October 17th, 2004

10-K, 10-B

Ten random things: October 17

Ten quotations carved into the base of the north fountains at the United States Navy Memorial:

  1. Whosoever can hold the sea had command of everything. - Themistocles
  2. That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. - Neil Armstrong, former Naval aviator
  3. I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way. - Captain John Paul Jones
  4. We have met the enemy and they are ours. - Commodore Oliver Hazzard Perry
  5. Without a decisive naval force, we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious. - General George Washington
  6. Don't give up the ship. - Commander James Lawrence
  7. Uncommon valor was a common virtue. - Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
  8. I have not yet begun to fight. - John Paul Jones
  9. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. - Rear Admiral David G. Farragut
  10. Sighted sub, sank same. - Ensign Donald F. Mason

I love the Navy Memorial, because it's a functional public space in a way that few other memorials in DC are. It's located right downtown, and on nice days you can always find a ton of people who work in nearby office buildings hanging out eating lunch or having a smoke break. And during the summer, various military musical ensembles give concerts there. When I lived in the city, I spent many a summer evening there attending those concerts.

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Time for some thrilling heroics

I can't believe I've not seen this mentioned by anyone on my friends list already. Via Peter David's weblog:

High Stakes 2004: Whedon Fans for John Kerry & John Edwards

In every four-year term there is a chosen one. He alone will face the American public, the United Nations, and the forces of darkness. He is the President.

Join us and the Kerry/Edwards campaign at one of the High Stakes parties, or host one of your own. You'll participate in a nationwide conference call to hear Joss Whedon tell us more about his latest endeavors and why he is supporting John Kerry and John Edwards. Joss has agreed to answer questions, with a goal of answering one question from each party if possible.

The "Sitch"

When: Sunday, October 24, 2004, time TBA

Where: At parties nationwide.

To host a party in your area go to the JohnKerry.com website and register your party. Be sure to put "High Stakes" in the title of your party.

To find a party near you, go to the John Kerry website, enter your Zip Code, and look for parties with "High Stakes" in the title.

What: This is an official fundraiser for the Kerry/Edwards campaign. Minimum donation is $35.00. Hosts may choose higher minimum donations.

Questions: contact questions@highstakes2004.com.

Visit the High Stakes web site for further details and tips for organizing your own party. High Stakes 2004 is not affiliated with John Kerry for President. For official information please visit http://www.johnkerry.com.

Sounds pretty cool. There's already at least one High Stakes party registered here in the DC area, in Falls Church. I'm not inclined to host one myself, so if I decide to participate, it'll likely be this one. Falls Church isn't that far away.

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