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Saturday, February 27th, 2010
10:47 pm
housing recommendations/warnings?

I am considering moving back to Spokane, probably into Browne's Addition or the lower South Hill. I don't have much rental experience in Spokane, so I was wondering if y'all have any warnings or recommendations about landlords, management companies, particular parts of those neighborhoods, and fabulous things like that.

Thanks much!
Thursday, February 11th, 2010
3:15 pm
Another Free Computer
This is a MicronPC desktop with the following:

600Mhz P3 CPU
512Meg of Ram
20Gig Hard Drive
Zip250 Drive (with at least one blank disk)
10/100Meg Ethernet

19" CRT Monitor
Keyboard & Mouse

It'll come with Win2000 on it, up to date with all service packs and updates, since that's what it was originally licensed for.

I'll try and find more memory for it, and it does have USB ports so an external drive can be added for more storage.  You'll have to supply your own external speakers.

If interested, reply to this message and we'll arrange for a time for you to pick the computer up.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
7:26 pm
Free Laptop
Another refurbished computer has worked it's way through my workbench, this one's an old Toshiba 335CDS.  It's certainly not the most powerful computer, but it does run Win2000 and is usable for basic email and web browsing.  It currently has an 802.11b wireless card in it, but I could swap that out for a modem/ethernet combo card if that works better for somebody.  It comes with a charger and the battery in it actually has some capacity left in it.

Note: Win2K is a memory pig, this laptop is a lot happier running one of the smaller Linux distributions, but I'm making it available with Win2K because more people will be familiar with that.

If you're interested in it, reply to this posting and we can figure out how to get it into your hands.

Edit: Just to avoid surprises, when I say this isn't the most powerful computer around, I'm not kidding.  This laptop is a 266Mhz Pentium with 96Meg of ram.  It really is only good for basic web surfing and email, maybe playing a CD or listening to MP3's.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
1:01 pm
Temp agencies
I'm looking for work, and though I've been following craigslist postings and spokesmanjobs and have a few pending applications, I may just have to go to a temp agency and see if I can't find work through them.

I'm mostly interested in office work, though I don't have experience in an office setting. (I have cashiering experience, but also am a college graduate)

Has anybody had any good experiences with using a particular temp agency in town?
Thursday, July 9th, 2009
6:35 pm
Walk to Defeat ALS - October10th - CdA
Dearest friends & enemies, family & strangers, co-workers & non-workers, lovers & haters…
I'm not gonna lie.  I'm writing to ask you for money.  So as you read the rest of this, start digging in your wallets, purses, pockets, change jars & in between those couch cushions.  Don't fret though, this money is not for me (I'll save that email for when I'm near destitute). 
I will be participating in a Walk to Defeat ALS in Coeur d'Alene on October 10th.  Rain or shine, I plan to walk the 5 miles to raise money that will go straight to the local ALS Evergreen Chapter to help local families dealing with ALS. 
For those of you who don't know, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a 100% fatal neuromuscular disease that affects nearly 300,000 people worldwide.  The disease attacks and kills nerve cells and deteriorates muscle tissue which makes simple tasks such as walking, speaking, eating and even breathing become increasingly difficult and then all together impossible as the body's muscles waste away.  Through all of this, the mind is unaffected.  It really is like being trapped inside of your own body, being fully aware and alert, yet completely unable to do or communicate what you need or wish.  There is no known cause or cure and most people only live 2 to 5 years after onset of the disease.  The financial burdens to families of persons with ALS can be pretty bad, adding up to average of $200,000 per year, but the emotional cost is indescribably worse.
A dear friend of mine who started the CDA Walk, Nikole Cummings, lost her father, Jason Felton, to the disease late last summer.  Jason was among an escalating group being diagnosed with this horrific disease in the Kootenai/Spokane county area.  It has not been determined if ALS is environmental or hereditary or both, but again, there is no cure.  Additionally, my sister-in-law's grandmother (who is an amazing, strong, stubborn, sweet woman) was diagnosed with ALS about a year ago and is fighting a losing battle.
I have started a team - Ziggy & Friends - if you would like to walk with me, sign up.  My goal is to raise $1,000 personally and $2,500 as a team!  Donations can be made online at http://web.alsa.org/site/TR/Walks/EvergreenWalk?team_id=132310&pg=team&fr_id=6017.  I can also take cash and checks made payable to the ALS Association.  Hard donations (cash, checks) will need to be received by me no later than September 30, 2009.  Don't forget, your donation is tax-deductible!  And once again, if you are interested in joining a team or volunteering, let me know or just click the "Register" button on the website above!  We also need sponsorships so if you or your company are interested in being a sponsor, please see the attached sponsorship packet.
It doesn't matter if it's $1 or $100 - I've set a pretty lofty fundraising goal for myself and I need your help. So, what are you waiting for? Donate already!  And for all you locals, come walk with me and have some fun.  Register today.  :)
And as you go on about the rest of your day, remember to be thankful for your health...
1:52 pm
Mini Farmers Market Helps Woman With Transportation Needs
Reposted from the SRTC Transportation Blog:

There is a lady I met through work who never ceases to amaze me. Jenny Hoff has Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Jenny can no longer walk, is in a powerchair, and will eventually lose the use of her arms as well. The amazing thing is that she stays connected to her community and even volunteers.

She recently took part in a walking audit of Monroe Street with us to tell us how the pedestrian facilities function for people in wheelchairs.

Jenny has a special powerchair accesible van that she 'inherited' when a friend (also with ALS) died. At first she told me it was a Godsend because it let her maintain her independence, but now it is eating her out of house and home for gas. She doesn't drive it very often, mostly she uses the STA paratransit service as it can get her pretty much anywhere she needs to go. She does need the van to get to church on Sundays though and to visit her parents in Airway Heights, and therefore needs money to put gas in it.

She's earning that money through a 'mini-farmer's market' she does in front of her house. She guarantees that her prices are less than anywhere else. Here's what she has right now:

Walla Walla Sweet Onions:
5# bags for $5.00
10# bags for $9.00
25# bags for $18.00

Birdhouses (very cute, made by a friend and painted by Jenny) from $15-$25

Freshly made fruit pies every Friday. They range from $7-$10 depending on their filling, including rhubarb, huckleberry, and Apple.

You can find Jenny at 10010 E. Empire in Millwood or call ahead at 979-1883 to reserve items. Here's a chance to buy local and see your money helping someone out.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
4:22 pm
I'm looking for good tent camping spots around Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho - preferably by water, preferably free...  or cheap.

I know it's probably too late for the coming long weekend, but for future weekends this summer.

Any ideas?
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
4:31 pm
Benefit Ronald McDonald House Mon Jun 29 at CI Shenanigans
 C.I. Shenanigans is located at 332 N Spokane Falls Ct, Spokane, WA 99201.  Phone is 509-455-6690.

Current Mood: calm
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
5:11 pm
Marrowthon--It's not too late!
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Monday, May 25th, 2009
9:40 am
Make $50 bucks!
Hi there! Does anyone want to make $50 for doing me a super easy favor?

I'm moving to Moscow/Pullman this fall to start an MFA program at University of Idaho, and I'm trying to find an apartment. I found an apartment I like, but unfortunately, they won't rent to me unless I come see the apartment in person. PROBLEM: I'm on the east coast right now, and really can't afford to fly out to Pullman just to check out an apartment.

Okay, so the rental company said I don't have to come in person, I can just have a proxy drop by and check it out for me. That's where you come in!

BE MY PROXY. All you have to do is call the rental company and set up an appointment in the next week or so to check out the place. Then show up, give a quick look around, and send me an email. Done! Then I can send you $50, either by paypal or I can mail you a check if you prefer, or buy you stuff off your amazon wishlist, whatever...

this is the place: http://pullman.craigslist.org/apa/1180649278.html

Please please please comment or email me at lapetiteamericaine AT gmail and help me out with this problem -- I am desperate and really want this apartment!

cross-posted to spokanism and universityidaho.

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, May 21st, 2009
6:19 pm
HIV/AIDS -- still a bad, bad thing
 According the KXLY, Zuriel Roush has been running around town having unprotected sex with men without disclosing that he is HIV+.  A bisexual man learned of Roush's status after the fact and called police.

The scary part of this story isn't that he had unprotected sex with about 20 guys without disclosure.  The truly scary part of this story is that half of his sex partners knew at the time they were having unprotected sex with an HIV+ man.  So, about 20 guys were told by Roush that he was HIV+ and decided the risk was worth taking.  Roush told KXLY "Nowadays if somebody has HIV they don't care, they don't care about asking."  

So, the HIV scare is gone.  I'm sure most of the people who Roush had sex with have never knowingly met someone who is HIV and have never known anyone who died from AIDS.  Maybe it's just me, but when I was his age, HIV/AIDS scared the hell out of me.  I'd seen panels of HIV+ people speak.  I'd met people with HIV and with AIDS.  I had volunteered with an AIDS service organization.  And I'd made casual friendships with people who happened to be HIV+.  I worked briefly as a volunteer on an LGBTQ crisis line and the potential call that scared me the most wasn't the suicide attempt, but was the kid who just learned he was HIV+.  I couldn't imagine at the time what I could say to help someone in that circumstance.

Is HIV/AIDS not on our lips often enough?  Has its image softened now that there are drugs that turn it from a painful death sentence into a chronic manageable disease?  Have we failed to scare the crap out of the younger generation?  I don't want us to fear the people, just the disease.  I thought the AIDS crisis had brought us universal precautions in the areas of blood, drugs, and sex, that we knew to assume everyone had it, and hope no one did.  Apparently that prophylactic mindset was generational.

When Roush is all done with his newly found criminal issues, and after he gets some much needed counseling, I hope he takes his story on the road to schools.  College, high school, junior high, and even 5th & 6th graders need to know his story.  There is no room for naivete where HIV/AIDS is concerned. 

Current Mood: determined
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
3:18 am
Another Restaurant Question
I have an important dinner date coming up and I was wondering if anyone out there could let me know what places to eat around the Spokane area have the best views?

Naturally I'm thinking Beverly's at the CDA resort, but I don't want to overlook any other good options!
12:28 am
Eating establisments for those with dietary restrictions?
Hey, y'all!

So while I was raised in Spokane, it's been years since I've lived here, and I have, in the latter part of my twenties, developed some dietary restrictions. As such,if you all have any suggestions for gluten and dairy free establishments/options, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
10:58 pm
SNAP still offering energy assistance
You can also make an Energy Assistance appointment online.

 From today's Spokesman-Review

SNAP still offering energy assistance

SNAP wants to get the word out that its agency still has money to distribute for heating and energy assistance for Spokane County’s low-income residents.

“Traditionally, the phone lines are less busy as the weather improves and many households have been served,” said Margaret Belote, director of SNAP’s energy assistance program. “We expect to continue to make energy assistance appointments through the month of May.”

SNAP phone lines for energy assistance appointments are open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The phone number is (509) 242-2376.

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
8:50 am
anybody know a good haircutter in the valley, someone reasonably skilled yet reasonably priced*, that works either on the weekend or could get me done before 10am? The only person I know of works only during hours I'm working so that's not an option :)

*I'm anticipating spending somewhere between $20-30 for the cut, no fanciness like perming or dyeing.

Friday, February 20th, 2009
6:46 pm
Roller Derby is BACK!!
You know you wanna go.....

The Shamrock Slaughter
The Lilac City Roller Girls vs. Calgary's Hellion Rebellion
March 14th
Spokane Convention Center
7pm $10
Tickets through Tickets West and Boo Radley's.

The Lilac City Rollergirls are smashing their way into their third roller
derby season in The Shamrock Slaughter Saturday March 14th at the Spokane
Convention Center at 7pm.  Spokane's toughest ladies on eight wheels will be
squaring off in an International roller derby conflict against Calgary's
Hellion Rebellion.  Come watch local favorites such as Ricki Shae and Tone
Death take on Canada's Sally Sawed Off and Deja Voodoo.  Advance tickets
available at Boo Radleys and through Tickets West.

Current Mood: ecstatic
11:44 am
Yes For Kids ~ 2009 Bond/Levy Renewal

We will soon be voting by mail on two important proposals that affect our children, their learning, and their schools.

One is for the RENEWAL of the existing three year School Levy for learning and operations. The other is the RENEWAL of our School Bond to support phase two of a long range plan to upgrade Spokane’s oldest and least efficient schools.

The passage of this Bond will bring $322 million into our local community without raising our taxes one bit!! The Passage of the Levy will bring in $60 million- again, without raising our taxes!!
2,000 local jobs will be renewed along with the passage of this Bond & Levy… please help get the word out to vote YES FOR KIDS!!

Here is a link to a very informative video from Spokane Public Schools:

Spokane Public Schools 2009 Bond~Levy

General Bond~Levy Information Page

Thank you for taking the time to check this out. Please help spread the word. Ballots will be in your mailbox this week. They are due NO LATER than TUESDAY, MARCH 10.

X-Posted spokaneactivism 

Now playing: Sarah McLachlan - World On Fire
via FoxyTunes    
Monday, February 9th, 2009
6:51 pm
So anyone go to the grand opening of Winco today?  I went this afternoon, decided I didn't want to spend two hours in a checkout lane and left.  I was thinking I'd head back over there late tonight. 

So this might be a long shot, but if anyone else happens to go to Winco tonight, could you come post what time you went and how long the checkout lines were when you were there?

I'm thinking it will have to be pretty manageable at 11 pm or so, but I'd like to avoid making a wasted trip if possible.
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
7:50 pm
Free Computer(s)
The company I work for is throwing away computers we no longer need so I've been grabbing a few of them and cleaning them up for donation instead of the landfill.  These aren't terribly new machines, they're about 8 years old now, but they'd be fine as basic web/email/music machines for somebody who didn't have a computer, or maybe even be useful in a non-profit that needed an extra machine.

I've currently got one put back together, and a couple more I might get running.  They will come with Windows 2000, keyboard, mouse and a 21" CRT monitor, you'll have to supply your own speakers.

If you're interested, or have questions, reply to this entry.
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
10:32 am
So out of curiosity how has everyone enojoyed the snow? Personaly I love it! but i also do not have to go anywhere.


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