Reason #124 that I can't wait for a Democrat controlled congress - the ban on internet gambling. How can I remain in the black in my gambling career if I can't take money from people who don't know how to fold when they should?
On September 30th 2006 the U.S. Congress passed the SAFE Port Act which
also contained certain provisions known as the Unlawful Internet
Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 that affects the processing of
payments between U.S. customers and online gaming companies. The
legislation was signed into law by President George W Bush on October
We regret that the U.S. has taken this step to make it virtually
impossible to offer real money entertainment to U.S. customers. It is
doubtful that the U.S. authorities will achieve their stated goals by
introducing such legislation. We believe that a properly monitored
forward-looking regulation would be much more effective than this
It seems wrong to start the weekend with such a negative post. I've recovered and here are a few things that I'm smitten with at the moment.
My new sewing machine. Now, I'm not saying I'm Project Runway bound or anything, but you should really see (and admire) my new gym bag.
Keane - more specifically the song Bad Dream - and even more specifically the line, "Where will I meet my fate? Baby I'm a man, I was born to hate" It's just so pretty I could listen to it again and again. And I have been, because I'm obsessive about the things I love.
My nephew - now I realize everyone says that they know a kid that is the cutest, but mine ACTUALLY is. Its true, we did a worldwide poll and he won.
That one of my dearest friends made it to #3 on the Canadian college radio charts. I like to imagine little Canadian hipsters driving around and playing his songs over and over.
That one of my favorite people found someone who finds him irresistible, just like I have for years only not in that way.
That I get to have Thanksgiving dinner with my first roommate from New York. We had a such a good time back then. We still don't know how it is that we managed to stay out every night and still manage to have jobs and pay rent. We were poor but we made the best of it. We lost track of each other for a few years, but once a friend, always a friend, right?
Book club - mostly its books, but its also the gossiping. Technically this doesn't happen for a couple more weeks but our first book is pretty good.
This is fun. I'll think of some more things and post them later.
Here are a few things I'm not too fond of at the moment.
The Brooklyn Teen Rock Scene - I'm not opposed to kids having bands and playing shows. God bless them, I just don't think they should be playing bars I like to attend. Dealing with college students is torture enough, but people that can't even drive? Depressing. The Possibility of Hilary Clinton running for President- Seriously, Hillary - you're a fine Senator but you'll never be elected and you'll steal too much press. You voted for the war despite my pleading emails to rethink your vote. You responded (form letter, I realize) that you were being thoughtful about the situation, but you weren't, were you? You were wrong and I don't forgive you.
Girls who drop off the face of the earth when some boy starts showing some interest - I have one word for you - Pathetic. When you run out of things to talk about and the sex gets boring, I hope you know why your girlfriends no longer have time for you.
Expensive jackets whose buttons refuse to stay attached. You also know who you are, you beautiful hounds tooth coat, you.
Drug store cashiers - you'll always bewilder me as to why you're never happy and rude beyond belief to each person you see. I swear the first day the CVS was open up the street I went in and I was abused by the cashier who couldn't have been on the clock more than a few hours IN HER ENTIRE LIFE. (This is a constant frustration, I'll try and stop mentioning it).
New neighbors who don't understand that people live next to them. Hammering until 2am is obnoxious and putting out your trash isn't that difficult. You took it down one flight of stairs, now just drag it 15 feet further out the door....
Dealing with networks feels like dating a junior high school preteen. Last week they were so excited about our show, even ordering 2 extra episodes which made my job last through Christmas. Today they've decided that they never felt that way, can't even remember why we'd think that they did and if we could just move things along so they can forget about us...Being unemployed for Christmas is a little depressing, isn't it?
On a personal note have I told you how much I'm in love with Toby from the office. Its inexplicable I realize, I just think he's hysterically adorable.
I have a confession - I never finished my degree. I didn't ever feel like taking my math credits so I never actually graduated. Fortunately, I chose a career where that doesn't really matter. But this morning simple math would have come in handy. Every year there is a satellite party for the Montana State/University of Montana game. In Montana its a very important day. So, this year I wasn't away or obligated in any way to something else so I talked my friend Erin into coming along with me. I was very adamant about her meeting me bright and early at 10AM for the start of the game. The game would start at noon prompt back in Montana, so it would be a shame to miss any of it. Then when we both woke up early, took abbreviated showers and made it all the way up to the Upper East Side only to find that the bar was closed....what? Oh, right it seems that in fact time change works the other way. The game actually started at 2PM. Whoops. We made the best of if by having a beer brunch while overtaking the jukebox at a diner. We saved the most obnoxious song for last after we'd paid our check, The Thong Song. Then we went and got Erin some x-rays for her flaming chiropractor on the West Side. The x ray office was called "Doshi" and I asked if we would get to meet lots of Japanese people and it turns out we did! There were so many we were told we could wait in an extra waiting room around the corner (which we had all to ourselves). Unfortunately the only magazine available to read in our VIP waiting room was called Retail Construction - I'm not sure who ever thought this was a good idea for a subscription to a doctors office.
We made it to the game and it was great fun. Even Erin, who's never even sat foot in Montana had a great time. So the Bobcats lost to the Griz - no surprise. I actually can't remember anytime that they've ever won.
I'm about halfway through a Nova show about the family in Turkey that walks on their hands, I'm sure you remember when they made news. It's quite fascinating. Here's what I've found out so far; there are 19 children in the family and 5 of them are afflicted. The five that are afflicted are also mildly to very retarded (and I mean that in a clinical term, they seemed like lovely people in a social way). Their parents are cousins (second cousins, I gathered). 2 of them can also walk upright, but are unbalanced so it looks like they're drunk when they do. Apes who walk in a similar way on all fours actually have different wrist bones that do not bend which helps them to walk on their knuckles while the family in Turkey walks on their palms. The Turkish society does not like that scientists are studying them because it is forbidden to discuss evolution and their society is offended that they may be the missing link to evolution. In fact they are sure that their home is cursed, which made the family tear down their home and rebuild a new one, but that surprisingly didn't seem to cure the siblings.
Also, did you know that South Africa passed a gay marriage bill? That's right, the country that is only a decade or so past apartheid has leapt pass America when it comes to giving its citizens rights.
And finally - God bless Montana. For years I've been trying to tell people that although they're conservative out there, they're certainly not crazy Christan right wingers and they would eventually come to their senses and elect some people who would represent them correctly!
Tonight when I walked out my apartment there was a little girl waiting for her mother outside the Chinese take out place - she was repeating the same word over and over, enjoying the sound of it. The thing is she was speaking in Spanish. I remember quite well getting stuck on some word and saying it again and again because it was so fun to say, I can only imagine that if I'd been able to roll my R's that it would have taken many more years to grow out of.
Two people reappeared in my life the other day. Both I never expected to see again. One was a pleasant surprise and I can't wait to hang out again, the other...well, I'm fairly certain I'm 99 percent sure it was better to remain strangers, the thing is he doesn't think so which is making me question myself. Such a dilemma.
My last post containing a picture of Belgium (at least for awhile). Its in honor of Lost leaving us for 3 months (seriously - I hate the way American television just can't commit to running a series continually for an entire season). Remember Boone? Well, he's gotten a job shaking Barley in Europe.
And this week has been amazing so far (its sort of feels like Sleeping Beauty being awoken by a handsome prince after a long nightmare caused by a ugly witch). I'm even okay with being soaked all day yesterday because this morning when I look out my window there's so many little wispy clouds floating by. They're so cute I just want to hug them.