On Identity

Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self. – B. R. Ambedkar

Week 2: 41 miles – Sheffield Lake, OH

According to Wikipedia, the motto for Sheffield Lake, Ohio is “We Built This City On Rock & Roll.”

I honestly cannot decide if this is spurious or a result of mid-eighties zeal on the part of the town’s government. Either is possible.

SUNP0010 002Sheffield Lake has seen a lot of growth in the past twenty five years, mostly the result of new housing developments for those looking to find suburbs further from Cleveland than the first- or second-ring suburbs.   The term “bedroom community” comes to mind.

It should be notes that the Dunkleosteus Terrell, or “Terrible Fish” was found here. Again, I feel like someone is playing a prank on me. It must be real, or else the state wouldn’t have erected a historical marker, right?

As I walk, I make a note that “The Terrible Dunklesaurus” would make a great band name, even while being an inaccurate name for the armor-plated fish.

This is all too silly. I walk out of town, heading along Route 6 toward Sandusky.


The Pee-Pee Dance at PAX East

On the matter of treating women fairly at conventions…

This came across my feed today from Vivian Spartacus, regarding the restroom situation at the convention center hosting PAX East.

My friend is working a booth at PAX East near Tabletop Gaming on the bottom floor of the Convention Center.  All of the women’s bathrooms near her have been converted, via signage, by PAX staff, to men’s bathrooms.  All women in the area must cross the entire convention floor (and in my friend’s case, climb over a barrier) in order to get to a women’s bathroom.  Presumably, non-able bodied would have to go to a different floor.  My friend has complained and has been told that that’s just what they are doing and they aren’t going to change it.

womenpaxFurther word is that the folks at PAX are working to fix the issue, as the convention center did this of their own accord without consulting PAX staff.

It might sound like a simple logistics issue, but I cannot imagine being at a con where there is a single men’s restroom. With all the issues surrounding the treatment of women at conventions, I’ll be curious to see how this gets resolved, and how people react on all sides.

Pictures from Man-at-the-Con Greg Howley