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I hate the red/blue divide. What happened to agreeing to disagree, and caring about people anyway? I'm a liberal atheist. My family contains some outspoken religious conservatives. And we love each other. Beyond that, we're friends. And nobody, from Fox or Msn, or any other media conglomerate, is going to change that. I want this book.


"The saddest part of the deepening of the political divide in the US (something I blame, at least in part, on the 24/7 media cycle's need to create a narrative) is how it blinds us to common ground." - Quote from the comments section, username mgfarrelly
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This is a list of his current favorite songs--but as a musician, it's constantly growing and changing. Consider it a snapshot.

1. Dogs - Pink Floyd
2. Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkle
3. Victim of Changes - Judas Priest
4. Boys of Summer - Don Henley
5. Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Ozbourne
6. Uninvited - Alanis Morrisette
7. Voodoo Chile (the 15 min blues version) - Jimmy Hendrix
8. Two Step- Dave Matthews Band
9. Silver Spring - Fleetwood Mac
10. Subdivisions - Rush
11. Welcome Home - King Diamond
12. Allentown - Billy Joel
13. Creeping Death - Metallica
14. 3 Libras - A Perfect Circle
15. Turn It On Again - Genesis
16. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - Allman Brothers
17. Magic Man - Heart
18. Ride Like The Wind - Christopher Cross
19. Pull Me Under - Dream Theater
20. On the Turning Away - Pink Floyd
21. Self Bias Resistor - Fear Factory
22. Disposable Heroes - Metallica
23. Stained Class - Judas Preist
24. Read Between The Lines - Slayer
25. Head Over Heels - Tears for Fears
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My aunt Diane passed away on Sunday. She'd been sick for a long time, and it didn't come as a surprise to anyone. I'm doing fine, but I feel pretty bad for her immediate family and my mom. She'd been through a lot and she was a really nice lady. In lieu of flowers, her family is asking that donations be made to the ASPCA, and I thought some of you might want to do the same. Her name was Diane Castner.

The wedding was lovely and it will get its own post after I've uploaded the photos and video I took.
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Y'all are going to have to work out your own faire plans for tomorrow. I had a family thing come up.
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So, thunderstorms all day tomorrow at the PA faire. If that doesn't change some, I don't think the road trip will be worth it. I'm remembering the last faire that got rained out...

Got some bad family news. Gonna be spending a lot of time on WoW blowing shit up.
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1) boyfriend. Still with Jay. It's awesome.
2) family. Sometimes their political views confuse me, but they are an awesome family and we have lots of fun and I love them, so it evens out.
3) friends. I've been hermit-ish lately. I need to work on that.
4) kitty. Registering him with the town. His health seems good, although he's down a pound to 11 since we moved. Will be asking the vet for advice when I pick up his special food this Saturday.
5) apartment. The landlord has been having trouble getting the contractors to do the work on the new apartment up to standard, so we haven't moved into it yet. It's supposed to happen at the end of this month now. Frustrating, since I can't unpack my stuff. Also, what is wrong with contractors? This has been since June.
6) job. Working for the SSAT Board - www.ssat.org - as someone who is not a fan at all of the way the current private school system functions, it's a weird job for me. But I get to treat private school parents like they're not special, so that's nice.* A couple of my coworkers have some religious and philosophical views that I find...well, frankly insane, but they're all really nice and we still have plenty of good conversations when we're not busy on the phones.
7) health. I'm doing research on private health insurance. I'm pretty sure that I can afford it while I'm on this temp assignment, but it's what happens after this job ends in February that has me worried. It takes 3-6 weeks on average to find me a new job, and unemployment pays less than half of what I earned. I'll have to see what kind of savings I can build up.
8) money. I have no bad debt, and $1200 left on my student loan. So this insurance thing is possible.
9) politics. On www.politicalcompass.org, I graph as -7.8, -3.5. I'm pro public funding (within reason), pro choice, AND pro death penalty. Hi, I'm weird.
10) WoW (that's World of Warcraft, relatives!). My night elf druid hit level 60, and I made a death knight. I love this game.

*My issue is multi-faceted. Why do private schools that receive tuition from parents also receive any government funding? This takes funding away from public and special-needs schools. Also, and this is one problem that I can't fathom a way out of, private schools existing contributes to the deterioration of public schools. Think about it: if parents counldn't remove their kids from the public system, they'd be more willing to approve tax increases that go to the funding of public schools. There are flaws there, but the argument is basically sound. Problem is, some public schools have gotten so bad from lack of funding that parents would riot if they had to send their kids there now. What do you do?

***Kevin makes a really good point about this in the comments. Read before you reply!***

In reverse

Jul. 21st, 2009 10:00 am
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I was sick yesterday with the heartburn that ate Tokyo, and I figured continuing the sleep deprivation of the last few weeks would only make it worse, so I stayed home and slept till 2:30 or so. Then I got the Burning Crusade (finally), so should I want to, I can make a Drannei. I soloed King Mukla in Booty Bay and made level 43, then decided my headache was bad enough and signed out. I really need new glasses. Spent the evening snuggled with Jay and watching Burn Notice, then took some Benadryl and went to bed early.

I'm currently reading The King's Grace, because everyone who reads Elizabethan fiction eventually moves on to Henrician.

Rewind to Sunday:
Breakfast with Jay and Melissa at the country diner. Maybe I shouldn't have had the potato pancakes? But they were so good!
Jay and I returned [livejournal.com profile] fatherdog's car to his house, then drove up to Waldwick for the mass family birthday party. Thanks to turnpike traffic, I missed my mom's cousin OC (Owen Charles). Still had a nice time with the family, and Jay cut through all the Dell bs to get my aunt's internet and wireless printer up and running. I cook, he networks. We are useful couple!
We stopped by Wanaque to pick up some more stuff from the apartment, but it was 8 PM and I was exhausted, so we didn't get as much as we could have. Picked up my lil coffee pot, though. Now I just have to get some white vinegar to clean it.
Also, Sunday was my birthday. I am officially 29 and proud of it. Thank you everyone who wished me a happy. Got a couple of nice lil prezzies, but more importantly, people kind of made a fuss about me. I like fusses when they're happy.

Got up around 10 to drive out to Clinton for an 11:30 oil change...which the owner never bothered to inform his mechanics that he had scheduled, so let me tell you, they were THRILLED to see me 30 minutes before close. But, it got done. Then we went over to WalMart and got a couple of camp chairs, and stopped for sushi lunch before going home to shower and play video games.
Melissa came by around 4 and we hung out till Dave showed up around 6, and then we went to Ewing for a Bear Tavern party & BBQ. It was madness on par with the usual. Objects of interest were a cute baby, a broken rusty trampoline, a pair of agitated mini schnauzers, a moth, cookies, Dancing Bill, and a pile of cushions on the floor. I laughed till I hurt, which in retrospect may have contributed to the evil, evil heartburn, but fsck it. Also, if you own hentai and get married, your spouse now also owns hentai and needs to accept that. Photos/video if I get them.
Got to see Aaron before he moved away to Seattle, so that was bittersweet.
[livejournal.com profile] fatherdog got drunker than I've seen him since college, so after putting some water in him, we decided to drive him home and call it a night.

Went to the Red Rooster Grill in Flemington with Jay and had a lovely fancy-pants dinner. The place is Zagat rated Excellent. Om nom a nom nom. Then we went to see Potter. I understand why the detractors don't like it, but honestly I was perfectly satisfied. There is also already some good fan-parody out about it. It is kinda weird how ripped Rupert Grint is. His biceps are as big as my head.

Tonight's plan is to visit with Travis and Kelly for a bit, and give Kelly some of Flap's extra things that Jay and I don't need anymore now that the kitty has only one home.
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My brother came to 80's night at the goth club tonight. And at one point, he did the Edward Grimley dance. For those of you who have never seen it, an example from SNL (mashed up with Gwen Stefani for some reason) is included here:

Now just picture a burly six foot two man with red hair and a beard dancing like that little guy.
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A sunny day means a trip out to Hardings Beach aboard the An Cul Liath (literally, The Greyhound).


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More pooches, more views, Stage Harbor, and an evening at the Eastward Ho! Country Club (which is really a golf club, but that sounds like sports equipment).

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Cute dogs, crazy family, beautiful place.


May. 21st, 2009 10:55 am
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I'm leaving for Cape Cod in about an hour. I don't know how much time I'll have to be online, so I may not check back till Tuesday.
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*begin nutshell*
Leafstone called me today. They want my updated resume, and they may have a receptionist gig in the works for me till I move. I'm not getting my hopes up, since they haven't yet performed for me at all, but hey. Any help is good. Meanwhile, I'm working on samples for my brother's business.

So I think I'm going to make eggs Benedict tomorrow. Have I ever made Hollandaise sauce? Why no, no I haven't. Nor have I separated an egg since the fifth grade. Let's see if it's like riding a bike for me.

Weight it dropping slowly, a few ounces a day overall. Good thing I like step aerobics.

Jay bought me new sneakers. He's so awesome.


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