LONG BEACH (coup2k.com) May 12, 2001 -- VoterWest, the San Francisco sister action of VoterMarch, was a disappointment overall, as was my speech. Some observations and anecdotes from The Diva:
"MEA SUCKA": My speech was lousy. I was thrown by the low turnout in San Francisco, and it seemed pretentious in the extreme to give the speech I had written expecting a larger crowd. I chose instead to speak to those in attendance as I would in a more intimate setting. I winged it (wung it?). I looked into the eyes of the woman closest to the stage, and spoke to her, as I would to any of you, if we were having a Resistance tête-à-tête. This is an explanation, not an excuse, for my poor performance during my speech. I will do better next time. (For those at VoterWest who asked about the poem I quoted at the end, you can read it HERE.)
I know I has announced earlier that I would be posting the text of my given speech on the BBBR, but I haven't been able to bring myself to view the tape Chuck shot of my remarks, so I have no transcript as yet. Maybe tomorrow. Humility is, after all, said to be good for the soul.
I should say, however, that everyone who came up to me after the speech was very nice and complimentary, regardless, and I appreciate(d) that.
OH, SISTER, WHERE ART THOU?: My sister was a no-show. I was bummed that Lynne of Berkeley, my black sister and official welcoming committee after my race change, was unable to attend VoterWest. I heard from her Monday, and since she's in LA on business, we will be getting together for dinner tonight -- our first face-to-face family reunion.
COUPCAT1: I was touched when the first words one woman at the BBBR/fringefolk table said to me were, "How is Coco?" First, I have to say that I knew that people had read Coco's letter to Bush, because they wrote in to comment on it. But it is one thing to read an e-mail, and another to meet a wonderful real-life person and have them comment on something on your site. I told this lovely woman (whose name I cannot recall) that Coco was in medical kenneling for the weekend so that she could receive round-the-clock medical care while I was out of town.
An update: Coco is now back home. She stayed at the Long Beach Animal Hospital while we (Chuck and I) went to VoterWest, and I think that was the best thing. She looks fantastic! They gave her fluids all weekend long, and she ate Fancy Feast all by herself! They didn't even have to force-feed her! WOO-HOO! She is even back to her bumpin'-and-lovin' ways, licking my hands, talking to me, and purring louder than a Ferrari on the Autobahn.
She will be going in for radiation therapy (barring another downturn in her condition) on Sunday, so we will be giving her nursing care here at home until then. We are experienced in giving subcutaneous fluids, because our cat, Tabitha, who died a few years ago, had kidney disease at the end.