Traveling by moon light

Jul 28, 2006 at 6:26 PM
As a Libertarian, I believe in complete freedom to do as you wish with your life, so long as it is within the law. This works for as long as the law doesn't legitimize harmful behavior, and conversely doesn't become ridiculous.

Or start limiting perfectly legitimate behavior that is deemed abnormal.

For instance, I see nothing wrong with mooning a train. I wouldn't do it, but hey! To each his own. I'm just not that proud of my butt, that I want to show it off to complete strangers like that.

What I'm talking about is a once a year impromptu gathering that is not publicized or promoted, but at which a large number of society's oddballs gather to moon the Amtrak train as it passes. Then they all leave.

According to the paper recently, the local fuddy-duddys are trying to ban it. Uhm... OK. BUT... (pun intended) that is certainly not going to dissuade anyone in that crowd. It will simply make a lot of ridiculous, unneccessary arrests happen.

As far as I'm concerned mooning is a victimless crime. The people on the train know they're on the mooning route, and can look away. But usually the train fills to capacity (one of the few remaining to do so in fact) with gawkers.

There are so many more important people to be arresting. Criminy.

Baby Suri deserves anonimity

Jul 22, 2006 at 9:09 PM
The children of famous people deserve anonimity.

How would the reporters that wrote the article in Us Magazine that included a copy of the real birth certificate for Suri Cruise like it if someone posted THEIR birth certificates in a nationwide forum?

The press harasses, bullbaits, pressures, teases, prods, berates, goads and then expects the proud parents to parade their children through that kind of life.

I completely agree with Kate Cruise. You couldn't pay me to run my kids through that kind of maddening, introverting experience.

I'd sue the pants off every reporter who invaded my child's privacy.

Another fiasco

Jul 21, 2006 at 12:41 PM
The American refugees from Lebanon are whiny. I get it. They are obviously not the most brave and stalwart of the world.

They are incredibly lucky and should be expressing that.

Or maybe they are and the news just isn't reporting it?

I want to point out something the news reporters all chimed up with when they were being unloaded.

They all said that the returning americans would all be given the counseling NEEDED (note the lack of the word WANTED).

Forced counseling after returning from enemy territory is called INTERROGATION or DEBRIEFING at best.

The government should call it that instead of wrapping it in a layer of psycho-babble padding.

Heading off for several days

Jul 20, 2006 at 3:47 PM
Tomorrow I drive to Portland. I will have pictures when I return, and stories.

Hopefully pleasant stories. My previous road trips have been undeniable, categorical fiascos - top class. When I have a fiasco I reall put my all into it.

As far as these things can be planned, this trip is slated to go well. Three days in Portland, including a rented PT Cruiser and a stay at a nice hotel - gotten on the cheap.

I decided to actually have some fun with my girls and play a bit. I look forward to a lovely trip and a great time. I got the girls a few cans of wildflower seeds to throw out the window along the way - to brighten the world up a bit.

I think it's better than getting gameboys to pass the time, I think?

Actually, if any of you don't know this already, I do NOT believe in video games. They're strictly off limits in my house. Pre-approved Movies are fine whenever, TV in moderation (but I haven't had it for over a year anyway) and absolutely no video games. Talk about indoctrination into violence and roboticism! And I practice what I preach, so it's easy. There are no computer or video games in my life. I keep a shape-sorting game around for my little sister's visits (one has been this last week - the reason I've been out of comm).

So, what do you give kids in the car to keep busy when you don't allow video games?

Sodoku puzzles, books by Frances Hodgson Burnett (liek the Secret Garden and the Little Princess) and a jar of wildflower seeds.

My friend Kat

at 3:38 PM
Yes, I'm breaking the cardinal rule of blogging (no Cat pictures!!), but I found my friend Kat's blog. She's been posting pictures of her baby, her life and lots of really happy stuff like that. Here is her blog.

Nine Year Old's Priorities

Jul 10, 2006 at 11:18 AM
We're leaving mid-day to drive to Portland with my Dad to pick up my little sister. The twins are very excited. Their Aunties are extremely esspecialle important to them. We're going to pick up Auntie Libby (my sister) and then visit Auntie Liz (GrandMaRie-s daughter, my step-sister who is preggers as can be right now).

So Aurora and Miranda thought ahead and packed some overnight bags, waking up at the crack o' dawn.

Me:

So, you should probably start packing an overnight bag for the trip.


A:
What's an over night bag??!
M:
(quoting me, thoughtful)
Over Night BAG.

(both twins snicker - something about it is really silly - a shared joke)

Me:

It's a small suitcase-ish bag you pack when your trip only needs one change of clothes. An overnight bag.


(When I say it the two words are mashed back into a single compound word. Boring. Sometimes explaining things properly means I have to cut the fun out of things. I like Over Night BAG better).


Aurora: (back on subject)
We already did. (grinning, eyes twinkling)


Miranda:
We're all packed up! (also grinning)


(Wow!)

Me:

So, you've already got a bag packed with a change of clothes and some toys and activities for the car?


Aurora:
Yup!!


Miranda:
All packed up.


Me:

You have a full change of clothes in there? (nodding kids) And some car-safe toys? And some puzzles in case you're bored? (nodding kids)... Let's start down the list to make sure.

(me starting to tick off on my fingers)

Underwear...


Aurora:

Ooooh! Forgot that one!


Miranda:
(already turning to open her bag.)

Tee hee.

Flora

Jul 9, 2006 at 11:38 AM

I love oil medium on a pounced vellum paper for studies of flowers. The finished product almost has the silky, giving texture of the real thing. The fine line between art and subject fades a bit when you find a medium that transcends detail to reach the heart of the matter for you as the artist.

I'm presently trying to figure out how to scan oil paintings. My friend Diana wants to see my paintings, but so far I can only scan items on paper... Hmmm. Any ideas, anyone?

Or perhaps what I really need is some advice on the subject of how to properly digitally photograph an oil painting. What settings are best?

I can't take a photo of a painting that doesn't flatten it out and make it drab. It always reminds me of the camera-stealing-your-soul superstition. The weft and warp becomes pancake flat. The difference between the fat and lean becomes indiscernible. Cameras seem to steal the heart of the painting away.

If you've got a way to do it better, please - advise away.

Today's Two Cents Talk Show - Episode Four

Jul 8, 2006 at 2:10 AM
Another episode of my talk show/news digest show.

This is the last one for a while.

Today's Two Cents Talk Show - Episode three

Jul 7, 2006 at 2:04 AM
Today, I felt like covering a pet peeve of mine about TV.

Again, click to show larger.

Some of you may never have noticed the shoveling down our throats of mind-bending drugs, but I sure have. TV, magazines, everywhere I look is an ad telling me Paxil/Zoloft/Prozac solves every problem ever, even its own side effects.

I am anti-poison of any kind. We avoid hormones, antibiotics, pesticides. We filter our water, don't use Canola but do use cold pressed olive oil. We don't floridate our teeth and we don't chlorinate our water.

And you'd have to shoot me dead before I'd ever let my kids be placed on psychotropic drugs.

Little Belly Barefoot

Jul 5, 2006 at 6:25 PM
A "work friend" from years ago is a stay at home mom now. I put quotes around work friend because this lady is just about the bestest kind of person there is. But what can you do when you only see someone at work? You smile and wave and say hello and goodbye and did you see the new coffee maker AND THAT'S IT.

My friend's name is Diana. It's a great name for her. She smiles are really catching and make her eyes seem twinkly. She is a whispy willow of a woman who still looks like a girl, and always looks ready to go back about eight hundred years in time. But not in that trippy 70s way. I think she's grand. I just heard from her. Anyway, we're both stay-at-homes now. She's got a two year old she's already teaching. Here's her new blog about homeschooling her daughter, Ada.

Lovely to see my friends coming into the world of blogging.

Today's Two Cents Talk Show - Episode Two

at 1:54 AM

OK. Another reason I hate news & talk shows on TV. The logic behind the disaster and post-disaster reporting was terrible.

I remember watching footage of Katrina victims waiting on rooftops to be rescued, small children on their hips, stranded by water on all sides. It was a news helicopter reporting. Chopper kept wandering all around the city, looking for news of rescue vehicles. The logical course of action when you have a helicopter and help is taking too long is stupendously obvious. But not to a TV journalist.

Ugh.

Miranda... priceless moment

Jul 4, 2006 at 2:18 PM
After a bath, she watches me picking up the bathroom while she sits wrapped in her towel:

MIRANDA:
"Mommy, you've got a talent for cleaning up."

ME:
"Thanks, Honey. Sweet of you to say so."

MIRANDA:
"It's really messy in here."

ME:
"Guess I'm not so good at cleaning up after all."

MIRANDA: [pause]
"No. I just have a talent for making messes."

[Mandy hugs me. Then she runs to her room, presumably to make more messes and leave her towel on the floor.]

Today's Two Cents Morning News Show

at 12:57 AM
I'm fed up with TV.

Here is what Daytime Talk Shows are to me:

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This is one angle of why I hate TV - females as eye candy. It is so overtly done, even today, that it's hard to believe it's not obvious to everyone.

I'm not a man-hater (far from it), but I don't like being treated like a body either.