Happenings

Stamie Karakasidis and Tracy Ryerson – They Could NOT Be Nicer and More Awesome If They Tried!

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So, this happened today. 🙂 I walked down to Starbuck’s for my iced coffee fix. And one unusual and amazing thing was, they spelled my name right! But that was not all.

Also getting their coffee on were Stamie Karakasidis and Tracy Ryerson from season one of The Real L Word.

Stamie Karakasidis and Tracy Ryerson

Me With Stamie Karakasidis and Tracy Ryerson

Normally, living in LA, I never stop celebs and ask to take pictures or anything. Number one, it’s nerdy and lame. Number two, I’d never make it out of Ralph’s. 😀 But in this instance, I decided to go ahead. Stamie and Tracy were my favorites on TRLW, and I have long been bummed that I didn’t happen to be at the ACE studio on the day that they taped The Parent Experiment.

They were SO, SO nice when I imposed on them for a photo. I got all nervous and fumbly – I do this weird thing where it doesn’t freak me out to see/meet celebrities unless *I* really like them, and then I’m a nervous wreck. I mean, I used to live in Malibu, for God’s sake. I’ve met Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson (before he was crazy), Cindy Crawford, David Duchovny, John Cusack, Cher…I could go on and on. They registered a big NOTHING on the nervousness scale.

However, I meet Paul Giamatti (and this was a 2001 Paul Giamatti, immediately following “Duets” – he was NOT that famous yet!) and I lose my religion. I meet Stamie and Tracy and can’t even manage to operate my camera (and then phone) without fumbling all over the place.

Anyway, like I said, they were absolutely gracious and friendly and completely as nice and fun as they seemed to be on the show.

Check out the pic above, and make sure you check out their website – Our Fifteen Minutes!

Robert B Parker, You Will Be Sorely Missed

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I almost can’t believe there will NEVER be another new Spencer novel. I guess The Professional will be the last. No more Spencer and Susan, no more Spencer and Hawk.

I know Parker created other series main characters – Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall – and I enjoyed them. But I LOVED Spencer. I’ve been reading those books since high school. I felt like I knew those characters. And, now they’ve passed away, as well, I suppose – in the sense that they will never do or say anything new. Any adventures in their lives have already been had.

It’s so incredibly sad. 🙁

Tierra Del Fuego, Indeed – Gay Marriage Comes to Argentina!

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Well, Argentina has officially proven itself to be more enlightened that California.

Latin America’s first gay couple (Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre) were married today in Tierra Del Fuego’s capital city of Ushauaia.

Congratulations, guys! That’s hot! 😀

Brittany Murphy’s Death – What a Shocker!

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I can’t believe Brittany Murphy is dead. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like she was great or anything – but she was cute, and she seemed nice, if a little ditzy.

A lot of people didn’t know she had a pretty good singing voice, in addition to her acting. Take a look at this video from the 2002 MTV Movie Awards. She sings at 2:30.



Earth Day Video for Kids

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Check out this cute little Earth Day Video for Kids – a little cartoon explaining the history, etc of Earth Day. It’s fun!

Earth Day – Balboa Park Hosts the Largest Free Green Fair in the World

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Each year on Earth Day, EarthFair in Balboa Park draws a stunning 70,000 visitors – making it the single largest annual free environmental gathering in the world.

It’s from 10-5 today in Balboa Park.

Here’s a video of the 2008 Parade:

Check out this impressive list of exhibitors!

1 Stop Recycling Services
10News
2KG Imports
4 Walls International
8Teen Center
Acholi Beads
Active Posture Chiropractic
Advanced Exteriors, Inc.
Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Alternative Care Clinics
Alternative Healing Network / Adams Ave. Integrative Health
American Red Cross-San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
Americans For a Department of Peace
Amnesty International Group 137
Animal Protection and Rescue League
Animals Asia Foundation ~San Diego Support Group
Applied Solar
Arbonne International
ArchisAcres.com
Arnett’s Plumbing
Ashwork Design Concepts
Assistance League
Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
Atheist Coalition
Atira, Inc.
Awareness Magazine
B “N” B Kettle Corn
Backyard X-Scapes
Baha’i Faith
Baker Electric Solar
Bamboo Hut
Bank of America
Barona Resort & Casino
Be Love
Biopro Technology
Birch Aquarium at Scripps, UCSD
BitsyBirdie.com
Body Mind College
Bonita Vista High School International Baccalaureate Club
Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation Center
Brighter Concepts Inc. Premier Solatube Dealer
Builditgreenconcepts.com
Butler Sun Solutions, Inc.
Butterfly Maidens
CA Center for Sustainable Energy
Cali Bamboo
California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter
California Straw Building Assoc. (CASBA)
California Wolf Center
Camp Stevens
Campaign to End Genocide in Uganda…Now! (CEGUN)
Lee Campbell
CARES (Conservation and Research of Endangered Species)
Cecena Medical Technologies, Inc.
Center for Integral Education
Christian Vegetarian Association
Christians for EarthCare
Chula Vista Nature Center
Citizens Climate Lobby
Citizens Coordinate for Century 3
City of San Diego – Environmental Services Dept.
City of San Diego Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency
City of San Diego Water Department
City of San Diego-Metropolitan Wastewater Dept
CleanTech Energy Solutions, Inc.
Clif Bar & Co.
Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft
Cooking 4 Life
Cool Planet / Dianesa International, LLC
Councilmember Todd Gloria’s Office
County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation
County of San Diego, Vector Control
Culligan Water of San Diego
Cuyamaca College
Cyber-Rain
Cymer Inc.
Dan Dive Connection
Daylight Artworks, Inc
Delicious Living MIX Tour
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Designers4africa/ United Foster Parents Plan
Discover Nature
Divoky
Donate-a-Pack Foundation
Double Koi Tea Company
Dr. Bauer’s Advanced Wellness
Dr. Bernard Cannon, Chiropractor
Cynthia Durham
Earth Kits for Kids
earth Xchange
Earth-List.com
Easy-Turf, Inc
Eco Y Eco
Ecoalescence
EcoArtisan Builders, Inc.
Ecoclean Services
Ecodog Inc.
ECOLIFE Foundation
Ecotopiia
EDCO Waste & Recycling Services
Education, Travel and Culture
EG Green
eLiveLife.com
Elymos Worldwide Impact
Endangered Habitats League
Environgentle
EnviroSafe
Even Chance: Pit Bull Advocacy, Resources and Rescue
ExoticWorldGifts.com
Farm Sanctuary
Ferdinand’s Familia
FIDO
Firegel Systems (Barricade fire blocking gel)
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest
FOCAS – Friends of County Animal Shelters
Food & Water Watch
Fred Ferino and His Inventions
Friends of Famosa Slough
Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana
Friends of the River
Frito Lay
Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Garden State Ice
Garfield High School
General Motors
Girl Scout Troop 3004
Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial Council
Go Shammy
Gorilla Gardener Supply
Gothic Volunteer Alliance of San Diego (GVA-SD)
Green Cleen
Green Cruiser / Simon & Hu Enterprises
Green House
Green Irene
Green World Bags
Greenedge Kids
GreenFix Organic Smoothies
Guardian Angels Animal Rescue
Guthrie and Sons Heating & Air
Harold Cohn
Harvest Home & Garden
Healing Tree Arts
Hearts Pest Management
Heifer International
Hero Nutritionals
Greg High
Hike Bike Kayak Sports Inc,
Home Energy Systems Inc.
Honest Tea
Hostelling International-USA
How 2 Save Fuel
HUD c/o American Small Business Alliance, Inc.
Human & Earth Rights Organization/UCSD
Hybrid Light
I Love a Clean San Diego
I Love Making Stuff
Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.
Icology Group / Treecycling LLC
IGCB
ijourneygreen.com
Innovative Growing Solutions (IGS)
Inspirational Imports
Inspire Every Child Foundation
IonWays
ISKCON
Islamic Charity Foundation
Jah Soldiers
Jamba Juice
June Accessories
Kai Chiropractic
Karl Anthony Music
Katya Xan
KC’s Tandoor
Kick Gas Electric Vehicle Coop Garage
Kick Gas EV Coop Garage
Kids For Peace
Felipe Kolbo
Kwik-Build Panels
La Jolla Friends of the Seals
Laguna Bamboo Inc
Last Chance for Animals
League of Women Voters of San Diego
LifeWork Industries, LLC
Lions Tigers & Bears
Live & Work Green LLC
Living Earthed Company
Love, Create & Help
MAAC Project
Manila BBQ & Grill
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies
Melaleuca
Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
Mina International Enterprises
Mind Body Partnership
MNKR
Mossuto Chiropractic Center
Move San Diego
Mr Joeys
Mueller College of Holistic Studies
MyWaterFuture.com
N/A
Nataraja Meditation and Yoga Center
National Institute of Alternative Health Care
Natural Health Group
Natural Pet
Naturally Green and Pest Free
Nature & Culture International
Nature’s Elements Landscaping
Nature’s Whisper Yoga School, Shakti Henna
NAVFAC Southwest Navy Facilities Engineering Command
NegaWatt Consulting
No Skin Purses
nogas electric scooter co.
Nordic Naturals
Ocean Experience Surf School
Om! Lifestyle
Orangutan Foundation International
Organic Beauty Co
Organoderm skin care
Our Green University
Pacific Home Remodeling
PaintGreen Professional Painters
Peace Pies
Peace Resource Center of San Diego
Pentel of America
Performance Resonance
Pioneer Domes
Plan It Green
Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties
Plant With Purpose
Plug In America
Point Loma Credit Union
Point Loma Nazarene University
Presentations Press
Pro Peninsula
Project Wildlife
promoting solar electric vehicles
ProQuo
Pure Cleaning Services
Pure Water Technology of San Diego
Qualcomm Inc
Quality Assurance International (QAI)
Rainer Ackermann – Sole Proprietor
Ramona Forum
Rancho Buena Vista High School Environmental Club
Rancho Coastal Humane Society
Real Goods Solar
Rebuild, the San Diego Chapter of Architecture for Humanity
REC Solar, Inc.
Red Lotus Society
Red Worm Fertilizing Products
Relay Worldwide/Kashi
Renewal by Andersen
Republican Party of San Diego County
Rock-n-Gold Creations/CaliforniaGoldBuyer.com
Roots & Fins Farms
Rose Creek Watershed Alliance/Friends of Rose Canyon
Daniel Rouse
Sahaja Meditation
San Diego Animal Rescue
San Diego Area Middle Eastern Dance Association
San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry
San Diego Association of Ecology Clubs
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
San Diego Audubon Society
San Diego Babywearers
San Diego Beekeeping Meetup
San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society
San Diego Canyonlands, Inc.
San Diego Coastkeeper
San Diego Cooperative Charter School
SAN DIEGO COUNTY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, INC.
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
San Diego County Office of Education
San Diego County Outdoor Education Foundation
San Diego County Water Authority
San Diego Democratic Club
San Diego Food Not Lawns
San Diego Friends of Fair Trade
San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego House Rabbit Society
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
San Diego Knowledge Group
San Diego Loves Green
San Diego Natural Guide
San Diego Neck and Back Pain Relief Center
San Diego News Network
San Diego Oceans Foundation
San Diego Pagan Pride
San Diego Peace Corps Association
San Diego Public Library
San Diego Puppet Insurgency
San Diego Real Diaper Circle
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Green BAG
San Diego River Park Foundation
San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project
San Diego SIPS
SAN DIEGO TURTLE AND TORTOISE SOCIETY
San Diego Underwater Adventures
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs
San Diego Veterans For Peace
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
SanDiegoMarijuana.com
Save The World Fridays
Scoony Scooters (ScoonyScooters.com)
SeaWorld of San Diego
Segway of Pacific Beach
Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies and Healing
SHARE Network San Diego
Sharp Hospital Outpatient Pavilion Health Library
Shiloh Spiritual Center
Sierra Club, San Diego Chapter
Silicon Solar
Simple Shoes
Skoy Enterprises
Slow Food San Diego
Slow Food Urban San Diego
Socal Solar
Solana Beach Presbyterian Church
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
Solar Oven Society / Persons Helping People
solar plus
Solarize Now!
Spay Neuter Action Project
Spirit of the Environment
SPIRIT SOUL & FRIENDS MUSICAL PEACE TROUPE
Stars & Stripes
State of California
Succulent Gardening
Sullivan Solar Power
Sun-Tricity Solar Power
SunDrum Solar
Surfrider Foundation, San Diego County Chapter
Sylvia Aurora
Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S.A.
Thai Cultural Center of Los Angeles
The American Chemical Society, San Diego Section
The Camping Bares
The Center For Natural Dentistry
The Children’s School
The Earth Organization
The GoodOnYa Bar
The Greek Gourmet
The Inconvenient Bag
The Light Connection
The N3TWORK
The Supreme Master Ching Hai
Think Blue-Storm Water Department
Thresholds Home Funerals
Thunder Carrot
Trash As Art
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serv., Office of Law Enforcement
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – San Diego NWR Complex
U.S. Green Building Council / San Diego Chapter
UCCE Master Gardeners
UCSD Medical Center
United Nations Association – San Diego Chapter
Urban Corps of San Diego County
Urban Octopus
Urban Plantations
USD
Vaillant Solar Systems Inc.
Vision Magazine
Vitalah
Viva Pops
Walk Lightly Now
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Allied Advertising
Water Conservation Garden
Water Wise Kids Club
WateReuse Association – San Diego Chapter
Wee Companions Small Animal Adoption, Inc.
Whole Foods Market
Wildcoast
Willey Heating & Air Inc.
Paula Wilson
Wings of Healing
WISC San Diego
Dan Wolfson
WOWgreen
XLNC 104.9FM
Zero Waste San Diego

Elliot Smith

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Elliot Smith died. Apparently he committed suicide. I *just* found out and I feel like I’m in shock. This is so incredibly sad. What a loss! What a completely *pointless* loss to both music and the world.

It makes no sense. Assholes who contribute nothing to society but pain and misery don’t have the good sense to kill themselves, but a poet like Elliot Smith, who made the world more beautiful, feels that he has to take his own life.

The world became a little bit uglier today.

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