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Monday, November 29, 2004

Travel bug:

Ever since I found out about the existence of Machu Picchu, I've wanted to travel to Peru. However, Paddington Bear's origins notwithstanding, I really didn't know much about it. Then, when on one of my bajillion flights for business, I read this article in the airline's in-flight magazine, in which the writer is escorted around to some of Peru's more out-of-the-way destinations by none other than the Peruvian President. The article and the locations discussed therein make me want to learn Spanish and Quechua, take a month off, and explore. Who knows - maybe I'll even find Paddington Bear's relatives.

babbled by Kat @ 8:11:00 PM | |

Friday, November 26, 2004

Road trip:

As you know, because I won't shut up about it, I travel for business a lot. I've been flying one round-trip every other week, on average, since mid-July. I have a vacation coming up the week before Xmas, and I'm trying to decide what to do with it. I could fly somewhere, but instead I think I'd like to take a road trip. I will probably go to Phoenix to see my grandmother, and then take a trip up through northern Arizona, take a side trip to Vegas, and maybe drive up to Utah or something. Of course, I'll be armed with cameras and taking a shitload of photos. I can't decide if I want to have a road trip companion or not - of course, it would be wonderful to have the boy with me, but I don't think he can take any time off work in December. Maybe I'll just arm myself with something slightly more lethal than a camera and go it alone. Of course, if I had more than a week off, I'd just do a cross-country road trip. That shit is fun, yo.

Anyway, any road trip suggestions that can be accomplished within a 5-day period originating in Los Angeles, that preferably include interesting things to photograph, would be greatly appreciated.

babbled by Kat @ 9:48:00 PM | |

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Scratching at the bottom for another clue:

I spent part of this week up in northern California. I had to fly on one of those tiny regional jets that seat 70 people and kind of look like regular jets that were just left in the dryer too long. As a result of these flights, I would like to give some handy travel tips to people so that they will make my flying experience more pleasant, because as we all know, everything is about me being happy. It's the only reason the world hasn't imploded yet, frankly.

1. If you are traveling in a large group, please do not walk side by side in a big line through the airport as if you were the fucking Get Along Gang. If I cannot move through the airport at a pace that makes me appear blurry to stationary humans, I get very frustrated. Frustrated != happy. Remember what happens when I am not happy, people. WORLD GO BOOM.

2. If you are traveling with a baby, please change them in the bathroom. I am not kidding you when I say I once sat next to a woman who changed her 18 month old in the seat next to me. Three times. If I am not related to your child, I do not want to see its feces. Actually, even if I am related to the child, I'm not exactly fond of child poop, so please go away from the family reunion picnic table when changing your baby. That means you, my reproducing cousins.

3. For the love of all that's holy, please refrain from putting on excessive perfume before you get into a fucking metal tube with 70+ other people. They may recirculate the air in the cabin, but that just means that EVERYONE CAN SMELL YOU. Yes, I'm talking to you, lady who sat across the aisle from me on Friday wearing an obnoxious amount of Chanel no. 5. I still have a fucking headache from that shit.

4. If you're Eddie Izzard, and you're in the Admiral's Club in San Francisco 2 seats away from me, and I break my usual policy of leaving famous people alone to say hi to you, you should clearly understand my policy and ask me to marry you. I would've said yes.

babbled by Kat @ 1:40:00 PM | |

Monday, November 15, 2004

There's a camera rolling on her back:

I had a little bit of extra money in my account this month after paying all my bills, so I thought I'd treat myself to a little something. Of course, I bought a new camera. Not like I really need any more cameras, as I probably have about 40 or so, but I just couldn't resist a nice little Leica C2. If I know you in real life, expect me to be sticking it in your face very soon.

Speaking of cameras, I got a 1GB CF card for my digital SLR, so now I need some models. Willingness to remove your clothes is a plus. I have a show coming up, and I also need to build up my portfolio with more people photos instead of just taking photos of buildings in the various cities I visit and, of course, my self-absorbed, uh, self. If you want to model, leave a comment or e-mail me. Or just hit reload on my page 700 times so I'll think you're a stalker and track you down by your ISP.

I'm going to go annoy the living shit out of all of my neighbors now by taking excessive photographs of them as they drink their evenings away. It's good clean fun!

babbled by Kat @ 5:00:00 PM | |

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Just can't wait to get on the road again:

Back from Chicago (obviously), though I do want to go there again soon. Actually, what I really want to do is invent something fantastic so that I can be independently wealthy and travel for leisure instead of business. But no matter, I must go back on the road for work again. Destinations in this next round of the Dirty Fez U.S. Tour 2004 include San Francisco, San Jose, Topeka, Columbus, Boston, and Detroit. Yeah, that's right. I'm going to be in very cold places in December. Let's just hope global warming makes my travels a little more comfortable than I think they will be.

I'm in my usual pre-trip rush at the moment, doing hookers and blow laundry and packing. I've got 3 conference calls in the morning, 2 reports to deliver to customers, and a quick plane ride. Then I'll get to spend my days helping out a customer and my evenings watching hot gay men make out. It's going to be the best trip ever.

babbled by Kat @ 8:21:00 PM | |

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Tick tock you don't stop:

I swear, this will be the last election-related post until December 13.

Kerry may have rolled over like a five dollar whore, but it's not necessarily over. Sure, they say that they couldn't have won Ohio even with the provisional ballots. But you know what? There's a reason the electoral college doesn't actually vote until Dec. 13 (depending on the year - usually between Dec. 13-19, but this year it's the 13th). It's so that all the provisional and absentee ballots can be counted.

Remember, I'm a pollworker. When we process a provisional ballot for someone, we give them a little receipt with the information relative to their ballot, and tell them to call 40 days after the election to see if their vote was counted and in what precinct. Not coincidentally, after that 40 day period is over, the electors cast their votes. This is so that all votes can be cast and counted.

This whole obsession with instant gratification in our country has infected the electoral process as well. Everyone wants to know, and know NOW! Guess what, people? It's not that simple.

And for those of you who say, "it's over, Kerry conceded", I'll just remind you that concession speeches are not legally binding. If it turns out that Kerry got more of the popular vote and the electoral balance shifts after all the provisional ballots are counted, he can validly claim the Presidency. Not that I think there's a good chance of that happening, necessarily, but unlike Fox, I'm not calling it until every last fucking vote is counted. I don't say that as a Democrat, because I'm registered with no party affiliation - I say that as a person who wants to make sure the electoral process maintains its integrity.

I want every vote counted, even if they don't go the way I want them to.

babbled by Kat @ 11:38:00 PM | |

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

My grain:

I can't really express how I feel about the election. I don't want to believe that so many of my fellow citizens think that W is doing a good job as our leader. I don't want to believe that Kerry would concede so easily without protesting the voter intimidation tactics in Ohio, the state that ultimately ended up pushing Bush over the edge. I don't want to believe that people in this country aren't interested in a truly honest, fair electoral process. I don't want to believe that people need to have an answer today instead of waiting until all the absentee and provisional ballots are counted. I don't want to believe that the electoral college will convene on December 13th and vote that beady-eyed puppet into another term.

That said, I don't believe that everyone in this country will lie down and take it. I don't believe that we'll all just sit here, complacent, and not do anything. I don't believe that 51% of Americans love Bush that much, because half of the registered voters in this country didn't even bother to fucking vote. And after seeing the record voter turnout* yesterday, I don't believe this is a closed issue.

* We had over 50% turnout in our precinct. That's 50% of registered voters, not 50% of eligible voters. Did you vote?

babbled by Kat @ 9:28:00 PM | |

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Votey McVote:

As your friendly neighborhood election official, I'd like to tell you how to find your polling place on Tuesday, Nov. 2, in case you don't know where it is.

My Polling Place
My Polling Site

And for those of you in L.A.: LAVote

Times that polls are open: FEC

Have trouble voting? Call.

Please vote. It counts. I promise.

babbled by Kat @ 1:20:00 AM | |

Monday, November 01, 2004


Is it weird that ever since the World Series, I have not been able to stop saying "Poo Holes!"?

Dirty Fez: your source for all that's juvenile and uncalled for.

babbled by Kat @ 2:38:00 PM | |