OldHippieChick

OldHippieChick wrote

I wouldn't want to treat my dog the way some people treat their gods.

The funny thing is, though, that the worse my life gets, the more cool my gods and I are with each other. I don't even care about the things that grate on my nerves about religion when life is going well.

If your god is like a vending machine or an ATM or the drive-thru window at Starbucks, I think s/he is going to break down and disappoint you eventually.

I wouldn't want that kind of a god in my life. I would want to kick him in the nuts because what about free will? What did I ever do to deserve the good things I don't appreciate and the bad things I can't fix?

This is my church:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/351/18763240308_745a5996c8_b.jpg

Judi Bari died for my sins.

My gods can't fix my problems, but they smile on me and give me things like parking places and cans of lima beans left in unexpected places. I like my gods. I don't care if they are parts of myself or actual supreme rulers of the universe.

Sometimes I think I'm cussing and realize in mid "JEEEZus-Mary-Joseph-and-all-the-saints" that I'm actually praying. Other times I have to be by myself because I know it isn't okay to walk around in public talking to oneself but there just isn't anyone who cares enough to listen.

Except for dogs and gods, but I'm a bit dyslexic that way.

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OldHippieChick wrote

You might find comfort and meaning in this:

https://archive.org/details/BlessedIsTheFlameAnIntroductionToConcentrationCampResistanceAndAnarchoNihilism

but I will not be here to remind you. I thank the gods I am too poor to afford chemo, heart bypass surgery, etc. but I intend to enjoy what is given to me, be kind and helpful to others, and dance, sing, hike, and love before they round up the Old Hippie Chicks to meet the same or worse fate as the ICEd kids are living today.

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OldHippieChick wrote

Everything is. I don't think it's human beings that have made the internet such an unfriendly place all of a sudden (to my mid-50s self).

I just left a much less chill flounce on a dog forum last night and it wasn't anywhere near as fun as getting banned from the long hair community for an admittedly not-very-wise political post.

Take care and enjoy your vacation. I take many, even from Raddle.

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OldHippieChick wrote

Things have improved drastically here since sleeping was de-illegalized. I am very safe in one city where I can park my car in a designated area where the police leave us alone. I even have a truly Instagram-worthy pic of my feet crossed in front of my windshield there since it has such a pretty view.

Of course I am not a full-timer and apologize if my posts sometimes come off that way. I will be eventually and will probably eventually lose my car, my life, and a whole lot of other depressing eventualities.

I was under the mistaken impression that the concept of "Beloved Community" was purely local; I'll look for a nice, reputable link that describes it in detail to post later, but the gist of it, that I am able to understand, is that it can be every bit as deep and rewarding a form of love as romantic love or the love we feel for our families, and in my own case my dog, if we can accept it for what it is, which is a very impersonal form of love.

My offline people are wonderful and they are all unique individuals but it would not be correct to call them "friends". The Park is not a community, it is a solidarity network. It is perfectly normal and acceptable for an individual one cares very deeply about to disappear without a trace.

It's an adjustment. The alternatives are worse, however.

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OldHippieChick wrote

[QUOTE]IceCat doesn't make their browser for windows anymore[/QUOTE]

Ugh. That's new.

Waterfox and/or Palemoon/Basilisk is probably the least-bad option for you then unless you have the time and desire to use live Gnu/Linux media.

Windows ports of Gnu/Linux programmes were what gave me the confidence to move forward at my own pace back in the days when the dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was relevant (in 2004) so I'm sad to see them go.

I'm also patient if you ever sincerely want to hit me up for Gnubie questions.

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OldHippieChick wrote

"Innovation" has not been a Good Thing over the course of this half-century I have personally witnessed. I don't think it's just aging, either.

I'm here to share Good Things that would otherwise be forgotten with people who would otherwise not be able to know their own history.

WHY do they want to destroy their own planet for money? It doesn't make any sense AT ALL. I don't think "technology" is going to enable them to metastisize like some sort of cancer and infect the entire universe.

Stupid people. I like dogs much better.

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OldHippieChick wrote

My Raddle friend/neighbour encouraged me to microdose (solo) after I lost my son. I'm too old for that shit so I ate the whole mushroom and laughed my ass off at how much "better" my own life was without fascist family bullshit I had been tolerating for years.

It helped, even though nothing is going to bring my kid back.

Definitely thinking about a full blown trip. I haven't tripped since I was 19. It's time.

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OldHippieChick wrote

You do NOT have a functioning computer if it requires proprietary drivers. If you don't mind 32 bit, you can easily software flash an X60 yourself. They show up on eBay for about $20.

I cannot stand systemd. Hyperbola[1] may be too LTS/old fashioned for your taste but I am so fucking thrilled to be back on my distro of choice, even though it did take me over a year to fix some permissions errors that kept X from starting.

Not that I wouldn't love to get back to playing around with Gentoo and Guix, of course.

Have fun distro hopping.

[1]hyperbola.info

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OldHippieChick wrote

:D

So my kid liked these a LOT more than the >$6/lb falafel mix his fascist half-brother used to buy:

Okara Balls

Take the leftover stuff from inside the jelly bag after you make soy drink and put it in a mixing bowl. Freeze it first if you aren't going to use it right away.

Dump in 1/2-1cup of oatmeal. Just uncooked raw rolled oats, not leftover breakfast. 1/4-1/2 cup of nutritional yeast if you have it 2 Tbsp of soy sauce if you have it 1Tbsp of ground sage

Mix that together with your hands and form into small balls the size of sausages or falafel. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.

I like to put 2-3 of them in a tortilla with a bunch of lettuce, grated carrot, and some nut butter, roll it up like a burrito, and put it in an outside pocket of my backpack so I don't have to stop walking just because I live in a body and bodies require nourishment.

The dog likes that shit too, but the latest dog food scandal has to do with legumes in dog food maybe not being absorbed and maybe leading to dialated cardiomyopathy so use you own brain. First time dog owner here.

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OldHippieChick wrote

I gave up and went to the godamnedmotherfuckingcocksucking food bank. They were really cool, though. I got some amazing shit and am eating better than I ever did when I had a family. The guy who helped me carry the shit to my car kept saying, "It's a service."

I'm stressing out over my food stamp application. I know I don't qualify, I just wanted the ten bucks worth of vouchers for the Farmer's Market that they were giving out if you just filled it out.

I was honest, but they considered it an "emergency" and rushed my name to the top and scheduled an "interview".

wtf??? My credit card still works and I checked the box that said I have more than a hunnert bucks in the bank. Sure hope I don't wind up in jail because I don't have anyone to watch my dog.

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OldHippieChick wrote

I feel you. I hate and despise rolling out dough too, even though I know I can't afford to pay four bucks for a package of tortillas when I already have the .02 cents worth of flour to make my own.

I hope you got the fucking take-out. I think you deserve it.

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OldHippieChick wrote

There is absolutely nothing to apologize for and I want to congratulate you. Getting off meds isn't easy, even if you do have a support system. It's a major accomplishment that you should be proud of because not everybody can do it, just like not everybody can quit cigarettes or heroin.

My deepest condolances about the job. I found the whole lot of nothing for $8 an hour to be the hardest part too.

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OldHippieChick wrote

They legalized industrial hemp in the US and the price of hemp seeds plummetted dramatically. I used to just get a few of them to sprinkle on things in the same size bag you put spices in. Now they're so cheap I just scoop them into an ordinary bulk foods bag and stick 1/4 cup of them in the blender with a cup of water any time I run out of soy drink or randomly get the urge to make something creamy.

The commercial stuff in the aseptic package was really nice, thick, and creamy but super expensive before legalization, like $5 or something. I usually just got it for the kids for 4/20 or something.

I guess they can't make as much money off of us now or something so it's not tryn-dee any more. Sameoldsong.

Never thought I'd be reminiscing about prohibition through rose-coloured glasses but here we are.....

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