i am in oakland!! i sprained the F^<> out of my ankle today so now i am hobbling around the bay…
i love oakland and the mission, cause they are funky and fresh. i get well-hosted in the bay by my dear friend the honorable josie wulsin, who wins the chilled out hottie numero uno award for picking my up from l’airoporte d’oakland and showing me chez papa for dinner. josie is smart and beautiful and funny and awesome, and in addition now works at bioneers, which is this cutting edge organization that highlights the work of folks creating the real tools for sustainable change. www.bioneers.org.
now i’m sitting in downtown oakland processing life. here are some of the things factoring into this processing:
– roberts was confirmed today. delay was indicted and quit his post. bill bennett (former reagan admin secretary of EDUCATION) was quoted saying if you aborted all black babies it would cut crime rates. ‘Bennett conceded that aborting all African-American babies "would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do," then added again, "but the crime rate would go down."’ – Media Matters
overall, not a good day for the white race.
(good days include the day Bono was born)
(i also track bad days for others, too. equal opportunity historian at your service)
– several people closest to me have said in the past couple of days that i am working too hard and keeping them at a distance, that i am more intimate here that i am with any one person. and here is today’s horoscope from ny press:
Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22
As a writer, I always have to figure out how to edit my words, boil and distill
them to their most concise and potent substance. It’s not just a matter of fitting into a certain
space, although that’s a consideration (certainly with an astrology column). It’s also about
holding people’s interest, speaking with an authentic voice, and not wasting people’s time with
too much unnecessary information or bullshit. You’ve got a lot of fluff floating around right now.
You’re losing credibility by sharing every minute and mundane detail of your existence. That’s
not intimacy, that’s over-familiarity. Figure out what’s important and fascinating about your
life; share that, and mostly edit out the rest.
all of this makes me think i need to inspect the decks
– i saw mr. and mrs. smith and i loved it. like LOVED it. i watched it on a plane as a totally captive watche, which i don’t do very often. but i love angelina and brad, the scene where they kick ass and then do the dirty was particularly stimulating.
– as a side note to this, i was watching the movie sitting next to a plane farter. my friend jenn loves to reference a story we witnessed once of a train farter, and i have to list this as a pet peeve. we’ve all seen the plane farter – they either list to one side or the other to let the fart slip out, or grind their hips down into the seat next to you, and in the next moment a funk emerges. and as the trip progresses there is no denying that the funk has a name, and it’s ‘neighbor-fart’. PET PEEVE!
– i love my mama!