For more reasons than normal, summer has been a tough time to blog. Getting married 5000 miles away, then redoing the ceremony back home and all the aftermath has consumed most of my time. amazing to think that Bonnie and I just passed our second monthiversary. The official photos are finally up on the web and cover the wedding party trip to Cambridge the day before the wedding, the wedding, then the three days after the wedding in London and Paris. It was so very cool to have our own official entourage photographer. The ceremony here in Seattle was great too, but in a very different way. The Garden Party theme worked very well in the gym, so that's two phenomenal events in there that have transformed the place and shown that it can be done.
Meanwhile, what of the outside world? The Church of England continues to shoot itself in the foot and various other appendages as it limps slowly to some sort of conclusion on women bishops (sometime this century is the consensus, I think). Then Rowan Williams managed to reprise his role of backstabber to the Rev Jeffrey John. Astonishing to think that he could screw the same guy over twice in exactly the same way about six years apart. The astonishing thing is the whole issue of gay priests/bishops is rampant in the C of E, but the rest of the Anglican Communion is playing "don't ask, don't tell". Denial, sheesh. It's much easier to let it all go when you give up on anything positive ever coming out of the whole deal. The Anglican Communion is, for all intents and purposes, dead. It will just take a few decades to read last rites over it.
The Roman Catholic Church also manages to flail away. Just when you think the penny dropped they pull some other bizarre stunt (Hey, ordaining women is more evil than child molesting!). Idiots.
Then there's the whole Arizona immigration law - it still stuns me that those who criticize it don't realize that legal immigrants (or are we just "documented aliens"?) had to carry "papers" with us all the time. By US law. Yeah, and you know how hard that is? Not very frickin' hard. The green card is the size, shape and consistency of a driver's license. As most adults who leave their house are leaving in a car, and BY LAW you must carry your driver's license when you drive, I just fail to see what's so onerous about carrying one more tiny piece of plastic. And, as for US citizens, you know what's reasonable proof of legal residence? A driver's license.
As I have pointed out before, most states (certainly Arizona and Washington) require proof of legal residence in order to get a driver's license, therefore, a driver's license is all you would reasonably need to prove legal residence.
I'm sure there's already a sizable industry in generating fake licenses, but that's just another dimension to the problem. And despite the deliberate and disingenuous over-interpretation of the law by its opponents, there is no license for the police to apprehend someone on the mere suspicion that they are believed to be illegal immigrants.
In other news, the Mariners baseball season is sufficiently dire (unexpectedly so) that I haven't even been to a game yet. That will be remedied in late August when I go to Baseball with the Bishop - episcopal afternoon at the park... The much heralded Cliff Lee was injured for the first month, finally made the team in time to help salvage the season, except he didn't, then got traded away... Coulda, woulda, shoulda...
Then there's the new arrival in the house - a Mac Mini along with the fab new apple bluetooth keyboard and magic pad. Hooked up to the 52" TV it's an interesting combination (and yes, I'm typing this on it). And yay Netflix streaming. Seen Weeds, seasons 1-5, Dead Like Me, seasons 1-2 (sadly the only ones made), Futurama, Hitchhiker's Guide (original UK series), and much, much more. Well worth the nominal monthly fee.
More trees and shrubs in the yard too. That's filling out nicely.
OK, enough randomosity... Hopefully more posts soon.