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March 11, 2009

Emma's office notes to live by part 1

1. give em and inch and they take a mile
2. a lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part
3. if it takes you just as long to email someone to ask them to do it, just do it yourself
4. save your grooming for the bathroom
5. your personal business shouldnt take a whole work day
6. why i took a sick day is not your business
7. spare us your stupid shakira ring tone
8. if we're not friends outside of work, i dont want to hear about your relationships- that way i dont have to pretend to care
9. dont comment about my appearance unless you know me like that
10. i just work here
11. always have that cya insurance -cover your ass

Feel free to add your own...

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February 19, 2009

MI Arts

From email written by Melissa Metuscak...
Go to link mid-page to take action.

Hi all -

I know this is tough times in the country and in Michigan especially,
but as an arts worker and supporter, please take a look and take a
moment to contact the governor. I know many of you have moved away,
but you have friends and family in Michigan...so please pass this onto
them! And if you have questions, please let me know.

Arts funding in Michigan is getting screwed. The Governor has
recommended that nearly ALL grant funding for arts organizations get
pulled from the budget next year. Michigan is already dead last in the
amount of state support given to the arts, with around $7.5 million in
grants given out last year to museums, theaters, orchestras, etc...all
non-profit organizations by the way. The Governor did this after
numerous promises to not touch arts funding. The Governor has gone
back on her word (I know, a politician going back on their

This is going to have a lot of ripple effects, beyond your local artsy
fartsy film house cutting back or closing down. THIS IS ABOUT REAL
JOBS. For starters, this cut in support shows that the state does not
value jobs in the arts. This cut in funding is going to cost people
their jobs as many small non-profits rely on this funding to stay
alive and hire people. So the electricians, ticket takers, janitors,
web designers and every other job that goes along with producing,
exhibiting and promoting the arts will be affected (see below for
statistics). This is not to mention artists directly being affected as
venues close and they lose places to practice their profession. Think
about how this will affect the perception of our state to potential
companies and residents if the arts start to disappear from our
communities. It's not going to be pretty, I guarantee you that.

So off my soap box. If you live in Michigan or know anyone who does,
please tell them to do some complaining to the Governor's office ASAP.
It's SO easy to do with newfangled lobbying technology so all they/you
have to do is click on this link:

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/mi/issues/ale ... d=12673381

Feel free to add in your own comments, but this is about quantity, the
more response Granholm gets the more likely she is to actually pay


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December 22, 2008

Meanwhile Benefit for Ben

Benefit in Memory of Ben Schaafsma
Saturday, December 27, 2008
@ The Meanwhile Bar

Come celebrate the life and memory of Ben Schaafsma.

A portion of the evenings proceeds will be donated to Ben Schaafsma's family and will be used to cover costs associated with his passing.

As part of the benefit night, there will be a potluck (also at The Meanwhile) starting at 7pm. Bring a dish to pass!

Two of Ben's favorite drinks will be on special for $3; pints of Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Vern Ehlers (whiskey & gingerale)!

Article in Rapid Growth:

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September 10, 2008

Note to Self

Top Ten Things to Tell/Ask Sarah Palin

1. You wouldn't be where you are if it wasn't for community organizers (suffragists etc).

2. Just because you are the first woman VP candidate doesn't make you a feminist.

3. How can you simultaneously want a hands-off government, yet support laws on my body?

4. How can you simultaneously believe in killing animals and carrying guns and be pro-life?

5. How can you live in Alaska, full of wildlife, and not believe that pollution is wrong?

6. Why do you believe in 'abstinence only education,' your daughter obviously didn't get the message??

7. How can you look yourself in the mirror everyday when you don't believe in abortions for victims of rape or incest?

8. How can you care for a disabled child and not believe in universal health care for all?

9. To be a true patriot is to stand up to the powers that be to make things right, not stand as a pawn for the status quo.

10. Jesus was a community organizer.

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June 30, 2007

lets get all knocked up n'shit

if you haven't gone to the theater to see 'knocked up' yet, don't bother- at least wait til its out on video if you have to see it. i saw it with a couple of friends for $10 a few weeks ago and it wasn't worth the money.

i went into it with some skepticism, i mean lets face it - its called 'knocked up' of all things, but i was curious to see if the director realized how despicable the title is...

so needless to say i hated the basis of it, i mean the movie bothered me for like a whole week after i saw it. i did laugh out loud during several scenes, but i could not relate with the men in the audience who went into roars of laughter every time someone sad vagina in a clever sentence while taking a bong hit...then i read this article that hits the nail on the head: Article

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March 15, 2007

the state of michigan jobs

After coming to Chicago, it struck me how little people know about how bad Michigan's unemployment situation has gotten.

People brush off Michigan's economic recession like it is not particular to the state...like we are all in this together. But, I can tell its not as bad here in Chicago.

There was an article when I first arrived here that was on the front page of the newspaper. It described how Chicago's soup kitchens were starting to need more donations for the hungry. I couldn't help but think about how Michigan's shelters and soup kitchens have been struggling for years.

I dont think people really realize how bad it really is in Michigan, or rather, how good they really have it in their state.

I read an article late last year that said Michigan was no longer in a one state recession, but now in a depression- with unemployment levels that haven't been seen since post WWII and that unemployment would continue to get worse for the following two years.

I was also under the impression that Michigan was tied in first place with Mississippi or Alabama for highest unemployment, but Michigan recently took the lead.

This March 8th report describes Michigan as having the highest unemployment rate in the country. I can't help but feel like Michigan's economic struggle is being largely ignored, like most of the other national disasters right now, and that our government is in need of a major reality check.

Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly differ-
ent from that of the U.S., January 2007, seasonally adjusted
State | January 2007
United States................| 4.6
Alabama .....................| 3.3
Alaska ......................| 6.4
Delaware ....................| 3.4
District of Columbia ........| 6.1
Florida .....................| 3.3
Hawaii ......................| 2.2
Idaho .......................| 3.0
Iowa ........................| 3.4
Kentucky ....................| 5.6
Maryland ....................| 3.8
Michigan ....................| 6.9
Mississippi .................| 6.2
Montana .....................| 2.7
Nebraska ....................| 3.0
New Hampshire ...............| 3.7
New Mexico ..................| 3.8
North Dakota ................| 3.2
Ohio ........................| 5.3
Oklahoma ....................| 3.8
South Carolina ..............| 6.4
South Dakota ................| 3.3
Utah ........................| 2.6
Vermont .....................| 4.0
Virginia ....................| 2.8
Wyoming .....................| 2.6
View the full report.

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January 29, 2007

Wangari Maathai

Since I am in GR, I will be attending this lecture tonight by the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai. I've been anticipating going to it for a while now, and I didn't want to miss it, so I came into town. She's an amazing activist, and its really exciting that she's coming to Grand Rapids (from Kenya). You can read more about her here: www.greenbeltmovement.org
I hope that you can go.

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December 29, 2006

chicago 2

So the new year is just around the corner...its still about 40 degrees in Chicago...no blizzards yet. My new year's resolution is to stop stuffing myself with food and sweets...which I have been doing since Thanksgiving (what a typical resolution, huh). Ben's is to quit smoking- which I am happy to be able to say I have successfully quit for about 2 1/2 months now. Neither of us have been full fledged smokers in a while though, so its a good time to give it up.

Still working at the chocolate place...and still don't know my way around for the most part. I told Ben today that I am going to plaster a big Chicago map on the bedroom wall so that I can memorize it.

We saw a pink VW Bug yesterday that was a pig and was oinking out holiday music- not sure why...

Matty and Ben O. (Ben's buddies) are coming over tonight, so we'll probably go out with them. Then, for New Year's the transit is free (Ben insists its a penny a ride), so we plan on party hopping, being drunk on the train and bus,hopefully with Rowley and Michelle and some other folks.

We went to Ikea earlier in the week, which was a huge mistake. The place is fucking enormous, and way visual overload/chaotic. The floor also shakes, and we were getting kind of motion sickness. We hit a massive traffic jam on the way home to top it off. I am never shopping at Ikea again. We did pick up a coffee table, a coat rack, and a dresser for Ben. So, our apartment is lookin pretty snazzy.

That's it for now.

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December 10, 2006

week 1

So I survived my first week living in Chicago. I have been meaning to call/email alot of people and tell them how things are going, but haven't had enough time to get out everything that I would want to say to each person...maybe this is an easier way to do that.

Ben and I went on a cleaning spree last night and sorted through all of his cd's (see forum to buy the ones he's getting rid of). It looks really nice in the living/dining room now. We created kind of a work space in the 'dining room' area...with supplies along the window ledge, so you can sit and listen to music while working.

I started at the chocolate place this past Monday, after getting into town on Sunday afternoon. So, I didn't get settled until mid/end of the week. I have been taking the train/bus to and from work, which is hard to get used to doing by myself, especially since it gets dark here around 4pm. It's about a 40 min ride to work, but it goes pretty fast if I bring something to read.

I met a couple of cool people the other night when Ben and I went out for dinner. A woman from his program was having sort of a birthday dinner at this Thai/Sushi place called Butterfly, with about 25 people. Everyone brought wine or beer since it was BYOB, and we all had a good time. Afterwards we went to a party that was way too far out of the way and ended up cutting out pretty soon after we got there and coming home. I could tell the food didn't sit well though, and I ended up waking up in the middle of the night and barfing up Pad Thai. Needless to say, I didn't eat the leftovers.

Tonight, Ben and I went to see Little Miss Sunshine at this old theatre in a predominately Latino area just west of Logan Square. It cost $3 each and we sat in a small theatre with about 15 other people who came to see the movie. It was a good laugh. I'm glad I saw it. We walked home, and everyone had their Christmas lights on in their big huge old houses along the boulevard.

It doesn't quite feel like I live here yet. It still feels like I'm visiting or something. And I still haven't really come down from my job at the clinic in GR. I think it will finally hit me when I go back to GR for xmas around the 22nd. Before then, I will turn 24 on 12/12.

So far, I haven't quite figured out if I like Chicago better than GR. They both have their good and bad things. Chicago has bike lanes and mass transit, GR is cleaner and you can return your cans for money....things like that. I'll let you know when I figure out which is more worth it.

I did go for my first bike ride in Chicago yesterday. It was pretty scary. I had no idea where we were going and I was riding a one speed with only a front break...which I have never done. We were going so fast, and it was so cold out. It also didn't help that the bike was too high up for me and riding up my crotch....pretty exhilarating.

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November 7, 2006

VOTE! Today! 7am-8pm @ your polling station

Make your voice heard!
Exercise your right to vote!

NOVEMBER 7, 2006

Don't know who to vote for? Not sure who's running? Can't get the info you need?

Here's some links to help:

Find your polling station, whether you are registered, and how to vote at:
Michigan Secretary of State website

Find out who's on the ballot/ who's running in Kent County, how to get an absentee ballot at:
The Kent County website

Check out what proposals are on the ballot, and what they mean at:
The League of Women Voters website

Phone numbers for those needing rides to the polls...The NAACP/Urban League and APRI are offering vans: 616-243-1300 - they will begin rides at 6:30 am on Tuesday.

Numbers if anyone is concerned about voters having difficulty at their polling sites:

Jeff Smith, Community Media Center will have crews available immediately to record problems.
616-307-1686 - cell #1
616-207-1818 - cell #2

League of Women Voters, NAACP, and America Votes
1-866-MY VOTE1
1-866-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish language asssistance)

ACLU Voting Rights Project

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November 6, 2006

VOTE! Tuesday Nov. 7!

Make your voice heard!
Exercise your right to vote!

NOVEMBER 7, 2006

Don't know who to vote for? Not sure who's running? Can't get the info you need?

Here's some links to help:

Find your polling station, whether you are registered, and how to vote at:
Michigan Secretary of State website

Find out who's on the ballot/ who's running in Kent County, how to get an absentee ballot at:
The Kent County website

Check out what proposals are on the ballot, and what they mean at:
The League of Women Voters website

Phone numbers for those needing rides to the polls...The NAACP/Urban League and APRI are offering vans: 616-243-1300 - they will begin rides at 6:30 am on Tuesday.

Numbers if anyone is concerned about voters having difficulty at their polling sites:

Jeff Smith, Community Media Center will have crews available immediately to record problems.
616-307-1686 - cell #1
616-207-1818 - cell #2

League of Women Voters, NAACP, and America Votes
1-866-MY VOTE1
1-866-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish language asssistance)

ACLU Voting Rights Project

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October 1, 2006

bell hooks

African American author and feminist cultural critic bell hooks (yes, her name is spelled in lower-case)
will be speaking in a rare appearance sponsored by the West Michigan Women's Studies Council at Fountain Street Church on October 2, 2006 at 7 p.m. FREE and open to the public.

Among her over 25 books, hooks has written several groundbreaking and landmark reads on feminism such as "Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center" (when she was only 18 years old), and "Aint I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism."

In addition, she has authored several children's books including "Happy to be Nappy," about loving your hair, and a series on loving relationships of which "All About Love" is my personal favorite. More recently, she has written books on the topics of art, education, men as feminists, and black power.

You will not want to miss this!

For more on bell hooks go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_hooks

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September 23, 2006

born at home!

Today, my parents cleaned out the attic which had been accumulating mostly junk for years. Among the bags and boxes they found my two brothers' and I's baby clothing. They are so evocative of a certain era, but a style that has kind of come back lately, 1/2 hippy natural hipsters or something.

Anyway, I love the images on the baby tees. I want to find them if they are still being made, or try to recreate the silkscreens. My mom used to be a midwife, and one of my brothers and I were both born at home with midwife on Giddings street.

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August 5, 2006

Remember to Vote- No on the MCRI

August 8 is the Primary Election in Michigan.

Don't be fooled by the so-called Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) that will be on the ballot this Tuesday.

The MCRI claims to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race or gender, but would in fact
eliminate federally funded programs aimed at specific groups such as: prostate screenings, mammograms, fair housing and diversity programs, and on and on. This would have an enormous impact on our state and its diversity.

Educate yourself about the impact this proposal would have at www.oneunitedmichigan.org

Vote NO on the MCRI on August 8th.

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July 16, 2006

lazy recycling

Ben and I made it back from Montreal yesterday, after making a pitstop in Hamilton, Ontario to visit my Aunt and Uncle.
While we were there, we learned how far behind the U.S. really is with the environmental thing.
It was unbelievable, they had government paid for compost pick up (every week) in which they could throw soiled pizza boxes, oils, eggs, meats, and all the other things that attract critters to your typical backyard compost pile. The composted scraps can then be bought and used once they have decomposed into soil for your garden.
They also didn't have to pay for any curb side recycling which they also have at their schools, offices etc. They even said that if they put out a bag of garbage that is mostly paper, the pick up wont take it and will tell them to recycle it. They couldn't believe that not everyone in GR recycles, or that many of our offices downtown don't bother to recycle the enormous amount of paper they go through daily. I believe they also can get large items (couches etc.) picked up for free on certain days. I am starting to not believe how lazy we are about this and feel like we should do something a about it locally. Here's their city pickup info.

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June 27, 2006

political power

I've been enjoying my break since May and finally starting to feel like I need a real job again. ha. because I'm broke.
I'm trying to get a job working on Senator Stabenow's campaign. I never thought I would want to get involved with politics, being relatively ignorant about most of the workings of my own nation's government, as I imagine many Americans are. I think alot of you could relate with a certain amount of dissalusionment and distrust in our government to begin with- the thought of working within that system feels icky.
But, I think underneath all of that I do have an inkling of belief that our government makes a difference, that I could have the power to change something within that system for the betterment of Grand Rapids, or Michigan, or the nation- no matter how imperfect the system is. I've come to remember that power is not only in the government, but in our own will to make a difference. Working my tail off for what I believe in. Thats political power.

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May 22, 2006


Everyone keeps asking me 'what are you doing now that you're graduated?' - the most frequently asked question to any new graduate. My answer: looking for a job. But one thing I have committed myself to is volunteering for the campaign against the so-called "Michigan Civil Wrights Initiative"- the proposal that will be on the ballot in November that would have a huge impact in the state. Interestingly, its not from Michigan, its not Civil, its not
Right, and its not an Initiative- its an amendment to the state constitution.

Read more about it here. and VOTE NO on the MCRI in November.

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May 1, 2006


So, I'm graduating on Saturday-finally, after five years of school and some 22,000 in loans- I'll be getting my Bachelors in Studio Art...woohoo! I can't help but feel like I don't have much to show for it- though I worked very hard.

After all the ceremonial shit is over I plan to go to my first roller girls bout, their second, at the Deltaplex (of all places)and have myself a good time. (If you want to go- check out www.gr-rollergirls.com). I think that will be an appropriate ending to a strange week so far.

Yes, I was one of the many people who was around to at least hear the twenty some gunshots in Eastown and the sirens and all the coppers. It was pretty scary. Being the Law and Order geek that I am- I immediately ran outside to see what it was- me and a neighboor concluded it was firecrackers and retreated inside our respective houses- only to realize it was real gunshots and someone had been hit- I'm still trying to figure out how twenty four shots came out of one gun or if that is even possible- can you tell I don't own one?

On Saturday night, Ben, Juan, Laura and I ventured to the West side to Wenger's, then Kuzzin's, then Jukes...nough said.

The other wierd thing that happened to me today came in the form of a deer in my nextdoor neighboors yard...at 11am on my way to school- we both scared eachother- it jumped onto my neighboors porch- clop! and darted into the back yard...dogs barked and barked. 'Did I just see that?'

Okay so that wasn't that wierd of a week-but its only Monday- and I have that feeling like things are happening...especially because I am trying to digest the idea of being done with school- I feel like I've been doing it for so long-I just figured it would go on forever yaknow? ha, that would be horrible.

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March 4, 2006

Photo Booth

Ben's roomate Nick got a new mac computer the other day. It has this great photo program "Photo Booth" and a camera on the computer. I almost peed my pants taking pictures, it was so fun. To see me with 3 double chins etc. go to my Flicker page, I gaurantee you will laugh.

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January 15, 2006


Ben and I and a couple of friends experienced the glory of the West side this past Friday at Kuzzin's lounge. None of us had ever been there before. It was Kareoke night. We were serenaded by some of the worst voices I have ever heard- along with some of the worst song selections. At one point this guy who seemed to have some anger issues sang "I'm gonna kill you with the gun in my back pocket" and later we witnessed an amusing catfight on the dance floor. Ben played pool on the players table with the mustache (that neglected to shave in order to fit in a Kuzzin's) and cigarette hanging out of the side of his mouth. Gotta love the West side.

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January 8, 2006

The League is back in town

Above: Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League back in 1920 during the Suffrage movement.

The League of Women Voters is re-opening a chapter here in GR.
The League has evolved since then, but still embodies an important movement for equality today.

They are having their first meeting this Thurs. the 12th at United Way.

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December 2, 2005

white bored

At school in front of the women's studies center (where I work) there's always a big dry erase board on an easel. It has a question on it (sometimes written by me) and an article to go with it. The article always pertains to women's issues in some way and is meant to raise awareness about the issues. The comments often end up totally off track or people don't bother to read the article.

This week the question was about whether an armed forces sexual assault database would help or hinder the effort to deal with sexual assaults within the forces. My immediate reaction was that it would hinder it- but this was far from the response that it recieved.

Some of the comments were: "why on earth would it hinder it?" and "what about sexual assaults on men?" or "why are we disregarding the minority here?" or "this is a power issue not a gender issue". This time I just couldn't take it.

All we do all the time is focus on the group, that happened to be the minority in this case, but in virtually every other sense is the majority; men.

Let me edumacate everyone on some common knowledge in the gender studies world, and if you know this stuff already, holla!

Something like 95% of sexual assault victims are WOMEN assaulted by a MAN.

The remaining 5% of the victims that are MEN, are typically assaulted by another MALE....this was my comment on the board- and in response someone wrote,"hey, not all guys swing that way."

This is a GENDER issue.

The majority of victims of sexual assault are violated by a male they know (ie. husband, boyfriend,neighboor), not by random intruders etc.

Sexual assaults happen to children, infants, teenagers, 90 year old women, 'fat' women, animals etc. Slinky clothing isn't the reason sexual assaults happen.

Sexual assault is about POWER - it is not b/c a man can't get laid otherwise, or b/c he is wired to be a sexual predator.

In my opinon, sexual assault and violence against women are largely accepted as the norm in our society and the burden is on the victim to prove she didn't provoke it.

If you dont believe me, here's what the World Health Organization has to say:

Most studies on violence against women indicate that
* the perpetrators of violence against women are almost exclusively men;
* women are at greatest risk of violence from men they know;
* women and girls are the most frequent victims of violence within the family and between intimate partners
* physical abuse in intimate relationships is almost always accompanied by severe psychological and verbal abuse;
* social institutions put in place to protect citizens too often blame or ignore battered women.

I offer this post up as a challenge to all white men who haven't realized their gender and racial privledge to dig down deep inside and look it right in the face. Then take action and support the Violence Against Women Act.

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November 14, 2005

cherry cordial

I love Homemade Cherry Cordial icecream...I dont even like things that are cherry flavored- but this shit is soooooooooooo good! It is vanilla icecream with chocolate flakes and chunks of cherries. I suggest you give it a try.

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October 20, 2005

the bird flew

I'm not trying to freak everyone out- besides the media has already done that...so here's a couple of links to educate yourselves on bird flu ...and hopefully relieve some paranoia.


(click on the english pdf)

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October 18, 2005

how low can you go

Bush's approval ratings hit a new all time low last week in America...the change came from independents and democrats, believe it or not; his republican base is still standing strong in support of his mis-leadership. Yet, it doesn't really seem like Americans are up in arms, throwing fits over the state of the presidency...with Libby and DeLay (and maybe Cheney) under investigation, the ongoing Katrina disaster, high gas prices, faulty voting in Iraq, flooding in the NE United States,and on and on...have we become completely complacent?

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October 2, 2005


I'm super excited about this show tonight. Lhasa de Sela is one of my favorite musicians right now.

The show starts at 8pm at the UICA and is $12 for non-members, but is well worth it and sure to make for an extrordinary evening.

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September 13, 2005


Notice MY LETTER! There in the middle, to the GR Press!
It was published yesterday in the Pulse opinion section...YEEHAAAW!

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September 9, 2005


Ben and I watched fireworks from the roof of his new apartment in the old Douglas Brothers building on S. Division Ave tonight.

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September 5, 2005

big brother, big mother

after 80's night lastnight ben, sami, hind and i went to ginos pizza and sat on the stoop while i ate a whole foot-long pizza sub and talked about how many times a week we have sex with our significant other.

apparently my phone dialed my parents house while we were sitting there because my mom told me she recieved a call at about midnight and could hear our whole conversation. haha, shit!

obviously it was pretty embarrassing, and a little irritating that she bothered to listen.

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August 13, 2005

Here's Emma

Since my picture didn't load on Ben's site...
Here's Emma, somebodie's weird lookin baby:

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July 31, 2005

rudy and ida

Ben and I were ready to move into an apartment this past week, the only thing was- the landlord didn't want cats.

So, we thought we might be able to find a place for ben's little girls to stay...to no avail.

We decided yesterday that we liked rudy and ida better than the apartment and we're going to tell them we don't want to sign a lease anymore.

Today I saw rudy and ida again, thank god we didn't give them away...they're so good.

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July 22, 2005

The Grapevine

Last night Emily and I made a much too long delayed visit to our former place of work, "Gibsons Restuarant".

I worked in The Grapevine section as a bus girl, then waitress and hostess, for about 4 years starting when I was fifteen.

The Restaurant is currently family owned, but recently reluctantly sold the building to the capitalists the "Gilmore Group" who plan to change the "historical mansion" into a 'family oriented' dining experience.

The same folks still work there and it hasn't changed much. It was nice to chat at the bar with all of them again. I plan to go there again on Saturday July 30th for their last day as 'Gibson's Restaurant'. I encourage everyone to stop in and support this hardworking family and the end of a great restaurant. There's also supposed to be wine etc. for sale much below the normal cost!

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July 20, 2005

I Quit!

I left this morning at 10am for Grand Rapids for good.I quit the Charlevoix 'scullary maid' job. I'll be around if anyone wants to hangout. I start my schoolyear job on Monday I think.

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July 16, 2005

Manor House

Ben, the other cook Ed, and I have been watching the PBS series "Manor House" each night in an attempt to soothe our despair with the work at this place.

The series is a British reality show where 21st century people are transported to this huge manor house and must transform every detail of their lives according to the social expectations of Edwardian Era. It is full of hierarchy, regulations, and long hours and is often hillarious.

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July 7, 2005

Back in GR and then on to Indiana and then back to...

Ben and I have been back in GR for two days. What a relief! GR has turned into a big city while we were gone, or maybe Charlevoix has been too small. I was about to quit last weekend. Its still up in the air.

Tomorrow morning Ben and I are leaving for Indiana for a wedding...then after that back to Charlevoix...again.

We watched a Japanese movie on a big projection screen down in the park tonight with about 40 people or so - couldn't tell who they were though, it was too dark.

I need an apartment in GR for August. My lease is up August 1st. A studio or one bdroom for cheap.

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June 26, 2005

Talk to the hand

I took this picture of Ben the other night when he was trying on his sunglasses...those were purposeful, but the briefs were a 'mistake'.

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June 22, 2005

Bad Day

ben and i organized an eleven year olds beach birthday party today...when we were biking down to the beach a car started coming up the gravel rode and ben yelled 'look out!" and i swirved and wiped out. i guess i bounced twice on the ground. here's my abrasion.....

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June 15, 2005

GR for surreal...

Ben and I are back in GR for a day or so...then off to Chicago for wedding, bridal shower etc. It feels good to be here....not real though.

I missed my cat and my dog and my parents :)

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