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Dawn Elizabeth Wright

Just Me

“Over the Mountain”

Still thinking about the movie Woodlawn that I am yet to see. And merging those thoughts with the Facebook conversation about the proposed new football stadium for USA. I guess that is part of the reason I’m so uptight about that one stadium supporter’s words that he...

Refresh my skills

I have enrolled in a MOOC on Coursera, Duke University's Data Analysis and Statistical Inference. I'm having to learn a new (to me) programming language, R, that is frequently used in data analysis. I had forgotten what learning a coding language was like. It's fun...

Away

For distraction, I have been watching the Netflix series Away. It is about a crew of astronauts who embark on a 3-year trip to Mars. The commander is played by Hillary Swank, who I first fell in love with in the movie Boys Don’t Cry, which came out in 1999 about the...

There’s a story behind this photo too. I just need to be in the mood to tell it.

This photo of Hamilton Air Force Base, located across the Bay from San Francisco, was taken a few years before I got there, say about 10 or 15. Anyway, I had some fun there with my roommate William D Abraham. Abe, just like I did, loved Corvettes and we both got one...

A bit of trans-activism

In 1999, when I came out to my long-time boss and friend, Hap Myers, an Alabama State Senator and conservative Republican, he was, to say the least, shocked. And he was afraid, not just for the blowback on the company for which I had worked 25 years, but also for me...

I hate politics.

I am taking time away from my teaching duties – no I will never be able to retire – to voice some troubling thoughts I have been having. I am distressed at the extreme polarization that I see because of the upcoming election. While I can understand and support people...

And down goes HERO

Hate to say it trans folks, but this is largely our own fault. Only 26% of the electorate turned out to vote in this referendum. That in itself is appalling. Although HRC and some other trans friendly groups were active primarily in placing ads and holding rallies,...

My Old Ride

I put this photo in a Tweet earlier today but I realized that it will quickly be downgraded to a spot below the "fold." Hence I decided to put a copy of it here in a blog where I can more easily find it in the future. A real sweet ride! Granted this is an F4C and I...

8211 9th Avenue South and Oh Carol!

Just thought I would take a moment and see what Google had on our old house on 9th Avenue. Turns out it is still there and for sale - a steal at $34k! Reading the specifications I am surprised how small the house is - about 1100 square feet, with two bedrooms and one...

Whoops! I’m a gangsta – Big Data got me.

I clicked once too many times and did it: I linked myself to "gangsta" and I don't know how to unlink. It all started innocently enough; I was reading my Twitter feed when I noticed one of my friends made an interesting tweet about the Sherman (think Seattle...