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Dreaming on Jaybird Street

I walk around saying to myself, “Barack Obama, Barack Obama.” I wake up in the middle of the night, and think, “President-Elect Barack Obama.”

The Scout, who routinely invokes the world of alternative lyrics, likes to sing ‘Barack Obama’ to the tune of ‘Rockin’ Robin.’ As in…

Barack Obama (Tweet, Tweet, Tweet)
Barack Obama (Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)
Go Barack Obama ’cause we’re really gonna rock tonight…

“He out-bopped the buzzard and the oriole“—Oh yes he did.

Readers of this blog will know that I am relieved/overjoyed that Sarah Palin will not be inside the beltway anytime soon. Call me Frau Palinfreude (via Andrew Sullivan).

In the meantime, we’ve got change to look forward to—and it begins with us.


My mother is still manic. I’m in Oregon, up close and personal with the mania. Here’s a quiz you can take in case you’re feeling a little wired yourself. My mother is so manic she could never make it through the quiz (written or oral). She’s “disorganized” as they say. She thinks she’s cleaning out her apartment, but she’s creating chaos. She also wants to shop like crazy…


This is a personal blog. Expect a potpourri of stuff.

11 thoughts on “Dreaming on Jaybird Street

  1. Aren’t you depressed about the assassination of civil rights in our state? I know you are. I can’t believe it. It’s so negative and mean.

    Love to you and your struggle with mom. Love to mom, of course.

    I’m having my own struggle with mom. I must find an apartment for her in Pasadena. She is going stir crazy in that big house out in the IE. I’ve been looking at all of the senior housing in Pasadena. Oh, jeeez.

  2. You are such a stabilizing force – human Lithium.
    Is your mother “happy” when she’s manic?
    Is depression easier to deal with than mania?

    Thinking of both you and your mom.

  3. @Miss H – The Prop 8 BS is vomit stuck in the back of my throat. I miss you too. You would love the autumn leaves here.

    @Ann – You are such a sweetheart. I’m going to nominate you for honorary mom of all Pasadena (& Altadena too).

    @Susan C – It’s a struggle to describe mania. My mom isn’t happy—she’s borderline irritable most of the time. Irritable and sometimes anxious. The meds help with this (somewhat). She can’t sit down and relax. She’s up puttering around all the time, but not accomplishing anything. She doesn’t sleep well (though the medication is helping with that too).

    The last bout of depression (couple of years ago) was just terrible—a HUGE amount of anxiety, and again lots of pacing. I really can’t say one is worse than the other; they both SUCK (*&#$ @#$*(*%. Bipolar disorder truly is a horrible, horrible disease.

  4. Ditto all the others. Miss you, miss you. My No on 8 sign is still up in my yard, but my neighbors finally took theirs down. I guess mine will come down too, but I know my neighbors and I know we’re not finished with this one.

    Star-News says 57% of Pasadena voted No on 8. I love my town.

  5. Yes, Pasadena, south Pas, and Sierra Madre were all STRONGLY anti-8. On the other hand, Temple City, San Marino, and I think Arcadia were pro. altadena doesn’t count, apparently — we’re county. Hope you’re doing ok up there.

  6. I’ll echo everyone else here — I MISS YOU! And I hope hope hope your mom will be better soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. And how’s Timmy boy? Wow, you guys have had so much to deal with. Major life events, all at once. Treat yourself to something special today!

  7. Singing Barak Obama to the tune of Mas que Nada works when you are in a Brazilian mood. You remember Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66?

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