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{Friday, October 10, 2003}

So we made it kind of official today

My SO and I are now officially registered with the County of Multnomah as Domestic Partners. Our primary motivation was to allow me to get covered by her employer's generous health benefits. Of course, as K mentions today, the United States considers these added benefits to taxable gross income since the tax code only excludes benefits covering legal spouses and children from being considered as gross income. (See, I've been paying attention in class Bo Jack).

The amusing part was that all we were required to sign was a document attesting that:
We reside together and are sharing the common necessities of life.
Are not married or registered as the domestic partner of another person in any jurisdiction (guess they still dono't approve of polyamory).
Are at least 18 years of age.
Are not related by blood kinship closer than would bar marriage in the State of Oregon and are mentally competent to consent to contract.
Are each other's sole domestic partners and intend to remain so indefinitely and are responsible for each other's common welfare.

After that we, we are given the signed document, a receipt for $60 (itemized as "DOMESTIC PARTNERSH $60.00"), and another card "signed" by County Commish Chair Diane Linn wishing us "congratulations on this important day" and some other smarmy little comment. Kind of cute. Kind of silly.

A and I are celebrating by attending my firm's bowling night and we have some champagne chillin' in the fridge.

posted by The Brooklynite 4:07 PM
So Rush may very well have been taking Oxycontin. He announced on his show today that he is checking into rehab. Part of me really feels sorry for him for enduring that kind of chronic pain. However, he gets no slack from me for pillorying other public figures for far less of transgressions.

posted by The Brooklynite 12:36 PM

{Monday, October 06, 2003}

What a game!

I had the pleasure of attending the first of the two Women's World Cup semifinal games last night. Even though the US lost to Germany 3-0, the game itself was amazing. First, the crowd was packed, loud, cheerful, intense, you name it. And next, the level of soccer was unbelieveable. I like Abby Haight's description in this monring's Big O: "perhaps the greatest 90 minutes in women's international soccer." The american squad had plenty of opportunities but just couldn't finish.

However, some notes about PGE Park. Portland baseball folks (Mr. Kahn, Prof. Cantor, Ver, et al.) do not, I repeat, do not put major league baseball in PGE Park. The stadium is not designed to handle its own capacity in crowd. It took over 20 minutes just to get into the park. And the concourse and walkways are not even close to wide enough to handle the 27k+ fans in attendance. All it would take would be a couple of sold-out baseball games for fans to say screw it and not come back.

Oh, yeah, and the Cubs won!!!! And the Red Sox won, so there is still a chance that hell will freeze over this month.

posted by The Brooklynite 8:41 AM

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