September 01, 2005
I've started to hear from friends about their order viagra super active parents and grandparents in affected regions - mostly that they are safe, but not necessarily out of the woods yet. But some are still waiting for help - my thoughts are with you, D, for your family and friends. Hang in there, sweetie.
My firm has offered to match employee donations to the Red Cross, for which I'm grateful. Now my donation will go a little bit farther.
In the meantime, trying not to read too much of the news and commentary, because then my brain wants to implode. But the following are of note:
Waiting for a Leader [NYT op-ed] "George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president appeared a day later than he was needed."
What did we do to deserve this guy for President? Oh right, "we" voted for him. Well YOU who voted for him deserve this administration. Unfortunately the rest of us are being pulled down with you. Still, I'm perversely pleased that the assholes driving around in Hummers in metro Atlanta are having to pay fortunes for their gas, because it's what they fucking deserve.
To the lady in the Ferragamo shop on 5th Avenue who told off Condoleeza Rice: (R)amen, sister! Whoever you are, you're a true patriot. Granted, Rice is Secretary of State, so this domestic disaster is outside of her usual jurisdiction. (Which is probably a blessing.) I appreciate the whole wanting to hit the town and go shopping. But goddamn it Condi, could you try to keep a low profile? It looks kinda bad when one of the top African-American political figures is out shopping for expensive Italian shoes while poor, elderly, sick or frail American refugees (including a lot of African-Americans) are trying to fulfill basic needs like clean water, food and shelter.
I will be posting my belated BlogDay entry. Just had to unload.
Finding Gas That Doesn't Cost an Arm and a Leg (Yet)
Most of the Atlanta spots are a bit out of my buy viagra super active way, making a potential trip pointless. I've got under half a tank, so I'll see if I can wait for prices to subside, once everybody calms down.
Looks like the National Weather Service in New Orleans called it right. Still, the tone of their urgent message (Sunday 8/28/05, 10:11 AM) is so breathless and near-hysterical that it seems like a wordier version of "the sky is falling" - which is what happened, in a way.
September 02, 2005
Telling It Like It Is
I'm late to the game, and I'm sure this has spread everywhere, but I'm posting it for my own reference.
I think CNN's Anderson Cooper looks like an viagra super active online exotic bird. Nonetheless he's not just an unusual pretty face. He gives me hope that there are still real journalists out there - check out the transcript of his frank exchange with the Democratic senator from Louisiana, Mary Landrieu. He is civil, but he's not pulling punches. (Anderson, I love you.)
September 09, 2005
Need to Do Something?
Atlanta Humane Society - According to a post I found viagra super active on Craigslist, the AHS has taken in animals from the hurricane region, as well as pets from evacuees sheltered here in Atlanta. There is a volunteer orientation 10 a.m. tomorrow (9/10) at the shelter at 981 Howell Mill Rd (tel. 404-875-2600).
City of Refuge Local organization providing food and shelter for hurricane refugees.
Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta This 100-year-old organization provides "emergency services to newcomers, travelers and residents in crisis." They seek cash donations and volunteers.
Charity Navigator provides "grades" for national organizations as to how they allocate their money, so you can find viagra super active mastercard organizations that will use your money most effectively.
Need to Laugh (Hysterically)?
Dictionaraoke "Audio clips from online dictionaries sing the hits of yesterday and today. The fun of karaoke meets the word power buy viagra super active of the dictionary." So far, I've heard "Take on Me," "Waterloo" and "Barbie Girl."
God Outdoes Terrorists Yet Again [The Onion]
September 12, 2005
Someday I must try this
[via Fat Asian Baby]
thirteen going on thirtysomething
When I was thirteen I had the biggest, hugest crush on Morton Harket, the lead singer of a-ha. That voice! That hair! Those biceps! And omigod, those order viagra super active cheekbones! Once I dreamed that we had to escape from New York and while we crossed the Kosciusko Bridge he kissed me in the back seat of a Mazda. It was one of those sweet, moony, romantic kisses that girls who've never been kissed imagine what kissing is like.
I still love the video for Take On Me. And somewhere at home I still have posters taken out of teenybopper magazines with titles like Bop, Star Hits and Tiger Beat.
Anyway, the band is still together and their only US appearance was a sold-out show last night at Irving Plaza. Never mind that this too was in New York. Frankly, it's a bit embarrassing to admit that I have most viagra super active of their albums as well as Morton Harket's solo album, and that had I opportunity, yes, I'd have gone to see them. I guess part of me is still thirteen going on thirtysomething.
September 14, 2005
Six cats from New Orleans
Here in Atlanta, a friend of a coworker is housing her brother and nine other people from Nola. Her brother managed to rescue his six cats, who now need foster homes because the house is already too full of people.
I don't know if they've checked with the local humane societies, who have been sheltering both evacuated animals and owned pets of evacuees.
I'd like to help. I'm not sure though if I can manage extra cats viagra super active without prescription traumatizing the ones that I already have. But if you're interested, let me know.
September 15, 2005
Katrina: The Gathering.
Some guys have adapted Magic: The Gathering game cards and made their own satirical variation of the game, including various political figures who have been getting viagra super active prices in our faces to tell us via press conference how much they really, really care and how much they're doing to make things in the Gulf Coast better for everybody.
September 16, 2005
ABA Katrina Disaster Resources
The American Bar Association (ABA) has set up a page containing legal information for hurricane victims and lawyers affected by Katrina.
September 19, 2005
Final Report by Federal Commission on Election Reform Now Available
The commission, headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James A. Baker III, has issued its final report, Building Confidence in U.S. Elections (7.6 MB). Significant reforms have been buy viagra super active recommended, including a uniform voter ID card, verified paper trails for electronic voting machines, and nonpartisan, independent administration of elections, among other recommendations.
I'm particularly interested by the call for a national voter ID card, considering that Georgia now has a state requirement for a valid photo ID in order to vote (Provisional ballots are available to those without ID on election day, but with a requirement to produce photo ID within the following days or else the ballot becomes invalid). Georgia's law has been criticized as a new poll tax.
-I succumbed, briefly, to a cold. I have to admit, it was really, really nice to sleep into the afternoon. Hopefully I did not share my germs with the people I ran into this weekend.
-I did not win the $250m lottery. Oh well.
-I love breakfast. I celebrate this on the weekends when we order viagra super active can go to the Flying Biscuit or to another place, with such charming names as Sun in My Belly. I ran into a professional colleague that I've met at various functions. It was really nice to see a friendly face so unexpectedly. We're close in age, and she seems so cool and so interesting that I hope to be friends, not just people who say hi at the latest luncheon.
March of the Penguins. I've wanted to see this documentary all summer and finally made plans with the Ethers and the Weird Babes for an outing. I expected fun, silly moments, an onslaught of cuteness, and even peril as brought on by Mother Nature. I really liked it. I didn't expect, however, to come out feeling kind of depressed about it. The penguins go through so much for the sake of perpetuating their species. They cross great distances across the ice to find their mates, take turns to protect their precious eggs in brutal, polar conditions, cross back to the water to gorge on enough food for themselves and the future chick, back and forth, back and forth until the chick can fend for itself. Every step along the way is fraught with peril. The elements, predators, timing - everything and anything could go wrong. If the penguins were humans, I think they'd be characters out of a Solzhenitsyn novel.
The ability of the penguins to survive, despite such incredible conditions, is amazing. I should envy them - by instinct, they know their purpose in this world, in this life. Things are less complicated when life is a matter of endurance, of survival from moment to moment.
What else? Chocolate cake, Battlestar Galactica (the miniseries), Target, feeding cats, re-reading Dragonsinger, finding new books and music, detaching myself from all the bad news that's in every day of the paper.
September 20, 2005
The Cambridge suede boot from Ann Taylor. In black or chocolate, with a three-inch heel. *sigh*
Oprah says it's okay to "wear the Birkin" even after that snubbing by Hermes. Unless Oprah happens to give me a Birkin I will probably never own one. I'm drawn to Mulberry's Large Metallic Tote - is it possibly because it's been described by Vogue as the Anti-Birkin? Really, I do like it - the clean lines, the shape, the size, the color. A dream bag in every sense, particularly in the sense that only in my dreams will I spend $995 on a handbag, albeit a fabulous one.
September 21, 2005
He Thinks We're Ok
This morning Ulysses (the big gray cat) left a dead mouse on our porch before coming in for breakfast. I didn't have to see or dispose of the gift, but I appreciate the sentiment.
September 22, 2005
This Weekend in Burlesque
Professor Jo Boobs & Torchy's Traveling Charm School, Sept. 23, 24 & 25 Several events are going on this weekend. Of particular interest to me is a presentation at eyedrum on Friday night called The Art of Burlesque - a multimedia presentation about burlesque - yes, with live demonstration. On Saturday night is a burlesque revue at the Earl featuring the Traveling Charm School as well as live music. Support includes music by Sophisticats & Sophistikittens (from New Orleans) and performances from Jo Boobs (from NYC), Panty Raid (from Nashville), Atlanta's own Doll Squad, the debut of the Steam Heat Dancers, and another local, Torcy Taboo, from Human Heat Wave.
Wash Your Hands, Atlanta!
This week is National Clean Hands Week. A study conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Microbiology Association and the Soap and Detergent Association was done in four cities: Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Researchers were stationed in public bathrooms to check on whether people washed their hand afterwards. The worst offenders were in Atlanta:
The worst hygiene was at Atlanta's Turner Field, where 37 percent of the men left the bathroom without washing and 16 percent of the women did. [AP]
YUCK! I'm going to start carrying that antibacterial stuff around now. Maybe I should also avoid Braves games.
Americans' Dirty Secret Revealed [LiveScience]
Give women a hand -- they wash theirs, study finds [Indiana Star]
I'd Shake Your Hand, But ... [Forbes]
Donations Needed for Animal Rescue Volunteers
My friend Kambri Crews and her friend Keith Fernbach are going to be in Lousiana October 6 through October 12, where they will volunteer at local shelters that have taken in animals rescued from Katrina. You can read more from Kambri here; she has a PayPal link set up. Beyond donations they are paying for everything else out of their own pockets.
I wish I could take a week and join them myself, but at least I can give them a little something to help with their work. Kambri is a tough, sassy gal with a good heart, and I'm proud of her for finding her own way to help in the wake of Katrina.
September 23, 2005
Gov. Perdue asks schools to close on Mon/Tues
According to the AP wire, the governor has requested that state public schools take "snow days" next week in order to conserve diesel fuel used by school buses. The estimate is that 250,000 gallons a day can be conserved that way.
So what happens when we get to Wednesday?
September 26, 2005
"Hey, uh, try to drive less."
Bush finally has a few words to say about gas conservation: "We can all pitch in by being better conservers of energy."
I am not inspired.
In contrast, consider Jimmy Carter in his speech from April 18, 1977 on promoting a tough energy policy:
Our decision about energy will test the character of the American people and the ability of the President and the Congress to govern. This difficult effort will be the "moral equivalent of war" -- except that we will be uniting our efforts to build and not destroy.
See also: Carter Tried To Stop Bush's Energy Disasters - 28 Years Ago [Common Dreams, 5/3/05]
How Not to Annoy The Librarian
1. Do not make your reference request at the last minute. Yes, there are emergencies, but is your each and every request really an emergency, each and every time? Try to focus and plan ahead when you can.
2. In light of #1, must your every email be marked as urgent/high priority? We prefer our emails to beep at us only when the contents are truly urgent.
3. We are here to help you, but we are not your servants. If you would like to use a specific book right away, please consider coming to the library and getting the book yourself, instead of asking one of us to bring it to you. It's possible that we might have existing research projects for other people - like senior partners.
4. Please do not chew gum while talking on the phone with us. It's rude and it's gross, even more so when the sound is amplified DIRECTLY INTO ONE'S EAR.
September 27, 2005
Bizarro site of the day
Make sure you have your sound on.
September 28, 2005
The last few days
Sunday: We've taken in another cat. Her name is Sheba. She's black and white and when she makes utterances she sounds a bit like a duck. Very sweet and affectionate, though not a lap cat. Playful too. She's in her own room for now.
Not sure if Ulysses is going to fit in with us but I'll keep an eye on him. I think he wants to be in a one-cat family.
So now I'm really a scary cat lady - 3.5 cats! No more. Really.
Last night: Serenity preview screening. A friend of mine gave me a pass. I haven't finished watching Firefly but I really liked the movie.
Thursday: Empty out head with therapist.
Friday: No plans as yet. How lame am I? ;)
Saturday: Bad Movie Night, courtesy of Weird Babe.
September 29, 2005
Coldplay / Rilo Kiley - Phillips Arena 9/28/05
I'm glad I got to see both bands. It's been a while since I've listened to the RK albums but I knew quite a few of their songs. I've got the refrain "it's bad news / baby I'm bad news" going through my brain at the moment.
Most people were there for Coldplay. My sister and I had decent seats - we were at the far end, but we had a good view of the stage. Although guys - what's with the black outfits and white sneakers? Chris Martin looks much better with hair. They played all of their big singles. During "Yellow" there were giant balloons that fell from the ceiling, filled with gold glitter. I loved hearing "Clocks" because it's a song that makes you feel like you're flying. (Speaking of which, it wasn't long into the show before someone started smoking reefer.) I love "The Scientist" but it's a song that makes me cry. For an idea of how wrenching that song is, consider that Aimee Mann has covered the song in concert - also a beautiful, heartrending version.
After playing "Til Kingdom Come" they followed up with a Johnny Cash cover - "Ring of Fire." Completely sincere. The band played close together on the stage, with just a small keyboard and their guitars.
There was a special guest - Michael Stipe. Chris Martin played piano while Stipe sang "Nightswimming." Beautiful.
At one point in the show, Martin said that if you had a camera, now would be a good time to take a picture. All of a sudden in the dark the glow of cellphones bloomed. Then the stage lights came on and the screen behind them exploded into colors and graphics but what was missing were the flashes of real cameras, which would have created the cheesy but cool effect Martin was suggesting. But the venue didn't allow cameras - I should have tried to sneak mine in anyway. Oh well.
I'm still a fan of smaller venues, of more intimate settings for shows. But being in an arena makes for great peoplewatching, especially when the whole place is standing and everyone is bathed in glowing light and you're hearing music you love. It's transcendental.
Addendum: Scam City has an excellent set of concert photos. And he's just been contacted by NME about using one of his images of Martin and Michael Stipe. Cool!
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