Nothing will remind you how fast time moves like having a box labeled "ephemera" into which you regularly throw papery things that for a variety of reasons you do not wish to discard. A theater ticket. A handwritten phone number. A Valentine's Day card. A poster from a bath house wall.
Yesterday, while rooting through the box, I came across this mailer from 1983, the first year of GMHC. They sold out Madison Square Garden, supposedly the first time that had ever happened for a cause-generated event. 26 years have passed. Progress has been purchased. I frequently wonder if we are losing our energy in this battle. I hear about cuts in HIV funding in California. I hear about increased infection rates in populations that have no excuse for unsafe behavior. I fold the mailer and put it back in the box next to a comic strip that was on the refrigerator door for years when we had the old farm. Memories converge, converse, argue and inform.