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Now we can brace ourselves for the Big Melt of ’10! I’m not sure what I hate more the digging or the dripping. For days now I’ve watched patches of ice migrate down the sides of our brick exterior and culminate in ever lengthening and dangerous looking icicles. They are hefty, thick, and glass-like. I’ve taken to looking up when standing under the porch or the overhangs around the house, just to assess if I might need to quickly move out of their way. They look like they could do some damage.

We fared pretty well through the series of snow storms. We dug out early and often. We made sure the hydrant across the street was free. Most of our neighborhood has been dug out since yesterday. This is why the appearance of a curved metal shovel in the place of our metal-lipped, plastic blue shovel on our porch this morning seems particularly strange. Who took our shovel? Why did they replace it with this crappy shovel? What did they need our shovel for? And didn’t they already have a shovel if they were able to replace ours with their lousy shovel? I liked our old shovel. It worked nicely. It was light. It was a good size for both of us to use. After all the digging we’ve done in the past two months, I feel unreasonably attached to our shovel. Plus it matches Joanna’s ski jacket, and that’s kind of adorable.

Our neighborhood is pretty low-key and residential. We saw other people hide their shovels or take them in at night. We didn’t, and only talked about it once, but I think it’s pretty sad of one if your neighbors steals your shovel. I don’t know what to make of it if they replace your shovel with a lesser version.

So I think I’m going to take the dog for a nice long walk and try to avoid the puddles. She deserves it after being cooped up during all of these storms. I’m going to keep my eye out though, for a blue shovel with a matching blue handle. Better yet, I hope it just finds it’s own way home.


was pete out of town? was one of my cats at the vet?

no. my computer returned for the 2nd time. this time, the CD drive was toast. i have to admit i was feeling a bit…uhhh, yeah right, it was working before i sent it out, wtf? but $130 later, the drive is far faster than the one in here previously, so…yeah.

here it is, and here i am.


Originally uploaded by l@in.

Over the course of the past three days, I’ve watched an ever increasing number of Falun Dafa/Falun Gong practitioners hand out literature, raise awareness about the situation of the members of the Falun Gong members in mainland China, protesting the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Today, with the scheduled meeting of the US and Chinese Presidents, the area all around the White House erupted in an incredibly colorful, peaceful, and often joyful demonstration. Protests also took place when President Hu Jintao was in Seattle. The activists I saw were extremely well organized – with new publications of a small newspaper both yesterday and today, several different brochures and flyers, and professional looking signage. As a person who is fascinated by social movements, especially the role that technology plays in quick and successful organzation of these protests, I wish I knew more about how these protests were organized. Bi-Yun (Ruby) Huang, a woman that I had the opportunity to participate in a directed reading course in social movements with at IU, has been studying the role of technology in the organization of the Falun Gong movement. I look forward to reading her research even more on the heels of this recent protest movement

not very interesting for anyone but me. but i wanted to gather these puppies together so i can get to them easily from home or work. if anyone has further reccommendations please comment and i’ll add ’em.

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