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For those of us po' folks that don't have MTV or any other cable for that matter (except for randomly - and incorrectly - free HBO and Showtime), I really got a kick out of this video. (of course, the song kicks all by itself).

how does your garden grow?

So on mother's day, after a wonderful cuban lunch, i took my mom down to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in the Grove. She had actually been wanting to go down there for about a year now, but it took Ben and Gin's favorable reccomendation before I was really sold on it. I have been to one "botanical garden" in the past, and I use quotations because they're pretty brave to call it so when there are places like fairchild so close by.

I was really pleasantly suprised. It was a gorgeous day, the garden is extensive and the plants and trees are lovely.

Here's a few other shots I got: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.


Seis De Mayo

OK, setting the record straight. Deb and Aaron's original Cinco De Mayo party was to be held on Sat. night; however, as of this past Sunday, it was changed to Friday night instead. Same time.

I'll be there, margarita in hand!


v is for vegetarian

I was reading my daily blogs this morning and stumbled past one man's description, or rather reasoning points, for why he is a vegetarian. This is probably the closest thing I have read to my feelings, and he put it out there so well, that I might just adopt it word for word when people question me on why I choose not to eat meat/poultry. Without further ado . . .

1) I do not deny that people have the right to eat meat. If you are religious and follow the teachings of the Hebrew and/or Christian Bible, I believe it unequivocally supports an omnivorous diet. Though there is at least one example of a vegetarian diet in the Bible (Daniel 1:12--though the context is Daniel rejecting the king's food, not Daniel rejecting meat), it is by no means the norm. For the non-religious, I agree that it is "natural" for animals to kill and eat one another. Lions and tigers and bears (oh, my!) are carnivores and the history of humanity has been a history of meat eating. In short, I agree that there are no natural or supernatural mandates to refrain from eating meat.

2) I do believe, however, that not everything that is lawful is expedient, that just because "you can" doesn't mean "you must".

3) Ultimately, the moral decision of eating or not eating meat comes down to the value you place on the lives of animals (here is were, by necessity, I get "preachy").

4) I agree that the lives of humans are more valuable than the lives of animals. If it came down to a choice between an animal's life and my own (or any other human), I would choose the human without hesitation. This is my unabashed "speciesism".

5) I do not believe, however, that we are commonly faced with the choice between the life of an animal and the life of a human. Instead, we are faced with the choice between the life of an animal and a taste sensation.

6) Though the body undeniably benefits from the intake of meat, it does not require it. There are ways to get the vitamins and proteins that one needs through other means (even for vegans).

7) In the process of preparing animals for food, there is no small amount of suffering (warning: extremely graphic video from PETA--a group that is often way too radical, but sometimes factually presents information).

8) This suffering is unnecessary. The human body can survive without meat.

9) People usually suggest that they eat meat because they "like it". It is a matter of taste.

10) I believe it to be a generally true moral maxim that it is best to reduce suffering whenever possible.

11) I believe that it is generally true that it is immoral to cause needless suffering in animals (I'm a pet owner and would be devastated if someone hurt my cat for no reason).

12) I believe that there are some cases in which the choice to eat meat actually does come down to the life of an animal versus the life of a human, but that this is rarely the case in the US and is probably not the case for any of my readers.

13) Because eating meat is often a choice between an animal's life and suffering and a mere taste sensation, I believe that the more moral choice is to choose the animal's life over the taste sensation wherever this is possible.


So I'm feeling a bit boring these days. I'm looking back and realizing that I'm blogging less and less, but it's not that I don't want to or that I'm getting lazy. I just DON'T HAVE ANYTHING worth talking about. I've been incredibly busy since the start of this year it seems; however, everything in my life has revolved around other people's lives. Namely the biggest occassions in their lives - weddings and babies.

I keep hearing that the "it's the age" line, and apparently I must be in a silent revolt against those events in my own life, because I'm "the age" and these things are certainly not happening to me. It's not so much a complaint, I guess, as it is a lament on the fact that I'm feeling very dull and nonspectacular next to all of these people who are doing exciting things.

I mean, my major accomplishments this year so far are things like I haven't missed an episode of The Amazing Race, or, oh look, I've managed to gain more weight! Oh, the excitement is excruciating!

No, no complaints though really. Life is stable right now, and I guess there is a lot to be said for that. I have a good job that continues day after day, and I'm blessed with wonderful people in my life who I love to see and spend time with. Which reminds me - is everyone aware of Aaron and Deb's seis de Mayo party? Friday night around 8 (i think). Hope to see you there, so we can do that hanging out thing. And maybe you'll drink one too many margaritas and give me something to blog about.