Found in the
Ballot Access News for June, 2013. It takes a great candidate to
overcome the series of obstacles in that story! In California
likely "Village Board" would be a nonpartisan office, although
most candidates would have their partisan affiliations known
widely. The idea that they don't "permit parties that are
qualified for the state ballot to participate" is new to me.
Sounds like in New Paltz, NY politics is a bit odd. Even so,
good luck to Rebecca Rotzler!
That's my Dad's
obituary in the March 2013 issue of State Magazine, which is put
out by the American Foreign Service Association. It was part of
a page with eight other similarly pithy memorials.
Hmmmm.... Lindsay Lohan hired a New
York lawyer that doesn't know California law. I'm shocked...
June 2, 2013: I got that White
Mountain quarter in my change at the farmer market. Found the
Delaware dollar in a coin catalog the U. S. Mint sent me. Still
haven't seen one in my change.
July 28, 2013: I
got that quarter in my change at the farmers market. Hadn't seen
Perry's Victory before.
I found that list of the City
Council roster for Mountain View in Mountain View's government
issued newspaper, The View. The news item on the right is from
last February's Ballot Access News. Unless Mountain View and
Sunnyvale have Mayors with the same name, the author of that item
in BAN made some sort of minor mental error.
Those essays are interesting. For
one thing, they are the first good read that someone gave me at a
demonstration. The pamphlet (32 pages or something like that,
typeset so it's easy to read and the paper is efficiently used) is
so good I'd love to give it to someone that's interested. Let me
know if you are. I think Maryland is about the northernmost part
of the Maroon range, according to the description in the reading.
It's also the only quarter I had a available easily to photograph.
2013: My friend Adrienne Prince, whom I met as another Green Party
of California activist, has more recently moved to New Mexico. I
keep up with her on facebook. Yesterday she asked me to explain my
feelings about power in a post. This was my reply:
After thinking about the challenge above it's hard for me to
separate moments from the power it takes to recall the memory of
them, so let me try though a couple of examples. Last Friday I
went to the NO WAR ON SYRIA! vigil in front of the Martin Luther
King Jr. Library in San Jose. Karen, one of the other people
there, brought a large bag of Golden Delicious apples from her
organic tree. I traded a GROW COLLARDS sticker for several pounds
of them. Gave most of those to bike party friends at the ride I
went to later that evening. The only power involved with that
experience was in the public lighting on the public roads we used
before it was over. Not much in other words. The energy we (me and
my biking friends) got from eating the apples was private power. I
can't speak for them, but my muscles were grateful.
Contrast that story with this one: Just now I was looking at
woman's profile on okcupid.com. I've met enough people whom I
first saw as profiles on this site that I'm sure we're talking
about a real person who likely lives near enough to where she
claims, which is Berkeley in this case. Her profile has enough of
the stuff I'm looking for (no cats for one thing) that I flip to
the pictures page. It comes up. My radio is tuned to National
Public Radio, and at that moment the voice coming out of the
speaker said "black". What a coincidence! I was looking at a
Sister! Please notice that the private power used in this
paragraph was electricity that I pay for by writing a check I mail
to PG&E in Sacramento. The only thing public was the name of
the radio station, whose sounds really did get to me via public
Sunday I went to a 350.org potluck in the park at Sunnyvale Ave.
& California Ave., in Sunnyvale, California. I wore a Bike
Party shirt and a Green Party hat. At one point in that afternoon
I talked to a woman I believe to be one of the local Democratic
Party activists about free speech. She said something like "free
speech is imbedded in every thing we do." At other points I heard
some muttering I would classify as "republican bashing" (stuff
like "republicans use way too much resources"), but don't remember
talking to anyone who confessed to being "Republican". There was
lots of talk about how to bring the public eye around to sea level
rise. Turns out that half of Palo Alto (including two elementary
schools) will be underwater sometime later this century, so they
are going to use a human chain and blue crepe paper ribbons to
mark off the new further inland shoreline. They want people to
show up for the event ready to swim for the photo op
possibilities. The event happened in a public park under sunlight
that was only diluted by trees that drink water from deep roots
that might be fed by the lawn watering and rain. The only power
involved was the wetware power my mind used to dredge the memory
up to share with you.
I long ago figured out it's okay to use less power than I do, but
it's not the usual thing. By my right hand is a cup of tea. I take
a delicious and fragrant warm sip. MAKE TEA NOT WAR! Its been okay
to use less power than I do for many years, but it's harder now
than it was a decade ago. My average annual carbon footprint has
been shrinking for even longer than that. I like to remember that
it's okay to enjoy simple local pleasures like growing collards,
riding my bike, talking politics at a local potluck, and drinking
tea. I'm grateful they all use less power than being a consumer.
To people that think that kind of power doesn't matter I like to
say "De Nile is a river in Egypt."
September 28th, 2013: I found the
Fort McHenry quarter in my change earlier today. It's the first of
those I've seen! Wouldn't surprise me to find out that those
"bombs bursting in air" represent the ones in our national anthem.
In other news the dollar coins were both minted in 1979, but I
don't remember seeing a gold colored one before this one. Whomever
painted it did such a good job I'm tempted to think it's a
government plot to make them easier to distinguish from quarters.
October 2nd, 2013:
I found this letter in my mailbox. I'd say it wins some kind of
award for "most interesting stamps on a single envelope!" Many of
the stamps are nicely printed, with ink raised enough that you can
feel the bumps of the lines on the paper. They haven't made them
like that for a while! In fact, the only stamp in the collection
currently available from the Postal Service is the Tiffany Lamp on
The biggest news inside was that Lynne Serpe, who is currently
running for New York City Council's 22nd District, has qualified
for $50,000 in public funding by raising $5,000 in small private
donations. I don't think money like that is available in
California at all. Lynne is running as a Green Party candidate
against a Democrat, a Republican, and an independent candidate. I
remember being in the same national Green Party meetings as Lynne
Serpe many times over the years. I think she is great. Vote for
her if you get the chance!
I got that restroom token from Iguanas in San Jose with my
burrito. When I got to the restroom someone else was just coming
out of it, so I kept the token. It also works at the downtown San
Jose Safeway, where you have to walk about a block between the
restroom and the lady with the restroom tokens. I like to
have a restroom token in my wallet for those times when I just
don't want to do that walk or talk to the counter person on the
way to the restroom.
2013: I found these letters in my mailbox. I'd call both of them
drone attacks. I got on the U. S. Mint mailing list by buying some
coins from them. I like getting it because every issue has
pictures of all the current offerings, which is a good enough way
to keep up with what they're putting out this year. On the other
hand, I have current government priorities to thank for the
Wounded Warrior Project's mailing. To my way of thinking, that one
is much more unfortunate. Despite that, it was nice and very
apropos of them to send me a purple heart stamp.
November 14th, 2013: Melanie gave me
this newsletter. She said it's from the only group she's managed
to stay on the mailing list of for 20 years. Obviously I'm not
giving you the whole story. How much do you really want to know
about a frankenbomb with W in the name that requires Navy money