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Serendipity with my 9-mil

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Serendipity. I love serendipity.

I have a Vividian R-series laser on my Glock 19. I turns itself in when I draw it out of a special holster.

Fast forward to my new shelves in the bedroom. I got one of those magnets to hold your favorite handgun to … say, a shiny new bookshelf. (disclaimers: no kiddies here. never ever. I lock it or take it when we’re not home.)

Anyway, first trial. The Glock 19 said “klunk” when I put it onto the magnet. When I took it off, the laser came on. Unplanned and unexpected fun, the very definition of serendipity. It turns out, the way Viridian laser sights know they been taken out of their special holsterholster
➤ (n) a sheath (usually leather) for carrying a handgun
➤ (n) a belt with loops or slots for carrying small hand tools
…by BeeDictionary.com
is a magnet.

My head is working… where would be the best place for a magnet in my Jeep Wrangler… if I get my Vivian IWB holsterholster
➤ (n) a sheath (usually leather) for carrying a handgun
➤ (n) a belt with loops or slots for carrying small hand tools
…by BeeDictionary.com
too close to the wallet, is it going to erase my credit card strips….

Messing with Texas: Lambast Nation

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Don't Mess With TexasRik and I were driving north of Dallas recently when I saw two new freeway names. The road we were on has been named the Sam Johnson Highway. Ick!

In the early 1990, Sam Johnson was the right-wing politician who wanted to round up all gay men to put them in a concentration camp. He said that’s the only way to protect Texans from HIV/AIDS.

Johnson is still in Congress. His constituents think he’s doing a good job.

We crossed a big new road named after Sam Rayburn. I presume that road goes through Bonham, Rayburn’s home. This man was Speaker of the US House of Representatives. We have the phrase “Yellow Dog Democrat” thanks to Speaker Rayburn. Somebody asked him if he’d ever vote for a Republican, he said he’d sooner vote for an old “yeller dog.”

Sam Rayburn’s road is bigger and fancierfancier
➤ (n) a person having a strong liking for something
…by BeeDictionary.com
than Sam Johnson’s. I think he’d lIke that. He was a rarity: an honest politician. His 17 years as Speaker of the House was the longest tenure in US history.

Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn and then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, two advocates for ccivil rights.

Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn and then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, two advocates for ccivil rights.

Sam Rayburn was hardly liberal, but he knew government needed to watch out for the poor and disenfranchised. He’s the one credited with lighting the fires of civil rights with Lyndon Johnson. There were two competing factions in the Texas Democratic party: liberal, conservative.

Texas is currently run by the Sam Johnson crowd. It wasn’t always that way.

The Lone Star state gave us Speaker Jim Wright, a liberal from Fort Worth (my hometown). He’s a friend. It was fun to watch as my GOP-leaning dad winced when Speaker Wright came to our table in a restaurant just to say Hi to me. Dad would look around to see if any of his GOP buddies were watching.

I worked for some Texas politicians: Preston Smith (good-old boy Democrat). And Sissy Farenthold, who would have made an awesome and liberal governor.

Sissy Farenthold

Sissy Farenthold

Farenthold and Wright couldn’t even get started now. That’s mainly because of what Tom DeLay… an evangelical right-wing politician from southwest of Houston. DeLay pushed hard to get Congressional districts redrawn to favor other right-wing candidates. Democrats and liberal Republicans have been forced to the back of the bus. Tom DeLay was eventually convicted of elections fraud, but his gerrymandered districts are still in place.

To get elected in DeLay’s Texas, you have to go hard right because today’s districts are drawn to give hard right candidates the edge. So we get Louie Gohmert.

After suggesting that the House move to arrest Eric Holder, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told Washington Watch host Tony Perkins last week that the push for marriage equality undermines biology and will inevitably lead the “country down the road to the dustbin of history.” [RightWingWatch.org]

 

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX). So many gaffes, so little time.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX).
So many gaffes, so little time.

Joe Barton, a goofy nutcase representing a large swath just south of Dallas, is the one who apologized to BP when the feds fined them for that big oil spill in the Gulf. He hates wind energy, saying a bunch of windmills will slow down the world’s winds. His constituents are pleased with this guy.

If Texas has any hope for the future, it’s the racial mix. Older white guys are now in the minority. Hispanics are in a growing majority.

Until then, I hope to keep,calling out the idiots, making fun of the nut cases that embarrass my home state.

So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. [Molly Ivins]

 

English Phonetics

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English Phonetics

  • “Phonetic” doesn’t start with an F
  • “Lisp” has an s in it. That’s just mean.
  • Americans park on a driveway but drive on a parkway
  • “Onomatopoeic” isn’t onomatopoeic
  • “Palindrome” isn’t a palindrome
  • “Fraction” is a whole word
  • If we have moth and mother, what’s a mothest?
  • If we have broth and brother, what’s a brothest?

Naming Convention

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Sven Wallin“Wow, that was basically an autobiography,” my friend John said after he read my book, BRENT: THE HEART READER.

Busted. Brent’s family is full of goody two-shoed Duck’tards, who exudeexude
➤ (v) release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
➤ (v) make apparent by one's mood or behavior
…by BeeDictionary.com
homophobia. Their idea of fun included physical and emotional abuse and at least one case of man-on-boy rape. I’m not a “real relative” according to them.

I lifted much of that from my experience with the relatives of the couple that adopted me. They rescued me from foster care, and I am as grateful for that as I know how to be. “The system” was awful. Thank goodness I only spent six years there. Almost immediately after I was adopted, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and the couple that adopted me got me the best medical care that was available. I will be grateful to them for that (and all the other things they did) as long as I live.

Brent: the Heart Reader

They’ve been dead for 10 years (mom) and 12 years (dad). That left me with a bunch of cousins who were able to abuse me with impunity. Way back, mom kept her relatives in line.

Those people hate gays and liberals and people with scary health issues. I was always the Black Sheep in the family, according to them. Now without my adopted parental units, they got together and labeled me a diseased pariah. They came out of church and called my husband all kinds of deplorable things.

All that sounds like the relatives in BRENT: THE HEART READER. I humiliated those abusiveabusive
➤ (s) expressing offensive reproach
➤ (s) characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment
…by BeeDictionary.com
characters in the book. I had some of them arrested and killed off one or two. It was great therapy.

Old saying: Don’t mess with an author because he can make the world laugh at you.

Now that my adopted parents are gone for more than a decade, I have no connection with any of their relatives. In theory, I have a half-brother running around somewhere. He’d be a little older than me, but I’ve never heard any inklinginkling
➤ (n) a slight suggestion or vague understanding
…by BeeDictionary.com
that he even knows about me. My birth mother is dead, and I know almost nothing about the sperm donor. It was probably a one night stand.

All I know about my personal history is that I am 100% Swedish. I remember that they called me Sven before I was adopted.

So now, I’ve decided to finish cutting the ties with all those people in my adopted family. They hate me, which is their loss. People who know about attitudes say cutting the remaining ties will be therapeutic.

In the coming weeks, I’m going through the court system to get my name changed.

There won’t be a Winfield Wagner any more. My nickname – Wynn Wagner – will become a nom de plumeplume
➤ (n) anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness
➤ (n) a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
➤ (n) the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
➤ (v) rip off; ask an unreasonable price
➤ (v) be proud of
➤ (v) deck with a plume
➤ (v) clean with one's bill
➤ (v) form a plume
➤ (v) dress or groom with elaborate care
…by BeeDictionary.com
(or nom de guerre).

New name: Sven Andréas Wallin.

  • First name is what my actual name was.  Sven means kid or young one.
  • Middle name – Andréas – is a form of Andrew. I really like Andréas.
  • Last name will be Wallin because my husband likes it. The name means valley or pasture.

My initials will be SAW, which is a little snarky (cutting device, not the ocular procedure). The e-acute in my middle name is on the edge of snooty, so that’ll be fun.

What I’m not used to is that the world is full of people named Sven Wallin. I am used to having free access for user names because nobody claims “wynnwagner” or “winfieldwagner”. Sadly “svenwallin” is already in use at all the major web services. The world is crawling with Sven Wallin peeps. On a recent check, I was literally tripping over “svenwallin” user names, so I will have to get used to being part of a crowd.

The name everybody knows – Wynn Wagner – will be my pen name. Sven Andréas Wallin will be my legal name.

The coolest part is that my husband is changing his name too, so we will continue sharing our family name. This time, It is OUR family name. Awwwww…..