Wednesday, November 26, 2008

new art

We have been trying (for almost 2 years) to figure out what to do on the wall in our stairway. We have our art we've collected on our travels on one section and our film related art/posters on another. We have thought of many different projects,big & small, but never seemed to get to them. We were also worried that anything up there might just clutter thing up too much. So, we thought of a simple answer & put it up last night... Fun, no? =)




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relief

I am so sorry to hear about the senseless violence in Mumbai, India. (Is there ever any sense to violence?) I was immediately worried about my friend there. I feel like I know more people that might be there but he's the one I know for sure. IO texted & emailed him as soon as I heard about the attacks. He emailed back (to quite a few people I'm sure) and I am much relieved.

This must be what our friends & family felt when we were in NYC on september 11th. Bummer.

Begin forwarded message:

From: B
Date: November 26, 2008 2:07:24 PM PST
Subject: I am safe

Just to let you know that I am safe after this horrific and tragic evening that has occurred here in Mumbai. Thankfully, we were not too near the area where the attacks were occurring.
We finally made it back to the house. I am heading to sleep now.
If you think of anybody who might be concerned, please forward this on.

All my best.
B

Friday, November 21, 2008

i'm trying

If I say it enough will it be true?

Monday, November 17, 2008

pixar

We went to lunch at Pixar today, which was way fun. I'll write more
when I'm not on Alex's phone. :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

the stick

We're at Candlestick park today to see a 49ers game! Wooooooo!! This is soooooo much better than baseball. :)
Happy (early)Birthday Sweets!!

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Friday, November 14, 2008

more fires

There are more fires tonight in Melissa's neighborhood. Wow, really crazy. Huge fires & loads of wind. But I talked with one of her neighbors & he thinks they will be ok. The wind is blowing away from them & everything is already burned around them. Fingers crossed. I'll post more if something comes up.

worlds greatest cat...

(from Alex's iPhone)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

mel dinner

We're out for dinner for Mel's birthday. Yea!!! Let's eat...

mishka!

Mel & Alex went to the movies tonight (I was working) and she just left our place. At midnight we took this picture & I got to be the FIRST to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! LOVE YA Mel! Huge hugs & squeezes xoxoxox

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

dinner

We went to a screening tonight (more on that later) after which Alex
had a craving for pasta. We stopped quickly at Whole Foods on the way
home and are making it now. Yum! I don't think we've made pasta since
we lived in London. Smells good... :)

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

catching up

I haven't posted in a few days. Besides the exhaustion of the election (GObama!) and work and such I haven't had much time. I have a couple events to post about & I want to write about my reflections of election night but that will have to wait a bit longer.

I'm still annoyed about Prop8 but, obviously, I am not the only one. I do hope this is a catalist to getting civil rights for everyone. Today the Huffington Post had a couple OP-EDs by John Ridley, Evan Handler and Raymond Leon Roker. Links & quotes below:

Obama Wins. And So Does Fear, Hate and Prop 8

But until politicos take a true stand in defense of marriage by proposing an anti-adultry amendment to the Constitution, stop demonizing gays and lesbians when the one debasing your marriage is the individual in the mirror.

Why is it that the very people who have fought so hard and so long for the simple entitlement to love whom they choose to love are the very ones denied that right by those who routinely take their vows for granted?

And the specious arguments about protecting the sanctity of marriage?

May I remind you of the words of Congressman Seaborn Roddenbery of Georgia on non-traditional relationships:

"It is contrary and averse to every sentiment of pure American spirit. It is contrary and averse to the very principles of a pure Saxon government. It is subversive of social peace. No more voracious parasite ever sucked at the heart of pure society and moral status."

Congressman Roddenbery spoke those words back in 1912 when he tried to introduce an amendment to the Constitution banning interracial marriage.


Nobody remembers Seaborn Roddenbery.

Today a biracial man is president elect.

Gay marriage will be universally accepted in time. But if I may be so bold as to say to gays and lesbians, don't wait for that time to arrive. Just as my father and his generation did not "wait" for their civil rights, nor should you. The toothpaste ain't going back in the tube. The tide has turned. Don't let anyone tell you to calm down, sit quiet and be patient. Don't let politicians beguile you with their sophistry and semantics on how civil unions will do just fine. Through the power of the courts and the will of instinct and moral authority fight this.

Fight it.


I Am He as You Are He as You Are Me and We Are All Together

I think it needs to be said as loudly as possible, by as many people as possible: the passage of Proposition 8 in California is an embarrassment to, and an indictment of, all Americans.

Let's get clarity right away: Denying any Americans any rights that other Americans hold is discrimination. Period. It doesn't matter whether the discrimination is motivated by morality, or religious beliefs, or a Ouija board, it's still discrimination. And that makes it illegal. (And that comes after the fact that it's wrong.) ...

If you happen to know particular businesses in-state who stand on the right side of equal rights measures, then by all means, throw business their way. My point is that it's time for all enlightened citizens to stand beside, around, between, and in formation with those who are being denied the rights we've all earned, and are entitled to. A threat (and an insult) to one is an insult to all. It's time to push back hard. Not as a minority group fighting for equal rights, but as a massive spending block of multi-colored Americans, aware that any discrimination is an unacceptable infringement on all of our rights to live in a free -- and equal -- society.


I like this one as it's not so much about blame as a lot of the reporting & marching these days. And I really do think the "No on 8" campaign was not profesional or uber motivated. They took it for granted and they could have won the day. They didn't.

Stop Blaming California's Black Voters for Prop 8

According to the exit polling, there's enough blame to go around. Don't forget the 49 percent of Asians who voted for Prop 8. And the 53 percent of Latinos who fell in line for it too. And then there is the white vote in support of 8. Slightly under 50% percent of them, a group representing 63% of California voters, voted "Yes" on 8. Last I checked blacks held little sway over all of those groups.

Perhaps gay rights activists needed to better explain how a No vote wouldn't force churches to perform gay marriage ceremonies. And how a No vote wouldn't affect schools or teach children about gay marriage. Maybe deeper outreach in the black and brown communities could have changed some minds. What about fostering a stronger dialogue beyond the good side of town and in the neighborhoods where some of the unfortunate prejudice takes root?

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Friday, November 07, 2008

wow

Now there is a fan!!!!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

nuff said

it's like

It's like christmas for Politcal Junkies. Like ME!!!

I've had butterflies all day. Wait... wait... wait... hope... hope... hope...

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on the road

Saw this woman on the road on my way to work from the voting place. Now that's a supporter :)

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Fired Up! Ready to Go!

Here are two very inspirational clips. The first is from last nights speech. Especially the end is awesome!
Go VOTE!!!!!!




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Porto's update

Melissa was at Porto's today and has the final Burbank cookie tally.
And.... we win very handily! =) Thanks Mel.
>
> And the polls are now closed in the Burbank precinct...
> :-)
>

we voted!!!

Monday, November 03, 2008

baking for barack

I decided to bake some cookies to bring to work tomorrow for election day. But I couldn't just leave them plain so I frosted some :)

magazines

Here is a great look at some of the magazine covers from the election. Way cool. This one is my favorite =)

http://www.foliomag.com/slideshows/covers-campaign

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portos

We love going to Portos. Now we know, people who think like we do also go to both Burbank & Glendale branches of Portos. I said in an earlier post that we voted in the cookie vote. Here are some results from last week (I don't know how to find the current results).


Burbank - Glendale

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yea alaska!!!!

wooooooooooooooo!

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

zzzzzz

Sleepy kidlet after a had night out trick or treating :)

busy

It's fun to watch them cook at the Chinese place we came to for dinner. Lots of flames & crazy busy pace!

trick or treat

Last night we went to our friend's house for Haloween. We don't have a house (or kids) and, honestly, our neighbourhood sucks. We took the girls out for their second spin (down a different street) and it was much fun. Poor Eric has a bum ancle so he sat by the door greeting the trick or treaters. We got to catch up with them and mel & the girls. The girls were very excited then very pooped. It's so fun that we can do that. Thanks guys!

Saturday, November 01, 2008


There is a New York Times article that talks about the West Wing & how it's last two seasons reflect this election. It's kinda creepy actually.

viewers can see allusions to Mr. Obama in almost every facet of Matthew Santos, the Hispanic Democratic candidate played by Jimmy Smits. Santos is a coalition-building Congressional newcomer who feels frustrated by the polarization of Washington. A telegenic and popular fortysomething with two young children, Santos enters the presidential race and eventually beats established candidates in a long primary campaign.
Wearing a flag pin, Santos announces his candidacy by telling supporters, “I am here to tell you that hope is real.” And he adds, “In a life of trial, in a world of challenges, hope is real.” Viewers can almost hear the crowd cheering, “Yes, we can.”

Comparisons between Senator John McCain and the “West Wing” Republican candidate, Arnold Vinick, a white-haired Senate stalwart with an antitax message and a reputation for delivering “straight talk” to the press, also abound. Vinick, played by Alan Alda, is deemed a threat to Democrats because of his ability to woo moderate voters. And he takes great pride in his refusal to pander to voters, telling an aide: “People know where I stand. They may not like it, but they know I’ll stick with it.”

Even the vice-presidential picks are similar: the Democrat picks a Washington veteran as his vice presidential candidate to add foreign policy expertise to the ticket, while the Republican selects a staunchly conservative governor to shore up the base...

In Britain, where the series remains popular in syndication, a recent headline on a blog carried by the newspaper The Telegraph declared: “Barack Obama will win: It’s all in ‘The West Wing.’

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my people!

I knew there was a reason I loves the Upper West Side in NYC. One of the best places I've lived & I would move back in a heartbeat!! An article on HuffingtonPost was about a tv reporter w/a McCain shirt on in the neighbourhood.

"Morning Joe" co-host Willie Geist set out to find McCain supporters on New York's famously liberal Upper West Side, putting on a McCain-Palin t-shirt and parking himself in front of the legendary Jewish deli Zabar's. He ended up finding one Republican couple, but not before being greeted with scorn and bewilderment by passersby, many of whom said that they didn't know a single person in the neighborhood who is planning to vote for John McCain.


But then back in the studio the anchors were just idiots (I thought this was MSNBC-the left's Fox news). They said "There's some really, really hostile people on the left who just think that they are intellectually superior." But the people in the video weren't hostile they just thought he was crazy. And, uh, yeah of course they're "intellectually superior", they're liberal and live on the UWS. Smartest people I know =)

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