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Subject:Downtown Santa Cruz
Time:12:16 pm
Thoughts on Orientation at UCSC...

Our trip to Santa Cruz was complete. We encountered the Pink Umbrella Man. As we turned onto Pacific Avenue and while on the lookout for parking spaces, Katy spied him. I recalled reading something about him on the web so when we later passed him on the sidewalk (numerous times - he does literally go at a snail's pace) I was unafraid of this eccentric. I actually made eye contact with him and have to confess his beatific smile was a highlight of the day. He had his pink poodle purse and shoes that lit up with each step; and his eye makeup had some more metallic green to it than he wore when these pictures were taken. He did not have his fur leggings or pink poofy coat - it was hot by Santa Cruz standards after all. Still, I have to wonder about this person. Look at his glasses. I have those frames. Those frames are not cheap. They don't get handed out under Medi-Cal. What is the true story behind this unique Robert?
The Umbrella Guy
Santa Cruz has its share of folks who appear to have flown to Knott’s Berry Farm, so to speak. When it comes to keepin’ it weird, though, there’s no contest—the slow and steady guy wins the race. Inching across the finish line in super-slow-mo, flashing a blissed-out victory grin that says, “the hamster has fallen off the wheel,” comes our community’s most instantly recognizable icon—the Statue of Liberty of different: The Umbrella Guy.

Just in case you were wondering, this is not performance art. There’s no symbolism to The Umbrella Guy’s increasingly wild garb, nor does any Zen philosophy guide his slow, methodical footsteps. There’s one reason alone that this man carries an umbrella and walks at a turtle’s pace in makeup and pink ladies’ garments: He enjoys it.

“I see it as just a fun way to spend an afternoon,” he explains with his famous smile. “I find it relaxing.”

Nice as it might be to live in a place where a guy can walk through the heart of town in drag without getting lynched, some Santa Cruz dwellers have expressed irritation, if not outright hostility, at The Umbrella Guy’s presence. He takes it all in stride—measured, painstaking stride.

“No one’s had a heart attack, either from joy or anger, so that’s good,” he offers, adding that most people’s reactions fall somewhere between those two extremes.

Though he acknowledges that his first name is Robert, The Umbrella Guy declines to comment on the rumor that he’s Robert Steffen, the so-called “Umbrella Man” who spent the very late ’90s and early ’00s quietly bidding Pacific Avenue passersby a nice day from under a garbage bag and umbrella. Steffen—who claimed to be a former electrical engineer for Mountain View’s NASA Ames Research Center—once ran in a local presidential campaign under the “Black Sheep Party” banner. Flanked by signs that said, “There is no God,” and “Please do not touch the candidate,” Steffen made his bid for presidency on a platform that included everything from anti-animal rights views to the support of commercial development on the moon. -GT Weekly

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Subject:Dickie Fudd
Time:07:05 pm
"Late Show with David Letterman," CBS 

· "Good news, ladies and gentlemen, we have finally located weapons of mass destruction: It's Dick Cheney."

· "But here is the sad part -- before the trip Donald Rumsfeld had denied the guy's request for body armor."

· "We can't get Bin Laden, but we nailed a 78-year-old attorney."

· "The guy who got gunned down, he is a Republican lawyer and a big Republican donor and fortunately the buck shot was deflected by wads of laundered cash. So he's fine. He took a little in the wallet." 

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC

· "Although it is beautiful here in California, the weather back East has been atrocious. There was so much snow in Washington, D.C., Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fat guy thinking it was a polar bear."

· "That's the big story over the weekend. ... Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fellow hunter, a 78-year-old lawyer. In fact, when people found out he shot a lawyer, his popularity is now at 92 percent."

· "I think Cheney is starting to lose it. After he shot the guy he screamed, 'Anyone else want to call domestic wire tapping illegal?' "

· "Dick Cheney is capitalizing on this for Valentine's Day. It's the new Dick Cheney cologne. It's called Duck!" 

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Comedy Central

· The show's segment titles included "Cheney's Got a Gun," "No. 2 With a Bullet" and "Dead-Eye Dick."

· "Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a quail hunt ... making 78-year-old Harry Whittington the first person shot by a sitting veep since Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, of course, (was) shot in a duel with Aaron Burr over issues of honor, integrity and political maneuvering. Whittington? Mistaken for a bird."

· "Now, this story certainly has its humorous aspects. ... But it also raises a serious issue, one which I feel very strongly about. ... Moms, dads, if you're watching right now, I can't emphasize this enough: Do not let your kids go on hunting trips with the vice president. I don't care what kind of lucrative contracts they're trying to land, or energy regulations they're trying to get lifted -- it's just not worth it." 

"Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," CBS

· "He is a lawyer and he got shot in the face. But he's a lawyer, he can use his other face. He'll be all right."

· "You can understand why this lawyer fellow let his guard down, because if you're out hunting with a politician, you think, 'If I'm going to get it, it's going to be in the back.' "

· "The big scandal apparently is that they didn't release the news for 18 hours. I don't think that's a scandal at all. I'm quite pleased about that. Finally there's a secret the vice president's office can keep."

· "Apparently the reason they didn't release the information right away is they said we had to get the facts right. That's never stopped them in the past."

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Subject:Thoughts on those leaving
Time:02:37 pm
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative

Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet – On Children

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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Time:11:50 pm
Get a life!
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