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Date:2009-03-25 21:47
Subject:Um... Seriously?
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Mood: confused

Really? Can someone tell me when they stopped being "Trailer Parks" and became "Affordable Housing Complexes"? Seriously... The news said it!

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Date:2008-11-15 22:35
Subject:We're on YouTube!
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Mood: amused

M and I can be seen at about 23 seconds in... She has the "Civil Right to Marry", and mine is the one that says "Equality is a Civil Right". Heh, I'm a dork. LOL Our buddy Liz is there too!


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Date:2008-11-15 20:16
Subject:My goodness, Denver, thank you!
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Mood: happy

So... M and I did something I've never done before... We went to downtown Denver, and we participated in a protest/rally! It was to protest Prop 8, as well as to request/demand equality. I want to marry this woman who I love so deeply, who has been so good to me, and who I know is my soulmate.

I'm not a particularly political person, and certainly not someone who I'd call an activist, but this was just something I knew I had to be a part of.

The protest itself was peaceful, as hoped for and requested, and there were a grand total of 4, count 'em, 4, people protesting against the gay crowd. That was quickly reduced to two. Those two were young kids, in college, who, frankly, looked like a pair of little twinks, heh. In my one slightly-aggressive moment, I told them, 'You are only two, and we are thousands!" Heh. Later on, after we got back to the park, there was a bit of a crowd around the two, and sadly, when some friends and I tried to engage in a respectful dialog with them about their beliefs, it became quickly obvious that they were there to quote out-of-context Bible quotes and not really listen to what we had to say, so we told the crowd trying to heckle them to ignore them, not give them the attention they were hoping for, and folks did just that. They walked away. (not before the black woman in a biracial straight couple read them the riot act about how they didn't really know what love was, or a (jerk) guy grabbed the poster out of one of their hands and tore it up... Which, more than one of us apologized to them for... And not before classmates of theirs jumped up next to them and gave them huge hugs, heh. Classmates who were wrapped in gay pride flags, that is.) I hope those two boys figure out how to be happy without it being to the exclusion of other folks' happiness.

I can't speak enough about the positive energy that was with the entire crowd. We marched, MARCHED, up and down the 16th Street Mall, and the cops even stopped traffic for the crowd. It was really, really nice, positive, and despite what the news says, there were a good lot more than 1,000 people there.

M and I each had a poster of our own (note to self: if we do this again, we're getting damn sticks. My shoulders are going to be very, very angry tomorrow...) Mine had two message: "Equality is a Civil Right", and "How can you H8 love?" I didn't want anything too 'in your face', because that's not what it's about. It's about equality, equal respect, and equal rights, that's all.

As soon as we can get them off of M's iPhone, I will have some pictures posted. :-)

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Date:2008-11-04 23:12
Subject:... Wow ...
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Mood: hopeful

I just... I don't know what to say. I'm agnostic, so saying, thank God, thank Allah, thank Athena, thank Jupiter, thank Yahweh... None fit, but... Thank you. Whatever is possibly running things out and above, thank you. I prayed, or sent good thoughts as I like to say, your way, and thank you. That thank you might go to the folks who voted all over this country, it might go to all of those all over the world in so many countries who hoped for this, I don't know. But, thank you.

My faith in this country, both as a people and as an international citizen, seems to have reared its head again.

I am... grateful, for lack of a more powerful word, that the US is not so backward and so far into the religious right's pocket that we were unable to do what needed to be done. Thank goodness. We may be a young country that's gotten too big for it's britches, but once again, we have hope and we have potential.

That all said... I'm very saddened by the current state of Prop 8 in California. The fact that hundreds of thousands, if not more, have people prayed on the side of hate and segregation saddens me, but not as much as the fact that it could still be voted in. That said, we're only at about 26% reporting at this writing, and the presidential election has given me hope, perhaps irrational, perhaps not, (and I vote for 'not') for the future. It took, what, roughly 65 years (give or take) for us to go from segregation to a black man being president? Perhaps in my lifetime, I will be able to legally marry the love of my life, one of the best people I've ever known in my life, and when that day comes... All are invited.

In the meantime, let's have a HELL of a party!

<3

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Date:2007-10-04 00:31
Subject:Well, hello there....
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Mood: cold

Lurk

Absolutely nuts over this kid.

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Date:2007-09-16 23:36
Subject::(
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Mood: sad

Robert Jordan died today. I had no idea until I saw that posted on another friend's LJ...

For those of you who know who that is, and why that matters, you know why I'm sad today.

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Date:2007-09-02 19:44
Subject:Kind of Boggling...
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Mood: okay

Following a link from Fark.com, I was led to an article on the artwork of a "Microartist" named Willard Wigan. It's absolutely amazing, I think.

You can read the article first, or watch the video I managed to find on Yahoo!, either one. I do suggest the article first, because I think it made me even more appreciative of the art itself.

This man makes sculptures that fit on the head of a pin, or in the eye of a needle, literally. Pretty boggling.

For you knitter types, here is a pretty equally boggling link that my sister sent me in response to the video. :-) Teeny, tiny knitting!

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Date:2007-08-13 14:21
Subject:Hmmm...
Security:Public
Mood: amused

This is a very brief blurb of an IM convo my sister and I had today... I'm "Lanfear95", she's "krapsnart" (look at it backwards).

[14:17] Lanfear95: Do you guys have Geico in CA?
[14:17] Lanfear95: .ca?
[14:17] krapsnart: no.
[14:18] Lanfear95: So you don't know the Caveman ads.
[14:18] Lanfear95: They're cute.
[14:18] Lanfear95: But not so cute that they deserve their own sitcom, this fall, on ABC?
[14:18] Lanfear95: er.. that wasn't a question.
[14:19] krapsnart: the American entertainment media are very close to disappearing up their own collective anus.


I love my sister.

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Date:2007-05-05 20:27
Subject:Somehow, this doesn't surprise me...
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Mood: grumpy


How evil are you?

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Date:2007-01-29 23:44
Subject:Do you survive?
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Mood: thoughtful

This could certainly lead to some interesting discussions...

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Date:2007-01-25 18:23
Subject:This is so not a surprise...
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Mood: amused

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Black Comedy

In your life, things are so twisted that you just have to laugh.
You may end up insane, but you'll have fun on the way to the asylum.

Your best movie matches: Being John Malkovich, The Royal Tenenbaums, American Psycho

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Date:2007-01-07 17:37
Subject:Hamster Balls.
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Mood: amused

I have had some fairly intense things happen this week. However, I choose not to write about those now. Instead, follow the linky goodness to something that made me laugh out loud til I cried. I love the Japanese.

And, don't worry! I touched it softry!

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Date:2006-12-26 15:38
Subject:Santa loves me. :-)
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Mood: amused

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Wednesday I signed my organ donor card (28 points). In November I helped melodykay see the light (8 points). Last Thursday I punched jesuispeure in the arm (-10 points). In September I pulled krapsnart's hair (-5 points). Last Friday I got in line at the supermarket at the same time as someone else and I didn't yield (-8 points).

Overall, I've been nice (13 points). For Christmas I deserve a Sony Playstation 3!

Sincerely,
lady_dortles

Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

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Date:2006-12-21 05:43
Subject:Oh, the weather outside is frightful... and our gas fireplace has been broken since I moved in here.
Security:Public
Mood: grumpy

You know it's bad when the postal service is closed down for the eastern half of the state...

I'm up because M's sister decided that since it's her birthday, she needed to call us at freaking 5:15 in the morning. I'm reserving all comments. I was in the middle of a righteous bad dream, though, so I guess it's okay. That'll serve me for buying and reading a Stephen King novel before bed.

Our job is planning to call M at 7:00 am to "let us know" what their 4 AM conference call decided regarding closing the call center down. (See, I guess it could be worse than 5:15 am. There are reasons I'm glad I didn't get manager...) It's all academic, 'cause we're not leaving the house, but please, I just hope common sense rules for them. The governor has declared "a disaster emergency", the National Guard spent a good lot of time last night in SnowCATS to rescue people from their cars, and we've apparently had about 24 inches in our "little town" with 2-5 inches more...

At least we're home and safe, and not some of those roughtly 4800 folks stuck over at DIA. Whee!

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Date:2006-12-20 20:03
Subject:"Holiday Blizzard, 2006"
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Mood: relieved

So it's a freaking blizzard outside. Seriously... The snow has been sideways, and it's supposed to be like this well until tomorrow, probably until about lunchtime. Stupid snow. LOL

On the plus side, most everyone we know and care about at our job was able to get out of there at a semi-decent hour and got home safely. On the negative side, they weren't sending people home of their OWN accord, as an employer, even after the governor declared a state of emergency. That's where they can ticket you for being on the road, and the National Guard is called out. It's that big of a mess. But, my company being who and what they are didn't see fit to send folks home...

Fortunately, my bosses have good common sense, as does the manager of M's department, so we got to leave work about 1:00 pm. We had to stop for food at the grocery, and that took less than an hour. We were on the road to home (fortunately we only live about 6 miles from work) at about 2:30ish, and it was soooo bad, at times, we could barely see two car-lengths ahead of us through the whipping wind and heavy snow. I can guarantee, though, that there are people sleeping at our place of employ tonight. Feh.

Whee!

I'll try to take pics tomorrow for everyone's viewing goodness. Tonight, we're staying warm and watching bad network TV. (Identity is a pretty cool game show... Heh.)

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Date:2006-12-19 12:00
Subject:A Snapshot...
Security:Public
Mood: loved

So just a quick snapshot of why I like M so darned much...

Last night, I spent almost two hours on the phone with a dear friend of ours (K, you know who you are, but this is a public post... heh,) who has fibromyalgia. Long story short, stuff's rough for her right now, and money is very tight for her.

During the long talk, one thing that was put forward was the idea that K. come visit us for a vacation. The main stopping block, though, is the cost.

After the call was over, M and I were talking, and I said that I'd like for us to save the money and buy a ticket for K. so that she could come... M stopped to think for a moment, her brow furrowing, and I began to worry that she was concerned about the cost of something like that, especially for a friend we've only really met once (twice for me)... When she spoke, I expected at least a non-committal "We'll see."

She came back with, "Well, it'd have to be first class or business class. I'm not making her cram in with everyone else in coach!"

I had to kiss her, and try not to cry. Happy cry, that is. I'm so lucky.

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Date:2006-12-12 10:51
Subject:Now I'm just curious...
Security:Public
Mood: tired

As soon as I can find the stupid tag, I'll make this NOT on my front page... Edit... Seems it did it very nicely for me. Doh.


my xmas stockingCollapse )

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Date:2006-12-06 23:51
Subject:St_evil, I thought of you...
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This is for you, Steve-O...

Hmmm....

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Date:2006-11-23 15:21
Subject:Happy Thanksgiving, you turkeys.
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Mood: busy

There is something so satisfying about getting to use half a pound of butter and two cups of sugar in *any* recipe, but it's even better when it's joined by vanilla, eggs, and buttermilk, and sweet potatoes! And, yes, fresh potatoes, which I peeled, diced, and boiled. :-)

Yes, tis the season. I'm making sweet potato pie again. It's good stuff, and it's a simple recipe I found on FoodNetwork.com last year. I'm making one pie tradionally, and then I'm experimenting a little with the other. I'm going to add some cinnamon, a tiny bit of ground cloves, ground allspice, and ground ginger. Just a tiny bit of each, a pinch, per se. I'm also going to pull it out about 10-15 minutes early and throw baby marshmallows onto the top and finish baking it that way. We'll see how it turns out. I'm a pretty good cook when I set my mind to it, but then I worry.

Best part of the day so far, though? We got to give the cat, Max, the large boy, a bath. Well, more truthfully, a shower. He joined me. Other than one huge, "Me-ohmygodwhatAreYouDOOOOOING-ow", he was deathly silent the whole time, and other than some pretty strong flailing, he was fairly well behaved. I told him that's what happens when he comes out of the litter box a mess. It's been a while since we did that to him, and he's *much* bigger and stronger now, but he was still a relatively great boy about it. :-)

M is making homemade cornbread dressing (I dislike both stuffing and dressing, so I hope everyone else likes it) so we're jockeying for oven space, but it's working out okay. She even put up with having to share the kitchen with me, which is a big deal for her.

Once the dressing and pie are done, we'll be headed over to our friends' house for a fun Thanksgiving with some of our FOC. (Family of Choice, or, if you're in the Commercial department at work, Fire Occupancy Code...) I hope the rest of my family is having a great day, regardless of what they're up to.

I've had about half my glass of rum-laced eggnog, and I'm already kinda feeling it, so time to snack a bit more as we cook.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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Date:2006-11-11 22:26
Subject:I'm so bored.
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Mood: bored


Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?



Your in-depth results are:

Hufflepuff - 14
Ravenclaw - 13
Gryffindor - 10
Slytherin - 8

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