wwcitizen: (Uuuuuuh)
Matthew and I were graciously invited by a friend of ours to speak at an LGBT rally against DOMA and Proposition 8 at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, a couple of weeks ago. The timing was perfect, since on the day we spoke (27-Mar-2013), the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) was hearing arguments for an against DOMA that day and had heard arguments for and against California's Prop 8 the day before.

The speeches we wrote were not completely the speeches that came out, but the essences are here.  I spoke first and Matthew spoke second. What an exhilarating experience!  Three of our friends were there in real time and others have seen the initial video taken by one of those friends.  These videos below were done more professionally by a student at the university.  Enjoy, comment, and please forward these speeches to others who will benefit from them.  We are interested in becoming more and more active in these fights and would like many more opportunities to speak out against discrimination.



My original speech (behind the cut)... )
wwcitizen: (Car in the Country)
Jumped my car today and it ran fine - for the time it was running. We made it up to Mahwah, NJ - about 20 miles from here and had lunch at a pretty decent diner. 45 minutes later when we came back out, the battery wouldn't start the car again. Thing is last year about 16 months ago, I got the battery replaced - new. I didn't drive it enough for the first two weeks or so to charge it up properly. It died, or just lost its desire for living continuously. Once in a while I would jump it, knowing full well that I wouldn't have the time or the gumption to invest in keeping the battery up to speed with the rest of the world.

Alas, the car's been parked and not driven now since last Thanksgiving. That's right - Nov. 23, 2007. It is now August 25, 2008. That's the better part of NINE (9) MONTHS! My ecological footprint for at least my car and its low gas emissions was substantially low. ([livejournal.com profile] hugthecub, that was for you!)

But, today, after having to jump the car a couple of times, and remembering the recall notifications on my car from VW's corporate HQ, I decided to take my baby to the dealer and get it looked at - if nothing else, get new brakes, change the oil, and update all the fluids. Meanwhile, they can also fill all the recalls (6 to be exact!!), and charge up my battery as well as replace the fuse for the radio (hopefully that's why it wasn't turning on...). Fun with my car! (I'm sitting here with my ears burning knowing full well that [livejournal.com profile] sparkygearhead will be shaking his head going, "That boy can't change the oil in his car??")

It was definitely exciting, though, to be driving again, but I like the freedom of public transportation. While we were in the throngs of hotties, cubs, and slick salesmen at the dealership, we picked up some new pamphlets and fliers on the new VWs. Their new concept car looks REALLY COOL! Plus, the other day in a parking lot, I stumbled upon a new VW EOS. Cool little convertible sports coupe - a different version / replacement for the Jetta perhaps (had two of those...)? Oh, and the new Tiguan - there's a future ZERO emissions future concept for the Tiguan!! I know that [livejournal.com profile] hugthecub will dig these... I PERSONALLY LOVE THEM ALL!

My battery

Aug. 6th, 2008 03:58 pm
wwcitizen: (Car in the Country)
It's wonderful being free for a little while. Jumped my car today (haven't driven my Passat since Thanksgiving - almost 9 months!!). The battery has been completely dead and was practically empty of water, too, which lessens the possibility of keeping a charge. I'm going to see how long this charge lasts - when it dies - even if I can't start the car - I'll know whether I need a new one or not. Hopefully I won't need a new one; this one I just got last year, but haven't fully charged it enough. I need to take it out tomorrow for a good drive to charge up the battery. I figure we could drive out to the Delaware Water Gap and go walking/hiking either tomorrow or Friday. We didn't get to Great Adventure on Monday cuz I slept too long, so we're hoping to do that tomorrow with Matt's sister and her kids. Should be fun.
wwcitizen: (Red Rollercoaster)
Matt and I talked about heading to Great Adventure tomorrow. We have the time and I'm off. Oh, wait... I don't have a job!! That's right! I'm FREE!!! Wahoo!!

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