Adventures, Music, Nineteen, Smile, Thoughts, Wine

Uh-oh

Even though I had no more than four hours of sleep yesterday night, I still had trouble sleeping tonight and here I am at 5:45 in the morning.  I have this feeling in the pit of my stomach, like the kind of excitement you get when you wake up early to drive to the airport, only I felt it all day yesterday.  It’s like wanting to jump on a trampoline to shout exclamations at the top of your lungs “!!!!!” or like taking the most amazing, sunny outdoor shower on a warm summer morning with the smell of breakfast in the air.

Please, no one cure me.

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McCain versus Obama

I realize that day dreams of Utopian governments is an afternoon waisted, but there is method to my madness.  I promise.

I was in class today when an idea occurred to me.  This is a thought in progress, bare with me.

Could it be that while personal beliefs diversify American politics, they also cloud it?

Take this idea to both extremes (I’m going to say extreme Christians and extreme environmentalists.)  It seems that their ideologies convolute and obstruct proper/progressive decision making and governing because their zone of focus is too narrow.  Their minds are like microscopes; they only see what they want to see, way too closely.  Considerate, realistic ideas are absent because they don’t mind the Constitution or the principles of the founding fathers when making a decision.  They mind a separate set of values that don’t include the whole spectrum of diversity that is the United States of America.  While the Constitution still has ratifications and should be considered somewhat of a ‘work in progress’ (rightly so, or else we would still have slavery and other such abominable ideas…) it should be the only document or work in mind when making a regulatory decision.

Just as we conduct ourselves differently at work then we do at home (i.e.–it is generally disrespectful and annoying to speak of political opinion, religious belief or finances in a professional setting)  we must conduct our government in a similar way, with respect to logic, justice, and righteousness far removed from personal beliefs or influence from religion or doctrine.  Allow them all to exist, but in different settings.  There is a time and a place for everything.

That said, I realize that this is impossible.  Humans will be humans, and we are characterized as such by having personal bias, opinions, judgements etc.  But when I’m considering a Commander in Chief, I am looking for someone who can best pull their eye from the scope to look up and see the big picture of things;  the true shape and state of the world.  Who can make a clear, level-headed, unbias, respectable, informed, non-partisan decision?  You tell me!

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Articulation and Seduction

To the women who have so beautifully articulated their disdain for Sarah Palin:  you are AMAZING.  I feel restored and re-inspired by you!  Your writings are eloquent and bold; much like you, yourselves.  Some might argue that Sarah Palin has those same characteristics, but there’s a difference.  We stand eloquently and boldly in the way of that woman… a woman who rallies opposite our inherent feminist morals and values, against our rights and our safety as a nation!  (If you didn’t catch her interview with Charlie Gibson yesterday, make sure to see it.)

Her response about national security scares me, and her attempts to deflect questions using misleading, off-point, verbose language are EXACTLY “politics as usual.”  I see no change for the better, I see it for the worse.  She looks scared sitting there in front of Charlie Gibson, and she should be.  She has no idea what she’s talking about, and I hope that she realizes that “God’s plan” for America shouldn’t include her or John McCain.  Listen to McCain’s voice mail to Sarah (wink)

On a separate note, I saw the new Woody Allen movie today (love Woody Allen) and I thought it was great.  Like in Match Point, Vicky Christina Barcelona leaves you feeling unsettled and slightly horny…  definitely stirred the traveler inside of me, which isn’t very good.  I’m hoping the feeling goes away, actually.  (Now is the time I need to settle and study!)  It’s narrated in a post-modern storybook sort of way with all the twists and turns of any complex Woody Allen film. Anyway, for the guys I’m sure any movie in which Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson kiss is one to see.  And for the girls, you probably won’t leave with the deus ex machina feeling, but you might take comfort in the theme illustrating how no one knows what they want from love, just what they don’t want.  You don’t have to know what you’re looking for!

Naming off adjectives that describe character traits won’t do it, it all in his demeanor and the context of your encounter. And the guys have gotta seduce us, and never stop seducing.  That’s a real man. (Read: Take me to Spain.)

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WOMEN SAY NO TO SARAH PALIN

“We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since

 the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for

the Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has

surpassed mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce-on the

part of a pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate-that has a

 real possibility of becoming fact.

 

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms.

Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for

ourselves and for our present or future daughters. To date, she is

 against sex education, birth control, the pro-choice platform,

environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of

speech (as mayor she wanted to ban books and attempted to fire the

librarian who stood against her), gun control, the separation of

 church and state, and polar bears. To say nothing of her complete lack

of real preparation to become the second-most-powerful person on the

planet.

 

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a

 mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but

solely as a rash, incompetent, and all together devastating choice for

Vice President. Ms. Palin’s political views are in every way a slap in

 the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers and

great-grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and that we’ve so

demonstrably benefited from.

 

First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not

 demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed

that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over

women voters. We want to disagree, publicly.

 

Therefore, we invite you to reply here with a short, succinct message

 about why you, as a woman living in this country, do not support this

candidate as second-in-command for our nation.

 

Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and place of residence.

 

We will post your responses on a blog called “Women Against Sarah

 Palin,” which we intend to publicize as widely as possible. Please

send us your reply at your earliest convenience-the greater the volume

of responses we receive, the stronger our message will be.

 

Thank you for your time and action.

 

VIVA!

 

Sincerely,

 

Quinn Latimer and Lyra Kilston

New YorkNY

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Nineteen

Ginger Tea, With A Side Of Gingersnaps

How snip snappy is that? How peachy keen?

I have an appointment with a feminine doctor on the 18th, an “OBGYN” who’s office, hilariously enough, is on Peach Street.

 

I feel lonely right now. Make no mistake, I am not asking you to be the goody bag at my pity party, nor am I pulling out the violins.  But everyone is allowed to feel lonely sometimes, and that’s how I’m feeling right now.  Or lately, I guess…  There are so many different kinds of loneliness. I’m familiar with a few, such as the “I’m lost by myself in a foreign country” type, the “my twin sister now lives 3,000 miles away” type, and I’ll even be bold enough to admit the “it’s been a long time since…..” well, you fill in the blank.

I have 6 main friends in SLO, including myself 😉  3 are blond, 3 have short brown hair.  The first 3 have boyfriends, and are with them right now. (Is it because they’ve got pretty blond hair?  Who knows!)(Am I writing this because I’m lonely while my friends are with their boyfriends? Yes. Probably.)  The other 3 are working, or… writing a blog post.  

I don’t want a boyfriend though… A conventional relationship doesn’t interest me right now. But someone that challenges me, someone who’s creative, dynamic, spontaneous, independent, and that wants to have fun would appear, I’d be highly susceptible to their charm.

Have I ever been in love?  I think I’ve been in lust, because I imagine that love is supposed to be mutual. In retrospect, judging by the way that person treated me, they never loved me. I wish I would be able to know if that person ever loved me. Is that a waist of my thought space?  It would clear so much in my mind to know the answer, because then I would know what I was looking to feel next time I think I’ve found love.  Well in any case, if that was love, I hope it improves.  Hell, I just hope it comes around again.

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As You Get Older, History Matters

Who watched the Liddell v. Evans fight last night?  Chuck Liddell lives in San Luis Obispo and we all got some beers to watch our boy win… the fight was over pretty quick.  Poor guy, here’s the KO clip:

Apparently Chuck likes young girls… I also heard he drives a yellow Lamborghini and frequents Firestone Grill.

Today I woke up in a really cozy bed and had a great morning.  I accidentally spent $1.50 for yesterdays paper…. so lame!  I was bummed, but here’s two things that made my day: 

1.  While stopped at a light driving to breakfast today I looked to the van next to me, which had a poorly homemade local mayor campaign poster taped to the window.  There was a picture of a dorky looking man wearing a blue checked shirt.  I giggle to myself and then looked to see the driver of the van, when all I could see was the sleeve of the VERY SAME BLUE CHECKED SHIRT RESTING ON THE WINDOW SILL OF THE CAR.  Yes, it was the dorky man, driving a dorky van, wearing what is clearly his very favorite shirt.  I laughed for a long time.

2.  I got this random e-mail today, hope Gerry doesn’t mind if I share.  It’s so kind:

“Hi Fresh,
 My daughter is 15. Respect from a 51 yr old male in London, UK.  My gut feeling is that you are on the right track life wises…
Hey, I had my day.. Stowedaway on a ship to Japan back in 78. As you get older history matters…
have a good life
 
Gerry”

 

You have a good life too, Gerry.  Thanks for that.

 

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Parties: Political & Otherwise

CHECK THIS OUT!  It’s so cool… if you don’t know about it, the CNN Grill.

 

And also,  this website is pretty awesome.  I’d never heard of it before, and I don’t believe that I’ll participate in the trading (at least not anytime soon…)  but I especially like the “Sarah Palin to be withdrawn as a Republican VP/nominee” bid… check out the progress.

What if the Republicans are using Palin as a money making mechanism?  She appeals to all the big money doners, and then she’ll drop…?  I don’t know, the nomination still baffles me and I’m trying to make sense of it all.

What I’m really worried about is this next developing story.  As a writer, any infringement of freedom of speech is scary…

That video is of Amy Goodman being arrested at the GOP Conven.  Read the AP article here…  Bottom line, we have a First Amendment issue on our hands.  Here’s is another video of ABC producer Asa Eslocker being arrested while filming on a public sidewalk.

 

This is a HUGE deal, more on it as the story develops.  Keep your eyes peeled!

 

Here are some pictures from the Labor Day party my girlfriends and I threw in our newly renovated backyard.  It was awesome!  Burgers, beer, music, good people, beer, margaritas, good people…. GOOD TIME.

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