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Kevin Army

Kevin Army
Location
Oakland, California, United States
Birthday
August 19
Title
Executor
Company
Yserba
Bio
Formerly posing as Yserba Berrington, now just posing as myself. In a former life I worked on music creatively for a living. Now I'm a hardworking slacker and occasional writer for no money at all, and I like it that way. I post fiction, ramblings, songs, photos, videos, whatever I feel moved to do. I'm kind of directionless. Welcome!

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NOVEMBER 1, 2013 10:34AM

Should I Try Pot?

One of my key identities is Mr Clean Living. I'm the guy who got through 20 years of producing punk rock bands without getting any piercings, tattoos, and no drug or alcohol use. Already, I can hear many of you asking me, why? People are often mystified, and a bit disappointed… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2013 7:31PM

lucy, the ghost who liked it

lucy had deliberately become a ghost many years before. attention had made his skin crawl, he had always much preferred when people looked away, averted their eyes, looked at anything and everything else.

lucy had simply taken a kitchen knife and removed the outer layer, the layer of things people no… Read full post »

 

tree  

 

Nature, or God, has no shame when it comes to metaphor and meaning. Things just are, and if they happen to be simple and obvious, that's just how it is. Being simply a broken human, and one who endlessly seeks out some kind of meaning to things, and… Read full post »

Last night I logged into my You Tube account, and discovered ALL my videos had received nominations for their best video competition! I've worked so hard and for so long on my videographer skills, this was such a nice thing.

AND THEN, this afternoon as I was eating a… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 1:38PM

I Slept Through The Dawning Of A New Era

Earlier this week, a friend I greatly respect shared a letter from her Shaman about the new era we entered into this week. I know, I already lost most of you the moment I said the word Shaman, and hey, I understand, I think I lost myself there too.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2012 12:48PM

On Playing Music and The Giraffe Trilogy

Recently I was chatting online with someone I met on a personals site. He had read in my profile that I'm a musician, and told me that he loved to listen to people sitting and playing music, that to him playing music is a God given talent.

Something about… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2012 2:55PM

Should Public Nudity Be Legal?

There's been a small controversy regarding public nudity in San Francisco's Castro district for a while now. I had heard rumblings about it, but until last June hadn't seen first hand what it was all about. Basically, at Jane Warner Memorial Plaza, which is located at Market and Castro, the epicenter… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2012 12:14PM

Red Curtain With Giraffe

 
 
Just a little guitar thing I did yesterday.  Read full post »
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AUGUST 31, 2012 3:01PM

I'd Sleep With Paul Ryan But I Wouldn't Vote For Him

 

I was watching Clint Eastwood, who is one of my all time favorite actors, make an absolute ass of himself, fumbling enough to win the Charlton Heston Sad Old Man award, and thought fondly of the previous night of the National Convention Of Straight White People.

I'm sorry, this… Read full post »

In case you came in late to the whole Chick-Fil-A controversy (I did), CEO Dan Cathy recently affirmed the companies anti gay marriage position, and among other things said: “I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the auRead full post »

JULY 24, 2012 5:04PM

President Obama Comes To Oakland

 

fox

 

Sometimes what I think I'm going to write about, and what I think will happen at an event, are things that don't happen, don't take place as I imagined. Yesterday, President Obama came to Oakland on a fund-raising trip. The local media made it sound like a lot… Read full post »

 

 concord sign

I grew up in a white conservative suburb outside of San Francisco. Concord was still a pretty rural place when my family moved there in 1962. Though our neighborhood seemed pretty good at the time, as an adult I've come to understand it was a fairly rough white trash… Read full post »

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MAY 2, 2012 8:06AM

Arrests and Teargas At Occupy Oakland May Day Strike

 

I knew going into the Occupy Oakland May Day Strike that it could be a rough day. I kept trying to talk myself out of going, and as it was, I couldn't get myself to show up until 11:30 AM. I had a feeling of dread; I was pretty sure… Read full post »

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APRIL 2, 2012 11:43AM

Occupy SF Takes Over Abandoned Building On April Fools Day

 

 occupy sf

A few days ago I saw a tweet claiming that an affinity group of Occupy SF called SF Commune would be “liberating a building” on April 1st. I clicked on the link and learned that this appeared to be a real plan, and not a hoax April Fools joke.… Read full post »

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MARCH 6, 2012 1:17PM

Occupy Education At The State Capitol In Sacramento

 

march 1

Monday, March 5 saw two different, yet complimentary protests regarding education that came to California's State Capitol, Sacramento.

At 10AM, an annual event called the March In March took place. Thousands of students, along with teachers, parents, and concerned citizens, marched fr… Read full post »

 

love sign  

There were a couple of attractive sounding Occupy actions in my area for Valentine's day. One of the things that sounded enticing was they were both very peaceful sounding. They made for a good day off, and a productive way to spend Valentine's day as a single person.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 11:09AM

Song Blog: Terrorist Of Love

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Valentine's day can be a pretty strange, weird and charged day. Not really a holiday, and it's not much fun if you're single. I've been single about 5 years now, and it's been quite a progression. The first year, I went into a See's Candy store, bought 1.5… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 10:08AM

Occupy Oakland Takes To The Water

 

 once upon a time

Aquapy Lake Merritt

I spent a lot of Monday on the couch, sleeping, replenishing and decompressing from the weekend. After the long day of Occupy on Saturday I was beat. I'm not complaining, and it felt like a productive kind of tired. But, there was a lingering uneasiness, a… Read full post »

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JANUARY 29, 2012 9:37AM

Occupy Oakland Move In Day

 

 commune move in

Saturday, Occupy Oakland had their largest action since the Port Shutdown in December. It was “Move In Day”, and the intention was to Occupy a vacant building. I wasn't really sure how I felt about this action, partly due to the necessity of the Occupiers having to ke… Read full post »

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JANUARY 23, 2012 7:57AM

Occupy SF Turns The City Into A Theme Park Of Protest

 

 reclaim our lives sign at flash mob

Friday, Jan 20th was a day of national Occupy Protests named Occupy The Courts. These demonstrations were in protest of corporate personhood, and took place at Federal courthouses in about 80 cities, including Oakland and San Francisco. In San Francisco, an ev/… Read full post »

 

Last week's Republican Debate was hard to watch if you're gay. At least it was for me. I quit midway through Mitt Romney's condescending response to questions about gay marriage. What those guys are all saying is I am lesser than them.

It's a morality play based on scriptures,… Read full post »

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JANUARY 9, 2012 9:30AM

The SF Too Many Victims Candlelight Vigil

 

 lets get a handle on guns

January 8th was the 1 year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed 6 people and wounded 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Throughout the country a “Too Many Victims Lost To Gun Violence” Vigil took place to remember that, in at least 68 cit… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 13, 2011 8:18AM

Occupy Oakland Peacefully Shuts Down The Port Of Oakland

 

revolt signs  

Yesterday morning, I woke up at the unnatural hour of 4:30 AM to get to the first part of the Occupy Oakland shutdown of the Port Of Oakland. This was a part of an attempt to close all the ports on the West Coast. It took me a while… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2011 10:54AM

Giving Thanks For The Kindness In Us All

 

Thanksgiving. Thankfulness. Gratitude. What are we blessed with? What am I blessed with?  Finding myself in the midst of upheaval, at one of several ground zeros in our broken country, I still take moments to pause and reflect on the goodness in the world, the kindness I have found in… Read full post »