… and I am Somebody male. in my thirties. recovering alcoholic. live in minneapolis. work in progress. gay. serenity please.

Martha’s going to jail!

07.16.2004 · Posted in In the news

CNN just reported that Martha has been sentanced to 5 months in jail. The subheadline running across the bottom of the screen read, “Please continue to show your support by buying my products.” Good gawd! I did just get her salt and pepper shakers 🙂

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The W-fucking-B

07.14.2004 · Posted in Entertainment

Thank Gawd for the WB for bringing us the beauty of Tom Welling (and for making him take his shirt off so often).

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MN gun law ‘shot’ down

07.14.2004 · Posted in Home / Minneapolis

This article in the Strib this morning is interesting. I admit, I haven’t had time to read it yet, but I’m excited to. It’s funny how things like this don’t get any press until they actually happen – I suppose because a judge can’t be influenced or bought (at least one would hope not!).

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IKEA opens!

07.14.2004 · Posted in Home / Minneapolis

OMG – check out the photos posted on the Strib’s site of the wackos who camped out since Monday to be the first one’s in the door!

I’m going to head there after work and take some photos of my own 🙂

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No more biz casual for Target employees

07.14.2004 · Posted in Home / Minneapolis

Man – the Strib is just full of fun articles today! I actually caught wind of this news last month. Target HR sent out a company-wide email mandating the new policy and somebody forwarded me a copy. Thank gawd I work in advertising. Here’s what it said:

Employees who do not follow these guidelines will be spoken to immediately, and may be sent home to change.

Monday through Thursday

Men

Preferred:

Suits/sport coats with dress shirts and ties

Acceptable:

  • Dress shirts with sport coats and/or ties (If you are not wearing a tie, you will need to wear your sport coat if not at your desk)
  • Dress knit shirts with sport coats
  • Sweaters or sweater vests with pressed collared shirts and ties
  • Dress slacks or pressed khakis
  • Dress shoes or dress boots
  • Pressed red shirts and pressed khaki pants

Not Acceptable:

No casual shoes, such as beach shoes/flip flops, Birkenstocks (or similar), hiking boots, or tennis shoes.
No jeans or denim of any color, except on Friday.

Women

Preferred:

Suits

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PHEW!

07.14.2004 · Posted in In the news

The FMA didn’t pass in the senate – woohoo!!! I’m so happy I could just dance!

That focker Coleman
voted for it. HRC just sent me the following email:

Dear Dan,

We did it! Just moments ago, the Federal Marriage Amendment lost in the Senate by a stunning, bipartisan vote of 50-48. We won this historic victory for two reasons:

First, because the politics of division don’t work, and second: the votes were on our side.

But the real reason we won is this: You. You and every fair-minded American, gay or straight, who called, e-mailed, faxed, visited, tracked down, and otherwise urged your Senators not to write discrimination into the Constitution.

Thank you.

This amazing moment belongs to all of us. Please, share this victory with all the friends and family you talked into fighting with us. We join in celebration with each of you. The campaign to defeat this amendment has been a top priority for HRC and with your amazing efforts over the course of many months, today we won this round of the fight. Thank you – again.

What’s next:

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t remind you that it’s not over. Our ultra-conservative opponents are determined to spread their discriminatory agenda across the country. Fasten your seatbelts, my friends, because the months ahead are going to be challenging indeed:

Next week, the House will take up the issue of marriage equality as well. Expect a fight. Expect vicious words and fierce debate. And expect to speak up, loud and clear, once more.

During the next three months, no fewer than 11 states – and possibly 13 – are facing ballot initiatives to write discrimination into their state constitutions. HRC will fight these initiatives shoulder to shoulder with state and local GLBT leaders. We’ll let you know how you can help. And of course – like you, we will be actively working to stop discrimination at the source by electing equality-minded legislators around the country. We’re glad to know you will be with us in that battle, too. All of this work starts tomorrow.

For today, I will take a moment to appreciate this hard-won victory. I hope you’ll join me.

Many, many thanks for all you have done.

Cheryl A. Jacques
Human Rights Campaign President

P.S. For all the details about this important vote, please visit our web site: http://www.hrc.org To see how your Senators voted, please click here to visit the Senate website – the vote was Roll Call Vote 155.

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Today’s happenings

07.13.2004 · Posted in Absurdity

Strange day so far. Work is busy, but a few things have struck me:

Was driving into work today and spotted an older, heavier gentleman in the large Lincoln next to me at the stoplight. He was wearing a cowboy hat, sunglasses, light-colored suit, and white gloves made of lace!

Drove further down Hennepin and was at a stoplight next to a dumptruck. The phone number on the side of the truck read:

763.422.DUMP

Made me laugh.

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MoveOn.org part two

07.12.2004 · Posted in In the news

I just got this email from MoveOn.org. For those of you in Minnesota, this is directly applicable to you. For those of you outside of MN, I urge you to call your legistlators.

Thank you for supporting the “United, Not Divided” campaign. There’s not much time left. The Senate is expected to vote on the Constitutional amendment on Wednesday, July 14th. The most important thing you can do right now is call your senators. We’ve got to let them know that America is not falling for this cynical attempt to divide us. To make it easy, we’ve included their direct phone numbers below.

Please call your Senators now, at:

Senator Mark Dayton Direct: (202) 224-3244
Senator Norm Coleman Direct: (202) 224-5641

Urge them to: “Protect marriage equality for everyone — Vote NO on the Federal Marriage Amendment.”

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Surprisingly good mood

07.11.2004 · Posted in Recovery

Went to an NA meeting tonight. This meeting has an open discussion during the latter half and I was thinking about what I might say on my way over there. It occurred to me that it’s been a pretty busy week, and I’m surprised I’m handling it as well as I am.

My mother was admitted to the hospital, my roommate might be leaving for new york…. hell, what am I bitching about. It could be soooo much worse. I’m handling everything well because there’s not that much to handle. Yesch, I can be such a pitty-party.

Life is grand. I had an action-packed day today! Got up early at 6:30, drove a friend to work, went for coffee at SpyHouse, did my crosswords, visited with a good friend and his toddler son, went to lunch at the Wilde Roast, laid out for a couple of hours and went for a swim up at the pool, visited my mother in the hospital, went to the gym, went to dinner, went to the meeting, and then finished up watching Die Mommie Die at a friend’s place. Getting ready for bed now 🙂

I finished my book – anyone have any suggestions for my next read? Lately I’ve been reading memoirs/autobiographies and books on recovery. Sorta want to check out what this whole Tao thing is about, too.

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