Scaping the Goat Publicity Shot

Trying to clean up my hard drive so I can backup efficiently, and found this picture. Figured I need to share with the Internet. This is myself and E.D. Harrelson as the two Russians from my play “Scaping the Goat”. Publicity shot from the Frontera Fest version.

Two Russian Ozzie Ozborne fans if I ever seen them.

Lefties Only

First off. You’ve got to go look at the pictures. I’ll wait.

Yes indeed. For only (only!) $150 you can buy the left hand side of a couch. Minus a cushion. Only $150! And it’s brand new, never used!

Maybe this makes sense. Maybe they’re trying to prey on left handed people. They know that left handed people aren’t as smart as the rest of us, and are easy to distract with promises of left-handed scissors and seats at the edge of the table.

It’s just disgusting that someone would try to take advantage of them.

Sunstroke 5k – 5/21

First 5k of the season at Town Lake yesterday. We decided to break off the potty training and head out. It was hot, but there was a nice steady breeze which I think contributed to my 25:54 finish. That’s 8:18/mile. Still really want to knock off that last minute and hit under 8/mile. Don’t know why that’s such a psychological goal.

We also attempted to assemble the shelving unit last night. We got a bit of it up, but we ended up having to custom order some fasteners. They really have to be flush or drawers won’t work. And my drawing was quite helpful (if backwards). There really appears to be at most two ways to assemble the thing.

No Child Left Behind, Indeed

Today’s find:

i’m moving out of my apartment and for my graduation my parents have already bought me furnitures for the new apartment. i have slashed the prices for quick sell. I have to get rid of the furnitures by friday or i will give it for donation.

To all of my siblings and friends who are teachers – things could be worse. You could be college profs and still have students like this.

The Shelving Unit

So, I took the time to figure out how the cabinets we bought in Houston fit together. It looks like we’re missing a shelf, since there are holes for 4, but we only got 3.

Too Lazy for a Cat

This Craiglist ad brings up many questions:

The color is aquamarine. These are considered “his and her” recliner/rockers, so one is slightly smaller than the other.

There are some pulls and scratches on the front panel, but otherwise in good shape. Non smoking household, but we used to have a cat (months ago), hence the scratches.

While I have some questions about what happens if you and your rocker mate are the same size, I’m really only interested in the cat. What happened to the cat. Why did you have it a few months ago, and where did it go?

I have the best wife.

Julie and Stella just made a beeline past my office door giggling on the way to the potty. Julie has started trying to potty train Stella today. I’d say that we are potty training Stella, but Julie is doing the bulk of the work since she’s the SAHM and it would feel disingenuous. Like saying “we’re” pregnant. The hearts in the right place, but it definitely doesn’t speak to the person doing the bulk of the work.

That said, last night I went into the bathroom and there was Stella’s potty setup. Next to it was a small roll of toilet paper and a reward grid. Julie has a complex rewards system for Stella. It’s super cute. Julie’s such a good mom.

Now hopefully Stella will get the concepts. She’s very cooperative, but from what I can tell I think we’re at 0-5 with the panties loosing

Sunstroke 5k – 5/14

So we headed up to Brushy Creek on Wednesday despite the threatening skies. Really not a bad drive. It took us 45 minutes with very little traffic. I’m trying to run the entire Sunstroke Stampede series this year so there are a few more trips up North in our future. We’ll see if Julie stays on board.

I started a little too far in the back of the pack, and I probably lost a few seconds trying to navigate around people. I find it hard to find a good spot though. That said it was a pretty decent first race. I finished in 27:05. Which is a pace of 8:41/m. Not even close to my best time from last year – 25:19, but I’ve been slacking.

Next Wednesday – 5/21 – is at Town Lake. Just park on the North Side of the lake right under I-35. The run kicks off at 7pm and is $10. Just bring the cash to the park and you can run. No pre-planning necessary. I’d love to see some of my blog readers out there. It’s a great run.

State sponsored marriage

So the Californian Supreme Court overturned the state’s marriage ban. A ban that was voted for by 60% of voters in that state. It’s sure to be a popular decision. Especially with the talk radio set.

So why do I think this is a bad thing? Because it’s still legislating marriage. Marriage is inherently a religious institution. If you look at the number of different ways marriage is instituted around the world it quickly becomes obvious that the United States doesn’t just have a legal framework for marriage. It has a legal framework for a generalized Christian marriage. Then it heaps a ton of laws on top of this religious event.

I feel a lot of sympathy for the religious right on this one, because they are having their religion dictated to them. Their vision of marriage has been turned into a legal right that can be modified and changed with prevailing societal norms. We’re so used to marriage being part of the state that it doesn’t seem odd anymore. But what if communion was state sponsored? Or confession? This is the key reason that the framers of the constitution wanted a separation of church and state.

A democratic religious state would still be much freer than a complete theocracy. Look at Iran. There’s still an large amount of dissent in a country that we think of as pretty theocratic. But that’s at least partially because once a government becomes theocratic it begins watering down the religious aspects for practical concerns. After all, it’s goal is to build roads and provide electricity, and if it needs to interpret a few religious laws in new ways to do so, it’s probably going to.

Look at the LDS Church. They had polygamy as necessary to get into heaven. But even though they were a predominantly Mormon territory they denounced that part of their religion to become a member of the United States. This is what happens when politics mixes with religion. The religion always loses.

Let’s throw marriage out of the government. Civil unions for everyone. Even civil unions for polygamists. It would simplify our legal system immensly. And then you could get married in a church in whatever way you want. And no one could say a thing about it. And if your church wanted to ban gay marriages because your god hates gays, that’s your complete right. And that right wouldn’t interefe with life insurance benefits or alimony payments.

What do you think? Do you think the state should be in the marriage business?