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Jon Sullivan
Just a man and his tacos. And their adventures together.
Just a man and his tacos. And their adventures together.

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I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election:
1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They're holding signs and marching every week.
4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone's forgotten he's kind of a jerk.
5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.
7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.
8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.
9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like emoluments, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.
10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.
11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.
12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.
13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)
14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.
15. Stephen Colbert's "Late Night" finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today's Jon Stewart.
16. "Mike Pence" has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.
17. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.
18. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.
19. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.
20. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.
21. Massive cleanup of facebook friend lists.
22. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell's "1984" increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)
23. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.
24. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone.
- Susan Keller

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Planning to make a plan

2016 was a pretty damn awful year. Lots of personal emotional potholes. Major financial problems. Don $%^&ing Trump. Bad weather, which I have no tolerance for. Spiraling.... something.... Not depression, because my ego is too big to ever be depressed. But some Jon equivalent. So I get through all that. Move on. 2017 will be a new year. And then my dad dies.

My plan had been to just crawl into my bubble, play lots of Warcraft, spend very little money, and not worry about anything for a couple years. Because in my bubble everything is wonderful. But now I need to actually get shit done. I have too many important responsibilities that have nothing to do with my bubble world.

And now that I'm forced to deal with those, I'm forced to deal with lots of other stuff I was hoping to just put off. I'm old and in shitty shape. Retirement is (hopefully) creeping up. San Diego is wonderful, but am I going to stay here? If so, retirement isn't a thing. Place is expensive.... I need a long term plan for life. But I'm too busy. So right now the plan is to make a plan. Soon.
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Love is love. 
Home at last...
So... #TLDR

Well what a night. Almost not sure how to summarise it for those who expressed interest. It was two people expressing their feelings and making very personal vows in front of a gathering of their closest friends. The venue itself was Browns, once the Westminster County Court building and now elegantly converted into a bar and restaurant. We had a private room above the restaurant, fortunately some of the more risqué outfits where hidden beneath heavy winter coats because it was freezing in London town last night.
The heavy Oak panelled rooms of the old courts set the scene beautifully, other than the occasional collar the attire worn by all was extremely smart and not overly flamboyant like when we go to TG events. Lots of black leather and lace but also sharp suits and showey dresses, just with a few little touches to suggest this was something, a little different.
The M wore a sharp cut suit. Went full British with bowler and all the usual trimmings of Saville row. The sub was in red pvc trousers and simple white top. They could easily have passed you in the street and you'd not have thought them anything unusual. I liked the touch of the sub being led down the short aisle blindfolded. Which was then removed by the waiting and beating M. The collar placement moment was beautiful. Over the course of the buffet evening their was a few spankings. I got to deal one out to the 'M' which was great theatrical amusement to the guests.
So many touches I shall keep remembering. The relatively plain white cake but with red rope surrounding it rather than a plain cake band matched the same red rope that made part of the table decorations around the food. It was all very subtle. Very tasteful.

Here's most of my main speech. I've tried to remove any indication of the couples gender. That's irrelevant. And if you have any specific questions, do ask.
But while there was obviously much pvc and performance it was probably the most 'normal' night I've had with that crowd in a long time.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Masters, Mistresses, Submissives, Dommes, Owners, Pets, Kinksters, Slaves, Switches, Brats, Sadists, Masochists, Sadomasochists, Tops, Bottoms, Daddys, Mummys, Littles, Hedonists Fetishists, Primals, those who are Unsure and of course the few token vanilla people who have been brave enough to attend this evening. It doesn't matter what label you've given yourself or the the one that society has forced upon you, love doesn't care. Love Is Love.
And Regardless of whether a union of that love is wrapped up in black leather or white lace, celebrated with bells or rock music, or whether it is sealed with rings or collars, the most important part of a relationship is love. For without love the games we play are just that, games. Games that conclude. Love will ensure a relationship continues and that the games will evolve and age as we do.
There has to be a certain amount of compatibility between lovers. Just enough that they see a little of themselves reflected back, shared opinions and beliefs, but also there needs to be differences so it is not merely a mirror that they see every time they see each other. Balance of course is vitally important, as we know from ourselves and of course 'name' & 'name' they ultimately want the same thing but they both have different needs. Nowhere is this more evident than between a M and their S. Different needs that blend together perfectly.
When I first met & I saw the spark between them instantly. And maybe they did too. They were just not brave enough to act on it. But this is due to life's often challenging experiences, we almost seem to reach a certain age and now feel preprogrammed to never risk happiness because of hurt in our past. Even when a good thing, or person, comes along, we skip the few awkward dates and a don't risk anything blossoming, we just go straight to the eating icecream alone wondering what might have been but reassuring ourselves that we don't deserve happiness anyway.
These two deserve every happiness. Their love is as plain to see as 's tattoo on their left cheek. And I know we've all seen that.
I'm not alone in this room when I say that I see the intensity that ignites in both their eyes. Some of us are lucky enough to know that feeling. To love so hard it hurts. Of course we all love a little pain from time to time, even those of us with the crops. So the hurting is good.
I would just like to add that as this is your big night and you're going to be looking to do something different I honestly have no suggestions because we all know what you've already done. Mostly. I don't know. Missionary possibly?
& * you have let us into your relationship more than many people ever will and sharing this moment with us has been our pleasure, and our honour. We all wish you the very best and assure you that you have the love and support of every single person in this room.

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Sunny and 75 = a great day to walk down to the local bar for the 3rd annual coffee beer fest at Toronado. Spicy J-Bags burger is delicious. Rolling Stones on the jolt box. 
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So this has been my day. 5 hours to go. Real nice unannounced API change Google.... reeeeeeaaaal nice.

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For folks with a Google Music subscription, here's the blues playlist I've been working on for over a year. It's pretty damn good in my humble opinion. 66 songs, 4 hours of music. From Robert Johnson, up through modern day.

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This clip on it's own is worth watching. He sure looks young and strong for a 67 year old rocker. But it also reminds me of how much dad loved Bruce Springsteen. I think the songs' themes spoke deeply to him. Emotional struggles, working class life, individual commitment, and dissatisfaction in a context of every day situations. Honesty. We spent one cold winter huddled around the wood stove, as we did, listening to Springsteen;s "The River" over and over. If dad were a rock star...... I think he'd aspire to be Van Morrison. But what he'd really be is Bruce Springsteen.

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I'm glad dad had a chance to come down to San Diego recently. We had a great time together. No touristy stuff this time, just as much eating as he could fit in. I suppose the lack of great dining options in Kalispell builds up a powerful hunger. These aren't all the places we went, but just some standouts.
Tribute pizza - He really liked this pizza place. We ended up going back twice. The lamb sausage pizza was a favorite. We drank beers, debated whether Trump was for real, talked about his youth in Germany.
Pomegranate - Dad loved finding interesting new ethnic food. So this Russian restaurant was an obvious choice. I'd skipped it in the past, since I had some doubts about whether Russian cuisine was even a thing. But the food was fantastic. Dad loved that they had a lot of European pilsners. We ate borscht, drank beers, had some very hearty Russian stews, and talked about the night life in post WWII Berlin.
El Borrego - Dad likes authentic and simple. He has described his dining preference as "what the people eat". And this place is great for that sort of Mexican food. A tiny kitchen, one woman cooking everything from scratch. We went here twice, and had delicious meals each time. Dad was picky about his orange juice, and loved the juice they had here.
Fish 101 - I hadn't heard of this place before, but I'm glad he found it. For some reason San Diego is somewhat borderline for seafood, but I'll be returning here. Not fancy, just really good fish prepared right. The shrimp cocktail made us both grin it was so good.
Cardamom Cafe & Bakery - Most mornings, this old school cafe is where he started. He would always get the huge cinnamon roll. Over two San Diego visits I probably watched him eat a dozen of them. I've never actually tried that cinnamon roll, but I think I need to. It really might have been his favorite thing in San Diego.
Bracero - He wanted some tacos and tequila after getting off the plane. Bracero is super fancy Mexican, but the bar menu is reasonably priced and quite good. We had tacos, ceviche and margaritas while talking about the plan. It turned the plan was just to avoid touristy stuff and spend two weeks eating and drinking. Okay. That works.">Taste of the Himalayas</a> - The Hillcrest restaurant for this chain is my favorite. He said it was some of the best Indian food he'd had. I agreed. We talked about some of our favorite ethnic meals through the years.
Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado - I love that there is a legit BBQ place so close to my apartment. We went on Sunday, which is when they break out the specialty meats and do an Argentine style menu. Dad had been talking about wanted to go there for the smoked blood sausage for months. This place is one of the reasons I love North Park so much. The people and the food the best.

San Diego Beer Week - I'm glad he agreed to keep up with my Beer Week plan. Especially the closing event at Torrey Pines. It was certainly more fancy than what he would have picked. But I think he had a great time. And the food was exceptional. Sunny and 75 in Nov, and he spent the event chatting with some incredulous locals about life in Montana. Such contrast. 
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I'm working with my sister and Marilee to handle dad's memorial and close up his estate. I'm a bit overwhelmed. He was a man who loved simple things, but there are all these fiddly little details we should deal with.

I'm probably driving myself crazy. But I have a pathological need to make sure there is a plan. There must be a list. There must be a plan. And a plan for the list. So I have lots of lists for handling his memorial and estate. I'm balancing between that need on one hand, and on the other some self loathing for needing to bullet point the end of my father's life. He was a man who loved simple things, and I'm making it all so complicated.

Doing nothing is an option. If I keep telling myself that, I just might believe it. For a bit.

Honestly... Sharon is doing most of the work. And Marilee is unstoppable. They get lists done. Me? I'm more like the philosopher of lists. Thankfully, in software engineering that's actually a marketable skill.
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