Saturday, May 27, 2006

Dog Party


Today Granite hosted a dog party at Lafayette Reservoir with her new friends Ginger & Cooper. It was fun. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I Used To Have Hair Like Napoleon Dynamite Music Video

Napoleon Dynamite Music Video - Google Video Enjoy!

Sleep Interrupted

I awoke at 3:40am because I heard a huge crash. Granite fell off the bed. Poor puppy. I think she was a bit scared & stunned as she didn't seem to move for a minute or so. She shook it off jumped back on the bed and went back to sleep. Nothing phases that beast.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Monday, May 08, 2006

First Weekend of Yard Work

We spent last weekend sweating in the sun removing weeds and planting those we think deer won't assume to be a salad bar. Maybe the photos don't do justice to the amount of work but someday when wee plants grow and fill in the slope it will all be worth it. Up next... the back yard project.

Front - view 1 before

Front - view 1 after

Front - view 2 before

Front - view 2 after

The Enabler

I woke up this morning to a pounce from the puppy and Jane's presentation of my b-day gift. It was lovingly swaddled in a queen size flannel sheet. What could be inside? Ooooh a portable DVD player. She does love me. Now I can sit in bed and watch movies. Movies are not Jane's "thing". She voluntarily watches maybe 3-4 a year. I would watch movies on a daily basis if I could. Netflix helps me live into that possibility. So for Jane to give me something that is just for me to enjoy... aww.

We also went to KT Tunstall concert last night - she rocks.

Happy Birthday to me!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

My (work) Life Right Now

Bishop Election in the news

This is the news that is swirling about my office. Every news item posted is about how we're having a gay election... might elect a gay bishop... blah blah blah - way to focus on the topic. But you know what what? We also could elect another straight white man from the south. Wouldn't that be news? The SF Bay Area, culturally diverse mecca that we are goes radically straight & white & male? That my friends would be the shocker.

I actually quite like the SWM so it wouldn't be so bad. We'll know on Saturday who my new boss will be (maybe).

Home Alone

If only it were as much fun for me as it was for Mackauley Culkin. Jane's in Boston and I'm single parenting a skulking greyhound and a wild puppy.

Dad invited me over for Chinese food dinner (he does this when Jane's away). I scooped up the pup & drove over for parent time while Mally & Granite wore each other out. As I was saying goodbye mom decided to take out some recycling and as the padres always do she leaves the front door wide open. How many dogs does it take getting hit (killed) by cars before they learn to close the door? Yes, you see where this is going. Granite quietly follows mom out the door, I yell, mom turns - bends down - reaches out - falls. She manages to grab and hold on to Granite and keep herslef from tumbling head first down the front steps. She's (mom) too old for that kind of activity. I'm sure she's bruised and sore today. Maybe they'll learn to close the front door.

I spent the evening watching my BRAVO reality TV shows: Top Chef (goodbye Lee Anne) and Blow Out (I'm all about bangin' hair). I've got the 8 episodes of Texas Ranch House waiting for me on DVR. PBS started the reality show genre decades ago with American Family in 1970. I can't help it, I'm a voyeur. I like to see how real people interact - it makes me feel better about myself.

That's all for now.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Save the Internet Civic Action: Save the Internet

Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an iPod? Everything we do online will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law next week that gives giant corporations more control over what we do and see on the Internet.

Internet providers like AT&T are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality--the Internet's First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. doesn't have to outbid Amazon for the right to work properly on your computer.

If Net Neutrality is gutted, many sites--including Google, eBay, and iTunes--must either pay protection money to companies like AT&T or risk having their websites process slowly. That why these high-tech pioneers, plus diverse groups ranging from MoveOn to Gun Owners of America, are opposing Congress' effort to gut Internet freedom.

You can do your part today--can you sign this petition telling your member of Congress to preserve Internet freedom? Click link at top or copy & paste URL:

I signed this petition, along with 250,000 others so far. This petiton will be delivered to Congress before the House of Representatives votes next week. When you sign, you'll be kept informed of the next steps we can take to keep the heat on Congress., which monitors various causes that circulate on the Internet, explained:

Simply put, network neutrality means that no web site's traffic has precedence over any other's...Whether a user searches for recipes using Google, reads an article on, or looks at a friend's MySpace profile, all of that data is treated equally and delivered from the originating web site to the user's web browser with the same priority. In recent months, however, some of the telephone and cable companies that control the telecommunications networks over which Internet data flows have floated the idea of creating the electronic equivalent of a paid carpool lane.

If companies like AT&T have their way, Web sites ranging from Google to eBay to iTunes either pay protection money to get into the "fast lane" or risk opening slowly on your computer. We can't let the Internet--this incredible medium which has been such a revolutionary force for democratic participation, economic innovation, and free speech--become captive to large corporations.

Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Together, we do care about preserving the free and open Internet.

Please sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Internet freedom. Click link at top or copy & paste URL: