Category Archives: off-topic

Guys, you need to read this stuff

When a family member or friend (me, perhaps?) is struggling with mental illness, please treat them with compassion and do not be judgmental. A few useful articles:

How to Help a Stressed or Depressed Loved One:
Please understand that these illnesses cannot be “snapped out of.”

Supporting Friends and Family Who Have Mental Illnesses:

Helping Someone with a Mental Health Concern:
A key point in being a good listener is not to judge or be judgmental, and also to not barge in offering your own opinions and advice. When someone wants someone to talk to about their depression or other mental health concerns, they’re not really for an intellectual discussion or argument. In fact, check your intellectual brain at the door and pull out your emotional brain. It’s not a time to disagree with someone who’s looking for guidance, direction or help with an issue. It’s a time to offer support, hope, and help in guiding the person through the realities of their situation. Doing so in the most gentle, open-minded way possible is usually far more helpful than a matter-of-fact, “Why don’t you just get over it?” mindset.



I didn’t write this, and I don’t know where it originated, but I like it! (Not edited for typos.) And I’m not going to be so nice to those bigoted Mormon missionaries around here anymore.

Dear Red States,

We’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we’re taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren’t aware, that includes Hawaii , California , Oregon , Washington ,
Minnesota , Wisconsin , Michigan , Illinois , New York , Indiana , and all of the Northeastern states. After this election, we’ll be adding Colorado and New Mexico . We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, especially to the people of our new country – Nuevo California .

To sum up briefly: You get Texas , Oklahoma and all the slave states; we get stem cell research, the best beaches, and the best ski resorts. We get the Statue of Liberty; you get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft; you get WorldCom. We get Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale , Cal Tech, MIT and Columbia ; you get Ole’ Miss. We get 85 percent of America ‘s venture capital and entrepreneurs; you get Alabama . We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than that of the Christian Coalition, we get a bunch of happy families and you get a bunch of under-educated single moms.

Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we’ll need all of our citizens back from Iraq at once.

If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They apparently have kids they’re willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don’t mind if you don’t televise their kid’s caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq and hope that those Weapons of Mass Destruction turn up for you, but we’re not willing to spend any more of our money in Bush’s Quagmire.

With the Blue States, we will control 80 percent of the country’sfresh water, 90 percent of pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation’s fresh fruit, 97 percent of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at your state dinners), 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, and all the Ivy League and Seven Sister schools. We also get New England, the Great Lakes and Yosemite , thank you very much.

In the Red States, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, 100 percent of tornadoes, 94 percent of hurricanes, 99 percent of Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, and Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bob Jones University, and Clemson.

Additionally, in the Red States, 38 percent actually believe Jonah was swallowed by a whale; 62 percent believe life is sacred unless it involves the death penalty or gun ownership; 44 percent claim
that evolution is only a theory; 53 percent insist that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11; and 61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you have higher moral standards than those of us on the left.

By the way, we’re taking all the good pot, too. You get that dirtweed from Mexico and Kansas ditches.

Peace out,
The Blue States

Psssst…..wanna buy a pram?

In true San Francisco fashion, one of my neighbors got rid of this vintage British pram by leaving it out on the street. It’s a Wilson Silver Shadow, at least 40 years old. These were common in the UK and Europe, but relatively few were sold in the US. A similar model is available brand-new for $2,995.00. Ouch.

Anyway, I’ve started restoring it, but you are free to buy it from me at any time. Just contact me and make me an offer! Photos below — it’s not fully assembled because the leather suspension straps have rotted away.

Here’s what a fully restored Silver Shadow looks like.

The Vespa and I

Two guys in their seventies are riding across the country on Piaggio MP3s. I rode with them on the first leg of their journey on June 13. You can follow their progress here. That’s me pictured above in the pink helmet.

Scooter blogger Crystal Waters wrote about me yesterday.

If you’re going to the San Francisco Pride Parade this Sunday, I’ll be riding with Dykes on Bikes again this year. Watch for the pack of Scooter Girls near the beginning of the group! (For those of you who are confused, Dykes on Bikes is open to all women regardless of orientation.)

I collect rotary phones

This is off-topic, but someone sent me this and I had to share. I collect old rotary phones — more than what can fit in my apartment. Here’s something I could do with them if they were all the same color…. (thanks b3ta!)

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