Journal (The Ember Update)
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We recently said farewell to our friend Troy for the second time this year.
The first occasion was when Troy, a lobbyist, went to Nevada for six months as part of the IDPI, to convince religious leaders to come out in favor of Nevada's marijuana decriminalization ballot initiative. He succeeded, with 33 religious leaders from 15 denominations announcing their support for replacing marijuana prohibition with reasonable regulations … but sadly the ballot measure failed (this time around).
Now Troy is moving to the west coast for his new job with MAPS. We've seen him at a couple events this month, but he also visited the Happy Cabin for a wonderful evening of good conversation. We talked about creating positive change through activism and discussed personal development. Among many other useful bits of information, Troy gave me the name of his Zapchen Somatics life coach, who sounds even better than what I've imagined finding. We'll see…
Troy was recently featured as a case study on a recent hour-long CNN special on the science of happiness. Here's his 6:44 segment, courtesy of YouTube.
A web site I've helped create over the last two months has launched: DivaCompetition.com. I developed the information architecture and application flow, designed the "look and feel" and provided templates, forms and other content in XHTML and CSS. My cohorts in our makeshift Green Man Web Works partnership are Dorian Winterfeld and Christian Stone, who did the backend development in Java. Good luck Rasta with the new venture!
It's party season: we went to two Burner parties last weekend.
Meredith and Lunar Larry invited everyone out to the "Potomac Mansion," dressed in naughty or nice attire. I didn't take my camera, but I did use Meredith's a bit. Below are a few photos from Meredith's album:
Mer and Silver:
Twist, Mer and me (as it happens, we three found our costumes at a private "emptying the attic" costume sale at Master's Tuxedo a few months back)
Brenda with Mer:
More at Meredith's album.
a.k.a. Bronwen's 30th Birthday Booty Bash and Bronwen, Cael, Na'la and Bink's Fuzzy Wuzzy Housewarming Party…
Another fun event, where we were instructed to: WEAR BOOTY SHORTS, LINGERIE, MONSTER FUR, FUZZY BURNER GEAR, SLIPPERS, BUNNY EARS, PJ'S OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT IS COMFY AND CREATIVE! THINK CUTE ASS UNDIES… A BIG FUZZY COAT… AND FURRY SLIPPERS.
Since Kevin (Twist) blew out one of the pockets on his pleather pants at Santarchy, he decided to cut both pockets out for the Booty Bash (leaving a little pleather strip to cover his nether-privates), and wore his doggy slippers. He looked fabulous and really wowed folks when he took his coat off. (My outfit, a tailored vintage black slip — gifted to me by Lusty at BM — and furry slippers naturally garnered less notice than bare butt cheeks.) We finally got to know more of the folks in the DC Burners crowd at this party. Click on any photo below to see more:
I've been hard at work helping build a web site for a new online dance competition founded by Rasta Thomas (who is currently featured on the cover of MOVMNT Magazine). We hope to launch DivaCompetition.com in early January.
Presently I'm also finishing up an e-commerce web site for our favorite local store, Mountain Mystic Trading Company.
I still haven't taken the National Certification Exam for massage therapists, and while I was hoping to do so before 2007, at this point it's doubtful (I need to get the study book and study).
A photograph I took of a mirage is going to be published in a book next fall, "Kaleidoscope Sky" by Tim Herd. Another of redwood bark and leaf is going to appear in Highlights for Children magazine. A third appears here on Exhibitor Magazine online (of a porthole at Monterey Bay Aquarium).
And I'm finally listing my Beetle for sale, now that I've gotten the engine rebuilt and replaced the turbo charger, etc.
I'm going to be looking for more design work in January (web, print, packaging), if anyone has a project coming up. Any chance you might need a massage too? Email me!
This annual Burner event "… started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have reached Critical Xmas and Santarchy is now a global phenomenon." [source] The bulk of DC Santarchists (100+) met by 2pm on the National Mall and traipsed around the city giving away gifts and candy, singing rude Christmas songs and generally whooping it up. As the evening approached, drinking, dancing and debauchery proceeded indoors at various bars and establishments… Click on any photo below to see more:
I've been way behind on updating my journal, so I've posted eight new updates (not including today's) under previous month's pages: