Stupid Girls

Monday, September 27, 2004

that gal o mine

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We had a nearly-illegal amount of fun together this weekend. We didn't do a damn thing special.

We cruised around, looking for yard sales. We cleaned out her car trunk. We saw two, dollar movies: Cat Woman and The Terminal. We shopped a dollar store. We went to her job and worked on one of her projects.

I guess the reason it was so much fun was because we really enjoy each other.
Oh, we bicker and whine. We --literally-- poke each other in the eye and step on each other's feet. We get paranoid about each other's motives and meanings.

Each of us has had her heart, mind, spirit and body broken by stupid, cruel, selfish, cold-blooded people. We have every reason in the world to be suspicious and distrustful.

But we come to our senses reasonably quickly. We talk until we understand each other, no matter how angry or hurt we might be.

She's my best friend. In fact, she's the best friend I've had in many years.

And I'm still crazy in love with her. A gesture, a look in her eye, that lower lip pout, a phrase... it doesn't take much for me to be all gushy.

I'm so the luckiest girl in the world.

There's so much I can't write in these dang blogs yet.

But you'll have to just take my word for it: she's a miracle.

And funny as hell.

When we first moved in, my old cat, Mugwart, peed in her closet a few times. He's old, sick and not-quite-right in the head. And he's stubborn. He likes to pee in the shower. Her closet is right outside the bathroom door; guess he thought it was a shower.

Well, one night, she was hanging her bag in her closet. She said, "It's been two days since anybody peed in the closet."

Just then, her bag fell off the hanger and startled her. It holds her pager, cell phone and other stuff she needs for her job. So, it startled her and it made her laugh.

So hard, she peed on the floor!

I was standing right there and just fell out, laughing... which made her laugh more...which made her pee more...

oh, lordy!

Every now and again, when I want to tease her, I just quietly say, "It's been two days since anybody peed in my closet." And we bust up laughing.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Space woman

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Caltech Distinguished Lecture Series Starts Season this Sunday

Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God Live On Stage (& DVD)
Last Season's Lecture Videos Now Available Online



Caltech Distinguished Lecture Series Begins New Season this Sunday: Women in Science:
From Ancient Times to the 21st Century

Science journalist Laura S. Woodmansee, author of Women Astronauts and Women of Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier, will talk about the changing role of women in science from ancient times to today. Laura will discuss how the pioneering women of science overcame obstacles to follow their dreams. Today, women work in every field of science and space exploration, but it hasn’t always been this way. Even today, women are underrepresented in most technical fields. Laura has interviewed many powerful women in science including astronauts Sally Ride, Eileen Collins, Susan Helms, Shannon Lucid, the late Kalpana Chawla of Space Shuttle Columbia, Jill Tartar of SETI, Mars engineer Donna Shirley, and many others. Discover what experiences and advice these role models have shared. Laura's new company, Space Girl Productions (, creates entertaining educational video s and DVDs. Book signing to follow lecture.

Plus: Skeptic publisher Michael Shermer will regale skeptics with tales from his month-long adventure with Frank Sulloway's expedition to retrace Darwin's footsteps in the Galapagos islands and document the ecological changes over the past century and a half.

Sunday, September 26, 2:00 p.m Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech, Pasadena, CA. Details and Directions

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Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God" Live On Stage (and on DVD!)

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Simultainiously, and by sheer coincidence, Julia is about to unveil the the finished show. Renamed Lettinging Go of God", it just began previews at the Hudson Theater Backstage. Opening night is Friday, October 8, and is already sold out. It runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 3.
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Saturday, September 18, 2004

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Consulate General of Israel
To the Southwest
Israeli GLBT Activist Noa Sattath to Visit Albuquerque
September 20, 2004

Ms. Noa Sattath is chairperson of the Jerusalem Open House, a GLBT group in
Jerusalem, Israel. She has been a board member of the JOH since 2001. � She
is a founder and leader of the women's group in the Open House and
participated in the organizing committee of the first two pride parades in Jerusalem.�

Noa is the head of the WorldPride committee and a member of the programming
and fund raising committees in the Open House. As a board member she is
responsible for activities and volunteers for the JOH and initiated several
out-reach programs.

Noa will be discussing the following topics:
* ����GLBT life in Israel �
* ����Judaism and Homosexuality
* ����Israeli and Palestinian GLBT life in Jerusalem
* ����2005 World Pride Parade in Jerusalem

the women of wal*mart

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Geri L. Dreiling, AlterNet
A gender discrimination lawsuit offers a glimpse inside the
nation's largest private employer and its treatment of
women. It ain't pretty.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

women's suffrage

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