Oh, he did his best to make their short lives miserable, because that was his job, but nothing he could think up was half as bad as the stuff they thought up for themselves. They seemed to have a talent for it. It was built into the design, somehow. They were born into a world that was against them in a thousand little ways, and then devoted most of their energies to making it worse.
Crowley had got a commendation for the Spanish Inquisition. He had been in Spain then, mainly hanging around cantinas in the nicer parts, and hadn’t even known about it until the commendation arrived. He’d gone to have a look, and had come back and got drunk for a week.
The state appeared likely to become the seventh to allow gay couples to marry, after a state senator who had previously said she was undecided announced her support on Monday for a marriage bill moving through the Legislature. The measure, proposed by Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Democrat, has wide support in the House and had been just a few votes short in the Senate. After several undecided senators announced their support in recent weeks, Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, a Democrat, said she also would vote for the bill, becoming the decisive vote. A vote has not yet been scheduled. If the measure passes, opponents are expected to challenge it through a ballot referendum this fall. “For me personally, I have always believed in traditional marriage between a man and a woman,” Ms. Haugen said in a statement. “That is what I believe, to this day. But this issue isn’t about just what I believe. It’s about respecting others, including people who may believe differently than I. It’s about whether everyone has the same opportunities for love and companionship and family and security that I have enjoyed.”
The coefficient of thermal expansion of water drops to zero as it is cooled to roughly 4 °C and then becomes negative below this temperature; this means that water has a maximum density at this temperature, and this leads to bodies of water maintaining this temperature at their lower depths during extended periods of sub-zero weather.