It’s a party in Seattle!

So I think I’ve probably this clear enough but Seattle is a bit different.  In fact I think this is quite a bit of an understatement the more I live here and the more I/we get to experience.  Take this Saturday for instance which was the birthday party of the most fab Cindy Saver (free link: www.residentialongings.com – she’s a great Realtor too) who threw a wonderful shin dig if I must say.  We all bundled up, it is still January you know, and headed on into the city.  Parking on the street wherever we could, it was dark but the streets were packed with people milling around and there was just an electric vibe with the light rain too.  When we got inside the eclecticism didn’t stop.

We were greeted with all sorts of different people some with bow ties, some with tutus and some with plain t’s + jeans.  It was an interesting sight that only seemed to extend as the night went on.  People came and left.  A giant rendition of Happy Birthday with orchestral base accompaniment was enjoyed by all.   People also felt totally free to bring their dogs too!   And just when we thought it couldn’t get any more unique the Seattle Fire Department showed up to wish Cindy happy birthday only to whisk away again for an emergency call.

All in all it was a great night highlighted by our trip to the rooftop for a little nighttime photography as attached.  It’s events like these that serve to highlight the diverse culture, people and experiences you can have being part of a community like this.

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Guns Across America Rally – Olympia WA 2013

Guns Across America Rally 1So earlier this year I challenged myself to get out there more and stand up for those things I believe in to be important to me and my family.  I was invited earlier this week to attend the Guns Across America Rally in Olympia today and I felt as though it was an event I should attend and show my support for.  I was really shocked and amazed about how great of an event it was.  The turn out was massive and although the media says it was something like a thousand people I know there was more than that there.  People were passionate about their gun rights and to be honest so I am but I’ve really been reluctant to be open and communicative about it until now.

We got there around 11 am and we headed over to the State Capitol not really sure wGuns Across America Rally 3hat to expect.  Ethan and his friend were a little anxious too but I think that’s because they were hungry and wanted to play their iPad’s but I digress.  It was bitter cold, mid 30’s, and my friend had made some signs for us to carry.  When we finally arrived at Tivoli Fountains we found tons of people who were just really passionate about not only guns, some weren’t carrying while some where, but just about their rights in general and the never ending creep on them.  Most people just wanted to voice concerns about what they felt was an invasion of their protected rights and some people gave speeches which we couldn’t really hear since we were so far back.

I don’t want this to turn into a pro-guns versus gun control debate since I think the 2nd amendment is pretty clear so I won’t get into that but what I will get into is the gradual loss of freedoms taken away chip by chip in the name of safety and security.  I don’t want the US to turn into a country where its people have to rely on them for everything and I think history speaks for itself where the path leads down in disarming its citizens.  While some people will undoubtedly state that this isn’t about losing the right to own a gun entirely it won’t take much, another Sandy Hook perhaps, for handguns to come next since the US Government has to protect me from myself.

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One thing that was very apparent from this rally is that there won’t be sweeping gun control, reform or a chance that people here are going to stand for it.  I know I won’t.  It was good knowing I wasn’t alone in this belief and to be part of the process to protect my rights.  Oh and for those who might question the fact that I’m a permanent resident and that I don’t have the same rights should take a quick peek at Fletcher v. Haas “the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that Permanent resident aliens are included amongst ‘the people’ as the term is used in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.” (courtesy of Monachus Lex).

I did feel bad for this lady the sole “pro gun control” lady I spotted:Guns Across America Sole Protester

This is nuts…

kids drug parents to play on the internet longer?

Two California teenagers are accused of drugging the milkshakes of one girl’s parents so they could use the Internet after 10 p.m., according to news reports.

tl/dl: kids drug parents to play on the internet longer

This has got to be the craziest thing in recent memory I can think of, not withstanding the usual level of crazy violence etc, that is directly about the kind of kids our/this generation is producing.  Seriously?  How does this kind of entitlement get produced?  It worries me for my own kids when they will be hanging around kids like this or even think this way themselves one day.  I remember being pretty addicted, I’m sure my wife might say I still am, with my computer time but I can’t think  of a time I thought of poisoning someone so I could stay on longer.  Admittedly I only grew up with computers and the internet from about 9 or 10 onward but these kids are something else entirely.

Fresh from the womb, some inside even, Facebook profiles are generated (http://mashable.com/2011/08/01/facebook-expecting-option/) so that the tracking  indoctrination connected world can be theirs for the taking.  Well I suppose this is the sort of thing we can start to accept as our own fate then.