Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I'm still around. What have I been up to?

- discovered I have very high cholesterol. Have been put on a low carbohydrate, low fat diet. I am hungry all the time.
- went to three pool parties over the Memorial Day weekend. They were alright, saw some people I knew.
- have been working on my coroner's inquest book. Have decided I'll have to do two or three volumes, there are so many cases.
- going on a road trip to California next week. Looking forward to seeing LeGrand, Matt, James, and George.
- and busy finishing reports at work. What will I be doing next?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ten years ago same sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts. My friends Mark and Jim were the first gay couple I knew who were married. I remember just being surprised. When you grow up and lived through a time when gay people had no civil rights, could be fired from their jobs, arrested for having sex- it just seemed remarkable that my friends could get married.

In the years since, more and more states have legalized same sex marriage. As of this week, 12 federal courts in a row have ruled that the bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional.

On Monday, my friends Erik and Robert were married in Arkansas. I am so happy for them. As of toward, 39 percent of American citizens live in states where same sex marriage is legal.

And every once in a while I visit the National Organization for Marriage's blog or their Facebook page. You would never know about all of the recent victories. The group lives in an alternate reality where when two Republican lawmakers in Indiana lose in a primary, that NOM is winning. This particular graphic is amazing.

Courtesy, National Organization for Marriage.

I suspect that Arizona will be one of the last to legalize, most likely when the Supreme Court gets around to ruling on the issue. Now I just need to find someone to marry.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

He is such a lovable dog. Likes his tummy rubs. Wants to lick my face.

Wish he wasn't so crazy about the cats. They can never be in the same place. But I've gotten good about that, and the cats don't sit at the window screaming at him like they used to.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

On Monday I went to the Trampled by Turtles concert at the Rialto. The opening band Spirit Family Reunion was great. TBT was awesome. Wish I could play banjo like Dave, the very handsome banjo player.

Trampled by Turtles. 

The next day I had a sore throat, which I thought was concert-related. Caramia called me to go over to the fort, where a circular pit was found during final grading. It turned out to be an outhouse pit from the fort period (1873-1891) and contained a small, but interesting set of artifacts. We sampled a nearby trench that contained artifacts from about the same period.

Outhouse pit and starting on the trench.

On Wednesday my throat got increasingly sore. I left work early, feeling guilty. I spent most of Thursday and Friday in bed. Interesting to watch the symptoms developed, strengthen, fade away. I thought maybe on Saturday I would be back to normal, but spent most of the day with a fever, ranging from 98.1 to 99.5 degrees.

The only thing productive I have done is to get the ellyptical machine from Sears and with Doug's help, put it together. It is waiting for me to get better before I get on it and get rid of 20 pounds. Doug asked me if it was going to become another thing for me to hang clothes on. I said no.

Hopefully I will soon be able to fit into my cute shirts again.

Being sick and unable to concentrate on normal things means I end up thinking about other things. I discovered something I didn't want to know. I am trying to be mature but at the same time I can't help wondering how stupid I have been.

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