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fall in minnesota
October 29, 2006, 1:51 pm
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joyce momont
October 29, 2006, 8:43 am
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in memory
joyce momont
joyce momont, committed red ribbon ride crew member and volunteer died thursday, october 19 due to complications from multiple myeloma.
the above picture was taken of joyce and myself at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 red ribbon ride.
joyce was one of the most amazing and pure souls i’ve ever had the honor of knowing. we first met on the 2002 twin cities->chicago aids ride where she was a crew member and i was crew director. then 77 years old; i was blown away by her never-ending energy and passion for the cause. she continued to crew for the inaugural red ribbon ride in ’03. due to multiple myeloma she was unable to continue to crew the ride for the next few years, but that didn’t stop her from being the most dedicated of volunteers. every wednesday she was in the ride office stuffing envelopes, processing checks, organizing supplies and generally keeping the rest of us on our toes.
this past summer i had the pleasure of getting to know joycie in a completely different way. she agreed to speak to the riders and crew at the closing ceremonies of the 2006 red ribbon ride. during our conversations regarding what she would speak about, i learned about her daughter (who committed suicide), her acceptance of her son andy’s coming out and subsequent hiv diagnosis, her complete joy when her son met, fell in love and married his partner kim.
when so many people would choose to view these occurrences as hardships or failures, joycie chose to take the experiences and go forward. she was an ardent supporter of glbt issues, a fighter of hiv/aids and a deeply religious women who believes that god put her on earth to do good work and to honor all people.
joycies trademark was her purple sequined hat. that hat was worn whenever she was doing work in the glbt & hiv/aids community. i remember seeing her once at a benefit for minnesota aids project; i hadn’t expected to see her, but across the room, i saw that hat sparkling. her other trademark was her smile. i can honestly say in the 5 years i had the honor of knowing her, i never once saw joyce without that amazing smile.
one of my proudest moments was watching joyce speak to the riders, crew and friends and family of the ride, with andy and kim on either side of her. the support and love that that family has is one we would all be lucky to receive.
to joycie, with love – you will always be the heart and soul of the red ribbon ride and my life is better having known you.


once again, under the needle
October 27, 2006, 8:17 am
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yup, i did it again, and i am surly going to hell for it (nevermind of course, i don’t believe in hell)… yesterday, phase 2 of my sleeve tattoo began. 3.5 hours of ink time (including a bit where i feel asleep during the tattooing) and my sleeve is finally taking shape.

to refresh your memory… here is phase 1 of my sleeve. the symbol is the 8 auspicious symbols of buddhism. these symbols are extremely personal to me and i was wanting to find something to compliment the symbols without detracting from them or pulling focus.


we (trevor, my tattoo artist and i) went down a number of different paths before we hit on this one – simple use of asian imagery for wind/air mixed with lotus flowers & cherry blossoms. when we started phase 1 (the symbols) it was important to me to make sure there was a lot of movement in the banner (the victory banner representing the victory of one’s body, speech, and mind over negative obstacles). phase 3 of the sleeve will actually go above what you see now and will be tibetan prayer flags flapping in the wind.

the bulk of phase two is monochromatic. i wanted the symbols to pop…. everything here is grey shade work with the exception of the lotus flowers and cherry blossoms which will get color on monday.

color me one very happy boy.



untitled
October 15, 2006, 11:15 am
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i do feel it’s important to note that i’m not just being irresponsibly flip by posting such an image. i firmly believe we are closer to this than i ever thought america would be. we once were a proud, honest nation committed to trying to make the world a better place. now we’re just the bully in the playground willing to do anything to get it’s way.
it’s a sad state if you ask me.
fascism; the word has been bandied about quite a bit in the good’ole blogosphere, but what does it really mean – and are we there?
according to wikipedia: Fascism is associated by many scholars with one or more of the following characteristics: a very high degree of nationalism, economic corporatism, a powerful, dictatorial leader who portrays the nation, state or collective as superior to the individuals or groups composing it.
hmmm on a number of fronts it would certainly look like we are getting close.
you see yourself as a leader / may my thoughts be with you
if you try to divide and conquer / we’ll rise up against you
we know only the strong will survive / but the meek will inherit
so if you’ve got a coat of arms my friend / i suggest you wear it

john mellencamp / we are the people



battle of the bands
October 14, 2006, 8:06 pm
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holy shit..blog of the day
October 14, 2006, 7:54 pm
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from www.citypages.com:

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

9thWave is a Minneapolis production manager blogging about hypothetical married-to-Prince questions, the attractiveness of UPS drivers, and underwear fetishes at Stage Right … Stage Left.



green politics
October 13, 2006, 6:33 am
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simply put we need more people running for office like otto