? Personally, I am not so sure? Being a real progressive means that i am registered and vote as a Democrat and will always vote for whoever the candidate of the progressive party is.
Senator Amy Klobuchar?
Senator Elizabeth Warren? Watching this video, I am inclined to think Elizabeth Warren would probably be a good choice.
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