Okay, what am I doing here? I am settled in for the night in this “college dorm” and my mantra is that of the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz whenever he is scared: “Oh please, oh please, oh please……” Oh please don’t let my roommate show up. I can’t bear to be in this room with another human being. The room is so small. And it has a funny smell. I opened the window hoping that by morning it will dissapate.
I really have a nerve, though. I mean, I didn’t pay a dime to get here’ other than the bus fare from the airport. So who am I to complain about my meager accommodations. I really have to work on my sense of entitlement.
But look at the bathroom! at the shower! (will post the pictures later). I wish I had a bucket. I would fill it with water and bring it to my closet and wash up. The more I think about it – I think washing up will be the only thing I am doing. Will probably have to get up early – about 5 -6 to wash.
Anyway, back to the reason I am here. I am here because I am living with the HIV virus, and I want to hear about the church’s response and role in this pandemic. I want to know what is going on with the government & pharmaceutical companies in respect to providing those in other countries that are not able to afford the medication that will prolong their lives. I want to learn skills that will help me to empower not only myself, but my commumity (locally and globally), and I am here to network. I want to see what 20,000 people look like. I want to see Bill Clinton 🙂
I have already met some people from Europe who have flown 39 hours to get here. People are pouring in. I am glad that I got here a day early. I will beat the crowd as they swarm in tomorrow.
The planning of this thing by the ELCA is very disorganized. I have no idea what is going to happen on the 10th & 11th (the day of the workshop), and how I am going to be a chaplain as well.
I took a walk into Chinatown, which is not too far from the university. There seems to be a lot of Asians in this area. I haven’t seen that many blacks. The taxi driver told me they are in another part to town (isn’t that usually the case). While I am usually very adventurous, I doubt whether I will be taking a stroll down there, not by myself anyway. Then again, maybe I will. I am curious as to how we are living around here.
Well, I am exhausted. Exhausted enough to fall asleep – and so that is exactly what I am going to do. With the light on, and on top of the covers.