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Angus McMahan
Worked at Cabrillo College Bookstore
Attended Chaffey College
Lives in Santa Cruz, Ca. 95062
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woo-hoo! Day 4 is up!
Ah, but enough of these flashy CASINOS, gorgeous SCENERY, and epic  HIKES: We've got a job to do! Or, rather, I have a job to do. I used my escape pile of clothing by the motel door and left Admiral Karen to slumber th...
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New Post up at Angusland. All about the Winter Solstice: http://www.angus-land.com/2014/12/winter-solstice-have-cro-magnon.html
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I'm getting okay at uploading self-made videos to the blog.
I often feel lonely in crowds, but I never feel alone in Nature. The Colorado National Monument is a suburban National Park. The small city of Grand Junction is right at the bottom of the canyons - my Mother even lives o...
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New post up at AskAngus. References both Mongolia and the Wizard of Oz. Plus, rare pic of me in a wifebeater: 
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Gentleman of Leisure Report, Day 369: 
Well there is a lovely, symmetrical number: 3-6-9. A good one to end on.
Yes, it's true. I am breaking ranks with my fellow no-account miscreants. Tomorrow I clock in for the first time at the Bay Front Inn, a small, independet motel down by the roundabout near the wharf.
I will be doing Front Desk, with a side helping of Marketing, Social Media and Content Providing. I LOVE that I am back in the Hospitality Industry.
After 17 months (and 300,000 words of GoL reports) I am leaving the League of Leisure and setting sail into the strange, unfamiliar waters of gainful employment. 
Its going to be a weird transition. Even though I have been (as one friend put it) "the most un-unemployed person I've ever come across", it will still be rough to HAVE to be some place, on time, consistently, wearing actual clothes and having to pay attention. 
For awhile I may be a bit cross when I am online. I could get snippy. I could disappear from the Information Superhighway for a bit, as I struggle to find a place for this 40 hour-a-week thang in my busy schedule. 
Trust though that I will be around, and that Reports may surface from time to time. (I also have a few blog posts planned with the "best of" the GoL reports). But as of this afternoon I am tendering my resignation from the ranks of the layabout. 
As of this afternoon I am wanted. And that is a very lovely feeling to have again.
(And yes, there was champagne.)

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Gentleman of Leisure Report, Day 368: Started this day doing my EDD paperwork. I am re-upped for another round (thank you, California), so that’s nice.
That done I did the dishes and started the next few movies in this job. I had never really seen an entire Ren & Stimpy episode, (I’m not big on BUG-EYED cartoons) but on Farmer Karen’s recommendation I watched one. It was actually pretty funny. Loved the classical music.
Cleaned and prepped the parlor the League of Leisure meeting.
In the mid-morning I did something I hadn’t done in years: I sat in a chair and read a book. I mean, I sit and read all the time, but that’s in the other chair, in the necessary room. In this case I only had 20 pages left and I wanted to loan the book to Mykey, so I just sat and read and finished it. Felt good. (The book, “American Massacre”, about the Mountain Meadows Massacre, is anything but a feel good story, however.)
And I was rewarded for taking some time to relax……
Just as I was thumbing through the notes at the end of the book I got a call on my iPhone. Didn’t recognize the number. It was the manager of a downtown motel, who had been handed my resume by the manager of the motel that I got turned away from yesterday. I guess I made a good impression with that guy!
Anyhoo, me and this new guy had a long, delightful conversation about customer service and loyalty. The only odd question from him was how I got the job at 13: Real Magick. For those of you who know the remarkable story of how I was knocked unconscious in England and awoke with a vision of the store that hadn’t opened yet, you know its not the kind of thing you say to a potential employer during a first phone interview.
But aside from that hiccup we got along famously and I have an interview there tomorrow afternoon. Yay!
I spent some much time yakking that I barely had time to make my lunch before the rest of the League showed up. 
Lunches were dealt with. Side quests were completed.
Siesta.
In the afternoon I cleaned out my physical inbox, sorted through all the papers and put things where they were supposed to go. Finally I went through the Beltane Script and added in the notes I took at the last rehearsal. We should be all set for the Dress Rehearsal on Saturday.
Here the Wikipedia page about the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Oh those wacky early Mormons! 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre
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Gentleman of Leisure Report, Day 365: Wow, a whole year of workdays now. Luckily the market is picking up and I have a “Apply in Person” place to go to tomorrow. Call it an interview without an appointment.
Today I started the day by putting out some email fires. I have lots of irons in the fire right now and even when I am not ‘working’ on them, there is often questions to be answered or butts to be kissed (or kicked). 
At 9am I was on Felt Street in Live Oak picking up another carload of donations for the Yard Sale. It turned out to be a trip down memory lane. When I first moved to Santa Cruz in January of 1988, I lived for 4 months in a 4 bedroom condo at the end of Paget street (off Felt St.). I taught Biddy Remick how to ride a bike on this street.
My destination was a trailer park at the end of Felt Street. I hadn’t been there since I taught Biddy how to drive here. And yes, I totally recommend teaching someone to drive in a trailer park: No traffic, max speed is 5mph, with an automatic its just an easy, no-stress way to learn about steering and braking. 
Anyhoo, did a little shopping on the way home. By the time I unloaded the groceries it was time for the Giants game at 10am. I spent the next two hours watching the Gnats get squashed and during the commercials I sorted through all of the bags and boxes of donations.
(Now up to 60 crates of stuff! Will this Community never run out of schtuff for our yard sales??)
Glum lunch with Farmer Karen as we watched the end of the baseball game. Ugh. Swept by the Brewers? How embarrassing.
Siesta.
In the afternoon I worked on more email things, and a lot of Solaris paperwork. Looks a good year for naked camping. 
In the evening it was decided that I should hop over to Royal Taj and get some “stuff with sauce on top” for dinner. But, unfortunately Taj was all locked and dark, with a terse note that said they were closed and that “all enquiries should be directed to Sitar”, the other Indian place on the Garden Mall. 
So I headed there. Turns out that the two restaurants are owned by the same family and the Taj is going to be remodeled over the next month. Which would have been a much more engaging sign to put in their window, don’t cha think?
Saw Red Bekah and Jamie Nyland there, wearing corsets and tutus. But with those two there may not have been a dance gig later on; they dress up to go drop off mail at the Post Office.
Sharks win! Almost made up for the Gnats getting squished.
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Happy Solstice, Everyone!
What is the most enduring symbol of the Holiday Season?  A Christmas Tree?  A Menorah?  A Yule log?  A Nativity?  A big Visa bill come January? None of the above. The oldest and most widespread symbol of Winters festiv...
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Angus-land is a general humor blog written by Angus McMahan. "General" here means Pagan, Mongolia, Strawberry Quik, Pantheacon, Death, etcetera.
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Gentleman of Leisure Report, Day 367: Up early this morning to write a biiiig email to the Solaris alumni. Community Seed’s camping festival over the Summer Solstice is so awesome that we don’t really need to advertise. We just alert the folks who were there last year and they re-up. 
But I still like to do a good job, and there are a few new folks who expressed an interest, so I laid out the red carpet for everyone. There are some new features that we’re experimenting with this year, and we’re trying out a sliding scale too, so it required some 6am focus to explain and describe everything.
That done I got several projects going, including laundry and transferring a VHS tape to DVD. In my status update this morning I purposefully did not mention the name of the movie, because it was part of a job for a client, and often times they really wouldn’t appreciate me blabbing the title. ☺
Me, I’m not one to judge. I just make sure there is a good picture, sound is synced, and then I walk away and let it roll.
Where I walked to was out the front door, because there was a city truck parked at the end of the street. Being a housewife for the last year and a half I’ve gotten to know a lot of city workers who visit my neighborhood. They just appear on streets while most people are at work and quietly go about their business. I’ve seen various folks sweep the street, check the drainage to the concrete creek, trim the trees, pick up trash, change the light bulbs in the street lights, check the sewers, trim the grass, and walk down the creek bed checking the walls for any signs of cracking. They also resurfaced the end of May Avenue a couple of years ago. Most residents never see these folks and that’s a shame. To a man they are very nice, and always thrilled to talk with the people that they are serving.
Back inside I took a long look at the rumpus room and found it to be tres messay! A working weekend had the place strewn with bicycles, drums, rain sticks, gongs and bags, crates and bins full of yard sale donations. Blech.
At 11am I changed into my nice clothes and made another assault on the motel with the Front Desk Clerk job. Again, the again manager again was not again in yet. And I again was told again to come again back later again. Again.
So I waited. Oh so patiently. Did the latest Solaris paperwork. Sent off 4 more resumes. 
At 1pm I returned to the motel, finally met the manager, who told me that the position had already been filled by a returning ex-employee. So, I struck out. Again.
Lunch with the Admiral. Leftover KFC. Mmmm. Live entertainment was provided by Admiral Jenya who stopped by to deliver some eggs and do some preaching for us.
Siesta. And considering I did the sunny Energy Walk on Saturday and a sunny Beltane rehearsal on Sunday I was pretty beat by that point. So I slept for a full two hours and only woke up in time to take a shower before Farmer Karen arrived home.
Giants win in a walk off by Brandon Belt. Yay!
Here’s the weekend I was talking about earlier: http://www.communityseed.org/solaris-2013/
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