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A stroll on the city streets, and glibness on certain jurisprudential follies.

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A stroll on the city streets, and glibness on certain jurisprudential follies.

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So I left the house at about 6:45ish to just- get out. Dunno, just felt like I needed to get out. So I went to Geary, up Fillmore, found myself on Broadway @ Fillmore after a while and realized if I kept going north I would NEVER EVER EVER walk back, and walked back to a cafe, had a cuppa, read a while, then walked home.
Just checked Yahoo maps, and they say I walked 2.6 miles.

Funny, I don't feel winded or anything. Maybe I'm not as ridiculously out of shape as I thought I was.

While drinking my tea, I perused a newspaper.

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The state motto itself ('Virginia is for lovers') seems in direct contradiction to recent decisions Virginians seem to have made. Said decisions are in direct contradiction of US law (for those who don't keep up on modern politics: 25 years ago, the Supreme Court dictated that the law demanded that a marriage in California be recognized in Mississippi, regardless of state statutes insisting that interracial marriage wasn't permitted. So who the hell is Virginia to say 'we aren't going to follow the law of the land'?).

To my eye, it bears note that over 2/3rds of the original colonists in Jamestown, Virginia listed their occupation as 'Gentleman'. This was in 1609: a time when the phrase 'ladies and gentlemen' was not addressed to a group of people at large. These Gentlemen were titled nobility. This suggests that they might well have been used to issuing commands to their manservants, or relying on the ingenuity of said servants.
The first winter in that colony, over 3/4ths of the inhabitants starved to death. The pilgrims did better. Of all the new world colonies in the early 17th century, Jamestown did the utter worst at surviving, save for one.* This perhaps goes to underscore the ingenuity native to the English nobleman: the sheer adaptability to new circumstances, new climes, & the ability to accept change.

It could be opined that since that day, little has changed.

* That one example being Roanoke Colony, which COMPLETELY VANISHED. Nobody ever heard from anyone there again, and the only communication left behind there was the word 'CROTOAN' carved into a log in one of the buildings of the colony.
I might somewhat mitigate this failing by pointing out that Roanoke is the name of a city in Virginia (though, as alemya points out below, not a colony in Virginia).
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    • Nope. Feel free to quote me over to there, if you like. I watch too many communities as it stands. ;)
  • One MINOR quibble? The original Roanoke Colony was NOT, as stated, in Virginia (to the best of my knowledge), but was actually off the coast of North Carolina. http://www.outerbanks.com/manteo/history or http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/hh/16/hh16c.htm.

    Though, to be quite honest, I'm fairly disgusted with Virginia m'self. Welcome to the Land of Jerry Falwell and NASCAR.
    • Oh, it wasn't, you're right. I'm used to reading 'Roanoke' and thinking 'Virginia'. It just cropped up in my mind.
      So I don't suck! :)
  • Hello, I'm a fellow Sodom-by-the-Sea denizen, who's also got a lot of other things in common with you, judging by the number of boldfaced words which appear in your interest list when I am logged into LJ. I'm tryin'ta remember where it is I spotted you. Wherever it was, I clicked because of your username, immediately recognizing it as an obscure Latinish word for serpent. I found your comments on your userinfo page to be interesting, and promise you that I shan't ascribe a rigid reality-state perception to what I see here. You did a swank job on getting the page to look nice, too. I struggle with the new templates and have beaten several to a code-dripping pulp without a hell of a lot of success in this area; my irrepressible urge to make every one of my web pages have a black-and-turquoise-greenish colourscheme probably isn't helping.

    If only San Francisco was like it was in the late 1980s...back when you could actually find drugs here other than heroin and cocaine...
    • Welcome aboard, Demi.

      Now let's see if you can guess which former SFNetter this is. :)
    • and on the other stuff...

      1: Colubra was the first word of Latin I learned- and the first word I plugged in when I was creating the journal which would not require a string of #s after to make it unique.
      2: There's a weird flavor to Livejournal, somehow: it's not real. I don't want people walking away taking what's on Livejournal thinking that it's everything I am.
      3: I just grabbed one of the base themes of the new stuff, and tweaked at the colors using the GUI they provided, for I am a lazy lazy LAAAZY shit. Amusingly, someone out there actually got THE EXACT SAME COLOR SCHEME.
      4: Jerry Garcia died, and the Dead stopped touring, and then Phish stopped touring, and they busted the biggest acid dealers in the US, and the drug scene changed entirely for the worse nationwide. We're honestly unusual in that we can get cocaine.
      • I was going to go with green-and-this-theme, but realised in thinking about it that you had it.

        So I went with purple instead.

        P.S. this bit of writing makes me snicker madly. I adore it.
  • Some more quibbles:

    "Gentleman" didn't mean just titled nobility. It meant something more like "somebody with an education who doesn't do manual labor for a living". Highly successful farmers typically referred to themselves as gentlemen if the hard labor was done by servants; the same goes for military officers. Also note that someone with a knighthood is not a nobleman.

    The cryptic Roanoke message was "CROATOAN", not "CROTOAN". The Croatoan(s) were a local Indian tribe, so the popular theory is that the settlers were attacked or else their colony collapsed and the survivors moved to the Croatoan villages for refuge.
    • Ever considered going into editing? You really do have an eye for it- and also a skill for bringing up points one overlooked, or misspellings, without pissing people off.
      On the gentleman one, yeah, you're right- and I knew it, too. I went for the dramatic overstatement.
      On the Croatoan one- damn I hate that word.
    • Every time I see it I have to tell myself "no, that's not a misspelling of "Croatian" ... it is indeed Croatoan."

      As for editing, I am convinced that correcting other people's text all day long would end up with me becoming psychopathically resentful and jealous of other people's talent at coming up with characters, plots, themes, ... stories. I'd be like Salieri gritting his teeth and demanding an explanation from God about why He bestowed musical genius on Mozart instead of him. I'm bitter enough as it is.

      But thanks for the kind words.
      • ...correcting other people's text all day long would end up with me becoming psychopathically resentful...

        Nah. You'd become psychopatically homicidal towards the idiots who misspell "agricultural" as "agrecultural", "agriculteral" or other kre8if invention throughout their paper without even a pinch of logic. Or utterly, intolerant of assholes who use, commas at complete, random. Or you'd swear to find and gut the lazy bastard who misspells the names of his professors and thinks the words "Internet websites and books" make an adequate bibliography. You'd go crazy thinking those candidates for post-natal abortions all have PhDs and you'll only get your BA in 4 more years.

        Me, bitter? Where'd you get that idea?

        [Sorry for spamming your journal, colubra. Couldn't resist clicking that link in dot_cattiness.]
      • Re: but, but...

        Then he damn well needs to go into editing! The world needs more evil editors/proofreaders who write catty messages in the margins.
      • Re: but, but...

        ... except that I already have my B.A. (not to mention a Ph.D.).
    • Actually, they spelled it both ways on different trees.

      Knighthood was based entirely on property (land or moveables). Because knights paid higher taxes, it was in the crown's best interest to make as many as possible and in the interest of upper peasants, merchants, and proffessionals to avoid getting knighted. People used to go to great lengths to hide assests so they'd stay below the limit.
      • Actually, they spelled it both ways on different trees.
        Conclusion:
        400 years ago, people in North America needed editors. Little has changed there, either.
        • Standardized spelling didn't come into vogue until the very late 18th Century.
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