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[Jul. 11th, 2010|12:10 pm]
Zoethe
Erin is here visiting, so posting - and reading my flist - didn't happen yesterday. But I note that Cat V., who is at a con, managed to fulfill her posting duties, so I am filled with guilt and chagrin. But not inspiration. So for right now I will just bitch a little and answer a few of the easy-to-get-through questions that were sent to me on my "what should I post about" entry.

First off, the bitching: my neighbors decided that 7am on a Sunday was a peachy time to run VERY LOUD gardening tools right below my bedroom window. I think it's actually a violation of city ordinances, but I was too busy trying to ignore the noise to actually fire up the computer and take a look....hmm, no. 7am is when you are allowed to be a jerk to your neighbors.

Second, why is it news - front page on Yahoo news - that the giant LeBron mural is coming down. He doesn't play here anymore; of course it's coming down. It would be more newsworthy if it had stayed up. For the record (as if anyone particularly cares about my opinion on this), I don't blame LeBron for leaving: seven years and no ring. And it's clear that he wants the championship because he's taking a pay cut to leave. I think the media circus that his people whipped up around his leaving was a tacky mistake, but the leaving itself makes sense.

Third, why does the media care so much about LeBron James and pretty much not at all about the Oscar Grant verdict? Without going into a lot of analysis of the case and the problems with the verdict, I find it tough to stomach that a guy playing a game is so much more interesting to us than the possibility that either: 1.) police brutality can escalate to the level of public execution, or 2.) police training is so poor that an officer can pull a gun and think it's a taser.

And now, the questions that are quick and easy answers; others will require their own entries:

What happened to Living Graciously? - Yeah, that kind of just died. I got behind on it and then the weight of being behind on it was just too much. Not all our projects come to fruition.

How's juggling coming along? - I can juggle the regular three-ball cascade pretty competently now, but haven't gotten really good at any other tricks.

Do anything bellydancing and/or yoga related lately? - Not a thing. I've been a bit lazy of late. Need to get back to scheduling myself better.

Any other interesting/odd benefits or side effects to cutting out beef and pork that you've observed besides thicker hair? - Alas, my cholesterol has not dropped as much as I would like. Must up the exercise component. I'd love to be able to say that I've dropped 50 pounds and discovered the fountain of youth, but it hasn't been that dramatic.

Biggest thing you miss/look forward to eating again? - It really hasn't been that hard. Every once in a while I will get a whiff of the steakhouse down the street and my knees will go a bit buttery, but for the most part it's only been inconvenient when we go out to dinner and bacon is a component in a dish that I would otherwise order. Ferrett and I have both decided that red meat will be a once-a-week sort of thing when we start eating it again. I do still miss my tea every once in a while, but that's livable.

Was any/all of this sort of stuff a bit too many changes at once? - Not really. It hasn't changed the way I eat that dramatically. What would be a dramatic change would be to commit myself to not eating out for a month or two. Perhaps post-Disney....

Are you doing any quilting/beading lately? - Not a bit. It's appalling.

Would you prefer a vacation to the mountains, or to the ocean? Wow, that's a hard one. When I was a kid living in Oregon, the ocean was where we went for vacation, while the mountains were sort of our back yard and were pretty much day-trips. And even though I've been on lots of ocean trips that involved the tropics, when someone says vacation at the ocean my mind goes not to the Caribbean but to Seaside, Oregon. Also, when I think of my other ocean vacations, they generally involved mountains, too: yes, there was lots of beach on Kauai, but there was also lots of hiking in the rainforest. It's hard for me to separate. So I guess I will go with temperature separation. I prefer a warm-weather vacation these days, since I haven't skiied in rather a long time. Ergo, ocean.

What treat foods do you miss most from when you were a kid, that just aren't made anymore? - I honestly can't think of any off-hand. I think I more miss that things tasted better pre-Xanthan and Guar gums and other artificial thickeners and preservatives. Or maybe it's just that my palate has matured. As a kid my mother served us lots of things that came from a can or the freezer that I can't even stand to smell these days: Campbell soups, Swanson frozen dinners, etc.

That's it for now. Off to spend the day with my kiddo!
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2010-07-11 04:59 pm (UTC)
If I was overly cynical, I'd say that nobody cares about Oscar Grant because "cop escapes most serious penalties for killing unarmed man who is in restraints" is not news any more. But fortunately, I'm not... oh wait.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-11 08:36 pm (UTC)
Is it cynicism if it's true?
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-07-11 05:51 pm (UTC)
I am now laughing at the image of you looking up Municipal Code Section 23.7.198: "Citizens may be a jerk to their neighbors between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., weekdays, excepting the fourth Tuesday of every month and all municipal holidays."

This is probably not as funny to other people as it is to me. Ah, well.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-11 08:32 pm (UTC)
That is a bit amusing.
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2010-07-11 06:02 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing some people have that attitude of, "Well, if I'm up and ready to do lawnwork at five AM in the morning, then by definition everybody should be!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-11 08:33 pm (UTC)
A beating was warranted but not administered.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2010-07-11 06:56 pm (UTC)
Third, why does the media care so much about LeBron James and pretty much not at all about the Oscar Grant verdict?

This. This this this this ohsoverymuch this.

I should be articulate, and add to the conversation, but my brain gets all explodey and words don't go together. Gah!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-11 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm feeling very much the same way.
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[User Picture]From: gabyrippling
2010-07-11 07:25 pm (UTC)
The mountains/ocean debate is a key point of disagreement between me and my boyfriend. Being from a family of boaters, to me the ocean is the obvious choice while my boyfriend prefers skiing on the mountainside. Plus he doesn't like the idea of being vulnerable in three dimensions and in water that may not be perfectly clear with living things. Pfah. I think he needs to come to the Caribbean in our sailboat. :-P
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-11 08:35 pm (UTC)
I think any good life should have some of each, really.
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[User Picture]From: gabyrippling
2010-07-11 08:52 pm (UTC)
True. And he'll laugh at my utter lack of coordination on skis while I make fun of his fear of creatures from the deep.
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2010-07-11 10:30 pm (UTC)
"What happened to Living Graciously?"

As a Taoist with the personality that is the polar opposite of Taoism, I've realized that Depeche Mode were right when they sang that; "I think that God's got a sick sense of humor.."

I don't really care about any sport, although I enjoy going to the occasional Sharks (hockey) game. So I wish the young man well, as most of those guys end up living with pain the rest of their lives.

But the Oscar Grant III shooting is something I care about. I live in the Bay Area and I've rode BART. I used to have cop friends, and they were mostly racist and controlling. The BART police were so badly under-trained they didn't even ride the system. They just hung out in their cars.

Maybe the cop, in the heat of the moment, drew the wrong weapon. But Grant was already on the ground and easily sub-doable(?) through physical means.

I've owned guns and I have nothing against guns. But one thing the cops seem to lack, (including my friends before they retired,) is a healthy sense of responsibility when it comes to guns. That's why they scare me.

I've also held a Taser. It feels very different from a gun, and the safety is much different than the safety on a gun. (This is assuming the cop had the safety on.)

I fear a possible second, (and much worse,) riot when the sentence is handed down. And just like the shooting in the Castro on Pink Saturday, during Pride Weekend; and the shooting and fighting that killed Halloween in the Castro a few years ago - these "rioters" are really people who come from other nearby places to be/get drunk and cause trouble.

This world just seems to get darker and darker, and intelligent people like you and me don't have the ability to block it out and focus on Jerry Springer.

Thank the Universe/God we have wonderful spouses.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-12 11:45 am (UTC)
The cop also apparently had pulled his taser at one point. How do we know this? Because Oscar Grant took a picture of him holding the taser with his own cell phone. According to testimony, his taser was cross-body holstered on his left, but he grabbed the gun on his right. Even giving the cop EVERY benefit of the doubt, this still strikes me as beyond the pale. And frustrating that so few people seem to care.
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2010-07-12 03:18 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people may care, but their own problems overwhelm them right now.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-12 11:49 am (UTC)
I had a feeling that the song and dance were the idea of his representatives.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-12 11:50 am (UTC)
That's a bad reason not to cover something, if one takes seriously the press' position as "the Fourth Estate."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-12 11:52 am (UTC)
Aww, we used to go to Lincoln City when I was a little girl. I miss it so much.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2010-07-14 03:14 am (UTC)
ugh...I hadn't even heard of the Oscar Grant story. Disturbing.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-14 01:35 pm (UTC)
And disturbing that many people hadn't heard it.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2010-07-21 01:45 am (UTC)
I suppose part of what makes it disturbing is the idea that people
aren't sooo surprised that the cops accidentally killed someone in a
shooting that then gets argued back and forth about whether or not it
was intentional or accidental. Do you think that the officer received
the proper conviction in that case?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-21 01:49 am (UTC)
Having watched the videos from every available angle, I would say no. He may look shocked that he shot the guy, but he was creating the disturbance himself, had his taser out shortly before he pulled the gun, had the taser on the other side of his body, and should be held to a higher standard. He should have been convicted of second degree murder and the circumstances considered in sentencing.

In my humble and only partially informed opinion.
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2010-07-18 04:36 pm (UTC)
LBJ -- Agreed. It was obscene how they were making that young man out to somehow be the Economic Saviour of Cleveland. WRONG!! He's a young adult using the skills and talents he's got to make a living for himself and his family. And having had money, at this point he wants success as defined in his field? Reasonable goal. I wish him a championship ring or six, cause he really IS a hard working young man with an extraordinary level of talent. And Cleveland tightens the purse strings every single time they get anywhere close to championship quality, so he'll never get it here.

As to the Grant case -- heard about it. Unamused.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-07-19 12:42 am (UTC)
He stayed in Cleveland when his contract came up the last time, but the notion that he somehow belongs to the city is ridiculous.
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