I shall soon be moving into the House of Ben, and we had a superbly successful moving sale Saturday last– the weather held without rain, and many walkers of the Avenue stopped to look, and to buy. (The photo above shows only a fraction of the myriad what-not ’twas for sale, as I hadn’t a chance to snap a photo ’til afternoon.) A busy and fun day– whirlwind purge of duplicates and extras before the the merging of our two homesteads.

Only a few boxes remained at the end so I have far less to pack than before, and we have a good start on saving money for a new couch, sorely needed.

post script: I’m happy to report that a few thing didn’t sell (things which I’d marked pricey on purpose), so I got to keep tham after all. You know, there are some things that, once you see people looking at them like they are worthless, you just don’t want to part with, despite trying to pare down.

* later note– thanks be that no one bought the red and gold throw, which we are enjoying to this day and I didn’t want to part with anyway.



*sigh* The RNC: frat party to GOP supporters and oligarchs alike. Whoo hoo!

Not even worth much in the way of typing, but…
(1) [Sen. McCain] “…and get this country back on the road to peace and prosperity.”
Really? With Four More Years of same? Who got us into all this mess? The Republicans have, after all, held 20 of the past 28 years in Washington. He has plans to “shake up” Washington DC. If he has problems with the way things have been running, why has he sided with Bush on just about everything? Is he now re-negging on the past 8 years? It simply underscores that the people in that convention hall are the ones who would be there no matter who was nominated; there is no application of reasonable thought. “When he says he will “stop leaving all our country’s problems for some unluckier generation,” does none of the audience realize he can only be referring their party, especially under GW Bush?
It seems as ever, all a GOP candidate need do, ultimately, is say “Democrats will raise taxes!”

(2) [audience, chanting] “USA! USA! USA!”
Hmmm… Do they mistakenly think that they are at the Olympics, or some other venue in which this country is in competition with others? Do they not realize that both parties are, in fact, of and for the USA?


Miserable Palin.

The RNC speeches were baseless, devoid of fact or reason, and generally nausea-inducing. Giuliani is more desperate than ever (and such a tool)! Hard to watch the speeches; embarrassing that so many were there with their hateful BOOs and misplaced applause and cheering. Sadly, the GOP has done very well by appealing to culture-clash points and derision.

I’m pasting the following bullet points on Palin here (courtesy of MoveOn.org), just because they ought to be widespread. Book-burning. Really? So sad. Please let not a single Hillary vote go to the GOP on account of this wretched woman– er, bulldog.

Palin recently said that the war in Iraq is “God’s task.” She’s even admitted she hasn’t thought about the war much—just last year she was quoted saying, “I’ve been so focused on state government, I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq.”

Palin has actively sought the support of the fringe Alaska Independence Party. Six months ago, Palin told members of the group—who advocate for a vote on secession from the union—to “keep up the good work” and “wished the party luck on what she called its ‘inspiring convention.'”

Palin wants to teach creationism in public schools. She hasn’t made clear whether she thinks evolution is a fact.

Palin doesn’t believe that humans contribute to global warming. Speaking about climate change, she said, “I’m not one though who would attribute it to being manmade.”

Palin has close ties to Big Oil. Her inauguration was even sponsored by BP.

Palin is extremely anti-choice. She doesn’t even support abortion in the case of rape or incest.

Palin opposes comprehensive sex-ed in public schools. She’s said she will only support abstinence-only approaches.

• As mayor, Palin tried to ban books from the library. Palin asked the library how she might go about banning books because some had inappropriate language in them—shocking the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker. According to Time, “news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.”

• She DID support the Bridge to Nowhere (before she opposed it). Palin claimed that she said “thanks, but no thanks” to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. But in 2006, Palin supported the project repeatedly, saying that Alaska should take advantage of earmarks “while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.”

b u s y .

Sometimes, it’s a good thing to be too busy to have much free time. Sometimes, when you’re working on far too many projects, it can be good– because it forces you to focus; forces you not only to find a way to finish things and to be creative about it, but also to have sudden and visceral responses to all the many layers in your life. This is useful, if somewhat vexing.

It can be a road to clarity.

It’s interesting: Ben is my strongest association with that word, clarity, and I don’t think it was a concept I ever gave much thought to outside of visuals, or in the context of writing or designing. But it has come to be such a crucial concept, a big picture thing.. (At least, in theory– achieving the attainment of same is easier said than done, naturally.)

It calls into my mind the Thoreau bit: “Our life is frettered away by details. Simplify. Simplify.” (That one reminds me of my dad.)

Tonight was another sky of mad contrast- a great LIGHT in the west while a big dark storm brewed over the trees on the slope, off toward the park, at sunset. But the sky never really did open up. Not really. Dylan was playing in Prospect Park tonight. I’d entertained the idea of crashing, of listening on the lawn. I felt relieved when the thunder struck, because I knew I had to WORK. But then it didn’t rain more than two minutes.

I worked anyway. (I didn’t really have much of a choice.)
I’m curious how the show was. It’ll be a story I hear from others; a good one, as it never did rain out.

Common enough occurrence, isn’t it?

work work work

Hi. It’s late and I spent the whole of the day on the TLB site, after all- didn’t animate anything or work on jewelry (though it’s only midnight, so I shall do that now- prep for resin-pouring).

I feel like sharing a sneak peak at the site, anyway- as it’s ALL I’ve worked on for the past couple of days, and it’s coming along quite nicely, I think. (edit: it’s live now)

have a look—-> the site

balance, upset

Had one of those days yesterday in which I got so much done, it was almost absurd. But today I just couldn’t wake up! Slept incredibly late, and I need to have another getting so much done day! (I will). I don’t seem to have gotten back on a sensible schedule since my return from Upstate, the farm.

Today (what’s left of it) is for animation and for resin jewelry. I will make up for late-sleeping.
I will work into the night.

l a t e r :
I have been working at the Tara Lynne Band materials all day. They have now a blog, and an updated MySpace page. Web site will (hopefully) be finished by the end of next week. I have also to update the KE Haas Salon site, on top of about 8 or 9 other projects which will be ongoing for a few weeks at least. Whew! Busy.

shelter, swelter or soak.

Those were the primary options over the weekend, but we had a good one of it anyway. A roving wander took us through Vinegar Hill , DUMBO and into the Heights on Saturday, finally trapped in air conditioning with beer and a Mets game as the torrents began in earnest. Tasted and bought some delicious things at the New Amsterdam Market on Sunday before being caught in another downpour on Mott street.

I’ve been missing Pi lately. Being a cold water fish, he never did care much for summer (I sometimes put ice cubes in his tank to melt and give him some relief from fish soup conditions). Oddly enough, he’s still in the freezer, awaiting a proper burial. At Coney, later in the year, I think– where Tres was also ceremonially laid to rest.