September 24th, 2008

Thin, Exercise, Serious

Waaaaaah! No Kate Bornstein for me!

Kate Bornstein is here at Emory Friday, Oct. 17 and I have to miss it because I'll be on a plane to Boston that morning.

Kate and I first met when I was a freshman in college and was recording one of her shows for the local cable access station. After we corresponded for a while, then kept in touch by the fact I pop up every time she's in town. The last time was probably 6 years ago, when she did a show at Oglethorpe U. We arranged to hang out afterward, which due to time constraints ended up being a car ride to Taco Bell and Kate giving me a bouquet of roses she'd been given, since she couldn't carry them on the plane. I kept that bouquet, dried, for years and years, until Luckie destroyed it. She was supposed to be at Lunacon on some panels I'd organized about transgender stuff in fantasy/sci fi/mainstream media, but she has a crisis and couldn't make it. Kate and her books had a huge impact on my life -- her words managed to straighten out a lot of very messed up things I'd had going on. I gave up a lot of the loathing I had for myself and for women, for example.

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If you have any interest in gender, outsiderness, or just an awesome, inspiring (and sexy) individual, see Kate!

Eek! Plane Tix

So I'm planning a trip to England for this winter. I have just about enough British Air miles earned to cover a whole round trip... in theory. Based on their online calculators I would only have to pay $200 or something. Problem being, the fees on the tickets are ridiculous!

For example, just checked availability for this coming March. Found flights on the dates I wanted and the "price" would be $235. But under "Taxes, fees, charges and surcharges*" there's $416.51. That's not the total, BTW -- the total is $651.51. That's right, fees are nearly twice the cost of the ticket... AND to top it off, I'd be doing this WITH my frequent flyer miles. Without using my miles, the total, with taxes and fees, is $807. So I only save a whopping $150 bucks. So all around suck.

That's it, I want a sugar mommy or daddy!
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Somebody needs to mock these "I'm a PC" ads by making one for Linux. I mean, you can be on a PC and have it be running on all kinds of alt operating systems.

Project Runway WTF?

So, tonight's decision influenced by the ratings gurus more than the judges?

Seems rather obvious.

All I'm saying is that if there'd been an attempt to make that outfit *less* what it was supposed to be and more awkward and white, I can't see how, except maybe adding a pocket protector.

Yard Work as Viewed from Heaven

From my mom, who tends to only forward stuff that really is funny :)

(Overheard in a conversation between God and St. Francis)

'Francis, you know all about gardens and nature; what in the world is going on down there in the U.S.? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistles and the stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought, and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honeybees, and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of color by now. All I see are patches of green.'

St. Francis:
'It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. They are called the Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers 'weeds' and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.'

'Grass? But it is so boring, it's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, bees or birds, only grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these suburbanites really want grass growing?'

St. Francis:
'Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it has grown a little, they cut it, sometimes two times a week.'

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