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Over the past week, AGMA has run at half marathon, helped newly naturalized citizens to register to vote, worked five corporate chair massage jobs, had one table massage client, went out to dinner with friends, attended a Bible study, had a bang trim, and marched in the Atlanta March For Your Life march (after running 6 miles in the morning before the march.)

I’m freakin’ exhausted.

And I leave on my trip in less than 12 hours and still not done packing. So why am I writing this post? Great question….

This is not normal AGMA modus operandi.

Once upon a time, I was bored. AGMA reflects upon that time fondly…

This was pre-blog, pre-running, pre-tRump, and before I transitioned over to corporate chair massage work. Post-blog and running, things were still a bit slow so I started a little eBay business. All was chugging along nicely.

Then November 8, 2016 happened.

All hell broke loose and life hasn’t been the same since.

My new interest in saving the US from the grip of a wannabe fascist, Putin loving, pussy grabbing, narcissistic, homophobic, xenophobic traitor nudged out my little eBay business.

It’s for a good cause..

AGMA knew I hadn’t sold anything for a the past few months, but I didn’t realize how bad I had neglected things until I went to put my “store” on “vacation”. To clarify, vacation is when you tell people they can still buy stuff from you, but it just won’t get shipped out until you get back.


Turns out I never turned off my vacation settings from my LAST trip in late January/early Feb.


No wonder I haven’t been selling anything.

Things will be better when we get back from our trip

Well, actually no. We leave 2 days later for an out of town wedding. After the wedding things will settle down.

Well, actually no. We are home for nine days then got to Chicago for almost a week.

Now we’re into May.

But probably not even then. Benedict Donald is still around and is even more batsh*t crazy than ever.

No wonder I’m freakin’ exhausted.

But the March For Our Lives. Ah, the March…

Organized and put on by students survivors of the Parkland mass shooting a mere 5+ weeks afterwards. Teens who are far braver than I and stronger than most. Teens who are more eloquent than I could ever hope to be. Teens who have allowed me to hope again, I mean really hope, for the future of our country.

The March was worth whatever extra energy I had to expend to be there.

I’ve seen estimates of up to 70,000 marchers in Atlanta. Not sure about the exact number but AGMA can testify that there were a sh*tload of people downtown on Saturday.

But our crowd looked minuscule compared to the “mother ship” in Washington DC. Half a million plus? And YUGE crowds in Boston and Chicago and LA and New York and Miami and, and, and….

And like the Women’s March in January of 2017, there were sister marches all over the globe.


And all orchestrated by teens who less than 6 weeks ago saw friends and teachers murdered in cold blood at their school.

If that doesn’t give you goosebumps, then I don’t know what will. I honestly have goosebumps as I write this.

The winds of change are starting to blow…do you feel it?

And AGMA plans to be available to help these amazing young people as much as I possibly can, exhausted or not.

But that’s okay…I can always pick up my eBay gig after November 10, 2020. Or after the Orange Cheeto-head goes to jail.

Which ever comes first.

Gotta go finish packing…

18 thoughts on “H-O-P-E

  1. It was gratifying to see and hear those kids march and everyone who supported it. Yeah, it does give one hope. They will shape their own world soon enough, and we truly can hope that it is safer, more inclusive and less divisive than the one they know now.

    Enjoy your trip wild woman!

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      • The loonies will continue to act up until the mid-term elections. Once the Democrats have a majority in Congress, they will be able to do something – finally!!

        FYI, there is a woman here in the US named Amy Suskind who just published a book called The List. She has been publishing a list EVERY WEEK of the idiot’s presidency of the crazy, unethical, illegal, dangerous and treasonous actions taken by this administration. The book is a compilation of his first disastrous year. Talk about sobering… She sent a copy of her book to every member of Congress! She is still publishing her list every week if your interested.

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      • I’m not sure how she can do that, and stay sane and optimistic, but she is a beacon for those of us who are of one mind in making sure this president (small ‘p’) is, at most, a one term president. We are all hoping that he and his henchmen will be removed well before the end of his term on charges of treason…


  2. I joined about 6,000 other hopefuls in Morristown NJ. Jim was on the verge of tears for most of the March. They were a combination of tears of joy that so many came out, tears of sorrow for the loss of so many lives, tears of frustration that so little has been done for so long, and tears of fury that the lying lump of shit and semen in the White House once again failed miserably at his job.

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  3. I am also inspired by the dedication of our teens. Remember the old bumpersticker, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way”? BTW, I love your phrase, Benedict Donald. Fair warning, I’m going to borrow it.

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    • Yeah – that week was CRAY CRAY! Even for AGMA. Not sure how I let it get so far out of control…

      The politicians will either change the law or get voted out. I really believe that. The Republicans are already running away – so many of them have decided not to run for re-election. It’s making a difference!

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