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In which I walk through town dressed in shit - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 2nd, 2011

09:31 am - In which I walk through town dressed in shit

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Random question: Is it my imagination or are American Football pads getting smaller? When I was a kid it seemed they wore gigantic wire cages as big as their heads, now they seem to be only half the size of their heads.

Anyway, last night I broke the Curse Of Making It Rain. Well actually, I didn't - I just finished shearing before the rain started.. and I mean just finished. As in, big drops falling on me as I packed up. Luckily it was only 7 sheep and these ones are well cared for Perendales, thus fast and easy (and relatively small). It was the first time I've dropped my car off and walked home in my shearing greasies. The sheep having been a bit full, I also had shit all over me and, well.. it was a whole new level of self-consciousness. Luckily I didn't have to share an elevator with anyone but I could see folks eyeing me, especially since from the neck up I was all Office Girl in my alice band and from there down I was all Mum Jeans And Black Singlet And Sheep Shit.

Check me out with my classy stylings! *cough*


The Real Free Trade Market!

What's that then?

It's the next initiative by Occupy Wellington. This Sunday the 6th of November at 12 noon, there'll be a market - with no money involved!

Those of you with burn experience will understand the gift economy, but this is a little different. It's an opportunity to try out a variety of forms of alternative economy in practice. So - barter, gifting, swap, share - you name it, as long as it doesn't involve filthy (or clean) lucre and the people doing the trading agree to the deal, it's welcome. As are stalls from any and all comers, giving/swapping/bartering/exchanging whatever for whatever.

There will also be a 'crafternoon' for sharing skills, and the Free University will continue, including an extension of Miles's talk about alternative currencies on Sunday, with someone available to explain a variety of different alternatives and how they work in practice as folk participate in the Free Trade Market.

If you're interested in art, crafts, economics, learning, or giving/getting Stuff, you should probably go have a look. If you want to set up a stall you'll need your own table because they are at a premium. They are also asking that people take away what they don't part with - it's operating on a Leave No Trace principle and the last thing Occupy needs is to have other folks use them as a dumping ground for the crap they don't want - which would make maintaining good relations with officials more difficult.

So yeah. I expect my Curse, having lifted, will allow me to be shearing on Sunday but I'll still make it down late afternoon - I hope that by then someone will be willing to swap some cupcakes for a massage or something!

Also, it appears the attempt to evict Occupy Dunedin last night did not result in the occupiers leaving. Apparently the police were busy dealing with drunken revellers after the Melbourne Cup (big horse race), and say they won't act immediately because it's a council issue. Another article said something about Armistice Day on the 11th of Nov and how the Octagon would be needed for that. However, Occupy Wellington has successfully negotiated shared space with the council, and so has Occupy Auckland. So I call on Dunedin Council to step up and do the same.


K just a friendly reminder to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere who just celebrated Halloween/Samhain and are now possibly celebrating Dia de los Muertos or your own equivalent, down here in upside-down land we just passed the opposite spoke. It's spring (and how!), Halloween's not really a thing here because it doesn't fit the season, and for those of a pagan bent, Beltane is the name of the game. I don't talk much about my spiritual practice and it doesn't celebrate the crossquarters anyway, but I'm certainly feeling the spoke go past this year.

So for those of you who do mark the spokes in the wheel, regardless of what hemisphere you're in, what did you do?

PS I have a secret.

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From:danjite
Date:November 1st, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
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I see these secret things happening and, as long as they don't involve matters of National policy, am likely pleased by them.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 1st, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
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You will be pleased, citizen.
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From:danjite
Date:November 1st, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
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In which case, let me know if I can be of service in the aiding and abetting department.

I am doing too much serious shit these days.
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From:chickenfeet2003
Date:November 1st, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
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The type/size of pads depend on position. Linemen will wear monster pads; wide receivers, kickers and so on, much smaller ones.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 1st, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Are the linemen the ones that squat in a line going HUT HUT HUT and then charge at each other and all fall over?

And what does a quarterback do?

(ph3ar my comprehensive grasp of american football)
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From:chickenfeet2003
Date:November 1st, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Are the linemen the ones that squat in a line going HUT HUT HUT and then charge at each other and all fall over?

Yes

And what does a quarterback do?

He takes the ball from the snap and makes the play; i.e. either hands off to a running back or passes. He's, very roughly, the equivalent of a fly half (or first five eighths for you heathens).
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From:clashfan
Date:November 1st, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
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The quarterback is the chap who receives the ball from the center (almost always). He then hands it off to a running back or throws it to a different fellow. Occasionally he will run with it himself.

The linemen are indeed the fellows in the lines opposite one another. There are offensive linemen and defensive linemen. Their positions have names like Right Guard and Left Tackle. I could discuss more, if you care even the slightest amount.

Apparently I can discuss both abortion and American football.
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From:damnitnicole
Date:November 1st, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I feel most celebratory during the middle weeks of Spring, when everything is lush and green and seems full of energy and possibility, and around my birthday (mid-December) because it's the most important spoke in MY year.

I was a Discordian before I ever knew what it was, so my celebrations vary, especially in Springtime. For the most part, I'm likely to be found celebrating with as much of a posse as I can accumulate at any given point, doing whatever seems to be the most exciting thing we can find to do at the time.

This year, it was all about getting the most adventures I could out of SXSW here in Austin in March, and my 30th birthday will be spent in New Orleans, surrounded by some of the people I adore the most from around the country.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 1st, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
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How green does it get in Austin in spring?
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From:damnitnicole
Date:November 1st, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Not as green as elsewhere, but we have trees here and I live in a part of town with lots of them.
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From:tieke
Date:November 1st, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Is this the same secret as Dr Wheel's secret, or is it just a coincidence?
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From:tatjna
Date:November 1st, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Oh it's absolutely a coincidence.
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From:t_c_da
Date:November 1st, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh it's absolutely a coincidence.

I'm pretty sure there's an orange can of beer reputedly brewed in some obscure Wairarapa village in there somewhere...
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From:tatjna
Date:November 1st, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I have been to that obscure Wairarapa village and the biggest "Yeah Right" of the lot is the one about the people who make the beer, their gender and attire.

Just saying.
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From:tieke
Date:November 1st, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I love that you're *both* planning to get me a pet cheetah!!!!

But two cheetahs could make for quite a big food bill ....
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