Friday, August 29, 2008
I'm headed out to Bend, Oregon for part of the weekend. I've never been there, have no serious plan about that to do when I get there, and I'm leaving in a few hours with my wisecracking side kick ricky. We're going to check out the St. Francis School Hotel and maybe go hiking. Will report back shortly.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I'm just incredibly lucky and humbled to get to be a godmother. Especially for this one. She's such a good natured little kid. So, yes, I made it to Delaware, participated in a really lovely christening ceremony at a non-traditional, positive thinking oriented church and spent the weekend and following days hanging out with the family near Rehoboth Beach. i was so sad to leave this morning, and now i'm killing time in Philly before my flight back.
Why Baby Why - George Jones
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Delta is changing their frequent flier miles deal on September 1, 2008 to something less pleasant. I have hoarded a decent number of miles and need to pull the trigger on a ticket by that date for a trip sometime after that.
So i'm taking suggestions on where I should go on my solo adventure.
2. I've already spent a decent amount of time in the Caribbean, Mexico, Italy and France, so i don't want to go there again.
3. I don't have enough miles for Austrailia, India, Africa, the Middle East, or the Southwestern Pacific (no Fiji for me).
4. I'm don't want to spend a kabillion dollars once i'm there. So Iceland and Japan probably wouldn't be ideal.
5. I'm thinking Spring.
6. I'm probably going by myself (which I've done before in the aforementioned locations and I love it). Though i might be open to some sort of organized multisport adventure sort of excursion.
So far i'm considering Thailand, Argentina, Greece... but I just started thinking about it.
Goldfrapp - Fly Me Away (Acoustic)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Good news!! As previously reported, Portland is a ninja-friendly zone.
Lifted from the Portland Mercury...
A court in Oregon has overturned the February conviction of a man for carrying a concealed ninja sword in a Critical Mass rally. According to the appeals transcript, James M.Turner was riding his bicycle in a Critical Mass rally, when a Portland Police Officer riding next to him saw "three to four inches" of a sword handle wedged between Turner's back and his backpack. The officer testified in court that there was no doubt in his mind that the object was a "sword or [something] similar."
According to the transcript, the officer asked Turner, "What's sticking out of your neck?"
Turner replied that it was a "ninja sword," and the officer motioned for him to pull over. After Turner stopped, the officer removed the sword, which was sheathed, from between Turner's body and his backpack. As he removed it, he discovered the sword was contained in a "double sheath, where one sword goes in one end, one in the other." At the time the officer removed the first sword, he had not seen and was not aware of the second sword. He arrested Turner for carrying a concealed weapon based on his discovery of the second sword.
The appeals court ruled, however, that the officer did not have probable cause to stop Turner for carrying a concealed second sword, based on their conversation about the first sword, which did not constitute an official "stop." However, the interaction became an official "stop," the court ruled, when the officer motioned to the rider to pull over.
Under Article I, section 9 of the constitution, a "stop" must be justified by the officer's reasonable suspicion that a person has committed or is about to commit a crime. Because the officer lacked reasonable suspicion to believe that defendant was carrying a concealed weapon at the time that he motioned for Turner to pull over, he unlawfully stopped him, and the trial court erred in failing to suppress evidence of the second sword, ruled the appeals court.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
There's a crafts area at the festival full of various clothing, pottery, art, books, music and gay what-have-you. i came across a jewelry booth associated with a really excellent craft enterprise called Honey and Milk that turns out is owned by a Portland woman who is friends of friends. There were many many little silver rings with helpful phrases on them. The proprietress assured me that the right affirmation was more important than getting it to fit on a particular finger. So I bought myself a great new ring, with the perfect affirmation. When i start to get shaky or feel sad, looking at it makes me feel better. its says "I WILL THRIVE."
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Mogwai, M Ward, The Helio Sequence, Menomena, Polvo (!!!), Nada Surf, The Builders and The Butcher, Trans Am, Old 97’s, The Cool Kids, The Night Marchers, The Whigs, Seaweed,Steel Pole Bath Tub, Deerhunter, Centro-Matic, Crooked Fingers, Bobby Bare Jr., Death Vessel, Blitzen Trapper, Dan Deacon, John Vanderslice, Britt Daniel, Jedi Mind Tricks, Monotonix, Old Time Relijun, Mirah, Matt and Kim, Poison Idea, The Joggers, Forro in the Dark, Rupa and The April Fishes, These Arms Are Snakes, Port O' Brien, Calvin Johnson, Pseudosix, Starfucker, Throw Me From The Statue, Past Lives and a whole, whole bunch more.