Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Trails To You.

the view on the way to my brother's new cabin on Rough River.


I am sad to report that my laptop is officially dead. Something about a fried out Motherboard that is cracked and beyond repair...blah blah blah. WAAAH! I so do NOT want to shell out money for a new computer right now! I am going to try and score a deal the day after Thanksgiving, but, until then I probably won't be blogging too much. Too hard to get to a computer. As I visit you today, I am typing on a bright yellow PC with a turtle on it in the children's section of the library. nice.

However, I have had a lot to share a lot going on, so I will leave you with a few pictures:


My friend BJ in his debut as a haunted house ghoul. Yes, he is under a table. No, I don't know why. =)

Haunted Hillcrest Avenue, a street near my apartment. Man, I love living here this time of year.




And lastly, my dear friend Marianne is getting married this weekend. Last Friday we celebrated the upcoming nuptials with a nice dinner at Ramsi's. Marianne got inappropriate with an equally inappropriate magician who visited our table. I told her I wouldn't put her picture on my blog.

I totally lied:


Have a great Halloween! See you soon!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Voting Time

I hope you are registered to vote. If you are not, shame on you. I know a lot of people who are cynical and like to criticize government and concede that their vote really doesn't mean anything, but I don't buy that. I firmly believe to have an educated, valid opinion you have to participate.

That means not only voting, but also trying to see things from both sides and making your own opinions, not just what one party or one church or one website tells you.

So there is my lecture for the day. Here are three election related items I have come across:

1. V3 Campaign. A website that gives a voice to the non profit sector and challenges each candidate to a dialogue about the future. We wsnt to know how each party is going to support the non profit sector and help the important work we do. There is a place there to sign a petition asking spific questions to each candidate.

If you work for a non profit (or support a non-prof), take a few minutes and add your two cents.

2. FactCheck.org Billed as a bipartisan, totally unbiased collection of facts about each candidate. Haven't had time to check out the site yet, but I am going to. Try it, you might learn something

3. I know this has been seen all over the internet, but it is the funny *&%) thing I have seen in a LONG time.

All the Mavericks in the house, you know what to do:

Palin Rap

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The good, the bad, and the scary



Last weekend I ventured out to my first haunted house of the season. I love the smell of fake blood in the moonlight.....With me was fellow horror lover, my friend Chris. This is an annual event for us. The past three years we have completed the Danger Run here in Louisville. A really fun event that combines a scavenger hunt with two local attractions that you have to find by solving clues in your car. Pretty much guaranteed you will get turned around, lost, and curse at some point in the evening. Or, if you are me, you are guaranteed to get car sick. So pathetic for a woman my age, but I digress. The first year was awesome and worth all the effort, but the past two years I have been highly disappointed and will not be participating again.

You see, as a wheelchair user, I know that most haunted houses will have some part that is not accessible. Stairs, tight corners, all part of the set up. My experiences have been positive because I was able to enjoy most of the attraction, and for the most part, the staff there were always super helpful and did their est to give me a good experience, which I appreciate. However, the past two years, the coordinators of the Danger Run have chosen attraction that were COMPLETELY inaccessible. Like, can't even get thru the front door. TO me, totally pointless and a huge waste or my time and money. Last year I was unprepared for this and was really disappointed when we made it all the way to the end and I couldn't go thru. Chris was mad because he had to go thru the house alone, and he is a scaredy cat. =)

This year I called the Danger Run office and was warned that the second attraction would 'probably' not be accessible to me. However, he said, he was not sure. So, I headed out with high hopes I could work something out and still enjoy a fun night. No such luck. We arrived at the Industrial Nightmare and totally denied access. Now, this is one of the biggest, most successful haunted attraction in the country. They are built in a warehouse, so tell me why you can't do something to accommodate a wheelchair? I had visited Industrial Nightmare in the past and had no problems. So, why should this year be different......Unexplainable.
On a positive note: Psychomania (the 1st stop on our mission) was AWESOME! It is built in an abandoned theatre in Southern Indiana. It is so well done, completely wheelchair accessible (read:DID NOT MISS ANYTHING), and..best of all..it was SO FREAKIN' SCARY!!! GO THIS WEEKEND!


Two brave zombie lovers


Psychomania


The entrance to the Industrial Nightmare. Ironically the sign says 'Entrance Handicapped' and is preceded by a long ramp to the door. Which is useless because you can't get inside.

If you are looking for a good, kid friendly haunt in the Louisville area Thursday night at Douglass Community Center (2305 Douglass Blvd) is having one. Sponsored by the Metro Parks Adapted Leisure Program. And, totally wheelchair accessible.

See you there! (Unless you're too chicken)

I may have developed a new career path.

Two weeks and counting until my friends Marianne and Josh finally make it legal. We are getting really excited and last week a group of us got together to make favors. No alcohol involved as we tried to super concentrate and produce the perfect fleur de lis etching on about 100 glass flutes. Easy, right. Not so much.

We did our best and the glasses were finished (almost) perfectly. We have kind of a sweat shop/assembly line thing going. Marianne did her best to keep things moving along at a fun pace, we may have laughed more than we worked!





Heeeeeeeey! It was also Darnell's birthday!

Last weekend was the Spina Bifida Ghost Bowl. I debuted my costume, that I called "Sushi Love'. I was trying to translate my love for raw fish and rice into art form.......ummmm...

Not successful as I would have like, but I think it turned out kind of cute:


Monday, October 13, 2008

What does it mean?

I recently had the chance to see 'Tropic Thunder', and I was left mixed about whether or not I liked it. I thought it was a really funny story, but the foul language and 'retarded jokes' I found very distracting and soured my experience.

Now, I had heard rumors of people boycotting the movie for offending people with intellectual disabilities. I usually take talk like this with a grain of salt. What offends one person may not offend me, or vice versa. Also, I try to keep in mind the spirit of the joke. If you are making fun of everyone, in a way that is meant to shock get a cheap laugh, then I don't usually see something wrong with that.

However, I have always had a funny feeling about the use of 'that's so gay' or 'that's so retarded' in everyday vernacular. I have not always had the words to describe why these bother me so much, but I think it has to do with associating something perfectly fine in a person and making it a negative. What's so wrong with something being 'gay' anyway? It's a very broad and negative generalization. And I firmly believe that supporting such negatives makes it ok, and I don't want to be a part of that.

Enter my friend, Bev. She, like me, had lived her whole life with a disability. She and I have probably heard it all. We both chose to chose our battles. We both have decided that living your whole life with a chip on your shoulder or looking for discrimination can be exhausting.

Her blog is witty and well spoken, and recently addressed the issue of Tropic Thunder. She put into words alot of what I was thinking, but was unable to express.

Read it here: AspergerSquare8. And take a minute to form your own opinion.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

hmmm...

Worked late last night on my Hallowwen costume. Here's a preview:


What could it be? =)

Monday, October 6, 2008

how do you know when a jack o'lantern has drank too much?

October is one of my favorite months, there is so much to do and, around here the weather has been *beautiful*. Last weekend I made my first ever batch of these


and joined Torrie and her workers on their annual scavenger hunt. We had a ball: lots of walking, jumping on and off the party bus, and a bug or two was eaten.


I recently started my first online scrapbooking class. I had my reservations about taking it, but I really liked the teacher, and so far, it has been pretty fun. Here is my first assignment:



Look for more info on the Cathy Zielske's class here: DesignYourLife

Haunted houses are one of the best ways to celebrate the season, but I have yet to see one. Made a valiant effort this weekend (attempting the Danger Run with my fellow Halloween loving buddy Chris) but a DQ cheeseburger coupled with car sickness finally did me in. I will spare you gory details...WAAHHHH! I was so disappointed. Definitely going to try again next weekend.

Finally, the answer to the aforementioned question...