May 31, 2008

39 pieces of propaganda

I didn't check my mailbox on Friday, but when I went into it on Saturday, among other things, there were 39 pieces of mail regarding the June third vote. Here's what the fliers told me to do:

(10) Yes on A - Parcel tax for schools
(9) Yes on B - protects health care for retired city employees
(3) No on C - Makes "moral turpitude" a felony, forfeiture of retiree benefits for certain crimes
(7) Yes on D - End holdover appointments
(10) Yes on E - Supervisor OK for PUC board
(3) N0 on E - Don't give supervisors more power
(3) Yes on F - Affordable housing in Bayview
(12) No on F - "F will dash the hopes of the Bayview"
(14) Yes on G - "Bring hope back to the kids of the Bayview"
(3) No on G - Brings luxury condos to Bayview
(1) Yes on H - Campaign finance reform of certain committees
(6) No on H - Lets mayor take gifts
(8) No on 98 - Ends rent control, bogus eminent domain reform
(8) Yes on 99 - Saves rent control, real eminent domain reform
(5) Yes to Geraldo Sandoval (Judge)
(1) Yes to Thomas Mellon (Judge)
(5) Yes to Mark Leno (State Senator)
(5) Yes to Carole Midgen (State Senator) - one flier disguised as a gay wedding invitation
(6) Yes to Joe Nation (State Senator)
(1) No to Joe Nation (State Senator)
(1) Yes to David Chiu (SF supervisor)
(7) Yes to Tom Amiano (State Assembly)
(5) Yes to Fiona Ma (State Assembly)
(101) Democratic central committee endorsements

Based on mailings, my prediction is that the following will pass: A, B, D, E, G, an 99.

My obsessive side is now satisfied and I can recycle.

May 21, 2008

Forest City - inhabited

Alicia and I went up the Tahoe National Forest a few weeks ago. We left early and went straight to Forest City. When we got there I was all grumbly because people were there. There was a young guy that rode in on his motorcycle and there was a family playing ball in the road and there was a piano on a truck and people were hanging out in the Dance Hall. We walked right by them because I didn't want to share!

So, we saw the sights:This one has got to be an E Clampus Vitus joke. I hope.

And then, while I was waiting for Alicia to use the one hundred and forty year old outhouse, a kid with bright red curly hair on a bicycle rode by and said that we should check out the dance hall. So, we did and ended up meeting the guy who basically saved Forest City several times over. First the forest service wanted to burn it and he stopped them, and then some dot com mountain bikers wanted to make a resort and he stopped them. He now owns half the town. His son grew up there and was the guy on the motorcycle. The piano that was on the truck had been originally made for the dance hall and was being donated back on this very day!

The dancehall has a museum in it. The Forest City guy talked about inheriting people's houses when they died and they would be filled with super old one hundred year old downhill skis!

I donated 20 dollars to the organization dedicated to preserving Forest City. Then we left because one of the guys hanging out in the dancehall started trying to tell us that there was a "naked lady at the bottom of a pool" up the street. We didn't know what he meant, nor did we want to find out.

May 20, 2008

Things and more things

I have been a bad blogger. I haven't yet posted the video of Mr. Potato head being reunited with his ear. I haven't posted pictures from Alicia and my fabulous ghosttown/ icy river adventure, nor described the steak I grilled that was not good.

Other news:
My sister is having another baby, due in September. I will be a double uncle.
I'm not going to Alaska this summer (but will next year for certain).
I gave Mark the gift of everlasting life for his birthday and it finally died.
Leggy found my new favorite artist.
Mel interviewed me for her blog and it was great!

May 6, 2008

Super potato find

Two things:

First, I'm relying on Flickr to produce an abundance of Superhero wedding shots. Here are the first few of the super lovely wedded ones.

kj arrives on land, escorted by two strange fish

The run wildly and super-ly

Sean teaches super children how to fly

Second, for those of you who followed the story of the rescued Mr. Potato Head with no eyes and only one housemate's special friend was walking down Valencia and came across Mr. Potato Head's ear. He picked it up and brought it home to his house. Then, later that night he came over to my house. He had not previously known that I had found Mr. Potato Head. He took one look at Mr. Potato head, and knew it must have been his ear. The ear has not yet be reunited with the Mr., but the promise is there.

May 2, 2008

Stuck in Dulles Airport

I think I've been delayed at Dulles airport almost as many times as I have George Bush International in Houston. After a systematic review, George Bush International has a greater quantity of American flag shirts, both for sale and on bodies.

I took a red eye out last night. Red-eyes are always strange because, at least heading east, the sun only sets for a few being in Alaska, except I was on a plane.

The good news is that I'm on my way to kj and Sean's superhero themed wedding in Providence and I have an amazing costume. In preparation, I was supposed to have learned Mendelssohn's 'Wedding March' on Kazoo, but I haven't and the airport does not sell kazoos.
Pictures to come...

Airport update: They delayed us from 8am until 12:30pm, loaded us on the plane, let us sit there, then told us the plane was broken and we had to get off. Now they will give us an update at 2pm. They also gave us $50. Thanks United.