Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hello from Boulder!

NOTICE THE BRIGHT COLORADO SUN.

My niece Rose moved to Boulder from Oakland in February, for the adventure of it, and to be with her boyfriend Lawrence, who is going to grad school there.  I'm Rose's Parental Unit, so I had to check it out.  (Lawrence has received the Parental Unit Seal of Approval.) Boulder is its own special place, as everyone told me when I announced that I was going there to visit.  And I have found it to be so.  

This bike shop/tap room/coffee bar may be the only one in the universe.  And it is CERTAINLY the only one that serves free coffee flights every Friday morning.  What are coffee flights, you ask.  Why, silly, they are three consecutive cups of coffee, the first light, the second dark roast, and the third espresso.  They are served by a beautiful and knowledgeable barista who is very happy to tell you about the origin of each cup.  And she didn't even make me feel like a nerdy dweeb for using 1/2 & 1/2 -- although she did acknowledge that it's usually not done. 

In the foreground, Lawrence, on his 2nd cup.  Oh yes, they give you
some bubbly water to cleanse your palate when you're done.

Anyhow, the coffee comes from Ampersand Coffee Company, whose symbol is so weird that it is not recognizable as an ampersand, the most delightful of punctuation marks.  Disappointing, but let's move on.  Ampersand works directly with WOMEN coffee farmers & tries to eliminate as many middle men (& women) as possible so that the farmers get a good fair price.   & then, your donation -- whatever you wish -- goes to a good cause.  Talk about virtue! Is this a great way to start a day or what??!?


Then it was on to the Dushanbe Teahouse for breakfast. Dushanbe in the Republic of Tajikstan is the sister city of Boulder.  The Dushanbe folks built a fabulous teahouse, cut it into pieces, and rebuild it in Boulder.  (Maybe they were inspired by Boulder's reputation for virtue.)  This teahouse is just wow wow wow:







 Hey, Dushanbe, are you up for being San Francisco's sister city too?   In return, we can send you.... hmmm... I know!  A fabulous Victorian cafe! 

But of course a restaurant this awesomely beautiful doesn't have to have good food.  We know that. 


But it does.


At the bottom, a Banh-mi breakfast sandwich with fried eggs and pork belly.  On the right, Kookoo Sabzi, a Persian herb omelette with baba ghanoush, crispy saffron rice, walnuts & house made naan. At the top, Mexican chilaquiles.  I didn't try the chilaquiles, but Rose and Lawrence vouched for them.  The other two dishes were exceptional.  Wonderful strong flavors.   


Today, we're going on a bike ride to somewhere with more delicious food.  More later.

  


Monday, March 26, 2018

"AND A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM...."

FROM THE FUNNIES PAGE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, MARCH 24, 2018



Folks, I wrote long and thoughtfully (at least I thought so) about the March for Our Lives and these wonderful responses to by cartoonists Hilary Price ("Rhymes with Orange"), and  Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman ("Zits").

And then I accidentally deleted it all.  And now it's past midnight.  

Let me just say I'm terrified and deeply moved by what's going on in our country.  I have always believed in the power of democracy, of people working hard to elect other people who feel like them about the important issues in our world.   Like you all, I'm in despair over Crump.  But I am so excited by these kids saying, shouting, repeating, "Get rid of assault weapons or we will vote you out of office!"  That is, indeed what democracy is all about.  And voting is just the teeny tiny tip of the iceberg.  It's a fuck of a lot of work to elect good people, especially because:
  1. The bad guys (almost) always have more money than the good guys.
  2. Fear is a really powerful emotion, and anyone who chooses to manipulate voters with it can become powerful themselves.
But there really is no choice but for us to do this work.  We must do it for our world, for our children.

(Full disclosure:  I don't actually have children, but I do have a niece who is very dear to me who calls me her Parental Unit.)

We gotta. Let's take back our country.  We are the majority.  That is clear.  Admittedly, they have almost all the guns.  But, hey, the kids have the guts to face this evil.  We must follow their example.

What are you doing in the month of October?  Why don't you think about spending as much time as you can working on a campaign?  It will alleviate your despair.  I guarantee it.   And, yes, you'll feel awful if you work real hard and you lose.  But not as awful as you'll feel if you sit on your butt and hope for change.

WE CAN DO THIS. 

TERRY




Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Partaaay to Impeach!!!

I had a Party to Impeach at my house on Saturday, Feb. 17 in San Francisco.  This was one of the many Parties to Impeach organized all over the country by Tom Steyer, the billionaire who's working to create a grassroots movement to get The First Toddler away from the nuclear football. I had 25 guests -- lots of women, both lesbian and straight, and two men.

We read aloud all the talking points the organizers sent us -- why impeach, how it's done, the history, why we should not let the prospect of Pence immobilize us.  We had very stimulating discussions.  What a wide rage of opinions among all us Trump-Loathers!  Every Party all over the country was supposed to phone Nancy Pelosi during the party, because she opposes impeachment.  That is a huge obstacle, since she leads the Dems in the House, which is where impeachment must start.  EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY!  And she's OUR (as in San Francisco's) representative!!  What to do?!?  (Full disclosure:  I ran against her in 2004 because she supported the invasion of Iraq.)

There's a strong Democratic candidate running in the primary against Pelosi.  Since we have the top-two system, if Stephen Jaffe comes in second, it would be him and NP in the general election.  That would give him a lot of time to hold her feet to the fire about impeachment.  After all, she's our REPRESENTATIVE, and the great majority of the people she is supposed to represent want The First Toddler OUT of the White House!  What her constituents want should mean something to NP, but it doesn't.  

There was a group of Code Pink women at the party who have been trying to get through to Pelosi -- and failing -- for years.  Maybe decades!  They and I agreed that we should meet with Stephen Jaffe and push him to make impeachment part of his platform.  So that's our plan. 

We wrote 88 postcards to Pelosi and also the Dems who already support impeachment.  We also wrote postcards to the 10 Senators who receive the most money from the NRA, telling them they would burn in hell for their sins.  At least, that's what mine said.  Then we took the photo below.  People were extremely happy to be meeting and doing something, even though, when we talked, there was a great diversity of opinion on what to do and how to do it.

IF YOU LIVE IN THE BAY AREA AND WOULD LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT FUTURE EVENTS I MIGHT ORGANIZE, PLEASE TELL ME.
Terry

Monday, January 22, 2018

PLEASE FORWARD ALL BLOGS (Plus good story)

Dear Friends: People are asking if they can forward my latest blog.  Never ask.  Just forward.  I'd love to be spread far and wide.

Which reminds me:

Remember my just previous blog, about joining the mailing list notification if Mueller is fired?

Well, I got a phone call from a woman in Antigua, Guatemala. She was the friend of an incredible woman, Mary Lou (I think), who I met on the four-hour van trip from San Miguel de Allende to the Mexico City airport last year.  Mary Lou is an American archeologist who rediscovered the ancient jade mines of Guatemala, which were lost in the jungle.

So anyhow.  Mary Lou agreed to be on my blog list, and she was forwarding all my blogs to her friend (can't remember her name, sorry), who is an activist.  So... Guatemala has a VERY strong activist movement, which forced the impeachment of their President.  (Hmmmmmmm...) 

Sooooo... Mary Lou's friend wanted to know the technical platform for the Mueller protest campaign so they could do something similar to immediately notify Guatemalans of emergency demonstrations!  I directed her to MOVE ON, who I'm sure will give her the wherewithall.  Needless to say, I couldn't help her with anything technical.

But my blog helped Guatemalan activists!  I'm so proud of myself!  As Ai Wei Wei says, "A small act is worth a million thoughts."

Terry
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The Ceanothis  is starting to bloom!  (I'm a blue freak.)

TERRY BAUM
LILITH THEATER San Francisco
547 Douglass Street
San Francisco, CA 94114



Dear Friends: People are asking if they can forward my latest blog.  Never ask.  Just forward.  I'd love to be spread far and wide.

Which reminds me:

Remember my just previous blog, about joining the mailing list notification if Mueller is fired?

Well, I got a phone call from a woman in Antigua, Guatemala. She was the friend of an incredible woman, Mary Lou (I think), who I met on the four-hour van trip from San Miguel de Allende to the Mexico City airport last year.  Mary Lou is an American archeologist who rediscovered the ancient jade mines of Guatemala, which were lost in the jungle.

So anyhow.  Mary Lou agreed to be on my blog list, and she was forwarding all my blogs to her friend (can't remember her name, sorry), who is an activist.  So... Guatemala has a VERY strong activist movement, which forced the impeachment of their President.  (Hmmmmmmm...) 

Sooooo... Mary Lou's friend wanted to know the technical platform for the Mueller protest campaign so they could do something similar to immediately notify Guatemalans of emergency demonstrations!  I directed her to MOVE ON, who I'm sure will give her the wherewithall.  Needless to say, I couldn't help her with anything technical.

But my blog helped Guatemalan activists!  I'm so proud of myself!  As Ai Wei Wei says, "A small act is worth a million thoughts."

Terry

Sunday, January 21, 2018

GoddessZilla & Medusa Do the Women's March


A year ago, I was planning to join friends who were going to Washington D.C. for the protests of Trump's inauguration and the Women's March.  And then I got the flu and missed everything everywhere, even in San Francisco.  I listened to reports on the March on the radio and read everything about it in the SF Chronicle and the NY Times.  I rejoiced the the NY Times' spectacular photo essay of marches all over the world.  All from the comfort of my warm, cosy flat.

So when Carolyn said she was going to finally bring GoddessZilla to life for the Women's March this year, I knew I wanted to do something absolutely wonderful too.

About GoddessZilla:  We had come up with this concept in 2008, when we first became The Crackpot Crones.  She's a a female monster who rises out of the ocean depths to protect the environment from destruction by humans.  We saw her as paired with Fembo, a good old down-home radical dyke.
These two would somehow conspire to save the world.  But we never could quite figure out how.  The only public outing of the team was at a women's open mic -- and was a distinct failure.  GoddessZilla and Fembo were filed in our very large box of failed ideas.

But that didn't keep me from ordering monster feet slippers and a tail from a mail order catalog -- or Carolyn asking Val Von, our costume coordinator, to somehow construct breasts and torso for our Monster Feminist.

And then there was my Medusa helmet.
I don't know about YOU, but when I find a Medusa helmet on sale at half-price, I GOTTA HAVE IT!  That was a few years ago, and it has rested in my costume closet next to the birthday hat that I always forget to bring out on anyone's birthday.

And then.... and then I was going to the Women's March with Carolyn because SOMEBODY had to go with her if she was going as GoddessZilla.  And then I remembered the Medusa helmet.  And THEN I remembered that Medusa was a total victim of vicious sexual oppression, having been turned into a monster herself because her great beauty had provoked Zeus to rape her!  Admittedly, she was cursed with snakes for hair by Hera, Zeus's wife.  Yes, women have been complicit in oppressing women.  We know that.  And how many women have been blamed for provoking their own rape and then punished for it?  How many?  It's time for Medusa to join the Me Too movement  --- and a whole lot of other mythical women too!
Eve in therapy with Dr. Lilith, to overcome 5000 years of guilt
Let's just start with Eve, blamed for the downfall of humanity, when she's the one who had the guts to give birth to CONSCIOUSNESS and KNOWLEDGE and HISTORY itself!

About my Medusa drag:  Would you believe I already HAD it?!?  Ages ago, my mother had given me this wild hostess gown (yes, this was a fashion thing long ago), which she'd never worn.  It's hard to imagine she ever had the courage to buy something diaphanous and shocking pink and gold.  I've been meaning to send it to Good Will for at least a decade, but somehow could never toss out such lusciousness, even though I KNEW absolutely KNEW I would never use it.  And then I found the pink purse on the street.   Unbelievable the things people throw out.  The shocking pink gloves were bought at Cliff's the night before the march, when I went to buy elastic for Carolyn and me.  I also bought salmon pink sequins which ended up on GoddessZilla's nipples.

Carolyn, with the help of Matthew, her husband, stayed up late getting those wonderful nipples just right.  They used egg carton compartments as the base.  She and I sewed tiny pink pussy hats for all the little snake heads, but they were too small.  Only one person noticed them.

And we were off to Oakland, where we met Julie, Carolyn's friend, who took all the photos, except the one she's in.

It was Julie's very first political demonstration, and she was on the verge of tears the whole time. she was so moved.  What a great feeling to be with all those joyous rebellious creative people!  Thousands and thousands.  And so many wonderful children!

And I got a chance to speak on a very small stage as Medusa.

And the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Band sounded beautiful.

And SO MANY people took our picture, 
including this CBS photographer who only wanted Carolyn's feet.

And we went home exhausted and very happy campers.  GoddessZilla made a friend on BART.

And Medusa fell asleep on the bus.

THE END



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW—MUELLER FIRING RAPID RESPONSE

I'm inviting you  to join me in signing up for this brilliant plan:  To be notified IMMEDIATELY if Dude45 fires Special Prosecutor Mueller, and to come to a protest in your city -- or one near you -- that will be happen ASAP.  As you will see when you click the link below, there are literally hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country that have committed to this immediate protest. 

https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response/search/?from=@

I am not one to endlessly sign online petitions.  But this is different, and it's a brilliant use of the Internet.  No, we don't wait for a month or even the next Saturday.  We hit the streets within 24 hours, coordinated with folks all over the U.S. 

We're all traumatized by the events of last year.  And we face 2018 with ... I don't want to use the word "fear" but I AM frightened ..... this is something that demands we ACT IMMEDIATELY if this crisis unfolds.  It gives me hope and comfort to sign up for it. 

Below is a photo I took at a demonstration against the invasion of Iraq.

Terry