Thursday, May 29, 2008

Could it be possible in our lifetime?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere will be recognized in New York in response to a state court ruling this year, Gov. David Paterson's spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Um, WOW. So Narda's and my relationship, which is basically a marriage, has the potential to be legally recognized in the state where we live.

And it's a good thing, too, because we've been too busy with life, liberty and the pursuit of a running toddler to go to our lawyer and have random paperwork filled out, and money spent to give us the same rights as married couples everywhere.

Speaking of our relationship, Monday will be 8 years together. We count our first kiss as the "moment" to mark our relationship. If we CAN get hitched somewhere and have it recognized here, we'll do it as soon as possible, but do an official Jewish/Chuppah wedding closer to our 10th anniversary, June 2, 2010. Squee!

And speaking of our relationship, we have a DATE planned for Monday night! We'll be eating dinner, and seeing a little flick. You may have heard of it...






Tuesday, May 27, 2008

30 seconds of the mele going on across the street.

There was a shooting in Harlem last night. We saw hundreds of teens running out down our street.

Narda went out to see what was going on, a few of the teens said: "we're just having a cook out."

On today's news, however, we learned that 7 people were shot.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Stuck in the 80's

A wee bit ago, I was informed that my 20 year HS reunion would be taking place this summer. Ever since that news, I've been doing my own version of the time warp.

Seriously.

I'm streaming the 80's channel on the aol radio, and scanning pictures from "way back." I will probably not be able to go, but it's been fun reminiscing, and reconnecting with the 10-15 people that were kind of friendly to me during those awkward teen years.

So I stumbled across this, and had to share. I hope you enjoy as well.

song chart memes
more graph humor and song chart memes

Thursday, May 15, 2008

My Dad's a Superstar!

I never blog about my family.

But I'm "shepping such naches" at the moment, that I just have to share this tidbit about my dad...

(He did say it was OK)



Adkins leads by example in Reach the Beach ride

By riding 100 miles on Saturday, May 17, Dick Adkins of Lake Oswego figures he can do a lot of good for people.

The event is called Reach the Beach, a ride for thousands of bicyclists sponsored by the American Lung Association of Oregon, and Adkins’ commitment to it is quite serious. He does not want people to die prematurely of lung disease, the way his father did.

“My dad died of emphysema. He was quite a smoker,” Adkins said. “I’ve seen pictures of Black Lung and that is exactly what he had. He was 68 at his death, and in our family the men live to be in their 80s or 90s.

“Reach the Beach is just a way to get people to stop smoking. More women smoke than men today, and that is not the way it used to be. Smoking can kill you at a young age. I don’t think that should happen to anybody.”

Adkins credits bike riding with drastically improving his health and fitness. It is hard to believe when you look at him now, but he was once 225 pounds and had a huge waistline. Now the 65-year-old Adkins is a slim, trim and strong 150 pounds, more befitting his background as a college athlete.

Thus, Reach the Beach is way for Adkins to maintain his commitment to fitness and also honor his father.

“I’ve been riding in Reach the Beach for about six years,” Adkins said. “A friend told me about it. He said, ‘This is a longer ride like you’ve been looking for. It looks like an interesting one.’ I thought, ‘This is one ride I could probably do in remembrance of my dad.”

But Adkins has not only ridden in Reach the Beach. He has brought many others into the race by training them in 12 rides that lead up to the big event.

“I’ve been doing this for the past four or five years,” Adkins said. “These rides are 34, 35, 49 miles, and the Champoeg ride has a lot of hills. It tells you who really wants to do it.”

Usually there are 16 to 26 riders who show up for Adkins’ training rides, although “we had a low of five on a rainy Saturday. But on May 17 I expect at least 20 people out of it.”

He added, “It will also get more riders for the Portland Wheelmen (a bike riding club of which Adkins is a member). We get seven or eight members a year from this. They think it’s fun and want to ride some more.”

That is why Reach the Beach will have at least 5,000 participants.

Adkins has fun, and he certainly loves the way bike riding has helped him get in great shape. But he also wants to fight cancer, which helps explain why he wears a yellow wristband from Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

“I believe in helping,” Adkins said. “One way is getting these rides.”

The ride starts from five different locations: Portland, Corvallis, Salem, Amity or Grand Ronde and represents five different distances (110, 100, 80, 55 or 26 miles). All routes end in the Pacific City area.

For additional information about Reach the Beach, go to www.ReachTheBeach.org or call 503-459-4508.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Getting there!

Back in November, I started Amanda Jean's Quilt-a-long.

It's been slow going, and I'm a wee late on starting #2, but I've had a few other projects up my sleeve.

Some of them are getting complete, so I've been able to give some time to the original Quilt-a-long, and here she is so far!

I still have to add borders, batting, and a back, but it's MUCH further along than I anticipated!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

the "doocer-view"

Otherwise known as:

Whereby we are all jealous of Bri, because Dooce is now her bff!



PS - KLG was a twit!

Waste not...

Day old baguette
Brie cheese
Moist paper towel
Microwave for 30 seconds.

It's love.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Confessions

DESPITE having a 15, yes FIFTEEN year working history as a Stage Manager in theatre, I always thought that the "kids" on Sesame Street, aka, Gabi, Miles, etc. were, um, the actual relatives of the actors that played their older relatives.

Please stop laughing.

Um, they're not.

You know, just in case you were wondering....