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I took some time today to figure out where my memories from Lj were. Looked each one up, and then found it here, and marked it for memories. Now to just figure out how to make this journal friends only... Its Friends only in Lj land, but not here, perhaps I won't be able to do that here since I am still cross posting to Lj. We'll see, if anyone can lend some info that would be great.
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The old one is still there, and this should cross post to it too, so I am not losing anything, just putting myself in a different place. Hopefully this will all work. I don't really have much to say at the moment, other than I got too little sleep last night, and was up too early this morning but oh well, it is Bash this weekend and there will be stuff to do. I think I will shower while they are at Dim Sum, and maybe got to Berkeley with them. There are some things I want to see if I can get. And perhaps find the new Dune book. I want to run down to India Town for some things there. My biggest need is to get a new Hard Drive, a really big one, but that may take care of itself. Virgil says that he thinks he has retrieved all my data from the last one that died. I never want to go through that again! He has worked so hard on this, and I feel like I need to do something nice for him in return. I think if I had had someone else do it, it would have cost me plenty just to get the material back.
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The priestess in the beginning is my godmother, This was made by one of her friends in the Orisha religion.
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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.

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Sort of embodies my day today!!!
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Yes its true! The lovely voices of the beautiful ladies of Comedia Volante are now available at CD Baby!


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!!!
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Texas Judge Rules Gay-Marriage Ban Violates U.S. Constitution

DALLAS — A Texas judge cleared the way for two Dallas men to get a divorce, ruling Thursday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional guarantee to equal protection under the law.

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."

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Leo Horoscope for week of October 1, 2009

Verticle Oracle card Leo (July 23-August 22)
"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.


Sep. 29th, 2009 09:55 am
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Mercury has gone direct today. Finally. So I was reading more about it, and find that it was retrograde in my house of money. Shite! No wonder everything financial has gone just plain stupid. Its going to be a bit before they right thenselves for me because the EDD is involved. Sometimes I hate all of this stuff, and sometimes it is simply funny, the eternal play of consciousness. Well anyway its time to move forward, and hopefully some of the stuff that I have been working on will come to fruition very soon!
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Mercury will stop being retrograde and go direct on September 29th....

I can't wait!!!
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scroll your mouse over one of the pictures for the rest of the messege...
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I seem to be having a weird problem with my browser, Mozilla/Firefox. If I get to a place where I am typing something into it, it will suddenly run itself back to the first page it was on when I opened it. Its happening often enough that its really getting annoying.

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....

Please help!
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Everybody Sing!!! )
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I am not wearing green, I am Irish, and pagan, so I don't celebrate the guy that worked so hard to end my ancestor's way of life. Pinch me, tickle me, hug me, kiss me if you want, but I'm not wearing green...
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I just ran across an interesting name... its hyphenated, but the last part is Cockrum...

very odd...
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Everybody Sing!!! )Love you!!!
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Ben & Jerry created the "Yes Pecan!" ice cream flavor for Obama.

For George W. they created "_________":
Cut for language )
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This is a meme sort of thing going around on Facebook, I liked it a lot and may add more stuff to it in time. Decided I would post it here and share. Do it if you like, comment if you like.

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.
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She is spreading the message of home cooked Jam...

And other home cooked foods.

I think I just split my seams laughing....
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Your result for The Personality Defect Test...


You are 43% Rational, 86% Extroverted, 43% Brutal, and 29% Arrogant.

You are the Hippie! Characterized by a strong sense of extroversion, irrationality, gentleness, humility, and a faint scent of marijuana, you no doubt frolic through fields preaching peace and free love! Immediately following that, you then frolic to the hospital with herpes! You are probably either very spiritual or needlessly paranoid about "the man", like most hippies, as a result of your focus on intuition and feelings over cold, brutal logic. You probably enjoy poetry, especially beatnik ultra-liberal crap about how horrible fascism is, even though your suburbanized, sheltered idea of "fascism" is having to pay two dollars per gallon at the gas pump. You are also very, very social. And like any hippie who would have no qualms about hitchiking across the country just to meet some interesting people, you also love to interact with others, even complete strangers. Though I highly doubt they love to interact with you! Because we know most any hippie is peace-loving and humble, it stands to reason that you, as well, are terribly gentle and humble, almost to the point of revulsion. Your carefree attitude of peace and harmony is probably very, very sickening to realists or cynics or anyone who isn't a hippie, to tell the truth. In short, your personality is defective because you are overly emotional, extroverted, gentle, and humble--thus making you an annoying hippie. Now go do your drugs and have sex with filthy bearded men in tye dye shirts.

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.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Televangelist, and the Robot.



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!

About Saint_Gasoline

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.

Take The Personality Defect Test at HelloQuizzy

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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!

Take The Chakra Test at HelloQuizzy

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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.

[livejournal.com profile] 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.

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May this year be the Happiest so far!!!
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I want a set for myself, and am wishing my sister had younger kids, so I could buy them for them...

and I would be younger too...LOL

Lost friend

Jan. 2nd, 2009 04:23 pm
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Back in my high school daze I had this girlfriend. Stop Laughing! Her name was Erin. Probably the only girl I ever had as a girlfriend back then. While I was in Chile, she at some point joined the Church of Scientology. Later after getting home we reconnected, and she told me what was going on. I was uneasy about it mostly cuz I'd never heard any good about that particular church. The more I hear the less I like it. After several years of talking on the phone and continuing our friendship, she tells me that she had gotten married, and low and behold started having children. (her doctors had said she would never have them as she had something wrong with her girl parts) I was really happy for her. Then one day she tells me that she is going to quite doing counseling for them and stay home and raise her children. The labeled her a problem, and started bothering her a lot. Then I lost track of her, the phone was disconected, I couldn't find any of her family that knew where she was etc. I kinda figured she may have bugged out of there to escape.

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...
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Birthday Song
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!
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I have just been informed that an old friend to many of us, Tony Guzman has passed. He was apparently in a car accident last night and didn't make it. I don't know much more than that.

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.
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I have a friend who is flying back into LAX on Friday afternoon. His original plan was to try and get up to the Bay Area for the weekend to go to Dickens. Unfortunately the possibility of that ride has fallen through due to unforseen illness. Is there anyone coming up from SoCal that might have an extra spot in their car? My friend is a Fair person from the Queen's Guard.

Please let me know if there is a possibility.



Dec. 16th, 2008 08:35 am
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In worrying about getting to work without being completely soaked, I forgot my phone...

So at least for today IM me if you need me...
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So its a bit slow today, and Kelly shows me this:


This lady sells soap, and artwork. [livejournal.com profile] pushkie check out the shoes in the art work!

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Your rainbow is intensely shaded blue, red, and indigo.


What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. Friends count on you for being honest and insightful.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

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When was the last time you...

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.
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Dickens Fair Final Dress rehearsal...

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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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
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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.    

For more information on this case>> 

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