Going back into some old podcasts, i found a Diane Rehm Show from 6/24/08 that was all about The Family:

bq. “It’s one of the most influential and least well known organizations in the country. The Family, also known as The Fellowship, consider themselves followers of Christ, and individuals responsible for changing the the world. An inside look at the power and history of The Family.”

I was pretty excited to listen to it because I had read that “Hillary Clinton is a member of The Family.”:http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2007/09/hillarys-prayer.html In fact, that was one of the main reasons I became disillusioned with her during her campaign.

But I heard no mention of her during the discussion of The Family. I can’t remember the date when she conceded but I think this was prior to that… if so, I can only imagine that they decided in advance not to bring that fact up during the discussion; disappointing, frankly.

There’s plenty of disappointment to go around, really. “Obama supports supreme court reversal of gun ban”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/27/barackobama.usa

things i didn’t know about plaster…

…until i went on the cleveland-holloway home tour:

* it’s a better insulator than drywall, so houses with plaster stay cooler in summer (if properly ventilated) and warmer in winter

* it has better acoustical properties than drywall.

i had to miss the preservation durham tour this year, so i was quite pleased to be able to take a tour. C-H was really inspiring. i don’t know if j and i will ever be in a position to renovate a house that has to be taken down to the studs (or close), and then there’s the fact that i’m kind of lazy and unfocused, but there’s still a part of me that would so love to do that.

vote! vote! vote!

like a baby stoat!

Voted this morning before work– my polling place is always pretty low key. I was voter 200-and-something at around 9:15am. I was in and out in ten minutes.

Obama was at Blue Coffee in downtown Derm yesterday standing rounds of pound cake for everyone. A couple of photos made it up to “the Durham, NC Pool on Flickr.”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanchang_express/2469063688/in/pool-52240837575@N01

My buddy Sarah is a “poll worker today;”:http://www.ovenall.com/diary/2008/05/setup/ if you happen to vote at her polling place please bring her some iced tea! She has to stay there from 6am until the votes are counted tonight.

the one endangered durham entry you must read

if you don’t like having old houses and other historic structures being torn down by the city, you should strongly consider at least reading this entry, and even better, going to the city council meeting on tuesday, may 1st at 6pm.

“endangered durham is more persuasive than i am.”:http://endangereddurham.blogspot.com/2007/04/important-update-demolition-summit.html

will i go to the meeting? i hope so? i should, but i very rarely do anything scheduled at 6pm on a weeknight due to my work schedule.

Digging the local scene

While I no longer qualify– even remotely– as a local scenester, I still use the internet to monitor its goings-on.

to wit:

What: Scene of the Crime Rovers play the Durham Farmer’s Market Opening Day of the 2007 Season

When: 11am

Where: Durham Central Park / Durham Farmers’ Market Pavilion

With over 50 vendors you will find a wide selection of fresh, locally

grown produce (including organic), potted plants and herbs, cut

flowers, fresh eggs, locally produced cheeses, honey, preserves, fresh

baked goods, hand-made soaps, photographic cards of NC, sapling trees

and much more. (Fruits and vegetables are seasonal and include only

things that actually grow in North Carolina.)


alt.music.chapel-hill has been having a lively discussion, the most lively i’ve seen since… well, since the starlite theater/gun shop conversation, actually, and it’s all about the durham “scene”. or community, if you prefer. i’m thinking that after i go to the farmer’s market, i should check out BCHQ. i’ve been driving by that godforsaken block every day for the last seven years, and there’s actually something cool there now.


this week the city of durham demolished a house in our neighborhood. a house that was, apparently, well worth saving and renovating, if only it could have been removed from the clutches of its irresponsible owner.. who was, surprise of surprises, james “fireball” white. this is what the city does when it can’t get a property away from the wildly irresponsible landlords like white: it tears them down and leaves an empty lot in place of what was once an historic property.

well, endangered durham reports: no longer. after outcry from citizens and other stakeholders, a moritorium on demolition has been called.

i know white isn’t the only irresponsible property owner in durham, but it seems like _every_ time we hear about a fucked up situation like this, he’s the owner. it’s unbelieveable the negative influence this one person has had on our neighborhoods. it’s like he has _no soul._

across the street

a very, very small election detail that i noticed.

in my neighborhood, there are two polling places. one for folks who live on one side of Roxboro Ave– those folks vote at the American Legion outpost. I used to live on that side and vote there, that’s how i know.

then when i bought my house i moved to the other side of Roxboro. my polling place changed to the agricultural building.

while i was voting saturday i met two judges running against each other: tracy barley and ann mckown. i didn’t much like barley; she came late, she was dressed to the nines with a big fake smile plastered across her face and i got the feeling that after consorting with the unwashed masses she’d be likely to go home and bathe in purell and perrier to get the stink off. mckown i liked better; she seemed very down to earth. i had already chosen her based on reading her statement, anyway, so i was chuffed to see that she’s won the race.

reading over the exact numbers from each polling place, though, i noticed something quite extraordinary:

Barley  Mckown

0019 American Legion Post #7	415	216

0020 Durham County Agricultura	171	322

things to do tomorrow…

1) VOTE!!!! (if you haven’t already.)

if for no other reason… do it for “sarah.”:http://www.ovenall.com/diary/archives/006716.php she’s “busting her ass”:http://www.ovenall.com/diary/archives/cat_politics.php to swing Congress a little farther to the left. And do it for “danger_will.”:http://d-willrobinson.livejournal.com/29219.html

endangered durham

“endangered durham”:http://endangereddurham.blogspot.com/

an amazing blog sent to me by “joe”:http://jhv.blogs.com/ (thanks, joe!)

i found it a little cynical, but the research and the photos of durham from the previous century more than make up for it. his point about the effect of churches on the urban landscape is particularly chilling.