Election 2005: not good, but not horrible

So, the big news is obviously that Prop 2 passed by a wide margin – 76%-24%.

Before my analysis and thoughts, a message to those of you who didn’t vote for whatever reason: I understand that situations come up on Election Day and that we’re all busy people. But when you don’t vote, you’re letting other people speak for you, and in Texas, that’s not necessarily a great idea 🙂 You may argue that your vote wouldn’t make a difference, since the margin was so wide, but if it had passed with a narrower margins we’d see stories about how it was a close vote and did more poorly than expected instead of Ban on gay marriage passes by large margin statewide (screw the Stateman’s registration…grr…). So, if you’re not registered to vote, please do so – it’s easy to do. And if you couldn’t vote for whatever reason, just plan ahead next time and vote early or request an absentee ballot. Both are pretty easy to do.

Anyway, so, yeah, that sucks. On the bright side, Travis County was the only county in which it was rejected, which makes me happy I’m living here (at least of anywhere in Texas…)

Here’s why I not as upset as maybe I should be: I know that we’re on the right side of this issue, and I am fully confident that in the end we will win. It may be 10 years, it may be 50 years, but at some point gays being married will be like interracial marriages today. So, screw you, Texas, but we’re in this for the long haul.

Anyway, the news was good from other parts of the country – Democrats won the governor’s race in New Jersey and Virginia, and Maine rejected a measure to repeal antidiscrimination laws for gays (after voting anti-gay in 1998 and 2000). So that’s good, at least.

Happy 151st post to me!

I put up pictures from this weekend (including Ren Fest), although I didn’t take very many.

For your viewing pleasure this evening, the Texas election results (courtesy of the Secretary of State). I’ll be watching as soon as we get back from our boring meeting.

My hands have been hurting for the last week or so (it feels like the muscles in the hand, but it’s hard to tell). This is not a promising development.

good wicked weekend

So I had a good weekend. The plan for the weekend was to see “Wicked” in Houston on Friday, visit Vickie and Mae-Mae (sp?) (some kids that David homeschooled a while ago) on Saturday, and go to the Renaissance Festival on Sunday. Mission accomplished!

Friday – Unfortunately the show was at 8:00 so we decided to leave Austin by 3:30 to make sure we got there on time (and we could meet up with abstractseaweed and Leigh Ann and carpool). This meant I had to leave work at 3, which would have maybe been OK except that I was kinda in the middle of debugging something important with someone else and I had to ‘fess up I was leaving early, at which he was not terribly pleased. (the good news is that the problem turned out to be nothing) Anyway, so djedi and wildrice13 and I drove down there, and all was going well until we stopped on 290 for an hour and 15 minutes (there was apparently an accident a few miles ahead). So we turned off the car, switched drivers, got out, etc. Which was OK, except now we were worried about making the show. After traffic started moving again, I was driving as fast as I could while still being safe. We stopped at Wendy’s to grab dinner and eat it on the way. Note to self: if you have to eat in the car while driving, don’t get a hamburger! Get chicken nuggets or something.

Anyway, we made it to the show skipping both of our planned stops (abstractseaweed ended up not coming) and made it with 10 minutes to spare. The show was quite good – djedi and I had only listened to the soundtrack, so we had a basic idea of the story, but we missed a lot of important points!

– Who Nessa was – she’s referenced in a few songs, but she turns out to be pretty important.
– Elphaba’s mother cheated on her father, not the other way around. In retrospect, this should have been painfully obvious.
– The bit in “Dancing Through Life” where Glinda tells Elphaba that she and this hat “deserve each other”. Hah!
– Boq is pretty mean/evil, it turns out.
– Glinda and Elphaba are friends at the end.
– The ending is actually surprisingly happy from what I expected. It was a little too happy for me at first, but I guess it’s OK.

Anyway, the singing was top-notch (although there was a time or two where there should have been a “moment” between the singers and the orchestra that was a little out of sync) – even the random chorus members had fabulous voices. I really liked the “As Long As You’re Mine” song between Elphaba and Fiero…they both had especially nice voices. The lighting was very well done – lots of colors and patterns and whatnot to really set the mood of particular scenes.

Anyway, enough about that. It was very good, and I was reminded that I should get into more musicals (and thanks to onefishclappin for giving the “Wicked” soundtrack to djedi 🙂 )

Saturday – We slept late and watched “Eulogy”, which was pretty good although a bit weird. We then met Vickie and Mae-Mae at the Cheesecake Factory in Sugarland – unfortunately I had eaten a lot at lunch so I wasn’t too hungry, but still managed to split a piece of cheesecake with djedi. Mmm! Anyway, they’re cute kids, and I got a couple pictures that I’ll put up sometime this week.

Sunday – Went to church, picked up wildrice13 and headed out to the Renaissance Festival, which is a good hour and a half away from Houston. By the time we got there we were starving for lunch, so we ate, saw a few shows (including the Ded Bob Show, always a classic) and walked around a lot. Unfortunately, it was very warm, so we left a little early and headed back to Austin.

That’s about it. I wrote a baseball Win Expectancy grapher that uses the probabilities from my Win Expectancy finder, so I’m probably about done with that project for now.

quick update, since there have been lots of posts today

destroyerj, another friend, and I went to the Michael Jackson singalong at the Alamo Drafthouse last night. It was very fun – lots of dancing and singing. Although my voice is quite sore today (although I’m not hoarse, and my voice hasn’t cracked yet! Yay…) I bought a DVD of all the music videos, so that’s fun.

George Takei (Sulu on Star Trek) and Sheryl Swoopes (WNBA player, 3-time MVP, plays for the Houston Cometa both came out this week. Good for them! And maybe this will help ease the stigma of gays in sports.

vote next tuesday!

For people that are registered to vote in Texas, there’s an election next Tuesday (November 8). Please vote No on Proposition 2, which would not only ban gay marriage in the Texas Constitution, but prevent any “legal status identical or similar to marriage”. So, clearly civil unions are not permitted, but perhaps even legal documents that would give djedi and I some rights associated with marriage (visitation rights in the hospital, next-of-kin type status, etc.)

This is a special election, so turnout will likely be low, which means that we do have a chance to reject this amendment!

You can go to friendsvote.org to find your precinct number and polling place.

‘Topes lose! ‘Topes lose!

So even before the Astros lost yesterday, I decided to take a more Zen approach to watching them lose. I mean, last year was the first year they won a playoff series at all, so winning the pennant and just making it to the World Series is definitely a step forward. And it would have been nice if they had won at least one game (so they could have played another game at home), but that’s just gravy. They had a good season, and we should be happy about that. It’s tough to get over the frustration of being so close to winning every single game in the World Series, but that’s the way it goes (and the fact that they didn’t win any probably means the White Sox were a better team). So I’ve made my peace.

I took a few sick hours yesterday and went home early – I wasn’t feeling horrible, but a combination of allergies and being tired was enough to make me completely incapable of concentrating. So I watched a few episodes of “Murphy Brown” (which is on Nick at Nite now! Very nostalgic for me…my mom loved that show…) and took a nap. Magic was pretty fun, then came back and played a little WoW (mostly gathering silk), although I had to play on David’s laptop because I couldn’t download the patch. Grr.

Tonight is the Michael Jackson singalong! I am much anticipatory.

Good day so far – stock is doing decently after good earnings yesterday, and Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court.