Category Archives: Feng*Shui

Adult Three Way Party (SFW)

"Ol' King Kong, it's a sad old story.. he wanted some love and the love turned gory

“Ol’ King Kong, it’s a sad old story.. he wanted some love and the love turned gory

“Bapak Utan” sang “Ol’ King Kong” by Sandman the Rappin’ Cowboy.

I read “A Birthday Clown for Archer” by Kathy Mashburn about a boy who convinces his coulrophobic mother to hire a clown for his birthday.  After all, it’s HIS BIRTHDAY!

PLEASE MOM PLEASE MOM PLEASE MOM j/k. He’s a nice kid that Archer.  Not like some people’s kids.  This lady here has a kid.  The middle kid.  I worked with him.  I have lots of notes.  A real sweet heart and funny guy but he could turn on you, start throwing crayons faster than you can say Jack Asperger’s.

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Soul Alchemy pt. 1

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The beautiful big room at Waldorf.  It might have stayed empty on a Friday night, but for a few intrepid and industrious souls who insisted that this workshop happen.  Firstly, Eve (pronounced ‘ev’ cuz she’s French-Canadian), decided that she would fly up from San Francisco just to take the class!

I told Dawn that I would publicize the heck out of it, but it didn’t actually spur anyone to contact her directly.  On Wednesday, Dawn called after sending out an e-mail that it would be her last workshop in Olympia.

She’s planning on splitting her time between British Columbia and Switzerland.  She’s also planning on taking an old bus to Burning Man and possibly the Yukon!

She asked me to look into some of the legal issues around insuring a former King County City Bus.  I went willingly down the rabbit hole and found that it is definitely better to convert it into a House-Bus than leave the 22 seats in.

On Friday afternoon (around 5:15) I got a call from Bubble~Trouble.  She was wondering what to eat and wear before the class.  She was starting to peel potatoes for soup.  I told her, “No way!  You don’t have time for that.  It starts at 6!”

I arrived and found Jona waiting outside the locked building.  She’d accepted a personal invitation from Dawn just 45 minutes prior.  Then Dawn pulled up with Eve AND Heather.  It was like a clown car, spilling forth with clowns, costumes, and props.

My mood lifted enormously.  I was ecstatic to be part of this epic final workshop.

Then Heidi arrived and we all started playing.  After about an hour we were exhausted and meditating when Dawn went over to open a windown and saw someone else arriving.

It wasn’t Bubble~Trouble at all, but Pauline.

Eventually, we all got to do the sheet exercise.

It was full of epiphanies and catharses, empty nests and crones, inflated supermen and bits of fluff.  But no potato soup.

Maybe it’s in the crock pot, and she’ll bring it tomorrow.

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Heather, Eve, Pauline, Dawn and Jona (not pictured: Heidi)

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Tumwater Halloween House

I’m Plotting How to Integrate Jusby the Mad (Clown) Hatter into the Tumwater Halloween House 2008.  {Current scheme involves LASERS, Flares, Wireless Sound System}

REPOST from myspace

Most of you probably know by now that I (Mike of Eastside Big Tom’s) put on a little fundraiser each year in my yard for the Thurston County Food Bank.

It’s kind of Halloween themed.

This is the tenth year I’ve decorated and invited the general public into my little nightmare of a brain brought to life in my yard.

There’s a lot of construction going on in my neighborhood this year and I could use a little help getting the word out that we’re open this year.

Folks seem to think the road is closed or something. I’m not sure why that is.

Anyways, you can come through the cemetery if you think those pesky road closed signs are for real. No one has enforced them since the project started so it’s hard to imagine they’ll start now.

Park in the cemetery. Everyone does it this time of the year. The Masons are the coolest neighbors in the world. OK, it’s a toss up between them and all the dead folks.

Bring cans of food for the Food Bank. Bring lots, it’s been a rough year for the food bank and they and the people they serve can use the help.

Bring donations for the Other Bank while you’re at it.

Bring $5.00 or five cans of food and enter in a raffle to win one of the select props that I’ll be giving away this year. I’ve given away quite a few displays over the years.

The address is 520 NORTH ST SE   across from cemetery and the Masonic Temple.

Short run time this year with Halloween falling on a Friday this year.

Thursday the 30,  Friday the 31st and Saturday, November 1st.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The front yard will be mild and mostly alright for youngsters.

The back yard will cause what I so lovingly refer to as “pee-tastrophes” and may induce nightmares for those under the age of 10. I’ve decided that it’s not been hard core enough in the past so this year you’re all fair game.

You’ve been warned.

Now, back to business.

Since I had no idea for sure until the last week or so that I’d actually be able to open it to the public I’ve not gotten around to being the media whore that I normally am.

I’m asking for something that I don’t normally ask for.

Any chance all 562 of you can repost this for me so that we can actually get folks to come down the road and bring donations.

Now each and every one of you is going to think that the other one is going to do it for me and think you can slack off and not honor my request. Don’t fall into this trap.

Repost it pretty please. Repost it often. Repost it in community blogs that normally hate folks like me.

Any vegetarian/vegan boards that we can crash would be fantastic. I’m down with that.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and your help.

Mike     www.halloweenhouse.org

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Best of 2007

Maybe I’ll redate this later, but things recently have put me in the mood to thank my lucky stars… or lucky charms… or trix or kix… or… the mercy of the cosmic giggle. *amen*

As April approached we had to look back as well. It was tax season. Since we were OWED money, we were not bound by the April 15th rule. Nevertheless, we looked back at 2007… and looked for deductions for several weeks until we actually filed with Joe Tax.

Then we began to look ahead to the return. Hmm, a turn he tot re-head… *phew~dizzy* Then we got the check.

Then we split it and spent it. Mine was converted to gold dollar coins.

and some small change.

Incredible shrinking dollar. Never underestimate the power of good cents.

To review and preview:

  • In January of 2007 I took the Enterprise for Equity Business Readiness workshop. Now I’m poised to take the first ever E4E Summer Intensive, beginning in eight days.
  • I was also switched from a substitute to a permanent employee with a retroactive pay raise. I was switched schools in March of 08. I’ve been informed of my ‘reasonable assurance’ of a position in fall.
  • I took Paula Biggio’s workshop courtesy of the Big Foot Clown Alley and RNB’s Bobo Scholarship.
  • I began serving coffee at the Oly UU. We signed the church book later that year. Trish joined the choir in 08. Orion attended Spirit Play. We all connected with friends and opportunities through the congregation.
  • We paid many visits to Rusty Cock Ridge in 07-08, widening their circle of friends with our own.
  • I had multiple clown bikes, and it’s time for a new one!
  • Delivered my 1st pie on 4.1.07. I’ve delivered 24 in 08!
  • Orion played his first team sport: soccer! And he agreed to do it again in 08!
  • We went to Sasquatch Fest. Augh. We missed Bjork. We missed Mirah. We missed the Blow. We did stop at Dick and Jane’s spot and Roslyn.
  • Trish went to the AMTA conventions.
  • I got to go on a field trip to NW Trek for the first time.
  • I got to work as a recovering Mad Scientist aka J.B.W.I., Justin Barnabas Wright, Inventor for Camp Invention, a week long experience leading a classroom of junior forensic scientists and inventors.  Now I’m poised to sacrifice a 2nd time in order that I can take the E4E training.
  • We went to Sherwood forest for the first time, and this time we may stay over the weekend of the 4th (missing two parades!).
  • I attended my official 20th High School reunion, AND facilitated a kid-friendly BBQ the following day. Now mom’s yard needs emergency assistance again, and I’ve got to get money to Tony Bracco!
  • I spent many hours with master gardener, Marci Sunshine, working her yard and painting her garage.
  • I took a Sacred Clowning workshop in 07 and one in 08.
  • I took a whole slew of autism workshops.
  • We finally had a garage sale. We still need to purge and trade!
  • We were visited by relatives from afar. Relatively, a farther.
  • Jusby celebrated a lot of birthdays. At my new school a girl came up who recognized me from a party for her friend. She was a twin. She and her sister kept cutting in line, stepping on my lines, getting in my grill in other words. When it was face-painting time I gave them special treatment. When she saw me again in the classroom she asked,

“Why did you paint a C on my forehead?”

I replied, “Did I paint a D on your sister’s forehead?”

“Yes!”

“To tell you apart, of course!”

Dirty Laundry Departs

Ever since I saw The Secret and the nice (but goofy) lady said, “If something bothers you, don’t talk about it, don’t join groups about it…”

I thought, uh-oh, don’t blog about it either?

Well, yeah. It doesn’t help to whine and complain about my pet peeves.

So here’s the spin. I enjoyed wearing this T-shirt from the boy store Dad shopped at. The store doesn’t exist anymore. The shirt has stains and a little hole chewed in it by a bird. I’m letting it go. I’m making room for a T-shirt that has more relevance and a professional appearance. It’s the feng shui of attire.

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Shopping Local

Jusby’s done some of his holiday shopping already.

He went to Orca Books for three gifts.

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He went to Wind up Here for several gifts…

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including a playmobil set for Orion (shhhh…) playmobil.gif

Orion also gets gifts on Winter Solstice. He’ll get a headlamp, a clip-light for the car, and a color changing light that attaches to the bathroom sink.

What are readers buying/selling/ trading?

Remember that Jusby and Trish are participating in the Thurston County Waste Free Holidays program again this year!

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