November 2004

New Lisa Stansfield!

Lisa Stansfield - The MomentLisa Stansfield - “The Moment”
This entry is a bit biased because I love love love Lisa Stansfield… but! She has a new album out and it’s freakin’ amazing. That smooth sultry soulful voice, check. Groovilicious beats, check. Thoughtful lyrics about heartache, check. Right now it’s an import only, but it’s so good. I have been listening to it on repeat all morning long!

Favorite tracks:
Easier
When Love Breaks Down
If I Hadn’t Got You

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A Change Of Scenery

This morning I had a brief (very brief!) dental appointment. This afternoon I’ve got a therapy appointment. That creates this window of about 5 hours. Did I go home after my dental appt? Nope. I grabbed my laptop and brought it with me. I’ve been at Border’s for the last 4 hours or so sippin’ tea and munching on scones and working. I’ve gotten more done today than I have in the last week. Granted that most of the stuff I’ve been doing today has been my books, but those have GOT to be done. And for some reason I’m completely unable to do them infront of my georgeous 21″ flat panel display. Instead, I’m sitting here in this fairly uncomfortable chair staring into this little 12″ screen getting things done. Amazing the little tricks one has to use in getting one to do one’s work. Perhaps when next I need to do work I’ll start coffee shop hoppin’ round the neighborhood and see how much I can get done when on the run.

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Modeling

Me by Steve Guy

A sketch of me by Steve Guy.

So most every Tuesday night for the last several months, I’ve been going to a sketch class in SOMA. My friend Mark Chester runs it. He asked if I would model for the class one time and for some reason or another I said “sure.” So tonight I did.

Twas a very interesting experience. It was also kinda fun. And difficult! Holding a pose for so long (15-20) minutes is a lot more strenuous than one would think. It really gave me a perspective. At first I thought I might have a problem taking my clothes off and being scrutinized for 2 and half hours by a room full of guys… But ya know? It wasn’t a problem at all. It actually felt strangely empowering. The chances of me doing it again are pretty good, I’d say.

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Let’s Get Physical

OK. So I almost don’t want to post this because I don’t want to jinx it. And I know for most people it usually takes like, 14 days or something to become a habit. For people like me, double that number, maybe triple it. BUT….

I have gone to the gym every single day this week.

And I’ve LOVED it! Who’da thunk it? It’s a different perspective I suppose. I can now actually excersize (I’ve proven this now) without falling over into a vertigo attack that lasts for the rest of the day! I could not have done this 6 months ago. I’m so, well, giddy over it. It’s amazing that the things you hate become the things you love when life takes them away from you, then gives them back, like, all-of-a-sudden.

Courtland had a free 30-day pass to Gold’s. So I haven’t gone and spent tons of money (again) on something that I’m not gonna use. If, in 25 more days, I’m still going to the gym, I’ll sign up.

Next stop. Yoga practice once again.

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Spoutin’ Off

Beth sent me this link via email. It’s a short video that Harvey Firestein is talking about rights and marraige and the first amendment. All I got to say is…

Go Harvey! Go Harvey! Go Harvey!

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Best Movie Of The Year

The Incredibles. Go see it now!

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“Moral Values”

The information from the exit polls are coming in today. The #1 reason that seemed to galvanize people to the polls was “moral values”. I was raised catholic. For a while during Junior High and High School, I got sort of sideline involved in a fundamentalist christian church who ran the Youth Alive program in school. While I no longer consider myself catholic or a christian… Some moral values still resonate with me.

It is not moral to lie
It is not moral to kill
It is not moral to descriminate

So what “moral values” are 51% of this country expressing?

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Excuse Me. I Need A Drink.

As I write this, it looks like the GOP will retain control of both the House and Senate. Ohio still hasn’t reached its decision yet.. so there still is some hope left. However, even if that village idiot actually succeeds in winning this election that’s not what has me most awed and amazed.

What has me shocked is that 11 states overwhelmingly wrote descrimination into their constiutions. It’s a big red sign that says, “You’re not welcome here.”

So while I may do a bit more travelling in the future, this is a list of states of which some I have visited, some I have relatives in, but all I will not purposefully venture again:

Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Utah and Oregon

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