California Saltbox
February 15, 2010, 3:31 pm
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A friend of mine pointed out a little piece of New England on Highway 1 in California. It is the James Johnson House. The website has information on the house’s history and floor plans.



I bought a bicycle for commuting to and from work and work. It has ten speeds and was only used a few times. I now save four dollars in bus fares every work day (and many other days). The bike cost me two hundred dollars divided by two…I actually own two identical ones. I bought them from a woman living in Half Moon Bay, California. They have a lot of sentimental value for her. She bought this matching pair of bikes with a partner. (I think that is pretty romantic.) They have since split, but she didn’t want her bikes to part ways too. I agreed to buy them both and will be selling or giving one to my friend Ed and trying to figure out whether I should bring the other one back to the East Coast or if I should leave it here in case I come back.

I know that it is a good idea to be thinking about where I will be living after graduation, but honestly the only reason why I am doing so is because I have a bicycle that I don’t want to part with.

SFMOMA was free all weekend as part of their 75th anniversary. I walked four miles to and four miles back from the museum. Walking to and from the museum on a free day, I saved a total of thirteen dollars! I went to Trader Joe’s afterward and bought food to celebrate.

San Francisco, California

I have not posted in over a month and a half. (BAD BLOGGER, BAD.) This is probably because I haven’t done anything too interesting besides move to San Francisco, California. oh…that is interesting? Okay.

After a very stressful departure from Pomfret, Connecticut I arrived at San Francisco International Airport at 9:35pm on the very last day of 2009. My friends, Charlie and Kjax picked me up at the airport and drove me to their new home in Mountain View, California.

The next day we hung out on Valencia Street in San Francisco and looked in a few shops, many of which were closed because of the holiday. This month, I am living in my friend’s apartment while he is away. It is on the Panhandle, and I have now walked to most of the neighborhoods in the center of the city. It is in a good location for roaming on foot. Yes, a motorcycle lives under my bedroom, (I am being reminded of that right now) but it is a great apartment.

Citrus grows here. I knew that, but it was still strange to see lemons and oranges at the farmers market. I’ve been to the farmers’ markets in Noe Valley, on Divisadero Street and outside of the Ferry Building. I will visit more in the future, no doubt. I bought mandarin oranges at both the farmers’ markets in Noe Valley and outside of the Ferry Building. Both of the batches were tasty and organic, but the ones from Noe Valley were quite a bit tastier (and worth the extra fifty cents a pound).

I am here for Bennington’s Field Work Term. It is my last Field Work Term ever. I am interning at a gallery and at a film production company. I’ve only gone to the gallery so far, and I liked being there. It is in a not-so-nice neighborhood, but it seems safe enough. I was given good projects to work on and my intern tasks don’t seem to be too different from the tasks of those who work in the gallery. (That is good!) The gallery represents artists whose work I truly enjoy looking at and thinking about.

I will be going to Oakland today. I just finished reading Farm City by Novella Carpenter, so in a way this is a pilgrimage. Farm City is about making use of the waste produced by cities and using it to feed neighbors food and make neighborhoods better places to live. The book is heavy on meat, but there is far too much information and good writing for a vegetarian to put it down. Currently, I am reading Timbuktu by Paul Auster, which I will now getbaktu.

Gay Marriage Legal (again and again!)

yesterday's skys predicted today's outcome

Yesterday evening there was a rainbow in the skies above Bennington’s campus. No doubt the rainbow was a sign that same-sex marriage would be made legal in the state of Vermont the following day! While the governor, Jim Douglas, vetoed the bill, the Vermont legislature mustered exactly enough votes to allow their initial decision to remain. I am very proud to be a student in Vermont. California and Vermont would have been the only states to legalize gay marriage outside of the courtroom had Proposition 8 not passed in California.

This happened only four days after same-sex marriage was made legal by the court in Iowa.

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This past Friday the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that civil unions, legalized in 2005, are not constitutional. They were found to be both separate and unequal. Connecticut was the first of the United States to give gay couples some of the rights of straight couples without judicial intervention. Connecticut will be the third state to legalize marriage for all eligible couples.

Although it was a day of joy for dozens of Connecticut couples, especially the eight couples who sued the state, many fear the ruling will have a negative effect on the status of California’s constitution. Many fear that it has further excited the opposition and has led to more funding for a “Yes” on Proposition 8 in California. Millions of Californians are expected to answer “yes,” “eliminate right.” Others fear that marriage equality is a “deathblow” to marriage by a series of cause-effect errors. These people are silly.

Connecticut voters will have the opportunity to call for or object to a “constitutional convention.” Although this sounds patriotic and/or progressive, the Break-Up Families Institute of Connecticut hopes to use the convention to put gay marriage on the ballot. The question will read, “Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the State?” Connecticut based Love Makes a Family and others urges you to VOTE NO ON ONE NOVEMBER 4TH.

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