October 31, 2007What to say about Ali? She can keep a secret, that's for damned sure. And sometimes all you need is for someone to hear them. Ali is the pinnacle of honesty and will knock you upside the head in the moments you need it ;) I'm very happy I know her.
September 19, 2006Ali is one of the coolest women I know. I loved her from the moment I met her. She's down for fun at all times and can still carry on a meaningful conversation after several long Island Iced teas ;-) Love this Lady!!
September 11, 2006" A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."
~ Arabian Proverb
In the time I've known her, this woman I love so dearly has become one of my greatest friends.
Ali is not just kind - she cares from all sides of her heart.
Ali is not just understanding - she takes the time to hear, see and learn what you are feeling until she can feel it herself with you.
Ali is not just funny - she is roll-on-the-floor, smiling so hard it hurts funny. And that's only on an off day.
Ali is not just honest - she will break it down, cut it up, and spoon feed you the truth until she knows that you get it. This might take a while. ;)
She will always express herself clearly. She will love, honour, defend and support those she cares about. And to be one of those people is the greatest gift of all.
Thank you Ali for coming into my life.
May 2, 2006Extremely Honest Ali. "Responds appropriately to every occasion."
March 19, 2006No nonsense, no crap, no drama, no posturing, no shit. Ali's the real deal and if you don't see it in her eyes when she looks at you, if you aren't blown away by the intensity of the way she lives and the smile and the laugh, then you are either dead, or some kind of weird god. In either case, I can't share a hot meal with you.
As for the rest of you, trust me or make up your own mind, as long as your conclusion is "She's greeeeeat!".
That is the only acceptable answer.
But now l have a new computer and a fairly regular connection, so l'll be on more often. l know l keep saying that every eight months, but l mean it now.Mon, October 11, 2010 - 3:38 AM permalink - 4 comments
lt did. l came home one day and my bathroom floor and bathtub were both covered in shit. Pun intended. Now l am looking at new carpet - it's been seven years l've been there, and it's about time - but l have no idea how long it will take to realistically clean up my shit. l'm a packrat. This ain't no cleanup job. lt's cleanup and cut DOWN, yo! lt's the latter l'm worried about. l haven't sized down since l moved in. Would it be easier for me to just put that shit in a bag or box and ... read moreSat, May 31, 2008 - 1:57 AM permalink - 2 comments
So some of you probably know l have hydrocephalus. lt was congenital, but for some reason the doctors reversed their originally correct diagnosis shortly after l was born, so l didn't find out until l was twenty five that l actually *did* in fact have hydrocephalus. Because there were 25 years of fluid buildup, my brain compensated for the growing lack of space, and is now actually supported by the fluid. While it's still possible, a shunt has been discouraged since they tend to malfunctio... read moreThu, May 1, 2008 - 8:31 PM permalink - 23 comments
l am so ambivalent l am ambivalent about being ambivalent.Wed, February 27, 2008 - 4:22 PM permalink - 19 comments
Just came in from fireworks, which were incredible, to find an email from my dad in my mailbox. lt's mid-morning there, and was hoping to hear from him on the New Year, also in large part because there is rioting in Kenya over the latest elections, and l wanted to know if he was alright.Mon, December 31, 2007 - 10:43 PM permalink - 18 comments
Here is his response.
"Yes, things are very tense and unsettled here. Lots of rioting, roughly 125 dead, but almost all of it is in the downtown areas of cities and the slum areas (mostly Nairobi, Kisum... read more
l went to the beach.Mon, December 31, 2007 - 9:59 PM permalink - 1 comment
lt was awesome. Met new in-laws, welcomed young new life, met more family friends, and got to know them all better than l had the last time l'd seen them, or at least from the moment we met.
lt rained every day but two. Yesterday was one of them. It was our last day at the beach, and l was really pissed about that since l wanted to go out and dance with the young generation and have a New Year blowout, but my flight leaves tomorrow morning, and it wasn't possibl... read more
l leave for Costa Rica in two days. Off to see my mother, and the Texan side of the family, who's also flying down, and whom l haven't seen in something like five or six years...maybe seven....ack. Anyway, it'll be really kickass to see them.Fri, December 21, 2007 - 12:10 AM permalink - 7 comments
My grandmother will also be flying down. She's now 91. She's always looked two decades younger than she was, and has always been spry. l think this will be the first time l see her at her own age. l'm not sure how l feel about that. l've honest... read more
Who was the last person to call you baby?Mon, September 24, 2007 - 11:52 PM permalink - 8 comments
The guy l'm hangin with. But l call him baby too, so we're even.
2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
(jacked from Web)
I have to, it won't fit in the trunk.
3. If you had to kiss the last person you kissed, would you?
Gimme a reason not to and l'll give you three why l should.
4. Has someone ever sang a song to you?
DUDE!!! NEVER EVER! Where's John Cusack when you need him. Oh wait, he didn't sing.... read more
Some of you may have seen this already....Wed, September 5, 2007 - 9:04 PM permalink - 6 comments
The 86 Rules of Drinking
1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour.
2. Always toast before doing a shot.
3. Whoever buys the shot gets the first chance to offer a toast.
4. Change your toast at least once a month.
5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake.
6. Buying a strange woman a drink is still cool. Buying all her drinks is dumb.
7. Never borrow more tha... read more
So shortly after posting the CUTEST photo of my brother taking a leak on a tree, l get a "Your photo's been removed" notice and it's been blocked from public view. Okay, don't get me wrong, but jesus christ, l don't want some perv drooling over his photo, but how would l know, and what the hell could said perv do about it? lf it's that bad, why aren't the bathtub photos of my brother gone? What if l had a two or three year old and wanted to post adorable naked baby photos? At what friggin... read moreSun, July 1, 2007 - 10:16 AM permalink - 15 comments
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What a blast!!! The weather pretty much sucked....but the event was certainly aided by my boy Josh Brown, the Red Catfish-Friendly Superstar. The best part was an inflatable punching weeble wobble of Bush, which every kid merrily took swings at. More photos in my pics, check em out!
Things that trip me out about Kenya or that l just love in general....Thu, May 3, 2007 - 6:40 PM permalink - 0 comments
1. They have Big Brother Africa, Deal or No Deal, and American Idol West Africa. I mean, aside from the fact that there's satellite stations broadcasting all SORTS of shows that are regularly aired in the States (including shows that flopped after the first pilot there, but managed to gain a real audience here, and therefore have continued), it blows my mind that these particular shows have their own whole cast and crew ... read more
There’s something about the smell of Kenya – dusty, woodsy from the piles of leaves and shrubbery clippings people burn on the side of the road, an ever-present undercurrent of heavy vehicle emissions – that I just love. Even the occasional whiff of raw sewage, unpleasant though it may be, brings so many memories to mind. I roll the window down further to take it all in, and Dad asks me to roll it back up some, and also asks me to make sure my door is locked. He then tells me the story of ... read moreMon, April 23, 2007 - 4:19 AM permalink - 2 comments
Oh, Kenya, yay. I breathe a sigh of contentment and relief as we land, yet dreading the waiting time it will take to get through customs and to my dad and Aidan. Fortunately, I’ve forgotten that, flying business class, I’m one of the first ones off the plane, and therefore, one of the first to the passport and visa booths. My luggage, serendipitously, also happens to be one of the first on the carousel, so I’m through customs in no time.Mon, April 23, 2007 - 3:43 AM permalink - 1 comment
I go through to the waiting area, and there they ... read more
Three things are certain:Mon, April 23, 2007 - 3:31 AM permalink - 1 comment
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
Everything is gone;
Your life's work has been destroyed.
Squeeze trigger (yes/no)?
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
Seeing my great fault
Through darkening blue windows
I begin again
The code was willing,
It considered your request,
But the chips were weak.
Printer not ready.
Could be a fatal error.
Have a pen handy?... read more
Well, the Amsterdam trip wasn’t quite all I wanted it to be…there were several costs/expenditures that were a little more than I had planned for, and when I left needed to give my business partner $125 that I had expected to have with me. It was a necessary expense for website/phone upkeep, and definitely worthwhile, but it did unfortunately limit my excursions a bit, mostly to places that were within walking distance of the Red Light.Mon, April 16, 2007 - 1:36 AM permalink - 4 comments
I was able to see the Anne Frank house, which was real... read more
So l took off yesterday for Kenya, had a GREAT layover in Atlanta, where l got to see two of my favorite Atliens, Ernest and Joel. More detailed blog on that to come. l finally got to Amsterdam, not a bad flight, especially since l flew business and had my pick of whatever movies and TV shows...and LEG ROOM HALLELUJAH!! :) Anyway, got to Amsterdam, immediately met some hilarious Liverpool boys in town for a game (can ANYONE understand these folks?? l was amazed l could follow even half of... read moreMon, April 2, 2007 - 3:08 AM permalink - 9 comments
So my Firefox browser window closes of its own accord.Thu, November 16, 2006 - 5:49 PM permalink - 5 comments
l am then presented a message that says, "Firefox has unexpectedly quit."
...reeeally? No SHIT? ls that what happened?
Ah, thank you. Now l can sleep at night.
"Ohhhh, lllll wish l were an Oscar Meyer weiner, that is what l'd really like to beeeeeeeee..."Thu, November 16, 2006 - 5:45 PM permalink - 5 comments
Am l the only one who finds this truly disturbing? Who in their right mind wants to be a goddamn hot dog? Now, "l wish l HAD an Oscar Meyer weiner", sure, l can get on board with that. But to BE one? l'm amazed this theme's lasted so long. That's just years of therapy in the making.
This happens more than once every time l go to my cafe. l go to the bathroom and slide the lock. Then someone comes up and tries to open the door. After not getting in on the first try, they jiggle the knob, try again, and sometimes even a third time.Sun, November 12, 2006 - 7:32 PM permalink - 18 comments
How many dumb ass people ARE there that don't understand that when the door to a public restroom is LOCKED, that that means SOMEONE IS **IN** THERE?!?
l mean, really.
l'm Ali. Your general freak, too old to be a kid, too young to be a marm. l like to joke that l'm an adolescent boy trapped in a middle-aged woman's body. l'm usually pretty tomboyish - shorts, baggy-ish jeans and pants, simple tanks or t-shirts, and l love baggy sweatshirts - but l've discovered a girly/womanly streak in me lately that's motivating me to buy some pretty gorgeous stuff. There's a boutique in Portland that l discovered at a Solstice booth here, and l'm buying one of everything they got. l do like jewelry, all kinds, you name it - hemp, leather, collars, beads - and l recently converted the remaining half of a pair of cuffs into a girly little one with a charm on it. No point in having just one, so l got innovative.
l love spiders, snakes, mice, and domestic rats. Street rats are mean, and they're even more unpleasant when they've been half chewed up, regurgitated, and left directly in my front walkway by the cat. l'm not squeamish about anything, really, other than cleaning up the aforementioned kitty presents. l have a pretty decent hardware drawer, and can fix basic plumbing and appliance issues, most of which l taught myself. l'm indifferent about sports, for the most part, and could care less about who's playing who or who's winning. Superbowl is just an excuse to get together and party and throw popcorn around, as far as l'm concerned. But l'm a kickass pool player, and l do like watching tennis, as l play that too. l dig soccer too, but don't ask me to love anyone other than the Sounders right now.
l cry at movies, but l blame that on being a double Pisces, or a chick, one or the other. Hell, l cry every time l watch Field of Dreams, and for a movie that isn't even girly AND about baseball, go figure. l'm a media/hollywood/fashion and hair whore - awards shows are about fashion first, accolades second. l buy tabloid mags occasionally - People, not the REALLY out there ones - but l'm good at hiding it, and most people don't know l ever entertain a thought about Lindsay Lohan's drunken antics. The times they *have* found a carelessly tossed tab mag in my place or catch me watching E! or Bravo, they've been shocked l have a superficial side. We're all human, right.
l'm a fag hag. All the way. Gay men make me feel and look faboolous, and l love watching them get into catfights. l often steal their lines afterwards so l look witty later. l'm more of a lover than a fighter, though.
l used to skate. Now l'm too old and l have a bum knee. While l'm more of a b-girl, ballet still tugs my heartstrings; Swan Lake will always be my favorite. l'm a beer gal, though on occasion, it's not a stretch for me to go for the fru-fru drinks. l'm willing to wear heels with my new girly phase emerging, as long as wherever we're going l don't have to stand for any length of time. l do love to dress up in my little punkrock schoolgirl outfit with my punkrock plaid skirt and my platform moonboots and go riot grrrl. This is easier to do now that l'm getting back to my original size again.
l'm pretty independent; l really enjoy my social life and lovers, though, so l've found a method of enjoying the time l'm not necessarily socializing - riding the bus, working, waiting for a doctor's appointment - to enjoy my thoughts. On occasion, though, l will retreat into a brief hermit mode, and regroup.
l belch regularly, and only reign it in when l'm at work or with family - mine, my friends', or my lovers' - and pretty much only then. l will say excuse me as a habit, but most know it's just what l do. Unfortunately, l sneeze like a girl, with a high-pitched "chu!" at the end that l can't seem to get rid of. l've sneezed that way for as long as l remember. l sound like a freight train when l'm asleep, and l drool; l am not a graceful sleeper. l often wish l looked like an angel when l slept - serene, breathing deeply but quietly, looking beautiful. Not this life. l hog the covers, l sprawl, and l talk in my sleep. Occasionally, limbs flail. Take cover.
l clean well, but l'm not neat. l'm a total packrat -though definitely not a hoarder- and it's time for some spring cleaning in my home. There's way too much clutter, but l always rationalize by doing my best to simply keep it out of my path. That doesn't mean some of it's not lined up against the wall.
l hang out with chicks who aren't like most chicks. Although one of my best friends is as girly as they come.
l never wear pink. lf l ever do, l'll take a picture.
l am a brave dame. Sometimes.
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