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BIRDS THE WORD
November 30, 2009, 9:54 pm
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It’s that time of the year again. That special time of the year when snow dumps in the Wasatch Range and PBR flows like water. Snowbird opened on November 20th this year and I couldn’t have been happier to get into my ski boots. I am more than enthused that I sacked up and got a season pass this year; last year I only opted for the spring pass and my wallet suffered incredibly. Simply because the snow was so incredible and I couldn’t rationalize not playing in it. I don’t understand people who live in Utah and don’t like the snow. It’s one of the biggest mysteries of life to me. Move to Florida.

I’m thinking rather optimistically about this season. I’ve already decorated a candle specifically for Ullr. A night of festering boredom lead to me using silver duct tape to concoct a duct tape skier accompanied by duct tape snowflakes and mountains. I’m either a very creative individual, or I need to find a hobby; you pick. I figured lighting a candle was probably more ethical than sacrificing young virgins to the great snow gods.

In the wise, wise words of Salt N Peppa, I plan on “pushing it real good” this season. I really want some good progression this year, and I won’t settle for any less. Here’s to the start of a new season! Also, a totally unrelated picture of my dog in the snow, isn’t she the cutest?

 

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Way to drop the ball Maine! (Bit of a rant)
November 6, 2009, 12:28 am
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Yesterday was a sad day. Maine overturned a ruling that previously allowed same-sex marriages when they took it to the polls. Similar instances have happened now in thirty-one US States. There’s a little something disheartening in that number. If you recall there are only 50 states in the US, and if 31/50 have voted against this that means 62% of them thus far have smacked equality right where it hurts. The funny thing was, I was always indifferent with this. Do I even want to get married someday? Does it even matter? As I’ve grown inside and outside I’ve realized that it certainly does matter.

And it’s not the actual issue of marriage that matters, it’s the fact that gays and lesbians in our country are being regarded as second class citizens. By excluding homosexuals from the rights of United States citizen, you are demoting them to a “less than” citizen. They have limited legal rights, civil rights and economic opportunities and this very principle is a violation of our basic human rights and our own constitution.

When I was a young punk I scoffed at the idea of fighting for my rights. What are they talking about? I have rights! Come to find out later in life…I really don’t. I have to file “single” on my tax return. If my partner was in the hospital, there’s a chance I wouldn’t be able to see her considering I am not a family member or spouse. I’ve been called perverted, ungodly, immoral, and confused. But what’s worse is when I’m told I choose to be these things. And, for the record, I don’t consider myself any of the aforementioned adjectives.

I am a productive member of society. I work, I pay my taxes, I volunteer, and I am in a committed relationship based on the same values as any other. It breaks my heart more and more than I am considered anything less than other citizens who have been blessed with the normalcy and convenience of heterosexuality. Don’t get me wrong: I wouldn’t have my life any other way exactly than how it is.

I am just utterly befuddled that the general population gets a say in my personal life. It makes me angry. It makes me want to go into their weddings, and simply shut the whole operation down and tell them: “Sorry but you can’t do this.” And when they ask why I’ll just say, “I don’t know, cause I said so.” Why is this something to be voted on? Why do other people get to decide? It makes me want to throw up my hands and have an all out hissy fit at no one in particular.

But then I remember to breath. And I think to myself “Instead of kicking and screaming, why don’t I do something about it?” To the Beastie Boys dismay I will no longer just be fighting for my right to party, but I will be fighting for my rights. Maybe I’ll see you there. If not, maybe I will see you when I come and crash your wedding!



Back In Action
November 3, 2009, 10:21 pm
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A lot has happened since I last posted, and it all went by in one all too fast blur. The wedding was absolutely beautiful although it happened to be the one day it rained that I was home. I’ve never really considered getting married but after watching the wedding and seeing the envelopes full of money and tables full of gifts; I’m thinking more seriously about it.

Coming back from a vacation is tough. Whether it was a trip for business or pleasure, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things. Everything was just as I left it at LearningZen.com, right down to where I left my coffee cup and notebook sitting. Compared to the last trip I took, my inbox was forgiving. I was able to follow-up and get on my feet in a matter of a day, rather than multiple days.

The developers have been working hard on the Premium Services aspect of the site and updating features that our clients have requested in the system. Unfortunately we lost Bruce (to another project…he’s still alive) so I now longer enjoy his always smiling face at a moments glance. In any event, today I got to go shopping for swag which is actually really fun! We managed to run out of LearningZen tee-shirts and are down to our last box of water bottles. Although I was tempted to get somewhat redicules things with our logo on it I settled for pens, stress balls, water bottles, and hand sanitizer. I’m so boring!