July 22nd, 2005


Birthday wishes

A month from now it'll be my birthday. I'll be 31, for those curious. That seems about right and I feel fine with the whole age thing. There are still good things on the horizon lately, even a special person to think about at the moment.

Anyway, thought I would be passive-agressive here and post my birthday list, like I'm still 5.

- Small towels to use with piggies
- Any Klaus Nomi CD
- Silk or satin lingerie -- gown and robe
- Luxurious bathrobe (no terrycloth!)
- Set of sateen sheets (Full/Double size)
- Japanese shopping cart at Container Store
- League of Gentlemen boxed set
- Paid membership at PCAC (local health club) for a couple of months
- Another air purifier, small HEPA

And now, some birthday trivia:

Up until I went to college, I never had a birthday when I was actually at home. My family was always camping the last week of August, so I'd be in the middle of the woods somewhere. As a result my "traditional" birthday meal was instant pistachio pudding. In later years my dad came up with a "traditional" entre as well, spaghetti with summer sausage and reconstituted tomato sauce, since that was my favorite camping dish.

We'd have a regular birthday party sometime after getting back home. Because it was the summer, Mom always made me an angelfood, whipped cream and strawberry cake, rather than bake anything. The best birthday presents I remember: a CD player and an electronic keyboard. The worst birthday present: Several times, starting in college, my parents forgot my birthday. I think they were thrown off by us not being in the woods!
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Overheard on MARTA

I was riding MARTA back from my allergy appointment when I heard some people talking about the new security patrols set up. These include bomb-sniffing dogs, special teams running sweeps on trains, etc. Just as I was nearing my stop, this exchange occured:

Woman: Where did you see them?
Man: Mainly at Five Points and at the airport.
Woman: So are they doing it all over?
Man: I don't know about all over, but yeah, they're trying to.
Woman: I just saw it a few stops up. I just thought it was Bush!

I was so tempted to say, "Well, in a way the bombings in London ARE related to Bush..."

Meanwhile I am pretty apathetic to the whole mass transit security thing. I don't think any security measures they put up -- except for scans and pat-downs -- will be at all effective at preventing attacks. Mostly they just up the fear level and give people reassurance, kind of like the life vests aboard airplanes.
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Getting old enough to a college kid's teacher?

I was ordering a burrito at Moe's just now and the college-age guy taking my order was like, "Do you teach?" I said no and he said, "Whoah, my mistake... you look soooooooo much like my third grade teacher, I thought it was her!" The guy working next to him politely pointed out that I'm probably too young to have been his teacher. Yah think?!?! I said, "I'm only 30, thanks very much!" LOL.

Next up, somebody will mistake me for their friend's mom. And I will laugh and laugh and laugh.
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Panhandling ordinance

I haven't posted about it here before, but there's an effort to pass an Commercial Solicitation Ordinance (a.k.a. anti-pandhandling) ordinance here in Atlanta. The ordinance would have a significant impact on the Downtown neighborhood, where I live, since we are basically infested with panhandlers. (There are also lots of homeless people and mental cases out on the street, but they are usually not the ones panhandling.) Information on the ordinance, incluidng full text, is available here

The battle has been going on for weeks. Downtown residents, workers, business owners, conventioneers, and tourists want something to be done to stave off this huge problem. Even some advocates for the homeless support it. On the other side are people who say begging is a historic right, it's wrong to punish people for asking for money, and this is just another case of racism, people being elitist, etc.

Anyway, the campaign has been going on a while but I finally wrote my letter today, since a few days ago, the vote on the ordinance was tabled again! I cannot believe people question the need to do something. It's especially irritating that most of the people who are opposing it DON'T LIVE HERE!

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Possibly there are people reading this who find my arguments offensive. To them I say: Spend a few hours in my neighborhood and you will quickly understand my viewpoint. I'm much more moderate than some of my neighbors, who are considering moving and/or dream of shooting folks.
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Tiki drunk

Just got back from a night out for a neighborhood happy hour, which this month was at Trader Vic's, the tiki bar I last visited back in November, when I wrote this entry, notable for its extreme lack of sobriety. I had the same drink, the "Samoan Fog Cutter," again, and again, it seems to be hitting me a couple of hours after the fact. Is rum a "sneak attack" drink? Jeez. I had it around 7 and around 8 went off to an art gallery opening with some neighbors, then just got home at 9 and I'm feeling really smashed. Giant rum drinks and Wendy's sobriety do not mix. No regrets though... and this time I seem to be able to spell!
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This could be hard, but...

Everyone play, even if you think I don't know you very well.

1. Reply with your name and I will write something I like about you.
2. I will then tell what song reminds me of you.
3. I'll tell you what flavor of ice cream you would be.
4. I will try to name a single word that best describes you.
5. I'll tell you the most memorable moment I've had with you.
6. I will tell you what color you remind me of.
7. If I were to apply an o'clock to you, I'll tell you what it would be.
8. Put this in your journal.
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