Monthly Archives: July 2004

The Standard, Sent, and The Sky

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On Saturday evening at 7pm, I met up with Erika at the Standard Hotel in downtown LA for the “Sent” photo exhibition. Xeni Jardin and the SixSpace Gallery put together the first ever cell phone camera photo exhibit. It was wonderful.
The “Sent” exhibition will be up only this week at the Standard until Saturday, but can also be found online at the SentOnline site. The curators had printed out the photos of the invited cell phone artists and lined them up in 6 or so rows on one wall of the Burnette conference room. The online submissions were served slide show style by four monitors along another wall. Very minimalistic, but it showcased the images and brought their beauty into sharp focus.
After meeting Xeni and having a small chat with Darcy, Erika and I went downstairs to the outside patio. I looked up and saw a very tall glass building shooting up into the still bright evening sky in contrast to the calm Japanese aestethic of the patio. I had to take a few photos.

No!!!!

CNN.com reported the following yesterday:

U.S. officials have discussed the idea of postponing Election Day in the event of a terrorist attack on or about that day, a Homeland Security Department spokesman said Sunday.

No! The Constitution of the United States of America states that we vote on the first Tuesday in the month of November every fourth year. Our best way to combat terrorism or internal GOP corruption is to stand firm, stand straight, and stand tall by voting on Tues. November 2, 2004 regardless. Democracy is waged in all the little precincts all over the nation, democracy is not waged with fear.
To quote Mr. Paul Hewson (aka Bono) from his May 19, 2004 commencement address at the University of Pennsylvannia:

Me, I’m in love with this country called America. I’m a huge fan of America, I’m one of those annoying fans, you know the ones that read the CD notes and follow you into bathrooms and ask you all kinds of annoying questions about why you didn’t live up to that

File Under : UGH!

Today the US Postal Service returned my rent checks and the torn envelope they went out in back to me in a plastic bag with a letter, that said:

July 7, 2004
Postal Customer
Re: Damage Mail
Dear Sir/Madam:
I apologize for the condition of the enclosed envelope you mailed at the Plaza Station in Orange, CA on or about July 6, 2004. [note: actually July 3rd]
Apparently, someone put “human excrement” in the collection box which covered approximately 37 pieces of out going mail. We have bagged each piece of damaged mail and returning it to you. Also, I have enclosed a 37 cent stamp so you can re-mail this item.
I recognize these are bills so you can copy this letter for your creditors. I’m requesting any late fees not be assessed to you for this was out of your control. If your ceditors need further information they can contact me at xxx-xxx-xxxx, [note: number x’d out by Jen] Monday thru Friday.
Again please accept my apology for the condition of your mail.

UGH!
Other than the local USPS customer service manager’s inability to spell and grammar check his letter, the worst/repelling part of opening the large white envelope was the sight and smell of the enclosed plastic bag with the brown stained remnants of two rent checks. I entertained the possibility of taking a picture of it and posting it here, but decided to reproduce the apology letter instead.
How to explain this to the landlady? My other two big questions are what idiot decided to put shit in the mail box over Fourth of July weekend and why did this person think it would be a fine thing to do?

Amusing House Finch Behavior

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Whenever the tube bird feeder in the backyard runs out of seed, there is at least one male house finch who will sit on a perch pecking the plastic for over 10 minutes at a go, as if the pecking will fill more seed into the feeder…

Hootenany 2004 : The Award for Best Tree…

…goes to the Oak Tree that is just left of the Main Stage area, if you are facing the stage and watching the bands.
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This particular grand, old california canyon oak, at Oak Canyon Ranch adjacent to Irvine Lake, stretches our over 100 feet in every direction and provided shade for over 300 people most of the day on Saturday. At past Hootenannies, many of my friends spent most of the day parked on blankets or towels under this tree. Long may it live!

Hootenany 2004 : The Best Oak Tree

…goes to the Oak Tree that is just left of the Main Stage area, if you are facing the stage and watching the bands.
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This particular grand, old california coastal oak, at Oak Canyon Ranch adjacent to Irvine Lake, stretches our over 100 feet in every direction and provided shade for over 300 people most of the day on Saturday. At past Hootenannies, many of my friends spent most of the day parked on blankets or towels under this tree. Long may it live!

I have GMail Invites… in exchange for a good laugh!

About 2 or so weeks ago, I was reading Tom Coates’ Plasticbag and made a silly comment (due to lateness of the hour and the glass of Sangre de Toro I was drinking). Tom sent me an invite to Gmail and requested the following:

I hope you enjoy it – and you’ll probably find in a couple of weeks that you can invite some people as well. Could I ask that once you’ve give a couple to friends and family, you give the last one to a complete stranger who says something funny on the internet?
Thanks!
Tom

Thank you, Tom! And he was right, after two weeks on the Gmail system, I now have invites to give out.
So, my faithful readers and folks who just tripped in via a search engine, make a good funny comment or tell a good funny story, and I will give a few Gmail invites out.