July 16th, 2003

Sea dragon

Community meetings SUCK

Last night was a stark reminder of why people DON'T like to get involved in neighborhood politics. At the meeting last week, I had agreed to make a draft proposal of what our neighborhood wanted to see created, as per the discussions that we had been having for the last year or so. When I showed up with the proposal, I had to endure forty five minutes of arguments about city political realities, which ended with some old dude telling me, "What don't you understand about this? Are you not hearing what we're saying? Have you been listening? What don't you get?" And there my husband sat, nary a word of support in my behalf.

What I didn't get was what the discussion had to do with the proposal. If we had truly been quibbling about striking half a sentence ("might include a plaza" versus "can include a plaza"), I had agreed to do that after about five minutes, so for all that Worthy Opponent (aka "the big jerk") said that the argument was about my proposal, in fact the argument was about things that didn't have anything to do with what was going to go into the proposal. If there was anything people wanted to add, they never said so. What was being attacked was ME.

We got maybe half an hour of discussion about the meat of the proposal (or really the edge of the meat - nothing about the concept itself), with a ratings list (was it accurate? was it conclusive?) and a site list (same issues), but mostly people were big on criticism and low on constructive comments. I felt they (especially the old dude) had little idea of how to talk about ideas they didn't like and instead focused on how they didn't like MY ideas. I was so angry about it I was spitting tacks at the end of the night and in fact had pretty much decided to wash my hands of the thing for good. What a bunch of pansy-assed panty waists I have as neighbors - a bunch of docile Seattle cows. I slept on the couch and I'm still just furious. Oh yeah, and I'm in for my 8:30 meeting - my big one hour of work today.
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    Whatever was on KEXP just a minute ago
Sea dragon

Talbot's outlet

The meeting was useful and an hour and a half, so worth my time. Went to the Talbot's outlet store in Lynnwood afterward. What a panacea for cheaply sewn mall crap! Silk, linen, mmmm. I touched almost everything in the store. They had some great burnt velvet pants for about $18 and these adorable "Legally Blonde" pink skirt sets for $19 (alas, not in my size). I could go on and on but basically I think my friends who might need some clothes should check it out, especially sallysimpleton who could probably even fit in some of the kids' clothes. I failed at getting a pair of capris in my size, so tomorrow I'm going downtown to see if I have any luck.

Meanwhile, my friend Dug called, so I'm off to have coffee with him before I return to Q*** for the bowling barbeque party.
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    "in the jailhouse now"
Sea dragon

Bowling and work

The Q** event was ... well, it was barbequed ribs. I bowled a 26, if that means anything to you. If it doesn't, I'll say I watched my score stay the same for a very long time. I got lucky and was able to get sallysimpleton to go with me at the very last minute, when I was sitting around and realized that you could bring someone beside a spouse. I figured she'd like ribs, being a Southern girl and all, and she beat the ass off of the other people bowling in our group. And I felt very distanced-ironic over the whole event (ooh, look, another t-shirt for me to garden in), given that I've worked maybe a total of 10 days (over the last 5 weeks) for these guys and am still actively seeking work elsewhere. I got a note from a friend of a friend about a job in her group at *$$, maybe this one will actually work out.