Well, I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed with the return I received for offers of assistance for putting together a Pagan Pride Day event here in Dallas – or of even discovering that such an event was already in the planning stages, but just hadn’t been mentioned prominently. I received a total of three responses to the idea of re-creating from scratch. One was an offer of help, another was an offer of information, and the third was a simple query of what could be done. With this now being early July, putting together such an event for this year is increasingly unlikely – especially given the underwhelming response.
I’m not discouraged though. Its not too early to see what planning can go into such an event for 2013 – say Octoberish…so my focus will shift to generating assistance towards that goal instead. For 2012, I’m making plans to attend the Austin Pagan Pride Day event being held at Zilker Park on September 22nd. I’ll be bringing my digital mp3 recorder, iPhone and laptop with me – and hope to get a chance to record thoughts and such from various folk there – including listeners. In a way, this is inspired from the 100th episode of The Wigglian Way, where Mojo (the great!) and Sparrow (the gorgeous!) invited listeners to send their greetings in to the show. Well, here’s a chance for folks to include themselves in this show…and get a chance to shake hands with me. I’m excited about this…and am hoping to some of the thoughts and energy of such an event to the podcast.
Now I know a few folks might be a bit discouraged over all of this…I am. I was hoping for an event here in the DFW area. However, as I had noted early on in the rumination of the idea — I am not an organizer of any sort. Me putting things completely together by myself won’t work. I can try and get folks together, work with them, and get things going in that direction. But by myself? That would be an unmitigated disaster. I know my limitations. So, instead of marinating in the idea of what “went wrong” – I’d rather focus on the idea of trying to continue working towards getting something to work for NEXT YEAR instead. I know we, as a community of Pagans here in DFW, can make this happen. The question isn’t so much how we make it happen, but if we want it to happen at all. If the answer to making it happen is “yes” – then we’ll all have to work together (and shouldn’t we as a community?) to bring it forth from the germinating seed of an idea to that of a flowering, mature plant bearing fruit.