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it's been awhile.

ended up here after some zen navigation (wonkette->fleshbot->Sicily's blog) & was a bit surprised (but not TOO) to see some internecine strife in the SG empire.

anyway, it's been, for the most part, a rotten couple of months, but things seem to be shaping up. kinda.

a couple of days into August on my days off I got a call...
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tororo:
Hi rats!

Hello? (...llo? ...lo?...o?...?)

Sounds like an empty cave here... (cave here... ere...)

Are you still around here? (...here... ere...)
tororo:
Hey! you're online! I can see you!
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this is what happened to me last night:


it's not as bad as it looks & I've been thinking of making up a cool story to go along with the injuries, but the fact isI went down to the bar that I usually drink at on my bike with my guitar on my back (I thought they were going to have an open-mic night...
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tororo:
Is the guitar OK?
takeshi21:
Yeah, like Tororo asked, is the guitar OK? You'll heal, but for the love of God and all that is holy, what about the fucking guitar?!?

Hey, I've got a few questions for you regarding prison and the healthcare system for the inmates. Know anything about that?
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a rather quaint bit of arcana I came across that seems a bit out-dated when considering the current situation in Iraq & Afghanistan:

The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same...
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sang & played guitar in front of an audience last night for the first time (the song: Taneytown, by Steve Earle)

frightening as hell, but I'm glad I did it.
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tororo:
Dear ratsonjulia

Today's your birthday! As the last thing you posted about was about your debut as a music performer, I sincerely hope that the explanation for your long absence from SG pages is, you kept on singing continually since then, thus having no time left for anything else...
If it is so, it's a good thing...
... so as a birthday gift, accept this encouragement :

Reasons briefly set downe by th'auctor, to perswade euery one to learne to singe:
-First, it its a knowledge easily taught, and quickly learned, where there is a good Master, and an apt Scholer.
-2. The exercise of singing is delightfull to Nature, and good to preserve the health of Man.
-3. It doth strenghten all parts of the brest, and doth open the pipes.
-4. It is a singuler remedie for a stutting and stamering in the speech.
-5. It is the best meanes to procure a perfect pronunciation, and to make a good Orator.
-6. It is the onely way to know where Nature hath bestowed the benefit of a good voyce; which guift is so rare, as there is not one among a thousand that hath it: and in many, that excellent guift is lost, because they want Art to expresse Nature.
-7. There is not any Musicke of Instruments whatsoever, comparable to that which is made of the voyces of Men, where the voyces are good, and the same well sorted and ordered.
-8. The better the voyce is, the meeter it is to honour and serue God there-with, and the voyce of Man is chiefely to be imployed to that ende.

Since singing is so good a thing, I wish all Men would learne to singe.

WILLIAM BYRD
(Preface to The Songs of Sadnes)





I wish you the best 32th year, dear 'onjulia.

[Edited on Jun 27, 2005 2:27AM]
morgan:
happy birthday!
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from an email sent this morning to a friend in Ecuador:

had a somewhat frightening episode yesterday in that I was up at a fairly decent hour (that's not the frightening part--merely unusual) & ran around town getting some errands taken care of, one of which was getting a haircut. got the haircut, & when the barber turned the chair to the mirror so I could...
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bit of trouble at work.

I work graveyard shift at the prison--12 hours a night--& I've been smuggling a little something in to help me thru the shift. a little something that starts with "e"...

that's right, "ebooks on my palm pilot"

anyway, there's kind of an across-the-board ban on portable video game systems, cell phones & such-like--& this includes PDA's.

generally...
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takeshi21:
You lead one of the most interesting lives of the people I know from this site. Simply, I don't often meet well-read, articulate prison guards. I love it.
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oy.

spent three hours last night on my hands & knees looking for a shank.

(actually, not the ENTIRE 3 hours--maybe just the first hour--nonetheless, the on-my-hands&knees part seems most memorable)

thing was, when I got to work the word was that there was muttering in one of the units that a few hits had been handed down & snitches had come forward & snitched & during "yard...
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tororo:
Joy! joy! Ratsonjulia's back!
I mean, the real ratsonjulia, the one that writes wonderfully silly verses just when you're expecting it the less.
If only scientists could calculate in which exact proportions the various spirits the consumption of produces this wonderful phenomenon need to be mixed...
morgan:
The Indigo Girls cover of Romeo and Juliet is indeed beautiful. I love both versions though...The Indigo Girls one if I want to feel passionate, the Dire Straits one if I want to feel mellow.
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from this week's ironic times
CORRECTION
Last week we reported that in order to encourage more responsible use of our resources, the Bush administration will be phasing out the $25,000 tax write-off for purchasing a Hummer, which gets 10-12 miles per gallon, while leaving in place the $2,000 tax credit for buying a hybrid vehicle, which gets over 50 mpg. In fact...
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new favorite movie: Nausicaa.
tororo:
Seriously? I'm the biggest fan of Nausica/ the manga. After stumbling on the Japanese magazine it was prepublished in (O my god... I realize it was early 1981.... Morgan wasn't even born!) I "read" them (sort of) as soon as they were published in Japan..... then some years later I managed to find me the american translation... it's really a story of epic proportions! so I was, inevitably, a bit disapointed with the movie...
Laputa was for long my favorite Studio Ghibli movie, now I have a crush for Spirited Away!
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last night read an interesting article on William Faulkner in The New York Review of Books (god, that sounds pretentious--nonetheless, that's one of the things I did last night)

anyway, came across the following bit (Estelle was Faulkners wife of many years):

"Estelle could never be disentangled from the deepest reaches of [Faulkner's] imagination," Karl writes. "Without Estelle...he could not have continued...
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tororo:
Your accent is perfect.
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filled in last night at our minimum security prison camp (which I don't mind doing because, due to slightly staggered schedules instead of a soul-crushing 12-hour shift , I actually put in flitting-past-like-a-butterfly-on-a-spring-day 11-hour shift--altho I get paid the reg'lar amount)

this is about the third time I've done this, & it's a pretty good gig, but it's kind of wierd going...
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