Jan. 29th, 2017

sistawendy: (dolly)
Party #1: Funny Lady's husband P's birthday. A low-key affair, at least to start, with a couple of features that were awkward for me. First, everyone brought cheap, tiny presents except me; I just showed with a nice bottle of merlot. Second, for most if not all of the short time I was there, everyone there except me was in the polycule that includes Funny Lady & P. I adore Funny Lady to bits, as you've read, but I don't consider myself part of that group and I'm pretty sure they don't either. Funny Lady did, after all, dump me in a remarkably classy way a few years back. But still, good times, and I got to see Funny Lady & her metamour R looking particularly lovely.

Party #2: A while back I met M while out dancing. I finally made it to one of her parties last night. I'd considered blowing it off in favor of the above, but none other than the Tickler messaged me and asked me to show, partly because she had her friend S with her who was passing through town. This party was a blanket fort cuddle party. That's right: ropes strung between the furniture and hung with blankets & sheets, every surface covered with people cuddling, reading each other stories, etc. Light makeouts happening, no sex or kink allowed. I damn near fell asleep and went home shortly after midnight, but it wasn't bad at all. Very relaxing. S is cute, queer, and eminently cuddly, but she's non-local (for now?) and has some serious life stuff she needs to deal with.

S says people on the east coast are freaking out about the political situation way more than people in Seattle. I'm not sure whether that's good or not. On the one hand, I'm sorry they're stressing, but on the other we're more likely to see positive action from them. Maybe it's because they have a ringside seat to all the action in DC & NYC.
sistawendy: (mad woman)
I went to the town hall meeting for my state legislative district. The format was basically a little speechifying followed by over an hour of written questions from voters. I submitted a couple.
Bad: My state senators & Representative are all Democrats, and the district is super lefty - ah, north Seattle, home of Buddhist prayer flags, where even the criminals drive Volvos - so I'm not sure how much of an impact I really could have had. There were times when it was a bit of a rally.
Good: The state reps had an excellent suggestion for maximizing our impact: activate your friends & family in swing districts, notably the Lake Washington school district (i.e. Kirkland & Bothell), Puyallup, and, if I remember correctly, Lakewood.
Good: The assistants running things said attendance was about quadruple what it usually is.
Good, in a sense: Most of the people there, including me, had never been to a town hall like that before.
Aw, yeah: My question about HB 1011, the anti-trans bathroom bill, got read to all assembled. (Who was that other queer girl in back, I wonder?) Rep. Noel Frame says it won't even get a hearing in the state House. My other question was about what'll happen if the feds repeal the Affordable Care Act. The answer was that the might and awesome Evergreen State will Just Do It, I guess like Massachusetts did it before Obama.

I went to the No Ban No Wall rally at Westlake. I lucked out and ran into [personal profile] minim_calibre, and stood with her for an hour. I could make out very little of the speechifying; I think they need ravers to set up their sound system for adequate quality & quantity. Had to pee, walked and bused to work, peed, made a dinner out of the snacks I brought, went home. Yeah, I missed the march, but I don't think I'll be missed: hyumons jammed the streets for at least a block in every direction.

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