Monthly Archives: January 2007

Today We Have Broken The Marble Ceiling

Yesterday, Thurs. Jan. 4, 2007, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) was sworn in as Speaker of the House of Representatives for the United States of America.
A woman of my mother’s generation, a woman who got married at 20, a woman who was a stay at home mom, a woman who entered the work world as a congresswoman at age 49, a woman who has been married for 43 years, that woman, this Nancy Pelosi is now second-in-line for the Presidency of the United States of America. The third most powerful person in our nation.
Thank God. Thank God. Thank God. The marble ceiling has been broken.
To my mother, the woman who in her twenties, in the early 1960s, was repeatedly told that women could only be teachers or nurses. To my mother, the woman who was denied entrance into the family business in any capacity other than a secretary due to her gender. To my mother, the woman who was born the same year as Nancy Pelosi. To my mother, the woman who has been a mother, a teacher, and a activist, I dedicate this post.
To all the women of my mother’s and Nancy’s generation, Thank You All for breaking the Glass and Marble ceilings!
A quote from Rep. Pelosi’s acceptance speech from SFGate.com:

“And I thank my constituents in San Francisco and to the state of California for the privilege of representing them in Congress. Saint Francis of Assisi is our city’s patron saint, and his song of St. Francis is our city’s anthem: ‘Lord, make me a channel of thy peace; where there is darkness may we bring light, where there is hatred, may we bring love, and where there is despair, may we bring hope.’
“Hope, hope, that is what America is about and it is in that spirit that I was sent to Congress.
“And today, I thank my colleagues. By electing me speaker, you have brought us closer to the ideal of equality that is America’s heritage and America’s hope.
“This is an historic moment — and I thank the leader for acknowledging it. I think you Leader Boehner. It is an historic moment for the Congress, and an historic moment for the women of this country. It is a moment for which we have waited over 200 years. Never losing faith, we waited through the many years of struggle to achieve our rights. But women weren’t just waiting; women were working. Never losing faith, we worked to redeem the promise of America, that all men and women are created equal. For our daughters and granddaughters, today we have broken the marble ceiling. For our daughters and our granddaughters, the sky is the limit, anything is possible for them.

Goodbye Bionic Records HB

Goodbye Bionic Records HB

The best record store in Orange County, Bionic Records (the Huntington store), has closed its doors today after many years of being the best light in otherwise dull North OC suburbia.
The lease on the space had come up for review the the landlords decided to raise the rent beyond what Bionic could afford. They have packed up, patched up, and moved lock, stock, and barrel to the Cypress store.
The manager, Mike (seen patching the wall above), assured me that all the staff would be working at the Cypress store.
Oh, the local neighborhood has now descended into blandness beyond repair. Danged landlords.

Sorry, We Had To Lose The Stool For That One

Sorry, We Had To Lose The Stool For That

“Sorry, We Had To Lose The Stool For That One,” were the last words out of Paul of the Harbortown Saints that I heard as I departed Alex’s last night. The Harbortown Saints were on fire and are more amazing than ever. Hello SoCal, wake up! Best new band playing around in Long Beach.
Billy Burke has departed as guitarist for the Harbortown Saints and Roger Ramjet (formerly of the Humpers, the ADZ, and the Smut Peddlers) has come on board. With Billy departed the band’s laconic blues punk style and with Roger the band has amped up to a ripping, searing jump blues punk. Hot diggity.
And Roger, sometime recently, probably coinciding with his marriage, has gotten smokin’ hott. Yes, no longer the kinda cute, but really scary guitarist for the Peddlers, Mr. Ramjet has taken to marriage like a duck to water and is lookin’ good. Good on Mrs. Ramjet for taking a diamond in the rough and giving it a good polish…. ;o)
The best outfit of the night goes to Max, of the Habortown Saints and Vooduo. Max was wearing a fabulous Teddy Boy suit coat with a red button up shirt, a string bowtie, black jeans, black electrician boots, and a porkpie hat. Now there is an ensemble! Max said that only one company is making Teddy Boy suit coats anymore and that he has 3 of them. Go Max Go! Please single handedly bring back good, adventurous male fashion.
Even better on the Harbortown Saints for the great music last night. Ok, gentlemen, when are you releasing a full album / CD? Inquiring listening ears want to know.

Repackaged and Reformulated

Repackaged and Reformulated

Why is it that my two favorite products, St. Ives Collagen Elastin lotion and KMS’s Daily Shampoo, after years of excellent, consistent products, both decide to reformulate (for the worse in both cases) and repackage their products? On top of the fact that both St. Ives and KMS have replaced excellent lotion (SI) and shampoo (KMS) with gross, candy-esque smelling “New”, “Improved” reformulations. Yuck.
Obviously, both companies have nose / smelling dead formulators. On top of the bizarre smells like fruity jolly rancher “New” “Improved” scents, both the lotion and the shampoo were repackaged into pearly organic shaped bottles that look just like Suave products but cost 2-5 times a much…
On top of the upgraded “Salon” pricing structure, KMS got rid of a daily shampoo for normal hair and now only has sickening jolly rancher cotton candy shampoo for Moist/damaged/repair, smoothing, straightening, and volume hair. I have plenty of volume, thank you. I do not want to straighten my hair, it has a nice wave, thank you. I do not want my hair oily within the hour from the Moist shampoo, thank you. KMS, I don’t want to smell like a jolly rancher candy. Thank you, I will start buying Biolage or Whole Foods brand, half the KMS price, all the normal/daily shampooing with no extras.
KMS and St. Ives – Pass go, do not collect my $200, go straight to bad marketing / product design jail.