(Community Matters) Made it back to Austin just after 11pm. Quite a miracle actually when you think about being able to travel half way around the world in 26 hours, including a 6 hour layover in Newark.
Lots of time to think, read, sleep, talk w/ & be w/ Steven on the journey.
Many thoughts in addition to miracle of modern travel:
how lucky Steven and I are, how much we love our family, friends and community.
how I regret that I pop off sometimes – most recently in my communication about/with Congressman Doggett, re: some of our neighborhood issues, even about Mike Levy who does add an important voice on important city issues.
It hurts my heart that so many in the LGBT community feel so disappointed and neglected by Obama. I don’t share the disappointment or pessimism but understand it. And, I think about how glad I am that he is our president. Eight months ago I was mostly praying we wouldn’t experience another great depression. I truly think this administration helped save us from that (though, I’m still quite worried about the global economy and don’t consider us yet completely out of danger). Increased CHIP funding, equal pay for women, the stimulus package, the budget, reversal of environmental policies, so much that helps us all. And, I don’t doubt his commitment to hate crimes, enda, doing away with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, overturning DOMA. He’s only been in office 162 days.
Healthcare – good gosh we need universal coverage & changes to our system. I do want him to muster political capital to change our system. Don’t understand when some say we have the best healthcare system in the world – we have the most expensive, 49 million American have no coverage, life expectancy of Americans has gone down, 40ish % of all costs in last 6 months of life, significantly higher infant mortality than most industrialized countries (for sure Japan, UK, Germany, Switzerland).
I know & regret I didn’t give Lloyd the benefit of the doubt about the federal benefits issue. Lots of other thoughts generated by planning for an event in August and what I might say, how so many others work so hard for no recognition and how I get way more attention and appreciation for work that others would be thrilled to do.
The trip was fantastic – mostly because it was intense alone time with Steven. I hope others don’t think I take such luxuries lightly. It was a business trip for Steven. It was lucky for me that flights are so ridiculously inexpensive (or were when I booked) and that hotels are a fraction of normal costs. I love that traveling with ST isn’t about staying luxuriously, or shopping, or staying out partying. We witness others, usually spend our days frugally & mostly soak up the communities where we’re lucky to visit.
Home sweet home. Wouldn’t want to live any place else.