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Aug. 14th, 2009 @ 05:09 pm Dear SF: hi.
Back in town for the weekend, and possibly week. What's going on? Amuse me!
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blonde
Aug. 3rd, 2009 @ 04:44 pm Sending out the tentacle, again
So um...I have a question involving reclaimed building materials, chemical seepage into wellwater, and toxicity and solvency of creosote. Do any of you have some knowledge on this topic, or know who would?

(Expanded: Would the use of reclaimed railroad ties as a landscaping material seep creosote into the groundwater of the same property, and would that then toxify the wellwater on same property?)
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b&w
Aug. 2nd, 2009 @ 01:23 am A bum stole my pants.
So Friday night I paid my city tax to San Francisco: my truck's driver-side window was broken and a bunch of stuff taken from the cab. This is not the first time this has happened- I've had my car broken into once, my apartment broken into twice, and my truck broken into once- in Chicago. It is honestly a miracle that it has taken this long. Nothing incredibly valuable was taken- mostly it's just a lot of incredibly useful items, like my entire workbelt and the cases and clips for everything, and a few of my favorite things, like my favorite jeans, favorite shoes, favorite belt-buckle, etc. (And so, the next morning I had no clothes with me but the ones I wore out the previous night- thus, a bum stole my pants.)

I am trying to be philosophical about it, as I have long ago realized that having too much stuff is actually a bad thing for the way that I live. And loss prompts change, which can lead to a better system. For example, I did not have a reciprocating saw for a really long time, until my drill and skilsaw were stolen and I replaced it with an 18 volt tool set that had a drill and skilsaw -and- recip saw. So as much as I liked How Things Were, perhaps How Things Will Be will be better.

(I am ignoring the part about the agent of this change being an asshole who broke my window and incurred me all this loss and inconvenience. Being mad at an anonymous, faceless person will do me absolutely no good and so I am trying to not waste energy on it.)

So overall it's not that bad. There's only one thing that was stolen that I cannot replace: a bolo tie that belonged to my long-deceased grandfather. It has a white and silver leather cord, and the central clip is a large chunk of resin with a tiny seahorse preserved in it. I have a favor to ask all of you (in SF): if you see it anywhere, in a thrift store, pawn shop, vintage store, blanket on a sidewalk, etc- please buy it for me (no matter how much it costs) or intimidate the seller, as it is now stolen goods. Everything else I can replace or live without; that's the one thing I feel really bad about losing.
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noose
Jul. 7th, 2009 @ 11:07 pm (SF) Surprise Appearance
On a related note, my mom wants me to come home to visit soon. It'll probably be July 14th-21st or so. I'll be spending most of my time with family, but is anything interesting happening 'round then that I should make note of?
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b&w
May. 4th, 2009 @ 04:12 am [Chicago] Just Passing Through
So I decided to take a month-long job in Iowa, mostly 'cause my work-BFF is running the show and it'll be fun. I'm leaving Atlanta Monday morning, which should land me in Chicago late that night, and then leaving Wednesday morning. If you feel like seein' me at all for the next month or so, now would be a good time! Pls use the usual methods to get ahold of me; I will be accessible on the road, as we live in the future and all. Except for the part where I drive through Kentucky, because Kentucky is not part of the future.
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blonde
Mar. 20th, 2009 @ 09:49 am Chicago twitter?
Yo, Chicago kids! Are any of you on Twitter? SF has gotten me addicted to it and now I find myself suddenly without people who will get my oh-so-wry local observations. (Hard to make jokes about Belmont and Clark to people who don't know where^K never mind, Belmont and Clark is a joke on its own.)

Aside from typical inane breakfastblogging, I do find twitter useful for making my "spontaneous" (read: stupid) daily schedule somewhat rewarding. As in: Hey I'm in Pilsen! At 9am! Don't ask why, the real question is, who wants brunch? Etc.

Anyway, if you're on there, add me. You know the username, it's the same everywhere.
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ornery
Mar. 5th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm Birthday Shenanigans!
As per my previous post, my birthday is very soon (the 10th). As it happens, though, the 10th is the exact day that I am leaving the bay area, driving to Chicago, and then going to Atlanta and then Boston and then back to Chicago and basically, I won't be back in California until the fall, probably.

So! This week is your last chance to see my shining face. Particularly, Baxtalo Drom/Lucky Road tomorrow night at the DNA. The last one was a great time and everyone was dressed all fancy and in a good mood, which is what I want for my birthday. Hopefully I will see plenty of you there!
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blonde
Feb. 21st, 2009 @ 02:24 pm What is this "fun" you speak of?
I feel like dancin', and I have not seen many of you jokers for quite a while. Super Ego is tonight, yes? Is it any fun?
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blonde
Feb. 20th, 2009 @ 04:12 pm The perks of my job.
So last week we're working in a huge house in Granada Hills (just north of LA). If you've ever heard of those "big fancy houses in the San Fernando Valley that they rent for a day and shoot porn in"- it's one of those houses. Literally, they have shot porn there. (Not the show I was on, though.)

Just behind the house, the ground sweeps down, giving way to a fantastic view of the basin. Every lot in this area is several acres, so each house has an acre or two of sheer hillside behind it. Apparently the next-door neighbors have goats- whether as pets or just sort of local fauna, I have no idea- because one of the grips found a goat skull behind the house. He mentioned it to the assistant director, who is a friend of mine, and went straight to my department to ask if we wanted it (because, as art department, we do tend to collect weird things). He made a cursory offer to my department head, and after she deferred to me (because I was jumping up and down going OOO ME ME ME CAN I HAVE IT?) told me it was waiting for me behind the house.

So I go behind the house and find a -whole-, nearly intact goat skull. It smells kinda fresh, actually, and by "fresh" I do not mean "refreshing", but rather "recent". It's in pristine condition, minus the tip of one horn. As an added bonus, a goat spine! Nearly intact- it has at least ten vertebrae, maybe more- and they're all still intact and attached to each other. Quite pliably, really, so I guess it's got all its interior ligaments still in good condition. I hope they don't dry out and fall apart, because a goat spine in one piece is so much cooler than a bunch of goat vertebrae.

So the goat skull is going on the front of my pickup truck, and the goat spine is going to hypothermya as soon as she gets back from Antarctica. Anyone have any good suggestions for cleaning and preserving?
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noose
Feb. 11th, 2009 @ 10:53 pm Never mind
I decided to go work in LA this week instead. Apparently I'm uncomfortable being in one city for more than a month at a time.
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b&w