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I thought I should explain to you just how insane I am. [Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 2008|11:02 pm]
The richest girl in town.
So, I've been pretty busy during the last few weeks. It's a good busy, even if challenging on a bunch of fronts, professional, creative, personal, and otherwise. If for no other reason than I keep forgetting myself what I'm in the middle of, I thought I'd lay it all out there.

- Still banging away on an anti-oppression training manual for facilitators working with children of LGBTQ parents. This is challenging because of the broad audience for which I'm writing--youth and adults; folks of differing racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds; people with various family structures/compositions; and of course those with varying degrees of familiarity and experience working with youth and people of color and discussing the intersections of oppression. I'm finding it hard sometimes to articulate what I know in a manner that all parties will find useful.

- I'm writing an annual report. This is much simpler for some reason.

- My current work assignment ends February 29th, so I'm looking for another job for March. Games and really interesting tech are kinda calling to me again. Let me know if you hear of something.

- I'm trying to wrangle musicians to put together a jazz performance at an upcoming Hubba Hubba Revue at the Uptown in Oakland.

- I'm the press secretary for a congressional campaign. The candidate hasn't announced yet; more about that soon.

- As a member of Just Cause and the Oakland Rising coalition, I'm a team leader for our electoral work--this means I'm organizing canvassers to door-knock and phone bank to make sure voters in the flatlands of East and West Oakland turn out for the February, June, and November elections.

In fact, if you live in Oakland and I have your email address, you should have received a message yesterday about the canvassing we're doing this Saturday for the February 5th primary. Here are the details:

As the electoral season is upon us, we're trying to get out the vote for the February, June, and November elections. Not only is the White House up for grabs this year, but plenty of local and state seats, not to mention measures that more directly affect our communities, will be on the ballot. We want Oakland to come out in full-force and vote, so I'm asking you guys--most of whom live or have lived in Oakland--to walk a precinct with me to get out the vote.

What? We'll ask registered, "occasional" voters if they're planning to vote on Feb. 5, who they intend to vote for, and what issues are most important to them.

When? Saturday, January 26th at 10 a.m.

Where? Meet up at the Just Cause office, 1611 Telegraph Ave # 415, Oakland, CA 94612.

Please let me know if you're interested in coming!

ALTERNATIVELY: We also need people to staff our phone bank Tuesday-Thursday of this week and next, from 5-8 p.m. We'll be calling the people whose doors we've knocked on to remind them to vote, make sure they know where their polling places are, and find out if they need rides.

I'll be phone banking next Wednesday, January 30th. Please let me know if you're interested in doing that instead.

- I'm also involved with the Just Cause steering committee, am still participating in the JCO study group, and am involved with two work groups (Oakland tenant rights and public housing/Section 8). It's a lot of time and energy, but it feels good.

- One of these days, I should write again--something that isn't a training manual or annual report or policy summary. I think I may have just enough time to start writing a daily haiku or senryu.
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[User Picture]From: elusis
2008-01-24 07:34 am (UTC)
Wanna get together and beat our heads against our queer writing projects this Sunday?
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-01-24 07:36 am (UTC)
Yes, please!
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[User Picture]From: elusis
2008-01-24 07:44 am (UTC)
Awesome. I am tired of avoiding this thing.
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[User Picture]From: olamina
2008-01-24 09:25 am (UTC)
billetdoux does, I think, interesting tech
http://www.thebarbariangroup.com/v3/

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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-01-24 08:54 pm (UTC)
okay, that's hot. i should chat up this person.
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[User Picture]From: olamina
2008-01-24 08:58 pm (UTC)
yes! you can tell him i sent you since i am a friend of his good friend verbavolant.
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[User Picture]From: rag_and_bone
2008-01-24 02:07 pm (UTC)
i admire your involvement. and i look forward to the day you write daily haiku!
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-01-25 07:59 am (UTC)
We'll see if I get around to it. It's sad that I have to plan for 17 syllables a day.
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[User Picture]From: bugsinamber
2008-01-24 08:31 pm (UTC)
In the immortal words of the imitable RuPaul - You betta work, bitch! *wags finger up and down in front of you in fierce drag queen fashion*

Bullshit aside, that's a hefty but admirable workload you got there. Good luck with all of it!
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-01-25 08:00 am (UTC)
Thanks--now here's hoping I don't fuck any of it up.
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[User Picture]From: josienutter
2008-01-25 03:57 am (UTC)
What are you doing the evening of 2/18? DG? :D :D
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-01-25 07:59 am (UTC)
Huh. I think that might be tough--I'd be working the next day, and I live in Oakland and don't have a car. But we shall see. How long are you in town for? When does GDC start?
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[User Picture]From: josienutter
2008-01-25 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm doing the volunteer thing again, so we have these awful mandatory 8am meetings, ugh. (So it'll be a fairly early-ish night for me at least.) Got talked into it by some gothy geek boys.

I'll be in town from the 17th til the 22nd. I wanted to make a longer trip of it, but I don't want to fall too behind on school crap. :(
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[User Picture]From: mraec614
2008-01-25 07:28 pm (UTC)

aw man!

I'm gonna be in San Jose this weekend and I wish the revue was then so I could come up and bring my horn section to just jazz your ass off! dammit.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-01-25 07:31 pm (UTC)

Re: aw man!

Ooohh... Any clarinets?
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[User Picture]From: mraec614
2008-01-25 07:33 pm (UTC)

Re: aw man!

i have access to players of allllll kinds. it would have been awesome to bring a gang for a weekend, we all need the break/fun work. i'm booked somewhere in SJ and back down in Long Beach the next night...

I don't know anyone in the Oakland area, though, sorry :(
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2008-01-25 07:40 pm (UTC)

Re: aw man!

Darn. I've never heard your music--do you have a link to a MySpace page or something?
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[User Picture]From: mraec614
2008-01-25 07:48 pm (UTC)

Re: aw man!

sure! uhhh

the ska-punk band is at myspace.com/chaselongbeach
the indie folk rock band is at myspace.com/borissmile, though

i laid keys and horn down on a couple tracks in '03 with
myspace.com/otherdesertcities

and i have a little side project that hibernates for months at a time before we spend 8 hours straight recording new stuff at: myspace.com/latandlong

whew.
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