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WTF? Georgia Senate Threatens to Secede!

Geor­gia Sen­ate threat­ens dis­man­tling of USA
They real­ly did, by a vote of 43 – 1. On April 1, but it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

The res­o­lu­tion goes on to endorse the the­o­ry that states have the right to abridge con­sti­tu­tion­al free­doms of reli­gion, press and speech. Accord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion, it is up to the states to decide “how far the licen­tious­ness of speech and of the press may be abridged.”
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Final­ly, the res­o­lu­tion states that if Con­gress, the pres­i­dent or fed­er­al courts take any action that exceeds their con­sti­tu­tion­al pow­ers, the Con­sti­tu­tion is ren­dered null and void and the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca is offi­cial­ly dis­band­ed. As an exam­ple, the res­o­lu­tion specif­i­cal­ly states that if the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment enacts “prohibitions of type or quan­ti­ty of arms or ammunition,” the coun­try is disbanded.

You bet­ter believe that I’m writ­ing to our state sen­a­tor right away. Yes, this non­sense was slipped in on day 39 of the 40 day leg­isla­tive ses­sion, but that is absolute­ly no excuse. Our rep­re­sen­ta­tives have no busi­ness vot­ing for any­thing they haven’t thor­ough­ly read, under­stood, and debat­ed. That’s their job!

Yet anoth­er rea­son I don’t want to live in Geor­gia any more. I seri­ous­ly think this is a back­lash against our elec­tion of a black Demo­c­rat to the pres­i­den­cy. I’m look­ing at blue states now.

Mah tahred hurts

Read it pho­net­i­cal­ly. When I’m real­ly tired, I fall back into the Alaba­ma accent.

Made it to my appoint­ment this morn­ing. Made it to Katie’s appoint­ment on the oth­er side of the world. Then the car wouldn’t crank. In fact, it wouldn’t do any­thing at all. Not even the auto­mat­ic door locks were work­ing. No rea­son at all for it — I didn’t leave the lights on or any­thing like that.1
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Laptop Research & Shopping

Sam and I spent most of our date time look­ing at lap­tops. Yes, we’re final­ly replac­ing the one that died last sum­mer. Yay! 

I find it eas­i­er to put what I find online in con­text after hav­ing actu­al­ly played with a bunch of machines tonight, so I’ll be doing a lot of research online.

Any­body have any strong rec­om­men­da­tions or good/​bad expe­ri­ences to share? Knowl­edge of any places that give “edu­ca­tion­al dis­counts” that aren’t just “steer your stu­dents to us and we’ll give you a lit­tle low­er price on your own machines” deals? Sure expe­ri­ence exor­cis­ing Vista from a “Vista-com­pat­i­ble” PC? Please speak up!
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Boo Sickness! Recipe, Word Geeking, Reviews

This not-flu or whatever is exceedingly tiresome. I should think it would be enough to live with the day to day stuff, let alone put up with this. Then again, nobody has ever claimed in my hearing that the world is fair.

MélusineI haven't succeeded in holding any thoughts in my head long, so you're in for randomness again this entry.

I have no idea why the main article was linked from ZDNet, but doesn't this cheddar and apple sandwich seem yummy? I wonder how it would be with ham? I used to have a really good recipe for a sausage and apples dish, but I know I haven't cooked it in the last decade. Maybe I could dig it out of my ancient recipe box? There are few ways to go wrong with cooked apples, as far as I can tell.
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How do you decide where to live?

Over the last two years, Sam and I have talked about mov­ing else­where. Geor­gia has almost no con­sumer pro­tec­tions for cit­i­zens, has a crap­py sup­port struc­ture for humans in just about every way you can imag­ine, and has law enforce­ment who don’t care to enforce laws unless you’ve got enough mon­ey to get their atten­tion. Essen­tial­ly, we want to live in a blue state, which means leav­ing the Bible belt. Cool­er weath­er would be nice, too. Less humid heat, at least, would be a relief.

We haven’t real­ly made plans, not want­i­ng to uproot Katie while she was in school and so on. There’s a lot of iner­tia, too, since I’ve been here all my life (except for the few years in Alaba­ma before my par­ents moved us to Atlanta). Sam was born here, and wasn’t thrilled with New York or New Jer­sey when he lived there. Our fam­i­lies are here, which means some­thing, even if we don’t see them that often.
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Cold! Cold cold cold!

Our heat went out last night, so we woke up in a very, very cold house. I don’t care what you Yan­kees say, we had a hard freeze here, so it real­ly was cold! There was snow on the car before we went to bed Tues­day night, and we had to get ice off the wind­shield to go see my pain spe­cial­ist today. I felt like I’d nev­er be warm again despite wear­ing the pret­ty gloves and scarf Sam bought for me a while back.1

There was no response from the land­lord to email or many phone calls until late in the day. I hud­dled under the cov­ers most of the day, both to try to get warm and because my pain is always worse in cold weath­er. The land­lord even­tu­al­ly got some­one out to check the sys­tem late this evening.
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Tweets for 12-12-2007

  • 23:06 @sam­bear­po­et sur­prised me and the girl with Blue­tooth head­sets! Then he made mine work with my phone, even! #
  • 23:10 @mar­cben­ton From what I hear, you aren’t alone 🙂 #
  • 23:29 @texasdave777 So why wasn’t your wife laugh­ing just sa hard? #
  • 23:31 Dear tan​go​mag​.com: I’ve nev­er vis­it­ed your site before, but I’m unlike­ly to be back despite read­ing a good arti­cle, ’cause you split it … #
  • 23:31 into 13 pages for no good rea­son. #
  • 23:39 @texasdave777 I’m afraid they would have need­ed the bounc­ers for me and @sambearpoet #
  • 23:50 @tru­la LOL! Now I just need one of those microSD cards and I can annoy the world with my own music on my phone, too! #
  • 23:54 @mari­na­martin That’s handy! Can I get your num­ber? 😉 #
  • 23:57 @mari­na­martin You nev­er PLAN these things, you know? Got­ta be pre­pared! #
  • 12:49 Hap­py Day Tweet­ers #
  • 12:54 @robertmerrill Not @andrewbadera, but I haven’t looked since 2000 and still get those calls/​emails #
  • 12:54 @robertmerrill And they always want relo­ca­tion #
  • 13:00 @robertmerrill Nope, nev­er have. Not once. I’ve got­ten mul­ti­ple con­tacts about jobs in Bel­gium! #
  • 13:01 @robertmerrill When I start look­ing, I’ll put myself out there seri­ous­ly – not just have my old resume on my web site. #
  • 13:01 @robertmerrill Will let my net­work know, change my LinkedIn pro­file, etc. #
  • 13:07 @foulbastard As well as plas­tic sur­geons and CGI artists every­where #
  • 13:09 @robertmerrill Not 1st degree, unfor­tu­nate­ly. Not these days. Did back when I was working/​looking. #
  • 13:09 @robertmerrill Been on Mom­my time for a while now 🙂 #
  • 13:10 @robertmerrill I’m also a col­lege stu­dent, so I’d use the school’s place­ment office & fairs. #
  • 13:11 @hob­bina­tor *hugs* to you and scritch­es to baby Roo #
  • 13:22 @Mari­na­Martin I guess its even worse if you get them via Freecy­cle 🙂 #
  • 13:23 @mari­na­martin There’s a used book­store across town that’s con­stant­ly giv­ing away mul­ti­ple box­es of books. #
  • 13:23 @mari­na­martin Too far away for me, thank­ful­ly, or I might be tempt­ed. #
  • 13:25 @mari­na­martin I’ve nev­er been able to resist books, peri­od. Love libraries. #
  • 13:29 @mari­na­martin I can’t afford to be that picky 🙂 #
  • 13:33 @tru­la Me too! Can get lost for hours. #
  • 13:34 @mari­na­martin Good for you 🙂 #
  • 13:41 @hob­bina­tor YAY! #
  • 14:12 @chum­worth Right where any­body play­ing Greensleeves is. #
  • 14:14 @hob­bina­tor Braised chick­en liv­ers. Fresh from pan (ok, slight­ly cooled). Stinky + high pro­tein #
  • 14:43 @mini­to­toro I leave such things to @sambearpoet, ’cause I always end up injured oth­er­wise #
  • 14:55 @ariedana $15 to see her on-screen? And it isn’t a movie? Dang. #
  • 14:55 @ariedana Obvi­ous­ly, I should have been a stage moth­er to rake in the bucks from my kid. #
  • 15:13 @andrew­badera Dis­hon­esty sucks. How do you define flak­i­ness? #
  • 15:14 @ariedana They’re one rea­son I believe in parental mal­prac­tice suits. #
  • 15:29 @chum­worth It’s ille­gal to use rep­re­sen­ta­tions of real peo­ple, dead or alive, for tar­get prac­tice in GA. I’m just sayin’ #
  • 15:32 @ariedana Sure thing, just email it to cyn at tech­nomom dot com #
  • 15:36 @andrew­badera That’s fair. #
  • 15:48 @jchutchins You just found out? I’m sor­ry, hon 🙂 #
  • 15:48 Thanks @ariedana #
  • 15:49 @michebel It’s bet­ter than not mak­ing it to 50! See it as a vic­to­ry 🙂 #
  • 15:49 @hob­bina­tor YAY! I’m so glad! #
  • 16:58 @garlg Ow! #

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It Was a Lovely Day

Please note: Yes, I am referring to today, the 12th, which is my birthday. Those close to me know that I generally hate my birthday, as it's a reminder of multiple miscarriages and other nasty things happening around this time several years in a row.

Sam and Katie managed to make #41 very nice, though.

Quotable Mug With Osho QuoteSam and I went out Saturday evening to Barnes & Noble, but I just couldn't make a decision. So many choices! We went over to OutWrite, too, which is always fun. I saw lots of adorable trinkets there, and plenty of interesting reading and listening material, but still couldn't make a choice. I really liked this mug, and it felt great in my hand, but I couldn't find out if it's microwave safe. (My favorite coffee cup was broken recently, victim of my unreliable grip. Thank you, fibro/arthritis/CMP!) Have any of you tried a Quotable mug? How did it hold up?

Oh! On the way home, we started to drive past Krispy Kreme and Sam had a sudden need for donuts, so we popped in there to satisfy that. I've never done the drive-through there before, but things were really crowded in the store. The car line was long, too, but we had the advantage of privacy and good company while waiting in it.

We enjoyed being out, but I came home without having chosen anything but donut fillings. Sam threatened to pick for me if I didn't make a choice on Sunday. I have a lot of trouble spending any money on myself, or asking for presents, and he thought that's why I hadn't chosen anything.

So we went out again on Sunday—leaving the house two days in a row is very unusual for me any more! I had finally decided on exactly what I wanted, and we tried to go get it, but found the place closed for Veteran's Day. My man insisted on taking me to Borders and buying Kim Harrison's A Few Demons More, promising that we'd also go to The Place again on Monday. Then he took me to Steak & Shake for dinner, because when I saw the sign I had a serious craving for their mushroom-swiss burger. (Don't bother with the new Portobello mushroom burger, as you get far fewer mushrooms that way!)

Katie and I (she's home from school, sick) had a very nice, low-key day Monday, and Sam and I set out again after he got home. This time, success!

I asked for something that probably seems odd to most people—a non-resident library card so I can access the best library system in Georgia, Gwinnett County Public Libraries. But I'd checked, and they have 95% of the books I'm really wanting to read, and past experience says they'll continue to carry the fantasy and science fiction I love. They have a far better selection of everything than Dekalb, where we live. (Okay, Gwinnett has stopped carrying music CDs, because so many went missing. Big deal.)

I wanted the card instead of a few books, because this way I can read all of them! And, in fact, we came home with nine books that have all been on my wish list for some time, and two or three graphic novels for Sam.

Now I have a whole pile of new-to-me books, and A Few Demons More! They're all way too tempting to a girl who still has homework to do, including a SWOT analysis that's due for my management class this week.

Thanks to all of you for the birthday wishes via Facebook, email, Twitter, LJ, etc. 🙂

Rumbles from the Recliner

Not from the grave, oh no, not yet!

It’s been too long to do a real “this is all that has hap­pened in my life.” Writ­ing it would exhaust me, and read­ing it would like­ly bore you. If you want to know about some­thing in par­tic­u­lar, please ask.

I’ll be post­ing a few things short­ly that I had “ready to go” and just didn’t post, for what­ev­er reason.

The girl is enjoy­ing life as a teen, or as much as any teen can. I wouldn’t want to go through those ups and downs again! She’s always my most pre­cious, beau­ti­ful God­dess gift baby, even if she will be 17 this week. That’s our “big thing” right now.

She con­tin­ues to amaze me with her cre­ativ­i­ty. She’s the head pho­tog­ra­ph­er (or what­ev­er they call it there) for the year­book, which has had her run­ning around to all man­ner of events for which there must be pho­tos! Now! Yes­ter­day! Couldn’t they hold Home­com­ing in July? Come ON peo­ple! And she loves it. She com­plete­ly filled her 1GB com­pact flash card with live pho­tos from Fri­day night’s foot­ball game, then had to switch to her small­er, old­er card and be very judi­cious in her shots to fin­ish the game. She obvi­ous­ly needs a much big­ger card!

Yes, she uses her own equip­ment. Her cam­era is head and shoul­ders above the qual­i­ty of those the year­book staff owns, even the few dig­i­tals. That makes sense, con­sid­er­ing the expense of them, the time it takes to real­ly learn to use a dig­i­tal SLR prop­er­ly, etc. Most of what they have are point-and-shoot 35mm film cam­eras, which aren’t such big a deal if a stu­dent los­es or dam­ages them.

Sam is still work­ing at the same place, help­ing peo­ple with com­put­ers and net­work­ing and phones and so on — even A/​V equip­ment at times. If you can plug it in, his depart­ment is the one every­body calls first for help. I’m sur­prised jan­i­tors don’t show up with vac­u­um clean­er com­plaints some­times (and I don’t know that it hasn’t hap­pened at some time at the past).

The help­ing peo­ple part is, of course, the most impor­tant thing. He loves it, he does it well, and he finds wells of patience that must come from Some­where Else.

I’m reg­is­ter­ing for fall class­es (DeVry is on an odd sched­ule, but you may have noticed that). We’re look­ing for a place to move to, but not find­ing what we can afford where we want to live. I sup­pose that’s an eter­nal lament, isn’t it?

I’m still a gimp, and now have a (man­u­al) wheel­chair of my own. I real­ly need a ramp for the front entrance of the house, but I’ve delayed try­ing to have one put in here since we want to move.

We’re still in lim­bo with Social Secu­ri­ty. In Geor­gia, the wait to have your case heard by an admin­is­tra­tive law judge is (accord­ing to the SSA office near me) about 36 months, aver­age. That’s the lev­el I’m at now.

It’s damned frus­trat­ing not to be work­ing, not to be able to work. I don’t want to be on dis­abil­i­ty or need it! I want to find a job I can do for a decent wage!

But I’ve had yet more icky health stuff, so… Sam and Katie are more of a bless­ing than I can say, cer­tain­ly far more than I deserve.

I real­ly want music. I mean, to make it. Noth­ing else seems to be able to replace hav­ing a piano (not a lit­tle key­board) in my home. That’s when I sing the most, as I accom­pa­ny myself. (I don’t play all that well, so I don’t play in front of any­one else.) I was think­ing of tak­ing a new vocal class Elise Witt is offer­ing, but it con­flicts with a fam­i­ly commitment.

I’m re-read­ing Madeleine L’Engle’s Cross­wicks Jour­nals and poet­ry as I mourn her pass­ing. Yes, there will be a sep­a­rate post about that, but for now, I’ll leave you with a tiny quote from her:

I learn my lessons slow­ly, sel­dom once for all. Con­tin­u­al­ly they have to be learned and re-learned, not with solem­ni­ty, but with awe and laugh­ter and joy.

Namaste,
Cyn

Can you make citizens’ arrests for “‘unimaginably stupid’ conduct”?

From the Car­roll Coun­ty Times of West­min­ster, Maryland:

Accord­ing to The Sacra­men­to Bee, a fam­i­ly in El Dora­do, Calif., is in trou­ble after spend­ing a fam­i­ly out­ing mak­ing pipe bombs and then test­ing them.… Accord­ing to the Bee, Justin Lee Brown, 29, was arrest­ed on sus­pi­cion of sev­er­al felonies. He, his girl­friend and their two sons, ages 6 and 8, had one of the more inter­est­ing fam­i­ly out­ings ever.… When asked about the activ­i­ty, Brown said he learned how to make bombs from friends and “decid­ed to try it so he could show it to his kids.” … Brown is in jail and Tiffany Dean, the mom, is being inves­ti­gat­ed for what deputies call “unimag­in­ably stu­pid” conduct. 

I’m hold­ing my breath, hop­ing that no asso­ci­a­tion with the pagan com­mu­ni­ty or Spi­ral Scouts will come to light. That’s what came to mind first, hon­est­ly. If it had hap­pened in Alaba­ma instead of Cal­i­for­nia, though, I’d be rea­son­ably safe in assum­ing some degree of rela­tion to Dean and Brown. I’ve nev­er regret­ted mov­ing to Geor­gia — specif­i­cal­ly, to metro Atlanta. I’d be quite hap­py to move else­where, but as this sto­ry shows, you can find red­necks anywhere.