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Lauren

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joined on 10/03/03
last updated 04/28/08
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All woman but just a girl, living life in and around The Little Big City. A pen sometimes helps, as do a pair of turntables, headphones, a good book, some shades, and occasionally a lead pipe.

I'm a writer of poetry and really short fiction as well as a dancer, bedroom deejay, and project manager at a video game company.

I have this dream of retiring to a lavender farm in the south of France and running slow-motion through the fields wearing long, flowy dresses while my own personal trip hop soundtrack plays in the background.

Pretty good, eh?
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Sun, April 27, 2008 - 11:43 PM permalink
Because they happen and I need to make a note of them.



1. I got to ride on a scooter this weekend.



2. [info]sparklydevil is awesome. Her benefit to raise money to send Lottie the Body and Toni Elling, two Detroit women who were burlesque stars in the 50s and 60s, to Exotic World this summer was a raging, sold-out success. The performances were amazing. No, seriously. Joan Crawford burlesque set to "Mother" by Danzig--complete with a wire hanger. Are you KIDDING? Fucking off the hook.



"Just throw your fans in the air

And wave 'em like you just don't care!"



Though I am sad that I missed the S.F. ShEvil Dead's bout against the Oakland Outlaws, I'm happy I went. I heart Sparkly.



3. I saw my grandmother today. She looked good. And she totally housed the Cornish hen and roasted potatoes my mother brought her for dinner. Since she's been losing a lot of weight (she's down to 107 pounds), this was a good thing. And while she had her moments, she was much more lucid than she's been the last few times I've seen her or spoken to her.



4. [info]pantryslut and I couldn't stop laughing at the idea that I should change Java's name to something more appropriate for a pit bull like "Beast." Not only could I not say "My dog's name is Beast" with a straight face, but I snorted, actually. Twice.



5. Strawberry Whoppers are tasty, but I would not suggest following them with grilled asparagus. Also, soda called "Looks Like Orange/Tastes Like Grape" should instead be called "Looks Like Orange/Tastes Like Gross." But the rest of the food and of course the company were fantastic.



6. I forgot to mention that one of the folks who showed up for the action on Friday doesn't even live here anymore but on the east coast. He was home for a few days and came with his dad. *heart bubbles*



7. Even in the midst of aggravating exchanges with people who just. don't. get. it, I'm coming to some interesting realizations about movement, community, and strategies--ways of thinking that just hadn't occurred to me with any clarity before because I'm slow sometimes or maybe just internally inarticulate. To vague it up a bit: trickle-up activism. Abandoning sinking ships instead of rearranging their deck chairs. Building coalitions but being clear about what the priorities are and who gets to set them. Avoiding those with lots of unasked-for advice to offer and very little evidence to support it. Understanding the multi-layered significance of the ballot as one of many tools, not the least of which is the positive psychological effect of enfranchisement, particularly for those who haven't had the privilege of taking it for granted. And more.
Sun, April 27, 2008 - 11:15 PM permalink


  • 13:49 Just received my amended state tax refund--that's twice what I thought it would be. I made an error when I filed. SWEET. #


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Sun, April 27, 2008 - 12:02 AM permalink
1. The action against the Apartment Owners Association yesterday went well. I ended up being interviewed by several members of the media, including ABC 7, KGO, and KPFA. (I was also on KPFA an hour or two afterwards during the Living Room show.)



2. I'm exhausted after a less-than-12-hour trip to Forestville last night with [info]animikwaan and our broken friend to visit other friends for a birthday party. Granted, we missed the party--we got a flat on the VW bus Wendy on our way up, which meant I got to wield a real, live TIRE IRON for a few minutes.



3. I guess it's been a while, but I'd forgotten until yesterday that Zeitgeist makes pint-sized drinks unless specified. There was more whiskey after that at [info]rivetpepsquad's and then at Broken Friend's. So much whiskey.



4. I need to disable texting on my phone when there is whiskey.



5. This week white people are TRYING my goddamn nerves. Seriously. Someone give me a tire iron NOW.



6. Oh, and also ... FUCK SEAL PRESS



7. Apparently I made a mistake when I filed my California state taxes. I just got a check for almost twice what I was expecting as a refund.



8. This is one of those weekends where too much is happening, and I find myself wanting to hide under the bed to avoid having to choose what to do. (Burlesque or roller derby? Fancy floofy dresses and croquet or Japanese food and karaoke?)
Sat, April 26, 2008 - 3:11 PM permalink
I'm on KPFA now talking about Prop. 98.
Fri, April 25, 2008 - 12:48 PM permalink
originally published at Piano wire.
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Proposition 98, disguised as "eminent domain reform," is a nefarious scheme by wealthy California landlord associations to end rent control state-wide. Aside from invalidating current rent control laws and prohibiting future ones, Prop. 98 would jeopardize renter protections like just cause for eviction ordinances, 60-day notice requirements, and the return of security deposits; prohibit affordable housing requirements in new developments; and put environmental and living wage regulations at ... read more
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