Archive for June, 2004

Convention Notes: Aftermath

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

Saturday afternoon: Even though I didn’t vote with the pro-Nader folks, I did attend a “Greens for Nader” confab that took place immediately after Cobb accepted the nomination. The energy in the room was weird, to say the least. These Greens were going to continue working for Nader even though he didn’t get the endorsement […]

Convention Notes: 2nd Round

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

Saturday afternoon: We walked a few blocks to a shop that sold Fair Trade coffee. We got some sandwiches. We ate. And we tried to figure out what would happen next. The field would be narrowed in the second round of voting. Only candidates who had submitted a letter of intent, stating that they would […]

Convention Notes: 1st Round

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

Saturday morning: After breakfast at the Midwest Diner, Debbie and I walked over to the massive Midwest Airline Center, where the Presidential Nominating Convention was to take place. I registered and got my delegate credential. The other members of our delegation were already there, including Art, who was working at the Solidarity table. Talk was […]


Friday, June 25th, 2004

Friday: After a sleepless night, I got up at the godawful hour of 4:00 AM, had breakfast with my parents, then drove to Union Station in Indianapolis. Xy took the car to Bloomington, and I waited for my train to Chicago. And waited. And waited. The train was supposed to leave at 6:00 AM, but […]

Green Span

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

The Green Party Convention will be on C-SPAN Saturday night at 7:30pm (Central Time).

Springs Valley

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

Xy and I spent the last two nights in French Lick. I highly recommend it. French Lick is about 45 minutes south of Bloomington, and it sits right next to its twin city, West Baden. The area is sometimes called Springs Valley because of the abundance of mineral springs. Those same springs, and the seven […]


Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

Something about traveling turns me into a tightass. I mean my bowels clench up and don’t want to move in a timely and convenient fashion. I’m usually a pretty regular guy, but traveling puts me off my routine. The result is that yesterday I was taking little mini-craps in nasty-ass toilets at gas stations and […]


Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

Nader has selected a prominent Green Party dude, Peter Camejo, as his running mate. This could very well tip the balance at the convention in Nader’s favor.

On the Road

Monday, June 21st, 2004

Yesterday we drove from New Orleans to Decatur, Alabama where we spent the night. They don’t sell liquor in this county on Sunday, even in restaurants. The next county (Cullman) is completely dry, I think. Since this area is halfway between New Orleans and Bloomington, we’ve stayed around here quite a few times. If you’re […]

Nader or Cobb?

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

Greens all around the country are gearing up for the national convention this week, myself included. My first-round vote is committed to Jonathan D. Farley, but it’s clear at this point that Farley does not have enough delegates to win the nomination. The choice seems to be narrowed to Cobb or Nader or no one. […]

Me, Me, Me

Friday, June 18th, 2004

July 7th, 2000. That’s when I had my driver’s license photo taken. I weighed 200 pounds and I was letting my hair grow out. It wasn’t pretty. My license expired in January. I tried to renew it in April and failed. But I didn’t give up. I persevered. I had to lie and cheat. I […]

Murder Times Six

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

There were so many murders in New Orleans yesterday that a shooting near our house didn’t even make the news. Xy heard shots fired around 5pm. Apparently no one was hurt. A few hours earlier and just a few blocks further, a thirteen-year-old boy shot a sixteen-year-old boy in the face by accident. He’s in […]

My Viewing Pleasure

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004

I recently bought a DVD player so that I could watch the DVD-Rs that I’m burning. I got a Cyberhome CH-DVD 300/S — only $30 after rebate! Of course, once I had a functioning DVD player in the house again, I wanted to watch some movies. So I reactivated my old Netflix membership. Last week […]


Thursday, June 10th, 2004

After years of procrastination, today I finally sent in the necessary papers to enroll in the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund, commonly known as TIAA-CREF. The university will match my contributions up to 6% of my salary, so if I was feeling particularly masochistic, I could calculate how much money […]

Extreme Green

Monday, June 7th, 2004

The waiting is over, the mystery revealed. It’s an advertisement for the Louisiana Lottery’s Extreme Green scratch-off game.

Random Stuff

Friday, June 4th, 2004

I got my hair cut today. The barber has let a sketch artist set up a table in front of his shop. He’ll make a sketch of you for $5.00. This seems odd because there’s much foot traffic at that location. Anyway, the entire time he was cutting my hair the barber was explaining to […]

Five More Years

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

Today marks five years that I’ve been working at the University. That means it’s also been five years (plus a few weeks) since I moved to New Orleans. Somehow that seems significant, mainly because I am human, and humans normally have five fingers on a hand, which is why we use base ten, which is […]