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My book [Jun. 27th, 2012|11:15 am]
Stevie Z
Hello people.  After 10+ years of working on it, my book "American Loser" is now for sale.

AL has its genesis here on LJ.  I would sit around late at night, drunk or high or both, and let my brain roam and write some pretty crazy stuff, real "stream of consciousness."  At some point, I realized there was a common thread that could tie some of them together.  Coupled with my friends telling me that I should write a book some day, I decided why the hell not.  And thus began the process.

Over the course of several years, I slowly worked on the book.  Life was keeping me busy.  Then last year my personal life went to shit and long story short, I ended up at the House of Yes.   It's an artist collective in Brooklyn.  There's surrounded by circus performers, directors, photographers, musicians, and other mad artistic types, I sweated out the summer in my non-air conditioned room on the 3rd floor of the warehouse, endured all-night raves a few nights a week downstairs, and cracked down on AL.

Now it is done.

It's available in ebook format only at this time.  When funds become available, I will put it out in print. 
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Godot continued [Dec. 1st, 2010|04:26 pm]
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So Godot drops me a line, asking me to drill a hole in the case of the machines so we can attach a clamp. So not only did we overpay for a suck machine that we can't control other than on/off, it didn't even come equipped to hang.

I wish I was making this shit up. I really really do. Yet he's considered a tech god around here. Oh my aching brain.
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The LULz continue [Dec. 1st, 2010|11:18 am]
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Oh Godot, the breadth of your fucking idiocy is truly boggling. After convincing the Boss that you know more than me about snow machines and can hook us up with far better machines that are cheaper than the ones I specced, the machines arrived and guess what- they're not even DMX-controlled. Bwahahahahaha. Whoops. Guess we overlooked that little detail, eh?

And gosh, opening up the machine in the hope of finding a DMX input there..... brilliant. You just fucking voided the warranty and probably our ability to return the machines, fucktard.

Niet goed, as the Dutch would say. Or очень очень плохой in Russian. Or muy malo in Spanish.

I breathlessly await your fix for this.
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Happy happy joy joy [Nov. 28th, 2010|12:11 am]
Stevie Z
[Blasting from the speakers: |Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over]

Sitting here at home at ChezKez NJ after a very nice Thanksgiving back home in NH.

It took some doing to pull off Thanksgiving. I had work Friday- it was a half day for everyone. I managed to get the half day off. First hurdle overcome. Then Lina had work Wednesday night in the East Village. She and Misha do a residency at a cafe there and there was no way to get out of it. So Wednesday I came home from work and tried to grab some sleep, and then packed up the car with Alisa and we headed into Manhattan. We got to the cafe, caught the tail end of Lina's set, and then grabbed a bite to eat and hit the road for NH at 12:30am.

We could have left Thursday morning. I also could have inflicted several hundred paper cuts on my arms and then plunge them into a 55 gallon drum of salt-laced lemon juice, the equivalent of driving out of NY/NJ on Thanksgiving Day. Not so much. We drove through the night, not hitting any traffic at all and arriving at my mother's at 5:15am.

It was nice to hunker down for a few days. Even the craziness of scrambling to finish putting together the Thanksgiving meal because the turkey was done 2 hours ahead of schedule (maybe my mother's oven temp is off- dunno) didn't take away from the holiday. My sister and her family arrived and we had a nice meal, followed by a much-needed nap. Friday Lina, Alisa, and I headed out to do some shopping- not at 5am. We still scored some sweet deals though, and then back home in time for a visit from Bill. Good to get caught up with him.

After, while Lina and Alisa had some mother/daughter bonding time watching videos, my mom and I hung out and talked. Got a good night's sleep, rolling out of bed around 11:30 this morning. Did a bit more work around my mom's house, got her set up on Skype, and put together her new TV stand before me and the fam got in the car and headed out.

Quiet ride back home. Hit a couple of heavy snow flurries near Keene NH, but that was about it. Not much traffic to speak of, not even at the Tappan Zee. Coming back tomorrow wasn't an option because Lina has to leave for a gig at 9:30, but even if that weren't the case, we still would have come back tomorrow for the same reason we fled left on Wednesday. The horror of driving Sunday would have been too much.

So now Lina's asleep. She drove half the trip and needs her rest, and I'm winding down.

Damn civilized to have a 4 day weekend and tomorrow, a few things to do- laundry, help Alisa with homework, and unpack- but all in all, a nice relaxing day before it's back to the grind at the club.

And this whole marriage/family thing is really feeling comfortable now. Alisa and I understand each other a bit more now and she's understanding her stepdad is a bit of a crazy dork.

Well, time to wrap this up, grab a shower, and hit the hay.
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The day of wreckoning (yes, sic) grows near [Oct. 26th, 2010|09:53 pm]
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So we get closer to election day and we will see which way the country turns. It's interesting to watch the GOPers and Tea Baggers whinging about deadlock and how Obama can't do anything when these fuckers block everything he tries to do.

There's a helluva lot of difference between principled opposition and acting like a child and sticking your fingers in your ears and screaming 'no no no no no". It's been particularly amusing watching the GOP doing this on things they claim they're for, like tax breaks for small businesses. The only thing they're for is giving the rick tax breaks, once gain presenting the amusing spectacle of them bending over backwards to lick their own assholes by way of resolving their hawkishness on the deficit while at the same time adding over $1 trillion to it.

And if they overturn the provisions of Obama-care, they fucking well better have something in its place, rather than tired hackneyed old positions like limiting malpractice suits because that's not going to do shit for anyone who's sick or has a sick kid and has to choose between financial destruction or their health/the health of their family.

But the GOP says this is the American way. If you get sick, fuck you.

It's one thing if the GOP or the Tea Baggers offered.... some kind of solid proposals, rather than mushy feel-good catch-phrases. And the candidates- my gawd. Where did they dig up the O'Donnell character? Anyone who votes for such a clueless fucktard who doesn't even know the First Amendment should be ashamed of themselves. Could you imagine if this dizzy cunt got elected?

The fact that such a thing is even remotely possible should scare the piss out of us. Yeah, the economy is still a huge goddamn mess, but it took WWII to pull us out of the last depression- we're talking between 10 and 15 years and the destruction of all our economic competitors. Yet Obama's getting slammed for not pulling us out of this mess in under 2 years? Goddamn- where did people learn their history to expect the economy to recover from such a huge meltdown in 2 years- especially when the GOP has continued to block and obstruct?

At least Obama stopped the bleeding and things are slowly improving. But what does the GOP and Tea Party want to do? They want to deregulate the very industries that caused this mess. Apparently, the ass-fucking they gave the economy and all of us before wasn't sufficient for the gimps and shitheads of the GOP. They want the job finished and under their weepy "we love America"-isms, they instead want to commit economic terrorism against the country they profess to love.

Stop the bullshit. These fuckers are profiteers, willing to suck the dick of Big Finance and Big Industry and fuck America and fuck each and every one of us. We're expendable. All of these 'populists' will sell us all down the river as soon as they get their lips on the sugar tit.
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The Death of 'Old Prostitute'. [Sep. 21st, 2010|05:35 pm]
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Today we sold our old Camry. About 6 weeks ago we bought a nice used Honda, so we no longer needed the Camry. I took a look on Craigslist and found a junkyard down in Jersey City that offered us a reasonable sum for it.

It served me/us well. It was the replacement car for the Stevemobile, which was destroyed in that really bad accident. Unlike the SM, the Camry had no flash, no style. Very utilitarian vehicle that got me from point A to point B and never ever stranded me. The only problem was when the distributor cap got cracked and it would take forever to start when the weather was wet. But it was breaking down- the suspension was shot and it developed a hole in the gas tank so we couldn't put more than 1/2 a tank.

And the car certainly had some battle scars. The front right quarter panel was banged up, a remnant of a hit-and-run back in Somerville. Someone sideswiped it one night and luckily, the damage was only cosmetic and with a $500 deductible, wasn't worth repairing. And the grill was gone from when Sharon was babysitting the car while I was on tour and she skidded on some ice.

Yeah, it was a utilititarian old warhorse which Lina dubbed "старая проститутка"- old prostitute. Old, not pretty to look at, but gets you where you need to be time and time again. Yeah, she's a funny woman. And it was. To the end, I could take it on the highway and cruise along at 75 and the engine was still strong and didn't burn oil. Not bad for a car with 217,000 miles.

Now it's time to move on. As Lina said, "don't worry, some other man will like Old Prostitute" and as we drove from the junkyard, we looked back and there was a man already climbing into it, checking it out, and we both laughed.

Пока старая проститутка.
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Break? [Sep. 9th, 2010|10:36 pm]
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Got a facebook message from this guy Kevin. He friended me through some common friends who are stagehands up in MA. Kevin's a stagehand here in NJ and belongs to the union. Well, it seems that the union's a bit shorthanded these days and in need of bodies. They've got a call Saturday morning at 5am and they might use me. I know it's a 3pm show, so I might be looking at 8 hours on the in, and probably a 4 on the out. I'm guessing the rate is somewhere in the $25/hr range, so a $300 day less taxes- not too shabby. Plus I'd have my foot in the door for the union. Sweet!

And a funny note- Lina saw her first Pink Panther movie- the one with Dreyfus and the death ray. She laughed her ass off. Very cute.
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Germ of a book [Aug. 18th, 2010|11:44 pm]
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Not that I've finished any of my other books, but..... got the idea for a new one. Something pithy like "The OCD Guide to Life". The inspiration was riding home from work on the bus and looking at this huge apartment building- maybe 35 or 40 stories, and many of the units sport a remarkable view of the Manhattan skyline. However, looking down, the lower levels.... not so much. Their view is blocked by the condos across the street and rather than looking out their window and seeing NYC, they see.... the service lot with the dumpsters. Where the people on the upper floors are probably paying between 2000 and 5000/month and basking in the status of having a NYC view, the poor schmucks on the lower floors..... not so much. And I can just imagine the crazies who live there and my mind made that click.


Every night, George had to take sedatives before climbing into bed. But even heavily drugged, he still couldn't stop thinking "What if tonight is THE night? He knew that directly above his bedroom were 40 other bedrooms and in the entire building, there were almost 1000 total. Some nights he could feel his bed swaying when the couple upstairs were fucking. What would happen if a certain percentage of the other occupants were fucking at the same time and somehow, the rhythms of all this fucking synched up? Would the resultant harmonics cause the structural steel and concrete to fail and the building collapse, with all 40 floors above him landing on him?

He tried to query the management company about the structural soundness of the building but never got a satisfactory answer. And the internet yielded 1,873,256 and counting variations of the term "if this van is a rocking then don't come a knocking" but nothing of value.


So I will see if this goes anywhere. Just little short snippets of different OCD weirdnesses. Let's see how this goes.
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The problem is not with your TV [Aug. 11th, 2010|09:39 pm]
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My bosses have charged me with a mission. the gory detailsCollapse )
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lazy bitch [Jul. 22nd, 2010|05:29 pm]
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Wow. I had to be over at 4 Walls Lighting this morning to meet with their head tech guru to get trained in how to properly care for the leased VariLite rig at the club. Fascinating stuff- learned how to tear apart the light and clean the lenses and the color wheels. Interesting in also seeing how moving lights are dimmed- it's done with a wheel that has varying degrees of opacity from clear to totally blocked. These things take a helluva lot of abuse, being right next to a 700 watt discharge lamp.

The training took about 3 hours, and then I picked up some needed goodies and our hazers, which were repaired, and made my way back to the city. Got to the club, dropped all the gear off, and then had to bring the car back to NJ. Well, the trip back to NJ was not so smooth. It took about 75 minutes. I got back about 3:15. By the time I caught the bus back to NY and got to the club, it would have been 4:30. And I really didn't have much to do. So I called the club and was given the ok to take the rest of the day off.

Score! Took a nice nap and now I can get caught up on a bunch of stuff and even have a meal with my family.

Life is good.
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Help?-- edited [Jun. 21st, 2010|10:55 pm]
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Hey gang. If anyone is able to help out on Saturday, it would be appreciated. I am going to hire some folks from Craigslist for the larger pieces and some of the boxes, but if I can get some help with folks for some of the boxes, that would be great.

This is going to happen at 2-ish. I'm kinda caught between a rock and a hard place because I have to work Friday and won't be back in Somerville until 2:30am or so Saturday morning. Contrary to popular belief, I am not superman and will need to sleep a bit.

Saturday morning we have to finish packing and I have to go to Comcast to drop off the cable box/modem and pick up the truck. Then we load the truck, grab some pizza, load the cats, and then it's off to NJ to unload the vitals for sleeping Saturday night. Lina has a concert Sunday down here, so that's why we have to head out Saturday early evening.

This is still highly surreal.

So if folks can let me know if they can come by, that would be great.

Now, time to collapse.
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The new addition to the family [Jun. 13th, 2010|05:16 pm]
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http://www.p4c.philips.com/files/4/47pfl6704d_f7/47pfl6704d_f7_pss_aen.pdf

Yay!
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the Plan [Jun. 4th, 2010|12:30 am]
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For those of you following along.....

Here's the plan. The next few days are going to be spent packing stuff, buttoning up some loose ends here, and arranging for things down in NJ. Tomorrow is the last real chance to do things during business hours because as of Monday, I'm going to be on a 10am-6pm Monday-Friday schedule. Which will be nice in its consistency, but it means scrambling to take care of daytime errands.

Either after work Friday or early Saturday mornings, I'll be coming back to Boston for more packing, helping Lina and Alisa with grocery/laundry runs, and continue to button up loose ends. Sundays I'm going to load the car and head back to NJ.

On Saturday the 26th, we'll be renting a moving van and packing it with the remaining items and we will either stay here Saturday night or head down on Sunday and that will be it- we'll be in NJ for good.

If anybody would be able to help even a little on the 26th, that would be great. However, I realize this is asking a lot, considering how many of you busted your tails helping me move in here last year, and Lina and I are ok paying some folks off Craigslist to help us out, at least with the heavier stuff. I'm hoping to have 50% of the boxes moved out by the time we get to the truck.

Well, it's 12:30 and still some stuff to do before grabbing a shower and hopefully getting some rest.
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next step [Jun. 1st, 2010|10:50 pm]
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Well.... We labored mightily and brought forth an apartment. Cliffside Park NJ is the locale of the new digs on the top floor of a 2 family in a neighborhood lousy with multi-million dollar homes. We saw it, liked it, and signed the lease and forked over [for the area] a ridiculously small amount of money- no agent fee, only 1st month + 1 month security. Nice sized place, needs a little love. We're gonna like it.

So tomorrow we make our way back to Boston and I start packing to go back Sunday to start work Monday. Can't wait! It will be weird and sad to move away from friends and family, but NJ isn't a million miles away. And we will have a guest room and parking.

And now it's time to sleep.
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The Games begin in earnest [May. 31st, 2010|12:21 am]
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Well, folks, after years and years of struggle and worry, I've caught a break.
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Dear Bruins [May. 14th, 2010|11:42 pm]
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Thanks to your epic fail, my stomach feels like something's trying to get out and I have a stress headache. I wasn't going to let myself get sucked in, but goddamn, jumping out to that lead. Still, there was that niggling little voice in the back of the brain that every New Englander has whenever it comes to our sports teams and the weather- that vague sense of impending doom that is only extinguished once the final buzzer sounds and a week passes. Then and only then can we allow ourselves to believe it really happened.

We've had quite a bit of prosperity these past few years, between the Sox, Pats, and Celts. The Bruins, once the toast of the town, became the runt of the litter, the perpetual fuck-up that you still can't help but love.

Well, tonight, the little fucker kicked us in the nuts and then ran outside and set the car on fire before calling Child and Family Services and saying we beat him. It was that bad a night, especially since it started so good. And now, well.... it's going to take a long time to forget this one.

So I will drag my ass to bed and in the morning, hopefully feel better.
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Four sides to every store [May. 5th, 2010|10:02 am]
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Catching up on da intawebz, a very funny story.

We had the Aquapolypse here in Boston, with coincided with ROLFcon.

Well, one of ROLFcon's attendies who goes by the handle Regretsy was a bit cranky after failing to secure her morning coffee, and her response was this rather amusing diatribe, coupled with a rather bawdy t-shirt that referenced a rather interesting sex act, crab hammering, which I readily admit is a new one on me. (Sometimes it's better not to know things- I still get the willies from "shrimping"- thank you manraypat for that one.)

And then Bostonist got into the fray, leaping in to defend the civic pride of this world-class city with a cow town ("banned in Boston", anyone?) mentality from this interloper.

All in all, pretty amusing shit to start the day. And if I didn't think I would get into a fist-fight with some ignorant chowdahead, I would buy myself one of those shirts.
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On the tea party madness [Apr. 16th, 2010|10:23 am]
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I've been finding these tea partiers a combination of humorous, aggravating, and more than a wee bit scary.

Yeah, the government needs to rope in its spending. I agree with that. But it's like that old adage- you need to spend money to make money, and nothing I've read seems to indicate that these folks recognize this.

The fact is that Bush and Obama had their hands forced into spending ridiculous sums of cash for the fiscal system bailout. Without that bailout, the economy would have collapsed far worse than it did. This spending needed to be further buttressed by Obama's stimulus package, which has served to stop the bleeding and get us on track for a recovery, which is slowly occuring.

Neocons and tea baggers are whinging that Obama's package isn't doing anything because like children, they have no concept of time, only of immediate gratification. It took 3 years under Reagan to turn the economy around and it should be noted that like with Obama's plan, Reagan used massive deficit spending, but unlike Obama's plan, Reagan's mainly benefitted the rich, while Obama's given tax cuts to 95% of all Americans.

And looking back even further, the Great Depression lasted about 5 years before it started to turn around but it took about 15 for the US economy (boosted by WWII) to return to the pre-GD level.

And I'm amused by the folks whinging about how Obama's defying the 'will of the people'. On a beautiful sunny day in Boston, they could barely scrape up a few thousand people, and the official count didn't differentiate between those there to support the tea party, those there to protest against them, and the usual few thousand tourists that wander the Common on any given bright sunny day that wanted to check out the spectacle- never mind taking into account the carpetbaggers.

And how about a plan? We've yet to see or hear any sort of alternate plan other than "no nuthin'" put forth by the tea partiers, unless you count Palin's "Drill, baby, drill", which would only serve to further line the pockets of Exxon/Mobil, a company with over $10 billion in profits that paid zero dollars in taxes.

Their only plan seems to be cut taxes even more for the wealthy- because fuck knows that did scads of good to prevent this economic meltdown during the Reign of the Prodigal Idiot Son- and oppose the very policies they supported when it wasn't an African-American democrat running the show.

This is what's laughable. The hypocrisy of the tea partiers is mind-boggling. We don't even get a Kerry-esque thoughtful "I was for it before I was against it' mea culpa along with a reasoned explanation of why he changed his mind, but instead, they want us to forget what they did in the past and their previous positions. I dunno- maybe they were drunk or too intent on maintaining wide stances in men's rooms in airports to remember what they said or did.

And please, oh sweet Jesus please, make up your fucking minds, people. Are we being taxed too much or not enough? Because you're like some cheap bar pick-up who's grabbing our cock and jamming it up their ass while telling you "no, you can't fuck me." Mixed messages, people. Sort your shit and call me in the morning please. I nearly pissed myself watching Bachmann (corrected) speak yesterday. I think she's trying to wrest "Idiot Twat of the Year" award away from Palin. George Orwell's word "doublespeak" kept leaping to mind. And I'm sure the Tea Baggers will ignore the 10 Repudiations to their batshit-crazy claims.

And Tea Baggers- your reputation as a bunch of unhinged clueless retards isn't being helped by holding an armed rally on the outskirts of our nation's capital on the anniversary of the terrorist bombing of Oklahoma City. Really it's not. Where's the one voice of reason saying "you know, on this particular day, maybe not such a good idea." Imagine if a left-leaning group decided to hold an anti-government rally on 9/11. Oh, the orgy of right-wingers would be spectacular- the only question would be who gets sloppy seconds on Hannity- Rush or Beck? But where'e the outrage over celebrating this black day in American history where a couple hundred innocent Americans died at the hands of a terrorist? The silence from the Fruitbag Right is deafening.

Yet these are the people we're told are "real Americans". I guess it's ok to kill Americans if the killer isn't a filthy Muslim and we should celebrate the day.

Wow. Boggles the fucking mind. Assholes.

Oh, and this cracked me up- there are a few groups trying to put together a new "contract with America" and one of them has a 17 page document completely devoid of charts with numbers. Talk about 'laboring mightily and bringing forth a dead mouse'. But that's the neocon movement for you. Just say no to everything, even your old ideas, and hope that suffices. Yup, brilliant fucking plan there.
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Another day, another teabag full of lies [Apr. 15th, 2010|09:48 pm]
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The Tea Baggers get p0wnd. A brutal repudiation of the top 10 teabagger myths.
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Too funny [Apr. 6th, 2010|02:08 am]
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Even you non-parent types out there will get a kick out of this.

Alisa's having a meltdown because of a school field trip to the MFA. She doesn't want to go no how anyway and has been trying every trick in the book to get out of it. Tonight she made yet another plea by way of explanation, telling us "it's ok. The other students can go inside the museum. I'm ok staying outside in the nice weather."

Ahhh, kiddo, you have a lot to learn about how the world works, let me tell you. In the meantime, please, keep me amused.
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An announcement [Mar. 30th, 2010|09:48 pm]
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This day is fired. Fired, I say. Fuck it, I'm going to bed.
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Writer's Block: No regrets [Mar. 28th, 2010|11:54 pm]
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If you could eliminate one emotion (anxiety, sadness, jealousy, regret, etc.), would you do it? Why or why not? If so, which one would you choose?
Despair
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Fucking BEAUTIFUL [Mar. 25th, 2010|12:43 am]
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I have been tuned into CSPAN2 all day, watching/listening to the GOP getting its ass handed to it on a fucking platter and enjoying every last second of it. Serves those fuckers right. After a year of dragging their feet, refusing to engage in the process, and obstructing obstructing obstructing, they're trying, at the final seconds of the game, to try to convince the American people to see their side of this and get the entire health care bill tossed out. Under the ruse of wanting a better bill, they're attempting to attach amendments that would require the whole bill go back to the House.

Horseshit.

The past 5 days have shown, in startling relief, what a miserable shattered wreck the GOP has become. The party is a stinking fucking disease-ridden corpse that should be dragged outside, doused with gasoline, and torched. Seeing them sit by and allowing all the shit go down- racial/homophobic slurs, death threats against members of Congress and their families, and the attacks on offices of Democrats.... they've lost any moral authority. The best we got was a luke-warm denunciation from Boehner using the qualifier most often used by men who beat their wives- "there's a lot of anger out there toward Democrats" (or something along those lines). Like that excuses these things. "Gosh, I didn't mean to kill her, but gosh darn it, she kept yapping at me."

Oh, and the little GOP tantrum this morning, refusing to go along with the usual and customary extension of the time for committee business. Real nice, considering high-ranking officers turned their schedules upside-down to fly in from Korea and Hawaii to appear before the committee. This is the party that tries to convince us that they care most about the security of our country, and they played fucking politics with our military commanders.

These tactics are transparent, and what we are getting is a lot of GOP muttering about reprisals for Democrats at the voting booth come November. If that's to happen, oh well. But once Americans get to see the benefits of this health insurance bill, they're not going to want to go back. Nobody's going to say "Hell, I miss the days where I could have been financially destroyed just because I got sick." or "Gosh, wouldn't it be swell if my cancer-surviving wife could be denied insurance coverage or have her policy ganked?"

To show just how brain-damaged the GOP has become, this is precisely what they want the American people to think. But if the electorate is stupid enough to believe that, well, then, that old chestnut that in a democracy, people get the government they deserve will ring truer than ever and validate every stereotype out there about Americans being stupider than a box of rocks.
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appropos of nothing [Mar. 23rd, 2010|12:30 am]
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Being famous means never having to settle for sloppy seconds at a gang bang. Unless, of course, that's your thing. In which case, please, help yourself.
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Moving forward [Mar. 22nd, 2010|10:47 pm]
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Yesterday's votes- and tonight's quashing of a GOP petition to toss the health care bill based on parliamentary procedural issues- mean that the health care bill is close to becoming reality.

My sense of "victory" wasn't going to be in the partisan sense, but that has changed. It is my strong belief that this bill is vitally important for our country and as Nancy Pelosi pointed out, greatly supports "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." She went on to say that this bill will free people to follow their dreams and disconnect what one does for work from their insurance. If you want to open your own business, you don't have to worry about losing your health insurance or paying ridiculous amounts of money for a piece of shit policy. If you have a pre-existing condition, you don't have to fear losing your current insurance- provided you have any- and not being able to get new insurance.

That the GOP couldn't take these points in common and work with the Dems is quite telling. It reached a point where the GOP decided "fuck it" and took their ball and went home.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Fair enough.

But then... we got the ugliness of the past weekend. When people are shouting shit like "nigger" and "faggot" at members of Congress, well.... yeah. That's one thing. But what was more disturbing was the silence on the part of the GOP leadership. Where was Michael Steele, chairman of the GOP and by the way, African-American? Why wasn't he calling out those racists fucktards and making it clear the the GOP "Big Tent" has no room for neo-nazi assholes?

Oh, wait, that would mean alienating the base of the GOP and the Tea Party asswipes. It would mean going against the past 30 years of the GOP, going back to Anita Bryant through Lee Atwater to Karl Rove and giving a nod and a wink to the racists and homophobes and god-squadders as they run amok.

The GOP now is faced with its day of reckoning. What will happen? Will the party embrace the nazis and barely-closeted KKKers and the religious nutjobs? Will the party turn itself over to Palin or will it decide to purge the nutters and embrace its history as the Party of Goldwater?

It will be interesting to see, that's for sure. And if the whole stinking thing goes down in flames, well, I for one will not shed a tear.
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A final rant for the evening [Mar. 4th, 2010|12:23 am]
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So it will come to pass that Obama is going to give the GOP a big steaming mug of Fuck You and ram through the health care bill. Of course, the GOP is screaming bloody murder, totally ignoring the fact that when they were the party in charge, they rammed shit through as well, and what they rammed through didn't benefit people anywhere near what this health care bill does.

We've all heard the scare tactics "socialized medicine", "death panels", blah blah blah and seen the props- the stack of papers that makes up the bill. Man, I had to laugh when Obama called the GOP out on that one for the cheap sensationalistic tactic it was.

The simple fact of the matter is that the health care system in this country is fucked beyond belief. We are the only industrialized country where getting sick or being the victim of an accident can destroy you financially. The GOP is PROUD of this and thinks the system is just fine as is, when the truth is, as a nation, we should be fucking embarrassed and ashamed. We are the richest goddamn country on earth and spend 10 times more on our military than any other country, yet we say we can't afford to take care of our citizens who are sick?

And the GOP totally ignores that in many ways, we already do pay to treat uninsured people, and we pay in the most expensive way possible. Rather than people being covered by insurance and seeing general practitioners, many uninsured people go to the ER for treatment and ultimately, hospitals pass these costs on to everyone else who pays.

But the GOP is too fucking retarded to understand even this basic fact about our health care system, yet Obama tried to reason with them.

That's not to say the GOP hasn't made a few good points. The malpractice situation is off the hook, yet the GOP wants to exercise the "nuclear option" there, rather than try to find a reasonable compromise. It's very true that there are lazy shiftless fucks looking to strike it rich off the system, and those who are guilty of insurance fraud should be beaten like egg-sucking dogs and forced to do infinity +1 hours of community service in terminal cancer wards for children just so they can see what real pain and suffering is.

But overall, the GOP has just dragged its heels and shilling for the poor insurance companies, for whom I have very little love. When you have to fight them to get the brand name medication, rather than a cheap knock-off generic that causes suicidal thoughts and psychotic breakdowns, there's something fucked with the system. But unlike doctors, who have to take a Hippocratic Oath committing them to what is best for the patient, HMOs and insurance companies are more concerned with the bottom line.

I am lucky. Living here in MA, I am covered by a health insurance policy through the state that is amazing, and now Alisa is covered by the same policy as well. Lina, as an adult conditional resident alien, has a lesser policy, but it is still far better than the health policy I had the last time I had insurance through an employer and costs us nothing.

You read that correctly- nothing. Which is why I am leery about moving out of state. To get comparable coverage through an insurance company will cost us probably between $1000 and $1500/month. That's an additional $12000-$18000 a year out of our pockets.

Ouch.

So am I a fan of ObamaCare? You bet your ass I am. And any of the 30,000,000 who don't have coverage now should be as well. Anyone who has a pre-existing condition should be a fan. And anyone who doesn't have rock-solid employment should be too, because they're just a pink slip away from not only losing their income, but then having to additionally shell out a ton of cash each month or play Russian roulette with their health and the health of their family.
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Burning in hell part 24 [Mar. 3rd, 2010|11:03 pm]
Stevie Z
Would it be wrong to show up to this with a styrofoam container full of hormone-fed Spotted Owl chips?

Probably. Feh.
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From the spam folder [Mar. 1st, 2010|09:40 am]
Stevie Z
Got an email from "Peter Murphy". I opened it, half expecting it to say "Bela Lugosi's dead". Alas, it was not to be. Yet another disappointment in life.
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And in other news [Feb. 11th, 2010|06:15 pm]
Stevie Z
The US government is pissed that it emerged in a British court that US authorities beat a shackled man accused of being a terrorizmista and that this might affect the US intelligence community's willingness to share intel with the Brits.

Ummmm, where the fuck is the outrage over our government having committed a war crime?

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. Indeed. Dogfuckers.
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Political correctness run amok [Feb. 11th, 2010|06:05 pm]
Stevie Z
MARTA officials are taking heat from some in the Asian-American community of Atlanta for designating one of its transit lines the Yellow line, to go along with its red, green, and blue lines.

My first reaction- it's not like they named it the Chink Line or the Slope Line or even the Yellow Chinaman* Line. It's a fucking color to go with the other fucking colors of their transit line. What, are Native Americans going to bitch too because there's a Red line? Hell, there's a Red Line here in Boston running through one of the most politically-correct cities in the country, Cambridge, and not a murmer.

Some people really need to find a hobby, rather than sitting around all day waiting for a reason to get offended. Sheesh.

And by the way, Chinaman....... {narf}
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Just 'cause [Feb. 7th, 2010|11:14 pm]
Stevie Z
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/zip/1590826287.html Text behind the cut Read more...Collapse )
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Intawebz superstaah [Feb. 6th, 2010|10:50 am]
Stevie Z
Piersich

Monorail Cat Needz Realignment Plz
moar funny pictures
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The morning Craigslist giggle [Feb. 6th, 2010|09:58 am]
Stevie Z
Headline for a job in the "gigs" section: "Can you fix my moisture problem? (Jamaica Plain)"

Sorry, babe, no can do. I'm a married man. {narf}
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Good morning, Vietnam [Feb. 3rd, 2010|08:31 am]
Stevie Z
Looking through the Craigslist gigs, I stumbled across this one:

2 Petite models wanted for private sushi party (Chestnut Hill)
Date: 2010-02-02, 11:35PM EST
Reply to: gigs-bufw7-1583530945@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

2 really sexy petite models wanted to lay on table so sushi can be laid on you. You will be fully nude but covered and not exposed by the decor. After the sushi, you will be required to serve cocktails in very sexy lingerie that we will purchase beforehand after interview. The pay is $120hr and you will be required to stay for at least 4hrs.


Send pics and cell ASAP to proceed!!!



Nothing about personal hygiene. And imagine after, with these girls wandering around, looking all sexy but smelling of fish. Mmmmm, tasty.... not.
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State of the Steve [Feb. 1st, 2010|01:27 am]
Stevie Z
Hello LJ-land. Long time no write. Lack of time and the ability to post little snippets to that "other" site means less love for LJ. And it's a pity, because I do love to write.

So much to tell, and rather than clog up people's pages, I'm going to put this one behind the cut: Read more...Collapse )
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Update [Jan. 16th, 2010|01:07 pm]
Stevie Z
Yes, still alive. Married life is.... wow. The integration process for Lina and Alisa has been rough. Ever been plunked down in a room full of people all talking and you can only understand a small part of what is being said? But it's getting better for them. As a family, we're learning to communicate, routines being set down as best they can in a family with a crazy schedule like ours.

Right now, Lina is preparing to hit the road for 8 weeks with the Moscow Circus and then Barnynya Ensemble. She'll be home March 8th or so. Friday Alisa and I hit the road with Lyn for PA, Ft Lauderdale, and then the Lincoln Center in NYC.

Progress is being made. Enough work has popped up to keep us going and the bank account in good enough condition that bills are being paid and there's enough food. We're slowly building things and this is good. Long-term, it's looking more and more like a move to the NYC area is in the cards. It's where Lina can find plenty of work. The trick is for me to find work. I suck at networking, which seems to be 80% of finding a new job. But I will try to fix that.

Anyways, off to work. A show with Lyn today in Melrose at the Melrose City Auditorium.
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A new tack [Dec. 18th, 2009|04:56 pm]
Stevie Z
Ok, a rewrite of the resume is in order. The bland format of the current one listing my skills/etc hasn't gotten me anywhere. 100 or so resumes sent out, not a single goddamn interview. Clearly, a new approach is needed.

So I thought why not do what I do best, and that is write. Kick the fuckers in the balls, make them want to read more, inspire curiosity and a desire to at least want to bring me in to see this goddamn maniac in person.

Here's what I have so far, of course, subject to revision.....

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Test test test [Dec. 17th, 2009|11:32 pm]
Stevie Z
Yes, I'm still here. Please, dog, just let me make it to December 28. Then "all" I have to do is worry about finding a new job. No biggy. Work is plentiful and well-paying these days, right?
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Interesting [Nov. 29th, 2009|06:41 pm]
Stevie Z
A few things have popped up in the news lately.

First, there was the execution of 4 police officers in Washington state. A gunmen entered a coffee shop and shot them all before fleeing. Pretty heinous, but what caught my eye was someone on Facebook who said this demonstrates why people should be armed. Excuse me, but the officers WERE armed and it didn't save them. I don't get it.

Second, there's a new movement among atheists to go mainstream, as well as a more activist arm that is seeking to declare war against religions. Now, I fall somewhere in between. Frankly, people are free to believe (or not believe) whatever they want. The problem comes when people attempt to impose their views upon others. This relates to a whole slew of issues, ranging from gay marriage to drugs to how we choose to raise our children.

Outlawing gay marriage because it's a "sin" is wrong. It crosses a line, imposing a religious viewpoint upon the population at large, including those who don't believe in any sort of god or in a different god.

There are many more examples of such shenanigans. To just cut to the chase, on a personal level, I feel the need to be a bit more activist in my atheism. For too long, there's been a pernicious creep of religion into public affairs and it is time to push back. Now, there's a fine line here and one of which I am very conscious. Religions are free to advocate viewpoints based on their moral belief- stop the war, no more abortions, no gay marriage. But the line is crossed when they use their tax-exempt status and chunnel these funds into political activities. When a "religious" group spends $10 million of its congregant's lucre on blatant political activities, it's time for the government to step up.

And soo I am sure there will be an issue with Alisa and the "Pledge of Allegiance". They still make the children say "One nation under God". Lina and I will talk this over, but I think Alisa should not have to say "God", especially since, among other things, she's Jewish (obstensibly).

(and lulz abound now about the iPhone commercial and the caller's name- "Ted Kapusta". Kapusta is a Russian word for their version of cole slaw.)

Anywho, back to the game and sorting documents to be filed away.
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kittens? [Nov. 10th, 2009|10:39 am]
Stevie Z
Anyone know of anyone local with kittens available? We had agreed that Alisa can have 2 kittens (in return for her leaving her cat in Russia with Бабушка/Grandmother). Now it's time to make good on the promise.

She seems partial to long-haired tabbies, but all considered. And we might stop by Angel Memorial to check out the kittens there. We looked on the website and saw one she loved, but kittens are like chocolates- you can't just have one. They need companionship.

Thanks.
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