September 20th, 2007



You'd think, with all my rad views, that Kucinich would be my candidate. He isn't. He's just a little ridiculous, unfortunately. And he's coming to SLO county.

This Saturday the Kucinich gang will host a $100-a-plate vegan breakfast at a home here in SLO. Honestly, I would love to go. I am so broke right now that I can't see it happening but I think it would be a great opp for me, a chance to see him and his unreal wife up close and to dine vegan with the candidate. Fortunately, he will also speak at four different local places around the county that same day. Breakfast plus four speeches, all done by one in the afternoon. Talk about whirlwind. His final talk will be at a reggae music festival at Mission Plaza at 12:30. I'll put this info on my fridge and I'll get to something. That breakfast, though...

Why I love my monthly cleaner

My housecleaner came for the second time yesterday. She leaves her sandals outside and comes in barefoot. She brings a bowl with rags and her cleaners, and she may use some of my cleaners as well. She uses my vacuum. She spent a bit under 2-/12 hours both times, so I am assuming that is approximately how long it will take each time.

I have lots of time and you might think that I could put in that 2-1/2 hours and not need a housecleaner. Theoretically, yes. But:

1. It would take me longer and be painful. I can't move around as quickly or as easily and getting down on the floor is just agony for me.
2. Chances are I just wouldn't do it. I would skip steps and then be dissatisfied with what I had done, or I would do half-steps and give up.
3. Monthly means I plan for it. I think about what I will have organized or arranged better the next time she comes. A steady improvement thing.

This time it seems like the house was a little the worse for wear than the last time, probably because I wasn't vacuuming quite as much (I am sticking with the Friday Floor Day thing and using the little handheld vacuum for the spilled kitty litter and stuff like that in between) and I wasn't cleaning faucets and so on as much either. So I could see a difference and feel a difference. I don't feel as panicked, like it is all going to go to hell the moment I turn my head away.

Because she is doing the dusting and floors and baseboards and so on I can feel free to concentrate on longer-range things, like windows. I can wander around and clean a window here and there and spend more time on organizing my shit.  My new file cabinet came yesterday. That baby is going to so make my office nicer and easier to work in. I still need to work out a way to use my desk right. I tend to have piles of things that I need to "get to". I know there are ways to sort this kind of thing but I am not sure what way I will use. Without my having to worry about the whole house, though, I can think about it.

It was a good decision, this monthly housecleaner.

Our local paper

Showing newspaper: "San Luis Obispo Tribune" in CA

David Brock of Media Matters compiled lists of columnists who write for local papers - syndicated, that is. He asked us each to look up our local papers on the media matters website and see what range of opinion is offered there. I looked up the San Luis Obispo Tribune and here is what I found: 


Regular Columnists

Cal Thomas


David Brooks


Victor Davis Hanson


Thomas L. Friedman


Ellen Goodman


Leonard Pitts, Jr.


Nicholas D. Kristof


Occasional Columnists

Kathleen Parker


Paul Krugman


Talk about balanced! Incredible!

Jim Green trail

I took the Jim Green trail in Atascadero today. It's a nice hike, small, has a little rise that got my heart pumping a little, nothing too big. It is a beautiful walk, strewn with oaks, many of which are supporting dripping parasites. I know the parasites are up to no good but I love the way they look.