First off, don't wait to see who's in. Jump in.
Everyone wants to bet on the winning horse. But ask yourself, how far did that get you in the last election? It's a basic problem with our screwed-up democracy. If you're not willing to go with your heart, regardless of whether you win or lose, what good is your democracy anyway?
This time we'll do it differently. We'll vote with our heart. This is the Last Night we depend on parties and elected officials to look after us. The Last Night we wait and see.
Instead, take a chance on a crazy idea. We don't just have to keep Santa Cruz weird. Make it weird. Make it fun. Take part in something. If you don't, no one is going to do it for you.
Or Ease In - a step by step guide
If you are not a jump-from-the-heights sorta person, here's a step-by-step guide to easing your way into the water:
- Commit to being downtown at sunset on New Year's Eve just to check out the Last Night parade.
- Allow for the possibility that if the spirit strikes you, you might just jump in and march with the passing revelers of the Last Night Santa Cruz parade.
- Call up some friends, tentatively at first, and see if they might just want to do something with you for the parade. Make some music, or build a float or puppets, create a contingent of pseudo-official marchers (the ministry of silly walks, ninjas for peace, whatever), spin fire, create a bike gang, anything and everything.
- Move from the tentative we'll-see stage to the let's-make-it-happen stage. Commit, you waffler.
- Add your group or individual performance to "Who?" page, using the wiki "Edit Page" option.
- Signup to the Last Night announcement list to get updates and breaking news:
- Join in the discussion. Lively debates and brainstorming about everything really. Something akin to a public working group online.