June 12th, 2016

Orlando Pulse Massacre

As I'm sure many of you also did, I awoke to reports of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. At this time, 50 are dead and 53 wounded, with several hundred traumatized by what they survived. Like the Bataclan in Paris, these people went out to have a good time. Instead, they ended up being killed, injured, and fighting to escape a nightmare that they couldn't wake up from as it was real.

The Pulse is a gay club. We know members of the LGBTQ community are, at times, marginalized, and by some groups, made to feel shame for who they are. Going to a club like Pulse would feel safe, as you know there'll be no judgment of who you really are. To be killed, wounded, and traumatized in a place you feel you can be yourself with no repercussions, somehow compounds the tragedy.

Authorities are assuming the killer targeted the club because of the people there. Perusing twitter I've seen many people using this to promote actions against Muslims and Islamist, as the killer was Islamic. On Friday thousands of people attended the multi-faith memorial service for Mohammad Ali, who was a Muslim. Millions watched it live online. Ali was a Muslim who only fought in a boxing ring. He promoted peace, love, community, and acceptance among people. His funeral showed he could unite people.

There are radicals in every religion. There are radicals in any kind of movement. A whole faith, group, movement, etc should not be denounced because of extremists who do unfathomable things. It would the same as denouncing all mentally ill people when a mentally ill person commits a crime.

I have no idea how such things can be stopped. It's just very heavy on one's heart when again and again innocent people are massacred because they were at a club enjoying a band, at a club enjoying a night out, or even children who went to school to learn. It's like we're no longer safe anywhere. We can't give into fear though. Fear and hate will never win the day. Love and unity will.

A few places you can donate to:

These two places in Orlando will be offering counseling, and other services, for those affected:

Orlando Youth Alliance

The Center

Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe to collect funds for the victims here.

This week's upcoming events...

As always I will post a reminder the day before the event/s.

14 Tuesday ONE DAY EVENT: Flags. It's Flag Day, so any ad that depicts/includes/is selling flags--of any nation. We're an all inclusive community, all flags welcome!

15 Wednesday Contest Starts: Legs Depictions of legs in ads. They don't have to be bare legs, but legs should be featured. There are oodles of ads with legs. I don't think we've ever featured legs before (yes we are having events with other body parts ;)

17-19 Friday - Sunday Weekend EventS: Dad's in Ads and the Sun. Father's Day weekend, so dad's in ads AND the sun in ads in anyway, shape or form since the 20th is the first day of summer.

Alphabetical Upcoming Events Thru July 2017

For ease of reference I have made an alphabetical listing of upcoming Events Thru July 2017. After the event, I have put the corresponding date and if we have a guest host for that event. I hope this makes it easier for you to peruse possible upcoming events you want to participate in. If you see something you'd like to guest host, please just let me know!

Items that are underlined are contests and the date given is their start date. Items that are in all caps are one day events. You will probably see some events listed twice, as I wanted to ensure they could be found, ie: 80s Clothing is under Numbers for 80s, but also under C for Clothing, 80s. I probably think too much.

Numbers & ACollapse )

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D & ECollapse )

F & GCollapse )

H, I, & JCollapse )

K, L, M, & NCollapse )

O, P, & RCollapse )

S & TCollapse )

U, V, W, & ZCollapse )

Alphabetic Event Calendar +

Okay, I have added our the guest hosts that we have so far to our huge honkin' main calendar and also switched a few things around to accommodate our guest host. While looking up stuff on the calendar it dawned on me it was sort of difficult to look thru. Viola! Alphabetical listing calendar!! I also put a link to the alphabetical calendar on our popular entry widget on the left hand side of the main page and a link in the sticky post.

I know it's currently in the post below, but I wanted to make a separate post. If you see something you'd like to guest host, please just let me know. Guest hosting just involves posting a few ads (not necessarily necessary) and commenting on people's who participate posts. If you see something you'd like to host but the date(s) don't work for you, just let me know!! Things can be changed!! The calendar isn't written in stone and is very flexible! :)

Now I gotta check/change some scheduled event announcements and make sure they're correct. This should have been done a week or so ago; but real life got in the way. Damn you real life!! I had thought I had extracted myself from a bad situation, but it came back to try to grab me one more time. I've finally gotten that resolved---shut the door, triple locked it, bricked it over, put bars up, dug a moat which I stocked with sharks, piranha, and jellyfish. HAH!

If you have ANY ideas/suggestions for events, PLEASE give 'em!! We can add events, we can expand past July '17, it's okay! It's all of our community and everyone has a say---you don't even have to have posted ads to have a say! Everyone is valued here.