Friday, October 28, 2005

Paving The Way

October 28 2005

October 28, 2005

Dear Friends,

Today was an absolutely beautiful day.  Ok, it actually started out a little nerve-racking.  I woke at 5:00am and looked out the door to see our bonfire of the night before burning more fiercely than it had earlier.  Sitting beside the fire was Juan, at 71 years of age, our oldest walker.  He had gotten up at 3:00am, had rekindled the fire and gathered a huge pile of additional wood.  “We must keep the fire burning until Washington,” he said.  

As sleepy as I was, I appreciated the sincerity and intensity of the sentiment, though not its practicality.  So what is practical about this whole venture?  Together we extinguished the fire, and I went back to bed for a few more winks.  

Later, we woke up to a crisp autumn morning, and after hot showers and a hot breakfast, we set out marching again with our Cecil County friends.  The rolling hills, the beautiful color of the trees, and the warm sun all conspired to make it a perfect day for a march.  Too quickly, we had marched the four miles to the Susquehanna River Bridge.  We pulled of the road a block away for a break before being bused over.  There, Melissa, Kevin, Ed, Virginia and Susan surprised us with eight quarts of Maryland crab soup, which we promptly inhaled.

We were met at the break by our hosts for the next leg of our journey, and we entertained everyone with our new song, dedicated to the State of Maryland. (I have written the words below.  It is sung to the tune of Polly Woolly Doodle All Day.”)Then, with lots of hugs and kisses and promises to see each other in Washington, we bid farewell to our Cecil County friends and took our ride across the river.

On the other side, we quickly began our march again, putting miles behind us.  It was on this second leg, that we implemented a new feature to our caravan.  That is our new flag team.  My assistant, Douglas, who is affectionately known as Opie, as it turns out, has some skill in this area.  With a half hour of lessons, our flag bearers were twirling the state flags with the precision of a top notch marching band flag corps.

We are so proud of our flag team that we are challenging the other caravans to a competition in Washington, before the opening ceremonies.  We are also rehearsing to out sing and out chant you all.  So we hope you are ready.

This is day fourteen, and we have one more week to march to Washington.  It’s still all good.

Love,

Charles King

Down South for C2EA – (Sung to the tune of “Polly Waddle Doodle All the Day”)


Verse 1
Oh, I went down South for C2EA
We’re the Campaign to End AIDS
Treatment can end this awful plague
We’re the Campaign to End AIDS.

Fare thee well, Fare thee well
Fare thee well to this dread disease
Access to treatment, housing and care
This the Campaign can achieve

Verse 2
Oh, I went down South for C2EA
We’re the Campaign to End AIDS
Prevention can end this awful plague
We’re the Campaign to End AIDS.

Fare thee well, Fare thee well
Fare thee well to this dread disease
Condoms and needles, prevention works
This the Campaign can achieve

Verse 3
Oh, I went down South for C2EA
We’re the Campaign to End AIDS
Research can end this awful plague
We’re the Campaign to End AIDS.

Fare thee well, Fare thee well
Fare thee well to this dread disease
A vaccine, a cure, microbicides
This the Campaign can achieve

Verse 4
Oh, I went down South for C2EA
We’re the Campaign to End AIDS
No stigma can end this plague
We’re the Campaign to End AIDS.

Fare thee well, Fare thee well
Fare thee well to this dread disease
No more discrimination now
This the Campaign can achieve.


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