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The Upcoming Year - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jan. 15th, 2004

02:06 am - The Upcoming Year

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Tonight at The Embassy I charted out roughly my major new projects (in additional to all the crap I'm already doing) for this year:

1) Gather data and decide whether and how to run for City Council in 2005. This includes going to the upcoming meeting where the progressive democrats are going to sell our city up the river by allowing a Walmart to be built in the stupidest possible place for one.

2) Collaborate with folks who went down to FTAA with me to create the DVD hypermedia journal of our experiences.

3) Prepare for the RNC protest in New York City at the end of August.

4) Continue to organize and brainstorm with other interested community members on my 10 year plan for the Urban Commune.

All this while, while I was busy passionately discussing local politics, national protest, and intentional community...the guy sitting right next to me got picked up by some chick that none of us had ever met but who just kind of siddled up to our group and who seemed pretty cool. Maybe, if I was quieter and less obnoxiously passionate, some interesting stranger would pick me up at a bar. Fat chance.

Current Mood: active but unlaid

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From:folkyboy
Date:January 15th, 2004 03:07 am (UTC)
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my landlord wanted me to run for City Council. funny that :)

btw, i think you'd do good!
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From:marezcharz
Date:January 15th, 2004 04:02 am (UTC)
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Gather data and decide whether and how to run for City Council in 2005

Do longhairs actually get elected? I'll fucking vote for you!

**coincidence? I'm feeling rather unlaid myself!
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)
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In this town we have a decent chance. It's a very radical progressive town. My ward has some conservative elements and I need to figure out how to deal with that. This is part of the data gathering and strategizing. I may not run if I think it'll be a frustratingly impossible campaign.

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From:marezcharz
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
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kick some politikal ass, man!
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC)
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As fas as I can understand, at least half the world is tragically unlaid.
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From:eee1313
Date:January 15th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
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Wait, where do they want to build a Wal-Mart? There's already one out by the mall, and fucking Super Wal-Mart in Savoy. Why do they need another? Man, I fucking hate Wal-Mart. I'm glad I moved from Savoy when I did, because I hated having that monstrosity a block from my place.

::shakes fist at Wal-Mart::
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)
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They want to build it out by High Cross Road and 130 which is where that big ass Urbana post office is way east of town. Despite having passed a comprehensive plan focusing on in-fill (downtown development) with any Big Box Store development up at I-74 and Rt 45 (where Farm and Fleet is), the council now seems obsessed with making far east Urbana into strip mall hell with Walmart as the first step.

Evil.
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From:arun251
Date:January 15th, 2004 10:15 pm (UTC)
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As far as I can tell, there isn't even a CUMTD bus that goes to that big ass Urbana post office. Unconscionable. Were they really lacking space at the downtown post office?
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From:boannan
Date:January 16th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
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at least back when I lived in CU, there was no bus to that post office and it was a big pain in the ass for those of us without cars, thank you very much!
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From:stuffedsheep29
Date:January 15th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
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Maybe, if I was quieter and less obnoxiously passionate, some interesting stranger would pick me up at a bar.

But wouldn't it be cooler if some interesting stranger picked you up at a bar because you're obnoxiously passionate? Imagine the possibilities!
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
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We'd go back to my place and debate local politics all night and I'd still be unlaid. :)

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From:stuffedsheep29
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:28 am (UTC)
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Who says you can't debate local politics while getting laid?

"Oh god, I'm coming...to the meeting to voice my opposition to the new Wal-Mart!"
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:38 am (UTC)
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HOTT.
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From:anne_jumps
Date:January 15th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Ahahahahahahahaha.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)

Subversive Macking

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Though there's very limitted reference to it in google, at some point I ran across the term "macktivist" which was defined by someone online as an activist who flirts with non-activists specifically for the purposes of luring them into coming to protests, demonstrations, organizing meetings, etc.
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From:juvenilia
Date:January 15th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
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All this while, while I was busy passionately discussing local politics, national protest, and intentional community...the guy sitting right next to me got picked up by some chick that none of us had ever met but who just kind of siddled up to our group and who seemed pretty cool. Maybe, if I was quieter and less obnoxiously passionate, some interesting stranger would pick me up at a bar. Fat chance.

not exactly. had you guys not been having a one on one conversation, you would know that she was actually a friend of his. apparently he doesn't get to town too often.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
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Oh that changes my entire perception of the evening. Ok. :)

I was REALLY confused by the fact that when I asked "so how do we know you" she said "you don't" when apparently the correct answer was "I'm friends with this guy".

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From:juvenilia
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
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the correct answer is actually, "you personally don't know me, but mike does."
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC)
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Of course. But in my "everyone understands my ironic implications" universe, the fact that I didn't know her was implied by my question and that I was asking how she was related to the assembled crowd was the question.

When I thought she was unrelated to the crowd I was WOWed by her bravery in simply making herself part of the crowd.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:48 am (UTC)
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It does wonders for my perception of reality to find this out. I didn't THINK that random bar hookups (which I've never grokked) happened in THAT setting (community gathering at neighborhood bar on Wednesday night full of geeky political discussion). So I was particularly surprised. I'm glad to know my initial assumptions were correct and my strange extrapolations were flawed.
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From:juvenilia
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC)
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hook ups don't happen at the embassy, at least not to my knowledge. in lieu of actual hook ups, creepy old men hit on me by saying, "you're beautiful and i'm married."
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 15th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC)
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Yah see, that was my impression. And I'm happy and fine with that.
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From:mr_ducktape
Date:January 15th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
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There should be a mood icon for that. <grin>
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 16th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
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It's all about getting juvenilia involved.

Like this (in_the_end_hope is the same person as juvenilia).
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