Community Involvement 2012

By no means would I consider myself an active civic participant in my community. I vote, I'm vaguely aware of issues, and I'll occasionally knock on a door or two for a cause I support. But it is an area I often wish I did more, make my voice heard and initiate action on a local level.

It is with that in mind that I've been starting to dabble in community goings on. The first such excursion took me to the Citizen's Action Committee for Skagit Transit. I'm a frequent rider and constantly notice things I think could be improved upon. I feel my e-mails fall on deaf ears and face to face suggestions are harder to brush off. The experience was a good one, although I had to duck out of the meeting early. The group was appreciative of me coming and we had a valuable discussion of my idea. I felt heard and hopefully something will come of it.

Secondly, I've been agonizing over the amount of electricity consumed (and therefore money spent) on street lights quite a bit lately. The idea was reinforced by an episode of This American Life and spurred me to action. I contacted my local city councilman* and we talked about the idea. I'm planning on putting forth a proposal at the next city council meeting.

While neither thing really means much in the grand scheme of things, it feels good to start to understand how things do get done, where to start. Hopefully I will follow through on the ideas I have and see them become a reality. But even if not, I am trying and that matters (at least to me).
Tuesday March 13 2012File under: Anacortes

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FC 162 - Swimming (In Style) With the Fishes


Someone once said of my Friday Comics, "they may not be that funny or that well-drawn, but they are always there!"* Well, now I don't even have that. Instead of every Friday, I've only been managing a comic every other Friday for the past month or so. I'd like to promise that is going to change, or that the quality or funniness will increase to make up for the loss of reliability. But, alas, I can't. I will, however, keep trying!

On a super fun note, the folks over at Potluck Comics featured one of my comics for the third time! While I've vowed not to bow to their you-be-our-promoter business plan, I will say that I like the service they provide and they are worth checking out. If you do happen to cruise over there, I suppose you might as well give my comic an upvote.
Thursday March 8 2012File under: comic

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If I Had $1 Million

It is rare, at least in my life, to handle lots of cash. When the opportunity arose, I couldn't help but taking advantage a little. I don't think I would make a very good millionaire. But I sure would have fun!*
Saturday March 3 2012File under: pics

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Juggling Road Trip - Bellingham WA


A friend down in Pueblo, Colorado (the same one that runs Alternative Commute Pueblo) started a website that profiles different juggling clubs around the country (and world!) He asked that I do a write-up on Bellingham's club and I gladly agreed. The post features a few pictures, a video or two (including a fun one of Amiel and me doing a great run of 8 club), and some basic information.

If you are a part of a juggling club, head over to www.jugglingroadtrip.com to sign your club up! If not, 1) why not? and 2) head over there anyway to check out the fun!
Tuesday February 28 2012File under: juggling, links

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FC 161 - The Meta Catholic


As I must start every post that includes a comic that is even vaguely religious in nature, I'd like to apologize if this comic offends anyone. That is not my intention in the least.

The last minute nature of this comic might have been a hardship but that I was helped out in making the tough decisions and drawing procedures * that I so often can get hung up on. Three cheers for cooperative comicking!

Happy Friday! And I would like to thank each and every one of you* for not giving up Blog du Wren for Lent.
Friday February 24 2012File under: comic

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Troothpicks Are Back!

I trust you all know about the amazing product sweeping the nation, the product that your next party shouldn't be without: Troothpicks! If you don't know of them (or don't yet have your cupboards stocked), check out the website at www.troothpicks.com.

Speaking of Troothpicks, I got my first order in years(!), only my third order ever from a random customer. I was so caught off guard that I figured it must have been spam. But sure enough, the money was in the account and it was all legit. Needless to say, I dove deep into the stats* to see where this manna from heaven came from. The answer: a google search of "non-toxic" dinner party hors d'oerves.

I'm so giddy about the order that I found myself starting to think about starting back up the business (or at least promoting it more than just as a conversation starter at parties*). So get 'em while the gettings good and not only have a fun addition to your next party, but also support yours truly.
Tuesday February 21 2012File under: misc

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Roses are Red 2012

@};- this is a rose
and (=^;^=) this is a cat
<3 can mean love
if you're nerdy like that
Five years of roses
shared here by ya'll
Let's make it 6
So don't drop the ball
Rose is my aunt
My uncle's named Steve
Maybe they've got a poem
Stored up their sleeve
What if our blood
was green and not red?
For Valentine's day
Would we give salad instead?
Ses*, order red roses!
To please Esael Pot*
about palendromic potery
Easy it's not
Our county's funds
Are deep in the red
So let's all move north
To Canada instead
To get your mind ready
To write your awesome rhymes
Have a look back
At the previous times ('11, '10, '11, '09, '08, '07)
                               _   _
With underscores and slashes  (  v  )
rather than roses or a dove    \   /
We nerds use ASCII art          \ /
To express our love              V



You all know the drill. Leave a poem (or two) in the comments below. Rules are as always: follow the Roses are Red rhyme scheme/stress pattern and use either "red" or "rose" in each poem. Feel free to post as anonymously and as often as you like.
Sunday February 12 2012File under: poetry

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FC 160 - Those Airline Peanuts Go Straight To My Thighs


A couple of quick notes: I'm trying out a new format for my comic posts. This way is nice because 1) No need to click to bring up the full comic* 2) I don't have to write a blurb of a certain length to make the layout all work right (which saves everybody from needless rambling). Also, I got another comic featured over at Potluck Comics*, which is kind of neat.

Anyway, hope you enjoy today's comic. And may you all avoid body cavity searches.
Thursday February 9 2012File under: comic

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Word With Friends

Have you played Words With Friends? With their website saying over 20 million people are addicted, chances are you have. I can safely say that I am 1 in 20 million.

For those of you who haven't played, it's Scrabble® with a slightly different board. The great part is, though, that you can take as much time working on the words as you want. And you can be playing as many games at a time as you want. I've currently got 4 going so there is usually a move waiting for me whenever I sit down with it.

Just like in Scrabble, there are many was to approach success. The most points, obviously, is a good one.* Or the best word (using all your letters, or obscure letters together). But one move that I just made that I'm super proud of is stringing words together so they make sense (kind of). While only worth 20 points, "shit here" is my proudest move on that front.

If anyone out there is looking to get in on the action, I'm totally up for starting a new game. My username is my name, no spaces. Find me and let's play!
Tuesday February 7 2012File under: games

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An FKB and Zinzanni Weekend

Seeing a professionally produced* circus show always gets me excited. Seeing two such shows on back to back nights is a real treat! This weekend, I had such a treat courtesy of the Flying Karamazov Brothers and Teatro Zinzanni.

The Karamazov Brothers show was great. It was a nice mix of old routines that I know and love and new tweaks, lyrics, etc. And, like any act you see many times over again, there is always something new to see. This time, I heard a joke for the first time (that I am told has been there for ages): in reference to a Latino insurance company, calling it "Yoyd's of Mexico"*.

Zinzanni was really special. The atmosphere and the decor compliment the show wonderfully. We got in the spirit and got all gussied up as well, a fun once in a rare while treat for me. There were some really great acts (poi tap dance, chinese pole, 3-high acro, hula hoop, contortion dance) and it was tied together well, although a little song heavy for me. And there wasn't nearly enough juggling. Circus without juggling shouldn't even count.

Anyway, if you are looking for a fun night out on the town*, check out FKB at ACT until Feb 12 or hit up Zinzanni, which is pretty much always showing.
Saturday February 4 2012File under: circus

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