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November 14th, 2013
11:56 am

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Today's winner for sentence containing the most possible wrong: Oliver returned to Starling City, only to find out he was pregnant, by Slade no less. Fanfic, why do you do this to me? WHY!!!

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October 30th, 2013
12:39 pm

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Mostly I go about my days and the only patriarch(y) I have to worry about is my dad, who is mostly too grateful that I babysit the apartments while he goes to Mexico for several months every winter to spend all that much time fretting over my lack of cock. But sometimes it's not like that. Read whining?Collapse )

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October 23rd, 2013
12:25 pm

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So I'm looking around for little local shows that I can attend with my horse next year. Mostly this is mental fantasy role-playing because we have no free time and no reliable trailer and no money for the project and so forth. But anyway...Collapse )

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October 13th, 2013
08:04 am

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Dear Arabian Horse people: I'm kinda-sorta stallion shopping for an indefinite time in the future, some years hence (I like to be prepared) and I'm looking at videos and whatnot to see what I like. News Flash: You are not doing marketing very well and it's no wonder that your breed registration numbers are in the toilet.

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October 7th, 2013
05:45 am

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Why I can't talk to men, part 1873.Oh, really? Do tell.Collapse )

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October 3rd, 2013
12:06 pm

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Restaurant Review Time! I don't do this often because usually I don't go anywhere interesting to eat.Collapse )

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October 1st, 2013
12:44 pm

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Back in high school, I was infuriated by teachers who wanted us to outline and plan and then first-draft and revise and so forth when we were writing a paper. It seemed like make-work to me but since my teachers typically required us to provide the diagrams and outlines and rough drafts as evidence that we had actually followed the work procedure that was expected of us, I had to write the paper and then generate potemkin workflow evidence to "prove" that I'd done it the right way.

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September 15th, 2013
04:01 pm

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Went to the PA Ren Faire (Mt. Hope Winery) with the fella yesterday. Last weekend I went to the Pittsburgh Ren Faire with my cousin and her family. So, I was hoping for comparison and contrast, of which I have some, but not tons. There's a smidge amount about Having Your Hair Braided At The Ren Faire, if that might interest you, and a huge rant about long haired little girls and their asshole moms. Read On?Collapse )

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September 11th, 2013
08:48 am

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More pony conditioning. Fiddler is not liking the heat. I am not liking the not-so-easyboots. By the time I get 'em on him, I'm sweating. Oh, well.

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September 5th, 2013
12:27 am

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Been riding Fiddler for conditioning, so the lathe is getting dusty. I just can't manage to do everything all the time. There are only so many hours in the day.

In other news, I'm making an effort to be nicer to my hair. In pursuit of that goal, I'm all about buns and sticks these days -- they're gentler, more protective hairstyles. And sort of along the way, I wound up watching Tyra Banks going on about good hair. Good hair is a term in the African-American world for hair that is more curly/wavy and less nappy. Nappy is the very tight kinky hair, the texture that is seen as not-so-good, sometimes.

Now, as many of you are probably aware, I do not have African-American hair. I have dead-straight, baby-fine, boring white girl hair with a complete lack of body. (I am a white girl, so me having white girl hair makes sense.) But it came to me, watching Tyra Banks talk about "Good Hair" on YouTube with her hair in cornrows, that the amount of worry, expense, effort, and straight-up heartache that far too many black women experience over their hair is about what I would encounter if I tried to make my dead-straight, baby-fine, boring white girl hair act like the more kinky/nappy end of the African-American hair spectrum. Like, it totally wouldn't work. My hair wouldn't behave that way even if I processed the hell out of it. It'd get stiff and dead. It'd break off. No matter how much I worked at it, it'd not be nappy or kinky in the same way that natural black hair was. I could spend a bloody fortune on salon work and still I would not have "suitable" hair. Trying to get my hair to act like kinky or nappy hair would be a hideously difficult proposition, if not downright impossible. Imagine how much more seriously I would take my hair if I thought I might not get a good job or a promotion if I didn't have "proper" hair... or if people judged my worth as a person on my ability to make my own natural straight hair successfully mimic nappy hair... or if maintaining my natural "straight" hair was some kind of a political statement that could make people concerned about having me in their church/school/political party/carpool/committee. Could you get me to agree to sew fake kinky/nappy hair into my head so that I could look more "correct"? Probably.

And I am telling you this, not because I think you are terribly interested in good hair or bad hair or Tyra Banks, but because I suspect that at least some of you have never, ever considered why on earth so many black women in the United States have such difficulty and expense with their black hair. Heck, I went to a black college for four years and never considered the hair issue in the proper light. (The proper light is Try to imagine how much it would cost and how hard it would be and what arcane chemical processes would be required and how many hours you might have to spend in a salon chair to get limp, straight hair to hold in the sort of afro that comes naturally to kinky/nappy hair.) So, take a mental stroll in the mindset of an African-American woman who wears processed hair.

It ain't easy and it ain't cheap and maybe there are better things for a black woman to spend her money on.

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