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May-the-Fourth-be-with-us is our ([personal profile] enotsola and me's* my) wedding anniversary.

So, yeah.

Woo for [livejournal.com profile] the_misha being qualified at the time to sign the fancy silly papers the gub'mint wants, because he was able to give us the "ooga booga, I wave my stick, you are married" kind of ceremony we wanted. No fancy preparations involved (although as I recall, my mother forced a bouquet into my hand, and I dyed my hair for the occasion).

This is whatcha get when you've been "together" for nine and engaged for seven years before you actually get married, I guess.

Like, whatever. I had delicious scallops and he had delicious swordfish today as an anniversary dinner. That's the important part. Right?

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* I've never liked that construction; but is "___ and I's" or "___'s and mine" any better?... this is one of the few situations in English where I really have no idea what is right, or even commonly prescribed. AAA RAVENCLAW NEEDS SOLID GUIDANCE
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mmmmmm I love the smell of rain. Especially since it's, ohIdunno, about 2 months overdue? (I think we had all better get used to wet Mays and even Junes around here.)

I hope this will help the ground be wet enough we can dig out some old plants on Sunday (assuming it's not still raining, not that I'd complain if it were). And I would really like to scoop out all that silly tanbark and lay in soil and have herb, flower, and vegetable garden squares by the fence, but we have to replace the fence first... and just try getting my dad moving on anything. Pah.
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Does anyone have an idea how we might manage to get rid of a piano we no longer want without having to pay for its removal and disposal? We have an antique (ca. turn of the 20th century) upright piano and haven't been having luck selling the thing on Craigslist or with signs posted by the music department, possibly because it's not in the greatest condition. We had never put a high price tag on it, but honestly at this point we'd be willing to give it away for free if only someone would come and take it away. (I suppose I haven't tried Freecycle, but argh, to me that's a pain to deal with and basically last resort.) I wonder if I just haven't found the right audience for this kind of thing (it might be a nice project if one were into restoring old pianos, for instance). Any tips?
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I had one (count it, one) Taco Bell chicken soft taco today. This wasn't by pure choice, but a concession because we were seeking a bathroom and the other options in the plaza we were at were more food/money than we wanted to pay for the privilege given the time since breakfast (such as a Mongolian grill, a Subway, a Philly cheesesteak place, and a Chinese restaurant). So, $3.12 bathroom fee it was.

I'm not sure when was the last time I actually ate Taco Bell. It was within the past 3.5-4 years since [personal profile] enotsola was already living here, but I would lay good money it was at least the summer before last. Well, anyway.

Bad. Idea.

I eat at the little ¬°Una Mas! thing in the De Anza cafeteria occasionally. ("Contract station", basically; reduced menu.) I know it's not the healthiest food in the world (although if you just get a plain bean and rice burrito with no cheese or guacamole or crema, it's not as bad as it could be, and I can usually make a meal plus a snack out of it; you might or might not be surprised how bad some of the actual cafeteria food is in comparison), but it's never given me indigestion or much trouble with gas. OTOH, my body's reaction to Taco Bell makes me, er, disinclined to acquiesce to their request that I eat any more of their food. If one can call it that. Yii.

(I suppose I should count myself lucky my body reacts to it better than [personal profile] enotsola's, for what that's worth. Erm. TMI?)
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http://elf.dreamwidth.org/480755.html

Take our country forward

A lot of activist rhetoric talks about "taking our country back"--from the bankers, from the warmongers, from the straight-white-Christian-male oppressors who benefit from patterns of kyriarchy and discrimination, and so create subtle (and sometimes, not so subtle) laws to reinforce those habits on all levels.
...we're supposed to gloss over the oppressions, overt and covert, of those eras, and presume that, if we All Get Our Act Together, we will be able to give *everyone* all the privileges that the ruling classes of those times had.
Well, one, we can't, and two, we don't want to. One, the privileges of the wealthy-and-powerful of those eras were all built on oppressions.
...There is no "back" that has what we need. We need to look to our history to find all the *good* things, and figure out which of them can be worked into our future.
...If we're going to have a government "of the people, by the people, for the people," we need to take our country forward until we have it.


This is probably beyond the normal limit of a fair-use quote but I hope [personal profile] elf doesn't mind. Dude, just go read it.
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Good gravy. I saw in the college president's welcome message for the quarter a mention that fees would be going up to $31/unit (quarter units) this summer. I thought gee, that has to be a typo. But no, the current fees are $24 a unit. I knew they were more than they were when I was a student here 1995-1997 ($9/unit), but I had no idea they were that much more! (There was actually a brief period early 2000s when it went down to $7/unit. I guess California was rich then. :-/ )
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Here's the fancy big word: atrial tachycardia: rapid heartbeat arising from areas of muscle in the atria of the heart. My eyes glaze over trying to read this reference article, but what my dad said the doctor told him was that if beta-blockers or other drugs didn't work, what they do is not implant a defibrillator, but actually kill the "hot spot" of heart muscle that is the source of the bad signals. From the sound of this article I think that's radio frequency catheter ablation. That sounds really spooky to me but apparently it's fairly regular stuff, not some kind of wacky experimental or highly risky thing (except, I suppose, for the normal risks associated with surgery when you're almost 71).
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Though he had to wait many hours for a call back from the doctor after reporting the incident (which was something like 8 AM and he called them around noon? IDK but at 3:15 or so my mother said he'd been waiting three hours, and it was sometime between 4 and 6:30 when he got a response), apparently the data was good, but it made them change their diagnosis, from what they had thought before from the EKG to something like some kind of problem/irritation (?) in the upper heart muscle/valves? (the word "bruise" was used but I think that's an analogy and not literal). Their first line of attack is upping his beta blocker dose, since apparently, unlike many people his age, his blood tests don't show problems with the kidneys not being able to adequately eliminate the drug (atenolol). But if that doesn't do it he may be on a drug merry-go-round for a while (*eyeroll*) before, if none of that works, they will resort to implanting a defibrillator.
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Oolon Colluphid says:
you might need to drive her [my mother] to her [cataract] surgery on Wednesday/Thursday..
mumblefrotz says:
ya, i figured i might
Oolon Colluphid says:
as your father had another attack this morning and is waiting on a call back from the doctor, but sounds like they might hospitalize him.
mumblefrotz says:
.....
well, it's "good" i guess that he managed to get data
but um
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The EKG showed, basically, certain electrical pathways being blocked leading to irregularities in heart pace (in his case, rapid pulse). He has this monitor thing about the size of a pager, connected to electrodes on the chest, that he has to wear for up to 30 days. (If at that point he hasn't logged another event, they basically consider it a heisenbug or mandelbug or something, not reproducible enough to gain useful information, and take it away again. um. D'ya know this kind of condition can result in passing out and/or sudden death due to the heart simply stopping, under certain unfortunate circumstances?) If/whenever he experiences the symptoms again, he presses a button and it puts a flag in the data log. Once they collect some data they will decide whether to try treating with high doses of beta blockers (which he's already on for blood pressure), or some other drug, or whether to go with a pacemaker. So right now he's in the unhappy position of hoping it occurs again so he can log it, and yet hoping it doesn't because it's scary, although apparently he was fortunate/unusual in that it came and went shortly rather than lasting for some long period of time. The sooner caught the better, kind of thing, in any case.
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pasted from chat with [personal profile] enotsola, re my dad, who my mother took down to Kaiser at about 9:45 this morning:

apparenty yeah, some kind of heart problem
they did an ekg, and putting a monitor on him, and moved up an appt from 2 PM to in a few mins
she says she'll call me when they get home as she really shouldn't be on the phone
and they may do drugs, or may have to implant a pacemaker (!)
and she thinks this is not very surprising, since his mother had heart trouble around this age, which is true
IIRC she had a pacemaker, although obviously they were a lot less advanced in the 80s
electrical impulses screwy, kind of thing
so... wonderful
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There currently is a [Library of Congress Subject Heading] proposal for "Targetted killings" which pose[s] interesting definitional problems. Whether it is a military tactic or a type of terrorism apparently depends on which side of the gun you are on.

--someone on one of the cataloging lists I subscribe to, in a thread about which sh subdivision (--Death and burial or --Assassination) is likely going to be applied to the books that are surely soon to be written about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

(Reminds me of that Alfred Hitchcock quote about how television is like a gun.)
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I'm confused. I've been seeing some mentions that Fidel Castro resigned today. But what's this, then, from 2008? Is it that first he resigned the presidency of Cuba and only now is resigning as head of the Communist Party?
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We're trying to sell the upright piano we have that's hardly been touched (except for use as a bookshelf) in about fifteen years: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/msg/2097284851.html If you know anyone in the area who may be interested in such a thing, please pass them the link. (We'd be willing to take best offer, maybe even let it go for free if only someone will arrange to take it away, but we were hoping to recoup cost of the bookshelves we want to put in in its place.)
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It's looking like some kind of removal treatment for the "port wine" birthmark on my chest (probably lasers these days, pew pew, I don't know) may actually be covered by Kaiser. This is a reversal of what I was told when I saw a dermatologist in June (basically, he considered it would be cosmetic, because he didn't see the signs that it was turning bad in the ways they sometimes can, and if it hadn't troubled me medically for the 30 years I've had it, well). Apparently Fremont dermatology has huge delays and has only just now gotten back to my GP. This is still not definite, but OMG you guys, this would be big. I have been very bothered by this thing ever since I was aware of what it was. I do not (cannot, in my own mind) wear scoop- or v-neck shirts or anything else that would expose it, because it looks ugly and I hate dealing with the remarks I get. The concerned ones that it is some kind of rash are annoying enough, but what I really hate are the sexually charged ones that it is a hickey. THANKS EVER SO FOR NOTICING. We paid extra to have it retouched out of my senior photograph in high school, because everyone had to wear that same damn off-the-shoulder velvet drape.

Of course paying for such a procedure was always theoretically an option if it bothered me so much (just as I keep vaguely returning to the idea of liposuction), but it's hard to bring myself to pay thousands of dollars that I need for other things, you know?

*crosses fingers*
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I find it amusing that zoning laws may cement (so to speak) the building of that controversial mosque in New York City, although I also think it's the Right Thing in both First Amendment and Wheaton's Law terms.
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[personal profile] enotsola's immigration packet should be posted soon (he forgot to bring it with when he went over to the shopping center with the post office, and had to go back home to fetch it). Hopefully this will be painless (not having to appear for another interview would be nice) and the last we will ever have to deal with them, aside from periodically renewing his green card or if he decides to go for U.S. citizenship. I'm a bit worried that we don't have some of the usual evidence people have to prove that the marriage was in "good faith" and not to avoid immigration laws, such as a lease or mortgage or joint liabilities like loans, but, well, I submitted what we had: joint checking; credit cards with the same acct # although technically that one is mine, not ours, and he's just an authorized signer; stuff making him my beneficiary on everything like life insurance and retirement accounts; affadavits from my parents that in their opinion the relationship is for real and they know this through personal experience because well, what with Lego Harry Potter and everything we hardly get off their couch. (Kidding, I didn't really write that.)
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http://agrariana.org/programs/backyard-seed-vault

"We're looking for approximately 100 Bay Area gardeners for the inaugural season who would like to work as a community to save heirloom vegetable seed. ... The Backyard Seed Vault is working in conjunction with the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL), a project of the Ecology Center, for their immense knowledge on properly saving, labeling, cataloging, and storing seeds. Seeds not redistributed to participants will be donated to BASIL, providing an opportunity for any community member to 'check out' seed to grow in their gardens."

http://www.ecologycenter.org/basil/

"Local gardeners and farmers can 'check out' seeds with the agreement that they attempt to grow them out and 'return' some seeds of the next generation at the end of the season. If we can create a local abundance of fertile and non-engineered seed, we can participate in the International Solidarity Seed Project by donating our surplus to communities around the world that have difficulty accessing viable, open-pollinated seed."

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