Thursday, June 28, 2007

Parents strongly cautioned

Online Dating


for Rape (2x) and drugs (1x)

I've only mentioned Rape and drugs a total of 3 times!? Anyway; dad, you've been strongly cautioned.

Consequences of the lake

I lost my invisibility sunglasses. All week long everyone's been able to see me. It's been unsettling.

My dad cut 3 inches off my hair, I've worn it down (at least for a little while) the past 2 days at work and no one has noticed (Dakota said it was "falling nicely today"). I've decided this can mean one of 3 things:
1. My father has a retirement calling in hair artistry with kitchen scissors on the back porch. (just kidding, they weren't kitchen scissors.)
2. I am in fact invisible without my sunglasses.
3. People expect my hair to look like crap and don't notice a paltry 3 inches here and there.

Some songs:
The River's Gonna Run - Sam Bush
One Step Closer to You - Michael Franti & Spearhead
Down to the Water (1&2) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Powers - Blackalicious
Other Side of the World - KT Tunstall
White Houses - Vanessa Carlton

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Afterthought

One more thing that struck me at the conference today. People were nice. People from all over the country were in uncomfortable chairs in little rooms that are either too hot or cold. But everyone is polite. They make conversation with strangers. They get coffee just cause they're up anyway. They say thank you.

Boston people are mean. Cliche but true. No one smiles or says hello or starts a conversation or does favors just because. People that do get weird looks and are thought to be high or homeless or begging. Eventually people that are mean to strangers get in the habit of being mean as normative behavior. To be rude, or inconsiderate. Then people start being mean to their friends because we are in an atmosphere where no one is nice anymore.

64 days til I'm going where people smile.

Do you know how long a year takes when it's going away?

"This long." He snapped his fingers. "A second ago you were stepping into college with you lungs full of fresh air. Today you're an old man."
"Old? What are you talking about?"
"Old."
"I'm not old."
"You're inches away from death every time you go on a mission. How much older can you be at your age? A half minute before that you were stepping into high school, and an unhooked brassiere was as close as you ever hoped to get to Paradise. Only a fifth of a second before that you were a small kid with a ten-week summer vacation that lasted a hundred thousand years and still ended too soon. Zip! They go rocketing by so fast. How the hell are you ever going to slow time down?"
"Well maybe it's true, maybe a long life does have to be filled with many unpleasant conditions if it's to seem long. But in that event, who wants one?"
"I do."
"Why?"
"What else is there?"

***
The Lake was wonderful. I need to be reminded sometimes when I start getting overwhelmed. I love the space, I had the best company, I think better in fresh air, and ate lots of macaroni and cheese. (I mean LOTS). I try not to get to sentimental and emotional on my blog, but the macaroni was out of this world.

***
I think one should always wet the hands BEFORE applying soap when washing hands.

***
I'm a genius with venison sausage - so far it goes well in spinach soup, and my special fajitas (which are wonderful). I also make the best souped up spinach and artichoke dip. I should know. I ate the whole thing over 3 days of nothing but spinach and artichoke dip.

Also: tofu really is as versatile and delicious as mom always said it was.

***
Does anyone else get in situations where they know intimate details about a person they've never actually met and who don't know them?
Example: A certain person had a sleepover approximately a month ago and approximately 3 days later posted a relationship with another person on facebook. The girlfriend was then sitting next to me yesterday in a volunteer training. And speaking about things where people could have come up. But they didn't. Because I am a good person. I don't blow up spots.

Understand?

***
Speaking of volunteering...the conference today was amazing and it is official that I need to work in Sexual Assault prevention on a campus. I met one of my heroes today and actually said to another person "oh my gosh, I am such a fan of your work. I can not wait to hear you speak in person." Yea. Awestruck. He was fantastic.

***
My roommate's 16 year old dog got put down yesterday and she BALLED. I mean full lung, noisy weeping. I don't think that I have ever even seen crying like that before, let alone done it. Nate says he likes me because I'm not overly emotional (actually he told me I'm a girl by anatomy only). Actually, I think I'm highly emotional by nature, but manifest it in much less obvious ways. Crying that hard must feel really good.

***
Nate and I are going to trade music libraries.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

Priorities

Clearly, I've been stressing over the wrong things because this is the real tragedy:












Only 7%! Rubbish! And I only have 8 months of free travel left...

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Quote of the Day

I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
- Robert McCloskey

Friday, June 22, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007
It may be time to take a stand for what you want, even if it's something you are reluctant to put into words. It doesn't matter if this isn't your usual style; go ahead and assert yourself. But don't get careless in your actions or you might inadvertently overplay your hand. Although the backlash could be more than you expect, don't buckle under the pressure. Playing the role of a victim won't help you move any closer to happiness.

facebook:
Pisces: A door in your life really needs to be closed before you can open another one. Lock it up and throw away the key! You have to, for your own sake.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Drugs

"Alcohol: deadlier than cocaine and Ecstasy—and mescaline, roofies, peyote, and pot (which has no lethal dose)—and it'll make your half sister stick her tongue in your mouth." -Dan Savage (<3)

pisces

Someone may be so critical of you today that you just want to drop out, but it really isn't in your best interest to totally withdraw. Check your own emotional baggage to make certain that you aren't being overly sensitive. Instead of being resistant, learn from the feedback you are receiving. It can truly help you become more efficient at what you do.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Yer a scurvy bilge rat, ya pompous gasbag



My pirate name is:


Iron Mary Bonney



A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!



Oh! A pirate's life is the life for me
How I love to sail on the briny sea
And I never, ever, ever do a thing about the weather
'Cause the weather never ever does a thing for me

Just practicing for this weekend. Pirates run in my family

Saturday, June 16, 2007

HURRAY!!!!

Right of gays to marry set for years to come
Vote keeps proposed ban off 2008 state ballot

By Frank Phillips and Andrea Estes, Globe Staff | June 15, 2007

The Legislature, in a vote as swift as it was historic, reaffirmed the state's first-in-the-nation same-sex marriage ruling yesterday, unequivocally protecting the rights of gays and lesbians to wed in Massachusetts until at least 2012.

The vote followed 3 1/2 years of fierce arguments, emotional testimonies, and controversial legal decisions. It came on a day filled with cheering and jeering in the streets of Beacon Hill.

But when the hour arrived, there was neither debate nor delay. In a packed chamber, first senators and then House members cast their votes to reject a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage in Massachusetts as only a union between a man and a woman.

In the end, the proposed ban garnered only 45 votes, five short of what it needed to qualify for the 2008 statewide ballot and 17 fewer than it won during its first trip through the Legislature less than six months ago.

"In Massachusetts today, the freedom to marry is secure," Governor Deval Patrick told a cheering crowd of gay-marriage advocates after the results of the Constitutional Convention were announced. "Today's vote is not just a vote for marriage equality. It was a vote for equality itself."

Opponents of same-sex marriage, who had been optimistic they could hold their votes, vowed to continue the fight, possibly through a new petition drive. That process would require, once again, the collection of hundreds of thousands of signatures and the approval of at least 50 lawmakers in two consecutive legislative sessions. Secretary of State William F. Galvin said last night that the question could not be placed before voters until at least 2012.

"We're not going away," said Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which led the voter signature drive to get the proposed constitutional ban before the Legislature. "But it's certainly a setback."

The defeat of the proposed amendment ends, at least for now, a series of fierce and often emotional debates at the State House that began when the Supreme Judicial Court issued a 4-to-3 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Lawmakers opposed to gay marriage immediately attempted to pass an amendment overturning the ruling, and when that failed, citizens launched their own petition, which garnered more than 100,000 signatures. Over the past three years, lawmakers wrestled with the issue during a series of heated and tumultuous constitutional conventions, which saw the support for a gay marriage ban steadily slip.

But yesterday, there were no fiery speeches. Lawmakers proceeded to a vote, just seconds after Senate President Therese Murray gaveled the convention to order. When the final tally was displayed, loud cheers erupted in the House chamber, throughout the State House, and on the streets beyond. Gay-marriage supporters wiped away tears and embraced, while opponents prayed in the hallways and threatened to work to unseat legislators who had switched their votes.

Less than six months ago, the amendment's chances appeared strong, after it won the support of 62 lawmakers at a Constitutional Convention in January.

Since that initial vote, several opponents of gay marriage have left the Legislature, and there has been a dramatic shift in leadership. Governor Mitt Romney and Senate President Robert E. Travaglini, who both supported the amendment, were replaced by Patrick and Murray, both strong supporters of same-sex marriage, who joined House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi in trying to pry away votes from the ban.

DiMasi, facing a major test of his leadership skills, was given particular credit by gay-rights leaders yesterday for his work in turning around votes in the House.

A plea from the Archdiocese of Boston and last-minute calls to lawmakers by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley failed to save the amendment.

Mineau, without offering details, repeated assertions that much of the lobbying by legislative leaders and the governor included horse-trading and job offers and vowed to investigate.

"There had to be some very powerful dynamics that occurred, and we are looking to see what offers were made," he said.

The political leaders strongly denied the allegations, saying that they made their case based on the merits of the issue and their conviction that if the issue were on the ballot in 2008, Massachusetts would become a national battleground over gay rights, creating chaos locally and draining important resources from Democrats' national efforts, including winning the White House and retaining control of Congress.

"We gave them the best possible arguments," Patrick told reporters, before heading outside to mingle with gay-rights supporters. "Let me be clear. We didn't offer jobs."

But Patrick acknowledged he had made political promises to help legislators in their reelection campaigns.

Arline Isaacson, cochairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and its chief legislative lobbyist, said the amendment's defeat is a "monumental and historic moment" that not only marks a crushing setback to gay-marriage opponents in Massachusetts but also to conservative forces across the nation.

"This was the battleground; our opponents considered this to be ground zero," said Isaacson, referring to Massachusetts' status as the first and only state in the nation to sanction gay marriage.

Patrick Guerriero, a former Republican legislator from Melrose who is now executive director of Gill Action, a national political organization that promotes gay rights, said the Legislature's vote has broad national implications.

"Every single state in America was looking at Massachusetts today for a message, and the message is clear, that this state's experience in marriage equality has endured and thrived," Guerriero said.

Resignations and turnover from last year's elections drained at least five votes from the pro-amendment side, while lobbying by leaders and gay rights activists further eroded support for the gay marriage ban.

In the end, nine lawmakers, seven Democrats and two Republicans, changed their votes yesterday, while at least two legislative newcomers who had been considered supporters of the amendment decided to vote the other way.

Senator Michael Morrissey, a Democrat from Quincy, said he did not respond to any pressure in coming to his decision.

"There isn't one person in the entire room who knew how I was going to vote," he said. "I didn't talk to the governor. I didn't talk to the Senate president. I wasn't succumbing to political pressure.

"In the end it came down to the fact that we have to do what we think is the right thing and what we feel comfortable with. Protecting the rights of the minority is one of the things we have to do."

DiMasi said that the nose counting went down to the wire and that he wasn't sure he had enough House members lined up until just minutes before the House and Senate convened in a joint session at 1 p.m.

A few surprises, including news that Republicans Richard Ross and Paul Loscocco were dropping their support for the proposal, assured him that a victory was at hand.

Murray, too, felt the tension as she prepared to open the convention.

"I can tell you right now that we did not know at 5 minutes to 1, when I went into the chamber, what the vote would be," she said later.

"But I was committed to taking the vote, and I figured we'd know the vote when we took it. We had no comfort level."

To reassure legislators who fear that the state's legalization of same-sex marriages could force churches to do the same, Murray said she would push for passage of a bill sponsored by Loscocco that would make it clear that religious institutions can refuse to recognize gay marriages.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

death, bugs, and bladder control

Simultaneous conversations about my death (and bugs):

Kate Rohdenburg
11:30
i might be dying from a poisonous bug sting

bad44monkey
11:31
well im glad i got to talk to you
its been real

Kate Rohdenburg
11:32
yea - say somethin pretty at my funeral

bad44monkey
11:32
ill sing a nice little song
i've already got one in mind

Kate Rohdenburg
11:32
ok
what one?

bad44monkey
11:33
and im gonna put the little prince on your grave

Kate Rohdenburg
11:33
put it in with me, maybe the worms will learn something

bad44monkey
11:33
im not sure the name one sec
thats beautiful

bad44monkey
11:38
so im pretty sure the songs by better than ezra
called a lifetime

bad44monkey
11:41
but ill change it to "kate woke up 8 am
tuesday
got onto the t
passed out along the way"
and then nate will chime in "from a bug bite"


NP157
11:49
woah woah here, what am I being roped into?


Kate Rohdenburg
11:50
you're singing backup


Kate Rohdenburg
11:44
i was getting a frisbee and a bug flew up my jeans and stung the bejezus out of me
now they're big welts that burn and itch
and i've been nausus and headachy
its classic death-from-poison-insect symptoms

bad44monkey
11:45
now i really am scared
kate i thought we had so much time

Kate Rohdenburg
11:48
don't know what you got til its gone

bad44monkey
11:48
seriously
but you'll probably only lose your leg
ill totally beat you at ddr now

NP157
11:51
triple E is rough shit
hopefully you don't have it
because then I won't have anyone to take me to a pig roast
you could also have west nile virus

Kate Rohdenburg
11:53
it wasn't a mosquito
it hurt like a mofo when it stung me
and it got me a bunch

NP157
11:53
ohh, hmmm
excuse the fear-mongering then
perhaps you could leave mr. bug a passive-agressive note about not stinging you next time

Kate Rohdenburg
11:54
psh, the penalty for stinging me is death.

NP157
11:54
well definitely put me down on backup vocals if you need
but hopefully it doesn't come to that

Kate Rohdenburg
11:57
mkay, i'll inform my next of kin
i'm going to bed
i just hope i wake up tomorrow

NP157
11:58
yeah - well, good luck, give me a shout if you need assistance - I can google things like a mofo
(e.g. Hospital, boston, ma, bug bite)

Kate Rohdenburg
11:59
i just googled NE poisonous bugs
nothing
it must be new

NP157
11:59
maybe it was a south mongolian raptor beetle
i hear they've had a recent shift in their migratory patterns
and are now winding up on the eastern shores of the US

Kate Rohdenburg
12:00
it was long and skinny

NP157
12:01
like any of these (scroll down for pictures)?

NP157
12:02
okay
well best of luck

NP157
12:04
more bugs - might want to save this one for the morning


AND THE FOLLOW-UP THE NEXT DAY:

NP157
9:50
can I get a high-resolution photograph along with blood, seamen, and stool samples?

Kate Rohdenburg
9:50
i don't have SEMEN!

NP157
9:50
no, i am referring to the bug

Kate Rohdenburg
9:50
what if it was a boy

NP157
9:50
if I'm going to determine the species, I need all available data

Kate Rohdenburg
9:50
i mean a girl

NP157
9:50
kate, I think we need to have a talk

Kate Rohdenburg
9:50
wait
who has semen?

NP157
9:50
about the birds and the bees
boy bugs have seamen, girl bugs do not

Kate Rohdenburg
9:51
its not sea-men, those are in the navy

NP157
9:51
oh, yeah, my mistake

**************************

I was late to class this afternoon because I ate a chocolate bar that my dad bought me at Big Lots. It was called a GooGoo and had peanut butter and peanuts. Despite the name, it was delicious, and I made sure that no one passing by could read the label. One of the peanuts lodged itself in my throat about half way to class and I couldn't help coughing. That little cough that tries to be polite and really only makes you have to cough more. I couldn't cough more because the preliminary coughs had brought me dangerously close to peeing my pants. The more I tried to hold both pee and cough in, the more urgently I had to do both and I had to stop in Shillman on my way to Behrakis in order to cough while over a toilet to avoid catastrophic leaking.

While we're on the topic, I also can not laugh and hold in pee, jump on a trampoline and hold in pee, or sneeze and hold in pee.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Passive-Aggressive




I found this gem in my kitchen. It has now been immortalized at passiveaggressivenotes.com which is awesome.

In other news: I'm dehydrated.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

2008

An example of why (besides the obvious) Clinton makes me more than nervous. Along with things like the first Clinton administration instituting Don't Ask Don't Tell, and making more drug-use related arrests than any other...

Amy Winehouse



When I saw her, she slurred out that this was a mean, mean song which she would never write now, but she sang it anyway. I love her.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

“Pro-Life Group: “It is shameful that Christians would rally around the physical needs of the poor””

The press release

A point made in the first comment is what knocked the wind out of me. Of course this is what makes abortion a white, rich, christian, male issue. Why have I never heard anyone say it before??


"Bottom line, if wealthy Christian men want to combat poverty, real poverty, we have to surrender so much of our privilege. If we choose to combat abortion, we give up nothing of value to us — no question where the easier path lies."

Jared Paul said in the slam I posted "if you and I sacrifice our surplus so everyone has food, medicine and a bed, then we can reach it." How many wealthy Christian men are sacrificing their surplus? How many are adopting unwanted babies?

Fire Hillary's campaign manager

These are the cheesiest picks I've ever seen. Especially after her husband make such a good choice in Fleetwood Mac, you'd think Hillary could come up with something better than the opener from Devil Wears Prada, and a song that starts "never met a girl that makes you feel the way that I do..." And Every Little Thing She Does is Magic!?!?! Hillary, please.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Socialist anatomy

Some socialist just asked me if I have the balls to impeach Cheney.

I am a grown-ass woman. Of course I don't have the balls.

"we are ultimately responsible"

"we are not the fucking choir. I do not believe that we are doing all that we can"

"It's not an accident"

quote of the day

Feminism is a minority social movement, whose members murder innocent children in order to obtain sexual gratification.

...

Oh, I'm sorry, I was just rubbing one out to pictures of dead babies.

via Feministing

Sunday, June 3, 2007

I can't believe I missed this!



I didn't even realize she was there! Curse! I've been obsessively trying to find This Land is Your Land and can NOT get it to download. I might just have to buy the album. Sharon Jones is a hip lady.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Thrift Shopping



There was a book called Bikini Planet. Note the review on the cover: "Just reading those words makes me think of bikinis. And planets." A masterpiece for only $.10.