........It's a Pride, Stand Down, Padre's benefit, and OTL weekend.
It’s going to be a busy day in town today. The Pride Parade and festival is expected to draw over 300,000 folks to Hillcrest. The drinking crowd is pulled to Fiesta Island where the second weekend of Over the Line, (OTL), is being played. Down by the bay, the Padre’s are having a Chili Cookoff to benefit the local firemen. It’s also Stand Down time here in San Diego where Stand Down began.
All these are important things to our varied communities. Duck always went to Pride, and we began taking part when we worked with the AIDS Quilt. I miss our participation. I don’t miss OTL. I always imagined that I would get so drunk that I couldn’t get home again. Yesterday I overheard a die hard OTL attendee saying that he’d been, but it was boring to do OTL sober. Both G and I laughed.
I’d like to take part in Stand Down. I’ve been a homeless, alcoholic, drug addicted vet. I do understand. Instead, Tuesday I’m going out to my local University to talk to the Veterans office about volunteering. I’ve also been a recovering alcoholic college graduate. I really understand that one.