Words and music by Jethro Tull
Would you join a slow marching band?
And take pleasure in your leaving
as the ferry sails and tears are dried
and cows come home at evening.
Could you get behind a slow marching band?
And join together in the passing
of all we shared through yesterdays
in sorrows neverlasting.
Take a hand and take a bow.
You played for me; that's all for now, oh, and never
mind the words just hum along and keep on going.
Walk on slowly --- don't look behind you.
Don't say goodbye, love. I won't remind you.
Dream of me as the nights draw cold
still marking time through Winter.
You paid the piper and called the tune
and you marched the band away.
Take a hand and take a bow.
You played for me; that's all for now, oh, and never
mind the words just hum along and keep on going.
Walk on slowly --- don't look behind you.
Don't say goodbye, love. I won't remind you.
For those who haven't heard them sing, theirs is a beautiful sound, rich, lush, (not in the drinking way, but in the full sound way) and lots of fun.
I highly recommend them!!!
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said he'd appeal the ruling, which he labeled an attempt to strike down the ban approved by voters in 2005.
"The laws and constitution of the State of Texas define marriage as an institution involving one man and one woman," Abbott said in a written statement. "Today's ruling purports to strike down that constitutional definition – despite the fact that it was recently adopted by 75 percent of Texas voters."
Abbott has argued that because the state doesn't recognize gay marriage, its courts can't dissolve one through divorce.
District Judge Tena Callahan's ruled Thursday, however, that the court "has jurisdiction to hear a suit for divorce filed by persons legally married in another jurisdiction."
Jennifer Pizer, marriage project director for the New York-based gay rights group Lambda Legal, said it is too early to predict the ultimate implications of the lawsuit, in which neither man is identified.
But Cathy Adams, president of the conservative Texas Eagle Forum, characterized the decision as a judicial overreach.
"Judicial activism is what they're after, and it sounds as if they found someone in Dallas to participate in their endeavor," she said. "The people of Texas have spoken very strongly in opposition to same-sex marriage."
Peter Schulte, an attorney for the man who filed for divorce, told The Dallas Morning News that he and his client are "ecstatic" over the court's ruling. Schulte said the decision was a surprise, and that he hoped to have the judge sign a divorce order in a few weeks.
Gov. Rick Perry said state lawmakers and voters have repeatedly affirmed marriage as being between a man and a woman.
"I believe the ruling is flawed and should be appealed," Perry said.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said she also supports Abbott's decision to appeal. Hutchison, who is challenging Perry in the GOP gubernatorial primary, said she has "consistently voted to preserve the sanctity of marriage and as governor I will continue to defend traditional marriage."
A phone message left by The Associated Press at court offices for Callahan was not immediately returned late Thursday. Callahan's ruling was first reported in The Dallas Morning News.
Pizer predicted an eventual end to bans on gay marriage in Texas and across the country.
"Most people do recognize that, eventually, American law will treat gays and lesbians the same as every other American," she said. "What we don't know is how may chapters that story will be."
Leo Horoscope for week of October 1, 2009
"I may not love you," wrote R. R. Doister, "but I can certainly love my fantasy about you." Personally, I've been guilty of embodying that attitude toward certain people in my life. There have also been allies to whom I could have said, "I do love you, although I love my fantasy about you a little more." And it has even been the case on numerous occasions that I've been proud to declare, "I love you even more than I love my fantasy about you." What about you, Leo? Where do you stand on the issue? This is an excellent time to get on the righteous side of the great divide, which is to say: Adore your special people for who they really are more than for your fantasies about them.
Has anyone ever had this problem? What did you do to fix it. BTW it happens if I use IE Explorer too, but I rarely use that one....
25 Random Things You May or May Not Know (or care) About Me
Instructions: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose up to 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.
(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag up to 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)
1. When I was 14, my friends threw a party for me at school when they realized that I had finally reached 5 feet tall.
2. I have lived all my life in California, except for 2 years in Washington State, and 2 years in Chile.
3. My left foot is one half size smaller than my right, which makes buying shoes interesting.
4. I still consider Washington State to be my home, my family lives there, and home is where Mom is.
5. I have been a Monty Python fan since I was a freshman in high school when I first saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Before that I kept seeing the show advertised in the TV guild but kept thinking I was looking for an actual Circus.
6. I am actually a very shy person, I mask it by being an extrovert, but its just an act.
7. I have been singing for as long as I can remember. My father would bring home albums and play them over and over till I had the song learned, then he would make me sing for his friends. I full filled a special dream by joining the Broadside Music Hall last year to sing Music Hall and perform on Mad Sal's stage.
8. I was never close to my father, in fact he was most of the time my tormentor. Though I was not happy when he died, I did have sort of a sigh of relief thought I mourned the relationship we would never be able to develop.
9. In the 80's I experimented with drugs. I was very clear about what I wanted to know from them, and only took specific ones. In the end I stopped because I really didn't have time for them, (recovery time from it was longer than I really could afford at the time) I didn't have the money for it, (though some were down right cheap) and they started wanting me to think about stuff that I didn't want to think about. I am allergic to pot, so that one is out, and there were only three others I experimented with, though I had plans to try a couple of others, I could never get my hands on them.
10. I love Absinthe, and use to make a version of it myself which I shared with friends, they seemed to like it alot.
11. I hate moving, and looking for a job. I have been known to stay in both bad living situations, and bad jobs for way too long because I hate doing that so much.
12. I realized years ago that I would never be considered really attractive, so have vowed to never become an eyesore.
13. I learned when I was in my teens that I should never give my mom what i thought was an impossible task. She once asked us what we thought about moving to Washington state. I told her that I would only do it if I got a horse. That summer we moved up there to a farm sort of setting and indeed I got my horse. Half Arab, Half Appaloosa, all white with black spots.
14. From the time that I was very young my father told me that I would never be loved, only tolerated. It has made accepting love from others very hard to believe. There are only a small handful of people I have ever been able to believe it from.
15. I believe in being honest above all else and have been known to end friendships and love relationships if I find I am being lied to. I will however not go out of my way to hurt someone I love by bludgeoning them with the truth.
16. I have studied things like Kashmir Shaivism (complex form of Hindu philosophy), Orisha Dillogun (Philosophical divination system from Nigeria) Raja Yoga. I have sort of gone native with each of them, embracing them as my own. I find that there is really little contradictory in them.
17. I think that laughter is the most important thing in the world, next to love. I laugh all the time, and look for something funny in almost every situation.
18. I have a profound sense of appropriateness, and know when not to laugh.
19. I've been working the Renaissance Fair for 25 years. I have been the oldest member of the court at northern fair for the past 5 years.
20. Some of my closest friends I met at the fair, its one of the few reasons I stay living in California.
21. I am a consummate Chocoholic, though I have learned to only eat a small amount of it, well at least till I am skinny enough to warrant it again.
22. I struggle with depression though I try not to let people see it.
23. I have no interest in sports of any kind, part of his is because my father was such an avid sports fan, and kept trying to force me to be interested, but discouraged me from actually playing them in high school, when I said I wanted to try out for the foot ball team in high school, and part of it is because I was never any good at it, I seem to have almost no ability or interest in catching "the Ball" or in running unless someone is chasing me with the threat of bodily harm.
24. When I was living in Washington, we used to show our horses at local horse shows and at the County Fair. I took a blue ribbon in a class that the former owner of my horse was unable to even place in because the horse in question was unmanageable for him, his mother was furious because we were from California and I shouldn't have been able to deal with her (the horse's name was Suzy).
25. I moved to San Diego in 1998, partly to get away from the bay area, where I had been convinced that I had no friends, and to start a new life there. With the exception of some people who became very close friends, the over all experience was very hard on me. I had gone from knowing tons so people to being secluded in a section of town where I knew no one, spent most of my time in bad jobs during a time where there were no good jobs to be had. I ended up being single and solo for the past 10 years and at this point in time, have little hope that this status will change. I think I have lost the ability to meet potential partners. I remain with a very small amount of hope but am figuring that I will be alone for the rest of my life. I think I will eventually get to where I am fine with that.
Your result for The Personality Defect Test...
You are 43% Rational, 86% Extroverted, 43% Brutal, and 29% Arrogant.
To put it less negatively:
1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.
2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.
3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.
4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.
Your exact opposite is the Sociopath.
If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.
The other personality types:
The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.
The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.
The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.
The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.
The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.
The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.
The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.
The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.
The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.
The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.
The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.
The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.
The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.
The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.
The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.
The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.
Be sure to take my Sublime Philosophical Crap Test if you are interested in taking a slightly more intellectual test that has just as many insane ramblings as this one does!
I am a self-proclaimed pseudo-intellectual who loves dashes. I enjoy science, philosophy, and fart jokes and water balloons, not necessarily in that order. I spend 95% of my time online, and the other 5% of my time in the bathroom, longing to get back on the computer. If, God forbid, you somehow find me amusing instead of crass and annoying, be sure to check out my blog and my webcomic at SaintGasoline.com.
Your result for The Chakra Test...
The Sensuous One
You have scored 100% Desire - Your dominant Chakra is the "Sacral (Spleen) or Orange Chakra"
The "Sacral (Spleen) or Orange Chakra" is where energy for one's sexuality and feelings originates from. It is located at the spleen (and genitals). This is the chakra which is most developed in you at this time.
The Sacral chakra is about feeling and sexuality. When it is open your feelings flow freely, and are expressed without you being over-emotional. You are open to intimacy and you can be passionate and lively. You have no problems dealing with your sexuality.
Depending on your percentage score, there is always more room for development. When this chakra is under-active you may become stiff and unemotional. You may even develop a poker-like face, as a defence mechanism, to stop others from knowing what you are feeling. If the chakra becomes over-active, you may become overly, emotionally attached to people and sexually active.
What is most important is to find balance amongst all 7 chakras. Have a look at what percentages you scored on the others and work to increase their power and balance with each other.
Root Chakra: 35% Passion, Sacral(Spleen) Chakra: 100% Desire, Solar Plexus (Navel) Chakra: 59% Purpose, Heart Chakra: 100% Balance, Throat Chakra: 100% Expression, Third Eye Chakra: 53% Imagination and Crown Chakra: 88% Spirituality!
"Sacral Chakra" Key Words: Feelings, Emotions, Intimacy, Procreation, Polarity, Sensuality, Confidence, Sociability, Freedom, Movement
"Sacral Chakra"Attributes: Color - Orange: Sense - Taste: Element - Water: Seat - Creativity
If you enjoyed this test, I would love the feedback!
Friday evening I spent pretty mellow. Had dinner, made some scones and watched a couple of episodes of Waiting for God. I love the character of Diana, she is so evil and viciously fun. Went to be kinda early cuz I had an early appointment.
Saturday I rushed off early to the Kabuki Spa in San Francisco's Japan town. The students had given me a gift certificate last summer for my birthday and this was the first time I had had to use it. I put a bit of extra cash on it and got what they call the Nirvana package. This included a facial, something called a body polish, and then a 70 minute Shiatsu massage, plus use of the spa room, hot tubs, steam room, sauna, and cold plunge.
I had never had a facial before, but it was pretty cool. A very nice woman massaged stuff into my face, cleaned out the pores, got rid of areas that were flaking, and moisturized the heck out of my face. She told me that my skin was really dry and that it kept drinking up all the moisturizers. I replied, great now every pore is an over eater. She laughed. She gave me so hints about how to take better care of my skin and then I was off to the next thing.
Body polish. You lay on this large table covered with towels, and someone rubs you down with rather strong defoliants, they smelled really good. Then you are washed down in really nice hot water... the process was a bit brusque but I think that may have just been the guy doing it.
Shiatsu massage. God was it cool. I hovered in that space between sleeping and awake. During the massage I could see images of people and things that I needed to let go of, rising to consciousness, and then floating away. By the time it was done, I was like limp rubber. Very very relaxed.
After this was all over, I went in to the communal areas where the pools were. Its been a long time since I have been in a situation where the crowd was all nude, but it was okay. I got in the hot water and just sat till I was cooked. It was very quiet, no one talked, though smiles and nods were prevalent. I assumed it wasn't really that busy because it was still early in the day. I decided to try it all, so I went and sat in the sauna, then the steam room, though for only a bit, that hot very wet air was kinda harsh to me, though others seemed to thrive in it.
After a while I decided it was time to go, I was getting to that falling asleep stage again and still had a ways to go till I was home and could sleep if I wanted to. On my way home I stopped to go inside what I have always called "Our Lady of the Dishpan hands" There is this enormous cathedral in Japan town that looks from the outside like a Washing Machine agitator, it can be seen from many places in the city, up on a hill, and very large. I expected it to be really pretty inside, but it was pretty dull, sadly. I think the actual name is St. Mary's, but am not sure.
After I left that, I started walking, originally I was going to catch a bus but was enjoying the relaxed state I was in so much that I walked all the way to BART at Montgomery and Market. Took BART home and relaxed the rest of the day.
nytemuse and I went to the even chanting at the Syda Yoga Ashram (http://www.oaklandsyda.org/). They were chating Jai Jai Vittale for a good while then into meditation. Normally meditation may last as much as 20 minutes but this one was long, it seem to go on for an hour. I went in deep, but then popped out for a bit, then realizing that they were going for longer, I went back in, even deeper this time... After it was over, I had no brains left. Very blissed out. Got home and ended up going to bed early, for a Saturday evening.
Sunday we went to the Kali Puja with Sharanya (http://www.maabatakali.org/about/). The group was small, but the energy was intense, there are portions of it where I think I may have blacked out, or at least tranced out enough that I don't really remember what happened. It felt really good. I met some new people too, which was nice. Sad that Abel was not there but perhaps another time.
Got home and to bed by 11PM
All in all it was a very nice weekend.
Today out of bordom at work, I decided to look her up. I figure most everyone is on the net some how, and maybe I can find her. I think I have...
There is a discussion group for people who have escaped the Church of Scientology, and in one of the discussions they are talking about a prison camp where the church holds people that they have labeled problems. They are under armed guards, kept in very bad conditions, and forced to do hard labor and undergo interrogations daily till they agree to stay in the church...
My friend Erin's name is on the list of people being held there, where ever it is. It seemed as if it was here in CA, in Southern CA.
I don't know what to do. I feel I should do something, this was an important person in my life, who I cared a lot about. I just don't know what to do...
Sung to Scotland the Brave
Given to me by Molly Paigen. (If anyone knows who wrote it, please let us me know,
Molly has forgotten who the author was and I like to give credit where credit is due)
When you were two or three
Your mommy would always see
That you had a party on your birthday
But now you’re older and more mature
At least we are pretty sure
And shouldn’t be treated like a baby.
‘Cuz no one gives a shit about your birthday any more,
No! It’s not important.
And if you want the truth it’s simply a good excuse
For your friends to all get drunk together.
Now I’m sure that you’ll agree,
Your brain starts to atrophy,
Each time that you celebrate your birthday.
Unfortunately I must remind you,
The best part of life’s behind you.
Soon they will throw your final party.
Your teeth will rot, your hair fall out,
And sex will merely refer to gender only.
So raise a glass with me, a toast to senility,
We wish you a Happy Crappy Birthday!
Tony performed at the Renaissance Pleasure Fair for several years in the early 90's portraying first Don Bernardino De Mendoza, Ambasador to from the Court of Spain, and then later Sir Walter Raighly (sp). He was beloved of seeming everybody at the fair, and was truly a very sweet man. From there he went on to perform in Hollywood. I nearly lept out of my seat when I saw him as a very attractive long haired cop in one of the Lethal Weapon Movies...
He will be missed even though I haven't seen him in many years, normally I like to think of my missing friends as having gone to wonderful happy successful lives.
Please let me know if there is a possibility.
This lady sells soap, and artwork. pushkie check out the shoes in the art work!
Rested on your belly over a brook and dipped the tip of your nose into the chilly water to smell the songs of fishes?
Looked up at the ceiling with your feet in the air and pretended to dance around the chandelier?
Lifted a stick into afternoon sunlight, and imagined it to be Excalibur?
Wrapped a paper bag around your head and hoped it were a diving helmet?
Cut a labyrinth out of a single piece of paper?
Spoke to a bird on the branches of a tree...and got a reply?
Made your hands pruned with water and glue because you were building a dragon?
Let your toes dance in the mud with the worms...who are the true guardians of secrets of the dead?
Found a key on the sidewalk, and wondered what treasure chest it may open?
Death has no grip upon those who look at the world...and see it as a writer sees a blank piece of paper - a whispered promise from a distant lover. Pain has no sway upon those who understand that magic exists, and rests within each and every person. Age has no power upon those who take the moment to bring joy to themselves, and to those whom they love, through the simplest gesture of imagination.
So sayeth the boy who wouldn't grow up.
Wow we had thirty songs to run through. Both solos and group numbers. Found out that we weren't really ready on the Man song. (the particulars had gotten changed, I didn't know my parts, but then neither did most of the rest either) When we finally got down to the last songs on the list, they decided that I really did have my song down so I didn't have to redo it, and we skipped several others, we were really running out of time.
About my song. I have been really nervous about singing it in front of people. There were a couple of places that it felt awkward to me. On Wednesday I nailed it good at Scrumbly's house for rehearsal. So I felt good enough about it to sing it. Now Sal's venue is large, I really wanted to fill it with my voice. So I openned up and belted it out. Its a sentimental song, not a funny one, so I am trying to ham it up while singing it. When I finished, I got cheered. Wow, I haven't really been cheered before, so that was a suprise. Obediah looked a me and said, "Get yersef up t' the V&A, cuz yer too good for the likes of us." I was told by everone in the cast that they really loved it. I just hope I can get good reactions from the audiance, but the cheering of my peers felt really good!
On the whole the weekend left me really tired. I fell asleep yesterday at 6:30, while waiting for the laudry to run. Slept a lot! Lots of dreams. Speaking of which:
I was dreaming that I was on my way to my Godmother's house in San Francisco, and was sort of picking my way through the streets of the north end of the city. I had apparently taken a wrong turn but knew how to get there from where I was. Suddenly I come upon a crowd in a park area. I'm trying to get around them and once I got up to near the stage I realize that it is a group waiting for a presentation by yezida to begin. On the stage are various other Feri initiates also waiting, they see me and call me over to join them. I walk over, and spent an afternoon with them as the presentation is done. Suddenly I remember that I was supposed to get to my godmother's house, and the alarm goes off...
The dream was vivid, and full of bright colors. Each initiate was painted and feathered, and each wearing dragon fly pins and matching style frog pins. It was very colorful, like something right out of Faery.
And speaking of my godmother's house. Saturday night I was privilaged to be there for the Eleke Ceremony of my new godsister nytemuse. I spent the first part of the evening grating coconut for the rogation, while everything else was being prepared. Her aujubonna is a hoot. She really cracked me up. At the end of the ceremony, we had a wonderful feast that the new Iyawo had prepared herself. Then to run home to try and get some sleep so I would be fresh for Final Dress Rehearsal.
I got everything done finally, and even met some new people who I hope will become friends. Been kinda needing that, feeling pretty lonely lately, even with the hussel and bussel of putting on a fair. I really wish I was able to reconnect with some of my older friends, those I have history with, but the seem to have all gone away. Some of those who have gone away, I am not unhappy about, but then, I was having trouble seeing them as friends anyway so its ok.
I think I need Dickensian Icons too
California Supreme Court Grants Review
in Prop 8 Legal Challenges
Court to Determine Constitutionality of Prop 8
Today the California Supreme Court granted review in the legal challenges to Proposition 8, which passed by a narrow margin of 52 percent on November 4. In an order issued today, the Court agreed to hear the case and set an expedited briefing schedule. The Court also denied an immediate stay.
On November 5, 2008, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of Proposition 8 in the California Supreme Court on behalf of six couples and Equality California. The City of San Francisco, joined by the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, and Santa Clara County, filed a similar challenge, as did a private attorney in Los Angeles.
The lawsuits allege that, on its face, Proposition 8 is an improper revision rather than an amendment of the California Constitution because, in its very title, which was “Eliminates the right to marry for same-sex couples,” the initiative eliminated an existing right only for a targeted minority. If permitted to stand, Proposition 8 would be the first time an initiative has successfully been used to change the California Constitution to take way an existing right only for a particular group. Such a change would defeat the very purpose of a constitution and fundamentally alter the role of the courts in protecting minority rights. According to the California Constitution, such a serious revision of our state Constitution cannot be enacted through a simple majority vote, but must first be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature.
Since the three lawsuits submitted on November 5, three other lawsuits challenging Proposition 8 have been filed. In a petition filed on November 14, 2008, leading African American, Latino, and Asian American groups argued that Proposition 8 threatens the equal protection rights of all Californians.
On November 17, 2008, the California Council of Churches and other religious leaders and faith organizations representing millions of members statewide, also filed a petition asserting that Proposition 8 poses a severe threat to the guarantee of equal protection for all, and was not enacted through the constitutionally required process for such a dramatic change to the California Constitution. On the same day, prominent California women’s rights organizations filed a petition asking the Court to invalidate Proposition 8 because of its potentially disastrous implications for women and other groups that face discrimination.
In May of 2008, the California Supreme Court held that barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the equal protection clause of the California Constitution and violates the fundamental right to marry. Proposition 8 would completely eliminate the right to marry only for same-sex couples. No other initiative has ever successfully changed the California Constitution to take away a right only from a targeted minority group.
Over the past 100 years, the California Supreme Court has heard nine cases challenging either legislative enactments or initiatives as invalid revisions of the California Constitution. In three of those cases, the Court invalidated those measures.