I've been sick

I never got to ski that day. And, I've been fighting a cold. On top of all of this, I get home and I'm so tired.

This is what I think I look like:

But, this is what I actually look like...

Things to do on Friday

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Meet up with John and Lindsay for gift exchange.
Call back Gwynneth to set up time for Saturday coffee.

Downtown Walking Tours-Sign Up and tell a friend!

From: Hal Bastian
Date: December 13, 2006 12:45:53 PM PST
To: "'newdowntown@yahoogroups.com'"
Subject: [newdowntown] Downtown Walking Tours-Sign Up and tell a friend!

Dear Downtowners:

Are you interested in investing or opening a business in Downtown Los
Angeles? If so, please join us for our Downtown Los Angeles Business Walking
Tour. Our tours cater to everyone from corporate executives, financiers and
real estate developers to retail/restaurant operators and entrepreneurs
interested in opening a business in Downtown Los Angeles. The Downtown
renaissance is in full swing and on the tour you will see and hear about the
latest opportunities in each sector of the Downtown economy. To sign up, log
on to www.downtownla.com and look for
"Downtown Walking Tours " on the home page or call Justin Weiss, our
Economic Development Associate, on (213) 624-2146, Ext: 220 !!


Hal Bastian
Vice President &
Director of Economic Development
Downtown Center Business Improvement District
626 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200
Los Angeles, California 90017
Phone: 213-624-2146 x 213
e-Mail: hbastian@downtownla.com
Website: www.downtownla.com

Have you Blog Streaked Lately?

Photolurking, blog streaking and cheesepodding: The new Internet addictions

Tue Dec 19, 2:43 PM ET

The Internet has given birth to a quirky range of modern addictions and maladies, the British weekly New Scientist says in its Christmas issue published this Saturday.

They include these:

- EGO-SURFING: When you frequently check your name and reputation on the Internet.

- BLOG STREAKING: "Revealing secrets or personal information online which for everybody's sake would be best kept private."

- CRACKBERRY: "The curse of the modern executive: not being able to stop checking your BlackBerry, even at your grandmother's funeral." (A BlackBerry is a popular handheld device that can be used for phoning, emailing and web-browsing).

- GOOGLE-STALKING: Defined as "snooping online on old friends, colleagues or first dates."

- CYBERCHONDRIA: "A headache and a particular rash at the same time? Extensive online research tells you it must be cancer."

- PHOTOLURKING: Flicking through a photo album of someone you've never met.

- WIKIPEDIHOLISM: Excess devotion to contributing to the online collaborative encyclopaedia, Wikipedia. (Wikipedia even has a page where you can test whether you're an addict: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Are-You-a-Wikipediholic-Test)).

- CHEESEPODDING: Downloading of a song "so cheesy that you could cover it in plastic wrap and sell it at the deli counter." Cheesepodders are especially vulnerable to soft-rock favourites from the 1970s.

I've got problems

I've got some issues:
  1. I have lost my car keys.
  2. I've lost my house keys
  3. I don't know where my hair thingees are at
  4. I'm tired
  5. My ear hurts
  6. My throat is sore
  7. I want to eat cookies
  8. I want to drink milk
  9. I want to take a nap that lasts until next sunday
  10. Alex has placed two of my Christmas gifts under the tree
  11. Alex has placed a WRAPPED gift in my stocking
  12. I think I'm not sleeping well because I don't know what those gifts are
  13. I bought his gifts already, and I haven't made the time to wrap them.
  14. I miss watching baseball.
  15. I haven't made me a real coffee drink in weeks
  16. my feet have blisters
  17. And, I need to get our Christmas Cards out.
That's it. Those are my problems. There are people starving on the street, and I'm complaining about those 17 things.

What's he gonna do? Paddle over a buoy?


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Bainbridge Mariner Arrested for Drunken Boating
December 8, 2006


A 41-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested late Thursday for boating under the influence and failing to stop for officers pursuing his rowboat, according to the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

A Bainbridge officer had gone to the island's city dock, near Waterfront Park, and saw the 41-year-old "drifting" 10 feet from the dock in an 8-foot dinghy about 11:30 p.m., according to police reports.

The man was attempting to roll a cigarette on the boat, reports said. When officers called for him to return to the dock, he refused, and "was slurring his words to the point of them being nearly unintelligible," an officer said.

Using only oars, the man guided the row boat toward another boat in the harbor, and officers jumped into one of their own and gave chase.

Though officers pulled the man from his dinghy and onto their boat, the man refused to go onto the dock and kept a firm grip on the officers' boat, reports said.

With three officers pulling him off the boat, the man was finally handcuffed and placed into the back of a patrol car for transport to jail.

Though he refused to take an alcohol breath test, the officer said the man "reeked of alcohol," reports said.

He was booked into jail on suspicion of the charges.

Copyright 2006, kitsapsun.com. All Rights Reserved.

Ginny Elfs It Up

Thanks to Office Max for this...

Plans this weekend?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Downtown After Dark
Date: Dec 4, 2006 8:59 PM
Subject: Friday, Dec 8: Party at Bordello, Downtown LA
To: dtafterdark@gmail.com

With the holidays upon us, people are quickly getting into party-mode.
We hope you're no exception! We and Stephen Hauptfuhr are having a
party this Friday, Dec. 8 at Bordello, a beautiful new venue downtown
that just opened over the weekend. It's got an awesome vibe that's
true to its name -- gorgeous red fabric and lots of dark wood adding
up to an undeniably burlesque feel.

We've also got some great DJs for the night: Dirty Dave, Aaron Castle
and Justin Sterling.

Be the first to check it out and get there early to grab a booth! This
is RSVP only, so make sure to get on the list.

So, have you been naughty or nice this year?...

Alexis Johnson and Noel Hyun

901 East 1st St.
Downtown LA 90012

21+ w/ id
9pm - 2am

Detective Munch was RIGHT!!!!

By Annalee Newitz| Also by this reporter
02:00 AM Nov, 30, 2006

If you enhance your workout with the new Nike+ iPod Sport Kit, you may be making yourself a surveillance target.

A report from four University of Washington researchers to be released Thursday reveals that security flaws in the new RFID-powered device from Nike and Apple make it easy for tech-savvy stalkers, thieves and corporations to track your movements. With just a few hundred dollars and a little know-how, someone could even plot your running routes on a Google map without your knowledge.

The Nike+ iPod gives runners real-time updates about the speed and length of their workouts via a small RFID device that fits into the soles of Nike shoes, and broadcasts workout data to a small receiver plugged into an iPod Nano.

While this setup sounds convenient and cool, it didn't sit well with Scott Saponas, a computer science graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle. After enjoying his Nike+ iPod for a few months, Saponas began to suspect there might be other, more nefarious uses for the gear.

He brought his concerns to University of Washington computer science professor Yoshi Kohno and fellow graduate students Carl Hartung and Jonathan Lester. After just a few weeks of tinkering, the four researchers discovered that the Nike+ iPod is, as Kohno put it, "an easy surveillance device."

The first problem is that the RFID in the shoe sensor contains its own on-board power source, essentially turning your running shoe into a small radio station capable of being received from up to 60 feet away, with a signal powerful enough to be picked up from a passing car.

Compare this with the roughly 3-centimeter to 10-inch read range of a typical consumer-grade RFID, such as the kind you find in smart tags in Gap clothing or in credit cards, which is passively powered by the reader.

Additionally, the sensor will reveal its unique ID to any Nike+ iPod receiver. With a quick hardware hack that Kohno said "any high school student could do in the garage," the researchers hooked a Nike+ iPod receiver up to a Linux-based "gumstix" -- a tiny, $79 computer that could easily be hidden in door frames, in trees next to jogging trails or in a pocket.

In their report, the researchers detail a scenario in which a stalker who wants to know when his ex-girlfriend is at home taps into her Nike+ iPod system. He simply hides the gumstix device next to her door, and it registers her presence as she passes by in her Nike shoes. If he adds a small "wifistix" antenna to the device, it can transmit this information to any nearby Wi-Fi access point and alert him to her presence via SMS or by plotting her location on Google Maps.

A thief could use a similar set-up to case several houses at once, figuring out when Nike-wearing owners are at home and when they aren't.

Neither Apple nor Nike had comments at press time.

Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Lee Tien says the Nike+ iPod is a harbinger of things to come. "We're going to see more devices like this in the next few years," he said. "This isn't just a problem with the Nike+ iPod per se -- it's a cautionary tale about what happens when companies unwittingly build a surveillance capacity into their products."

UC Berkeley RFID researcher David Molnar agreed with Tien, adding, "This shows a need for independent oversight and investigation of these technologies before they go to market. These things happen because the people building devices don't think about privacy implications."

Molnar also speculated about how easy it would be for a company to build their own tiny readers and deploy them in a large environment, selling the data stream to those who would track spouses or teens, or collect information about how many people wearing Nikes visit malls or movie theaters. "Given that there are no laws about skimming data in California right now, it would be perfectly legal to do it there," he said.

The researchers, for their part, just want to see Apple, Nike and other manufacturers fix the problem. They offer a simple solution in their report, which is to build the sensors to speak to only one reader.

"Using relatively standard cryptographic techniques, you could make it very difficult to listen to broadcasts from somebody else's sensor," said Kohno. He hastened to add that he doesn't believe Apple and Nike purposefully designed the sensors to be surveillance-friendly. "I just think companies should be as aware of privacy issues as they are of safety issues," he said. "Too often, they aren't."

It's always cool when your friends get their own radio show

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 14:43:17 -0800 (PST)
From: "E.Mandisa"
Subject: E.Mandisa/MiMi Radio talk show host

Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues:

This is E. Mandisa aka Mi MI...... I have some extremely exciting news. I have just become the associate producer and on air personality for the afragenesis network, a one hour talk radio show broadcast live on 1150 AM KKNW here in Seattle, and worldwide via the internet on www.1150kknw.com . Please tune in and listen, Monday-Friday 1-2pm pst, and 3-4pm est.

You can get a better understanding of our show format by visiting us at www.afragenesis.net , please join our online community. We will be dealing with issues directly affecting the African and African American people of the world. We have sections on news, culture, metaphysics/ spiritual growth, the arts, hip hop and more!!!

Please feel free to hit me up with show ideas, or to be a guest on our show. Also if you'd like to advertise with us, or have us do a PSA for your organization or event.

I had almost given up on my dream of a broadcasting career, due to the lack of integrity in the media these days, but afragenesis provides us with a platform where we just state the facts, and let the audience make up their own minds.

Please feel free to call in during our broadcast hour, our phone numbers will change in the near future, but for now u can call in on the following lines. In the Seattle area: 425-373-5527 or toll free at 888-298-kknw (5569)

Hope that you all become a part of this wonderful project!!!

The softer side of LAPD

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: New E-Policing Strategy
> From: E-Police Newsletter <26378@lapd.lacity.org>
> Date: Mon, November 20, 2006 11:05 am
> Dear Community Member,
> In an effort to better open the lines of communication between each of
> you and the Central Area station of the LAPD, we are now utilizing
> this electronic form of communication to alert you to information
> about our community here in the downtown Los Angeles Area.
> From time to time we will be sending out alerts on possible crime
> trends and asking for your help in solving these crimes. All
> information that we receive back is helpful and we look forward to
> using this new technology to improve the communication between us.
> Please spread the word and have your neighbors and business associates
> in the downtown area log onto the LAPD website and register to use the
> new e-policing tool so they can be included in our e-mail list
> Thanks for your support,
> Lieutenant Raymond Garvin
> Central Area

If you are in Florida anyways...

I called this three years ago as THE way to do community-based long-rang planning.

The Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture's next executive education course is the National Charrette Institute Charrette Planner Certificate and takes place on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus February 14-16, 2007. Charrettes capable of tranformative community change require careful planning and execution. The National Charrette Institute Charrette Planner certificate course provides the framework and hand-on skills to successfully utilize the powerful Dynamic Planning Process.

Information and a registration form is attached and further information is available on the Knight Program website: http://www.arc.miami.edu/knight

The lure of coffee

I recently completed a trip where I didn't get a real coffee for a couple of days. I've told the story of finding cockroaches in the coffee maker, and I have to admit...I became afraid of the coffee maker.

Much like the time I suddenly became afraid of sitting on the toilet, because the last time I sat down on the toilet that day, we had a small earthquake.

Anyway, today was one of those days were you would look at your computer screen, rip off a million emails, realize that it's lunch time (and you'd been there since 7:30). Then, lunch time came and went, and now all the sudden it's 5 after 5, boss man has gone home, and I'm trying to get out the door.

However, someone left a message on my website. Someone who I've always admired as a friend, and I can't stop thinking about how things are going with them! And, I wasn't going to be able to get on with my evening until I posted something, because I know they would be looking. HA HA!

So - M. Law...how's it?

My Trip to Florida

So, traveling again to meet with Clients. Met with three of the four groups I intended to meet with. I woke up on Thursday morning to a big storm, and there was just no way I was able to get out of the hotel. I'm just not used to rain anymore. Funny to hear me say that.

Anyway, Florida has been fun. I left the sunroof open on Thursday. So, all the rain not only got the pavement, building, and grass wet, but I also have about 1/2 an inch of standing water in the rental car. Big Whoops on that one.

Usually, I think that I'm pretty put together. However, now...I know...I've been knocked off my high horse, and my new sweatshirt is damp. Couldn't eat at a nice place last night because I sit in the car for 5 minutes and it looks like I pee'd my pants and water went down my back.

It is really funny.

Join our 16th Skid Row Neighborhood Walk

From: "Tara Devine"
Date: October 1, 2006 12:46:18 AM PDT
Subject: [newdowntown] Join our 16th Skid Row Neighborhood Walk - Wednesday, October 4th at 6pm at the Midnight Mission (601 S. San Pedro St.)

Please join us for our 16th neighborhood walk, and our first since the
launch of the Safer Cities Initiative. The Safer Cities Initiative is a
huge step toward making Skid Row -- and all of Downtown -- a safer place.
Fifty additional LAPD officers are patrolling Downtown on foot and on
bicycles. Let's show them our support!

LAHSA workers will join us again on our walk, conducting outreach to those
living on the streets, and offering immediate van transportation for any
individual seeking shelter and/or services.

What and Why:
CCEA is working closely with Councilmember Jan Perry, Skid Row residents,
LAPD, state and county legislators, service providers and a multitude of
other stakeholders to affect positive policy changes for our community. Our
monthly walks have successfully garnered the attention of federal, state,
county and city legislators who are all working on various solutions for the
inhumane conditions that exist in Skid Row.

First and foremost is our call for public safety - all people who live
Downtown, and especially Skid Row residents, deserve a crime-free,
gang-free, drug-free and empowered community to call their own.

Regardless of where you live or work in Downtown, please come and make a
difference. We need you to stand strong with us as we call for an improved
quality of life in Skid Row.

When and Where:
Wednesday, October 4th
6 PM
The walk begins and ends at the courtyard of the new Midnight Mission at 601
S. San Pedro St. The courtyard entrance faces 6th St.
We assemble at 6 and depart at approximately 6:15.

Secure parking is available in the Midnight Mission's underground parking
structure. The entrance is on San Pedro St. just south of 6th St. Please
tell the parking attendant that you are there for the Neighborhood Walk.
The walk will cover approximately 10 blocks. Comfortable shoes are strongly
Several LAPD officers from Central Division as well as our BID security
officers will accompany us on our walk.
TV and/or print media may accompany us on our walks.

If you have questions, please feel free to call or e-mail me. I hope to see
you there. Thank you to all who have joined us for previous walks.

Tara Devine
Director, Economic & Community Development
Central City East Association (CCEA)
725 S. Crocker St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
213.228.8484 ext. 14
213.228.8488 fax


on our way to

grand ave sports bar



Tommy says

It's Your duty, Judy!

Man, the phillies won.



Greg Maddux stole a base.


off to the shower now....


3 to one!

Go Dodgers!

I feel bad now

I have been making fun of Grady Little all year.

Sorry Grady, I take it all back



He rolled right over the plate!

stepping away

Just got told to get into the shower so the day can get started....







Lugo hit the ball to the far right corner of the outfield. Ahhhhhh. RUN KENNY RUN!

It's Saturday, and there's baseball

I was supposed to get up and go get my bus pass, get the rent check, and clean out my top dresser drawer. It's 1:30 p.m. and I'm watching the dodgers.

And, I'm going to continue watching the dodgers.

Greg Maddux RULES!

LaMarche on Homelessness


The State of Homelessness In the United States
By Pat LaMarche

A powerful look at what it means to be homeless
in the United States

In her first, highly anticipated book, accomplished broadcaster and journalist, Pat
LaMarche has documented a piece of American life like no one else has. Having slept in 14 homeless shelters throughout the country over a two week period, and recording her experiences in a journal, LaMarche has captured the condition of this current humanitarian crisis and brought it sharply into focus.

Available October 5th, 2006 at http://www.upalapress.com

October 2006 • Paperback • 71⁄4" x
53⁄4" • B & W
168 Pages • $14.95 • ISBN: 1929565208

Upala Press
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ph. 207-775-9872 • info@upalapress.com •

LAT: Little Pedro's : New flavor to retro hangouts


New flavor to retro hangouts
By Betty Hallock
Times Staff Writer

September 27, 2006

At Little Pedro's, where old L.A. noir meets new down-low hip, bar patrons knock back shots of vodka dropped in Red Bull. At the just-opened pirate-themed Redwood Bar and Grill, the ahoy-matey paraphernalia and a DJ booth dress up the former hangout of journalists and judges. Meanwhile, MySpacers make the scene at the decades-old flamenco supper club El Cid.

Suddenly, everything old is hip-ified again.

There's much that's gloriously retro about these new-old landmark hot spots; their latest owners are preserving atmosphere, details of décor and even some of the entertainment. But updated menus are central to the strategy in bringing them back to life.

Despite the Jolly Roger hanging over the bar, downtown's Redwood still looks like the place that once hosted the likes of Mickey Cohen or Richard Nixon, a place where — in another newspaper era — an editor might have found a stray reporter nursing a Scotch. It's all dark wood and low lighting.

Co-owners Christian Frizzell and Dev Dugal have kept the name and preserved a watering-hole feeling. "We wanted to appeal to the former clientele too," says Frizzell. "As soon as we got the lease on this place we knew we would keep the name Redwood." But the menu has been transformed: grilled stuffed squid, skirt steak and seared scallops over risotto — which will be offered promptly after final inspections.

Across the 1st Street bridge just east of Little Tokyo, Little Pedro's — one of L.A.'s oldest bars — was built in the late 1800s and is said to have once housed a brothel. It has been drawing the cool crowd at least since designer and restaurateur Dana Hollister, who is also an owner of Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake and the Brite Spot, revamped the place this year. She's planning a new menu by chef Michael Borassi — which might include such dishes as fennel-encrusted sea bass, grilled shrimp salad or a cheese plate.

"I just walked in and it had that vibe — that it was just on the edge of being completely brilliant," Hollister says. Now a stuffed polar bear hangs over the bar and there's a 13-foot shuffleboard in the corner. Friday's Punky Reggae Party draws hipsters while jazz singer Mickey Champion (an L.A. fixture for decades) still belts 'em out on Tuesdays.

And why keep the name Little Pedro's? "Because that's what we ended up naming the polar bear."

At El Cid in Silver Lake, the plastic fake plants are gone, but not the flamenco dancers, some of whom have been clicking their castanets for more than 20 years.

"I didn't want to offend the flamenco gods" by changing the place too much, co-owner Tobin Shea says. But he has added an ever-changing roster of rock bands, comedy acts and cabaret shows. And much of the décor — call it circa-1961 medieval Spanish opera house — is intact too.

Crab-stuffed mushrooms are a holdover from a bygone era, but the tapas menu is new and diners are offered such fare as Spanish tortilla, spicy albacore crostini, pan-roasted shrimp with red-pepper butter or seared beef tenderloin. "We've been putting more emphasis on the food. The food has gotten so much better," Shea says. Maybe that's what's appeasing the flamenco gods.

The story of our trip


Los Angeles to Seattle (Via the Coast Starlight)

Seattle to Vancouver (Via the Norwegian Sun)

Vancouver to San Pedro (Via the Norwegian Star)

The Train! The Train!
Most days I travel to Union Station on my way to work. This morning Alex and I hopped on the DASH, got to Union Station and hopped on to the Coast Starlight. Our accommodations included a sleeper car, which included our meals, wine and cheese tasting, movies. If I had to do this again, I’d go running towards the train as fast as I could.

Our first day we spent looking out the window as we headed up the coast, seeing parts of the Pacific you couldn’t see by car. The guides that hop on at Santa Barbara and hop off further north.

The food wasn’t anything too earth shattering. I had envisioned this gourmet kitchen down below, china plates, and large glasses. In reality, plates were plastic. Food was a little bland. And,the drinks were over-iced - so you went through your plastic cup of Iced Tea pretty quick.

What made up for this? Oh...really cool co-travelers. The first couple we met was from Garden Grove. Married for 30 years, business partners for 25. They are taking the cruise that’s right behind us. The second couple - we met during the first wine/cheese tasting - now that I think about it - we didn’t ask them where they were from. But, we had a great time talking about the Hapa book and showing at the Japanese Art Museum. We were late for dinner so we ate all by ourselves. I don’t remember what we talked about...I had a fruity white wine.

At breakfast, we ate with two people who had come on board at Emeryville. The “Emeryville People” boarded the night before, and they were full of energy. I don’t know if they recognized if they were boarding at 11 p.m. - but the rest of us had been on the train the whole day, up since 7 a.m. First thing we heard was “Where’s the Parlor car? Where’s the club? Where’s the bar?” Then, someone went up the hallway yelling “have you seen my cell phone?”

And, we ate breakfast with the guy who lost his cell phone. At his table, a large bottle of champagne. I don’t know if he ever learned how to use an inside voice, which is funny. We sat across from a lady who works with autistic children.
Lunch was with a Houston couple, mid-trip. They took a flight from Houston to Los Angeles, the train to Seattle, a bus to Vancouver, and a train across Canada, and then...

3 weeks of travel in total.

We enjoyed talking with them so much, that when we saw them eating alone at dinner, we asked to be reseated so that we could enjoy dinner with them - again. We talked about traveling, the other cities we’ve been to, how they met (because they were married for 50+ years). They were just a neat couple!

We got into Seattle at about 10 p.m. It was a bit surreal, as every time I go back it feels like I never left. We walked from the train station to the Pioneer Square Best Western. I had the map to the hotel on my Palm Zire, and I had the whole walk almost memorized. We got into the hotel room and just crashed.

One thing about this hotel- it’s right across the street from one of my favorite Italian restaurants. While in college, I would eat there one every three months. After a couple of classes of chianti, I’d look over and see the hotel and think to myself - I should just stay the night rather than hop back on the ferry.

The next morning, Alex and I were down in the breakfast nook and Dad and Mark appeared. They were about 30 minutes early, but it was welcomed! We walked over to the Uyajama grocery store, had breakfast (spam, eggs, rice, and macaroni salad) and shopped. We walked over to the Elliot Bay book store, and the Toy Store. Then, we checked out of the hotel, and headed over cruise terminal.

Seeing Mark was great! Markie will be 16 in January. OMG! He’s taller, but still looks like Markie! He and Dad did come over to see us, however there was more pressing matters - the Science Fiction Museum! I was the added bonus!
Before we headed up to the terminal, Dad left us with 6 jars of jams and jellies. I’m not 100% positive he didn’t leave us with some sauces or vegetables, but I had to carry them onto the boat. I got a little cranky because the bag was heavy and unwieldily. But...we got onto the boat and repacked the bag so it was easier to maneuver. Can’t wait to get those home and redistributed them properly. Thanks Dad!

Our one night cruise to Vancouver was exactly what I needed - a night of rest. Alex was ready to hit the casino, but midnight? I was tired and ready for bed. :-)

However, I did stay up long enough to see the duty free store before bed.

We woke up in Vancouver - the first time for both of us! I was in charge of the day, and I had this huge list of activities planned. First, the Harbour Center tower, Gastown, Chinatown, closing with the Pacific Center.

I was AT the game...and I SAW this...

Jeff Kent got up to the plate, and I said "Jeff, you need to hit a homerun"

Once the 4 homeruns in a row started...

Oh....then, we all went nuts when we saw this...

A true TOP TEN game...

Eye One

Alex told me not to put it like that, but it's funny.

Yes, I won!

I got the call tonight that I won with a whopping 20 votes! Thank you to the 18 other people outside of my household who voted for me!

Thank you!

Now you have to see the site



Baristas gripe about 'poor man's latte'

06:26 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 12, 2006

SEATTLE – In coffee crazy Seattle, a new way some customers have of saving a buck is leaving baristas a little steamed.

The so-called “poor man’s latte” has become a topic of conversation lately on starbucksgossip.com, a Web site that is not run by the corporation.

The poor man’s latte is what you get when you order straight shots of espresso and then use the canister of milk on the condiments counter to turn the drink into a latte.

Krystyna Frahm has owned her own coffee shop Moka's on Fairview Avenue for two years and says usually once or twice a day she sees someone pulling a fast one.

"I just kind of look over and give people the evil eye sometimes," she said. "Usually it’s someone who wants a 20-ounce ice cup with just a double shot of espresso in it. It’s pretty obvious.”

Such customers can save up to $1.50 or more per drink, but it may cost them when it comes to karma.

Baristas concerned about the problem say they found at least one simple way to combat it: Remove the pitcher of nonfat from the counter, leaving just the half-and-half.

Frahm said the poor man's latte isn't robbing her blind, but admits it may eventually take its toll on her fully paying customers.

"Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that it could end up raising our prices because to offset the cost of people getting something for free."

And that may get everyone else just a little bit steamed.

KING 5's Deborah Feldman contributed to this report

My speech from the Good Neighbor Dinner

My church held their annual "Good Neighbor Award" Dinner tonight. I was asked to present an award to Brady Westwater. Brady asked me earlier in the night if we (as in Alex and Ginny - we) were the ones who put his name in the hat. Again, Brady - Alex and I didn't nominate you - it was someone else. :-) So, take the award, recognize your good work!

There were two other honorees: Councilwoman Jan Perry and Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas. They had good speeches too. However, the congregation really took the cake in terms of providing personality. The more time I spend with my congregation, the more I feel like they are my family. (note to self: other blog entry needed if I'm going down this path)

And, before you read the speech I gave for Brady, I wanted to take a couple of lines to shout-out to Pastor Sandy! WOW! What an amazing job! Dinner was great! Guests were great! Everything was great. She's so amazing! She's a rockstar!

Okay - the Speech!

Good evening everyone! Again, my name is Ginny-Marie Case, and I live in a loft downtown, on Main street. I’m very excited to be a part of the Good Neighbor dinner. The person I get to present the award to - really, he should get the Best Neighbor award. Because, Brady Westwater is probably the best neighbor anyone could wish for. I haven’t heard about any loud parties, unruly pets, and, well, all the things I have heard about it, really I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t want him next door.

I leave Los Angeles almost every day of the week. It’s really sad if you think about it. When I leave, I hate it. Most days, I can deal with it just fine. The days I don’t handle it that well - it’s when we are driving down Main street, and we pass the intersection where I can see Disney Hall, then the LA Times, CalTrans, and City Hall. We make that turn on to Temple, and I used to think...that’s it... no turning back now...here I come...Pasadena, watch out.

But, two weeks ago, something happened. On my way home, on the train I noticed that far off, not too far in the distance, I noticed our building’s flagpole. I could see my building from Chinatown. Right at the point when the rail turns to enter into Union Station...there it is. I can see home.

I could see all the way up Main Street.

So, what’s that got to do with Brady Westwater? Well, I feel that Brady has been a driving force to help improve Main Street - through conversation, action, writing, maybe an occasionally louder voice - Brady has helped to call attention to the needs of Main street. And, it doesn’t end there.

I have come to learn that Brady isn’t a street-discriminator...he’s out there calling attention to all of the downtown streets. And, it’s not just street’s he’s worried about, buildings, trees, shrubs, sidewalks, bikeways, tents, apartments, SROs, and yes...and maybe even a loft or two. And, some where in there a pet. Wait, there’s more...People! Kids, teenagers, seniors..

Geesh Brady, that’s a lot of worrying.

One night, Alex and I were driving home from dinner, and we are stopped at 7th and Spring. I see this guy, wearing a nylon windbreaker. I think to myself - Is that Brady? Then, I said it outloud to Alex - Hey, that’s Brady! Look! Look! It’s Brady!

However, it sounded like the time I saw Lenny Kravitz in Malibu, coming out of starbucks. Hey, that’s Lenny Kravitz!!!!!!! Look! Look! It’s Lenny Kravitz!!!! Yes, the rockstar Lenny Kratvitz made me starstruck.

My point is, Once I realized what I had said, and how I had said it...Yes...Brady...you are the rockstar of Main Street, and an amazingly good neighbor. And, I thank you for that!

Busy September 6th?

The annual Good Neighbor dinner is coming up next week, and volunteers are needed to assist with giving parking directions, registration and greeting people. Good Neighbor awards are being given to Brady Westwater, President of DLANC; Honorable Jan Perry, and, Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The dinner takes place the evening of September 6th. If you are available to help out, please let me know! Tickets are $150 a piece, but if you can volunteer...then...no good deed goes unnoticed - it's likely you'll get dinner. I can double check if it's a make or break option. :-)

Gotta Get Home?


Metro Joins Southland County Transportation Agencies in Unveiling “Guaranteed Ride Home” Regional Program

A Southland partnership of county transportation agencies has unveiled its newest regional program to encourage commuters to share the ride to work. It’s called “Guaranteed Ride Home,” and it’s offered at no cost to participating employers and the commuters who work for them.

“This is a tremendous step forward in making ridesharing more appealing to Southland commuters,” said Cosette Stark, Metro’s Director of Research and Development.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Orange County Transportation Authority, Riverside County Transportation Commission, and San Bernardino Associated Governments, Guaranteed Ride Home addresses some of the most often-heard objections to ridesharing. “I’d rideshare but…what if my child gets sick? What if I have to work late? What if I have a personal emergency?”

Guaranteed Ride Home takes the worry out of ridesharing by providing qualified employees a free rental car or taxi ride home if an emergency arises. “Employers have a difficult job convincing their employees to share the ride to work. This program makes it a little easier,” said Michelle Kirkhoff, Director of Air Quality/Mobility Programs, San Bernardino Associated Governments.

Companies located in the four county area must meet eligibility requirements in order to sign up and participate in the program. Once an employer is registered, their employees who rideshare to work can receive up to four free emergency rental car or taxi rides home in a 12-month period. And, if a company has their own guaranteed ride home program in place, this regional program can be used to augment theirs. Businesses of any size can enroll, and there is no cost to participate.

“This regional program recognizes the need to work together to come up with creative solutions for Southland transportation problems,” said Robert Yates, Program Manager – Commuter Assistance, Riverside County Transportation Commission.

“We are working to make it easier for area commuters to choose a transportation alternative. It’s just one more step toward decreasing traffic congestion and improving air quality,” said Judy Hernandez, Marketing Account Executive, Orange County Transportation Authority.

Businesses interested in enrolling in Guaranteed Ride Home may contact their local county transportation agency, visit www.commutesmart.info or contact 1-800-COMMUTE for more information.


• Editor’s Note: Metro is the proper name in referring to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles County. For the past three years Metro has been changing all its signage and other materials to reflect the name change. If you need a current Metro logo, please call Metro Media Relations at (213) 922-2700.

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Who knew!!


Did they forget to pay to membership fee?

-----Original Message-----
From: BreakingNews@MAIL.CNN.COM [mailto:BreakingNews@MAIL.CNN.COM]
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 6:22 AM
Subject: CNN Breaking News

-- Leading astronomers say Pluto is no longer defined as a planet, The Associated Press reports.

Best Email All Day

begin forwarded message:

From: Russell Brown
Subject: Congratulations, you are a Candidate for DLANC

You have been verified as a candidate for Downtown LA Neighborhood Council. Below is a list of the candidates. I have also included information as a reminder of the dates and basic information on the council.

Important dates to remember include this coming Monday August 21st at 5 PM. This is the deadline for return of Vote by Mail ballots. All qualified stakeholders can also vote the day of the election at the election site.

Thursday Sept 7th at 6 PM is the Candidate's Forum. This is your chance to introduce yourself to the community and to the other candidates.

Tuesday Sept 12th Noon to 8 PM Election Day at Macy's Plaza Courtyard.

OUTREACH to your friends and co-workers is important. Put fliers under your neighbor's door, hand out literature at the local coffee spot, email all your downtown dwellers and get them involved.

Remember, even if you are unopposed, get as many friends and co-workers as possible to register and vote. (How would it look if you only get 2 votes?) Besides, we want as many folks as possible aware of the great things the neighborhood council can do.

If I were a handbag, what handbag would I be?

You Are a Classic Gucci Bag

You've got style mastered - because you stick with what works

Like this Gucci Bag, you prefer classic items that stand the test of time

You're also a bit of a practical girl, who prefers function over fluff

You prefer a big bag, so that you can have your stuff with you at all times

Rolling on the floor laughing

People thought I was weird for laughing at this

Thanks to Russell Brown for the invite!

The best part of my day is the transit. Go ahead and laugh and me now, it is okay, I’m used to it. The fact that I am driven through town, hop a train and roll on out to Pasadena, helps me relax – because I’m not sitting in the car, stuck at looking at the same backend of the car for 14 miles.

Thanks to Russell Brown for the invite!

I was invited to attend the Los Angeles Goodwill Ambassadors awards and dinner last night. It was the first time in a long time that I went to an event like that, ABMS (All By My Self) or minus Alex. Alex was invited to attend a public art meeting for the Expo line – and I’m very excited that he’s going to be a part of that. (more on that later)

Once I got to the building, made my way upstairs, I felt like I walked into a party for the “cool kids”, but once Don started introducing awardees, telling their story, pretty soon I felt like I had known some of these folks for much longer. It’s probably the thing I like best about Don, which is what he talks about, is exactly how he sees and feels it.

It was also very humbling. When I decided that I was going to run for the neighborhood council spot, I knew that I was going to be like jumping into a marathon that is at the mid-point. The rest of the runners have secured their spot in the pack through dedication to making something better. And, here I come wanting to join in, already grabbing for the water, because I’m already winded. 

In any case, Congrats to all the winners last night! It was a great time, I wish that I would have stayed longer. I left a little early to make the PE Lofts party, which turned out to be a “hot prospects” drinking event by the time I got there. I’m sure that the residential regulars had already come up for dinner and by 9 p.m. were most likely already in bed.

Or, busy on pebuilding.org

I’m still working on collecting voter registration forms. Do you need one? Email me!


Ani Difranco has a new album out today.

I love Ani Difranco!

It's an Ani day.

Mom tracks down toilet-tissue pranksters

As one who was picked on while in high school...this sounds like sweet revenge!

Mom tracks down toilet-tissue pranksters
Mon Jul 31, 10:30 PM ET

Teenagers who toilet-papered and damaged a home now face felony vandalism charges because of a mother's extraordinary sleuthing.

Katja Base, mother of six, was unwilling to let the teens get away with it, saying she tracked them down to teach her kids about accountability.

Base awoke one February morning to find her front lawn strewn in white two-ply toilet paper. She and husband Ken also found damaged landscaping and light fixtures as well as ruined finishes on two cars.

Dog food and flour also covered the lawn.

Realizing the sheriff's department has better things to do than track down teen pranksters, Katja Base decided to do some detective work.

"There needs to be accountability," she said. "Mainly, I pursued this as a lesson for my daughters. I don't want them to ever come to me and ask why I didn't do anything about this."

Base persuaded supermarket managers to tally daily toilet-paper buys for the week and a Stater Bros. manager said there was a run on bathroom tissue two days before her home was vandalized.

At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, someone bought 144 rolls of toilet paper, cheese, dog food, flour and plastic forks, the same items found on her lawn and house. It was a cash transaction, making it difficult to trace the purchaser, but the store had video surveillance.

The video showed four teenagers making the purchase, one of them wearing a Norco High School letterman's jacket with a name stitched across the back. The store's parking lot surveillance camera showed the truck they were using.

Base then borrowed a Norco High yearbook and used online databases to get the name, phone numbers and addresses of the teens on the store tape.

"Her work was instrumental in helping us to identify the suspects," said Lt. Ross Cooper of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The information was eventually sent to the district attorney's office and prosecutors confirmed that about six youths were now facing vandalism charges. However, they would not release details of the case or names of the defendants because they are juveniles.

The maximum penalty for the adult would be three years in prison; the juveniles could face probation and restitution, district attorney's office spokeswoman Ingrid Wyatt said.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

A Must!

Sundays, July 30, Aug.6,13, 20, 27, Sept. 3 at sunset


"...Sergeant Pepper-style musical...for all ages"Venice Mag

",,,Loved it...This funny green-themed musical is a must-see...a unique synthesis of spirituality and progressive values." --Alex Brideau, The Sentinel

at the corner of the 405 and the 10 Watch for the lit Peace sign from the 10

2508 S. Stoner Avenue, (West) Los Angeles, Ca. 90064
Admission $15, plus optional Chinese Dinners and $2 per-person cork fee

(310) 478-7379 www.mootney.org

2508 S. Stoner Avenue
(West) Los Angeles, Ca. 90064
Phone: (310) 478-7379; www.mootney.org group rates available.

Come Register to Vote for DLANC Election

This Thursday, August 3rd from 7 to 8 p.m., join me in the Residents Lounge at Pacific Electric Lofts (610 S Main St) for Milk, Cookies, and Registration!

In order to vote for me (or someone else) for Neighborhood Council, you must be registered to vote. This registration is separate from the Primary and General election.

The registration form is very simple, and you can even check off a box to have the ballot mailed to you.

I know that it's only hour! If you'd like to host a registration event @ your lobby, or residential area...let's talk!

If you know for sure that you'd like to be there, please email me so that I'm sure to have enough registration forms on hand. You can email me at elect@ginnycase.com

If you aren't able to join us then, and you want to register to vote, please email me at elect@ginnycase.com, and we can make arrangements to get your voter registration form to you!

(Oh, and this event is NOT sponsored by DLANC. It's sponsored by me!)

Funny Things On The Web

Today's Horoscope

"Vanna": i think you've got this covered: TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 28). It's a wonder-filled year! You're not quite in control of it, which is fun -- you're surprised and delighted by what you find around the corner. August is financially lucky as long as you act on your intentions. Tell everyone what you want, too! September shows you on a fabulous vacation. Capricorn and Sagittarius connections make your heart sing. Your lucky numbers are: 17, 30, 42, 36 and 28.

I'm Oooooooold now.

July 28...I turn 30.


I'm this excited:

Well...no...I'm actually this excited:

Weeeeeeelllll, on second thought, I'm really this excited:

Did you know?

Did you know that I grew up with a big front and back yard? Yes! And, the house divided the two yards.

Did you know that I've always liked baseball?

Did you know that I really did work at a coffee shop?

And, that I did really work as a camp counselor?

Yes, I realize that my campers were taller than me.

From the Airport

I often tell people that I'm from a small town, my high school graduating class was >maybe< a hundred people, and that my legal address growing up was five miles west of the lone post office.

Now, I tell people I live downtown-downtown Los Angeles. (Mostly because I used to think I worked "downtown" but found out two years later that I actually worked in Koreatown...who knew?) And, I tell them I live in a loft. When I say it, it sounds like it is the most amazing thing in the whole wide world, and that they should take notice.

I can't tell if I tell it that way because living in Los Angeles still feels like something I shouldn't be doing, or if it's an accomplishment that should be recognized by others. I'm a leo...it's both. :-)

And, the horrible thing is that I go through every day having to leave my city. (I work in Pasadena) Every day. Wait...My City?

Since when to I publicly acknowledge that Los Angeles is My City? Probably since the time in 1999 I stepped off the plane in Sea-Tac and said "Jez-US! it is effing cold" and, ten minutes later when my brother scooped me up and we headed out of the airport, the mist turned to drizzle to light showers to heavy showers to downpour in a few deep sighs. And, it stayed that way for my entire winter break.

Belfair is my hometown. It's like that relationship you had in college that creeps into your mind from time to time, wondering what ever happened to so and so.

But, Los Angeles is home. I say that while I'm sitting at some airport in Texas, oh my way to some airport in North Carolina, to meet with clients, watch the All-Star came in solitary at some hotel bar, all the time frantically trying to keep up on email. And, all the while, loving every moment of it. (except for watching the All-Star game without Alex.)(I know he probably won't watch it unless I was there)

Los Angeles is home. I have a purse store, a morning train, a favorite morning bus driver, a favorite evening bus driver, and favorite intersection (Main and Temple). I have a weekday routine, an established relationship with my doctor, and my dentist has erased my fear of regular cleanings.

I have neighbors who I enjoy. I can walk through along Los Angeles Street, head down to Santee Alley and pick up an almost-looks-like-Summer-Marc-Jacobs handbag, a new blouse, and the new trousers Vogue highlighted...all without spending more than $20.

Who ever said that in Los Angeles you are anonymous, must have lived in the Valley. Nine out of ten times, my shopping/coffee adventures include running into someone I know along the sidewalk.

The neighborly-social aspects of downtown are not very different from Belfair. Controversy and conspiracy run the streets like children swarm the ice cream vendor. In Belfair, there's a run-away Theler Board. In Los Angeles, police officers from other cities dump their released offenders, too crippled to defend themselves patients, and downtrodden.

In Belfair, the water way that is the primary tourist destination, provides a multi-million dollar industry is poo-ed and pissed away. In Los Angeles, we have a river that runs right through the middle of the City - but it looks like an oversize sewage channel.

A big difference between Belfair and Los Angeles is this: In Belfair many people own the land their homes sit on. In Los Angeles, few people own the land and homes that many people live in.

Belfair and Los Angeles share social and economic classes. There are the political junkies, wannabees, and failures in both towns. There's politics, but there's also the petty crap that threatens the delicate balance of the three political classes. (man, I might catch some crap for that paragraph...may need to pull that out)

Sorry Man, I mean to Taze not Shoot!

Deputy on leave after using gun, not Taser

The Associated press

BREMERTON - The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office has placed a deputy on administrative leave after the deputy shot and wounded a man in a tree with his gun instead of a Taser, the sheriff's office said.

The deputy meant to fire the Taser and not his gun on Thursday, but grabbed the wrong weapon, sheriff's office spokesman Scott Wilson told the Kitsap Sun.

The deputy has been with the sheriff's office for five years.

Deputies carry both a Taser and a gun on their utility belts. The Taser used is similar in shape to the .40-caliber compact model gun the deputy used, Wilson said.

The Taser is a handheld weapon that delivers an electric shock via two stainless steel barbs.

The man had climbed high up a fig tree and had been there for several hours.

The shooting is under investigation by State Patrol detectives, Wilson said.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was wounded in the leg and airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, where he was listed in satisfactory condition.

Deputies and Bremerton Fire and Rescue personnel were called to the site of the tree after an employee of a local business reported the man had climbed the tree and was acting strangely. The man had been in the tree and talking to himself when one employee arrived at work at 7:30 a.m.

Deputies and rescue personnel attempted to coax the man from the tree for almost two hours before he was shot. During that time, the man was becoming increasingly hostile toward rescue personnel and deputies trying to get him out of the tree, witness David Blakeslee told the newspaper.

Deputies were unsure whether the man was intoxicated, on drugs, or possibly experiencing a psychotic episode.

One deputy attempted to discharge a Taser at the man, but when it did not work asked another deputy to fire a Taser. Instead of grabbing the Taser, the deputy grabbed and fired the gun, Wilson said.

Blakeslee, an employee with nearby B&B Auto Repair, described the man's reaction to getting shot.

"He said, 'Ow, that hurt, I'm coming down, I'm coming down,"' Blakeslee said.

The man climbed down the tree on his own where medical personnel were waiting, Blakeslee said.

Continuing to take joy in other's pain

Eric told me not to listen to the message, but of course I had to!

"Hi - it's Eric and Russell, and we just ran over a squirrel"


"I don't have your cell phone number, or I can't find your cell phone number"


"Oh, the squirrel..."


"Yah, can we work out the details for meeting up tomorrow"


"Oh, The squirrel is still squirming!!!!!"


"Oh, the squirrel"



In the background, you can hear Eric and Russell developing a game plan to address the squirrel issue.

I'm still laughing. But, somewhere out there a baby squirrel doesn't have it's mommy any more.

Similarities between X Men and South Park

From: A Co-Worker
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 10:04 AM
Subject: Similarities between X Men and South Park

I think X Men's costume designers stole their ideas from South Park. What do you think?
Halle Berry as Storm, Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Ian McKellen as Magneto in 20th Century Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand

Outta Town for a few days

I'm going to be out of town for a few days. I'm going to Chicago for work. I wasn't excited to go until I started listening to an iMix I made for Alicia before she went to Chicago.

Now, I'm excited. Do you think the airport replays the Frank Sinatra version of "Chicago"?


The Legislative Analyst's Office has just issued the following report:

Overview of the 2006-07 May Revision

The state’s strong revenue performance-a $7.5 billion increase since January-presents an extraordinary opportunity for the Legislature. Key decisions are: (1) how much of the increase should be provided to K-14 education, (2) should increased school funding be allocated to new initiatives or to strengthen existing programs and pay off debts, and (3) which state debt should be prepaid?

We urge the Legislature to focus on regaining the state’s fiscal balance, particularly in light of the risks and uncertainties facing the state. (20 pp.)

Available in the following formats:


Adobe Acrobat:
From the Los Angeles Times
State Senate Endorses Teaching of Gays' Historical Achievements
By Jordan Rau
Times Staff Writer

May 12, 2006

SACRAMENTO — Saying more role models could help reduce the social estrangement and high suicide rates of gay and lesbian students, the state Senate voted Thursday to require that the historical contributions of homosexuals in the United States be taught in California schools.

Apparently the first of its kind nationwide, the measure passed with no Republican support. It must also be approved by the Assembly and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has taken no position on it. California's Legislature last year became the first to authorize gay marriage, but Schwarzenegger vetoed the measure.

If passed, the textbook bill could have national implications. California is a huge portion of the textbook market, where it often sets trends, and many publishers put out a specific edition for the state that others can also use.

Textbooks meeting the bill's requirements would not be incorporated into California classrooms until 2012. Social science courses would then include "an age-appropriate study" of the "role and contributions" that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have made to the "economic political and social development" of California and the United States.

Schools are already required to teach the historical and social roles of blacks, women, Native Americans, Latinos, Asians and other ethnic groups.

"Even though we passed an anti-harassment bill seven years ago, it's still pretty obvious that there's a hostile environment for kids who are gay or lesbian — or even thought to be gay or lesbian," said Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), the bill's author and one of six openly gay legislators. "Part of that stems from the fact that nobody reads about any positive examples."

Social conservatives responded harshly to the Senate's action.

"Happy Mothers Day, California," said a statement issued by Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, a Sacramento group. "By passing SB 1437, Democrat politicians have declared war on mothers and fathers and their children."

The bill passed the Senate 22 to 15, with all 14 Republicans opposed. Democrat Dean Florez of Shafter voted against the bill, and two of his colleagues, Michael Machado of Linden and Denise Ducheny of San Diego, abstained, which effectively count as "no" votes.

Sen. Bill Morrow (R-Oceanside) called the bill "dangerous" and "insidious" because it lumps sexual orientation — something he said was a "cultural or behavioral lifestyle" — together with race and sex, which are biological. He also said there was no reason for a textbook to point out historical figures' sexual orientation when "their contribution to history has nothing to do with their sexual proclivities."

Kuehl's bill would make the state Board of Education responsible for integrating the subject into curricula. The legislation does not specify what should be included or at what grade level the new material should be taught.

Advocates said subjects might include the 1978 assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Geoffrey Kors, executive director of the gay-rights group Equality California, said textbooks might also specify the sexual orientation of well-known Americans such as writer Langston Hughes.

Kors said that when the state Board of Education approved the latest social science curriculum in 2003, his group asked unsuccessfully for gay issues to be included.

"If you're teaching social movements in schools, and you talk about the United Farm Workers and Cesar Chavez, and you talk about the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King, and you talk about the women's suffrage movement, to leave out the gay rights movement seems glaring," Kors said.

The state Board of Education reevaluates the social studies curriculum every six years. The next review is in 2009, and it takes three years for new books to reach classrooms.

The state board has no position on the Kuehl bill, said Roger Magyar, the board's executive director.

"Until it actually is signed by the governor, from our standpoint it's not law," he said. "We find ourselves invested in enough controversy that we don't have to go out and find more."

Schwarzenegger aides had no comment.

Gay rights groups say homosexual students are two to three times as likely to attempt suicide as their peers, based on studies conducted by academics and state governments. However, most of those studies are at least a decade old.

A national survey conducted last year by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network in New York reported that 75% of homosexual students overheard derogatory remarks often at school, and 38% said they were physically harassed because of their sexual orientation.

The bill's fate in the California Assembly is not clear. Because of its strong contingent of moderate Democrats, it traditionally has been more reluctant than the Legislature's upper house to pass very liberal legislation.

But Kuehl noted: "If gay marriage could pass in the Assembly, this is nothing."

Email Software Doing The Job

A a year ago, I walked away from my email in tears. I was upset that I was getting a good deal of "I hate Ginny Case" emails. It wasn't just "Ginny's Dumb" or "She's Stupid", but rather these were emails that doubted my sincerity in volunteering for Green Party activities. I decided that I would take back the email that comes my way, by creating a "bounce" list. I wanted certain people to know that while I got your email, I didn't read your email. I figured that people needed to know that while it was received, and the email address you sent it to was correct, that I was done listening to what they had to say. At least until I saw some evidence that individual was capable of more professional communication.

So, I set up the bounce list to reply to emails where my email address was included in the distribution list, that someone on the distribution list was an unwanted sender. It didn't call out who was the "offender", so I figure it wouldn't cause too much stir.

It's been a year since I set that up. And, I got this email today.

No, Gary - Not ignorant. Just managing my email. I'm sure that if you contacted my ISP, they will get right on whatever you have to offer. I don't issue that as a challenge, just a point of fact.

I don't consider the replies harassment or abuse.

So, as far as I can tell - the email software is doing it's job.

Thanks to Nan for letting me know about Gary's email. But, as far as I can tell - I don't need to change anything.

Begin forwarded message:
From: Nan
Date: May 11, 2006 8:59:14 AM PDT
To: Ginny-Marie Case
Subject: Nan to Ginny

Although you may not care, I send this to you to do with as you choose. If you are bouncing Gary N. only, I completely understand. If you are bouncing the AC list, why not set to 'no mail' or just unsubscribe?

Anyway, just for your information. 

take care

Nan Garrett

--- Gary Novosielski wrote:

From: "Gary Novosielski"
Subject: Fwd: Re: [GPUS-Accreditation] FW:
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 18:28:53 -0400

This repeated reply to everything I send to this or any usgp list is nothing but harrasment and abuse by Ginny-Marie Case.

Only a complete ignorance of nettiquette and e-mail configuration rules would lead someone to put an automatic reply on a
listserve address.   If you don't want to read my posts, by all means delete them, but you do not have the right to harrass me for posting to this listserve.  If anyone here is a friend of Ms. Case, they may want to advise her to fix her mail software before I take action with her ISP.

Gary Novosielski

On 5/9/06, Ginny-Marie Case wrote:

This is an automated message.
Please be aware this email was sent to, or is from an unwanted email sender.
This message was deleted without being read.

Librarian Funnies

Message: 2
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 13:41:15 -0700
From: Joe Schallan
Subject: [Publib] Re: Function of library restrooms

On the list it was stated that

"The only rooms in our library that serve a single function are the restrooms!"

And Mary J. Soucie responded:

"Even this statement isn't totally true, as we having changing
tables in ours and often after programs they serve as a wash
basin/bath. LOL "

I will add to this by simply stating that . . . er . . . in a wireless
library you can work on your email ANYWHERE.

Joe S.

Make The Trains Go CHOO!

From: "Dave Monks"
Date: May 8, 2006 5:50:47 PM PDT
Subject: Expo Light Rail Update Meetings - May 17 (Culver City) & May 23 (Downtown LA)

Dear Community Member -

The Exposition Light Rail Construction Authority invites you to attend a Community Meeting to update you on the project. Come meet the staff, designers and builders of the project and learn about the community involvement process as this project moves forward.

There will be two community meetings as follows:

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Culver City, 4117 Overland Ave. Free parking is available at this site.

Tuesday, May 23, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, 400 W. Washington Blvd. This meeting will be held in the Cafeteria (Building H on map). The campus is easily accessible from the Metro Blue Line (recommended). In addition, limited free parking is available on the roof of Building F, accessible from 21st and Grand. Click below for a map of the campus.


These meetings are the second and third in a series of three along the project alignment. The first meeting was held at Dorsey High School on May 4. If you have questions about these meetings, please call 323-669-7655. For more detailed information about the Exposition Light Rail project, visit www.buildexpo.org

Please forward this announcement to your neighbors and colleagues. Thanks!

Dave Monks, Project Outreach, Expo Preliminary Engineering Team

REI In Santa Monica

I left here @ 7:15 this morning to go to the grand opening of the REI store in Santa Monica. If you haven't ever been to an REI store, then - well...you should go.

I ran into people I haven't seen in months, years, and a decade! Yes..a decade. The world is too small.

Ahhh...I'm going up to the roof for some swim time!

Ray McGovern is my new hero

Did you hear him on CNN? If not, you must google him RIGHT NOW!

Did you know...

That almost every day and every tme I walk on the street I see a line of wet pavement. It's not wet because someone just hosed it down with clean water. It's wet because someone JUST went potty on the street.

I want one of these:

I'm going to start a campaign pretty quick here to get these placed in the downtown area. There aren't enough bathrooms downtown. And, I'm tired of seeing bare butts and other things, when I'm walking to the bus.

Things I did today

1) Drank a lot of water
2) Experienced great pain while doing some stretch that's supposed to help my abs
3) Pulled my resume down off the web
4) Laundry
5) Listening to a good book
6) Not take a shower

stray cat strut?

There was a cat wandering in our hallway, so we've are hosting it for the evening. We know that the owner lives on the 2nd floor, but we don't know >which< loft.

In any case, he's got some very interesting poses:

SomeMore Pics

Back from Protest

Big day in Los Angeles! I know - I'm sorry Alicia, I said that I wasn't going to go, but then I saw the news and all the pictures from City Hall and I just had to go.

Here's a rundown of what I saw....

Plus, ran into THE Alan Minsky and The Bob Morris. (I never get a picture of those two) Always fun to run into people you haven't seen in the last year.

Oh, I'm hungry.

Lunch time!

Fire by my Dads

Thanks to the Bremerton Sun:


Fire units from Mason County Fire District 2 responded to a brush fire that covered approximately 5 acres and moved east toward two occupied residences about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Mason County fire reports.

Approximately 35 firefighters fought the blaze and were able to control the flames in just more than three hours. They were assisted by other fire units from Mason and Pierce counties, and the Department of Natural Resources, which performed mop-up and overhaul operations throughout the night.

This is the second large fire for this year in the Razor Road area. The first fire was reported in February, during a cold dry spell, which burned approximately 4 acres.

Mason County Fire Marshal Craig Haugen and DNR investigators are investigating the cause.

Assistant Chief Ken Boad of Fire District 2 praised the crews for their hard work and quick response.

"Homes were being threatened by flames. Had it not been for the aggressive attack and quick deployment of resources by Capt. Dave Alberts, we would have lost homes," Boad said.

Happy Birthday Spud!

He's 28 today!
He's married!
He's got five beautiful kids!

And, he's in a submarine today!

I'd say all around it was a good weekend.

Everyday Saturday morning I like to turn on my laptop and read CNN. This Saturday I open up my laptop and find out from CNN that there's going to be a big protest downtown LA. I thought to myself - Hey - I live downtown LA and I like protesting - but I didn't know about the protest.

It was the biggest thing I'd ever seen. Look! http://la.indymedia.org/

Then came the loft tour.

(Let me just say that getting around LA during the protest was a nightmare, but it was all worth it)

So, my picks for top lofts (regardless of rent or mortgage needs)

1. PE Lofts (http://www.pelofts.com/)
Yes, it's where I live, but after all I saw this weekend, it's still at the top of my list.

2) Sky Lofts (http://www.skylofts.com)
Sweeping views almost made me tear up

3) El Dorado (I can't find the website)
Two Words: Charlie Chaplin

4) Packard Lofts (http://www.packardloftsla.com)
Porches, appliances, layout - all great.

So, there were a couple of big disappointments:
1) Needing to prequalify to get a tour of the place.
2) Not showing amenities
3) Downtown was T R A S H E D on Sunday. T RA S H E D.

There was trash everywhere. The Blue Line train had puke in a few seats, downtown had trash everywhere, and the port-a-potties had garbage out in front of all of them.

I'm not being sarcastic, but if you had 1 or 2 million people converge on downtown on a Saturday, then have the big housing tour the next day...downtown would look a bit wiped out.

You Need To Go To This: Parking Study Workshop

Community Workshop Aimed At Improving Downtown Parking

Los Angeles — Downtown Los Angeles’ burgeoning parking issues amplified by recent housing and business development, will be the focus of a March 2 community workshop presented by the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA).

Civic leaders, policy makers, government agency representatives, community organizations, and individual stakeholders are invited to help shape the future of Downtown parking. Participants will discuss concerns arising out of the large number of new lofts and other residential developments, new businesses, and increased demand for parking spaces in the area.

Organized by the CRA/LA in conjunction with a study initiated in May 2004, the workshop takes place at the Department of Water and Power’s John Ferraro Building, Cafeteria/Dining Room, Level A, 111 N. Hope St., from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Among workshop topics will be:

(1) better use of on-street parking;
(2) prioritizing parking for residents and customers; and
(3) parking support for business, institutional and entertainment uses.

Recommendations emerging from the study will be presented to the Los Angeles City Council and are aimed at changing existing parking policies and improving the Downtown parking situation. Included in the study are interviews with key stakeholders and findings by a stakeholder task force and technical advisory committee.

The March 2 meeting is open to Downtown residents, merchants, business and property owners, employers, employees, manufacturing industries, truckers, and others. Validated parking will be available as well as Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)
Public Transit, which offers extended hours from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The City Hall Shuttle provides transportation every 12 minutes, DASH Routes A and D may be accessed every 10 minutes.

Using Widgets!

The Featured Widget today is the Blogger widget.  Ohhhs and Ahhhs...I can post from my widget screen.  Nice!

Personal Responsibility

You've seen it a couple of times on this site - It's true, I'm a registered member of the Green Party. While I don't consider myself a long-time member, I feel like I've seen, heard, read enough about internal party politics, that I feel justified in discussing a few of the current hot topics. The intent is to say somethings that many may already be thinking, but are too busy or it fails to rank high on the long list of things to do.

In looking at the previous votes on the GPUS National Committee, you'll see some controversial and very non-controversial topics. Divestment of Israel, Steering Committee recall, and date of the next national meeting just to name a few. In California, most of the GPUS delegation voted no on the SC recall, but then one of the delegates ran for the SC position. Essentially saying to the National Committee - "no recall, no recall" turned to "No recall, but if it passes, here's our candidate"

I know that our newest SC member didn't have the full support of the California delegates, but it calls out something to me...

In a decentralized political party, with Personal Responsibility as one of the ten key values - where does Personal Responsibility morph into personal interest...or self interest?

Oh, you see it every where, and we are all guilty of it from time to time, to varying degrees. Even worse, one might be guilty of self interest and not have anyone to tell them so. Or, they are told in a cold, straight to the point, public email that is sent to the entire National Committee, state party forum, and through an individual's own circle of self-interested supporters.

Okay, on to another self-interest over personal responsibility example! The National Committee! I mean the group as a whole, not the individual members - which is the problem! First, we have decentralized state parties and centralized caucuses suggesting new policies, changes to long standing policies, and well...some proposals I just don't get. Things move so quickly for such a decentralized organization, the top is running a sprint, and state parties are walking the marathon. As a result - IMHO - you get exactly what happened recently, which was the Divestment in Israel proposal.

The National Committee doesn't deliberate, and from what I've experienced, the California delegates don't get (or have or want) the time to present the proposals to the General Assembly for their input or direction.

In fact, the National Committee doesn't deliberate for the most part. A significant minority of the members volley sophomoric barbs back and forth, failing to discuss the merits of a proposal before the voting period starts.

Again, it's an example of self interest over personal responsibility. While I think it can be a thin line that separates the two, it's that line that separates 3rd from 4th graders - there is a distinct difference, and you need to be constantly aware that you need to move on from the personal insults to saying things that you would dare to say to someone's face.

Personal Responsibility takes into consideration the full impact of an action. It involves seeking input, being a part of a full cognizant step forward, with due diligence completed. Personal responsibility recognizes the needs of others, being able to set your secondary needs aside, in hopes of achieving consensus.

Self Interest is what you want, when you want it, and how you want it. No need to go through the consensus process if you are full of self-interest. How will you know if you've become self-interested? Pay attention during clarifying questions and concerns. Are you sighing? Are you making notes about the next proposal? Are you saying to yourself - this person has no freaking clue as to what's going on. Are you talking to others while some are trying to speak? Did you get up to grab a snack, or use the bathroom?

Self Interest. Left unchecked, Self Interest will be the downfall of the Green Party.