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When I got involved with some of the trainings associated with the Maryland Poor People’s Campaign, I thought that my role would be limited to support and logistics for the next six weeks. That’s because nearly all of the rallies and direct actions were scheduled for Mondays (with the exception of Memorial Day weekend, when the event is scheduled for the following Tuesday). I recently started a new day job a little over a month ago and I really don’t have the luxury to ask my boss for a day off just yet.

But then a few things happened. Last week I ended up staying home because the boss, who’s currently the executor of his late aunt’s estate, had to fly to India (where his family is originally from) to deal with estate-related issues. I assumed that I would have to come in to work this Monday. But then I got a text from the boss saying that he was sick so he’s not going to have me come in until the following Monday.

So the good news is that I was able to attend the first event of the Maryland Poor People’s Campaign in person. The bad news is that I’m not getting paid for the days that I don’t work. Right now my work hours are pretty erratic because there have been days when I haven’t come in at all or a work session is cut short. If this keeps up I’m going to have to look for either a second part-time job with more reliable hours or a steady, reliable full-time job. I don’t relish the prospect of job hunting again because it took me nearly two years to find a new job after my previous stint with a startup went nowhere after two weeks.

Well, anyway, when I got the text from my boss telling me not to show up this week, I got in my car and drove to Annapolis. I found space in a nearby parking garage and walked to the State House. While I was on my way I found something that was really appropriate for the occasion—a tree that was dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018


Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Martin Luther King had started the original Poor People’s Campaign when he decided to shift his focus from civil rights to the larger issues of economic justice and income inequality. At the time of King’s assassination 50 years ago last month, he was in Memphis to help out with sanitation workers who were on strike there. So, yeah, it was a cool coincidence to find that tree dedicated to MLK.

I arrived at Lawyers Mall for the rally, which kicked off this protest. Since it happened on the day after Mother’s Day, the theme of this protest was how poverty have affected women and children.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Okay, I’ll admit that it was a pretty small turnout. I later learned that the majority of people living in the Washington, DC area had opted to go to the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol building. I had thought about going to the one in DC since I live closer to DC but I opted to go to Annapolis instead since I’m a Maryland resident. I’m glad I went because that contingent needed as many people as possible.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

There was even a voter registration table that day in an attempt to sign up new voters for the upcoming Mid-Term Elections in Maryland.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

A few people from The Real News Network interviewed one of the rally participants. Here’s the resulting story.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Another reason why I’m glad I went to Annapolis is that I ran into an old friend of mine, Ann, who came from her current home in Frederick for this event. We took pictures of each other. Here’s Ann.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

And here’s me.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

After the rally we marched over to nearby College Avenue. A small contingent of direct action volunteers proceeded to stop traffic. They were arrested by the police and released a few hours later.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

Maryland Poor People's Campaign, Annapolis, Maryland, May 14, 2018

I remember when I underwent training I was told to be prepared for potential counter-demonstrators, especially from alt-right groups. Fortunately there were no counter-protests and everything was very peaceful with no injuries or property destruction. After the direct action, those of us who weren’t arrested went back to the Lawyers Mall where we had a closing circle where we held hands as people said prayers. I saw a cop with a bomb-sniffing dog that was sniffing around in the bushes on the perimeter of Lawyers Mall but the dog turned up nothing. (We were told during training not to bring anything that could be used as a weapon.) I did experience sticker shock when I got back to the parking garage and found that I had to pay $8 even though I was parked for only three hours. (There is another garage near St. John’s College that has free parking but that’s only available after 6 p.m. on weekdays and all day weekends.)

I not only took photos at the protest but I also shot some video footage as well.

I was glad that I was able to witness the first in a series of protests from the Poor People’s Campaign. I learned that the Maryland group will have a rally next week that focuses on immigration and the mistreatment of Native Americans but there will be no civil disobedience mainly because, given the Trump Administration’s current hostility towards immigrants (especially if they aren’t white), the organizers don’t want to risk someone being deported just for doing nonviolent civil disobedience. Given my current job, it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to go to another protest unless the boss decides that he doesn’t need me on a particular day. I’ll just stick to doing whatever behind the scenes support work needs to be done.

When I got home from Annapolis I learned about the crazy drama in Jerusalem that also happened while I was in Annapolis, which has given me yet another reason why I despise Donald Trump.

Despite being overshadowed by the bigger protest in Washington, DC, this protest in Annapolis did garner some local media coverage.

The Capital Gazette

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Mothers' Day

I want to wish all you moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

Yesterday I went to my first training for the Poor People’s Campaign in order to prepare for next month’s activities of protests in order to highlight the plight of the workers, the poor, women, racial minorities, and immigrants. The season of protests is scheduled to kick off nationwide on Mother’s Day weekend and it’s meant to build on Martin Luther King’s original Poor People’s Campaign (which he had just started when he was killed 50 years ago this month).

The training was held at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

Cedar Lane had some nice touches on the outside that proclaim to the general public how it’s open and accepting of everyone regardless of who they are while taking moral stands on certain issues (such as Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, and gun control).

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

I went inside and saw a few training flyers I needed to pick up. I made some small talk among the fellow participants until the start of the training session.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

The training was straightforward. We were taught how to behave ourselves in public while protesting in order to not turn off the general public to the message that we were trying to send. (For example, we are discouraged from wearing masks while protesting, drinking alcohol, taking illegal drugs, and uttering foul language.) The most important thing was that we had to remain nonviolent at all times.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

I took part in the workshop on how to do nonviolent civil disobedience. At this point I’m not sure if I will actually set myself up to be deliberately arrested at a protest because I have just started a new job and my current finances are precarious. I still took the workshop just in case some cop decides to do a very wide sweep and arrest those who aren’t doing civil disobedience as well as those who are trying to get arrested. At least I know how to react if I somehow get caught up in some kind of a wide sweep.

I remember when I was a child my parents used to watch All in the Family and I still remember the episode where working class conservative bigot Archie Bunker happened to go to an anti-war protest in order to retrieve his son-in-law after Edith and Gloria were worried about Mike’s safety when they heard that the protest was getting violent. Mike returned home safe and sound while Archie ended up in jail along with the protesters whom he normally would never have any association with simply because he got caught up in a wide sweep by the police. You can read more about this episode here. There’s a full episode on YouTube that’s available for now but it’s unknown as to whether it will remain online or will get yanked for copyright reasons. In any case, I kept that episode in mind as I went to the training because I want to be prepared for the possibility that I would end up in jail like Archie Bunker even if I’m not doing civil disobedience.

The most memorable part of the training where we took turns simulating a civil disobedience act while other people playing the role of counter protesters and provocateurs yelled in our faces. The hardest part was remembering the chanting we were doing while someone yelled in our faces.

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

Maryland Poor People's Campaign Training

Well, anyway, I learned a lot that night. The only downside of the training was that it rained that day. It wasn’t so bad going to the church but when we left, the rain was pouring down harder. I tried commuting on the Capital Beltway and it was so harrowing with the cars speeding in the downpour like it was nothing. I got off in Silver Spring and I blundered around until I consulted my smartphone GPS app and I managed to configure it to give me a route back home while bypassing all major highways. I traveled along the back routes until I arrived home. The drivers were more civilized on the back routes so I didn’t have to fear getting into an accident. The downside was that I had to stop at so many traffic lights that I didn’t return home until after 11 p.m.

In any case, despite the rain and the harrowing car trip home, I don’t regret going to that training. The Poor People’s Campaign is set to have its inaugural rollout nationwide on Mother’s Day weekend next month so stay tuned, folks!

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I attended this year’s Greenbelt Green Man Festival. On the first day (May 13) I arrived shortly before the festival closed down for the day mainly because I had spent the bulk of the day walking the Gateway Arts Open Studio Tour. I still managed to take a few photos.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The following day was more sunny and it was a warm pleasant day. Plus it was Mother’s Day on top of it. I spent the bulk of my day at the festival where I took these photos.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Makerspace 125 had its giant box full of Legos for any child to play with.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

While the outdoor festival was winding down, the festival moved indoors to the New Deal Cafe. The band Kiva closed the 2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival with their show.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

I only purchased one thing for myself that weekend: a bar of honey rose-scented goat milk soap that was made by Natural Image Botanicals.

2017 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Last May I was briefly involved with a startup that was test-marketing disposable jumpsuits that were pre-treated with Sawyer Permethrin spray at the annual Loudon Lyme 10K/5K/1K Fun Run. I basically did administrative work (including helping with designing flyers, doing online research into filing for trademarks, and manually spraying each disposable jumpsuit with Sawyer Permethrin). During the course of my two weeks with that startup, I was convinced to write a blog post in this very blog about that startup instead of getting a separate blogging account just for that startup. (I was unable to get the owner/founder to devote any time to setting up that blog. In addition, he insisted on using my Square card reader that’s connected to my PayPal account because he couldn’t be bothered with getting a separate Square card reader/PayPal account for that startup.)

At one point he accused me of being secretive and he said that I couldn’t help it because of my birth order. The reason for that accusation: I hadn’t used my Square card reader in a while (due to the fact that I had to cut back on selling my handcrafted goodies at various shows because of declining sales after the 2008 economic crash) so, ON HIS REQUEST, I was silently trying to figure out how it worked. According to him, I was “secretive” because I didn’t orally announce within his earshot “I’m going to do Option A. If that doesn’t work I’m going to try Option B” and so on.

There were more incidents like that but I’m not going to get into any of them since I wrote all about it last year.

Ironically today is the one-year anniversary of the 2016 Loudon Lyme event. (This year’s event was just held on May 7. No, I didn’t attend this year.) A day or two after that event, the startup’s founder sent me a text message asking me what should have been done differently. I replied that maybe we should’ve started with a smaller run of 10-20 jumpsuits to test market instead of 60 jumpsuits we attempted to sell. That was when he sent me a multi-part text message accusing me of being into self-sabotage. (Never mind the fact that he was the one who didn’t register for a vendor booth and had this unrealistic expectation of selling stuff from backpacks.) This was on top of the fact that I was paid for the first couple of days I worked for him but the payments stopped because the founder had plowed the bulk of the startup money into getting 60 jumpsuits and Sawyer Permethrin.

I finally walked away from that startup a day or two after he accused me of being into self-sabotage when he sent another text asking me to show up at a few upcoming Lyme disease related events selling those jumpsuits from out of backpacks. (He didn’t register for vendor booths at those events either.) Between the self-sabotage insult and the fact that I wasn’t paid the rest of the money I was owed for the work I had done, I realized that I had no future with this startup. I wrote a retraction post where I announced that I would no longer write about work that I’m doing for other people in this blog until after the work was finished or there was some kind of a closure.

The startup founder eventually paid me the rest of the money he owed me last November. Granted six months is a long time to wait for a paycheck but at least he paid so I thought I had some closure on this startup.

But then there was new drama earlier this year when the founder had decided to try reviving the Sawyer Permethrin-sprayed jumpsuit idea on a Facebook page using a selfie I took of myself wearing one of the jumpsuits without asking permission first or even trying to get me to sign a release. I didn’t hear any further from my ex-boss for a while after that incident.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I spent the entire day basking in the sunshine while attending the annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival (which I’ll write about in a future post). I had brought my laptop with me so, from time to time, I posted some of my pictures from the previous day’s Gateway Arts Open Studio Tour (which I’ll also write about in a future post) on to various social media sites like Facebook. I saw a lot of people writing online Mother’s Day greetings and posting pictures of mothers with their children. Imagine my surprise when my ex-boss posted something outrageous on Facebook where he not only accused his sister of doing something horrible to their mother but he even posted personal information about her that should never have been posted online. I took a screenshot of that post, which you can see below. I edited out the personal information but you can still get an idea of what he wrote.

He not only named his sister but he posted her personal phone number and encouraged anyone who read that post on Facebook to call that number. In a nutshell, this post says a lot more about him than his sister. That post reminded me of last year’s Square card reader incident when he accused me of being secretive (and my birth order only confirmed his suspicion) because I didn’t verbally announce “I’m going to do Option A…”

What’s more, he immediately made this one comment where he only linked to the notorious documentary Grey Gardens. (For the record, I have never seen that documentary. I did see the made for HBO movie that featured Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as the dysfunctional mother-daughter pair back when I was still happily married and we still had cable TV.) It’s like he’s cryptically implying that his mother is trapped into a similar dysfunctional relationship with his sister (I think but I don’t know what is going on inside that man’s head). That is so reminiscent of when he cryptically sent me that text asking for feedback on what we could’ve done differently at the Loudon Lyme event, I provided a straightforward opinion, and he responded with that multipart text saying that it was really a trick question because he expected me to write about my own mistakes and he accused me of being into self-sabotage.

Because of my past dealings with him, I’m not inclined to immediately side with him or even accept his version of events—especially since I have never met his sister or his mother. It’s possible that his sister is a total elder-abusing bitch but it’s also possible that she’s not doing anything wrong and it’s her brother who has issues with her for some reason that is none of my business.

If he has concerns about how his sister is taking care of their mother, he should seek legal advice from a lawyer instead of making that nasty post on Facebook urging anyone who sees that post to call his sister (regardless of whether that person even knows the sister or not).

If his sister ever finds that post, all she has to do is take a screenshot of that post, print it out, show it to a lawyer, and he could end up getting sued for things like libel, slander, and invasion of privacy.

Last night I sent an email about that post to a friend of mine, who was the one who recommended me for that job in the first place, because he is still housemates with my ex-boss and he rarely goes on Facebook these days. (Twitter is his preferred social media platform.) I wanted to warn him because there’s the chance that he may end up being indirectly involved with this drama, especially if his housemate’s sister decides to go by their house to confront her brother in person. He basically thanked me for alerting him to this.

I’m still looking for a new day job to replace that startup. (I’ve been applying to various temp agencies and employment agencies to no avail.) At least I have an unedited version of that screenshot that I could show to any hiring manager or recruiter who wanted to know more about that startup and why I had quit it after only two weeks because it basically proves what kind of person I was dealing with as my boss when I worked there. What’s more I can prove it using his own words that he wrote himself on Facebook.

Mothers' Day

Here’s a special shoutout to all you mothers out there. Enjoy your special day!

American Flag

I spent part of the Mother’s Day weekend at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival. Earlier this month I made an allusion to showing off a new product that I modeled on behalf of a new startup. Basically the startup’s first product is a jumpsuit that’s been pretreated with Sawyer Permethrin so one can go hiking, camping, gardening, and other types of outdoor activities without worrying about being bitten by ticks and mosquitos (both of which carry nasty diseases like Lyme and Zika). I posted a selfie while wearing one of those suits. I was also given packaged suits to carry around with me to sell as I walked around the festival ground.

I didn’t sell any suits. Most of the people I spoke with said that they weren’t into camping or money was tight. But the suit I was wearing did get people to open up to me about Lyme disease because they mentioned that they have a friend or relative who’s struggling with this devastating illness. I even had a longtime friend admit to me that she currently has Lyme disease. I knew that she had health issues, which have affected her mobility, but they never got specific as to the cause until she saw me wear that jumpsuit with a sign affixed to the back saying “Ask Me About Permethrin-Treated Disposable Jumpsuit.”

I wore the suit on the first day of the festival while I walked around taking pictures.

Festival Ad Poster

 

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Like I wrote earlier I didn’t make any sales on those permethrin-treated jumpsuits. What was worse was that I saw The Backstabbing Couple From Hell (a.k.a. my ex-husband and his mentally ill second wife who used to be a friend of mine until I found out she wasn’t such a good friend). I left the festival about an hour before closing time because I grew tired of seeing them walking around acting all happy. (I have no idea if they are really happy or not and I don’t care.)

The following day I was scheduled to be a substitute teacher for the English language classes my church offers to recent immigrants on Sunday afternoons. I ended up skipping Sunday morning service so I could check out some of Greenbelt Green Man Festival. I didn’t wear the jumpsuit on the second day because I was only there about an hour and a half at the most and I went straight to church for the English classes. I took a few photos of the second day of the festival.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Greenbelt Green Man Festival

I bought just two items at this weekend’s Greenbelt Green Man Festival. One was a pendant made from recycled dominos that features an image of Edgar Allan Poe.

What I Bought at This Year's Greenbelt Green Man Festival

What I Bought at This Year's Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The other was a t-shirt featuring an image of Jesus riding on the back of a dinosaur.

What I Bought at This Year's Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Anyway that’s it for this year’s Greenbelt Green Man Festival.

UPDATE (June 25, 2016): You can read about why I’m no longer involved with that startup for whom I was selling those jumpsuits at the Greenbelt Green Man Festival right here.

Mothers' Day

Here’s a special shoutout to all you mothers out there. Enjoy your special day!

Once again the annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival was held on Mother’s Day weekend. For the first time in three years I went to that festival without being involved in anything. (That was also the year I brought my late pet hedgehog Spike with me because there was also a Greenbelt Pet Expo that was held nearby.) Two years ago I worked as a vendor hawking my handcrafted wares, which turned out to be so financially disappointing to me that I decided to never sell there again. (I’ve worked as a vendor at that same festival other years before that one and the results were definitely mixed for me.) Last year I helped out with staffing a table that was run by the Greenbelt Cooperative Incubator for a few hours. So this year it’s pretty novel for me to go to this festival without having any kind of behind-the-scenes commitment and it felt great!

I arrived later to the festival than other years mainly because my lawn desperately needed mowing. I had mowed it the week before but the grass grew quickly back because of the frequent showers that have passed through our area. So I arrived to the festival feeling even more laid back this year.

The only downside was that it was very hot and humid that weekend. (The temperature went as high as 85 degrees Fahrenheit.) It usually doesn’t get that hot and humid in May. It’s the kind of weather that tends to show up in July and August. I ended up dressing lightly that weekend.

There were vendors selling their wares, a variety of entertainment acts performing on stage, an a variety of hands-on activities for people of all ages. Naturally I took a bunch of pictures. Here are the ones I took on the first day of the festival on May 9.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 1, May 9, 2015

The second day was actually Mother’s Day itself. I’m also helping my church will a social action project where I’m helping with teaching English to local immigrants. I decided to skip Sunday service so I could check out Day 2 of the Greenbelt Green Man Festival in the morning, then leave for the English class that I’m helping with teaching at my church from 1:15-3:30 p.m. After the class ended, I went back to the festival for some late afternoon fun before I headed home for dinner. I managed to arrive during the early part of the festival just in time to check out the first day of the new season of the Greenbelt Farmers Market. (That farmers market always have its first day coincide with Mother’s Day AND the second day of the Greenbelt Green Man Festival, which makes parking a total bitch. I managed to find some parking that was a short walking distance away from where all the action took place.)

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

The Greenbelt Farmers Market, May 10, 2015

I did some browsing at the Green Man Festival as well. There was an exhibit featuring a beehive that was run by some local beekeepers, which was pretty cool.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

This particular hive has a newly hatched queen bee, whom the other bees have surrounded in an effort to protect her. Someone painted a blue dot on the queen bee’s back so visitors can easily spot her.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

After checking out the Greenbelt Farmers Market and a little bit of the Greenbelt Green Man Festival, I left for my church’s English class. After that class ended I returned to the festival. By that time the vendors from the farmers market had left so there were more available parking. The beekeepers had left with their hive by then but there were plenty of things to see and do and photograph.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

Greenbelt Green Man Festival, Day 2, May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)

I basically hung around for a couple of hours until it was close to dinner (also when the festival started to wind down) then headed home.

Mothers' Day

On the way to my scheduled appointment with my therapist, I discovered that I needed to get some gas. So I stopped off at this gas station on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland that had something else parked there as well. It’s a vintage circa 1940’s-1950’s RV camper that has been converted to a food truck that serves fajitas and subs.

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I was scheduled to meet up with a friend after my therapy session ended. I had something that belonged to him and I decided to return it while he was working at his job at the public library in nearby Takoma Park. On the way to meet my friend, I saw this gorgeous flowering dogwood tree that I couldn’t resist photographing.

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The weather was raining on and off throughout the entire day. On the way home I saw a very faint rainbow that was pretty wimpy compared to other rainbows I’ve seen in the past. I attempted to photograph it but it didn’t show up too well. (I tried to darken the picture in Photoshop but it barely showed up.) However I was able to capture this really dramatic cloud formation over the sky.

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