Thursday, June 29, 2006

Gitmo, Torture and the Supreme Court

Today, for what feels like the first time since before the 2000 election, one branch of our government stood up and did what was right. The Supreme Court today ruled:

1. torture is bad
2. holding people without due process is bad
3. breaking the geneva convention is bad

Not sure what kind of impact this will have other than offering a glimmer of hope that not everyone running this country has gone batshit insane.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Plane Sunset


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A long painfully beautiful blue sunset from the plane, heading west.

Our Plane


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San Jose Airport


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The runway through a window.

San Jose Airport


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Country Path


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Smoking


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Scary Bridge


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One of three...

Rubber Factory near Jaco


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Manuel Antonio Sunset


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Closer to Sunset


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Almost Sunset


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Me


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More backlighting...or frontlighting...or just favorable lighting.

Hotel Arboleda


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The Hotel Arboleda


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A rundown hotel at the bottom of the hill, next to the beach. They dragged our our lounge chairs every morning (before we arrived), and served us drinks as long as we were there.

Carl kind of enjoying the tide.


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It was high and it was moving on.

Carl and tree enjoying the beach


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The view from the living room.


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Monkey see, monkey do


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One of our visitors one morning. Honestly, this one morning, hundreds of monkeys were frolicking on our deck and in our trees for hours.

A fruit and a big iguana...


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with Carl nervously watching on.

A Big old Iguana and his fruit


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Me


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I've never looked better. I must always insist on extreme backlighting. It eliminates all the flaws -- phycsical and emotional.

Jon and the beach


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A view from our beach in Manuel Antonio


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Costa Rican Sunsets...


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aren't done unless they are overdone.

Carl and me at Sunset


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San Jose, Costa Rica...


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or on the way to the moon.

Jon and Carl


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Also known as hot Jon and hot Carl...while in jacuzzi.

More view


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How Green was my gorge


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View from the Canyon House

City Building in San Jose, Costa Rica


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Cathedral in San Jose


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Monday, June 26, 2006

Stuck

While we´ve had an amazing and relaxing time in Costa Rica, yesterday at the airport was not so much. While waiting for 3+ hours in line at the airport to get our boarding passes for long-ago bought tickets home, our seats were sold.

No announcement, no warning, no nothing.

We threw the hissy fit of all time. They asked people to disboard and receive compensation. No takers.

We were given overnight accommodations, meals, transportation back to airport, upgrades to biz and 200-dollar vouchers for future flights. Still, it is not enough. We wanted to go home. Our dogsitter, the valiant pasquale- wanted to stop sitting. Our jobs expected us back.

So, now, our friend Jon who through very lucky circumstances did board and made it home and we are here. It will be interesting to see what fate has in store.

Back tonight. Tomorrow, many pics from the beautiful country and not so many from the less than beautiful airport.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Holiday Drag Names

Greta Carbo or Oscar Gone Wilde.

Yes, lots of eating and drinking.

Details to follow.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

First 4 Corners of Los Angeles

I had no idea about this but, as usual, LA City Nerd sheds some light. It seems that Akbar is in the location of the former northwest corner of the city of Los Angeles! So cool.

Los Angeles

LA is a harsh mistress, but she's my lady.

- Vince Vaughn on KROQ, June 2, 2006

Atwater Newbie

How much do I love the Atwater Newbie blog? Quite a bit. He (95% sure he's a he) is a great voice for another neighborhood in a city-state of great neighborhoods! Read him, why don't you?

Take Public Transit

I just added a link to Metro Rider LA -- a new site, founded in part by a friend and co-worker -- on the right and I encourage anyone in LA who cares about doing something about traffic, congestion, pollution to check it out.

I may not ride the bus or rails a lot, but I do want to and this site can help me do that. And, remember as I've said before, if you can walk, don't drive. Most of Angelenos live in some neighborhood where you don't have to drive to the bank, the grocery store, the coffee joint.

Walking makes both you, your neighborhood and your city healthier.

And for God's sake, if you can take a bus or train, do it. Find out how much more reading you can get done and take a look at what your fellow citizens look like as seen not through tinted glass windows.

Monday, June 12, 2006

LA Gay Pride


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Amazing that the paper of record in Los Angeles would have only 2 black and white photos and no story about Gay Pride. This is an event that draws more than 300,000 people to the streets of West Hollywood to celebrate diversity in one of the country's most diverse cities. Surely, it would warrant a short story? What gives?

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Jen's Blog

This is an example of sombody taking a concept that they love -- children's books -- and really, truly making an excellent, entertaining and informative blog about it.

Read it!

Overheard Conversation

Person 1: "I don't have a phony bone in my body."

(beat)

(beat)

Person 2: "It's all cartiledge."

(Thank you and good night!)

Tattered


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At Mr. & Mrs. Bartley's


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The best burgers in Boston are in Cambridge. Hell, best burgers in American are in Cambridge.

Desensitized


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Friday, June 09, 2006

Jacaranda Time


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Get out and view those trees before it's too late. This scene from Palm Dr. in Beverly Hills.

Tranny Special


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Happy Gay Pride!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Wine Tastin' in LA

Ok, so de Leon won. Big deal. I wish he hadn't, but such is life.

Anyhoo, la.com has a great post about wine bars in LA. Now, I probably won't be going to any westside boites soon -- hard to tast and drive, n'cest pa? -- but I'm dying to try the new place on Vine.

Check out the list, see what they missed (Silver Lake Wine, anyone?).

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

California Primary is Today

Get out and vote. If you live in the 45th Assembly district, I encourage you to vote for the progressive, tenant activist, Elena Popp.

If you don't know where your polling station, find out here.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Sick as a Dog

I find it not at all refreshingly ironic that on one of the hottest days of the year so far, I went to see a movie about Global Warming and came out with a cold. I actually felt the first tickle in the back of my throat (if you must, insert dirty jokes here) as soon as the lights went down. Though, my back started bothering me the day before. So, who knows.

Anyhoo, the tickle became a scratch and then a sore. Then, my back started to ache more. So, I did what any rational human being would do -- I had an afternoon martini. Oh, it was good.

Then I had a couple helpings of homemade salad, thinking the veggies might help -- later, I would regret this. And then, another martini. Things were heading south. I watched the Sopranos finale -- lackluster, at best -- and decided that since my back was now throbbing, I should follow up the brushing of my teeth with a muscle relaxant.

Well, that worked...temporarily. I slept like it was my final sleep until 2. I woke every hour after with the tickle, scratch and sore and finally got up around 6. Well, the couple fixin's of salad made a reappearance. You've heard of the salad shooter, I take it. Well, that phrase has a whole new meaning. Anyway, after oatmeal and another shooter, I headed off to work where, you guessed it, I had another salad (we moved into a new building where all meals are free -- how could I possibly resist?.

What then proceeded was agonizing stomach pain -- inability or lack of desire to decimate public bathrooms with the horror of all of my insides -- alternating with back pain and throat pain.

Now, at home, after a bath and some soup and a lot of water to drink, I'm hopeful that tonight's muscle relaxant might do the "all is better" trick.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

I saw Al Gore's movie and it's good. If you haven't seen it, you should. If you have seen it, I hope it moved you. Don't drive if you can walk or ride a bike or take public transportation. Recycle. Use more efficient lightbulbs. Stop driving a shitty gas guzzler and get more efficient car. Vote for people who you believe the same. Start now.