On Wednesday I started my trek from Santo Domingo back to Cincinnati. I flew through Miami into Richmond, VA where a friend came down from DC (yup, BDuk the friend with the sweet potato butter who knows Ben Olsen) to pick me up. I had a chance to catch up with him for a day and a half and watch a little bit of the Euro 2008. Who'da thunk- Croatia and Turkey...
My family swung through DC to pick me up and we headed to Norfolk Virginia to the wedding of my sister. I say sister not in the traditional sense; this was a student of my mom's at Woodward high school who's family was still Nigeria and was not doing well living with an uncle here in Cincinnati. So one day when I wa about 13, there was another member of our family. Anyway, she got married this past weekend. It was great to be with my entire family again after 6 months apart.
So I am home in CIncinnati for a few weeks after an amazing year of learning to become a community organizer. Learning about the subtle and not so subtle differences between being an "activist," or being "pc," or being an an academic with a "critical" perspective, and being an organizer of people towards radical social change has been a challenging and highly rewarding process- a process that I have tried to share openly with this blog over the past 3 or 4 months as I also tried to give some insight into how the Dominican press was covering our team. Thanks for being open to that, whether or not we always saw eye to eye on the topic at hand.
Finally, I am heading to the game tomorrow with friends and family and was also thinking about going Thursday afternoon at 12:35. Anybody up for a gathering Thursday with Tang on the mound?