Friday, June 04, 2021

Sarah And Renee Called Each Other Thelma And Louise

 

never really deciding or caring which one was which - it was their friendship that was important. They’d been friends for over twenty years, working together as attorneys for the same county and rising slowly through the ranks to eventually become judges. They were both smart, professional women who’d fought the sorts of battles that women still fight today, but back in the 60’s and 70’s when there were a lot fewer on the front lines. Along with their careers they bonded over the problems of raising children, getting them into college, and dealing with husbands who either strayed, moved out or died.  All of their children were smart and eventually made it through college, and most had found good careers, stable marriages, mortgages and children.

But along with the stable ones, they each had one gypsy child, whom they’d decided early on should never meet, fearing these free spirits would fall in love, get married and never be able to support themselves. I know it sounds a little ridiculous and was probably one of those conspiracies that began as a joke but was maintained over the years more out of habit than serious intent. Whatever the case, I never knew Mom’s friend Sarah had a daughter named Rachel until I was thirty-five years old, when I paid a surprise visit to my Mom just before they were arriving to take her out to dinner.
I probably don’t even need to tell you what happens next.

The first time I ever saw the woman who would become my wife she was wearing a sun dress and walking through my mom’s front gate just behind her mother. Her hair was light brown and fell in waves and curls around her shoulders and down her back. She was too far off to make out much more than that, so while technically it might not have been love at first sight, but by second or third sight I was probably hers for the asking. I’d just flown in from Manila after six months traveling around Southeast Asia and the Pacific, so I was filled with stories, giddy with jet lag and happy as hell to be back. And thanks to sunshine and intestinal parasites, I was not only tan, but thinner than I’d been in years.

I wish I could remember more from that first dinner together because it must’ve been hilarious: Rachel and I amiably chatting away while our mothers looked on helplessly as the attraction they’d spent so many years trying to prevent began to blossom in front of their eyes. What was obvious to them though was hardly even suspected by us, and the laughter, soft smiles and lingering glances that were their worst nightmare we probably regarded as casual flirtation at most. We had no idea that we were not only falling in love but that it would eventually lead to our getting married and having a child together, let alone that this entire chain of events had not only been predicted but actively conspired against for at least a dozen years by our dinner companions who were normally quite talkative but that night seemed strangely quiet.

There’s a romantic notion that the end of things can be seen in their beginnings - that the seeds of death are present at the birth and that you can determine the way something will end by looking for clues hidden in its beginning. While I love this as a concept - as some metaphysical abstraction or literary device - it’s hard to believe that real life is quite so poetic. But that said, let me tell you about the exact moment I knew Rachel and I would become lovers.

It was the morning after our dinner and Rachel called asking if she’d left her purse in my mom’s car. She had so I told her not to worry, followed by a predictable and relatively innocuous remark about “that old trick…” playfully implying that she’d left her purse behind on purpose. She said “Oh my God, what an ego!” with the kind of mild exasperation appropriate to that level of banter: a sort of verbal eye-rolling that would’ve seemed perfectly normal except that somehow it wasn’t. There was something about the way she said it - just the slightest blush of genuine embarrassment, probably undetectable to most but unmistakable to me, that let me know instantly and with absolute certainty that she was mine. That was the beginning of what would be far and away the happiest years of my life.“Oh my God what an ego…” Those were the words that began our romantic relationship, so it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what was responsible for its end.

Monday, August 03, 2020

You. Should. Be. Fucking. Angry.


Guy From Italy on Reddit Puts It Well

Italian here. so sad to look back to a comment I made 4 months ago.

The relevant part:

Dr Fauci seems to know what he's doing, and his comments about reopening the economy only when you have the tools to face the crisis are reassuring I guess. Even by doing everything possible now, 100.000-200.000 deaths are expected. It’s really sad. [...]

I understand that you have a different culture. The whole discussion about Universal Healthcare is simply absurd to me. But don't think that we're feeling much better: we have to be inside our houses unless it's for emergency, food or if your job is essential. Groceries stores are letting people in in small numbers. If you are caught outside without a good reason, there are fines and jail (only on paper, it doesn't happen). It's hard AF, and it's not pleasant. But it's the only effective way to control the spreading of the virus, and it's my responsability as a member of this society to respect the rules and avoid the genocide of grandmothers. We love grandmothers.

If enforcing it by law is the only way to get people to actually do it, so be it.

What you’re doing right now is an half assed solution that risks to accomplish two things: (a) not solve the problem (b) have a big impact on the economy anyway.

Allowing people to meet in groups not larger than 10 is absurd. People shouldn't meet, at all. Think of 1 infected asymptomatic person dining with 9 others. Let's say they will infect 4 of them. The grow is exponential, meaning that each of those 4 will infect other 4. In a couple of days, just for that dinner, 21 people are infected. Those 21 people will possibly infect 84 others. 84 becomes 336. 336 becomes 1344. And so on. You see where it's going.

Same goes for allowing people to work and go out if they don't have symptoms. Imagine how many people you could infect in 14 days before symptoms show up.

It’s irresponsible, antiscientific and doesn’t make any sense.

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That said, I see the US situation as particularly problematic, as the measure that are taking place are lacking, contradictory and half assed.

I’m not a doctor, an expert or anything. If an average non expert guy from italy could see it coming, how the fuck your government can claim otherwise?

It was largely predictable and preventable. There’s no excuse.

You. should. be. fucking. angry.



Thursday, July 16, 2020

How to Make Large Signs Quickly & Easily


Total cost of signs shown above
approximately $40.









Steps 1 & 2) Find Cardboard and paint it white.

Use cheap primer & dilute - the thinnest coat is all you need.

Step 3) Paint Message on Cardboard or


3a) If you have a projector  here's how you use it.



Step 4) Trace and paint.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Suevisa: Guerrilla Commentator


“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” -Lily Tomlin
First Amendment protected signs placed around the San Francisco Bay Area by @Suevisa

“Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet." - Alice Walker

"Sometimes the first duty of intelligent people is the restatement of the obvious." - George Orwell


“Remember, your vote is the most powerful political weapon you have… on election day. On all the other days it's the 1st Amendment.” - Patrick Randall

“You are either on the side of the oppressed or on the side of the oppressor. You can't be neutral.” —Desmond Tutu



"Congressman, because this is America. This is the country I have served and defended, that all of my brothers have served. And here, right matters," - Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

"There comes a time when silence is betrayal." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Things do not happen. Things are made to happen." - John F. Kennedy





“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Speaking Out Against The Russo-Republican Alliance in the Bay Area

 “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”  - Sun Tzu
 First Amendment protected signs placed on freeways in San Francisco, Marin, Solano, Sacramento and Alameda counties.
 "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" -Mark Twain

"Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up,
 you get a lot of scum on top." --Edward Abbey




 "My land is bare of chattering folk;
 The clouds are low along the ridges,
 And sweet's the air with curly smoke
 From all my burning bridges."
 - Dorothy Parker


  
"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." — John Ruskin


 "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." - Earl Nightingale





 "All over the place, from popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume." - Noam Chomsky

 "Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure." - Jack Lemmon


 "There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot." - George Bernard Shaw

 "We're being attacked by Russia. Pick a side." - Patrick Randall
Signs Posted - 8,239
Arrests - 0