ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
FYI to my LA, CA area friends, Will & I will be finishing up our honeymoon with a trip to Anaheim to stay at the Disneyland Hotel starting on Friday, and a day trip to Southern Faire on Saturday. For those who missed seeing us for the wedding (an even those who made it), we would love to see you in person while there.
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Hey, Boston area peeps! Anyone going to Boscon should make a point of looking up panels with the guest speakers Eytan and Dani Kollin (aka [livejournal.com profile] dkollin ), the brother author team releasing their first book, The Unincorporated Man, this March. If you get to talk to them, tell them I said hello.
ragani: (Pen-Red Faced)
We have been planning a trip to LA this coming weekend for some time now, but are now realizing our intended plans might now work as, well, intended.

I got tickets for us to fly into Long Beach because we are staying at a hotel in Anaheim ([livejournal.com profile] 00smittenkitten  pointed out that it makes more sense anyway since it is the closer airport, and that way we can take JetBlue from Oakland). Our flight arrives Friday at 8:30 pm (JetBlue). Only problem is there does not seem to be any easy way to get from the airport to the hotel that is not on the expensive side. It turns out that none of the Anaheim hotels have shuttles to Long Beach Airport. At the moment, the best option seems to be taking a taxi (anyone know how much that is going to cost?). Does anyone know of a better way to make that journey?

Our current plans once we get there are to go to Disneyland on Saturday, including staying late enough for the fireworks. Sunday is more flexible since we were hoping to be available to visit with friends. Of course, in trying to avoid having a rental car, we are at the mercy of what ever transportation is available, and friends who are willing to come meet us where we can get to easily. 
Also, we will need to return Sunday night for a 8:25 pm flight home (see similar problem above about transportation).

So, are there suggestions for transportation, and interest in seeing us, either at Disneyland on Saturday, or making plans to hang out on Sunday?

In love...

Nov. 5th, 2008 11:37 am
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With this wedding!  

No, I don't want to change my wedding plans, but I think that this one is so lovely, and will be appreciated by so many of my friends, especially [livejournal.com profile] mercator_7[livejournal.com profile] musique174, and all the rest of my steampunk/sailing/historical reenactor friends.
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http://www.iftheworldcouldvote.com/ ;
ragani: (Corset Sepia)
For all my gentlemen friends you are into historical costuming: I found a lovely source of cravats and jabots on Etsy.
ragani: (iPod Floating)
So, it feels too soon for Christmas music, but, you must confess to yourself that you do like some Christmas carols. Well, since it is closer to Halloween, how about some Spooky Christmas Music instead?
ragani: (Fleur Delacour)
Ping [livejournal.com profile] fresne[livejournal.com profile] gardengirl_34  and anyone else who wants to participate: The Harry Potter Halloween in West Portal is in the works again for this year. I have been asked to invite any and all who wish to return or attend for the first time in suitable Potterverse costumes. I will be reprising my role as Fleur Delacour and hope to see the return of Luna Lovegood flogging The Quibbler and the Lady in the Portrait interacting will all the kids heading into the Gryffindor Common Room (such a hit last year!). 

Let me know if you are interested and/or need more details.

bailout

Sep. 24th, 2008 04:38 pm
ragani: (Pen-hmm)
Sent to me from my mother:


Subject: FW: $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG 
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 10:17:35 -0400

 

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

 

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to all Americans as a "Dividend".

 

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+

 

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child.. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

 

So divide 200 million adults 18+  into $85 billion that equals to a hefty "$425,000.00"

 

My plan is to give $425,000 t o every person 18+ as a "Dividend" Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

 

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25.5 Billion right back to Uncle Sam.

 

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife have $595,000.00.

 

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family? Pay off your mortgage – "housing crisis solved" Repay college loans – "a great boost to new grads" Put away money for college – "it'll be there" Save it in a bank – "create money to loan to entrepreneurs" Buy a new car – "create jobs" Invest in the market – "capital drives growth" Pay for your parent's medical insurance = "health care improves"

 

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+  including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company

 

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out

 

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+

 

As for AIG – liquidate it and Sell off its parts. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

 

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and "AIG doesn't" we were not invited to the last 10 years of "party time" bonuses

 

And remember, this plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

 

 

Joseph A. Dezio Trine Aspects, Ltd. 
50 Broadway Suite 1501 New York, NY 
212.742.1987 x107 
212.742.8061 fax

ragani: (Corset Sepia)

Your result for The Steampunk Archetype Test...

The Aetherist Bodger

9 Swashbuckling Engineer, 15 Crazy Clockwork Tinkerer, 27 Charming Noble, 8 Roguish Pirate, 0 Mechanical Fian and 83 Aetherist Bodger!

The aether carries the information, the aether is information. You are one of the few who know the ins and outs of Aether Terminals. You can access information across the Aethersphere, tapping into the Aetherpipes of anyone you want and stealing the information stored in their datatanks. Some think of you as a myth, a legend created to scare people. You are no myth or legend, you are quite real and you are currently reading the Queen’s AetherMissives.

Take The Steampunk Archetype Test at HelloQuizzy

Thursday

Sep. 11th, 2008 11:15 am
ragani: (Pen-hmm)
Inspired by a post from [livejournal.com profile] ariock

"This must be Thursday," said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer, "I never could get the hang of Thursdays."
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] spidra!!!
ragani: (Floating)
One of the problems with moving is not being able to find things. Last night, the first night in the new place, [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom and I carefully unpacked the things we knew we were going to need for the bed (lamp, alarm clock, ear plugs, etc.). Knowing we were going to sleep better clean, we each took showers and crawled into bed, only to find that the two bottles we packed were ibuprofen and... another bottle of ibuprofen. Not the bottle of benadryl that we knew we were going to need to manage the effects of all the dust and help us sleep. Do'h! So, not so much sleep later, I am awake, and really missing that benadryl.

We got about 80% of the stuff over to the new place (thanks to the helps of our moms and some awesome friends), but still have a bunch of stuff over at the Greenhouse, and a ton of cleanup to do there. And, of course, the task of unpacking, that includes just finding every day things. Not to mention that much of the furniture is not even where it will probably end-up living. I am going to use this earlier than intended morning to find my clothes.

Anyone want to come over and help us unpack? It will be like Christmas! No, really! Well, maybe not.
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
This is a shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] ariock, who saved us today with his timely help. Thanks!!!! You totally rock (and will soon be rocking in our place, one we get Rockband set-up)!

We still have a lot to move, but nothing that needs a truck or van (which I have to return today anyway).

Ack!

Aug. 24th, 2008 10:21 am
ragani: (Pen-Red Faced)
Friend who was going to help me move is sick. Down to me, my mom, garden_girl34's sister, and one guy friend (but him only for a couple of hours).

Anyone spare some time to help move some stuff in north Oakland?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

Woot!

Aug. 16th, 2008 11:18 am
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
We officially have internet access at the new place. Not much else here (some boxes that were already packed and a rug) but when we do get everything else here, cable and internet will be done. Of course, we still need to set-up the router for wireless goodness, and set-up vonage. But still, connected to the outside world=done!
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
For all the lovely people who offered to help me pack... You rock!

I will be packing most weeknights this week. I am usually home by or before 7 PM, but do warn me if you think you can make it.

Miss [livejournal.com profile] noirem, your book boxes and professional book handling services are very welcome. Delegating book packing is one of the easiest things to do in a move, and although is exactly the kind of packing I gravitate toward when I am avoiding the more complex stuff, I have been studiously avoiding it for that very reason.

Miss [livejournal.com profile] rose42dance, your offer of kitchen packing skills is also welcome, and will have to be done in concert with me as I will have to extract from much of the stuff that is staying here.

Miss [livejournal.com profile] bdot, I am not sure how to get your offer of boxes either, but it is good to know I have a source if I get desperate. I am hoping that does not happen though.
ragani: (Pen-hmm)
OK, life does tend to hit hard and fast sometimes. This can be a good thing, but that does not mean it is not challenging.

So, [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom and I got a place in Piedmont, which = good. We need to move before Faire starts = challenging. Add to that the idea that we would really prefer to have a camper/trailer set-up instead of a tent for Faire (we even already paid for a permit). That means we need to find one, which eats into the pack/move time. Finding one is proving to be a challenge.

Anyone out there among my friends with time to help with the move (packing/moving/use of vehicle)? We are looking at the weekend of 23/24 for most of the big stuff, but are hoping to get some done this weekend too.

How about a trailer for under $1000?
ragani: (Floating)
It looks like there will be a lot happening in San Francisco this weekend. It might be rather confusing, in fact, so here are a couple of links to help you plan. The street outside my office will be closed down for the disaster dress rehearsal. Elsewhere, or perhaps even in the same location, there is forecast of a zombie uprising.

Personally, I think I will avoid San Francisco all together, but some of you braver souls might want to check out the... show.
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Been working here as a freelancer for over 9 months, and recently interviewed for the position. Just got offered the job today. Woot!

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