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Monday, February 2nd, 2009
7:22 am
Some things i'm wondering..

i'm going to try a sensory deprivation tank on wednesday and i'm really excited and curious about it. hydrotherapy has been a calming savior for me recently.

can one crave and want change while also recognizing the need for routine?

i suffer from chronic dissatisfaction where its hard for me to affirm the positive
and instead I focus on what's missing from my life, what i'm not fulfilling. what do you think this is about?

is facebook becoming the new livejournal?

i think i'm concerned with turning 35 this year.

i'm sick and tired of compartmentalizing my passions yet i've always been
a generalist, spreading myself in different directions.

Why is what i do not enough?
Thursday, December 25th, 2008
11:25 am
Merry Christmas LJ friends.

You are all probably encircling your imaginary trees
with red and green paper throne about, amongst tassles
cute kitties in ribbon heaven, and sipping hot toddies.
Broqued made breakfast this morning while we listened
to WFMT's carols and hymns. I'm a sucker for choral music.
Thanks to Dad and growing up in the Episcopal church.
We unwrapped our two gifts to each other - I GOT AN IPOD!
(i lost the former one she gave me) complete with music
uploaded and broqued got a
merino wool sweater vest from my dad's store.
I also gave her a handmade dopp kit that has bikes on
the inside!

We're going back out to the burbs to oogle over Jolie
the new baby who is perpetually asleep whenever we see
her. But first, a cat nap... I'm typing in bed beside
Broqued snoozing away. It's 11:39 am Christmas morning.

A holly jolly holiday wish to you all!
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
6:05 pm
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
7:25 pm
they make high-end headbands and ties with cotton symbols in the south
Dear livejournal,
I can't seem to shake a clothing accessory I saw today in my father's sportswear store in lexingon, kentucky. He sells women, excuse me, "belle" headbands with cotton symbols that look more like clouds cradled in a manger than COTTON! I had to ask what the hell it was, and my father said "Oh they're popular!" Southern Proper sells them, along with ties, with little icons of elephants, rifles, foxes, fish and whatever else they hunt and take for theirs in the South while turning around to sell them as southern pride-inducing patriarchal symbols. Shit never changes. I just finished reading about Anne Braden, (book title: the subversive southerner) who was one of the few white women fighting for integration and multi-racial organizing in the south during the 50s. Our system is just as, if not more racist, now than it was then. One measure is the sub-prime crisis we've seen which relates directly to the ratio of wealth owned by POC and whites, which has become more and more the work i'm in, but this post is supposed to be about ties and headbands..

There is the "Beau collection" and the "Gents Collection." Many a Southern slaves bent over in the fields picking cotton was all I could think of. Is this something to be proud of? The style on their website is titled - "cotton pickin." How disgraceful and totally offensive. I should write the company a letter and sign it. What should my signature line be? "an offended retailer's daughter??" No, i can do better than that. Any ideas? Do people find this as troubling as me?

Want to see for yourselves? They even have a page for "Society and Events" at www.southernproper.com
Monday, November 17th, 2008
11:10 pm
" Our house is a very very fine house"
dear LJ cyber-contacts, most of you aren't even in Chicago, but i wouldn't be covering all my bases if I didn't post to LJ. I'm helping to organize a public action on Friday (complete with adapted "Our House lyrics) and I hope some of you who work downtown will come. The economic crisis has had me in knots. i've come to a place of realization that economic justice is the base layer, the balance beam, the sturdy pole for most of society. People need a fucking living wage to eat, to afford to sleep, to cloth kids, to buy them neosporin when they scratch their knees. It is ridiculous that we aren't more up in arms that wall street got all the breaks. Through a strategic vein, we can't have affordable housing without federal money in the HUD budget nor sturdy levies or bridges without $ for state infrastructure. Which is why my energy has been funneled into staying on top of why we need to pass an Economic Stimulus Package for the Rest of Us, which would present new streams of revenue and ways of paying back taxpayers and aid to states, but its interesting how public actions or rallies in response or reaction to a piece of legislation will bring out people in droves while rallies or actions for potential policies are much harder to organize around. Is it because we're so used to reactionary politics in this country? It's definitely one of the hardest aspects of the progressive movement to overcome, to create a frame where everyone sees themselves in the struggle together. For ex, the whole platform in fighting for civil rights was because it was an economic right. (Angela Davis reminds folks of this fact continously). It all comes back to the living wage for me. We need to bring back the living wage campaign. There we will find a point of connection for all our different issues.

YES YOU CAN! Stop Home Foreclosures and Bailout Families
YES YOU CAN! Senator Durbin, demand that banks freeze foreclosures and policymakers restructure mortgages for families put at risk by predatory loans.

Please join us for a Chicago "YES YOU CAN!" ACTION, a demonstration, part of a national "week of actions" to raise awareness, educate the public, and demand an Economic Recovery Plan for the Rest of Us, a Real Bailout for Main Street.

WHEN: Friday, November 21, 2008
12:00 pm: Help build a House: What does security look like to you?
12:30 pm: Creative Community Action. Join us!
1:00 pm Delivery of Letter to Durbin's Office and Statement to the Press

WHERE: Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn (via Jackson Blue and Red line trains)

WHY: Bailout Mainstreet not Wall Street! We will ask Senator Durbin to return to Washington and support a Economic Recovery Plan for the Rest of Us. A Stimulus for Main Street: Aid to the Real Economy would include the restructuring of mortgages for families put at risk by predatory loans. We will join in solidarity with families losing their homes to sub-prime mortgages in the Chicago area and ask for retribution. Chicago claimed the spot this February as the metropolitan area with the second highest rate of foreclosure in the country (Eforeclosuremazazine.com April 2008). Chicago is now showing record levels of foreclosed homes, according to a listings firm, with 15,752 homes joining the ranks of bank-owned properties in the third quarter of October 2008.

YES YOU CAN hold your politicians accountable to your needs and their promises.
YES YOU CAN join with us in public action to call for policies to benefit all Americans.
YES YOU CAN take advantage of the national attention on Chicago to set new standards for economic recovery.

Thank you. Sign the Petition at http://bailoutmainstreet.com/.

Read more about the Call To Action:

Jobs with Justice www.jwj.org
Institute for Policy Studies www.ips-dc.org
Grassroots Global Justice www.ggjalliance.org
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
5:42 pm
Nominate Your Fav Greedy Grinch!
For more than a decade, Jobs with Justic coalitions across the country have held local 'Grinch of the Year' elections to determine the most deserving greedy Grinch in their hometowns. This year, national Jobs with Justice will sponsor the eighth annual online Grinch of the Year election to determine the national figure who does the most harm to working families.

Please submit your nomination for the national Grinch of the Year by Friday, November 28th. Be sure to include a few sentences on why you think your nominee is deserving. We will be announcing the nominees and beginning the election soon!

NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE GREEDY GRINCH HERE: http://www.jwj.org/grinchnominate.html

Check out past winners & nominees too!
Friday, November 7th, 2008
12:56 am
The New Beginning: Mosque Message
Not that I haven't been excited and relieved about Obama's success, I just wasn't anxious or as nervous as it seems others around me have been. I was much more of a mess in February during the Primary. I kind of felt a confidence that he would win this time around. And had been feeling that way for some time. I'm not sure why, or what its founded on or in, but it just was what it was.

But today felt way more out-of-body. I'm still amazed, actually that I got to step foot into the Nation of Islam Mosque, the major re-design and re-built national headquarters on 73rd and Stony Island. 50 carat gold aligns the pillars inside the dome with royal blue and gold calligraphic egravings of Allah encircled overhead. My colleague was in town from Baltimore where i set up engagements with community groups (one including Bill Ayers) talking about the racial wealth divide, white supremacy, and on a panel about racial politics and the election, and he, not surprising, is a member of the Nation of Islam. It was a whirlwind two days but incredible and I kept thinking to myself.. wow. I'm in this moment, in this place. Which felt so much more monumental for me, than Obama's victory. Perhaps because it's real and right in front of me, i'm engaging in conversation and in relationship to mobilization and movement. I may even watch Farrakhan's speach/sermon on Sunday. It will be the first time he's expressed his perspective on Obama as president, what he's calling the "New Beginning" which was scrolling big, blue and digital on the marque out front for everyone to see.
Friday, October 31st, 2008
6:08 pm
"I think you need to leave here"
I went to Indiana last weekend for two reasons. One, to see Becca and Alva!! OMG he is the cutest and smartest 3 yr. old EVER. And two, to door knock for the Obama Campaign in a "needed area" in Indiana. I got there and Becca put me to work at once. We assembled a rack in her basement, where she was sewing hand-made skirts. It was funny cause an Obama volunteer had come by their house 3 times already! When we were sitting in their living room, there was a knock on the door. An Obama volunteer AGAIN! So after we talked about why Indiana is trying to get out folks to the polls early, Becca and Fred decided to go ahead and just vote. So Alva and I played baseball - he has the whole pitching moves down! - rode big wheels and played "Whack a Mole," the game I brought him for his belated third birthday. All weekend. "Kristee, wanna play whack a mole?" It was really hysterical. The game's a bit aggressive, but hey! It improves hand and eye coordination.

Then, on Sunday I met John, the Obama organizer in this parking lot in an area of town that wasn't super familiar to Becca. It wasn't too far away but supposidly they needed people in this area. So I got paired with a guy named Dick and we drove with a packet to a Condo development complex, so I was thinking doors on top of each other in the same building. No, we drove up to what was a gated community, that looked more like ranch-style houses than condos. Dick says, "This is Indiana's version of condos." There were big trees and they were more like town estate homes, than condos. So we each took a side of the street and since the houses were decently spaced apart, we were pretty much on our own. I was supposed to be encouraging folks to vote early but also ask if they had decided who they were voting for. We were instructed to let folks know, if we had any problem, that it was our constitutional right to tell residents about their right to vote. One man told me to hold my breath because he was voting for McCain, then after I had spoken to a woman's husband, she walks out and says, "You're not supposed to be in here." I tell her what our dutiful organizer instructed us to say and which was written on a sheet of paper in our packet. She persisted, "This is private property. We are not allowed to put any signs on our property and you are not allowed to solicit here." I was a bit defiant and she started criticizing 'my political party' pinpointing my actions "as disgraceful as our candidate" since i was being so obstinant. I agreed to walk to find my co-organizer and we'd confer. She threatened to call the police. O.k. Not your average everyday experience. It was kind of exhilerating. We didn't leave just yet. We drove to a different part of the community and parked at the bottom of the hill next to the 'creek.' We started up a different street and an older couple asked me if I was picking up something as I walked by them, and I said, "No. Just encouraging people to vote early. Are you all going to vote early?" Smiling, ss I spied their McCain/Palin stickers on their car. It all came to a head when my partner Dick got asked to leave from a woman who, once she saw me, started walking up towards me as well. She was in her PJs (it was sunday at noon) and said the same thing as the other woman (while the old couple is peering from behind in front of their house) so we called John "the organizer" and she spoke to him, instead just as Dick drives up to collect me. They had asked who had let us into the complex. Dick had used a friend's name. They were out of town but they gave us the code. I had told the woman the last name of the condo owner like a good dutiful daughter acting as if I'd been caught lying one too many times. [which is true. i can't lie at all.] But as we were driving out of the complex, he exclaimed" Corbin was her maiden name! We gave them her maiden name. They'll look it up and won't be able to find it." We laughed. Man. Gated communities.
Monday, October 20th, 2008
10:03 am
This is Crazy. Strawberry Poison in Schools

New drug in Schools...

Please pass this on even if you do not have kids in school. Parents, grandparents should know
about this killer drug.

This is a new drug known as 'strawberry quick '.
There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that we all need
to be aware of.

There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop
rocks (the candy that sizzles and 'pops' in your mouth). It also smells like strawberry and
it is being handed out to kids in school yards. They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick.

Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and being rushed off to the
hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and

Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers and even not
to accept candy that looks like this from a friend (who may have been given it and believed it is
candy) and to take any that they may have to a teacher, principal, etc. immediately.

Pass this email on to as many people as you can (even if they don't have
kids) so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent any tragedies from occurring.

check out the link below from fox news.....

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
11:40 pm
banana bread and eloquent articulation
i'm staying up to bake banana bread because my work said we have to freeze all spending except payroll. ouch. we have a fundraising committee mtg and i assumed we could buy snacks. whoops. so i'm making bread from frozen bananas which broqued scoffs at but i know that is the main reason you freeze bananas. right?

i had a great night hanging out with my friend AEM and shooting pool at neighborhood dive bar. we went to the "I Shall Create" panel down at the Hyde Park Art Center where the very lovely and brilliant cocolola was speaking. she really did wow the audience as I spoke to several people afterwards who were amazed at her eloquence. Weaving her view of theater as community building and dialogue, interspersed with beliefs about immigration policy and dealing, through patience with students/peers around white privilege, she introduced her concept of 'critical generosity' which in addition to peaking interest from myself and others, i bet will be cited in critical art and theory books yet to come...
Monday, October 6th, 2008
11:56 pm
Poll: Based in Reality. Please Let Me Know
Would you pay $150 to see Mavis Staples in Chicago, at an intimate event with food and drink and good company? I just don't know if that would be feasible for folks, but maybe..?? I have to reply if I'll agree to be on a host committee for a very awesome organization's event and so I need some random poll responses to help me with my decision. Thanks!
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
3:58 pm
Quinoa scarcity. Evaluation Panic. Vegas and Southern Queers
I should be preparing for a workshop I'm leading for a Harold Washington conference tomorrow, but instead i'm writing to let you all know that Trater Joe's is out of quinoa. quinoa the magical new, hip grain that i guess is in high demand. I went to Jewel first and when i couldn't find it, I suggested to the service counter that maybe they'd want to order it. Just sayin. Went to TJ's and they were out too. Poop. My recipe will have to alter.

So things aren't as drab as they were when i last posted. Today's National Polls put me to some degree, at ease:

* Gallup: Obama 49%, McCain 42%
* Hotline/Diageo: Obama 48%, McCain 42%
* Rasmussen: Obama 51%, McCain 44%
* GWU: Obama 50%, McCain 43%
* Research 2000: Obama 51%, McCain 40%

We're in the throws of Fire This Time grant-making which is exciting. We had over 50 applications and more and more, we're seeing truly informal and community-based local, multi-racial, radical groups applying. We're even talking about breaking from Crossroads and getting our own bank account at the Northside Community Credit Union where donations could be earning the fund interest. Talking about reciprocal and open ideas for sustainability. Self-care grants, etc. I'm ready for members and grantees to hold it, run with it.

I did get a little anxious this week. I had my six month evaluation at LSNA and was nervous, am always nervous with evaluations. All was positive but I think i was traumatized in my post-college work days. I remember crying when I was let go from a diner waitress job. Supposidly I was too pretty for the wife of the owner and so he let me go with no explanation. It wasn't a great gig, by any means. I got blond AND kentucky jokes from all of the truckers who came in for coffee. But still. And then, when I was an Admin Asst for the Bloomington Arts Council the year after I completed undergrad, I was told I was too impersonal on the phone and needed to be more professional, otherwise they were going to can me. So.. i have my reasons I suppose.

On the travel front, I surprisingly really enjoyed Vegas. Old Vegas, especially. I roamed the Golden Nugget casino floor and found myself plopping down for my first real game of Black Jack, where I amassed $45 bucks only to come out even at $10 in the end. [Had to sit and finish my free beer!] HP, Broqued and I got to see the video spectacle Sat night splash overhead the old vegas dome, and the motorcycle cage riders. My favorite neon was the rotating glass slipper. Ohsoreluctant and Poker's desert backyard is wild because you'll be sitting there, chillin and then all of a sudden, you'll hear these screams coming from uh..somewhere over head and then you look over the roof and there's the Stratosphere with a gigantic claw circling screaming voices over its edge. Being in Vegas felt like being on a different planet (with amazing faux and real Japanese food!) and that was refreshing.

The weekend before Vegas I went to Durham NC for the 15th anniversary of Southerners on New Ground celebration (SONG). Something I'll try and write a bit more about.. is the emotional underpinnings that spawned many tears during what was a time for reconnecting and celebration for many. [BTW The most beautiful male-bodied and female-bodied queer environment sharing space I HAVE EVER experienced. Equal number of all gender/gender variant/fluid folks from all over the south!] I went having never been in SONG's space and really wishing to "connect to my Southern queer roots" and meet others from the South. It was a political queer who's who. Left Turn magazine editors were there; Project South organizers who were the champions of the US Social Forum in Atlanta; members of Cuntry King (No Ava though) :( and Queers for Economic Justice (NYC) documented the event. It was charged and tore at something deeper in me, which has been hard to come to terms with for several years now. It's complicated as emotions are. LJ keep me to it. I'll share more soon.

Love, Coxy

PS. XTA!!!! Miss you already. It was so comforting and gave me warm fuzzies inside to have you back in Chicago.
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
3:40 pm
I'm in cornrolls and faux tan and am heading to Nevada!!!
Tell Congress: No Wall Street Bail-out! We need you to STEP UP!

Over the past 30 years, conservatives successfully gutted regulation and preached 'smaller government' while millions of Americans lost good jobs and Wall Street and corporate America made record profits. Wall Street invented new, more complicated ways to make money off other people’s money.

Now that the party’s over, Bush & Co. want to plunder the rest of us to pay the bill for Wall Street’s greedy rampage.

Tell Congress: Stop the Bail-out; Pass a recovery plan instead. http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/step_up?rk=u11vtGsqqRodE

Now that they’ve made so much money, they say that the huge Wall Street firms, paying grotesque salaries, are "too big to fail," so a quick-fix blank check is making its way through Congress.

Apparently, conservatives think our health care crisis isn't big enough to fix (and it would certainly take less than $700 billion). Apparently, the loss of millions of good jobs due to so-called 'free trade' is not a big enough crisis to fix. The disaster from Hurricane Katrina was not big enough to fix, and New Orleans could be left to fail. The looming pension crisis and the affordable housing crisis -- none of these, apparently, deserves a bail-out.

For conservatives and financial elites, when working class people face a crisis, plants close or health care costs triple, the system is working. They take all the private profits, but when the bubble bursts, and they can no longer sustain their profiteering rampage... well, they're too big to fail. And who pays the bill? The CEOs are telling Congress to send the bill to working people – the very people who have been forced out of their housing, out of their jobs, out of their healthcare and out of their pensions by Wall Street’s greed.

Call and write. Time is short.

Follow the link to write, and call your Representative and Senator through the Capitol Hill switchboard - (202) 224-3121 - to tell them:

1) No Bail-out for Wall Street. They had their fun, now they deserve the hang-over.

2) Don’t be panicked by the very people that caused the crisis. Take the time to develop a REAL recovery plan for our economy that puts people first, by addressing foreclosures, jobs, affordable housing, pensions, infrastructure and health care.

3) Restructure our financial systems, with renewed public oversight, to meet the needs of our entire economy, not just the finance sector, and end the excessive political clout of these few firms.

4) Bring in fair taxation, honoring work over wealth, and stop subsidizing excessive CEO salaries.
Monday, September 8th, 2008
10:48 pm
Summer, Stay just a little bit longer.. Please
i feel like Debby Downer right now. they happen - bad days. but it sucks. i gave a presentation to the Prog Democrats of America Chicago Chptr tonight in a bar that was just shy of really bad. I had no visuals, and i used rhetoric (which i can't even spell) that didn't stick and four people left giving me pointers for improvement. i'm happy to hear them, i am, but not when it seems i'm always up on my game, and then 2 yrs later down on my game. I get bored, or excel as much as i think is possible, get critical of the administration or the environment i'm working for, and then shift fields and literally jump ship. I know this is a marker of my privilege and typically I embrace it, and I shouldn't be so hard on myself given that it's Obamamania and who gives a rats ass about a policy that they have no personal ties to! Shit. I should have been vying to work for Obama after seeing JR Stranger's video post of her office pep talk. It's Fire This Time Fund Deadline with 40-some fucking amazing projects which we will only be able to fund 1/3 of and who knows if we have enough money for even that many. And... the season is changing. I had to wear a sweater this afternoon and dig out a fall jacket to brave the cold rain. I even went into Foremost Liquors to buy Makers Mark to drown my woes and the Heat was on! SUMMER STAY just a little bit longer.. PLEASE. I want to wear flip flops and sundresses and feel the sun hot on my face. I want to ride my bike to the park where black and brown boys play soccer and basketball and who sit with family in the grass. I want broqued not to work 12 hour days so i will feel inspired to cook dinner. I am scared of forced hibernation. With fall, brings Winter. And in Winter, I won't ride my bike down Kimball, 10 minutes away, to work. All I've wanted to do the past two days is listen to Marlene Dietrich in London, an absolutely amazing LP Broqued found at a yard sale. One more drink, and a smoke, and a sad sad song.
Friday, September 5th, 2008
1:24 pm
Media Injustice in St. Paul and Why I might actually support WBEZ to get that Newsweek subsription
Written by Mary Patton and forwarded to a listserv I'm on:

dear everyone: what has been happening in St. Paul is outrageous and frightening. frightening not just because of the injuries people have sustained while attempting to exercise their first amendment rights to protest on the streets, but also because they have been brutalized in jail, and have been denied medical care after being sprayed, gassed, and beaten. scary because of the militarization of st. paul, so that the city's residents don't even recognize their city; because of the massive *pre-emptive* arrests (searches and sweeps of houses where activists have been staying) *before* anything "happened." outrageous because of the preventive detention and illegal arrests of *journalists*, and specifically the shutting down of I-witness video, who played such an important role in videotaping the arrests and police brutality and misconduct at the RNC in NYC 4 years ago -- their work meant that many, many illegal arrests had to be thrown out of court.

Amy Goodman of Democracy now!
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Written by Mary Patton and forwarded to a listserv I'm on:

dear everyone: what has been happening in St. Paul is outrageous and frightening. frightening not just because of the injuries people have sustained while attempting to exercise their first amendment rights to protest on the streets, but also because they have been brutalized in jail, and have been denied medical care after being sprayed, gassed, and beaten. scary because of the militarization of st. paul, so that the city's residents don't even recognize their city; because of the massive *pre-emptive* arrests (searches and sweeps of houses where activists have been staying) *before* anything "happened." outrageous because of the preventive detention and illegal arrests of *journalists*, and specifically the shutting down of I-witness video, who played such an important role in videotaping the arrests and police brutality and misconduct at the RNC in NYC 4 years ago -- their work meant that many, many illegal arrests had to be thrown out of court.

Amy Goodman of Democracy now! <democracynow.org> and a number of her producers were arrested. Since her release, Goodman has been going to press conferences organized by the police chief, sheriff, and district attorney, speaking up and out. When the D.A. tried to silence her, Michael Isikoff from Newsweek shouted that she had a right to ask a follow-up question. let's hope that Newsweek will cover this...

the FBI and the secret service are involved. people are being charged not just with riot and criminal trespass and the like, but also "conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism." Eight members of the "RNC Welcoming Committee" are believed to be the first persons ever charged under the 2002 Minnesota version of the PATRIOT Act.

Most people, even self-described informed, educated, media savvy people, do not know what's been going on in st. paul, or the extent of it - largely because of the silence of the mainstream press and media. the only outlets i know of that are consistently covering these events are Free speech tv <freespeechtv.org> and democracy now <democracynow.org>.

see also:

activists are asking people to call Mayor Chris Coleman at 651 266-8510, and the jail at 651 266-9350.

p.s. even chris hedges, who is a *liberal*, has described what's happening as "the incremental institutionalization of a police state." the erosion of the u.s. constitution and bill of rights is proceeding apace. we've seen this before, and we will see it again and again, until we do something, folks.

p.p.s. when they return from the twin cities, let's ask our friends and comrades from chicago to give us a report...
Saturday, July 19th, 2008
9:39 pm
emotional whirlwind
Today was supposed to be a brief get-a-way to michigan to lie on the sand and camp on a dune overlooking
Lake Michigan, one of those rare Sat only bookings which you don't score often. we awoke and it was raining, with the forecast only predicting more rain so we canceled still having to pay $27 for 2 sites even though it was just me and Broqued who were going. It was not the end of the world. I made the most of it. It would be a day with B and we could go see a matinee and have breakfast! We opened up the morning with a nice sex session which put a spring in our step, went to West River Cafe (our neighborhood staple) and while i anxiously texted folks to see who I could find to be my date for square dancing (to no avail. broqued wouldn't go as much as I pleaded), we sipped coffee and read a horrifying article in the Tribune about a cousin of one of the Jena six who was tased by a cop nine times after already being handcuffed, leaving him dead. Nothing out of the ordinary. The news. Racist society we live in. Corrupt police. (Foreshadowing?) Let's go to the movie! I was game. Why not? I liked the last Batman and I had read something about how Heith had a hard time shaking off his Joker character when he was done filming. Psychological interest? Indeed.

We had about 20 minutes, so we stopped by an antique warehouse place on Kedzie which was like walking into another world. I found an old black iron magazine rack - B and I have been looking for the perfect magazine rack, so I bought it on sale for 20 percent off. Then, we drove to the Davis and found our way to a matinee of The Dark Knight. Now, i knew it was going to be a thriller with hi-tech appeal and such, but i think i've realized that these type of hollywood movies just aren't for me. My blood starts to boil and i squirm in my seat and can't stand watching explosives and simulated killings and vilians practically come back from the dead. Even though there was no actual blood shed (as B pointed out) it's still the physchologcial effect that desensitizes the viewer and has somehow made the chase interesting to watch for at least an hour if not more of the movie! Alright already. It kept going and going.. I know, I know - It's Batman. What did I expect? I'm not sure exactly. All i know is that my mood turned 360 degrees. I was so damn crabby and upset that I swore that The Dark Knight will probably be my last hollywood big thriller movie in the theater. It's just not enjoyable for me even if it was filmed in Chicago. It really drug me down.. so much so that i didn't want to go out, to see anyone. Instead, I went for a jog in the my local park, made the dinner we were going to cook over a campfire on the grill, and calmed down, over a story written by an undocumented Latino construction worker in Southern California published in 'The Sun,' as the day turned to dusk.
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
9:50 pm
Zuccini Casserole Recipe!
C's Zuccini Casserole (C was my grandmother. It is her farm house in kentucky that I can home.)

1 1/2 to 2 med to large Zuccinis sliced.
Put in pot and cook in water until soft.
Semi-mash with 3/4 stick of butter in casserole
dish. Set aside.

Mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup chopped onions, 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4-1/2 cup chopped peppers, 2 eggs and dash (or more) of red pepper. Add 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp salt.

Pour mixture over zuccinis. Add 1/4 cup almonds (optional)
Cover top with crushed Ritz (or substitute) crackers.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until no longer soupy.

Friday, July 11th, 2008
6:11 pm
PEOPLE, My fine partner has been promoted to WARRENTY AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE MANAGER of the 2nd largest bike part manufacturing company in the WORLD! YEAH BROQUED! Congratulations. She beat out the dudes! That means a decent pay raise, too. Hello High Thread Count Sheets and Lavish Vacations and Donations to the causes of Women who are Saving the World .. or whatever your new group is called. Hee Hee. SO Proud!
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
11:50 am
first phone solicator
So, i think i know what it must feel like to be stalked or randomly hit-on via technology. The other week I accidentally called a wrong number, off by a digit. This guy called me and asked "Did you just call me not too long ago?" I replied, "Yes, I did. But it was the wrong number." I remember him stalling a bit, reiterating that I had called, but I said again "it was the wrong number, then goodbye" and that was that. Then, a day or two later I get this text that says "You sound nice on the phone." I was like OMG! This is crazy. I didn't reply of course. Then yesterday {it's been about a week by now since the last text} i get a text that says "Do you want to get together for a cup of coffee?" Since I didn't recognize the number and it had been a decent amount of time since the first text, I write back, "Who is this?" He replies, "Remember me you called me last week", or something like that. AH! Do I call the police? Do I block this particular number? I wrote back sternly, "No. Please don't communicate with me again."
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
2:24 pm
Sun Times Letter to the Editor!
Hey LJ Friends!

My Letter To The Editor to the Chgo Sun Times (for work) is being considered sometime within the next week. Ya-Hoo. Writing them is part of the legislative campaign strategy, I'm learning. It was a response to this article: http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1031268,CST-NWS-tax30.article

If you read The Sun Times, Keep an Eye Out! An editorial reporter called to make sure it was me as the writer.

Trying to garner support for a pro-estate tax reform bill among house congress folk. It is going to be a long battle up ahead..
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