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Taste This, It’s AWFUL

Friday, July 6th, 2012

One of my coworkers is trying to up her protein intake, and tried a new product. The “strawberry kiwi” flavor apparently tastes like ASS!!!!. Not just ass, but ASS!!!! She told me all about it as she tried to resurface her tongue. just to put things in context, she thinks the beet juice our project manager occasionally brings in tastes like dirt, and yet finds it preferable to the protein powder. Probably because the beet juice, while slightly crunchy because of the pulp, at least does not have the same texture as blown-in insulation. But she is ever the optimist. Hence the following conversation:

Her: I have no beet juice
Me: I can fix that— at least it will taste like dirt instead of ass.
Her: LOL. I broke out the Ass just a few minutes ago. Still tastes bad.
Me: I cannot imagine why you think that it would taste any different today
Her: overnight fermentation?
Me: It’s DRY
Her: It could have spawned something
Me: In which case we should call Ghostbusters, not DRINK it.

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

That’s my brother in the Scrat suit!! He’s been hired for the publicity tour, not the live show, but still got a trip to London (where the premiere video was shot) out of the deal. Apparently, Michael Curry is familiar with Kazum, the acrobatics troupe my brother works with, and was looking for someone “short and physical” to fit in the suit for pre-show promo work.

All In Good Time

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Midkiff, of Wild Mercy and Alair will be having a CD release party at our place on 6/21 at 6:30ish for her new solo CD, All In Good Time. Come and hear her awesome new music live and in person! Email me for location information or leave a comment below.

Laundrocat

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Laundrocat washes…
Washer Cat
…and dries
Dryer Cat

Everyone Move Down One Chair, I Want a Clean Cup

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Me: Why does the “National Tea Party” keep sending me email?

Work Twin*: Because you drink sooooooooooooooooooo much tea.

Me: I would expect the Republic of Tea to be spamming me if that were the case.

*Some people have a work spouse. I have a work twin.

I Can Haz Smartz

Monday, January 30th, 2012

For the fourteen years I have had a cellphone, I have had what I affectionately refer to as a “dumbphone”. No email, no camera, no internet, no app, no games; just voice mail, phone and texting. And I liked it that way just fine, thank you very much.

Every time I have replaced a phone, it was because of severe obsolescence. My most recent dumphone was the third one I’d had in all that time.

Over the holidays, we went down to Louisville to visit the in-laws, and the entire family, except me, was playing Scrabble-like games with each other on their shiny happy iPhones. (Spouse kindly let me play a few of his turns, in order to get me hooked). I felt a little left out, but it wasn’t that much of a much.

Unfortunately, my most recent dumbphone eventually got so dumb that it forgot how to make calls. It couldn’t even tell my new phone about my contact list.

I bit the bullet and got an Android phone that does everything but clean the litterbox. And since then, I have spent way too much time playing Scrabble-like games and Fruit Ninja.

And I can make phone calls.

Kyrre Cuteness

Monday, January 16th, 2012
Cat in Lazy Susan

I'm in ur susan, bein' lazy

Happy Solstice to All

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

And to all a good, long night!

Beat Lounge Yoga, Part Deux

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

I am pleased to announce that Amy and I have already planned the first 2012 session Beat Lounge Yoga for Busy People class, which will start on 1/4/2012, and will be every other Wednesday night at 7:30 for eight weeks. Current Beat Lounge students have first dibs on the available spots in the upcoming class, but if there’s enough interest, we’re open to adding a second class (day and time are TBD, but probably a weeknight at 7:30). The cost will be $60 for eight classes or $10 per drop-in. Classes are held in the vicinity of west 71st St. and Michigan Rd. in Indianapolis.

Also, Amy and I have discussed the possibility of the occasional (quarterly or monthly) open yoga Q&A session for discussion of the technical, practical, and philosophical dimensions of yoga.

if you’re interested, please let me know.

Miss Information

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Today, two different people mentioned to me that the Pope declared that yoga is Satanic.

Well, not exactly.

It was not the Pope; it was Father Gabriel Amorth, the Vatican’s former chief exorcist. According to London’s Daily Telegraph, Amorth did say that “Practising yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter.“*

And while I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I take issue with this statement for obvious reasons.

Satanism is a Christian concept; a deliberately distorted, fun-house-mirror perversion of Christianity.

Yoga is a non-Christian tradition that comes out of the same South Asian cultural/spiritual ecology as Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. In that spiritual ecology, there are lots of blue and black and red beings running around with an excessive number of names and incarnations (shouldn’t three be enough for any One?), not to mention an excessive number of arms waving swords, tridents, skulls, and all manner of weird objects.  And if you are a) unfamiliar with South Asian religious iconography b) not able to clearly distinguish the difference between non-Christian and anti-Christian and c) deeply steeped in a religious tradition with a long-standing habit of literally demonizing other religions’ deities, I can see how one might jump to conclusions.**

My personal opinion is that the practices, philosophy, and guidelines provided by yoga are the tofu of spirituality, in that they can blend well with and take on the flavor of any religious tradition when used by an intelligent and educated practitioner.

Theoretically, I suppose this could include Satanism too, but I personally have never met nor am I aware of any Satanists who practice yoga.

But I digress.

My understanding and experience is that yoga teaches us that humans create our own suffering through our own ignorance, selfishness, greed, etc. We don’t get to attribute our own inner demons to an evil Adversary, and we can’t expect a Divine authority figure—or anyone else–to wave a magic wand or kiss our boo-boos and make our suffering go away. Yoga can teach us to recognize that we cause suffering, how and why we cause suffering, to take responsibility for the suffering that we create, and how to cultivate the emotional, mental, and physical discipline that will help us reduce suffering within ourselves and around us.

*Obviously, Amroth has never read The Golden Compass.

**Whether or not yoga actually is a religion is an interesting question, and the current issue of Yoga Journal has a great discussion on the topic (alas, not available online). Personally, I think not, as it doesn’t involve worship, but it does include practices such as meditation, a set of ethical guidelines, and a rich artistic and philosophical tradition, which most (all?) religions do as well.