Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Alpha and the Omega

This is my first, last, and only political commentary for this election.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Big fun tying up some virgins!

I mean, Virgin-Bound Excitement!

Yeah, that's it. Forget that other one; it's not as accurate.

I've signed a contract with a sailboat charter company for ten days on a Lagoon 380 and sent them a deposit. I've bought plane tickets there and, unfortunately, back. Next June, if you're looking for me, you'd better catch me early in the month because during the last two weeks of June, I'll be in the beautiful Virgin Islands with some friends.

Yep, friends. My exquisite wife and boon companion, the inestimable Ronnie, has agreed to hold down the fort here at home while I have some boys-only time. And, unlike the first several decades of my life, I actually have enough male friends to need more than a two-man daysailer for such an adventure. Hooray for me!

Friends are good.

Fun is good.

We might be doing something approximately like this:

My friends are the shiznit and this is gonna be the most fun you can have with your clothes on, even if we're occasionally in a state of deshabille or, possibly, even complete nudity. Sun, sand, warm water, tropical fish, rum, trade winds...

But I refuse to talk about the donkeys.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010

Oh!, Deities of spacetime, save me from myself!

I've signed up for something which promises to be worse than the deathmarch to finish my part of Win95. And I still shudder about that experience. I have an Author's Page on their site. I have writing buddies. What the hell are they good for? I'll just bet they aren't gonna help me write a chapter or anything useful like that. I have a badge. Do I need a stinking' badge? I am an "Official Participant."


I must find my inner Philip K. Dick, but without the drugs he favored. Speed is not my friend. Well, next month speed will be my friend but not "speed." Ya know? I just hope I don't dream about electric sheep.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Long Facebook ABC Meme

I dislike many aspects of Facebook, so I'm doing this meme here on my blog.

The Rules are: You enter the letter into the search box on Facebook and using first name to appear (or at least one of the first), you answer the associated questions. If the same person comes up twice, use next down the list. Tag each person you mention. Let's begin.

I don't tag but here's mine.

A – Ren Allen
1) Do you love this person? Yes.
2) Is this person your enemy? No.
3) Would you kiss this person? Yes.

B – Bob Collier
1) What do you really think of this person? Brilliant, even if he does cheer for the fucking Yankees.
2) What's their favorite color? No idea.
3) Ever danced with them? Not yet.

C – Chloe Maier
1) Do you have a crush on this person? I love her infinitely.
2) Have you ever had a crush on them? Loved her before birth.
3) How old are they? 16-1/2.

D – Kimya Dawson
1) How long have you known him/her? Since LiG2009.
2) Biggest regret? Not singing with her… Yet!
3) Do you hate this person? No way.

E – Laura Flynn Endres
1) Have you met their parents? No.
2) Worst thing about this person? Her fitness, despite being a middle-aged woman!
3) Best thing about this person? Her blunt honesty.

F – Behan Favrel Gifford
1) Have you ever dated this person? No.
2) When is the next time you will see him/her? When they finish their circumnavigation, unless we go visit them in Fiji or something.
3) Do you go to school with them? No.

G – Mary Gold
1) Are they a good listener? Excellent.
2) Have you ever lied to this person? No.
3) Is this person nice? The best.

H – Laureen Hudson
1) What grade are they in? Grade A Prime.
2) Is he/she your best friend? No but she's one of the good ones.
3) Ever done something illegal with this person? I plead the fifth and demand my lawyer.

I – Idzie Desmarais
1) Is this person in a relationship? I don't think so.
2) Where do they live? Canada, eh?
3) What color hair does this person have? Dunno.

J – Jeff Sabo
1) Do they have any siblings?
2) Do you know their favorite song? Anything by The Greybeards.
3) What would you do if they confessed they liked you? I fucking hope he likes me!

K – Kelly Dunlap Lovejoy
1) Did you ever like this person? Always.
2) Ever danced with this person? Yes.
3) Ever kissed this person? Yes.

L – Lori Lewis Wedgeworth
1) What would you do if you had never met this person? Be short one niece.
2) Do you like him/her? Yes.
3) Would you go to Disney World with this person? I wouldn't go to Disneyworld for all the tea in China or, at least, anything less than $10K cash up front. I hate the Disney universe.

M – Michael Mangiapane
1) When is the last time you saw him/her? At our band reunion in 1991.
2) Have you been to his/her house? Not his current one.
3) Do you like this person? Been pals since high school.

N – Nick Maier
1) Who is this person? First cousin once removed.
2) Have you seen this person cry? No.
3) Do you know this person's favorite sport? He's a Maier so it hasta be sex.

O - S. Peter Oddo
1) Do they have braces? No.
2) When was the last time you saw each other? Sometime in the early 60s?
3) Have you ever liked each other? Oh, yes, and I plan to visit him in January.

P – Patrick Lohkamp
1) Have you ever been to the mall with this person? No.
2) Are you fairly close to this person? First cousin once removed.
3) Does this person have a job? Starting back to school.

Q – Qacei Gold
1) How did you meet this person? At the LIFE is Good Unschooling Conference.
2) Is he/she single? Yes.
3) Are they nice? Yes.

R - Ronnie Maier
1) Have you heard this person sing before? Yes. She's a Hot Backup Chick with The Greybeards and has even sung lead.
2) Do you think this person will repost this? Maybe.
3) What’s one thing you would change about this person? I'd clone her.

S - Stephanie Marr
1) Is this person taller than you? Everybody's taller than me, except some of the women in my family.
2) Do you enjoy spending time with him/her? Yes.
3) Do they live close to you? No.

T - TJ Phillips
1) Is this person older than you? No.
2) Is this person single? No.
3) Have you ever gotten caught doing something bad with this person? No. I've never been *caught*. And define "bad" please.

U - Unschooling Group
1) How long have you known this person? Various.
2) Have you ever had a crush on them? Not the whole group.
3) Is this person single? Various.

V – Mary V. Canonica
1) Do you see this person a lot? Yes.
2) When did you meet her/him? She's my MIL.
3) What is this person's favorite food? Anything not spicy.

W – Stephanie Rebel Waldron
1) Is this person quiet or loud? Yes.
2) Name a friend that both of you are close to? Deanna Brees Piercy.
3) What color eyes does this person have? Unknown.

X- Xbox live
1) How long have you known him/her? I worked on the first release of the Xbox.
2) Biggest regret? Not getting a free Xbox after working on the damned thing.
3) Do you hate this person? I enjoy it quite a lot.

Y – BVI Yacht Charters
1) How long have you known him/her? Since 2001.
2) Biggest regret? Not using theri services more frequently.
3) Do you hate this person? I like them very much.

Z - Joni Zander
1) Do you have any nicknames for this person? No.
2) How did you meet this person? Through unschooling.
3) Ever been to this persons house? No.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Life imitates art

I have several friends who could joyfully debate this and/or its mirror, art imitates life, for hours on end. Intellectual masturbation at its finest. I wonder if Christine O'Donnell considers that a sin. She probably thinks it's two sins: masturbation and being intellectual. I'd be willing to bet the rent money on which one of those she finds more offensive.

However, I'm not interested in any kind of masturbation just now, thanks. Later on, well, who knows what the future will bring, eh? I have, instead, a specific reason for the title of this post.

In the movie Sister Act there's a scene where some nuns swarm into a bar, select songs on the jukebox, take over the dance floor, and just kinda infest, I mean *invest* the place with a distinctly non-bar vibe. One of the patrons comments, "If this place turns into a nuns' bar, I'm outta here."

Recently, life imitates art in that the familyrun.ning site has been similarly swarmed by a couple of wear-it-on-your-sleeve Christians (Does the phrase "whitened sepulchers" ring any bells?) who misunderstand unschooling as badly as they misunderstand the Koine Greek of their own Bible's New Testament.

I empathize with the emotions of that bar patron and I feel like saying (even though I wouldn't actually do it in reality) in parallel solidarity with him, "If this place turns into a(n inept) Christian apologetics site, I'm outta here."

Oh, and my resolution of any discussion including the concepts life and art is that my life is art!


P.S. On a slightly related note, I'm thinking about doing nanowrimo to help me really break from my obsessive editing/rewriting habit. If I do nanowrimo, I wonder if my result will rise to the level of art. I guess we'll see.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Chloe's Texas Adventure

It's October. Here in the Seattle area, that means 50ish degrees, grey, and drizzly. Time to switch from shorts to sweatpants, for the heater to kick on at night, for indoor sports. Chloe, on the other hand, is in Texas.

All photos courtesy of Jihong (Joy). Thanks!