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  • Mon, 13:26: Preferring to drive at night - upside, no traffic; downside, almost hit 2 deer on the way home last night.

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  • Sun, 01:58: Shit Ray Says When I Wake Him Up: "Zzz... zzz... Huh? Four... zzz... zzz..."

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  • Fri, 17:09: I love my IT guys but how can you not have one copy of MS Publisher in the lab? Not everyone uses Mac or the best programs. Don't judge.

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  • Wed, 13:08: Oh Bigelow English Teatime, how happy you make me...

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Weekend with Ray

Had a great, long weekend with Ray. Things are going well. :)

I went to work on Thursday, and Ray came down late that night. Friday he went in with me and practiced over in Montgomery Hall, our music building, for a while, then we met up with Clint, a friend and co-worker of mine, for lunch in the Great Room, our campus dining hall. Afterwards he got some more work done, and I got a surprising amount of work done myself, knowing I was planning to leave early. Ended up staying later than I thought I would, so we hit Long John Silver to grab food. Friday night was game night, and he took to it quite well - in fact, he made me play Splendor with him after we got home. :)

Saturday we were supposed to meet Kyan for lunch but he bailed, so we slept in, hate a late breakfast, and did some housework (he'd brought some laundry with him). We finally broke for dinner, went to pick up Thai food, then Clint came over and we ate and played Gay Monopoly (Ray won handily).

Sunday we decided to adventure around, and ended up doing a wine tasting at Cove Point Winery (my favorite), then did some shopping around town. When we got hungry, we went to Golden Corral (his first time), then home for more board games (I think he's hooked!).

Ray stayed over Sunday night but left first thing Monday morning, around the time I was getting up to go to work.

I'm totes sprung. He's awesome. :)

Tempest v. Teacup

The changes made today have removed the teeth from the law - the threat of a boycott worked!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/02/mike-pence-religious-freedom_n_6996144.html

"The revised law explicitly bars a business from denying services to someone on the basis of categories that include sexual orientation and gender identity..."

This means Indiana's LGBT protections are back to where they were before (which clearly need to be worked on, as the state lacks comprehensive LGBT protections). But it does put the law in line with the federal law it was originally modelled after and other states that have this law. (In fact, it's somewhat better than other states, as it explicitly mentions sexual orientation and gender identity, which some states do not.)

Another article:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/02/397042514/indiana-arkansas-struggle-with-changes-to-religious-freedom-laws

"Lawmakers meeting in Indianapolis on Thursday approved changes to the law to prohibit service providers 'from using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide services, goods, facilities or accommodations. It also bars discrimination based on factors that include race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service...' It is the first time the Hoosier state has defined either sexual orientation or gender identity a protected category."

SCA drama vs. modern politics

So, for those who may be following on other social media, the heinous Indiana law has bled into the SCA, because the big 50th year anniversary event is being held there next June. (Alas, being the moderator of a couple of different SCA-related Facebook groups, I've gotten to read and deal with a LOT of drama over it during the last three days since the news made the headlines. Not fun, let me tell ya.) A lot of folk are, of course, boycotting the entire state, which of course means the event might suffer.

However, after all this discussion, I am asking people not to boycott. Here are my reasons you should attend:

*** The event staff is working hard to make sure people are treated equally.

Let's face facts - the event is not going to move. An event of this size takes many years of planning, and the event staff have already invested a couple of years, including signing contracts that would be financially crippling to break. There is no possible way a new staff would be able to pull off the logistics in 18 months elsewhere, let alone find an appropriate venue that isn't already booked by now.

So as soon as this news broke, the staff started figuring out how to mitigate any potential harm to attendees. They're looking into exactly how this law would affect the event, and they're talking to local businesses to make sure they're not discriminating. These folks are local, so they know this site and this area, and they've said not only have they never experienced any discrimination, but that everyone they've talked to agrees this new law is apalling and they will continue to serve everyone equally.

And let's not forget that the staff are average folk just like you and me, with 9-5 jobs and families and lives, and are doing this on an all-volunteer, no-pay basis. Why punish them because of things beyond their control?

*** You will only hurt the SCA.

As I said above, the event isn't moving, so really, who are you hurting by not attending? The SCA. Without enough projected attendees to cover costs, the event could tank financially, and that means the SCA will bear the burden. Don't hold back your dollars from the event just because you don't want to give a few pennies to the state government.

Plus, this event is, by convention standards, a small one-shot. No one on a state level is going to notice if we don't show up. We're nowhere as big a fish as some of the other events, like GenCon, which is huge and annual, or the businesses that are threatening to pull money in the millions.

Look at it this way - you're going to support Indiana LGBT rights groups during this, right? Like Equality Indiana? Well come support the event, too, because they're also going to be in there fighting to make sure that everyone who attends the event will be treated fairly.

Attending means you're supporting your friends, the very same people you claim you want to support.

Now, if you feel the SCA Board of Directors isn't doing enough or should be doing something specific, contact them directly, and don't punish the Indiana folks for it.

*** You don't have to give Indiana any money.

If you plan ahead, you can limit the amount of money you actually spend in the state. Fill up your gas tank before you cross the state line, bring plenty of food with you, etc. You can attend and support your SCA friends while still giving a miniscule amount of money to the state government.

*** Clan Blue Feather will be attending.

Oh yes, we will be there in full force, out and proud, making our presence known, including having a Blue Feather Ball and other activities. By attending the event, you will really be showing how much you support us!

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Of course this is an important issue for many people, including me, and I'm hopeful that with this intense public outcry things will change by next June. Until then, I hope people will think very carefully about their plans for the 50th and decide to support the event

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  • Thu, 18:44: I swear to all that is holy if I never hear the word "Indiana" again it will be too soon. GAH!
  • Thu, 23:44: This year's Pennsic project unexpectedly started to take shape tonight. They called me mad, but I'll show them! I'LL SHOW THEM ALL!

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The hell???

Happy First Day of Spring MY ASS
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  • Thu, 12:51: Saw an old friend last night, today work, haircut, car maintenance, then off to see Ray for long spring break weekend. No complaints! :)

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Spring break!

So great catching up with Kyan last night, but busy day today - work, haircut, car maintenance, then off to see Ray for long spring break weekend. No complaints! :)

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  • Tue, 17:08: Shit Ray Says When I Wake Him Up: "Zzz... zzz... Huh? The cheese is magic... zzz... zzz..."

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  • Thu, 13:52: Rain has turned to sleet has turned to snow, so they're closing up early and I'm heading home. Everybody be careful out there today!

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  • Sat, 19:41: Having fun with a friend visiting from China, but sad to find out Mimi's Caf� closed. A southern California reminder for me is gone. :(

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  • Fri, 12:38: Refusing to believe Leonard Nimoy is gone. Not fair. :(

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  • Mon, 18:25: It's always so cute when people ask about my wife.

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  • Sat, 17:14: What else do you do in a snowstorm? Risk your life by driving to the supermarket! Because everyone makes French toast when it snows.

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  • Wed, 16:53: I am forever grateful that I continue to have amazing bosses who are understanding when I make stupid mistakes. I promise I feel guilty! :/

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  • Mon, 19:14: 2" of snow on the ground, 8-10" more coming, left work early, car winterized, fire started, bear ears hat on, eating dinner - good to go!
  • Tue, 09:24: Snow day! Probably got around a foot. Thankfully I don't have to shovel anything.

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The right to arm bears!

That... actually makes a lot more sense.

"This amendment is over the ability to join our law enforcement and last line of national defense, not guns at all.

Every person has the right to be part of our collective protection system – the right to join in our militia, for enforcing our laws, for defending against insurrection and invasion, shall not be infringed. Every person who is of age has the right to keep and bear arms within the well-regulated, the government managed militias."

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/11/2nd-amendment-wrong/

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  • Wed, 00:46: Man, I hate it when life is peaceful & content without thinking of people I hate, then WHAM! They pop up out of nowhere. Go be not here, K?

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  • Wed, 21:40: Moderating FB groups is like running an event or a con, except it goes 24/7/365, no one sleeps, and you still have to work your day job. UGH

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Facebook drama

As I said elsewhere, moderating SCA Facebook groups is like being the autocrat of an event, or running the encampment at Pennsic, or being the Chair of a con, but the event never ends - it keeps going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And it's being attended by 14,000 people from around the world, all on different schedules, so there's never a time when everyone's asleep all at the same time. And on top of that you still have to work your mundane day job and have a life.

I am grateful that things have mostly settled down, and that I have Laura and Janet to work with.

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  • Sat, 20:09: Little dtunk frkm a wine tadting. Whee!

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  • Mon, 16:22: My friend Sev has lost his social standing - he's no longer the only person to throw up in my car. (Well, at least on it.)

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  • Fri, 18:26: Thank you, bank, for cancelling my check card right as I'm going away for the weekend with 40 minutes notice until you close. So helpful!

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  • Thu, 12:03: Apparently I got fired as a mod from one of the Facebook groups I help run, but no one bothered to tell me. RUDE. ;)

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  • Fri, 14:58: You know, if you're a business that says you provide a service, but only at certain times, you might want to put that on your website?

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  • Wed, 10:25: Nothing like getting ready for work only to find out you didn't have to. (Fuck my shitty cell reception and where did this snow come from?)

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  • Tue, 20:45: Christmas was amazing. Gifts exchanged, great food, too many cookies, family didn't fight, old friends remain zany and new friends made. :)
  • Tue, 20:47: I think I'm ready for New Year's Eve. Dinner and party plans, hotel booked, friends confirming attendance. Now for that midnight smooch...

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  • Mon, 13:24: I have one thing left to do at work before I can leave, and it's the one thing that's broken on the network. ARGH.

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  • Sat, 18:26: I have decided I wish to play Captain Hook in a production of "Peter Pan Live." Someone make that happen. KTHNXBAI
  • Sun, 04:12: It's not really a party until the Chinese boy plays accordion naked. (Yes, that really happened, granted via Skype.)

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  • Wed, 13:36: Bought my first pair of reading glasses yesterday. AND SO IT BEGINS...

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  • Tue, 17:57: Yesterday I wanted to leave early because I wasn't getting anything done, and today I want to leave early because I got so much done. ;)

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  • Sat, 23:52: My baby is back and good as new (and didn't cost me a dime). I once again feel like I'm driving my desk and not scraping my ass on the road.

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  • Fri, 16:41: Evidence and testimony given, waiting on the decision and sanctions. After that, I make my own decisions about what to do next.

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  • Thu, 21:45: No Cube today. Cube tomorrow. There's always a Cube tomorrow.
  • Thu, 22:09: A fire every night is nice, but a stove isn't the same as a Pennsic campfire (plus no one to talk to & the cats aren't as funny as they...

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  • Wed, 16:44: Two things I did not expect to have to do this week - order flowers for a funeral and get my cat's butt squeezed. (The two are unrelated.)

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  • Tue, 11:42: Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but that kid robbed me, so do your job, maybe? :/

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  • Thu, 12:20: Guilty, Not. :)
  • Thu, 16:19: Cube dropped off for repairs and rental car acquired. How do you people drive in such tiny cars so close to the ground?
  • Thu, 22:52: Here's a tip - when your squeeze is talking about their day, "I don't care" is not the preferred response. Reactions may be frosty!

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  • Tue, 20:02: It's nice you want to think the best of your friend, but drug dealing and knifing someone? Not someone I want to associate with, thanks.

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  • Mon, 02:28: It's nice to be loved.
  • Mon, 10:48: Your new squeeze wants to be Facebook friends, but your page isn't public. They would be able to see all your history. When do you say ok?

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  • Tue, 14:54: Walked into my office to find a student rifling through my bag. o.O Hello, Public Safety! (Nothing missing, report filed, kid in trouble.)

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  • Sun, 00:03: A stranger at Secrets just stuffed a dollar bill down my pants. And I'm not even working tonight!

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