Nov. 3rd, 2005 03:04 pm
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I voted last night. I really love being a permanent absentee voter as it fits my temperament perfectly. In fact, I first voted absentee as a senior in high school and I've never even been to a polling place.

After reading through the ballot measures, I was curious what the various political parties had to say. So I went to the California websites for the Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians (my registered party) and read through their positions/arguments. Unsurprisingly, the Democrats and Republicans disagreed on every proposition. The Libertarians agreed with the Republicans on six measures, agreed with the Democrats on one measure, and abstained from one measure. In this particular election, I sided more often with the Democrats, which I kind of consider my backup party.

Date: 2005-11-04 09:06 am (UTC)
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I found the elephant and donkey positions on the websites to be rather unhelpful in making reasonable decisions--basically the same old tired ideological arguments (class warefare! vs. yay free market!). The pro/con arguments on the sec state site were a bit more useful because it was a little easier to read between the lines.

I also have only voted absentee. I've been told that going to the polling place and seeing who is actually casting ballots in our elections is a very enlightening experience.

Date: 2005-11-04 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I believe the arguments/analyses on the Secretary of State site are the same as the ones in the Official Voter Information Guide that gets mailed out. You're right about them being more useful; I mainly went to the party sites to see how the Libertarians compared to the other two.

I've thought about going to a polling place a few times, but it seems like a minor inconvenience. :-)

BTW, I was surprised to see your comment as I didn't know you were on LJ. I hope things have been going well since the COM DEV days.

Date: 2005-11-05 02:41 am (UTC)
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BTW, I was surprised to see your comment as I didn't know you were on LJ. I hope things have been going well since the COM DEV days.

I found your LJ through Adam's, which I found through Albert's. I basically thought the same thing: I didn't know smead had an LJ.

And yeah, things are going well. Landed a job in San Jose after I was laid-off from Com Dev and I've been up here ever since.

Is ComDev/Axio still around in any form or has it pretty much dissolved?

Date: 2005-11-07 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Axio shut down this past February, though we didn't clean out the building ( until the end of April. Then in June, we formed a new company so I still work with Brett Moser, Eric Collins, Nils Brummond, Pete Cabral, Tarik Miller, Holly Luban, and Josh Lober. We're doing contract software jobs, mostly in telecom still. I keep playing with the idea of moving up to the bay area, but haven't quite hit that point yet.
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Date: 2005-11-04 07:46 pm (UTC)
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To sign up for permanent absentee status, you have to fill out a form and return it to the SLO County Clerk-Recorder ( Though at this point, you might have to wait until the next election is approaching. However if you fail to vote in a statewide election you lose your permanent absentee status and have to reapply.

Permanent absentees for SLO county have risen from 2,000 in 2002 to 38,103 in 2004. Most counties show a similar rise, however Los Angelese and Marin counties have remained relatively flat.
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Date: 2005-11-07 04:54 am (UTC)
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It's a Blessing Artist ML1 (, though the photo there is an older model and it really looks like this ( I played it with a group for the first time this weekend at Cal Poly's Homecoming. The marching band alumni form their own mini marching band and play at the game (both along with the marching band and by ourselves).

It was a shock to go from sedately practicing scales and lip slurs to five hours of playing pep band style. It was nice to put the horn through some paces; my range and endurance are still way down, but I like the tone I'm getting from it.
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Date: 2005-11-10 02:18 am (UTC)
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Yes, it has a first valve hook. You can give it a whirl sometime if you'd like. The trumpet I mean, not just the hook. :-)

Is your Besson a French or English model?

I started out on a Bach Mercedes II (one of their old student models), then had a Bach Strad through high school and college.


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