Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Brief Respite from the Trenches

The past several weeks have been one long cage match with the database. The administrator did install the equivalent of a nifty warp drive button for me yesterday, which will alleviate a lot of the problems, but I'm still left with several complex summary tables to correct, which entails running the same query with minor tweaks over and over and over again. I swear by the end of the day I can feel my cerebral cortex folding in on itself in surrender. And after all that, how many people actually give a rat's ass about how folks organized themselves to manufacture arrowheads on the Mogollon Rim a thousand years ago? Do you? Didn't think so.

That and reading far too many comments on the Daily Star's continuing coverage of the upcoming Arizona Constitutional amendment kerfuffle (election coming up? must launch anti-gay marriage bill!) has left me too mentally numbed to post much other than pretty pictures from hiking trips. You know, straight people who insist that hiring a lawyer to draw up a will and a few Power of Attorney documents not only provides the exact same legal protections as civil marriage but is actually superior to civil marriage should be required to forfeit their own $50 trips to the courthouse and re-do it all via the lawyer route. Seriously. They'll need to go shopping for a sturdy messenger bag first, though, which they'll need to cart around their documents wherever they go--not that even a boxful of medical and financial powers of attorney will fly very far in one of the states whose constitutions were recently amended to not only ban same-sex marriage forever and ever world without end amen, but to also explicitly refuse to recognize any relationship designed to approximate marriage or the legal incidents thereof. Get that last little bit there? Your very expensive contracts and PoAs mean exactly jack shit in states like Michigan or Wisconsin, because they attempt to secure for you just a few of the legal incidents extended to straight couples facing emergencies without hesitation or the demand for supporting documentation.

So I'm a tad more surly than usual, and my Thin Mints have still not yet arrived. WTF, Girl Scouts? Step it up!

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