Saturday, May 30, 2009

drool

Since we were down this way (ish) we decided to come look at some
Troumphs. Way cool. I think we like the simi valley shop more though.
So, whenever we buy, we'll probably go there.

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taste of britain

We came down to Santa Monica this morning to see a movie and it was right next to the King's Head pub & shop. We each got a full English breakfast (mmmmmm fried bread!) but, turns out it wasn't the greatest. It was good but not great. Certainly not as good as some of the b&bs in Scotland. We went to the shop as well. I got a couple things (mmmmmm maltesers!) They had walkers crisps but really? Steak and onion? Ewwwwww! Sometimes (often) the english are an odd bunch.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Tiffany is

so very grateful to be married to Alex. What a relief!

(this is my blog version of a facebook status)

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

archiving

Today my friend Josh & I spent some time photographing some of my grandmother's paintings. We want to have a record of them all and today was for figuring out the process and to see what it will take. So... We figured out the system & got 18 done. about 70 more to go. Yikes!

my life in ruins

Last night we went to a screening of "my life in ruins" and it was exactly what we expected it to be. Silly, stereotypical, not funny, cliche, and at times cute. There is nothing original at all and you know every step before it happens (well, before you go in) but the one great thing is the greek male lead guy. Wow! What a hottie :) There was a q&a after the screening & he's even hotter in person & with shorter hair.

But all in all, I think you can skip it :/

accross the pond

wishes to alex's mum! It's her birthday today & we hope she has a fantastic one :) Alex got to call her last night our time & morning her time (they're in Scotland- jealous!) so that was fun :) have a great year too Jan! xoxoxo

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

sleepy

Sleepy cat on the island. He picks funny places to settle in :)

treat?

Dashi waiting by the fridge hoping for treats.

margs

Before Mel left we went for a brief visit to our friend Margaret who's working on the Warner Bros lot. She drove us around in her little cart, we went to the store and we got to see her office. I have to go back soon & spend more time. Thanks! :)

melster a paris

Mel is having a total hoot in Paris, as she always does =)

I wish I were there too!

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what to say

Another great OpEd on Huffing Post. This one from Rob Thomas (musician/singer). I was trying to figure out what to say about the LAME ruling of the Cal Supreme Court on Prop 8 yesterday that made me so mad. But I didn't just want to rant my anger here. I just never thought that Illinois would be a "better", morally, state that California. WTF?

No one has told me a real reason why gay marriage would threaten my marriage or any other hetero union. And, as I said before, if you people who want to impose your "beliefs" on the rest of us then go ahead & have the word "marriage". I don't need it. I'm not christian (or jewish or muslim or...) so give me and gay couples a different name for our unions, and not something clinical like "civil union", and keep "marriage" for the prejudice religious ceremonies.

My favorite sentence from his article is
I believe the fact that an atheist, who doesn't believe in God at all, is allowed to enter into the holy land of marriage while a gay Christian is not, shows that this law is arbitrary.
HERE is the link for the article and I have posted the text below:

The Big Gay Chip on My Shoulder
Rob Thomas

I am a straight man, with a big gay chip on my shoulder.

A while back on my Twitter page (yes, I know how ridiculous it sounds), I mentioned that, if I believed in the devil, Pat Robertson might be him.

Being a fairly liberal-leaning guy with either liberal friends or Republican and Christian friends who don't believe that being one has anything to do with the other, I was surprised at how many people took offense to what I had to say.

These people weren't friends of Mr. Robertson but friends, apparently, of God. They had "spoken" with him and he had assured them that he was no friend of the gays. He also told them that he loved America more than any other country and was a huge fan of Dancing With the Stars.

The small controversy or "Twitter-versy" (patent on phrase pending) all started when I had made the mistake of asking why two people of the same sex shouldn't be able to make the same life-long commitment and (more importantly) under the same god, as straight people. Why can't my gay friends be as happily married as my wife and I? It seemed simple to me, but let me start off by telling you a series of things that I believe to be true:

I am a person who believes that people are born gay. I don't think you have any control over what moves you or to whom you're attracted. That's why it's called an attraction and not a choice.

I believe that America is a great nation of even greater people. I also believe that anyone who says that this is a "Christian nation" has RHS, or revisionist history syndrome, and doesn't realize that most of our founding fathers were either atheist or at least could see, even in the 1700s, that all through Europe at the time, religion was the cause of so much persecution that they needed to put into their brand new constitution a SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE so that the ideals of a group of people could never be forced onto the whole. (I also find it funny when people point out to me that it says "one nation under god" in our pledge of allegiance, not realizing that this was an addition made in 1954 during the communism scare of the McCarthy era. It's not surprising, however, knowing that these same people would punch me in the mouth if I called Jesus a Jew.)

I believe the fact that an atheist, who doesn't believe in God at all, is allowed to enter into the holy land of marriage while a gay Christian is not, shows that this law is arbitrary. Are we to believe that anyone who doesn't live their life according to the King James Bible isn't protected by the same laws that protect those who do? Using the same argument that I've seen on the 700 Club, that would mean that Jewish, Hindu, or Muslim weddings are also null and void.

I believe that to deny this right to the gay population is to say to them, "this god is not your god and he doesn't love you." There isn't one person who is against gay marriage that can give me a reason why it shouldn't be legal without bringing God or their religion into it. Still, I'm amazed at the audacity of a small, misdirected group of the ultra-conservative Christian right wing, to spend millions of dollars, in a recession, on advertisements to stop two men or women who love each other from being able to be married, but when you present any opposition to them, they accuse you of attacking their religion. Isn't it funny that the people who are the quickest to take someone's basic rights to happiness are always the loudest to scream when someone attacks their right to do so?

But this isn't a paper about religion. How could it be? Since we clearly have a separation of church and state, how could a conversation about laws have anything to do with religion at all? I'm writing about basic civil rights. We've been here before, fighting for the rights of African Americans or women to vote, or the rights of Jewish Americans to worship as they see fit. And, just as whites fought for African Americans or Christians for Jewish Americans, straight people must stand up and be a voice for gay people.

I've heard it said before, many times, that if two men or two women are allowed to join into a civil union together, why can't they be happy with that and why is it so important that they call it marriage? In essence, what's in a name?

A civil union has to do with death. It's essentially a document that gives you lower taxes and the right to let your faux spouse collect your insurance when you pass away. A marriage is about life. It's about a commitment. And this argument is about allowing people to have the right to make that commitment, even if it doesn't make sense to you. Anything else falls under the category of "separate but equal" and we know how that works out.

The support of legalizing gay marriage is in no way meant to change the ideals of the section of Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin. But we should refuse to let other people's ideals shape the way we live our lives. Each of us has a short ride on this earth and as long as we stay in our lane, and don't affect someone else's ride, we should be allowed to drive as we see fit.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

michelle

Michelle won 3rd place in her age group for the day. Yea!!

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encino

Yesterday the Hills came up to our area to race at the Encino
velodrome. This is an outdoor one & I'm thinking I got a wee bit too
much sun! Oops :)

Becky, Rich & Michelle all raced a few races each. Again way fun. Alex
might come out & try the track on one of it's open nights.

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blur

This blur is Becky zooming by. We have some good pix from the real
camera but this is what we got with the phone :)

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bikes!

(this is Becky warming up)

We went down to Carson on saturday to meet up w/alex's brother &
family at the velodrome down there. We didn't even know it existed but
it's a totally fun place. They had done some fun riding the night
before but Becky was the only one racing. It was so much fun to watch
& to see it all. Who knew. :)

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no title
seems like there's no title when texting a post but I guess that's ok. :) this might be fun. Or... I might never use it. Dunno.

Okay! Here goes the SMS postings...
A bit floopy today after spending hours in the beating sun yesterday. But we had a hoot!

format?

As I've been Facebooking more than blogging I'm wondering if I should do small little posts here as well. FB status' are just short (usually) statements. When I post it's usually with a photo or a longer more involved post. But... FB status' aren't on MY server. And not everyone can read them (for those not a FB member). So, I might try some short ones out here. I've just set up texting posts for my blog which will make it even easier. We'll see what happens.
=)

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Friday, May 22, 2009

cuteness!

Come on! How can you not love a kitty that hugs you while he sleeps?!

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bon voyage

We all took Mel to the airport today. She's off to Paris for a week
then on to Israel for a few months to set up a digital studio there.
What ever will I do without her down (up?) the road! Yikes!!

Have fun Mel. Hugs & squeezes. Can't wait to read your blog :p

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

open house

Today is the first open house for our (grandmother's) house that we just put on the market. Saw the first couple come in as I left. Tey were so cute! I hope they buy it :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

lounge

Dad & Alex relaxing at the house on the "staged" patio. They should have had it like this years ago!

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flower girl

Seems I've been spending a lot of time with the flowers for the house. For the realators, the open house etc... It's a lot of fun, I love doing flower arangements!, but it usually have to do it early in the morning (ugh) and itls not cheap. But... Plants just don't have the same effect.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

official

Well... It's now official. The house is on the market. It's a little sad, for all of us, but I think in the long run it will be best for everyone. Now, we hope it sells. The faster the better.

hanging

Alex & Dashi hanging out in our office. :)

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

THANK YOU!

Here is a fascinating post on HufPo that I love! This is what I have been thinking since my childhood and it's nice to know that there are -finally- others out there in bigger masses.
Below is the article. HERE is the link if you want to read more on her or see the comments.


Generation X: Praying To No One?
Tara Stiles


It's headline news: "American's are Losing their Religion."

"New research shows young Americans are dramatically less likely to go to church - or to participate in any form of organized religion - than their parents and grandparents." Harvard professor Robert Putnam conducted the research that found 30 to 40 percent of younger Americans answered "none" to questions asked about their religious affiliations, but weren't necessarily atheists. Historically this number was much lower, tallying up to 5 to 10 percent at most. Putnam calls this a "stunning development." His research will be included in a forthcoming book called "American Grace."

Have we really lost our religion? Is it something we desperately need to find, like our keys? Or have we purposefully let go of it when it was time, like tossing an empty Starbucks cup in the trash? Maybe we've simply had our fill in our childhoods, and see no point to return to those buildings for weekly worship while dropping 10% of our income into a wicker basket.

This is news? Sounds more like common sense to me. Each generation is radically different from the previous, or at least would like to think so. Most of us Generation X and Y-ers aren't going to work the same job for 30 years, collect a retirement package at age 65, pass go, move to Florida, and live happily ever after. All that social security we are paying into probably won't pan out for us. We traded in fat-free for organic, baggy button-downs for t-shirts, and religion for self-reflection and private practice.

My generation is waking up to faiths that preach to be kind to everyone and serve the poor, while rebuilding their multi-million dollar churches every year and abusing children. We don't always lose faith in God. We have lost it in the people clenching the velvet ropes. We see the sham, the ridiculousness, the corruptness that spiritual power raises in people. We don't need a building that runs like a corporation to talk to God. Heaven save us if we start meditating and realize that God is within us. All of us. Everything you need to know is right there inside of you. Meditation is free, you don't have to be anywhere in particular to practice, and you might just start to lose lots of things that you don't need anymore. Our generation is waking up to how things actually are.

Will we be poked in the butt by a red man with a pitchfork for all eternity due to our lack of formal participation? Our parents and grandparents will pray for us, that we will come around and find our way like drones back to church or temple. An interesting part of Putman's study to mention is that just because these 30-40% don't belong to a church, the are not necessarily atheists. Putnam says that in the past two decades, many young people began to view organized religion as a source of "intolerance and rigidity and doctrinaire political views," and therefore stopped going to church. "This movement away from organized religion may have enormous consequences for American culture and politics for years to come."

I for one sure hope our lack of organized religion will affect American culture and politics for years to come. Don't you think it has already? Swearing to tell the truth on a Bible is a bit strange in a country where we have religious freedom. Serving "God's will" in the Middle East as defined by our extreme conservatives seems suspiciously to resemble "God's will" of the religious extreme that we are fighting.

Ram Dass and the yogis of the '60s lit the fire. It spread slowly but engulfed those who were seeking a spiritual path. I would argue the 30-40% who claim no affiliation are probably looking for or are already on a spiritual path.

I think the meditation and yoga worlds will go through just as much turmoil and abuse of power as the churches. Several founders of new yoga traditions are self-proclaimed gurus brainwashing people with philosophies and draining bank accounts with pyramid schemes, rather than empowering people to discover what's already inside them. Spiritual elitism is prevalent in the yoga community. These are roadblocks that are intimidating, bullying and preventing more people from learning the benefits of meditation and yoga.

A regular yoga practice will keep your body healthy your mind clear and your heart open. I cannot adequately describe your spiritual experience nor would it be of use to try. It is yours to enjoy, revel in, and be amazed. When your body, mind, and heart are healthy and open, your spirit has a green light to do its thing. Physical yoga is the best form of health care. It was designed to help us care for ourselves before we had doctors around to treat disease. The poses regulate your entire body and its systems so you can live healthy, feel good, and meditate with ease. Which is a matter of finding spirituality inside you, no outside religion or velvet-robed authorities required.

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