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Billy Priest
Works at Jeanette Apartments
Attended San Francisco State University
Lives in San Francisco, Ca.
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Ha! Switched sides 'cause I like the blue better.
Awaken the Force within you. Choose a side and your Google apps will follow your path.
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Joined the Dark Side. Prepare for evil deeds. Or whatever. ; )
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New purple camo (purple, white, gray, black), as Solomon knot bracelet. 
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Super fast and easy: paste a URL and download the goods.
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Had to check out the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge today. It's roomy! Unlike the original there's room to pull over in an emergency--on both sides!
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Saw this doco last night at a friend's house. It's a great documentary about meth and its effects in the SF Bay Area, taking a very real and up-close look at use and distribution. Most of it is shot in my neighborhood. It was fun recognizing locations--and sometimes people--the whole time!

My gripe with this doco is that it entirely avoids showing any of the good side of the neighborhood: the amazing food options, the terrific bars, the superb transit connections, the upside of having addict neighbors, the great old architecture, the local history, the schools, the families, the corner markets, the Farmers' Markets, ad nauseum

I realize that the good stuff is entirely outside the scope of this particular doco series. But, still!

It's a shame no one has done a "good stuff about the Tenderloin" doco because there's lots of good stuff! I'd be glad to make suggestions for things to cover if someone wants to operate the camera. ; )
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Christmas at +Paracord Pretties!
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The Beginnings of Artistry

I've been working with paracord for a few months now, following patterns set by others, creating based on others' ideas (https://www.facebook.com/billyppp). This week, however, I've started free-styling, if that's the phrase. I've discovered ways to make shapes that don't follow a pattern, free-forming anything I want, making turns where I could only travel straight lines.

It's an exciting next step! The picture is of my first training exercise after I figured out turns. It took me about two days, working on my usual schedule. The reason it's such a riot of color is that I was using up scrap cord instead of cutting into unused cord, since it was just an exercise.

I've already embarked on a much larger project that should take me a week or more. This will be a free-standing, three dimensional piece. I have visions of all kinds of sculptural projects now!

I feel like I've turned a corner, from "technician," capable of some basics in the art, to "craftsman." This point, right here, is where art begins.
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We had to lay Della to rest Wednesday night. After 5 days of continuous bleeding from a cancerous growth in her mouth, the vet declared that there was nothing but major surgery that could stop it and it would only keep her alive temporarily. Rather than put her through all the torture and fear of that, merely to postpone her inevitable demise from cancer, we decided to end her struggle while she was still relatively happy.

We had discussed this at some length in December, when we thought we were going to lose her the first time, and concluded that a long, drawn out decline wouldn't serve her in any way. It would only postpone our own pain, at what we believe would have been too high a price for her to pay.

That didn't make the decision or the experience any easier.

She got to spend her last hours on the roof, laying in the sun on her futon, niffling the scents in the wind and watching the birdies. She had both of her daddies by her side to the very end.

I miss her constant presence. I miss the little spot in my mind that was always aware that she was there waiting for me to come home and was looking forward to seeing her so happy. I'll miss the cozy ball of furry warmth curled up between us in the bed. I miss her soft ears and her Woof! and her joy and her silly fears and her oversized feet and….

The vet and her assistant joined us on the roof and Della actually seemed glad to see them outside the context of the vet's office. She actually got up and moved around a bit, although her rear legs failed under her frequently. (This is a nasty trick that the very ill can play—faking that they’re okay just because adrenalin works.) We got her back on the futon and she returned to her blood-loss-induced torpor. The vet opened up the catheter she had installed in Della's leg earlier in the day. She injected some saline solution to clear it, asked if we were ready, and injected the anesthetic. I had expected a slow decline in life signs, like falling asleep. It was much quicker than that. The light went out of her eyes almost immediately and they stayed open as her breathing stilled. I reached over and closed her eyes. The vet checked her with a stethoscope. And that was all she wrote.

We had to put her in a black Hefty bag for removal. That sucked. She had pooped a little. “Daddy, I pooped!” I got to carry her like a baby all the way down from the roof to the vet's car, something she couldn't abide her whole life, no matter how often I tried. It felt right anyway.

We did a fair bit of sobbing. Then, we pulled ourselves together and went to one of Della's favorite bars to raise a glass in her honor with her favorite bartender, someone who always inquired after her, who always let her behind the bar. She wept with us.

Della had a good life after she met us. We rescued her from the concrete floors at SPCA, gave her loads of love and attention and a cozy place to rest. She ate well, she played often, she had a dependable routine. She made friends wherever she went and lots of people will miss her. She got to live longer than she would have without us, and she got to live better than she would have without us. She had ten good years after her first year and a half of misery. We can feel proud of that some day when the pain has ebbed a little.

Thursday, we cleaned up all the blood. Our apartment looked like a murder scene. “Call in CSI!” 

Time to start recovering. We should get Della's cremains back in about a week. We'll scatter a little on the roof, a little at her favorite park, and find something cute to keep the rest in.

Next time you raise a glass, toast our girl and remember her happy and excited to see you.
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Aww well that is just a shame Billy an David.I feel for your loss. I can understand your feelings.. as we did loose our dog Annie after 17 yrs. then our cat shadow..19 yrs. we had to put her asleep. very hard.stay blessed. ox
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Bar owners of the world! Get on this before some coed sues you for her date-rape drug exposure.
 
One company is preparing to ship its first batch of drug-detecting plastic cups and straws. The products are sensitive to the most commonly-used date rape drugs — GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine — and turn red in response to their presence. http://on.mash.to/1cwqj9K
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i still cant drink sobes, having a gag reflex just thinking out it.
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Education
  • San Francisco State University
    Japanese Language, 2003 - 2008
  • Waseda University
    Japanese Language, 2006 - 2007
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I have an opinion and you're welcome to it.
Introduction
What do you want to know? I've been with my husband since 1999 (he's delightful); we manage an apartment building; and I work with paracord, making pretty things.

I'm for positive web smarts: Share skillfully and share good stuff.
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My quality of life constantly exceeds my expectations.
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Building Manager
Skills
Notary public, wedding officiant, personal assistance, organization, time management, admin extraordinaire.
Employment
  • Jeanette Apartments
    Site Manager/Handybitch, 2012 - present
    Onsite manager for the Jeanette and advertising/leasing manager for 5 other buildings.
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Currently
San Francisco, Ca.
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Tokyo, Japan - San Luis Obispo, Ca.
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