June 19th, 2008

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Sweet-Tooth Me

More about last night (a worthy night) later, but quickly:

Coffee drinks don't usually make me smile.

I smiled as, and after, I had my first Cubano. Common Grounds Coffee on Hawthorne makes it. I made a special stop there for it.

It was a treat, one I'll definitely make sure to have if I'm ever in South Florida where it's especially prevalent, thanks to the migration from Cuba.
Good Omens

elionwyr at least will understand this thought

Another quick post inspired by last night:

Oregon is serving as the location for filming the movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

I am strangely proud that Oregon's once again been used in films as a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

(The previous such film was The Postman -- about which I had conflicted feelings back in the day, but which looked good, making nice use of this gorgeous state. As did David Brin's original novel, though I spotted a geography error: the main character wouldn't have had to cross the Willamette River when traveling from Eugene -- well, the ruins of Eugene -- to Corvallis. He'd just have to follow Highway 99, which stays on the west side of the river.)
Blow My Mind

Wow, it'll look REALLY suspicious if I show up with $1,900

Denver and Dallas fans of Firefly and Serenity have a honkin' huge gorram right to be pissed: the organizers of those cities' 2007 Can't Stop the Serenity charity screenings never delivered those events' donated money to Equality Now.

Erik Henriksen of The Portland Mercury has been reporting on it, Mike Russell over at Culture Pulp told others about it, and Portland's The One True B!X (one of CSTS's founders) has been trying for months to get the event organizers to admit publicly what happened, and here are the big points:

The person responsible for the Denver funds simply disappeared with $1,900 from that screening, and $5,600 from the Dallas/North Texas event somehow got "lost" after entering an account held by that event's organizer. Said organizer is, in B!X's words, now "under a signed agreement to make monthly payments over the next two years to Equality Now." That $5,600 will get repaid -- eventually -- but that $1,900 might as well be in a Swiss vault or Bin Laden's cave: we're not gonna find it. And that stinks.

None of this bilking, I'm relieved to say, has anything to do with Portland's CSTS, the highest-earning event of the last two years, and which is run with complete transparency with the help of the nonprofit that runs the Hollywood Theatre that'll be hosting the screenings. I'm still going, and I'm still donating. I have my ticket for Friday night waiting at the Hollywood's Will Call. Two cities out of 40 had their events go wrong; this year that needs to be zero out of the 40-plus cities holding events this time.

I share some of B!X's feelings about keeping this on the down-low until so soon before this year's event. I say "some" because I haven't been wrapped up in the aftermath for months like he has; I can just vent on B!X's behalf. (More followup is over at Whedonesque.)

Bottom line: THIS SHOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED. Make sure it doesn't happen again.