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I don't know the original source, but it's worth reposting-

Dear Northeast,

Wow, is your week about to suck. Potentially it will continue to suck for many months. But ultimately you'll come out of it okay. People find a way. You will become very resourceful, you'll bond with your friends and neighbors in ways you never expected, and you'll have a lot of love and help from the rest of us from far away, too.

All that said, I hope you're ready for a fight. There might be some who tell you that whatever happens was punishment from God, that you're an idiot for living where you live, that your home should be abandoned. There will be people who tell you that it's your own damn fault. They'll say that you should have known, that you deserved this misery, that the rest of us shouldn't be responsible for taking care of you, that you are not worth saving. So stop your whining already.

Well, to hell with them. Be safe. And if you need to, call us when you get to the other side. You can stay with us as long as you need to. Because when the shit flies, we are all responsible for each other. It's the only way to survive.


And best of luck to everyone up there right now.
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Been a while...

This is my 2001 SV-S.

It has over 42,000 miles on it. It needs a new front tire. The front and rear plastics are cracked or broken on both sides. The seats have been recovered with duct tape. The right mirror stem has been welded back together. The previous owner was rear-ended on the highway, so I had to fix the subframe with channel locks and a maul to be able to install a taillight and reattach the grab rail. The license plate light cover is patched with electrical tape. It doesn't do track days (yet). It has no suspension or performance upgrades, no modifications or fancy paint. The closest it has to alterations are some flushmount blinkers because the ones the PO had installed were barely visible, and a Yoshi slip-on. I've downed it twice in the past year- once in a patch of gravel, once after hitting an oil patch in front of a manhole cover.

This is a working motorcycle. It gets ridden in pouring rain and blazing heat and humidity. It's been my sole form of transportation on multiple occasions when my car has broken down and I haven't had time or money to fix it. It's gotten me to my main job and odd jobs when I've been working eighty hours a week, seven days a week. I've strapped everything to it from tools, groceries, and a baby gate. I've strapped camping gear almost three feet high to the back of it and ridden 90 miles to a campground at 3 in the morning with it.

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And it's been my favorite bike I've ever owned.

Needless to say, there's been some maintenance involved.

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I've got some red LED's on order to replace the dash lights with- I had a similar setup on my old Ninja.
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Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Voodoo Hash House Harriers

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Not a bad way to start the morning.

Today was the annual Hurricane 5K at Belle Chasse Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB). A friend of mine is in the Navy and got us a stack of notifications for upcoming races, so we figured we'd do this one.

Third place overall (20:36), first place men's 30-39.

Not a bad way to celebrate 30 hours of sleep this week and 3 1/2 years cigarette free as of today.

That being said, now I'm gunning for sub-20:00, and it's definitely within reach. We've got another 5K coming up in three weeks, and I aim to finish that in under twenty minutes or bust a lung trying.

An interesting dichotomy was several of the other people who showed up were obviously fit, but dropped off pace considerably at the halfway mark. It's a trail near a wooded area in New Orleans in late August- there is NO part of that that begins to resemble the climate of a gym. Sometimes, you gotta get out and just run without the simulator treadmill.
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