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Happy Birthday!! [Oct. 15th, 2007|09:19 pm]
Joezoo
Hidden under air conditioner on the left side of North Hall on historic East Campus, guarded by three stone sentries. Backup clue is also under low air conditioner, behind the building.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Campus_(Western_Michigan_University)
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And Then.. [Jul. 22nd, 2007|12:27 am]
Joezoo
"Wilson surveyed his surrounding---a panorama of broken, burning wagons and shattered cannon, made small by distance, and cries of far off wounded men carried eerily over the battle field wind. Viewing the wreckage it was not easily discernible who had actually won the little skirmish; Opposition soldiers seemed to lie dead in equal numbers to Wilson's own troops. Sainwax put a comforting hand on Wilson's shoulder. He brushed it aside without looking back, not out of anger, but out of a simple need to be alone with and to understand the disaster of the day."
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Race Relations! [Jun. 16th, 2007|11:27 am]
Joezoo
Drove to Canton, MI with Tekoa yesterday to help his mother move. Not a thing was packed and the truck was not ready, but that was cool. We'd cope---the three of us went to pick up the truck. Drama ensued. It ended with the U-haul manager refusing us service and throwing Ms.Cooper's deposit on the ground at her feet. In the end we got a truck from a friendlier store.
Now, while I agreed with Tekoa that racism was to blame here, over drinks with Will and Laura later we dissected the incident further. From my perspective it happened like this; the white merchant views the two black customers with veiled hostility and suspicion. The black customers respond in kind (in this case, with sarcasm). Hostilities escalate. Both parties likely went home with the notion that the other was entirely to blame. Now, the Merchant does bear the larger share of blame, because it was his store and he had a basic responsibility to be civil and helpful to his customers. To me it felt like a self-fulfilling prophecy in the works. The white manager thinks: I'm going to get trouble from these people. The black customers think they're going to get a hard time from him. And that is exactly what happens.
A few hours later all was moved and well in the universe. On the drive back a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of social services. Tonight; work. Tomorrow, settlers.
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The Five Second Rule [May. 10th, 2007|02:25 am]
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This ain't a sex thing... [May. 8th, 2007|11:02 pm]
Joezoo
[mood |working]

Just got off work---busy, busy, so many intakes. Criminals all. Saturday went out with housemate Fasil and Tekoa's crew. Very interesting discussion about Pakistani Fasil's friendship with Indian-born Joe (another housemate) Their countries have fought three wars all due--in the end--to the British empire arbitrarily drawing boarders on a map without understanding the tribal loyalties and centuries of history therein. Sound familiar? Anyway...
Tomorrow dinner with John & family.
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*bar moment* [May. 5th, 2007|01:51 am]
Joezoo
Have beaten, one after the other, two of the most competent billiards players at Metro, in spite (or because) of mild drunkeness. The Coolest of Beans.
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Corrections Bear [May. 4th, 2007|10:51 pm]
Joezoo
Have been working at KPEP a week now and have found it to be good. Today not so much; made a paperwork mistake which a resident then took advantage of, getting him in trouble later on and embarrassing myself. But it is a learning process---lots of new stuff to master this month. Picked a client up from the jail this morning. That was neat. Motivated me to pay my outstanding traffic tickets soon lest I join them.
Facility is a block from my apartment. Currently houses about 40 young to middle aged men. Have to assume that they are all sociopaths---on my toes all the time and take everything they say with a scoop of salt. A busy, high energy work environment, decent pay, and lots of room for advancement.
Tomorrow help Ginny move. Tonight: Metro. So looking forward to Spider Man 3. I predict Harry is killed by Venom in the end after a dramatic change of heart.
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8675309 [Apr. 25th, 2007|04:13 pm]
Joezoo
[mood |predatory]

Just found out that I got my KPEP job as a part-time resident coordinator---this is only a foot in the door, to be sure, but I am still quite pleased. What else? Went out to Tekoa celebrating his graduation last night. All was well until I stormed out of the bar when he refused to drive me home, calling a cab for me instead. I walked home and am told the cab showed up immediately after I left. Ghhhh. Stupid.
But anyway. Dinner tonight with Ginny. *moments later* Dinner canceled--Ginny not feeling well. Maybe later. I spent much of today assembling belt sanders at Kalamazoo Industries. I like the physical work and building stuff, but damn, those guys are mean to the hispanic workers. Don't know how they put up with it.
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Womyn's Festival [Apr. 23rd, 2007|10:31 pm]
Joezoo
[mood |sleepysleepy]

This is that thing the lady at the BBQ was telling us about. Sounds very fun...and tantalizing, knowing that I can never, ever be admitted. The controversy over not allowing transgendered individuals seems to have tainted it, though. It makes me recall how our Men's group at the Unitarian Church wasn't willing to exclude females from the proceedings. Silly Unitarians..

Anyway. What did today? Work, carving, Dealt With Stuff, and now, sleep. (Why does LJ have "predatory" as a mood tag? Creepy.)

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Working Bear [Apr. 22nd, 2007|10:01 am]
Joezoo
[mood |Impoverished Bear]

Expecting I'll hear the final word from KPEP this week. Also got a letter to do some pre-hire testing for that public safety dispatcher job. In the meantime, I got a job with a temp service, which promptly put me to work in a factory outside of town. The factory manager offered to pay me under the table instead, saving them some money and paying me a little bit more. So I'm doing that.
What else? Went to Michigan CAMP BBQ yesterday and met many people. Aspiring screen writer Brandon and amateur director Dante---Pretty cool folks. Offered to work the next Kalamazoo pride event. I was assigned to run the hand-job booth next month. I'm told it is essentially a refrigerator box with a hole cut in it.
A lesbian social worker from Grand Rapids was telling us about Women's Week, an annual event in Hart, MI, where no man-folk are allowed. Sounded like a huge orgy--drugs, nudity, no meat of any kind. (although she brings her own steaks and such) Interesting.
More what else? Went to Metro t'other night. For today; explore hidden woodlands behind mental hospital.
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