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Last week, I listened online at work while testimony was presented to the Washington State House of Representatives prior to their vote on whether to legalize gay marriage in Washington State.

Now, I came out as a lesbian in 1991 and I’ve been in a domestic partnership for almost a decade.  I’ve heard it all:  that gay marriage will lead to people marrying dogs, for example.  Or that legalizing my relationship will result in the downfall of “traditional” marriage (see: Newt Gingrich, Liz Taylor, and my personal fave, Kim Kardashian’s possibly sham marriage to Kris Humphries). And I’ve heard that gays are an abomination, that our relationships are  “unnatural.”

But those complaints no longer cause any bitterness for me — just irritation.  Once you’ve watched the media attack the gays during the HIV/AIDS crisis, it takes an awful lot to get riled up.

HOWEVER.  During live testimony at the State House, I kept hearing how irresponsible it was for WA State to spend its time and resources on a polarizing social issue like gay marriage when so many people are out of work and hungry and losing health benefits.  In truth, I can’t argue with that too much, except to say that if it weren’t for the opposition and their testimonies, the vote could’ve happened pretty quickly and the legislature could get back to whatever important business is on the agenda in Olympia.

I felt like they had a valid point.  Until I watched the local news just 2 days later.  KREM.com reports:

“The Washington State Senate has approved a bill that would allow a new form of traction device for vehicle tires called tire socks.

KREM 2’s Othello Richards found out that not many people, including local tire stores, have ever heard of them.”

Are you friggin’ kidding me????  This is the IMPORTANT business that the WA legislature needed to back to instead of insuring legal protections for thousands of couples in WA State, and potentially boosting some portions of the local economy in the process?  SOCKS for tires??

Read Governor Chris Gregoire’s beautiful speech on why gay marriage is the right thing to do.  Why separate but equal isn’t really equal.  Why my family is as legitimate as yours.  Why protecting gay families is important.

In my opinion, gay marriage is a lot more important than being able to use socks on my tires instead of chains.

Now I’m pissed.


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What the hell people?  Why aren’t we running around screaming “serial killer!  serial killer!?”  How come people across Seattle are still leaving their houses in the early mornings to jog, alone, in tennis shoes?


  • August 20. 2007:  a man’s right foot, in a size 12  running shoe was found in the Salish Sea between Canada and Washington State.
  • Six days later: a man’s right foot; size 12 white Reebok was found on Gabriola Island in BC.
  • February 8, 2008:  a man’s right foot was found in a size 11 Nike in Canada.  Do you see a pattern here…?
  • May 22, 2008:  a woman’s right foot was found in a non-Nike sneaker, in BC..
  • June 16, 2008:  a man’s left foot, in BC.
  • August 1, 2008:  a man’s right foot inside a black size 11 shoe was found in Washington State.  Which borders Canada.
  • November 11. 2008:  awoman’s left foot, in Canada.
  • October 27th, 2009: a man’s right foot in a size 8 1/2 Nike shoe was found, also in Canada.
  • August 27, 2010:  a juvenile or woman’s right foot was found on Whidbey Island, WA.
  • December 10, 2010: a juvenile or a small adult’s right foot was found inside a boy’s size 6 Ozark Trail hiking boot near Tacoma, WA which sits along Puget Sound.
  • August 30, 2011:  a human foot was found in a man’s size 9 running shoe in BC.  Gender not determined.

Eleven feet.  We now know that 2 of those feet belonged to the same person, so we’re talking nine people here.  In the Seattle papers and newsrooms, you read that experts haven’t found any evidence that the feet were manually detached from the bodies. That ankles and wrists naturally detach in the water.  That the waters are surely full of missing people.  That running shoes make feet float.  Blah blah blah.  Sometimes they say one of the people died of “natural causes” or that the person was “depressed.”  Aren’t the sad and ill the weakest among us?  They are.  Blah blah blah.

There has to be a serial killer.  This is too weird.  Has somebody called Ann Rule yet?

Also, there have been hoaxes and copycats.  See Wikipedia for some detail on that.

Here’s what I think.  Have you seen the tv show Dexter? If you haven’t, you should. Dexter is a serial killer who owns a boat in Miami.  He chops bodies up, puts them in garbage sacks & tosses them into the ocean.  What if one of those bags came open after a year or two or three?  What is he chopped people at the knee but did bother with ankles?  Guess what you’d have then? A floating foot.  Or eleven floating feet.

Or more.

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