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Random Notes

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:37 pm

I’ve been meaning to record a few thoughts here, but have kept finding other activities with which to occupy myself. My brain’s notepad is limited so I have to unload some of them now before I lose them. What you’ll find below may make little sense, but I hope to come back and expand on them when time permits.

First, I’ve wanted to start a record of Savannah’s eccentrics. Remember to include the regulars – Particle Man, Stop the Lies, the Abortion Car, Joe Walsh, The Blind M&M’s Man, No Legs Man by CVS, The Saxophone Man, the Robot, Johnny Two Notes, 39 Cents, & The Unicyclist. The ones you’ve not seen in awhile – Yelling Black Lady, the gentle homeless guys in Monterrey Square. And of course, your new favorite – I Harrass You? Remember to tell of the “America” story.

Next, I need to expound on this – Study: 770 dismissed under ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and the related thread at America’s Debate. Wertz, avoid the thread, it will only piss you off. It did me anyway, which is why I need to write about it here rather than there; that, and I would be off topic. Big jist of the pro-anti-gays: We need to protect a few neanderthal bigots from the possibility of ‘getting gay’ because in an intimate situation like front line battle they will not be effective killers if subjected to such traumatic thoughts like gayness.

A quick prediction from Mike regarding this item: Cheney curses Senator Leahy over Halliburton criticism. Mike predicts that Cheney has commenced laying the path to his eventual resignation from the Bush 2004 Campaign as the Vice Presidential candidate in order for a younger, less PNAC leaning replacemento come in.

The city is considering passing a resolution condemning the Patriot act(in a polite, southern way, of course.)

Finally, I just need to remind myself to look more into this: U.S. ends war crimes exemption bid. Is that the Constitution I smell burning? Not sure, gotta look into this…

Anyway, those were the big ideas that need expansion. Hopefully, I will be back soon enough. Wertz will be here tomorrow, however, and I’m looking forward to a fun weekend away from the computer for once.


For Cyan

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:51 am

I just learned that one of our local art museums, The Telfair Museum has a painting of Kahlil Gibran by Lilla Cabot Perry. It’s gorgeous. Perhaps, I should actually visit the museum one of these days.


Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:21 pm

I apologize if anyone was waiting for more G8 updates. It got to be too much after awhile and I just had to stop thinking about it. Mike did a great job of picking up the ball and chronicling events.

I know that I felt like I was living in a Pink Floydian landscape.

Soft, grey moss dripping
from Live Oaks shading
two hundred and fifty year old buildings guarded
by drones in kevlar and space age polymers

The G8 officially ended yesterday afternoon and most of the police and military have finally disappeared. Oddly enough, it was today we had a bomb “scare” (I use the term very lightly) in the square by my office.

About 11 I looked out the window and noticed that there were no pedestrians in the square and no traffic around it. Then I noticed there were police blocking off the square. I couldn’t see much else from the office window and returned to work.

About 1pm, my co-worker had gone to get lunch. She called me on her cellphone and reported that no one was being allowed in the building. I asked her if she knew if I should leave. She had no idea. I asked her what was going on and she did not know that either. I called to the Savannah PD and find out there was a “suspicious package” in the square and no one was being let into the square or surrounding buildings. I asked the deputy if she thought I should leave the building. She claimed I was likely safe but it couldn’t hurt.

I decided it was time for me to have lunch now too. I called my coworker to let her know I was leaving. She said she was going to go shopping on Broughton Street to pass the time and would call me if she heard if the building reopened. I then called Mike to come get me for lunch. I told him I would have to meet him at an adjacent square since the one I worked on was closed. (I have an interesting story about my waiting but I will come back to that).

When I left the building, there was an MP there. He looked at me with a weird expression and asked, “Were you just in there?” I replied that I was. He seemed like he was about to ask something else when two pushy business men came up to him to beg for access to their cars with promises to drive right out of the area. I snuck off and headed over to meet Mike.

I didn’t end up getting any extra time off. My coworker called half way through lunch to tell me I could return. Darn, and here I was looking forward to having a half-day Friday.

Now the waiting story.

< FBI begin transcription here>
I was waiting for Mike to come pick me up from lunch and I happened to be standing on a street corner near an unmarked vehicle. It had all the obvious signs of being an unmarked – dark blue, Crown Victoria with tinted windows, and a single man in a suit sitting in the front seat. A lunchtime sun was streaming in from behind him and I could see right into the car despite the tinting.

The man was reviewing a file folder (the kind that looks like this: file folder). On the left side were papers with words too small to make out. On the right side were three large images of ahem, anyone want to sing along with me? ‘middle eastern looking men.’ Yes, for real.

I couldn’t help but stare. In fact, I remember trying to burn the images in my mind because I knew I shouldn’t have been seeing what I was. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see them all that well with the tinting and my crappy eyesight. I know one image was of a man with a square face and beard. Another was a rounder, chubbier man, also with a beard. The third one was of a shaggier looking man, but the image was somewhat blurry.

I don’t know what I was looking at but it has piqued my curiosity.


Damn, I really wanted to write about my apathy towards Reagan’s death, but I just don’t have it in me tonight…I guess that’s rather fitting actually.


G8, Monday

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:53 pm

Mike has taken to chronical the events as well. Please be sure to check out his log here: 2004 G8 Summit

From WSAV, Thin Crowds, “Tomorrow, the city’s Forsyth Park will be the site of a ‘peace and civil liberties festival.’ Organizers has estimated about five- to ten-thousand people to attend that event, but today they lowered that projection to around one-thousand.” (emphasis mine).

20,000 police & military for 1,000 protesters? No. It’s now apparent that it is not just the protesters they are looking to keep quiet.



Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:33 pm

This Orwellian nightmare only seems to be getting worse. Wertz has made a nice summary of recent events in his 10am entry from June 4th.

I have some updates since then also.

*Gotta start with ultimate irony. As Wertz mentioned, we here in Coastal Georgia are under a State of Emergency (.pdf) (further reference). Part of the fun of this act is that 20,000 ‘security forces’ will converge on our little area. So the cops start showing up and what happens? Two bank robbery attempts in the oldest square on one day!!

The moron who committed both robberies was later caught, but not right away. The next day there were 4 uniformed officers standing on the northeast corner of Bull and Bryan Street all day. This morning there were private security guards in the same spot. Around the west side of the square was a uniformed officer digging around the truck of an unmarked vehicle. As we drove by, I commented out my open window, “Oh look an undercover.” Yeah, he heard me. :P

There were also two green army humvees and uniformed soldiers parked in a vacant lot near Lincoln and Congress. Further east in a lot across from the housing project on President St., was another army humvee, this time in desert brown.

*Choppers still flying at all hours of the day. We’re getting media birds out here too now. The sky is getting a might bit crowded. Speaking of media, some of us went out to lunch yesterday. We dined at one of the open air restaurants that face River St. Across the river to Hutchison Island, were more satellite dishes and flags and signs with media and other corporate logos than I have ever seen.

*Last night in Garden City, (you know, home of Chief Daniel Don’t Film Me Lyons) 6-8 patrol cars were set up in the median on Rte. 21 with all their lights flashing. Cops were milling about everywhere, with no obvious task. Probably getting ready to set up a roadblock, but I’ve found nothing to verify that so far.

CNN is good for keeping up their articles indefinitely, so here is one that is pretty good at explaining the mood down here: Locals Apprehensive about G8.

Sorry this is such a scattered entry. Expect them to be like this through the G8. I want to try to capture all my impressions of it while they are still fresh, so they tend to be sort of spasmodic.


Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:21 pm

It’s 11:21 p.m. est. The helicopters are still out there.

Here’s some delicious ironing for you from the Savannah Morning News, Engines on choppers Coast Guard will use for G-8 have dangerous power-loss problems

67 power loss incidents this year. Just keep flying ‘em, boys. We’ll keep the camera handy.

G8 Hell

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:59 pm

A number of helicopters have been flying low over downtown and buzzing the building in which I work.

There is a HUGE, very expensive looking mobile police trailer outside the Federal Courthouse.

Orwell was off by 20 years. It’s 2004, not 1984 that this shit really starts to hit the fan.

I’m thinking of fashioning myself a tinfoil hat. I’ve no illusions about it keeping out any mindwaves, but I think the statement needs to be made.


This is not the America I used to know. :(

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