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Category: home

10/28/08 08:45 - 39ºF - ID#46397

Visiting home

I went home a couple weeks ago. (Thanks, (e:janelle), for watching China Cat Sunflower!) It felt so good to be there! Hanging out with Jill & Kelly (and Nisha) at the office,

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with Uncle Dudley at her house,

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with A and the kids,

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and J&R, and my favorite plumber (picture not appropriate!)...

Then trying to keep the town grocery store owners happy with appropriately responsive property management, meeting with clients... folks who love and appreciate me, in stark contrast to my loneliness and isolation here ((e:strip) helps and I know it takes time to establish friendships, I'm just whining a little). I had my puppy with me the whole weekend!

I took some time away from friends & family to visit one of my favorite spots, a swimming hole called Pirate's Rock. I doubt there were ever pirates on the Tioga River. Nisha fell in the creek (that's pronounced "crick," btw) and had trouble getting out. My goal is to help her be an ATP (all-terrain poodle) and help her feel confident in and near the water so I made her get out by herself. Last summer she swam all the way across!

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It was just slightly too late in the day to get sunlight sparkling on the water but the trees were just about peak color. (I'm not particularly happy with the photos, I was having a bad camera day, I guess.)


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At the deepest point of the swimming hole, the water is usually slightly over my head. At this point it's at least 3.5', but you can't tell from looking at it.

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The next day, also gorgeous and sunny, I went up to the highway (US Route 15) and took pictures from the side of the road.


Overlooking the town "recreation complex" as I refer to it in grant applications, locally known as Island Park. (Not really an island, what's up with these misleading placenames?) It has the high school football field, tennis courts, basketball court, baseball, softball & Little League fields, playgrounds, pavilions and the swimming pool. The football booster club installed lighting to have night games in 1997 ($250,000) and in 2002, I think, new bleachers (another $250,000!). The pool will be undergoing renovation/rehabilitation next year ($600,000 with about $300,000 in state & federal grants).

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I just happened to catch a beautiful moonrise.

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Here's looking at the mountain ridges south of town.

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The middle of this picture is the former borough hall, in use from 1900 to 1999, when it was abandoned by the borough. My friend Brendyn bought it for $1,111.11 and rehabbed it with two retail units downstairs and four amazing apartments upstairs. His mom made stained glass windows for the top of the arched windows and over the big main doorway that used to be where the firetrucks were kept. Both the houses I lived in during the past 5.5 years are in the picture, too!

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Nisha really wanted to come back with me and I was very sad to have to leave her in Tioga County.
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Category: politics

10/23/08 06:03 - 53ºF - ID#46283

Opie Endorses Obama!

This video is just too cute - Ron Howard, Andy Griffith and Fonzie endorse Obama...





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(thanks to WharfRat )
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Category: politics

10/21/08 01:12 - 40ºF - ID#46230

Writing about voting rights

I really want to write a big long post about the constitutional history of voting rights, how those issues played out in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections and how they are playing out this year. Unfortunately, all I have time for is this little note saying I -want- to, because I need to read for school instead of having interesting (e:strip) political conversations. It's very frustrating that there's no real writing in school, only a big fat final exam in each class. Yep, one test. Completely anonymous so in-class participation doesn't count. The classes are 85 people anyway - twice the size of my high school graduating class. Bleh.

So, in lieu of interesting constitutional discussion, here's an awesome, heartbreaking video about voter suppression in Ohio in 2004.




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Category: politics

10/18/08 12:45 - 38ºF - ID#46172

Robocalls from McCain's campaign

I'm not sure how, but I've received two robocalls from the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee. Here's the text of one received Thursday, Oct. 16 at 12:41 p.m.:

Hello, I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home, and killed Americans. And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202 863 8500.



That's just sick.

The other, received Tuesday Oct. 14 at 3:27 p.m. from 877-431-2572 isn't quite as offensive but still...

Hello, I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC because Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats got caught putting Hollywood above America. On the very day our elected leaders gathered in Washington to deal with the financial crisis, Barack Obama spent just 20 minutes with economic advisers, but hours at a celebrity Hollywood fundraiser. Where are the Democrats' priorities? This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202 863 8500.



I hope I received these calls just because my telephone number is still listed in Pennsylvania. You'd think being registered Green would be prevention enough.

Ohio isn't the only place with ignorant people. Here's video from a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, campaign stop.



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Category: politics

10/14/08 01:08 - 68ºF - ID#46110

Politics of hate

Not sure that I should continue the drama started by (e:Joshua)'s post and I haven't read all the comments and related posts, but this came across my desk today and I wanted to share it with y'all.


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Category: 10 things

10/08/08 12:01 - 50ºF - ID#45986

Ten things i miss about home

(excluding specific people)

1. Stars
2. Mountains
3. Dirt roads
4. Joneses' Pond (that's what the sign says)
5. Pirate's Rock
6. Feeling like I've accomplished something just about every day
7. Nisha (my dog)
8. Kitten
9. The office
10. The Bear Ass Bar & Grill
11. Cast & Crew
12. My library


Pirate's Rock in October a couple years ago

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Category: pets

10/06/08 12:26 - 48ºF - ID#45953

Cat sitter recommendations?

I need to be a way for a few days and China Cat Sunflower says she's willing to go with me, but would rather stay here. Anyone have recommendations for someone who would stop by once a day to make sure she's got food and water and give her some lovin' if she wants it? (Allen Street)


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Category: dance!!

10/04/08 05:57 - 57ºF - ID#45932

Battle at Buffalo

(e:Lauren) and (e:FellyConnelly) frequently go to the Battle at Buffalo held at Verve Dance Studio, 910 Main Street, the last Saturday of every month. I went with them Sept. 27 and I'm very glad I did! If you don't know anything about this subculture (like I don't), go with Lauren & Felly. Lauren's a very knowledgeable guide and wrote at least one research paper on breakdancing for which she interviewed studio owner Shane and several b-boys and b-girls. They attend classes at the studio, too.

I took my camera - it was a challenging situation with low light levels and fast action. (Flash photography is a no-no in these kinds of situations - distracting and dangerous to the participants.) I took about 700 shots - if these are the best, you can imagine how bad a lot of them were :-) It's very difficult to capture the "toprock" elements like popping without the dancer just looking awkward. ((e:Lauren) - feel free to correct me on my presentation.) A couple of the dancers looked more like skaterats... is there an intersection between those groups?

Shane, Verve Dance Studio owner, emcee:
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The DJs - Miss Shing-a-ling and DJ Simple... I'm finding out that I really like good DJing. I can't describe how awful the DJs are at home.
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Interplay between the dancers heightens the sense of "battle"

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The youngest (looking) participant held his own among the older dancers.
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Teddy Krueger (aka Theodore Krzykowski in his real job at the Buffalo dance company LehrerDance) has amazing flexibility and strength. He won a Lipton Iced Tea competition for this video:

And here's video of another Battle at Buffalo competition between Teddy and Pete Nasty.

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Lauren pointed out that observing dancers will slap the floor for technical inaccuracies - Teddy's background in gymnastics, stunts and professional modern dance serve him well in performing complicated, difficult tricks but he gets a lot of floor slaps, too.

Pete Nasty might have been my favorite, but I think I need to go back to be sure :-)
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I definitely want to see more b-girls. There were only two that night.
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The view from the rooftop outside the studio was great!
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Category: community event

10/03/08 10:52 - 48ºF - ID#45917

Dance party tonight


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The first Movement Party jumps off tomorrow night (Friday) at 8 PM, and what a party it promises to be. Here's why you should be there:

1. We've got the best DJ's in Buffalo. If you like real hip-hop music, rooted in the best of the jazz-soul-funk tradition, then Cutler and LoPro are your people. They've proven they can get a crowd moving without sacrificing their creativity and originality.

2. You'll be joining the fight for social justice in our city. The proceeds go to the Partnership for the Public Good--a network of community-based groups working on issues like poverty and the urban environment--as well as Massachusetts Avenue Project, which teaches urban youth about the fruits of urban farming and the beauty of eating local. What better setting than Langston Hughes for a movement party. PPG affiliated groups include Ujima Theater, ReUse, the WNY Homeless Alliance, Buffalo First, PUSH, CEJ and MAP.

3. There will be crumpers and b-boys on the scene to lead the way.

4. There will be a puppet parade led by Buffalo's creative collective (Kyla Kegler, Pat Cain, Gabe Guttierez) at some point in the night.

5. Russell Pascatore, a leading light on the local poetry scene, will bless us with an ode to the absurdities of late-late capitalism. No better way to respond to the financial crisis than with a prayer by Russell.

6. We will DANCE and Flying Bison will flow.

"The Movement"
Friday, October 3rd, 8 PM
Langston Hughes Institute
25 High Street, near Main and High
$5 at the door
This is a 21+ event

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Category: geektalk

10/02/08 09:09 - 49ºF - ID#45904

Political geekdom: Mapper



This app allows you to visually map the connections between rich, powerful & famous people (note the examples of Katherine Graham's funeral attendees and um... Ozzy vs Slayer


(making my contribution to the 25K posts goal.)
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