05 November, 2008
I'm still trying to take in the fact that America has elected Barack Obama. I'm filled with so many emotions right now that I'm finding it nearly impossible to put them into coherent words (as my friend Olivia can attest to after I sent her an OMGPRESIDENTOBAMA!!! email last night).
As I type this, Prop. 8 here in California is still too close to call. It sickens me to my core to think that so many Californians could be so influenced by the bigotry of religious zealots who don't even fucking live here!
As a progressive, I celebrate an Obama victory with my friends. But our work is just beginning. And that work is making damn sure that no one in this country is treated as a second-class citizen. That goes for my LGBTQ friends. And that goes for women.
The end of the nightmare of the Bush Regime is near. The hard work is just beginning. Let's take a deep breath and push up our sleeves.
26 March, 2008
Melissa McEwan over at Shakesville reminded me why I refuse to watch Jay Leno and, inspired by playwright Jeff Whitty's response to Leno, has amassed a very impressive collection of Shakesville's Gayest Looks for Leno.
Yours Truly is in the mix, as is Dan Savage and Armisted Maupin (FTW!). If you'd like to send in Your Gayest Look for Jay Leno, Liss has a link to do so at the top of the "Gayest Looks for Leno" post.
edited to add: Now you can see the gallery of gayest looks for Leno on My Gayest Look. Also posted is the segment with Ryan Phillippe that prompted this response and a link to donate your own gayest look to the gallery.
26 September, 2007
The Harvest Moon rose over the Oakland Hills about ten minutes after I got off the ferry in Alameda. The foreground is the ship yards in Alameda.
19 June, 2007
Seagull chicks!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! They are soooooo effin' cute!!!
10 May, 2007
We were in the Alameda/Oakland channel yesterday evening. I was leaning slightly over the rail, breathing in that wonderful fresh sea air and noticed deck hand shimming along the side of the boat. He grabbed a handle and leaned back toward the water. I was about to tease him and say, "Oh, sure! You do that here in the channel, let's see you try that stunt out on the open Bay!" But before I could say anything I spotted a Payne's Grey whiskery face bobbing in the water. I looked over and a seal was watching us sail by, twitching its whiskers at us. After we passed by it dove back under the water, satisfied that we weren't a fishing boat out to steal it's supper.
It's a shame everyone can't have such an entertaining commute!
08 May, 2007
...that I LOVE my commute!
20 April, 2007
Anyone who's known me for more than 15 minutes knows I'm a HUGE fan of The Who and am never far away from either one of their CDs or my iPod. That said, this is my all-time favourite version of "My Generation" (especially the ending! OMG the brilliant ending!):
This is the finale to Tim Samuels' upcoming BBC Documentary about the elderly in Britain who have been discarded by society. It's a subject very near to my heart* and I hope to be able to watch this documentary when it becomes available in the US (though I'm pretty certain I'll be alternately bawling and throwing things at the screen in frustration at how we devalue the elderly in Western society). This group, "The Zimmers" (a riff on the British colloquialism for walkers, as I recall--and as Shakes just confirmed for me), is a group that Samuels put together of senior citizens, featured in his documentary, who have been shunted off to old-age homes or have suffered from being house-bound and isolated. The lead singer is a delightful 90-year-old named Alf Carretta (a rock 'n' roll name if ever I've heard one!) who takes on Pete Townsend's lyrics with such great style. And there's the windmilling! And the guitar-smashing! And the overturned drum kit! This is beyond wonderful!
Oh, and they have their own MySpace page, too.
The single is due out May 21. The documentary will air in May on BBC Two (for those of you in the UK).
(hat tip to fellow Who fan Space Cowboy over at Shakesville.)
(* Those who have known me a lot longer than 15 minutes know that one of my "Lotto Dreams" is to buy a HUGE farm with a huge house that I'd fill with as many elderly people and older, hard-to-adopt children as I could and we'd all care for rescued horses, dogs, cats, etc.)