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Xena, Uber & More
Tuesday, 16 May 2006
Not blogging much, am I?
Topic: Random musings
Nope, haven't blogged in about a month. If anyone is reading this blog, I am sorry, but real life keeps intruding. I try to snag a few minutes to write new stories, but by the time the muse starts whispering, one of the cats interrupts, or my gf wants me to look at something, or I look up and see it's very late. Humph.

I do have a few stories I've been kicking around for a few years, but they all bogged down in the middle. Maybe I should do something crazy and start at the end and work backwards. Who the heck knows?

JS Stephens

Posted by jsstephens at 9:29 PM CDT
Saturday, 15 April 2006
Tank tops
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Random musings
I have to get this off my chest (no pun intended). Why in the world has the term "wifebeater" or "wife-beater" become an acceptable substitute for a tank top or athletic shirt? I even started seeing it crop up in lesbian fiction, which bothers me greatly. If the term is derived from the stereotyped man wearing an athletic shirt while beating his wife, why should this become a popular term for this type of shirt? And why the hell should it be considered a description of a sexy undershirt worn by a hot lesbian?

Call me old-fashioned, but this trend sucks.

JS, who likes to wear TANK TOPS or A-shirts (as she heard it called in her youth) while riding her bicycle...

Posted by jsstephens at 11:48 AM CDT
Saturday, 11 March 2006
Mood:  lazy
Topic: Random musings
Looks like I haven't blogged here in quite some time. seems to partly be down, but you can still get to my stuff directly here.

The Patriot act passed. Crap.

I really haven't thought about writing lately. I've been busy, my parents recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, which meant a big party. Pretty nice, actually. My partner started a new job, so there's the "I have many weeks of vacation time now and you have none" dilemna.

I really should blog here more often, but my creativity these days is sucked away by the mundane stuff of life.

JS Stephens

Posted by jsstephens at 10:05 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, 11 March 2006 9:07 PM CST
Saturday, 11 February 2006
Patriot Act
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Random musings
If you want to see a really good collection of posts and links about the Patriot Act, go to Here's a link to the Patriot Act category.

Posted by jsstephens at 11:17 AM CST
Saturday, 21 January 2006
Mood:  sad
Topic: Random musings
Maybe not truly censorship, but YA author Julie Anne Peters reports in her blog that a high school student was beaten up for doing a report on Julie's book, Keeping You a Secret, a lesbian love story.

That just sucks. This is like libraries being forced to hide gay/lesbian/bi/trans/etc. books behind locked cabinets so kids won't get ideas. Heaven forbid that we actually let people read what they need to read! Anyway, how this is censorship in my mind is that the others censored the girl for daring to attempt to open their minds about l/b/g/t issues. That just sucks.

JS Stephens

Posted by jsstephens at 5:33 PM CST
Friday, 13 January 2006
Good post on Free Range Librarian
Topic: Random musings
K. G. Scheider had a pretty good entry on libraries stocking gay and lesbian literature (see post). I'm pretty sure there wasn't any a million years ago when I was in school, but I sure found it in graduate school. Yup, in library school was when I discovered Naiad Press books in the fiction section. Oh, Lawdy, I was in heaven. Sometimes it would take me a week or more to finish a book as I snuck it off and on the shelf during lunch, between clases, etc.


Posted by jsstephens at 8:48 PM CST
Sunday, 8 January 2006
Slipping into the new year
Mood:  spacey
Topic: Random musings
Weird weather here lately, seen upper 30's to low 80's on some days. We need rain - desperately.

But, it could be worse. I have my health, my partner, our cats, and my parents are celebrating their golden anniversary this year. I've been put in charge of pictures. Wow. I promise not to do anything rash, like put my head on Xena's body

Anyway, hope all 1 or 2 readers out there will have a happy new year and that your wishes will come true.

Posted by jsstephens at 7:28 PM CST
Monday, 5 December 2005
Winter weather
Mood:  cool
Topic: Random musings
Let me just start by saying I hate sleet, ice, snow. Where I live, we get this type of precipitation about once a year, sometimes we get to skip a few years. It does seem that we've had more sleet storms in the past five years than in the preceeding ten years.

As you might imagine, it means our highway department has fewer resources to cover highways, so they concentrate first on bridges and overpasses. I think I have about 20 bridges or overpasses between me and my bus station, then the bus has to go over a bunch more. It's pretty scary.

If that were not enough, we get people from the eastern seaboard who say, "hell, I can drive in this, what's your problem?" Oh, only that we're not used to it, and we don't have the equipment or tires to deal with it.

It's not even forecasted until Wednesday and I'm already worried.

Did I mention that I hate this type of winter weather? Cold? No problem. Sleet? Ice? Boss, can I stay home?


Posted by jsstephens at 7:42 PM CST
Friday, 2 December 2005
Life, new truck, etc.
Topic: Random musings
I still like my new baby truck, she's quite nice. The gas milage sucked on the last tank, but maybe that's due to the horrible traffic I endure to/from work. When you're averaging 20 MPH or less for over 15 miles, then finally get up to 40-45, then the fuel economy is gonna suck.

Anyway, I did have something else to say. Nope, can't think of it now. Stories? What stories?

Can it be possible to have cold flashes instead of hot flashes? My GF had some hot flashes this summer, and now I'm experiencing times when I'm so chilled that I can't get warm. It was that she was always cold and I was always hot, so this is weird. Really weird. Anyone else out there ever get cold flashes? The temps are still hitting the 60's, although the winds have been pretty fierce.

Well, off to play with the cats.

JS Stephens

Posted by jsstephens at 9:18 PM CST
Saturday, 12 November 2005
Random musings
Mood:  cool
Topic: Random musings
What would Xena say about Terrell Owens? Would she denigrate him for not being a team player, or cheer him for being outspoken?

Here's my take: TO knocked out himself by complaining about the lack of recognition of his 100th career touchdown catch, then by complaining about his team and his teammates. Yes, he should have freedom of speech per the First Amendment, but there comes a time that one should weigh their rights and the rights of others. Am I being hypocritial? Possibly.

Here's my take, part two: athletes have been given a tremendously wide berth in having irresponsible behavior tolerated for far too long. If a player is causing problems for the team, the situation should be addressed immediately, and if that behavior or problem continues to worsen, then the athlete should face the consequences.

How does this come back to Xena? Xena thought she was doing good at first, then allowed her cruel streak to come to the forefront and chose not to work with people, but rather to take anything she desired from them. The eventual consequences followed her through the rest of her life on the TV series, including coming to terms with how her cruelty wrecked lives, eventually costing her life. Side note: I still don't believe that the way the series ended was good. Bad writing. If they wanted to kill her off, there were many more credible scenarios.

That's my random, rambling musings for today.

JS Stephens

Posted by jsstephens at 8:50 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005 2:01 PM CST

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