Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Dedicated to the City of San Francisco

I'd just like to extend my biggest heartfelt FUCK YOU to the City/County of San Francisco's 's Department of Elections today for not allowing me to vote for the first time EVER in the history of my voting life.
I haven't missed a single election since i voted for Mike Dukakis in 1988.
And now, this streak has been broken.
By bullshit.

They talk about the high incidence of voter apathy in this state, how people blow off voting -- especially in an off year, a special election year thanks to our prick Governor -- and here i am, somebody that really wants to vote!
I WANT my voice heard, even if in the grand scheme of things, one single vote may not mean a whole hell of a lot.
But it's my fucking right, nonetheless.
and i'm denied?

See, i only moved to the City of San Francisco this summer, after living for four years in Oakland.
I never had a problem voting in Alameda County.

I made all the correct address changes. With the City. With the DMV. With the Post Office (twice).

I printed out the correct Elections registration form from the SFGov website.
i filled it out.
i mailed it with PLENTY of lead time to ensure my registration form would arrive on time, before the deadline, which is 12 days before the election.

I never received any sort of confirmation in the mail, which was my first clue that something was awry.

So today, i call my local Elections rep to inquire of my polling place whereabouts, since the message received on the SFGov website was: "Due to unforeseeable circumstances, your polling place may be relocated prior to the election. Please check the website again or call 554-4375 to verify your polling place on Election Day."
And they have no record of me.
No record of my registration.
Trying to tell me i didn't do it in time (which i did), or that "doing it online doesn't always work" (i didn't DO it online, i printed out the fucking form from YOUR website) or whatever else.
The person on the phone knew next to nothing.

So i go to my polling place anyway.
No dice.
No record of me.

See, what the hell is that about?
If we're so fucking free, why can't i register to vote day of the elections, especially if i have more than one form of ID AND a bill with my name on it addressed to my current address?
Why is registering to vote so difficult?

It's complete and utter bullshit.

FUCK YOU SF Dept. of Elections.

I'd love to vote.
But you fucked up.
And now i can't.

Thanks for this exercise in futility.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Fright Night Videos For Temporal Purposes Only

I'm in a rock mood today.
I mean, shit, i pulled out The Wall by Pink Floyd and listened to the entire thing front to back (interrupted briefly with an AC/DC break - yes, it was "Thunderstruck"), and i haven't listened to that entire album in several years, i'd estimate.
that's what i love about music.
no matter what your mood, there's some music to match the mood.

So in a highly impromptu manner, i'm creating a little rock mix to keep me going through the hard long slog of the day/week.
i got a kitty resting her paw on my right forearm as i type this...now she's licking me.
i got the apartment to myself.
it's Friday night.
I got a good pal coming over.
i got the whole night/weekend in front of me.

Here's what i'm spewing out emotion-wise via my favorite emoter - music - right this second.
if a few peeps pipe up about wanting some audio to match this textual i'm about to unroll, hit me somehow and say 'dammit tim, make me a mix.'
and it shall be done.
or my name isn't ted.

actually, i am the eggman.
or ... wait.
am i the walrus?
goo goo goo g'choob.

sexual chocolate mix for the people

friday, nov. 4, 2005
started between the hours of 9-10 p.m. PST

1. "Here Comes Everybody" - Autolux (from Future Perfect)
2. "Losing My Edge" - LCD Soundsystem (from LCD Soundsystem, CD2)
3. "Natural Grace" - Ride (from Carnival Of Light)
4. "Too Many Mornings" - Mojave 3 (from Spoon and Rafter)
5. "Bluebird Of Happiness" - Mojave 3 (from Spoon and Rafter)
6. "Acrid Avid Jam Shred" - Aphex Twin (from I Care Because You Do)
7. "Baby (Uptown Safari Jazz Mix by Yam Who?)" - Bebel Gilberto (from Bebel Gilberto Remixed)
8. "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" - Yes (from 90125
9. "Two Worlds Collide" - Inspiral Carpets (from Revenge Of The Goldfish)
10. "Season" - Kiln (from Sunbox)
11. "Alternative Biology" - Egg (from Don't Postpone Joy)
12. "Burning Up" - Alpinestars (from White Noise)
13. "Mine Is In Yours" - Mouse On Mars (from Radical Connector)
14. "Wipe That Sound" - Mouse On Mars (from Radical Connector)
15. "I Hate Milk" - Air Miami (from me. me. me)
16. "World Cup Fever" - Air Miami (from me. me. me)

As you can see, i didn't necessarily follow the total rock path.
Though i did try.