Category Archives: Ponderings

Disappointment.

Oh city of Fayetteville. I just don't understand you.

The city that the Husbear and I got married in this May, a city less than 30 miles from us, has just repealed a civil rights ordinance that would help protect LGBT citizens. The ordinance would have prohibited local businesses and entities from discriminating against employees and customers based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and other factors. The City Council of Fayetteville passed the ordinance in August, but several groups opposed it and gathered enough signatures to force a special election today.

Those in favor of repeal got 52% of the vote with 7,523 ballots cast. Those in favor of keeping the ordinance got 48% of the vote with 7,040 ballots cast. I'm disappointed that so few people voted--only about 29% of the registered voters of Fayetteville. Had this not been a special election, I am inclined to think the repeal would not have happened as more people would have, in theory, voted. Even with the small turnout, I am surprised at how close the vote was.

But with backers like many of the churches in the area (politics from the pulpit, what?!) and the Duggar family, I can honestly say I'm not surprised at all that the repeal happened.

I guess I'll no longer be spending my money in Fayetteville.

Until next time...
Erik

Ye Olde Barn Raising, still...

Previously... in July.

Damn. Has it been four months already?

I guess that's what happens when you're doing it yourself, and going on a few trips in between. If I wasn't such a control freak about things, maybe this would go faster. Or if I paid someone else to do it.

This post is more for me than anything, to document my (lack of) progress. It's rather picture heavy, but continue reading if you're interested...

Continue reading Ye Olde Barn Raising, still...

Until next time...
Erik

ICE, ICE, Baby...

I tweeted this earlier:

Thank you, Apple, for finally adding the option to have emergency contact information on the dialer screen. I'm sure this will greatly help first responders.

You can set up this information in the new "Health" app that's preinstalled with iOS8. Go to the Medical ID tab, and enter the information you want to appear when someone makes an emergency call from your iPhone.

Emergency contact information!
Emergency contact information!

If you're on iOS8, do it NOW!

Until next time...
Erik

12 of 12, September 2014 edition

My 33rd "12 of 12".

It's Friday. At least by the calendar it is. I'm not sure what day it actually is.

The 12 of 12 Challenge was created by Chad Darnell and picked up from a number of random bloggers who then linked back to him and vice versa. Chad stopped doing the 12 of 12 links in December of 2011, but passed the torch to someone else who sadly hasn't been keeping up with it. So as always, I'm giving my shout-out to Blobby of Blobby's Blog as he is the one who inspired me to do it. And still does.

All pictures were taken with my iPhone 4S. Maybe the last month of that since the new iPhone 6 goes on pre-order today. Maybe.

1:10 AM: Time for bed.
1:10 AM: Time for bed.
9:33 AM: Time to do laundry.
9:33 AM: Time to do laundry.
9:56 AM: Both raining, and cold. Meh.
9:56 AM: Both raining, and cold. Meh.
10:42 AM: Prioritizing what artwork I need to work on first.
10:42 AM: Prioritizing what artwork I need to work on first.
1:15 PM: Adding-on to my buddy Dwayne's tattoo.
1:15 PM: Adding-on to my buddy Dwayne's tattoo.
4:00 PM: Artwork for another client. Not my style, but something I'll do.
4:00 PM: Artwork for another client. Not my style, but something I'll do.
5:11 PM: Two of the other tattooist's at the studio.
5:11 PM: Two of the other tattooist's at the studio.
6:06 PM: Yes, we are.
6:06 PM: Yes, we are.
7:55 PM: One of these years I'll be done with this tattoo. One hour at a time.
7:55 PM: One of these years I'll be done with this tattoo. One hour at a time.
8:21 PM: Quick clean-up of the Husbear's salon.
8:21 PM: Quick clean-up of the Husbear's salon.
8:59 PM: Paperwork.
8:59 PM: Paperwork.
10:02 PM: Stopping at the BK for dinner. It's not on my diet, but I was craving a Whopper Junior.
10:02 PM: Stopping at the BK for dinner. It's not on my diet, but I was craving a Whopper Junior.
Baker's Dozen: 10:29 PM: She'll stand there and stare at me, until I look at her. Then she does this until I look away again.
Baker's Dozen: 10:29 PM: She'll stand there and stare at me, until I look at her. Then she does this until I look away again.

Until next time...
Erik