June 14 was Bill and Lissa’s 31st wedding anniversary!
Tuesday night was the West Seattle High School graduation ceremony and Alexis was playing with the band and Gary and Melanie were going as well. I went to the house and talked for awhile with our friend Jim, who is living with his two cats in the RV while he recovers from pneumonia and possibly a lump in his lung. Eventually Gary came home to give me keys to the Honda. I asked Jordan if he’d like to go out to dinner with me and he said yes. I asked him to be straight and sober so that we could talk. By the time I took Gary downtown and picked up my stuff from Lissa’s, Jordan had left the house. I talked with Jim some more. Eventually Gary and Melanie got back, and after awhile Jordan showed up. I asked him if he was ready to go out to dinner and he said he was leaving again and had a friend waiting outside.
I helped Richard with an experiment and ended up spending the night at their house. We had a wonderful meal that night at a local restaurant, and Linda and I had a very enjoyable breakfast out as well. It was great to spend so much time with them!
Two things happened while I was at Linda and Richard’s – one is that Gary called to say that Jordan was being kicked out of the house. Apparently he came in at 3:30 am, ate a meal, and ran off with Melanie’s laptop. He eventually came back to the house during the day and Gary informed him that he had to move out. He tried to argue that he had not stolen the laptop and tried to put forth an alibi, but agreed to move out anyway. The other is that I did not set myself an alarm and consequently did not get on the GI Resistance Working Group conference call – nobody took notes – I’m really upset with myself for letting down the group and Gerry!
Thursday 6-15-11 By the time I got to Judy’s it was around 1 and kind of cold and windy, so we took a walk instead of a boat paddle. I went to the Seattle Against FBI Repression rally from 4:30 – 5:30 at the FBI / Fusion center at 3rd & Spring. There were signs and speeches and flyers. Again, nice to see so many friends! I don’t have any of my own pictures, but I’m in Elliot Stohler’s movie at the end.
Finally, I met my some of my fellow Cuba delegation members (Shan, Cindy, Michelle, Stephanie and Cindy) at the New Orlean’s café.
I also went to see Jordan Thursday. Gary called me to tell me that Jordan was coming over to get his stuff to move in with Taylor, so I went over and was there when he came in with Taylor and two rolling suitcases. I said Hi and offered him my backpack, saying that he could pack it like he was going hiking and have an easier time with his stuff. He declined, but might take me up on it some other time. I said goodbye and wished him luck – it wasn’t tearful – he’s only staying with a friend in SeaTac. I also told him that if he wanted to go on a trip with me he had to go through the Encompass program and try to have a relationship with me. He didn’t sound very disappointed.
Melanie told me that if Jordan wasn’t going on a trip that Alexis would very much like to. Melanie’s vacation is from August 22 through September 16, so I’ll discuss our schedule with Gerry and think about it.
On Friday I got to have lunch with Percy Hilo and also got to visit with Alonso. Judy and I had dinner and a drag queen show at Julia’s on Capitol Hill. What a HOOT! I spent the night there – good thing – it was after midnight by the time we got home.
Saturday 6-18-11 I got up and went to the VFP 92 GMM. There was a good presentation by a Duwamish tribal leader regarding the history of the river and current cleanup efforts. I’ll type up the minutes of the meeting and send to Tom Shea in case mine are more complete than his.
I had a good visit with Cliff Wells after the meeting.
Nickelsville had an open house from 2 – 5, so I bought some meat and salads and headed over. They’re at the bottom of the Highland Park hill, their original location. Peggy, Scott, and Richard are the people there that I know best and Dorli showed up as well.
I went back to Bill & Lissa’s for awhile before heading to dinner with Sharon and Felix.
Sam Scharff and I went out for coffee and a cupcake afterwards. I found out from Al that the white Volvo no longer starts – likely the battery has gone dead, so I’ll try to start it when I get back to Seattle in July or August. I got back to Bill & Lissa’s and am just hanging out doing these notes.
Some thoughts about the world:
As I peel back the onion of the world’s situation and the causes of the problems, I think that unregulated corporate capitalism is one of the roots of the problem – greed, in other words. I feel like throwing rocks at the corporate windows and one of those rocks might be a constitutional amendment that eliminates corporate personhood and rights. Another is independence from the corporate world in our communities including food, water, and energy – the basics. This is where I think I’ll be putting my life energy – helping communities to organize gardens, water catchment and renewable energy including micro-grids.
Cuba reactions –
Many people believe that the Castros are brutal dictators and that communism is really evil. Who can blame them with the propaganda that comes our way from mainstream media.
However, one thing I hear about is that the people of Cuba don’t have the right to criticize their government. Although there’s some truth about that, it’s more of the case that the Cuban communist party is protecting the socialized economy and gains of the revolution against the covert CIA organizations that produce counter-revolutionary propaganda to try to bring down the Cuban government.
It is unfortunate that after Fidel the new president is Raul because it gives the impression of a kingdom / monarchy rather than the democracy that really exists. I’m experimenting with answers to these concerns and am getting better at it every time I talk with someone.
Another concern is the poverty of the people and the question – did the revolution really help the people?