I get up and stretch out. I haven't been sleeping well but managed to get a good one last night. I make myself a turkey sandwich and start reading facebook, imgur, checking mail, you know "the day". I hit a few things here and there I reply to but then I stumble on this post. (since deleted) With a "joke" about black abortion clinics = crime stoppers with an adam savage picture giving a thumbs up.
It pissed me off and I bitched about the racism in posting this and defending posting it. Part of it was the entire Adam Savage tie in that gave it a soto voice suggestion of his approval. It is just an ugly racist joke and it followed in close order another one that talked about a white girl from katy who lost her internship at a houston marketing company when she posted a picture of her and a friend picking cotton on the side of the road with the caption "Our inner nigger came out today" full of sympathy for the poor dear. (http://imgur.com/gallery/oiKCq)
If you click on the first link you see where I responded to a guy who was steaming to be a scientific racist. So not worth interacting with that far down a comment chain.
But it was irksome, I get really tired of the racism of the site, but the site is a pretty good sample of the zeitgeist so maybe I am just tired of the racism in america. And I really don't think america is truly worse than anywhere (well maybe a little, exceptionalism and all that).
So then I do the needful. I start looking for work. I need to work on school apps but in order to do that I need to call the guy who was my research prof to write me a letter of recc. He's not teaching school anymore, he's working in industry* and they aren't open yet. So I craigslist and start looking in the geek categories, support gets one application, nothing in software, see a dream job in science but I don't have the specific experience they want (interpreting western blot & other protein marker test kits) but I have seen it done, know the science behind it and could learn easy. Send a different resume to them and hope but expect nothing. Then I see a post in internet engineering:
IT & Web Tech - Trade fer Buds
compensation: Based upon lung capacity divided by the method of inhalation
employment type: part-time
Trade bud or wax for services.
Need a tech person to punch down phone and network connections. Most lines in place. Tone out and add as needed. About 5 phone runs and 7 network runs. Approx. 6-10 hours.
Need a tech person to modify existing web page using Wordpress. Approx. 2-6 hours work. Trade bud or wax for services. Not to be done offsite. Info needed to populate the web page is in house.
Smoke filled work environment. Bring a good set of lungs.
This strikes me as terribly cheery and upbeat. This is fucking legal to post in this day and age. One of my life goals realized. I make a brief mention on facebook, check my web comics, continue my morning arguments, and start the beans for dinner.
I get a call from one of my emails, the one for support calls. They basically ask if I really mean to send a resume, this is a 12$/hr support job and I have too much experience. I say yeah, just graduate, need a job thinking of grad school in a year or so. They say ok, and want to meet tomorrow, it's staffing company so it's going to suck but we'll see.
Call the company ex-prof works at and ask them to give him a message. I look back at that silly craigslist post. I'd like to get stoned and what the hell I don't know jack about wordpress but it's a web app, I are geek, raar! I send the an email with a resume, WTH.
I argue so more and I get a call, it's the guy who posted craigslist, invites me to come out and hang out and see what's what. It's legal for me to smoke and he promised to get me stoned so WTHN.
First explanation, they are out in Veneta. Veneta is a a little town/exurb just east of eugene, it's only 5-10 miles away right at the base of the coastal range. Ok so a small hassle to get there but I do.
Go out and meet the folks at hwy420wholesale.com
Yes friends, the folks who need the help are pot wholesalers. They provide products to dispensaries. Itty bitty microstart-up (maybe, more on that later). And being wholesalers they have a full range of marijuana consumables and they consume avidly. I got to try my first extract ("wax") hit today. An extract, for those of you who aren't part of the marijuana community, "wax" is just the thc dissolved out of the plant, concentrated and the resulting thick sticky resin is placed on a hot stone in a bong, vaporizes, and you inhale. The reason for doing this is strong pot is 15-20% THC. This is 75-80% They claim there is a difference between this and hash, I think it is meets the spiritual needs.
There is a decided difference in the high from what I am used to. The variety I smoked most of was from an AK-47 strain in a butane solvent. I took a single hit and I could feel it. This used to be exceptional for me but I've been smoking less & better so perhaps not as significant as it once was. I got a very definite high from it, I noted it particularly in my body. My teeth quit hurting and my knees and elbows felt noticeably better. I was in no sense incapacitate so I spent a few minutes talking with them about what they did and stuff while I let it wash over me. 15 minutes later no major change I do I few more.
I got definitely stoned. Really baked. Not to where I was goofy but seriously stoned. Then they opened up their laptop and showed me their site. Wordpress is fucked. It is not intuitively obvious, it seems fairly simple and potentially very powerful but it is clearly a jobs program for geeks.So they show me the site and they want to make changes. The problem is the site is live, they don't know how to revision, and the one geek guy is a retired state SQL guy not a front end guy in anysense.
And I am really stoned. So I have the guy drive me around the site as he knows it. Ok yeah I am starting to see the obvious basics. So for right now you just need to get rid of some old products and update some phone & hours? I can do this. Take charge, delete a couple items, confirm site is working and think hay, you know what I'd like? A joint. So I ask guy is he can roll a joint.
He is a professional joint roller. Like won awards.
He gets out some particularly flower smelling bud (forgot to ask) and has me start breaking it up to roll a big joint. Then, we can't find papers. They are setting up a dispensary downstairs (like construction is going on) but they have no product there. Upstairs is just a few bongs (one of which is electric to heat the stone for smoking wax) and a lot of pot.. They search through a giftbag from one of the many marijuana business fairs and find a couple of ones given out as presents.
So he rolls up a joint.
Oh my stars and garters, the sucker was one of the supper long one and was as big around as my second finger. He calls in the folks and the five of us smoke that. Well, I tried. We got about half way through and I couldn't keep up. I was trying to figure out how to update the data in the footer but it wasn't being where I expected. And I could not figure it out.
I spent a while poking at it but nothing obvious. And I was really stoned, too stoned to fuck with a live website. The were making wrapping up noises and it was getting late in the afternoon so I exchange contact info. They seem to like me and they need a lot of help. Can't pay but they will smoke me out and give me some to take home if I come out occasionally to help them.
I head home and my mind is aswim, this is fucking legal.
So, one of the things about pot is that for me, unlike most folk, it does not make me sleepy. It makes me loquacious. In particular it makes me write.
Wrote lots yesterday, most of it a long ultimately pointless argument about alternative/reasonable ideas for gun control on a friends face book thread. But I also wrote this and quite a few other bits.
So I quit smoking around 3:30, maybe 4:00 and when I headed back home around 5 I was still seriously stoned. Got home and started mooking about the internet. Writing, petting dogs, fiddling with beans. Just coming down from a good old fashioned stoning.
I haven;t slept well lately, worried about jobs, school, life progress. My normal habit is to take two benedryl around 7, then drink a glass of wine or a mixed drink eightist and crawl into bed at 9, listen to an audio book until I fall asleep. I then wake up a couple times during the night and I just turn the audiobook back on (30 minute sleep timer) and fall back asleep.
Last night I got so into what i was doing 11 rolled around I hadn't taken the benedryl. I was still at least somewhat stoned from just a handful of the wax hits and the small part of the J I inhaled, so I was not sleepy at all. I took the benedry, made a drink, played a while longer and then got into bed to read and head to sleep. I think it wasn't until 1 I finally got to sleep but then I was really gone.
My alarm went off at 7 and i was dead. Set it to 9 and went back to sleep. 9 came up and I was still tired, so i called in, rescheduled my interview fiddled a bit online and went back to sleep. My late alarm goes off at 11:30, I have that set to remind me not to lose the day. If I have been sleeping in it is when I HAVE to get out of bed. If I have been up and doing stuff it is a signal I need to go outside and walk a dog or something. I kind of want to be stoned again today, but I think I am going to give myself a day off to clear my head.
Makes a lot of sense, more people means more resources, more connections to draw upon, someone to watch your back & stuff when you sleep. Plus humans beings just like to live in groups, it is our evolutionary preferred environment.
I tend to see two main kinds of these folk. The first tend to be bicycle based and thus more or less local. They have a camp with tents that they tend to move around when cops or whomever chase them off. The other live in some kind of car, usually a van, truck, dilapidated rv or even the iconic school bus.
The second types tend to live smaller groups, rarely more than 4-5. And while they do move around more they are rarely as mobile as I would expect. They seem to have regional circuits. They'll park near a friends house for a few days then float to somewhere else for a while but then before too long be back.
If I was younger and had more resources to support me it would be fascinating to write an ethnographic dissertation on them. Find a band and join up and trace their patterns.
So the first reason to watch it is it is a wachowski siblings show.
The second reason to watch it is it is a j. michael strazynski show.
The third reason to watch it is it has some of the hottest sex scenes I've seen. Starting with this incredibly hot lesbian stap-on scene and on to the amazing infamous episode 6.
The fourth reason to watch it are the fantastic fight scenes. It IS a wachowski movie and they do fights better than anyone this side of Jackie chan.
The fifth is that it is in no small part a love letter to the art of movies, tv, and visual story telling. They have a frigging Bollywood dance scene! They throw in shout outs to telenovelas, euro noire, martial arts, american action, spy, prison films, and lots of other genres. They do this one scene that just blew me away where they do matrix style wachowski suspended wire fight, but they do it as a movie in the movie and totally deconstruct it leaving in all the wires and raw footage without the cgi sweetening. That scene alone is worth watching the entire series and there is so much more in it.
I want to say a 6th reason is the music but in all honesty it only blows me away here and there. And a part of that is the crux of one of the essential episodes is one of my favorite songs.
A 7th is the pro recreational drug messages. They use with positive results DMT, X, hash, and pot not to mention the usual booze and nicotine.
At first I was a little put off by the entire united colors of Benetton hyper multicultural thing but they really go more than skin deep and after a while it just quits being something you notice. One of the advantages of the long form is that you can take the time to do that.
It's a bit tempting to be dismissive and call this the wachowskis do the tomorrow people for grown ups but it is really, really good and I think you should watch it. Hell if nothing else they have some of the most graphic birth scenes outside a medical educational film and they clearly do it consciously to balance the graphic death scenes and express a yin-yang balance about it.
Definitely a fan.
They ask "How did you hear about our graduate program?"
I am not sure how much of an answer to give. Here is what I wrote down, what do you think? (Note: There is also a 3-5 page personal statement later on they want)
Working with my advisor, Dr. Roger Voelker at UO we discussed the research he was familiar with going on in the Pacific North West. I have a deep affinity for the region and looked at the research going on at OSU, UO, WSU, OHSU and some others and he had very good things to say about the University of Washington's programs.
Drs. Crosslin's & Tarczy-Hornoch's work on the application of known phenotype information on the implementation of actual medical procedures and the advent of personalized medicine speaks to the heart of the sort of work I would love to be involved in. I also find Dr. Daggets research into proteomic visualisation and modeling is fascinating. I think the techniques I learned my undergraduate research could be expanded by studying Dr. Mylar. The University of Washington Biomedical and Health Informatics program has a national reputation for being one of the most exciting centers of bioinformatics researcher training.
I want to do my research in a progressive urban environment and I love the pacific northwest. Your school is the best in the region at producing scholars who are working in this fascinating complex field.
The dispensary is just half a block from me, the twenty after four wellness center (at 420 Blair in the Whitaker, I do not make this up). Went in and they asked to see my ID and asked if I was recreational or medical. Atmosphere was like a small apothecary/herb & candle shop. They had a sheet outlining the half dozen varieties available to rec buyers (more stuff is available to medpot buyers). I really can't afford this but I wanted to do it any ways so I bought a gram of their cheapest $10/g 16.7% THC pot.
Rolled a joint this morning, smoked half and took tip out for a walk. It is so nice to go for walks while you are stoned, my favorite physical activity... Well second after sex... No make that third after tai chi. But damn it is nice to walk.
An average joint to me is 0.75g, a skinny it half a gram and a fattie is a full gram. When I used to smoke regularly in texas it would take me two fat joints of the cheap Mexican brick weed to get me as stoned as half a joint of this does.
Fall has definitely arrived in the Pacific Northwest, and it is incredibly lovely. Eugene is the southern bowl of the Willamette valley, about 400' high so most of our trees are actually deciduous rather then the evergreens most people associate with Oregon (though we have plent of those too). It is a lovely, clear breezy day. Lots of hoodies out (but plent of t-shirts too) and generally just gorgeous.
One the the things about being stoned is that your sense get energized. I found myself listening more than I usually do on walks. Hearing the rustle brush of leaves blowing on the street, the whisper of the trees quaking in the wind, the tone of wind chimes all around .
I stopped at a brew pub to get a beer and browse the web for a bit.
Then tonight something weird happened. I went to poop but was extremely constipated. Finally got it out but burst a blood vessel even though I was trying hard not to strain too much. Went to sit at the computer but was totally exhausted and kind of shakey, figured it was a vasovagal response. I tend to get those after particularly intense defacation experiences. Lying down I completely lost it, went in to full on fever shivers, shaking so hard I could barely move. I was having the oddest hallucinations/ideations about categorical boxes. I just lay there shivering for what might have been hours in my unairconditioned room, it finally stopped and I was able to get some sleep and rest but when I woke up I felt weak as a kitten, my blood sugar seemed low, I was coughing up a torrent of foamy goo, and had a headache to beat the band.
Been an hour so since then and I am feeling much better, just the headache left. It all seems so odd. I think it was just an intense vasovagal experience (approaching syncope) but I worry my blood sugar might have been being slow to respond appropriately.
One of the things that reminds me of val is the scarves, they're very big on long scarves wrapped in complicated fashions in this show.
Reviews say that it really grows on you as you get farther in. I'll stick with it for awhile :-)
While I generally support them, two things bug me. First, they can be awfully aggressive and confrontational with people near their camp. Second, the way they hang "curtains" to block people from seeing in. I understand some of both, they are very vulnerable and easily preyed on unless they are vigilant and of course everyone wants some privacy and objects to being constantly on display.
But, to me that's part of the price of camping in a public space. If you want privacy or the then you have to secure yourself rights to private property (or at the very least accept the inconvenience of remote public property). Something similar is true about the privilege of aggressive security. If you are in my public space you don't have the right to cut off a piece of it for yourself (except for very limited duration, ie a pick nick)
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