Posted by: shanty | July 29, 2009


So since its been almost a year since I posted, Shantytown is pretty much closed.

A lot has changed in the past year, and in a lot of ways everything is excatly the same.

I’m just not inspired anymore and also think blogs are so 2008. And I’m obvi so 3008.

Peace out, y’all and thanks for reading when blogs were still kinda cool.

xox, shanty

Posted by: shanty | September 24, 2008

Drill, Drill, Drill

courtesy of rich at

courtesy of rich at

So I know its been WAY too long. Robbie and I went to London, had tons of adventures, etc. etc., but I haven’t felt the need to really write anything. However this morning I got an email from my mom that said the following:

Shannon — I got this and knew right away you might enjoy it.
I LOVE the way this lady can write!!!!!  I also LOVE you!!!! Mom”

Besides having a great mom, I have a great mom that recognizes great writing. And makes great soup. This is the article that was attached:

“I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.

I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.

But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story — connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God’s plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin’s view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, “It was a task from God.”

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist’s baby or not.

She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God’s name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, “Drill Drill Drill.” I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?”

–Eve Ensler, The Huffington Post, September 8, 2008

So you know, I didn’t write it or anything, but I felt it was important enough to cut and paste to my barely breathing blog. Regardless of your opinions of Eve Ensler or feminism in general, the article makes some really great points, in my humble opinion.

What do you think?

xox, shanty


Posted by: shanty | July 16, 2008

I got my first hate comment, y’all!!!

Unless I had woken up morphed into a pig in shit, I couldn’t’ve been happier this morning when I opened my email and saw I had received this comment in response to my crazy Tyra Show post almost a year ago:

“Fuck you hater tyra is a great person.She saved ,y life many times over. It because of her insperation and help people love themselves.”

Besides feeling sorry for Shandi for the obvious lack of grammar and spelling (which we all know I’m a stickler for), I also feel bad that she (and apparently many others) think that Tyra is on a mission to help people. Because as anyone who’s watched ANTM knows, she’s (very basically) a bully. She gets off on making people feel bad. She’s also uber-self centered. And as someone who’s been self-centered basically since birth, I should know. If you’ve seen any part of The Tyra Show, then you know regardless of her guest’s plight, Tyra somehow finds a way to bring it back to her. Her struggle in the ghetto was tougher, her becoming a rich supermodel was harder, her ass is bigger, etc. etc, etc. The list could probably go on forever.

I could go on a tyrade about how dumb and artificial she is, but I just don’t care enough. I’m very busy planning a kick ass trip to London–if you haven’t heard.

And besides, I try not to waste my time on bitches who can’t spell inspiration.

As an aside:

I googled “crazy Tyra” and this is the first thing that came up:

xox, shanty

Posted by: shanty | July 15, 2008


I haven’t posted in quite some time, this is true.

I’ve been consumed with planning what to see and (most importantly) what to wear when Robbie and I go to London in TEN MUTHAFUCKIN’ DAYS!



xox, shanty

Know why I love this guy? 


‘Cause he writes me emails with snippets like this:

“it pales in comparison to the love poems I create out of my obsession for you. I don’t share them though. I keep them in my diary. with locks of your hair.”

true. love.





Posted by: shanty | June 23, 2008


“Why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place?”

You and your humor will be missed, sir.

Posted by: shanty | June 12, 2008

There is a god

From New York Magazine:

“Last Saturday night, Perez Hilton tore himself away from drawing on photos with MS Paint to make an appearance at a Hot Topic at a Los Angeles mall to launch his new clothing line. You know, the one that includes blog flip-flops? We couldn’t believe such items would actually be made and put up for sale in a real store. But we assumed if a retailer like Hot Topic was investing in the product, people were bound to buy. But then no one showed up to the launch event. But then, this report emerged on Jossip from an employee of that very Hot Topic:

ONLY 7 people showed up.SEVEN.That’s it.Mario was BEYOND upset texting and DEMENDING the right water,food,ETC he was a rude royal pain in the ass and BEYOND crass… My manager was trying to get people to come in to meet Perez by handing out $5 gift cards NO ONE WANTED TO MEET HIM! …he left around 8:45PM without saying goodbye to anyone & looked like he had been crying like the little bitch he is. We sold a grand total of $6.45 of Perez Hilton items between 6PM – 9PM. My manager has already talked about discounting his ‘line’ !”

Perhaps if Hot Topic had asked itself, “Is this a person people want to look like, dress like, and be like?” it would have realized, like everyone who didn’t show up to this sad little party, the answer is a resounding “NO,” and this grand embarrassment would have never occurred.”

Read the article here.

Posted by: shanty | June 10, 2008


So, about the header change….

Some of you involved in my day to day life have known I’m on the Weight Watchers train. I joined the Monday after my birthday and haven’t looked back. I was doing really well, losing every week (except one where I gained .2 of a pound) and was pretty happy with my results. Then I slacked off a bit, thinking I had figured out the system and thinking I knew how and when I could cheat.

And then I had my weekly meeting last night. I gained 4.6 lb.s(!!!!!!!!!!!!) since the previous Monday. I was devasted, shocked, and really mad at myself.

But I’ve been trying to put everything in perspective today–recommitting myself, going to the grocery store, and starting to count points again (which had petered off and was part of the reason I gained. Another reason may have been the Indian food and cheesesteak I ate over the weekend.).

And part of the perspective is really how much weight I’ve lost already–27 lbs since my highest weight last summer (and if you think I’m going to put that number down, you crazy.). And a little more than 15 pounds since joining Weight Watchers less than three months ago. I wanted it to be more, but I’m trying to deal with why it hasn’t been.

However, 27 lbs. is nothing to sneeze at (neither is 15 for that matter.). 27 pounds is equivalent to 108 sticks of butter (the photo above is “only” 104 sticks of butter, btw). Or a 2 year old. So that helps me.

Anyway, that’s the reason for my header change.

And I guess that’s it.

Posted by: shanty | June 10, 2008

This is why I hate Justin Timberlake.

What a douche.

You’d think since part of an actor’s salary for doing a film is for press, he could do an interview without being a complete asshole. But you’d be wrong.

Posted by: shanty | June 6, 2008

Who knew George McFly and I had so much in common?

So it’s been almost two months since my last post. Kind of crazy. I’m really not sure why… there’s no reason or excuse or whatever. I’ve been kind of busy, but not really. Doing fun things but they’re just not story worthy I guess.

At any rate, the blog is not dead, just taking a nap. And doesn’t it look adorable while it’s sleeping? Like a little angel?

At any rate, thanks for still stopping by (I was kinda shocked at my numbers considering the length of time since the last update).

I am posting a little Friday video for those of you (like me) stuck in an office all day. This is what would happen to me if the work week were six days long instead of five. That one extra day and I’d go postal.

So enjoy, and if you really miss me feel free to email me. And if you don’t know me well enough to know my email… well, sorry.

Peace out.

xox, shanty

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