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Marilee J. Layman

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04:21 pm: Bigotry, Halloween Results, and Dream
I knew Manassas was conservative when I moved here 15 years ago, but it has become more and more bigoted in the last few years. Last year, the council voted to approve a law that in effect harassed Hispanics via housing rules. The FHA checked it out and has turned it over to Justice who will probably file suit. Then a couple of weeks ago, they denied a home business license for a massage therapy business (they approved both of the previous applications) because the applicant is gay. And this week, the council wants the city police to take the Immigration training so they can start deportation of illegal immigrants directly. The police chief said he didn't want to do it; it would degrade the relationship they have with the Latino community. The council asked the jail staff to take the training and so far, they sound like they're looking for a way out, too. I wish I could afford to move.

I bought a box of 36 full-size Reeses' Cups for $12, a good deal, but only had 16 kids to give them to. Fortunately, the guys putting a new roof on the building across the street came to have lunch in the shade in front of my porch, so I got rid of nine more. Now I just have 11 to deal out. I had several witches, princesses, and Darths, plus an angel and a Shrek.

A happy dream last night, but not too complicated: I was the singer for a cowboy swing band and I had fabulous costumes.

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Date:November 1st, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'd like to have that dream!

Yuck, on the other stuff.
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Date:November 2nd, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
We live in a totally awful place too. Very snobish and agressive and not wanting to know about things. It can sap your energy knowing how cold and intolerant people can be. But then you think of how hard people fight such things, and it's okay again.

We're in the middle of trying to get rehoused. Which is fine... BUT...oh goddess, can I really bear to move house again! All these books and DVDs and .... I'm only one little human girl, how many times can a fan move house before breaking utterly! And how many more holes in the wall can a girl drill, for shelves?

I've told David I'm not moving the 3000 video tapes *again*. He has come to terms with this, as we don't even have a working video recorder in the house anymore... but now what do we do with them! All on longplay, so each has 8 hours of stuff. All indexed and cross-referenced!

He may let me put them on ebay... but how many years of soft soaping to get him to that point...? Agreeing they can go is entirely different form agreeing _where_ they go! ;-)

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Date:November 2nd, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
The thing is, Manassas is actually a lovely little city. I found out today that the same council member proposed both the housing law and the immigration training, and was the one who went out personally to get signatures on a petition to keep the gay guy from getting his home business license. The really bad part is he's up for state delegate on Tuesday. I'd always planned to vote for his opponent, who was endorsed by the WashPost, but if he wins, he'll take his bigotry to the state legislature. Maybe we'll get a better council member, though.

I don't know about England, but in the US there are private charities that will help with moving families with a disabled member. Maybe you can find some there. Moving all the books and stuff is really a big job.

I wonder if a library would like your videotapes. You may have items that weren't published.
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