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Saturday, August 14, 2004

Personal stuff

In my last quickie update I forgot that some of you, occasionally, care about what's happening in my life (aside from my political rants). So the big news is that Mark and Carrie were here last weekend and I freakin' love those guys. Ok, maybe that last part isn't so much news. We didn't do much other than sleep and eat and drink and talk and stay up way too late, which was just about perfect in my book.
Other than that I've pretty much just been working and doing my typical political activist-type stuff in the evenings (see bottom of this post for an update on that).
I am now (finally) the proud owner of a local GA license. And to all the locals - if you have to get a license here, good grief, make an appointment at the dunwoody dmv. It's a little farther away than some of your other options (takes about 30 minutes to drive there, and will cost $1 round trip due to the toll road, but SO worth it). I spent about 2 hours total (driving there, getting the thing, and driving home) today getting mine, and overheard many many people saying they had been there for 4+ hours with no end in sight.
Spent a lovely evening last night with Thomas and Christina. Thomas made us dinner, then we headed downtown to see Live in Centennial Park. Which was thoroughly enjoyable, even if the lead singer does a really funny little side-to-side dancing thing that seems totally incongruous with most of their songs. Also, was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed Thomas's company. Which sounds like a very back-handed insult, and I don't mean it to be. It's just that the last few times I hung out with Thomas weren't all that fun. He's kind of intense, and the sort of person I describe as fun in limited doses. But last night was really lovely, which was nice.
Thanks to Kathy I've gotten motivated to work on increasing my jogging distance. Last night I ran 2.25 miles, .25 farther than wednesday, which is pretty exciting. Hopefully I'll be able to jog/walk three miles with the run against bush kids later this month. I was feeling pretty badly about my puny running distances until Kathy said the first time she ran more than a mile was sometime in her 20s, so perhaps there's hope for me yet. All I know is I feel a lot better/healthier than I have in about a year, so that's pretty awesome.

A little political stuff

Ok, because of course I couldn't post without some sort of political slant. The latest local dem group I've gotten involved with, called Kerry Win Georgia, is organizing a very cool political rally on September 1, the night Zell Miller is speaking at the GOP convention. We're going to 'divorce Zell' as a statement that he no longer represents us or our interests and he sure as hell doesn't speak for GA democrats. So if you're watching tv on Wednesday night, surf over to CNN in case they decide to cover any of it. Should be pretty interesting.

This just breaks my heart. ' The California Supreme Court today invalidated nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages performed in San Francisco earlier this year.' I don't care. Mayor Gavin Newsom did the right thing, and is a better person than a lot of other politicians I could think of.

Reason 615 why this administration sucks:
While Mr. Peterson blames both parties for conniving against fiscal common sense, he puts the present administration in a class of its own. George W. Bush has discarded traditional Republican qualms against big government, replacing the old Democratic model of tax-and-spend with his own model of borrow-and-spend. Thanks to three unaffordable tax cuts and an unfinanced Medicare drug benefit that will eventually cost $2 trillion a decade, Mr. Peterson writes, ''this administration and the Republican Congress have presided over the biggest, most reckless deterioration of America's finances in history."

And reason 512 why I love Jon Stewart:
'Wow. A remarkable piece of courage on his part, I think, to come out — and then he resigned. And I gotta say, I really hope that it's not because he's gay and openly saying he's gay. I hope that's not where we're at... Well, you know what? That probably is where we're at, quite frankly. But how sad is that?'

All right, enough. Time to empty the dishwasher so I can move the pile of dishes overflowing in the sink over to the dishwasher. Then time to go to Krogers. (how's that for incredibly mundane details of megan's life?)


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