varropdx: (law talkin' guy)
I support:

Pussy Riot

LBGTQ rights, including same-sex marriage

All people seeking to overthrow bloodthirsty dictators like Bashir al-Assad, and all opponents to dictator Vladimir Putin and his сука Donald Trump.

If you ban me, I will wear it with pride. Ебай твою мать, Putin.
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....the Garden of the Damned, since I'm still here after the Rapture(tm).

Planted in containers: 2 tomato plants (one Polish Linguisa, one Japanese Black Trifele); 3 pepper plants (one Yellow Marconi, one California Red, and one Sweet Chocolate), and a Lemon Cucumber.
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...the day before the Super Bowl. I still have bed hair, am unshaven, and wearing clothes that really should be washed. (Which means that I'm still neater than 75% of Portlanders.)

At this time tomorrow, however, I will be with Brendan at the A&L Sports Pub, trying to find a seat, and cheering on the Steelers to their 7th Super Bowl championship in 8 tries!
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...Amy had to work Saturday morning, so I took her in and then went back to sleep - we both recharged our batteries after she came home. A whole big day of meh, although watching Fawlty Towers on DVD with Voodoo Ladies (chai, rum, Kahlua, whipped cream and nutmeg) was fun. And we got cat food and Halloween candy.

Sunday was football day with Brendan - unfortunately, both the Vikings and Steelers lost, then we went over to [livejournal.com profile] sage_and_sea's for a very early Thanksgiving on Halloween.

No pictures of me in costume - I'm notoriously uncreative for costumes, and when I do get creative, it turns out awful (except for the erotic repairman from a few years ago).
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The city of Portland is firing police officers and refusing to police those they still have, not putting garbage cans near bus stops, and letting mentally ill people fall through the cracks of society.

Yet they want to put this piece of crap near our house..

As Dave Barry said, "I am not making this up." Funny, I thought the city was supposed to remove junk cars from the neighborhood, not put them there!
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For the first time in about ten days, I can take a deep breath. I also don't feel like my sinuses are going to explode.
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...after I finished up the maelstrom that was our taxes. (I think I got the Federal tax down pat - $9 owed, while a three-digit refund from the state.) I also did a lot of the prep work that will result in (hopefully) two Chapter 13 plans getting confirmed Monday morning, which means more money at the end of October.

Amy's sick, so not much happening at the house - she's benefiting from my getting Washington Sudafed (with real pseudoephedrine) the last time my sinuses acted up.
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...a tomato from my garden, specifically, a Red Robin tomato.

We had BLTs, and I ate the remainder of the tomato we used. I'm sure glad there's more where that came from!
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Where my dad lives in Pittsburgh was near ground zero for a microburst (a weather pattern like a tornado that hits suddenly).

Zoom in on the map to the 50-ft scale. The giant tree in the upper left of the screen is down - the tree was about 100 feet tall. Most of the trees to the north of our back yard are down as well.

My dad is OK, and the house has some shingles and siding missing, but no major damage. A large iron and glass patio table was thrown into the next yard, and an iron chair was sent 400 feet down the street into another neighbor's yard.


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....making mole in the crock pot. Nom nom nom about 7:30.
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First, alive. I'm getting to the age where self-abuse (not what you're thinking!) takes its toll on your body.

10 years will bring much more confidence to my reactions to events and interactions with people. For much of my life, I believed that I was just barely adequate, and that sometime, someone would find me out. But over the past several years, I've realized that people do like me for who I am, and that people respect me for how I act and what I believe in.

I feel comfortable as a peer, whether social or professional, now.
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I will not pingback comments to my Facebook account. I like to keep the hot hot and the cool cool.

However, I will link to Facebook here - my wife is having an exhibition of five of her works at Vino Vixens, 2929 SE Powell, Portland, starting tomorrow night at 8. Come join us! Her collages will be up throughout September, and will be available for purchase.
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It works. Thanks, Amy. OM NOM NOM NOM.
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This movie is something completely different. This isn't a compliment or
a criticism; it's just a statement of fact.

Read more... )
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From [livejournal.com profile] spoothbrush:

1. If you'd like to play along, reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. You then list (and upload or link to the video, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Then, as I'm doing here, you'll post the list to your journal with the instructions.

I got "I"...

"I'm Bad" - LL Kool J. My psyche-up music for law school exams. I roadied for him when he came to UChicago, including helping them (very carefully) load the sound board...

"It's All Been Done" - Barenaked Ladies. The video is part from a cat's point of view, and BNL had the perfect snarky pop song for that time of my life. (Why yes, I liked Harvey Danger and Cake....why do you ask?)

"Isometric Plaything" - Thanks to Gravity. This is what happens when classical music geeks play pop. I only knew about this group because some DJ played one song once on KNRK - I exhaustively searched the Internet music archives (Napster, cough) and found the song. Then I bought the CDs. This is them in concert - video from this one show is all I could find on YouTube

"Into the Sun" - King Black Acid. Released in 2000, near the end of my indie-rockism in Portland. A long, desperate wail of psychedelia, a Stairway to Heaven for my generation.

"If I Had $1,000,000" - Barenaked Ladies. I sang this at karaoke. Phear.

Honorable Mention - "I Whooped Batman's Ass" - Wesley Willis; "I Blew Up the United States" - Was (Not Was); "If You Could Read My Mind" - Gordon Lightfoot (also covered by The Black Watch); "Intergalactic" - Beastie Boys. (Any song with a Uranus joke in it has got to be good.)
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...from foreclosure after they got ripped off by mortgage-modification scammers.

I feel good.
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Federal judge Vaughn Walker invalidates Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriages, citing "no rational basis" for the discriminatory law.

It's about time. I think I'm a pretty normal (don't laugh) heterosexual married man. Most of my friends have married in the past decade. I can't see how allowing committed same-sex couples to marry could possibly have any impact whatsoever on their marriages.

On the other hand, Measure 36 (Oregon's version of Proposition 8, thinks this marriage is fine and dandy. WARNING: You will need brain bleach after following this link.

Judge Walker has an interesting combination of influences; he's gay, but is a conservative Law and Economics theorist appointed to the bench by George H.W. Bush.

Another indication of same-sex marriage not necessarily being just for liberals only is one of the lead counsels for the plaintiffs - Ted Olson, former Solicitor General during the George W. Bush administration and counsel for Ronald Reagan during the Iran-Contra scandal.

This ruling only affects California; however, if Judge Walker's decision is upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, it would apply to the whole circuit, including Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Arizona.

I seriously doubt my Nevada-performed, Oregon-based marriage to Amy would be affected one iota by the 9th Circuit upholding Judge Walker's decision. Just sayin'....

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