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July 29th, 2004
Just Say No To Nader

I was accosted this morning by a young man on the MAX with a petition to put Ralph Nader on the ballot. Umm, no thanks.

But what really got my goat was how he asked me: “Would you sign a petition to put Ralph Nader on the ballot so I can get paid?”

Excuse me? Paying by the signature is illegal in this state, last time I looked. I didn’t have time to query the young man about who was paying him (and given the local right-wing support for Nader on the ballot as well as the leftys, it’s hard to say) because my stop was next. In retrospect I should have ridden to the next stop just to try to find out so I could call and complain.

Posted by Claire at 08:27 AM | Politics | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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July 27th, 2004
Downsizing

We are seriously thinking about moving into a studio apartment in NW Portland. This wouldn’t seem like a major decision, until you consider that we have lived in increasingly LARGER places every time we move, not smaller ones (except for the two months we spent at my inlaws, but that room was about the size of the studio minus the kitchen).

The essential problem is that we have too much stuff. We have a few kitchen appliances we never use, clothes we never wear (but we might! it’s that frugal mentality), books I won’t read again (time for a major Bookcrossing drop), tablecloths and napkins for a kitchen table we don’t have, and way too many knicknacks. It’s time to pare down, lighten the load, etc. With me working full-time, and DH working part-time and helping me along the rest of the time (he runs errands for my soap business too) neither of us feels like cleaning up the apartment. With three rooms and a kitchen, things get out of hand very quickly. When he starts working full-time, I imagine this situation only getting worse.

I think with only ONE room and a kitchen (since we won’t be living with the soap anymore), if we both devoted 15 minutes a day to it (especially at the same time) we should be able to keep it looking sharp. I like having a tidy place to live, but I don’t like the amount of time it takes to keep our current living space neat.

I think we’ll make it work. Besides, the place we’re looking at is on NW 23rd, about the BEST location ever. Plus, it has an enormous kitchen (the place is half kitchen), with a full size stove and fridge, AND a dishwasher AND a garbage disposal. Does it get any better than this? I don’t think so.

Mmmm. I’m ready.

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July 24th, 2004
Prickly Heat

Urf. I’m hot. My feet hurt. Did I mention I’m hot? LOL. It was a scorcher down at Saturday Market today. Absolute scorcher.

I did good though, both monetarily and in picking my space. We never had direct sunlight on us because I chose wisely. It was also a nice corner space in a high traffic area, so sales were good. Much better than last year when it got this hot. We also wisely consumed large quantities of water and hibiscus lemongrass iced tea (the nice man who sells the Nepalese food has it, try it sometime).

Now all I want to do is fill my bath tub with cool water and sit in it. I might just do that.

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July 22nd, 2004
Studio

This is a picture taken with my camera phone of the unfinished building that is housing my new soap studio. Yep, the soap is officially MOVING OUT and we are reclaiming our apartment. More accurately, we are also moving to a smaller, less expensive apartment.

I still think this is totally bogus: we are paying market rate (or even slightly ABOVE market rate, I’ve looked at the listings, once you add in parking) for our 2 bedroom apartment in a Housing Authority of Portland rent-controlled building. The rent here is supposed to be CHEAPER, since the building is for low-income people. Also add in our hideous power bill just to keep the place warm, and it is ridiculously expensive to live in this “low-income” housing.

We are looking for a nice little 1 bedroom or even a cute studio (we’re downsizing here, in an effort to get rid of the STUFF we’ve accumulated in five and a half years) in NW. We have until September to find something, since that’s when I start paying rent on the soap studio.

The soap studio is going to be THE BEST THING EVER. It’s going to be totally bare when we get the keys, so we can paint it, build whatever shelving we want, install a mini-dishwasher and a mini-fridge (for the milk, of course, that goes in the soap), as well as a desk for the big Xerox printer and a small computer. The plan is for both of us to get laptops (not all at once though) and DH is going to start running his business out of the space as well. He just needs a little desk space and a corner for stacking computer parts. He might also set up wireless for the building and we’ll sell internet access to our neighbors… apparently that’s how it’s done in the other ActivSpace buildings. Some entreprenurial sort sets it up and starts billing. Cool.

I absolutely cannot wait.

Posted by Claire at 11:47 AM | Soap Habit | Comments (3) | Tweet This Post

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July 21st, 2004
Fear and Fearmongering

There’s a very good piece in Salon today about terrorists flying the friendly skies. You can read it here (the usual ad-watching applies).

I read the piece the pilot is referring to, and found it to be exactly as he describes it: a fear-mongering, racist piece, yet another one of those “All Middle Eastern Men” are bad stories. Fourteen Syrian musicians are travelling around the US because they’ve been hired to play for a hotel, but instead we are supposed to believe that they are actually terrorists in disguise? This is straight out of Hollywood. What’s more, the writer lost all credibility for me when she quoted Ann Coulter like she was a legitimate journalist, not a shrill editorialist who plays fast and loose with the facts.

Fear is used to control people, and clearly people are less afraid than they used to be. It’s obviously time to turn up the rhetoric to scare people into voting “properly” in November.

Posted by Claire at 09:21 AM | Politics | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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