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Went to visit family in topeka this weekend and while I was there my sister and I went to an art auction benefitting the YWCA Battered Women's Task Force. It was great, I bought like five pieces of art, including this huge gorgeous oil painting and a gorgeous porcelin vase. Stuff was going really cheap, which is too bad because it was for such a good cause. It was a blast though. I haven't been to many auctions. I want to see them all now, bidding is fun, taking stuff home is fun, the whole bit was just fantastic. and I got to meet the artists! clinton marstall did my oil painting, he just graduated and is headed on to post-graduate art school stuff so go him.

it would suck to be an artist in kansas. I paid like $100 for this painting. it'd go for 15 times that in a city where people cared about art. good place to buy art though.

in the morning i woke up and went to a coffee shop to get some studying done. I can't study in my apartment. I end up rationalizing, "20 minutes and I'll let myself check my e-mail again..." and nothing happens. so I sat and drank coffee and listened to this absolutely crazy guy torture the coffee shop owner. the poor coffee shop owner seemed to know the guy, know he was lonely, but didn't want to talk to him because he was just disturbed. he kept telling awful jokes about catholics, and when the owner told him to stop he'd be like, "Why do you care? You aren't even religious!" and the owner couldn't explain that you just don't tell bigotted jokes to anyone, whether they're part of the target group or not.

I'm so glad I don't work retail or anything having to do with the public. so many disturbed people who need help are out on the streets, every day, buying coffee.

speaking of bigots, I drove down a street and sure enough, the Westboro baptist folks were out there with their signs, in front of a presbyterian church this week. God Hates Fags, Fags Burn in Hell, Thank God for AIDS. Just hanging out, like it's an everyday fun way to spend a weekend. It sounds disturbing when you read about it, but when you actually see it it doesn't feel disturbing, it feels weird, like an oddity, a really horribly rotten apple in the middle of the otherwise healthy grocery produce section. You think, "What put that there? What's its story?" Then you start to feel sad. But it's so shocking, it takes a good 10-15 minutes to get over just processing it.

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drux
Apr. 25th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
'God Hates Fags, Fags Burn in Hell' Now I would agree with that, becuse I am not american and I read 'fag' as 'ciggaret' not as 'homosexual person'...
wasteboy
Apr. 25th, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
:-(
one word about the specimens mentioned at the end of your post.

assholes.

really.
alliiya
Apr. 25th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC)
It is very scary to see the things that people find to *hate* and the diseases that they *wish* upon fellow human beings over a choice that they don't understand. They believe that they are *good* people and that everyone that doesn't believe in their choices as their own are *bad* ...I feel shame when I see these people. Sad, isn't it?
egfpigsty
Apr. 25th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
Inti Libertad
I have never met a gay person I did not like.

Nevertheless, I am glad that we do not have the same kind of bigotry that we had with the blacks. Separate bathrooms and water spigots and the like. . .

I would like to think that we have come a long way when it comes to bigotry. . . Yes there are still bigots out there, and what they do is terrible. But there are people who try to understand and accept. We ought to be proud of those people.
spacefem
Apr. 25th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Inti Libertad
the thing is, at least with blacks people believed they should get to drink water and use restrooms, even if they weren't the same as white people's yet. the phelps' honestly think all gay people should just go die. Not stay away from them, not have separate schools, just cease to exist. it's worse.
jeffrock
Apr. 25th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
It sounds disturbing when you read about it, but when you actually see it it doesn't feel disturbing, it feels weird, like an oddity, a really horribly rotten apple in the middle of the otherwise healthy grocery produce section.

Beautiful analogy. :o)
feanelwa
Apr. 25th, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
If I'm going to hell for being what I am, I'll see intolerant shit like those there with me, and I'll be the one who knows where I am.
cheap_thoughts
Apr. 25th, 2004 11:45 pm (UTC)
Where is this place they hang out so that I may avoid any involuntary swerving of my car and plowing them down? I'd hate to ruin my pretty new car.
spacefem
Apr. 26th, 2004 04:27 am (UTC)
various places.

either way, you wouldn't want to run them down, they're lawyers, they'd have you for lunch. the city of topeka is afraid of them. all trained, all licenced, all in business and still being supported by people using their law services who don't care that the money ends up paying travel expenses to protest funerals. those are really the people we should at least run into, who I wish would wake up. the westboro folks are beyond our help. indifference is the enemy.
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