Tom’s Wacko Lefty Store and Blog

[Written by Tom]

My fun new thing has been to start a blog which I actually update at least weekly with a weekly rant on politics or something else in the broader culture… well usually that annoys me. It just so happens that lately I’m mostly annoyed by Creationists, Bush failing to condemn torture and such. Though in the future I plan to be upset about things like stores suckering you with rebates. Since this started out as Theresa’s life story and she’s the one who normally keeps a diary, I choose not to take this over with rants, and instead put those at

Tom’s new political t-shirt and bumper sticker store


In conjunction with, I’ve also put together a sort of online store selling t-shirts and bumper stickers and whatnot. I think I’ll eventually have a bunch more that are whinsical and just humorous, but for the moment Bill O’Reilly and John Gibson and George Bush and all the rest of the right-wing wackos have me upset, so I’m putting my wacko lefty stuff up for sale first. Most designs are sold as t-shirts (organice cotton baby!), bumper stickers, coffee mugs and fridge magnets. So far the only design that seems to have really sold is one that looks like a Lost and Found ad torn out of the newspaper and it says:



One democracy. Large economic and military power. Last seen in North America cavorting with corporate fat cats and religious fundamentalists. If seen, return to the American people. Great sentimental value.


I also have a poke at John Gibson’s ridiculous book about the war on Christmas. It has a Christmas tree graphic and a bomb graphic and says “Make war on Christmas, not Iraq.” That one hasn’t sold much, but it has gotten a nice review on the f/k/a/ blog.

Other designs, most of which are just simple text:

    • Proud member of the vast liberal conspiracy


    • Warning: Liberal Driver. Watch for left turns (with a yellow left turn warning).


    • “US Out of Kansas” (with a map of the US with Kansas missing). This is the one that got me started on the whole thing after Kansas once again decided that religious fundamentalists should be running science classes. I also wrote a long essay on Calvina nd Creationism and why I think John Calvin would not be a creationist.


    • And my latest creation which, I suppose, will have very limited appeal: Cogito ergo non Frutici suffragatum sum which is Latin for “I think, therefore I didn’t vote for Bush”.


There are a few others. Go to the Taken For Ranted Store for all the details on this wonderful swag.

Tom’s Yosemite Site

[Written by Tom]

I mentioned my Yosemite Photo site in a previous post. I’ve now started trying to do a Yosemite Photo of the Week and to put in my little bits and pieces of Yosemite News on that site. The simple fact is that I just find it more interesting to write about Yosemite and other stuff than to write about me. And Theresa has gone crazy for knitting and guitar and doesn’t have much interest in writing about herself. So that makes it hard to get regular updates here.

I have no illusions about becoming a photographer or anything. My photos are strictly snapshots, but my goal is to put them together in “itineraries” that would be sort of the photo equivalent of a trial map – a set of images that give a sense of the hike/climb/ski tour. Since this turns out to take a lot of time for each “itinerary”, I’ve started doing the Photo of the Week thing and the news postings, since we have quite a few friends who like to keep up on what’s happening in Yosemite.

Tom’s new job (sort of)

[Written by Tom]

After a couple of years of saying it would be fun to teach skiing at the local ski area, I finally signed up to be a ski instructor at Badger Pass alpine ski area, just across the driveway from where Theresa works. So far it has consisted of just a couple of days of instructor training, including one day in a driving rain (story of the year) and some interminable company training, as if I care about the history of Delaware North Corporation. Sometimes they seem utterly unaware that most employees had the same jobs they have now under the previous concessionaire and the one before that. They are Yosemite people, not company people. Nevertheless, I now know that Delaware North started as a popcorn business. What I don’t know is how that will help me as a ski instructor.

On the plus side, it has already been a great way to meet some nice folks and get me out of the house a bit more. In Berkeley I had more non-job activities that were social (climbing gym, Sierra Club volunteer), but here my non-work stuff tends to be going for a solo hike, so it’s good to have some social outlet.