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    Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
    3:22 pm
    Livejournal vs. My Journal
    Hey...a friend of mine set me up with richmackin.com (dot org went stale and got cyber pirated, please do NOT go there). For lack of a coherent plan, I am using it as a blog as much as anything, but as my life gets in order (my room is almost done and 6 years of storage boxes are almost gone through) I should start a-writing and doing art again. Meanwhile, check www.richmackin.com for tales of my honeymoon!
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
    4:38 pm
    What? Huh? Who?
    Oh, yes, LJ. I have been lax in updates. Heck, I haven't even updated the website my friend Gray set up for me...been busy and with minimal computerage access. (Ironically, we got house wifi that works great just as I needed to pack all my belongings...)

    Okay, big updates...

    1) Getting Married Sunday.
    ...which means relatives and friends begin decending tommorrow.

    2) Leaving for Honeymoon Monday
    ...which means all sorts of Cross Country adventure

    3) 90% of what I own is packed and in storage.
    ...and I expect to get rid of much of it when I return so future moves are not so hard.

    4) Honeymoon for a month, the housesitting in Milwaukie, OR (Portland suburb, not Wisconsin), then moving to NE Portland. My 5th Portland house but 1st time out of 97214 zip code.

    More later, perhaps.
    Thursday, May 8th, 2008
    10:29 am
    Check in, Unemployment, and Summer
    Hmm, apparently I haven't posted for 17 weeks. Not sure how much I'll post in the future, either...especially since I've being laid off for the 3rd time in my life. But, here's my plans for the summer for those interested...

    This Sat- Zen term program, then hosting a showing of the Fountain.
    Next week- Denkoe Zen retreat at Great Vow Monastery
    End of May- Village Building Convergence.
    June 7- helping with Portland's "Buddhist Festival in the Park"
    June 11-17 Visiting family in Norwalk, CT
    June 19-22 Visiting Blair's family on Oregon Coast
    June 28- hosting "Buddhas on Bikes" ride, then going to Multnomah County Bike Fair.
    July 4- playing drums in July 4 parade, BBQ, then weekend at coast.
    July 12- tentative- hosting neighborhood cleanup
    July 18-19- playing music at campout in Southern WA
    Aug 1-2- leading a chant at the 24 hour chant for peace.
    August 10- Getting married
    Aug 11-Sept something- Honeymoon!
    Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
    1:47 pm
    Office drama
    So, I'm at work, and Maia is looking for Samantha. She asks me if I saw Sam, and when I say "no", Maia asks if I really saw her, and if Sam just asked me not to tell her. Now, the truth is that I DID NOT see Sam at all, but I guess if I did and she did ask me not to tell, I wouldn't, which renders the whole credibility issue moot.

    Granted, both Maia and Sam are 6 and playing hide and seek, so the outcome probably won't effect my review.

    I work in a weird office.
    Friday, November 16th, 2007
    1:47 pm
    Life
    "Life is pretty simple. You get out of bed in the morning, you do the
    things you have to do, and if you have time, you do some things you
    want to do. You try not to hurt people and you help them if you can.
    The you go to bed."- Dean Sluyter, The Zen Commandments
    Monday, November 5th, 2007
    6:17 pm
    Wedding stuff Part 2
    Oh, duh...

    An important concept is that in addition to the Portland wedding on August 10, we more than likely would be travelling cross country and having a more heavily attended, but less ceremonious event in my home town of Norwalk, CT. That there would be more open invitish...think about it.
    5:37 pm
    Wedding Guest List stuff and stuff
    Okay,so, I got engaged. A few months later, we realize this means we need to actually PLAN the wedding.

    Working Plan...

    Date- Aug 10, 2008 (To be confirmed for non-us related concerns- ie, parents and stuff)
    Place- Wedding @ Dharma Rain Zen Center (99% confirmed)
    Reception @ Calypso (50/50): nearby bar/ eatery with veggie options, meat options, and the world's largest selection of rum drinks, plus they love Blair and I there.
    Performed by- Rev. Gyokuko Carlson, co-abbot of Dharma Rain, teacher to both Blair and I.

    Here's the deal, though. There are many people I have been friends with for up to 30 years who live all over the country (and world). Some I hardly see or speak to these days, mostly since I don't use this interweb thing much. And wedding invites are tricky, I don't want to invite people who wouldn't be able to travel 3000 miles for one event when I can't put them up...but I don't want to NOT invite people who would feel offended to not be invited. AND, we can't afford, financially or otherwise, to simply make it an "open invite" they way we could, say, if it was an hour from where 90% of the people I know live.

    So...anyone have feedback? Experience in these matters? Really want to come out to Portland anyway and having a wedding would be that final inspiration?

    ?
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
    1:04 am
    ow!
    Story- Boy rides bike. Boy meets car. Boy does not want to meet car any closer, so swerves out of car's way on bike. Bike tire gets caught in streetcar track. Boy falls on bike. Handlebar stabs boy. Boy's belly looks like this (hard to see- 3" of swelling not normally there.)


    Thursday, August 9th, 2007
    11:55 am
    We interrupt Rich's LJ Hibernation...
    Hey all,

    Just haven't been playing on line much, but it's not to say I don't miss ya'll.

    The big news is that I proposed marriage to Blair Vail on August 5, 2007 in a cave at Hug Point, on the Oregon Coast, around 11am, using my parents' engagement ring. She said yes and immediately got me back by offering me a ring her mom gave her dad in the 60's. No plans for the actual wedding yet, but offhand, it'll probably be next August.

    Also, since I'm too lazy/busy to log into things to check if I got a message to link to, I'm best reached at richmackin (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Bye!
    Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
    6:40 pm
    Oh, hey, yeah, blogging
    Hi everyone!

    I'm not an online person much these days, although with the introduction of citywide free wireless, this might change soon. For now, a brief recap...

    1) richmackin.org is down permanantly, the guy who hosted it for me did not renew and now it's been taken hostage by porn. Seriously.

    2)I'm going to change my cell phone this week, so if you think I should have your number, now's a good time to remind me what it is...which brings me to...

    3)While richmackin@yahoo.com is my official online persona email (for myspace, LJ, etc) richmackin@gmail.com is the best email to contact me for regular daily life that you want to contact me for and all.

    4)I'll be in CT for Easter. Well, not FOR Easter, but that week. Visiting my mom who is recovering from (Very successful)cancer surgery.

    5) I will once again be editing the Village Builder- so if anyone has any suggestions (or desire to write) for an annual publication dealing with natural building, community organizing, neighborhood art projects and the like, please let me know.

    Love to you all,

    Rich
    Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
    7:30 pm
    wheat vs my belly
    So, since I was in middle school, I've had a pot belly. I've been chubby, medium and downright skinny since then- right now I'm doing yoga twice a week, biking 40-50 miles a week, working out a bunch- I am actually getting pretty fit, but the belly's still there.

    This came up in passing, and the yoga instructor suggests it might be a wheat gluten allergy.

    Now, my ex-wife had a wheat gluten allergy- she was 100 pounds overweight, and tried everything to lose it. She was at a weird point where she worked out so much, you could feel "abs of steel" under a cushion of fat, and rock hard biceps under soft arm fat. She discovered she was allergic to wheat and immediately started getting thin.

    So, I was shocked that I could have the same issue- I've never been fat, it's just been the belly. But it was worth considering. I said as much to Blair, and her response was that she was sorry she never thought of it- but then noted that a massage therapist only knows somewhat about such matters.

    So, I've been eating just fruit, veggies, and tofu all day...and just now decided to eat just a bagel. Yep. I've actually watched the belly bloat. Not just get a bit bigger from eating, BLOAT. And I feel bloated. It wasn't immediate, but took as long as eating something would effect you.

    This partially is great because I now know how to combat this. Partially, it's annoying because, well, it's WHEAT, and it's in lots of stuff. Then again, I live in Portland and I'm about to live somewhere I'll be eating rice and veggies most of the time.
    Sunday, October 8th, 2006
    10:48 pm
    names
    Okay, so, I did this and found that there are 25 Richard Mackins total in the US- very few, I'd say. Then I did my girlfriend's name...


    HowManyOfMe.com
    LogoThere is:
    1
    person with my name
    in the U.S.A.

    How many have your name?

    10:45 pm
    I pause from the NVC/ meditative/ upbeat use of language for this much needed venting
    Rod Stewart- cocaine (used by both him and fans)= talentless has-been.

    Rod Stewart+ Rock classics= album filled with tragedies
    Saturday, October 7th, 2006
    11:57 pm
    A day in the life of Richmackin
    So, yesterday, I checked my email and got a whole bunch of emails from strange email addresses with subject lines referring to things I've written. Turns out that there's a high school media lit class somewhere out there that had an assignment to check out my website and interview me about one of the things I wrote. No warning that such a thing would happen. It was especially weird since a lot of the stuff is over 4 years old.

    Meanwhile, in August Blair and I decided to start pushing the band we're in. We played a show tonight (fundraiser for bike group) and we have shows the 12th, 14th (Zen center fundraiser), 15th (city repair event), Nov 3rd (the Pirates Tavern vegan place) and 10th in addition to our every 2nd and 4th Sunday gig at a cafe. Dang, how'd I become an active drummer?
    Monday, September 25th, 2006
    10:28 pm
    Oct 21
    So, for a year and a half, Blair and I have been living in a 2br, which means we have an extra BR to have guests.

    Come Oct 21, we move into a Zen Center. This means a lot to me, but what this means to you is that if you wanted to visit, or have a free place to stay in Portland, ya'll better move fast.
    Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
    11:27 pm
    Oh yeah
    Last Tuesday I went to the grand opening for the Pirates Tavern. That's right, a pirate themed Vegan restaraunt.
    11:24 pm
    So...apparently Livejournal is totally different now.
    So, I've been really hectic all summer, and barely online. I've noticed LJ seems to have been updated, but what I did not know is that instead of sending me email alerts to my posts, I now have a list of all the comments on my "MY LJ" page, which I didn't even know existed.

    SO, I'm wondering why nobody commented on my last 3 posts, while I'm sure some of you are wondering why I ignored your comments, because I didn't know to look for this new feature I didn't know was set up. So dang, I missed a visit from one person in Portland and could have missed running into SCUL at Burning man (Which occured by logic of Burning Man being Burning Man.)

    So, sorry to some of you and dang. Anyhoo, I'm 3 weeks away from moving into a Zen Center, so I'll either keep up not being online or should be online a lot depending on if they get a wireless internet setup (which they are talking about.)

    xo
    Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
    8:32 pm
    My eventual Burning Man post
    Yes, it's been several weeks since Burning Man, but it took me several days just to wash the playa off everything before packing it away, at least one day just to check emails, blah blah blah. That and I'm just not able to spend recreational time on the computer.

    Long story short...

    While you can do a 14 hour drive (not including stops) in one day, it's MUCH nicer to break it up into 2 days, see the sites, and have nice food. So far, every time I pass Talent Oregon (just about at the Southern part of the State) I go to this pizza place called the Grotto. We wound up sleeping in a cheap motel in Mt. Shasta, and were impressed with what the town seemed like when we woke up we came back on the way back. More on that in a bit.

    This year was much more fun because it was just Blair and I. Not that we don't get on each others' nerves, but we know what to expect. For instance, Blair knows I want to gamble in Reno, but also knows as crucial as it is to me, it will involve 3 bucks at low-cost machines and is not about my desire to get rich quick but to experience what America is all about.

    I actually played a few games at Circus Circus...less than I expected to. Previously Circus Circus was the arcade meant to keep kids occupied while parents gambled. The games used to be easy to win...I guess the owners decided to make money off those too. I played 3 slot machines- I won $2 at a dollar slot and $2.50 at a quarter one. for $1.50 I came out with $4.75. We also found a great brewpub.

    We timed it so we got to Burning Man just before Midnight Sunday/Monday, right as they were letting people in. It's like arriving on the moon- flat expanse filled with mutants. We set up a tent quick and crashed. We awoke, set up a full camp of tarp wrapping the van (my cousin loaned me hers) that came over to meet the tent. The idea was a mattress in the van was the bedroom, the tent would henceforth be used as storage, and the covered space before was a sort of kitchen area. As we set up, "Spoon", a pink-haired woman we met last year came up and said "hi" and noted she was waiting for friends. Minutes later, we ran into people we heard asking about her, and pointed them to where she was. The asked if they could set up next to us, and next thing we knew, we were semi-part of a camp, half of which were fellow Portlanders.

    Last year we attended lots of workshops. This year, we spent more time performing as the band, and just plain hanging out. Then again, many of the workshops are things I do anyway. In addition to one formal show at Center Cafe, one semi-formal show at the Lost Penguin Cafe, and a few ad-hoc shows, I did spoken word here and there, we jammed with a blues band a few times, and led a Zen chanting service in a life-sized cathedral skeleton.

    This being our second year, we were much more prepared. We had bikes, more lights, better goggles, etc. Looking at the pictures, we're also in MUCH better shape (my gut aside).

    Otherwise, while we were pretty spiritually minded last year, we were pretty drunken minded this year. Tequila snowcones, Mojito bars, the best (fresh berry) margaritas we have ever had, choclate berry vodka...we kept a good buzz much of the week without ever getting drunk. We ate lots of great food, too: a Krishna camp made Indian food, Ben of Ben and Jerry's brought ice cream for everyone (yes, in the desert!), hippies invited us to dinners, we made pizza from scratch (and bummed pizza from other people another day) and mastered how much food one should bring without anything going bad.

    For some reason, I got ten times more comments on my tattoos this year. Same tattoos. I'm wondering if I was just shirtless more (might be, better weather) or that I'm not as chubby...that doesn't make sense, but something was behind it.

    I ran into my friend Seth Golub from high school, and a number of other people I've had short relations with "Hey, you gave me a tour at a hot spring!" and such. I also met Paul Reubens. I'm pleased with myself for not freaking out too much about it.

    On the way home, we stayed at Mt Shasta again. Lots of great food and cool people in that city. We got a discount in a cheap hotel because the last renter got drunk and punched holes in the wall. We had Chai with espresso in it with breakfast. Mmm mm!

    Finally, we passed the "Oregon Vortex", which I wanted to go to because I like going to dumb tourist traps. It turned out to be an amazing place which destroyed physics.

    Must go now...pirate party.


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54028901@N00/show/

    http://www.oregonvortex.com/
    Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
    8:43 pm
    Don’t Know Much About History
    Don’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned, by Kenneth C. Davis, HarperCollins, 2005

    The word “Easter” is thought to come from either the Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess of Spring, Eastre, or possibly from the German word “eostarun”, meaning “dawn”.

    “Hell” comes from the Norse goddess Hel, ruler of the icy underworld.

    Pandora actually had a jar, not a box. The Blackfeet Indians had a similar myth, as did nomads in the Middle East, whose Pandora character was named Havva, who disobeyed her God by eating a forbidden tree. We know her as Eve.

    “Myth” literally means “story”.

    There are no historical references to Moses or the Jewish Exodus (except the Bible and Koran).

    Most Old Testament stories are found in Sumerian and Assyrian myths, The Sumerians invented astrology (similar to how we have it) 60 minute hours, 7 day weeks (complete with 6 day creation story), writing, wheels, and beer.

    “Palestine” is a variation of “Philistine”.

    The Canaanites believed rain was the sperm of Baal falling from heaven. (Slightly logical considering the fairly new advent of agriculture.)

    The “Golden Calf” referenced by The Ten Commandments was a reference to Baal, and by extension, Marduk, called “The Bull of Heaven” (Marduk being the first dragon slayer hero figure)

    Zoroastrian belief focuses on the sun-god Mithra.

    Aphrodite was the patron Goddess of prostitutes, which had two classes in Ancient Greece; hetaerae were the high class call girls, common whores were called Porne- pornography meaning originally “to write about prostitutes.”

    Zeus, according to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, flooded the world to punish decadent humanity, sparing only one couple.

    Christmas was set at December 25 in 350 by Pope Julius I to coincide with already occurring Saturnalia festivals. Around that time, the temple of the foreign Attis, god of vegetation, was taken over as the Vatican.

    Throwing coins in a fountain comes from the Celtic tradition of making sacrifices-coins, swords or other objects- in water, which was considered sacred.

    The pagan festival of Samhain was renamed All-hallowmass, and the night before it was called All-hallows Eve. It became a festival of all saints (a celebration of all hallowed people- a way to take the ceremony of the dead and focus on which dead are being celebrated.)

    The portion of the book The Hobbit revolving around a dragon, a dwarf’s treasure, and a magic ring are all based on the Nordic myth of Sigurd (the hero) and Fafnir (the dragon)

    Mahariva, founder of the Jains, was born in 540bc (compared to Siddhartha’s birth at 563)

    The ancient Mayans played a game called Popol Vuh, literally “the ball game” which was played on a field 140 by 35 meters (longer and narrower than modern Soccer or American football fields) where opposing teams attempted to pass a rubber ball through rings on the opposite side.

    Spaniards under Cortez’ command would make games of killing Aztecs, such as trying to cut a man in half with a single blow. They would also hang Aztecs in thirteens, in “honor” of Christ and the 12 apostles. (So says Fray Bartolome de las Casas in 1552, writing as a first hand witness)

    A Native American school principal, reacting to the Disney film Pocahontas, equated the plot with a version of the diary of Anne Frank ending with Anne falling in love with a German soldier.
    Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
    9:07 pm
    quick question...
    Anyone here going to burning man?

    (I am, and if you tell me you are, I'll tell you where I expect to be)

    Otherwise...still doing too many things to be online much. Mostly thanks to a job I like and value too much to screw off by being online like I used to always do.
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