Archive for October, 2006

October meeting of the Orange County Atheists

A reminder that the next meeting of the Orange County Atheists will be held Tomorrow, October 18 at 7:30pm at the International House of Pancakes at 18542 MacArthur Blvd in Irvine. If you consider yourself an atheist, an agnostic, a freethinker, a humanist, or are just curious, check out this month’s event. If you’re planning on attending please RSVP at our website forums. Hope to see you there!

It’s the little things…

While I’m not a big fan of South Coast Plaza in terms of stores (I always feel like I’m being subjected to a visual credit check while walking through there), I approve of the following:

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That’s mighty nice of them!

The Trouble With Pumpkins

Now that the venerable Peltzer Farms on Chapman in Orange is no longer, where is there a good, real pumpkin patch? The owners sold the property to the nearby community college and up and moved to Temecula. They provided a nice experience with a corn maze, petting zoo, train, and hay rides, but I’m pretty sure it’s not worth a drive to Temecula.

I have heard that Tanaka Farms in Irvine is good, but I am kind of iffy about going down there just to find out it wasn’t worth the effort.

I’d rather stay away from the more commercial pumpkin patches, but I guess I’ll go if I have no other choice.

Even though the kids like them and all, somehow giant inflatable slides just don’t say “Halloween” to me.

I’m a purist like that. Or anachronistic, either one.

Yes, I know that petting zoo doesn’t say “Halloween” to most people either, but just give me a little artistic license here.

But if Tanaka Farms is the last one, I’ll just have to suck it up and go.

Live Reports from Hawaii

The Hawaii Metroblog is posting live reports about the 6.6 earthquake that rocked the islands yesterday.

You can get more information here.

Now…

…that definitely qualified as rain.

At first I thought there were some planes flying awfully low. I was getting ready to call the FAA and complain, but then I realized it was actually thunder. Then the sky burst open, and I was stupid unfortunate enough to have left my kitchen sliding door open. So I guess tomorrow I will have to mop.

It remains to be seen if the rain was enough to drive the ants, who have been staging various scouting parties, away or if it will just piss them off enough to wage a full scale invasion.

LIfe In the Fast Lane

I was driving home from visiting my parents in LA County this weekend. I was on the 91, and a little bit after the 5, there is this rather large swooping curve that kind of takes you by surprise if you don’t know it’s there. If everybody actually drove the speed limit, there would be no need to slow down, but we don’t so everyone always has to hit the brakes.

I was in the carpool lane and noticed probably a dozen sets of skid marks that began in various lanes and inevitably, wound up transferring themselves into horizontal black slashes on the concrete divider.

I wondered if the driver who had only a few feet of markings had just glanced down at the radio for a second and didn’t see the brake lights in front of them.

I wondered if the driver who seemed to have traversed practically from the other side of the freeway had been on a cell phone, or was perhaps a little on the drunk side.

There are a million things that can happen while we are driving. All it takes is one, and your reality can become completely different.

In the few seconds I had to examine the evidence of drivers who hopefully were able to walk away unscathed, I gave a silent little thanks that it hadn’t been me.

I’ve been noticing an awful lot of those black lines on the freeways lately.

Drive carefully this weekend, will ya?

Anaheim City Council Race Goes Nuclear

It was only a matter of time before matters of a person’s religious beliefs and background were used to attack a candidate. Heck, this is Orange County, just ask me about some of the nasty stuff that was said about me. If you’re going to run for a seat (for anything) pull out the helmet and flack jacket as it will get nasty fast. So here in Anaheim the bigotry and hatred has turned a sleepy city council race into a nuclear war.

Credit OC RegisterThis all started on October 3rd when the following letter was posted on the conservative OCBlog by Republican John Lewis (Who is the campaign chair for Dalati’s opponent, which puts this in perspective). In the letter, former California Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel claimed that Bill Dalati was a “Manchurian Candidate” and titled his letter: “Something Scary in Anaheim.” Throughout the letter Steel argues that Dalati cannot be trusted, questions his American Patriotism (he is a naturalized American Citizen), and claims that he supports a “pretty nasty, radical group” called CAIR (Probably pointed this out as he is against the War in Iraq). And this letter is from a Republican attacking a Republican! Talk about going after one of their own.

The story remained relatively quiet until the Los Angeles Times ran a story on the letter on October 9th. It’s at this point that the story went full blown nuclear (and I’m not talking about North Korea).
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Pricey Disney Duds

Would you be willing to pay upwards of two hundred bucks for some designer Mickey jeans?

How about seventy five for a T-shirt?

If it sounds good to you, then head on over to Downtown Disney and the new store Vault 28, or V28 for the cool people.

Named after the year in which “Steamboat Willie” was realeased, Disney fans who don’t want to wear the generic Mickey stuff found in regular stores can make themselves feel special with designs exclusive to the store.

I’m pretty sure I won’t be there with the cool people.

I’m off to the Disney Character Warehouse on Lemon in Fullerton, which is a bit more in my price range.

What is Peace Officers for Christ International?

Excuse my woeful lack of posts lately – no one told me raising an infant would take so much time!

Well, they probably did, but I wasn’t listening.

When I’m not changing diapers and keeping my little baby entertained, I’ve found some time to work on some ongoing projects, most notably working with Orange County Atheists for their Invocations project. The group is seeking to ultimately end city council and other civic invocations county wide – and a surprising number of cities and county agencies still perform them.

In my research, I found a group called Peace Officers for Christ International, and interestingly enough, their website states the group “was formed by a group of police officers in Orange County, California in 1980.”

I’m a “live and let live” type, generally, but the following from their site brought up a few questions for me:
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Ahhhhh….

I am a Southern California native, but even I get tired after a whle of the uniform of shorts and a T-shirt.

Sometime around September I begin wishing I could put on a snuggly sweater.

I wonder if the cold will stick around long enough for me to keep the sweater today, or if it will warm up enough that I have to change.

Crossing my fingers.

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