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Lie in the Sun

*First draft, feel free to comment.

I have always celebrated the sun and warmth of summer as a kind of release from the rigid realities of winter. Blinding pain and pleasure sizes my pupils into tiny dots. I am suddenly malleable. A drug soaks into my skin, constantly seeking elation. The change in temperature changes who I am.

The warm and beckoning sun lightens my heart and soul. But gone are my layers of protection. Finally, I bask in the joy of naked sunlight. The pleasure of a warm dusky night changes who I am. Calmly, the light reflects who I will always be. A chill wind nips my neck. Laughing at disconsolate girl.

As the winter comes I fear the harsh realities that are sure to creep up again. The cold, damp air shears what little color my skin has. Layers peel and a chill creeps to the surface. Pieces, warm and tanned, turn and stress against a callous edge.

I draw up my task with efficiency. One by one I wrap my body with soft, dry layers that distract from the unrelenting cold. Deeper I bury myself into my cozy den. Finally, I have a reason to exclude myself from the activities and social necessities. I am unchanging and unrelenting. Starkly I observe my detachment.

The winter is harsh and unrelenting.

With all of the foliage clear and the warmth of the sun gone, intentions will seem as clear as day. As it is in nature, this transition is often stark and harsh. Many limbs break from the weight of the first snow.

As they are shed, without regard, they are tossed aside. Once green and vibrant, they are now decayed and rotted. There is no doubt that their infrastructure will not sustain.

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Innate Observations

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

There are some questions google can’t answer.

Although there are flotation devices under airplane seats;

likely a parachute would be better.

The early bird gets the worm;

the second mouse gets the cheese.

Nobody ever put up a sign that says “nice dog”.

If ‘con’ is the opposite of ‘pro’;

is congress the opposite of progress?

A clear conscience is a sign of bad memory.

I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not sure.

Mariwhatnow? Seattle’s New Marijuana Culture

Seattle has always been what you might call a hippy city. The largest weed ‘festival’ in North America, Hemp Fest, started in Seattle in 1991. In 1998 medical marijuana was passed into law. Then it 2003 Initiative 75 was passed making marijuana arrests a low priority. The combination of quirky neighborhoods and liberal city officials has brought us to a sort of time warp.

This must be what the 70’s were like. But now, the cops are in on it. In front of the Space Needle on Dec. 5 at midnight, Seattle’s new marijuana culture stepped forward. And not only the smokers but the whole city. SPD issued an order not to hand out any tickets for publicly smoking marijuana at this time. Not only did the city agree to not take action, they toke a new action. SPD spokesperson Jonah Spangenthal-Lee;

“The department’s going to give you a generous grace period to help you adjust to this brave, new, and maybe kinda stoned world we live in.

The police department’s website does explain that it (eventually?) will cite people for smoking in public by referring to the existing open container and public intoxication liquor laws. SPD’s advice for you?

“The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.”

Encouraging indoor smoking, the department posted this picture.

the dude As if all this isn’t enough to make me feel downright psychedelic, I tune further into the vibe. Like any good Seattleite, I listen to NPR. KUOW to be specific, Seattle’s local radio-station in the U District.

The featured program at around 11am is…you guessed it… Cooking with Cannabis: Stirring the Pot. And without so much of a snicker, high brow local and national chefs instructed on how to enjoy pot in our food. Naturally, the conversation turned to the enjoyment of all this food and if there might be some sort of marijuana revolution going on in Seattle. Seattle area chef, Justin Branstad;

“…It’s not about creating a state for people to go crazy it’s about creating enough space for people to be themselves. And to have the opportunity to create a nice meal and enjoy marijuana. We don’t have to speak about it now as ‘oh, I’m medicated’. No, I’m recreationally using it and I’m enjoying it.”

So come out of your houses. Rise from the social conformity Seattle, we are ready for you.

Video posted on the SPD website, in an article explaining the new laws.

Journal

The feelings are all somewhere
Reasons undefined
You sit there quietly
In the back of my mind

Hold close the reasons why
I don’t talk to you
I can’t even say it
Still I find it true

I love everyday
Every reason more and more
Some day I will define
The reason I don’t talk to you anymore

Subtle reminders of the past
A lost note long played
Words don’t describe
The bond we’ve made

I am sorry. That is what I want to say. I am so sorry. And although things could have happened differently, I knew better the whole time. Just shoved it down and pretended like it wasn’t real. Blamed it on your inconsistency. But that was just an excuse. A way to vent my frustration and denial and loneliness.

I know I’m ready. I turned enough in my brain. I’ve forced myself to say it out loud. But it’s still too hard to accept. That I did that. To you.

There are Sand Beaches in Washington?

Stretch of Highway 101 in the Olympic Peninsula

Sometime after you start thinking, “God, how far do I have to drive?” it hits you. First, you smell it. Salty, wonderful and fresh. The ocean, spanning majestically beside you.

Highway 101 stretches through the Olympic Forest for miles. Winding between moss ridden trees, massive Spruce and Cedar, and along many beautiful river and streams colored by 3 Olympic Mountain Glaceirs. It is an experience unlike any other. Majestic rainforests and far open spaces. However, this was not what I was seeking. I needed the ocean.

You come to a point where the road follows the Pacific Ocean for 25-30 miles. It is the most continuous sand I have ever seen in Washington and many other places. Soon, grooves of trees sparsely begin to populate the coast. Then you come to massive rocks covered in trees along the shore and in the water. Forest glides along the coast and provides the most fantastic combination. Rainforest and beach. Trees and sand. Driftwood that the sea has crafted beyond the hand or heart of any man.

La Push

The Importance of Tolerance

10 years after 9/11 it is important not only to remember the tragedy, but to reflect on what we so adamantly protect. American Freedom. Freedom to be whoever, whenever, whatever. Freedom of expression. Freedom of ALL religions, creeds, sex, nationality, and colors. Equality and beauty of people, whoever they are.

Muslim Americans are persecuted and judged and mocked for crimes they would never even dream of. A five year old girl or a fifty year old man can be mocked and criticized and chastised. A doctor, a school teacher, your neighbor or your friend are looked upon through a narrow glass of hate.

All for what? Because they have the face of unknown, scary, or threatening?
We need to remember what we are protecting. Our equal rights as American citizens. Believe in others as you believe in yourself.

Stand up for tolerance and peace.