Archive for March, 2006

Different viewpoints

My son is in 7th grade. He came home today asking me if I knew about the rally that happened last week. Did I know that we (the U.S.) are trying to make it a felony to be in the U.S. illegally? Yes, I said. Then he went on to talk about how two kids in his school walked out on different days — one a sixth grader and one an eighth grader, and that they have to be in trouble for ditching. How 70 kids from another junior high came by trying to get people to join them. How kids are painting “MEX” on their faces and arms. How he saw a sign saying something like “If Mexicans can’t be here, Americans can’t be in Mexico”. How there is supposed to be another march tonight, that everyone seems to know about it but he doesn’t know how. How even if the law passed, we don’t have that much space in the jails, so what would it do? (What would it do, I thought, except make being someplace you aren’t supposed to be on the level of murder. Check out the definition of felony on Wikipedia.)

Anyway, I’m with him, how DO people know about these things? I spent the last 20 minutes searching Google and reading articles, trying to find mention of maybe an organizer’s name, for example? I didn’t find much. Maybe I just missed it. Maybe I’m using the wrong keywords. Maybe I don’t know the secret handshake. Maybe I’m just oblivious (likely, that one.) I don’t know. But I do know that this affects us all. I am for immigration reform. I’m not for making it a felony. I’m not for saying “if you make it in, you’re legal”. The only illegal immigrants that I knew of personally were German and Ukranian, and I didn’t even know their names. But most of all, I’m for more access to information ahead of time. I think that is a huge problem with the United States: ignorance and lack of awareness.

And in case you think it’s not about the people that are here legally, did you know that there’s a provision to make it a felony for helping illegal immigrants? What does “helping” mean exactly? What’s next?

Why I love MetroBlogging


MetroBlogging Karachi

This photo is from our friends at MetroBlogging Karachi. The post laments the poor spelling on the sign. I would be freaked out by the artillery, but there you go…

Not really what I had in mind…


When I think of historic vehicles the ’65 Mustang comes to mind, maybe the Belvedere (think Stephen King) or a Bug. A Model T definitely, and of course anything Shelby made. But, not a 1977 Mercury Monterey?!? In Arizona any car 25 years or older can get an Historic Vehicle license plate. Makes me wish I kept that ’63 Dodge Polara I drove in college.

This bothered me.

I usually have thick skin. Scar tissue I tell folks who ask. But a recent theater review by the Republic’s Randy Cordova is still bugging me. In his review of the show Blast, he referred to the “PBS crowd”. I ignored it at first, but it keeps bothering me. I have heard this before and always as code and it always rings for a long time after. I am tired of code, of discourse shifts, of hiding in language. And I am so very tired of bigotry and racism playfully hiding behind nudges and winks.

I wonder what he meant by “PBS crowd”? Do you know?

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A note to the pedantic, yes, we know. The times are off. Take another pill and continue reading the posts. The posts are the thing.

Secure your loads!

Anyone else get held up on the 202 WB in Tempe this AM? Some moron carrying a barkalounger and two end tables on their vehicle must have had it tied down with dental floss or something. Whatever it was they used wasn’t strong enough because the load ended up strewn across a hundred foot section smack dab in the middle of the freeway. Sadly the barkalounger looked as if it had been hit at least once by a rather large vehicle. The end tables appeared in better shape, I think the barkalounger sacrificed itself to save them.

Coming to America

I am the grandson of a laborer who immigrated to the (then) Territory of Hawai`i to work in the sugar cane fields. His brother was a pig farmer all his life. His son, my father, became an attorney. His other children, my aunts and uncle, all graduated from college. The village he grew up in was the site for some of the bloodiest battles of WWII.

My mother is the granddaughter of immigrants. Her grandparents were educators who worked as tailors in this country. Her father worked for the department of transportation. Her uncle died in an internment camp in New Mexico. She is a middle school teacher.

My sister is a bengoshi no tamago in Los Angeles. My brother is a film editor. My wife is the only non-native in her company.

I am watching the protests with a mixture of sadness and nostalgia.

How about you?

Tempe Music Festival

So, is anyone going to the Tempe Music Festival this Friday & Saturday? If the weather stays as nice as it is today it should be a great opportunity to hang out and enjoy.

Thanks for the late season snow

One of the things I’ve liked so much about Arizona is the diversity of it’s landscape and climate. Granted if you never get out of the Phoenix area you’re looking at the same brown cloud and brown dirt. But just 4 hours northeast of here on Sunrise Peak you have what was captured in the photo. 5.5 feet of late season snow just last week with another 18″ in the past couple days. Just what a wanton snowboarder needs to get his final fix. Get it while you can, the weather’s warming up!

It’s time for the circus!

Cirque du Soleil that is. They’re in Scottsdale right now (at Westworld) and I’m super excited to be going to the show. If you’ve never been, definitely check it out. It’s amazing. I went last year for the first time and can’t wait to go again. It’s unbelievable how coordinated, athletic, & graceful those people are.

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