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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #795 on: August 16, 2017, 11:45:22 pm »

It got Dramatic but I'm in. Now I get to take notes and send emails and all that fun stuff.
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« Reply #796 on: August 17, 2017, 12:39:51 am »

Wait how did it get dramatic if there were four candidates for four positions?
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« Reply #797 on: August 17, 2017, 01:31:05 am »

there was some (reasonable) argument because all four candidates were white men. This was especially relevant because we are the sub-group in charge of "immigrant solidarity." So, you know, maybe we should have some immigrants in there. and women. We agreed that this is an interim organizing committee, that we will prioritize seeking out other/more diverse candidates for a new election in 6 months, and that it is relevant to note that these are support positions (we are going to send emails, take minutes, arrange meeting spaces) and not "leadership."

It was a little frustrating, but everyone got their point across and we came to a compromise. I was actually kind of astonished that debating points and making proposals... worked. It helped that there were some women and immigrants in the group who at a certain point interrupted the (surprise, white guy) who was being aggressive about this and said, yeah, it is not great that it is 4 white dudes, but it's more productive to have a functioning group that moves forward than to sit here and argue about it.
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« Reply #798 on: August 17, 2017, 08:41:09 pm »

So the women and immigrants at the meeting were not exactly volunteering to run instead of you?
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« Reply #799 on: August 18, 2017, 02:12:49 am »

Nope.

(actually there is an interesting dynamic where being on this committee is pretty much the least impressive elected position citywide, so we had a bunch of women in attendance who are very involved but weren't interested in running because they are on the citywide committee, or their borough committee, or something like "education and media" or "electoral outreach" where the meetings have over 100 members)
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« Reply #800 on: August 18, 2017, 07:23:06 pm »

So basically, white guys are doing the crappiest jobs? This sounds like a good approach to me.
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« Reply #801 on: August 19, 2017, 03:37:56 am »

WELL. Bought a plane ticket home to see my folks and the eclipse. Left work early, spent 4 hours waiting at the airport before finding out my flight was cancelled. Without consulting me they rebooked me on a flight SUNDAY NIGHT. That isn't how weekends work!! Calling in the AM to see what I can salvage of this.

What if I move to a country small enough to get around without a plane? Although I guess I'd have to get my friends and family to move there too
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« Reply #802 on: September 10, 2017, 05:59:00 pm »

Man, meeting girls who want to date me is a feast or famine proposition. Good thing I am awesome at driving them off.

A woman approached me at a socialist party friday (we raised $5k for Hurricane Harvey relief by selling cheap beer and buttons and t-shirts) and said she'd heard I was also from North Carolina. We talked for a few minutes and then she said she was going to grab another beer and would be right back. For some reason I decided to show my enthusiasm by saying "nice to meet you" in a very stern voice. She did not come back.

Yesterday I saw one of my favorite bands from the St Louis era (Thee Oh Sees) and it was good but they didn't play any of the songs I love. They've put out a lot of albums since the last one I loved. It made me a little sad.

I also watched the guy standing in front of me take pictures and put them on social media every 2 minutes for the entire show, and spend about as much time checking his phone to see if anyone had commented or liked the pictures. Damn. What a world. I spent the afternoon yesterday with two of my more social-media-crazy friends but at least they just took pictures and uploaded them later. We took a video of the three of us taking synchronized cheeseburger bites in Central Park, which I am pretty happy with.

Hanging out with those two friends was also interesting because they're not people I keep in touch with, but as soon as they showed up I was comfortable and cracking jokes and being charming. Hm. How do I get myself to act that way with cute single girls.
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« Reply #803 on: September 10, 2017, 10:25:33 pm »

We talked for a few minutes and then she said she was going to grab another beer and would be right back. For some reason I decided to show my enthusiasm by saying "nice to meet you" in a very stern voice. She did not come back.

Oy, Inev, seriously? I mean, I am sure you are beating yourself up about this enough and I don't need to rub it in, but seriously.
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« Reply #804 on: September 11, 2017, 12:34:53 am »

Yeah I have no idea what that was. I will definitely run into her again. AT LEAST SHE WILL REMEMBER I WAS HAPPY TO MEET HER
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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #805 on: September 11, 2017, 02:12:09 pm »

An encouraging sign in the world:
On one of those "Your friend liked this" items, Facebook pointed me to two dudes (who I don't know) in my hometown who got engaged. They look like pretty normal dudes from my hometown. It does not appear to be a joke. And all the comments under it are "Congrats!" and the one guy saying thanks.
Remembering my hometown, I would expect at least some of the comments to be "fuck*ng FAGGOTS BLEAAAAAHHHH" but that is not the case. So, progress.
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« Reply #806 on: September 13, 2017, 01:04:11 am »

I ran into her yesterday (we have... a lot of meetings) and we had a nice conversation. I think i was overthinking this.
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« Reply #807 on: September 13, 2017, 12:48:39 pm »

I think i was overthinking this.

You? Overthink things with a lady? Nooooooooooooo.
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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #808 on: September 15, 2017, 08:26:17 pm »

Today I got an interim grade report for my oldest. She has straight A's. Granted, we're only three weeks into the school year. But, damn. Good work, kid.
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« Reply #809 on: September 16, 2017, 07:28:39 pm »

I got straight As through like 10th grade and a scholarship to College....just- it doesn't always turn out you know?
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