Jan. 9th, 2007 06:25 pm
kitanzi: (blues -  by kitanzi)
[livejournal.com profile] peteralway has very recently posted that his brother David, [livejournal.com profile] tnatj, died of a heartattack this morning. He was not a close daily friend of mine, but he was a wonderful, sweet man with a great sense of humor who seemed to make a point of telling people what he found good in them, and he was a fixture at Gafilk and I enjoyed his company very much. That's part of what gives this a particular kick, having seen and talked to him just this weekend - hell, just yesterday. I'm glad I got a chance to, but I still wish I could give him another hug. Just this moment, I don't have words.
kitanzi: (A girl needs a knife - Atalantapendrag)
Yep, I voted - I got an absentee ballot and sent it in weeks ago.
Good fucking thing, too, because frankly the number of people on my friends list who are haranguing everyone to get out and vote is giving me a strong contrary urge not to.
Say you voted - say you think voting is a good thing, it is. It's vital, and that's exactly why I got an absentee ballot and made sure to get mine in, but enough already on the strident shove-it-down-your-throat approach. I really doubt I'm the only contrary person around right now resisting the urge to do just the opposite of what I think is reasonable and sane simply because I'm feeling nagged half to death.
kitanzi: (holiday celebration - by tangerine_icons)
Work continues to be insane, and likely will for a couple more weeks, but I did manage to NOT work yesterday which was perfectly wonderful since it meant I got to go with [livejournal.com profile] autographedcat to Aphelicon 2, the official microcon of Aphelion. Among other things, this was a celebration for the newly minted marriage of [livejournal.com profile] vila_resthal and his charming wife Lyn, which was the easier for being held at their home. We had a great time, and I'm sure there will eventually be photos even though ACat forgot our camera. We saw old friends from last year, and met new ones we'd never known before. There was good food, good drink, good music and great company, and even though Life happened later, the con itself was an unqualified success.

Today is the second anniversary for ACat and me. (I just asked if this was the second or third, since I couldn't quite be sure - he said "The second. It just seems longer." He quickly added that he meant that in a good way when I dissolved into laugher.) I wish Vila and Lyn a marriage as happy and strong as the one we're celebrating today!

Slow motion

Sep. 2nd, 2005 06:15 am
kitanzi: (Oh my god - by Kataclysmic)
I think half of the horror of Katrina's aftermath is that it's all in slow motion. Evacuations are slowed, even stopped, by people shooting at the rescuers. Looters have gone far beyond getting food and clothing and necessities of life (where the hell are they going to store a television set right now anyhow??) and are compounding the misery and horror tenfold. Resources are moving, but seemingly too little and too late for a lot of the people trapped in the nightmare, and from here how much better can I say I could have done it? What the hell can I do, besides give spare cash? It's a feeling of helplessness, even worse than 9/11. Imagine if the people trapped in the fires jumped from the buildings, and fell for four days, and we watched them fall, heard them screaming, and still couldn't do anything to save them...

No, I didn't sleep very well last night, why do you ask?

Anyhow, I'd like to recommend a filk Harold Feld wrote recently: http://groups.google.com/group/rec.music.filk/browse_frm/thread/149c9f1639209d1e/151132658d37ff51?hl=en#151132658d37ff51

Now I need to get ready for work, where I will sit on my hands and wait for someone to eventually find something for me to do (curse of being too efficient, apparently), read news on the net and feel utterly useless.

EDIT: For those who asked, we came through just fine. We got a fair amount of rain and some fairly brisk winds, but it never got scary in our part of GA. Tornado sirens went off once, briefly, but nothing seems to have come of that. Thank you for being concerned, though!

say what??

Jul. 27th, 2005 06:56 pm
kitanzi: (Oh my god - by Kataclysmic)
Just received in email from CNN's Breaking News list -

NASA grounds the space shuttle progam while engineers determine the effects of debris falling from Discovery during blastoff.

How the hell can they ground it - it's in orbit! Or, more to the point, if they CAN ground it then what's the damn problem?

Edit: I meant, to clarify, that while it's in orbit it's not groundable, and if it's on the ground, they don't need to ground it. Yeah, I know, playing clumsily with the meanings of the word.)
kitanzi: (Default)
The news on the London bombing was only just starting to hit the net when I left for work this morning, and due to restrictions at work I only was able to look at CNN. Basically, just enough to make me worry and no way to make sure of the safety of my UK friends. I am so glad that all of you seem to be okay - and I love the overall attitude of "What, you think that's a bombing? We've been bombed by REAL bombers, that was just a bunch of pissant assholes who think they're something real!"

Even so, it was a horrible thing and I am so glad to get home and find out everyone I know seems to be okay and mostly just irked at the trouble getting to/from work.
kitanzi: (Default)
"If you, reading this, are so inclined to make one phone call, you will nullify a phone call from an anti-gay nutjob. Oh, excuse me, an anti-gay crusader. Kraft Foods is a major sponsor of the 2006 Gay Games. The nutjobs/crusaders have targeted them and are flooding their phone bank. Want to do something about that? Here's their phone # 1-800-323-0768. Toll free. It only takes a couple of minutes to call them and voice your support for their sponsorship. One call to nullify. Please pass the word to your friends, email addy book, relatives, whomever.

Latest word this morning is that the Kraft phone folks are initially wary when told the call is about their sponsorship, then immensely relieved upon hearing the support, and are still asking people to spread the word because the nutjobs are winning. This entire thing is ridiculous on some level, but it's what we're all reduced to."

(Lifted whole from one of several places I've seen this posted - I'll make my call as soon as I get home from work.)
kitanzi: (Default)
This morning, defendant Brian Nicols apparently grabbed a gun from a deputy at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta and killed the judge and clerk of the court. He also shot two deputies, one of whom died at the hospital. He escaped from the courthouse, carjacked himself a ride, and is currently fleeing from a manhunt that's making national news. All of this has made for quite a lot of talk here at work, naturally. There's lots of speculation on how this happened, whether he'll survive to be arrested, and so on.

The too close to home part didn't come clear until a few hours later. Apparently one of the associates downstairs is the wife of one of the men who testified against Nicols. Since he's still at large and there seems to be a theory that he might try and take revenge on this man (pretty damn stupid, I'd think) she's been escorted out by the police to collect her kid from the child care center next door, and we have police cars sitting out in the parking lot. Email from the Director of Property Services asked us all to watch for "anything out of the usual" and attempted to reassure us by saying she would not be back until he's caught. General speculation has given way to increasingly dramatic what-ifs and people nervous about going out to get their cars. I honestly think its going to wind up being a whole lot of nothing, but this is still rather more excitement that anyone wanted for a Friday - especially the poor woman who the police walked out of our doors to try and explain this to her child.
kitanzi: (lost - iconomania)
This week I've been more eager than usual to identify myself as a Damn Yankee from Massachusetts, even if I do live in Georgia. There's the presidential election... well, enough and more than enough's been said on that. I voted, I got outvoted. People presumably voted how they thought best, and there's the end to that, at least for the time being. This is a story that never does end.

I'm actually more ashamed of the passing of the Marriage Protection bill, however it was named - Question One. It wasn't asking anyone to give any extra rights to anybody, it was merely asking whether people chose to leave things as they were or if people would choose to gratutiously slap people in the face to say no to a question that had not even been asked yet. ACat points out, quite correctly, that as much as anything it's to allow GA to explicitly deny the customary "full faith and credit" constitutional clause as far as it applies to other states who have legalized same sex marriage. Fulton county, where we cast our votes, is apparently flamingly liberal by GA standards. We were only sixty something percent in favor, as opposed to the eighty to ninety something percent most GA counties voted in favor of it by. Gee.

Anyhow, I happened to be looking through bookmarks tonight, and bumped into this, just thought I'd like to put it up - somehow it's accreted a chunk of what I was thinking about on the way home from work around it.


Five cents worth of rambling rant.... we now return you to your regularly scheduled program.
kitanzi: (freedom -iconomania)
ACat managed to find the words that a lot of people need right now, including me:

kitanzi: (bad day -iconomania)
Well, we are told this is not actually Hurricaine Ivan. Nope, it's just Tropical Storm Ivan or some such by now. I'm just so glad, aren't I?

Because if this were Hurricaine Ivan, I would have presumably been blown off my feet while standing thigh deep in the puddle my car is currently trying to dogpaddle in back at work, instead of being able to stand there in the downpour and shriek when I saw the water was up over the bottom of the doors. Sigh.

Hopefully things will drain and it will work happily in a day or so... meanwhile, ACat came and got me. I am SO glad I live this close to work. (Yeah, it could be far worse and I know it - we have power, and work let out early. I just really feel aggravated about the damn car!)

Jury duty

Jun. 22nd, 2004 07:48 pm
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A month or so ago I got a summons to Jury Duty, the first I've ever gotten in any state. So I dutifully hauled myself out of bed and to the Atlanta court bright and early yesterday morning to do my Duty. It turned out to be a lot of hurryup-and-wait, but it had some very interesting aspects, too. Certainly Jury Duty makes for some fascinating people watching. By the nature of the thing you have a very wide cross-section of society, all up damn early to haul themselves down to the court by quarter past eight.
Possibly more detail than you care to know about the Jury Duty process for the Superior Court of Georgia )
kitanzi: (Default)
I come from a family with a military tradition. My parents met in the Air Force, my little brother is a Marine and has been since shortly after he graduated from high school - he's made a career out of it, and will be eligible to retire in just a few years. I've never had the slightest inclination to go in the military - ACat can tell you I hate taking orders - but I'm proud of him.

By and large, I get the impression they're considerably more gung-ho than I am about the war our country is in the middle of, especially my brother. (I don't think anyone is rationally arguing that we are NOT still in a war.) I don't discuss politics with my family too much. I am fairly sure we're all voting for the same person in the next election, but I'm also pretty sure it's for a somewhat different set of reasons. We're not what you'd call a close or communicative family.

I probably should have posted this closer to Memorial Day, but I guess my two cents worth doesn't lose currency by being a few days later. Although I don't support the war we're in, I damn well do support the troops stuck fighting it. "Stuck" seems additionally appropriate given the expanded "stop-loss" program that's been initiated. I also wanted to mention again the Books For Soldiers program, which is probably even more important now.

Every one is entitled to their two cents worth, and that, just now, is mine.
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From many sources, and an idea I like:

I believe that the president's leadership in the actions taken in Iraq demonstrate an incompetence in terms of knowledge, judgment and experience in making the decisions that would have been necessary to truly accomplish the mission without the deaths to our troops and the cost to our taxpayers."
--House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

House Majority leader Tom DeLay, responded:
"Nancy Pelosi should apologize for her irresponsible, dangerous rhetoric. She apparently is so caught up in partisan hatred for President Bush that her words are putting American lives at risk."
(Source: CNN)

That's right, folks, it's now official: criticize our so-called President and you are endangering American lives.

But a better president than Dubya said this:

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

I suggest the following meme: Everyone who is so inclined, write down the Roosevelt quote on a postcard and send it to the dear House Majority Leader at either of the following addresses:

The Hon. Tom DeLay
242 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

The Hon. Tom DeLay
Office of the House Majority Leader
H-107 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Then post this info in your journal and see if we can generate a resounding reminder that dissent and criticism do not equal treason.
kitanzi: (quizzical)
I wish for peace. I think it should go without saying, but apparently it doesn't. (Having said that, I don't think we're going to have it for quite a while, and I'm sick at heart.)

I've seen many posts today about the war scheduled to start tomorrow. Most have been very thoughtful, very heartfelt, very passionate and very moving. I haven't agreed unreservedly with all of them, but I do belive that they have all been people doing what they can in a bad situation to try and make that situation more tolerable for themselves by trying to come to grips with what's shaping up to be an interminable nightmare. Having said that, some of them resonate with me a lot more than others - to any one else suffering from an overdose of helpless horror, may I suggest a couple of lovely entries today from [livejournal.com profile] ladysprite here and [livejournal.com profile] browngirl here?

On a much lighter note, remember when I was griping about callers who thought I was Liverson, or even Eureka? I have to swallow a few bites of crow there - I just had a caller who said her name is, in fact, Eureka. It's a real name, at least somewhere. I suppose I should count my blessings! (Google, and all baby name sites through Google, still refuse to admit Liverson could be a real first name, so I'll stand by that one!).
kitanzi: (Default)
Well, another relationship ritual has been met and passed - and enjoyably, at that. ACat's mom has been meaning to come visit for the past several weekends but threatened snow kept making her reschedule - some of the trip is through a rather high mountain pass, plus it's a LONG car ride. She did make it down this weekend, though, and the funny thing is that I was less nervous about meeting his mom than I was about introducing him to mine - or my dad, for that matter. I think this actually says more about me and my family than it does anything else, but I digress.

She's a lot like her son - funny, intelligent, generous, perceptive, slightly acerbic, kind - and just like he described her, which is not surprising. I think I passed muster, though once again I'm running into the interesting phenomenon of being measured against his ex, and finding it's a REALLY SHORT YARDSTICK. *sigh*

Anyhow, we gave her her christmas present (a really neat fur pillow I had threatened to keep if she didn't make it this time), and took her to the Three Weird Sisters concert Friday night, which she seemed to like a lot. She must have enjoyed it, since she took home both their CD and Gwen's solo CD!

We also talked a lot, went out to eat a lot, and had quite a good time over all. I hoped I would get more funny ACat-as-a-kid stories out of it, but he seems to have already told them all on himself already! >:)It was fun hearing them from another perspective and a different story teller.

She took herself off to the mall Saturday morning, just before we found out about the Columbia disaster, and since I was finding singing to be some solace we kind took it back up and gave her a microconcert of a good variety of filk that afternoon. I never did get to feed her - she wasn't hungry when she got in Friday, and took us out to ever single meal thereafter before leaving after breakfast Sunday morning. Just as well that we'd already decided to relax the diet in anticipation of our trip to England.

So, I've done the ritual Meeting of the SO's Parents, and it went pretty well. I'm really glad - I like her! Next adventure - England the day after tomorrow?!?

oh shit....

Feb. 1st, 2003 10:16 am
kitanzi: (quizzical)
NASA lost contact with the shuttle, about 16 minutes before it was due to land. Now they're doing what sure as hell sounds like eulogies for the astronauts on CNN and reporting debris has fallen.... I think we lost another one. Oh, fuck.
Edit: Yeah, it's dead. CNN has eyewitnesses up the wazoo, and video of it shredding itself as it falls like a shower of shooting stars. No use in wishing on these, though. We lost them...
kitanzi: (Default)
I grieve for those who died a year ago, and for those who lost people they knew and loved. I did not lose anyone I directly knew, but my grief is no less sincere, nor does it require whipping up to a froth by people who seem to think that if they are not shouting in my face about what a tragedy this was I'll somehow forget.
A moment of silence (or more) feels appropriate - having that time appropriated for speeches of the above sort does not. Attempts to coerce people into attending such ceremonies do not. People loudly and ostentatiously proclaiming their anger, pain, grief and patriotism (as if they are all equivalent) from the street corners and the televisions and the front lawn of my office building impress me just about as much as televangelists do.
I understand that everyone copes with tragedy in different ways, and some may even sincerely grieve loudly and in herds, but to convince people that's the only valid way is, in my mind, a tragedy in itself.
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Well, I made it back from my first Dragon*Con. That... was an experience. For people watching alone it was fascinating (you know you're in trouble when you forget to keep an eye out for the end of the escalator), but there was plenty of fun and funny stuff to keep busy with plus we left a rather large chunk of money behind, split between the dealers room and the art show. We DID come home with some nice loot to show for it,though - three prints, some comics, a set of dragoncon magnetic words, a CD, some books, and some hair pins for me. (Hair pins are a new discovery for me - very neat, and surprisingly stable in my hair, which sheds barrettes and clips with merry abandon.) We also had fun with long lists of things we'd have gotten as well if we had unlimited money, including one painting that was listed NFS, but hey - if it was UNLIMITED money... Oh, yes, and some really good music. We never did make it to the open filking, and Boogie Nights didn't come, and Tri Destiny didn't appeal, but if anyone gets the chance to see Lost Boys, absolutely don't miss them! Ummmm, rock style historical filk? Sort of? They're marvelous, and funny as hell, and the audience went nuts. I'd have to say the best of the con is a tossup between them and Welcome Back Potter. Yep, a parody musical with an adult Harry Potter back at Hogwarts as the new Defense From Dark Arts teacher, mostly using the obvious but adroitly throwing in references for (and songs from) everything from Buffy to Little Shop of Horrors to Rocky Horror to Grease to, um...damn, we had a list. The auditorium was pretty well packed, and shrieking in laughter for quite a lot of it. The crowd REALLY lost it,though, for the final number to the tune of the Time Warp. You just had to have been there - maybe you were! We did run into friends which doubled the fun (waving to all and sundry, especially Dave!)Anyhow, I had a great time and a wonderful weekend, and tomorrow will probably be spent at home reenergizing and catching up on little niggly details like laundry.
kitanzi: (Default)
You ride, I'll drive, by sunset we'll be there... tell me every dream you ever had...play your favorite song on the radio... someday you'll say, that's the best time I ever had.

Well, I DID have a very good time, in fact. Screen Door played at Eddie's Attic again last night. Why on a Thursday night? Damned if I know - Tom didn't even seem too sure himself, when I asked. The upside was that parking was much easier to find and the place was NOT jammed wall to wall, as it's been every other time we've seen them. So, we had a lovely treat on a Thursday night, and by the time we got home it felt like a weekend. Of course, that doesn't keep me from having to go into work today, but it's just one last day and then the real weekend, and then there will be lots more musical treats including 3 Weird Sisters at the celtic festival, and a housefilk! Happy ears....
(I also found out last night that after years of not drinking, it only takes two beers to put me to sleep these days?!? What, am I getting old or something?)

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