February 20th, 2007

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Four years ago today...

...we woke up in our hotel room in our new city, to rain - welcome to the Pacific Northwest, after all. The hotel in question ostensibly served "breakfast", but the breakfast apparently consisted of a small sideboard on which there was a pair of thermos flasky type objects, one for coffee and one for hot water, a caddy of uninspiring tea choices, and a somewhat battered toaster on which one could toast slices of tired-looking bread and then butter and jam it with the limited selection of jams available.

Well, it was a hotel that took pets, okay? And we had a cat in tow. And it would only be for one or two nights. And it was cheap.

But we were damned hungry, and the "breakfast" looked less than appetising - so we ducked out of the hotel, across a puddly parking lot, and into the restaurant next door - Eleni's, a Greek place, which fed us and caffeinated us and warmly welcomed us, and it was from there that we climbed into our hired car, drove to the estate agent's, drove to the final signing for the house etc., and got the keys to our new place. Into which we moved that very afternoon. It was a cold and empty house, all we had in it were a "Care package" we had sent to ourselves before we got here which consisted of a couple of blankets and a few small cooking pots and eating utensil type objects - and a couple of really cheap folding wooden chairs which we had picked up at the thrift shop so that we'd, you know, have something to SIT on. Our lower floor was a great unfinished cold concrete bunker; the garden was a wilderness of bramble and blackberry; it quickly became obvious that the heating we had was, um, less than ideal - but we were home. Home. We had fallen in love with this place when we had first seen it and now it was ours, really ours, and we had all the time in the world to start making it pretty and comfortable.

Four years ago, today.

We've been living in our paradise for four years. The house is transformed, the blackberry wilderness now has budding lilacs and several rhododendrons, and the front of the garden is burgeoning with bulbs - two of them, daffodils, are going to pop any moment now.

Sometimes it seems as though we came here yesterday - four years is not that long. Sometimes it seems as though we had never lived anywhere else.

We're home.

Happy fourth anniversary, Pacific Northwest. We love you.
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Just in case you were thinking about voting for John McCain, or anything he stands for...

....here's a lovely snippet, courtesy of AP:

John McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned. An editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer points out that this wasn't always McCain's position on abortion: "An AP story dutifully reported the quote -- without providing any of the context. Such as the fact that, in 1999, as he was mounting his first presidential bid, he said this: 'Certainly in the short-term, or even the long-term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade.' Why not? Because without Roe, he said, 'thousands of young American women would be performing illegal and dangerous operations.' Therefore, he said, Roe was 'necessary.'"

We ARE heading back into the Dark Ages. Bring back the plague.
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There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio -

- and as it turns out overly sensitive librarians who are afraid that the pure minds of their young charges can be utterly putrefied and turned to thoughts of Sodom and Gomorrah by the mention of certain body parts belonging to a male dog (and if you really don't know what I'm talking about, (a) where have you BEEN this past week and (b) go Google "The Higher Power of Lucky" or Susan Patron or this year's Newberry award winner) have more than just THAT book to purge from their libraries. Here's a list.

ETA: Here's something worth reading, from the YALSA listserv. I kind of feel like standing up and cheering.