ps: Breaking news... It's a BOY!
December 30, 2009
ps: Breaking news... It's a BOY!
December 21, 2009
Oh and just a ps here... Mike Nichols, the movie's director, is Dianne Sawyer's husband... Took some balls to put this together!
December 12, 2009
November 30, 2009
3:50pm update: You may have to restore your IE initial defaults in order to access the internet...
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Come join us on October 11, 2009 for the "real" march on Washington!
Over and "Out" from my political soapbox, in Portsmouth, VA
September 2, 2009
While my company doesn't recognize same-sex unions of any kind. They do not discriminate based on sexual orientation (or so it says in the employee handbook). We do not yet operate in any state that recognizes "gay marriages" so who knows, things may change eventually. It is (the company and the family that owns us) based in Columbus, OH, which is one of the more gay friendly places I have been in the mid-west. Between the companies they own (American Signature Furniture, Value City Furniture, DSW, Filenes Basement, American Eagle Outfitters, and more) I am sure that there are plenty of GLBT people in their employ and not unlike Disney, some things will change with time.
Some may ask why I referred to the "other P-town" in the title to this post. Portsmouth, VA was first settled around 1752 and incorporated by the Virginia General Assembly in 1858. While Provincetown, MA was first permanently settled between 1675 and 1680 and incorporated in 1727. I'm not sure who was referred to as "P-town" first, but since Provincetown is technically older, I will concede.
August 27, 2009
The gold equal sign on a bright blue background is an amazingly wonderful branding for the Human Rights Campaign (our largest membership national l/g/b/t/a organization). When I drive through neighborhoods and see that equal sign on the bumpers of parked cars or flying as flags from individual houses, I know I’m in place where people like me reside and thrive. When I see the equal sign (or a rainbow symbol) while I’m motoring down the highway, I always make it a point to wave wildly and smile knowingly. It’s important that we reinforce each other in our visibility.
The genius of the HRC symbol is its simplicity.
I wonder, though, how simple the message really is.
I read an article here on OUR OWN which declared, “We aren’t any different from our straight counterparts.” Is that what the equal sign means…that we’re just like them…that we are “equal” in that there are no differences between us and them?
I imagine it means exactly that for some. However, when I consider the word equal in the context of our struggle, I see “equal” as being a goal. That is, my family should be equal in our ability to marry, to serve in the military, to participate successfully in the workplace, and to not live in fear of hate bias crimes. I want to be equal in the eyes of the law. I am NOT equal currently.
I take strong exception to the notion that I, and most of my l/g/b/t family, is no “different from our straight counterparts.” Most of us were raised by heterosexual parents. We spent years hiding ourselves sexually for fear of losing our families and friends. Many of us were bullied at school because we were too butch as girls or too femme as guys. Lots of us have settled for small simple careers because with higher organization visibility comes more scrutiny and gays in charge in the workplace is still the exception. Many of us in relationships struggle almost endlessly to survive together and move forward because of the emotional damage we experienced early in our lives and we bring that baggage along with us to our new relationships. We struggle daily due to the general lack of support we find from our predominately straight biological, religious, and workforce families. For these reasons and hundreds more, we are QUITE DIFFERENT from our straight counterparts. We experience life differently. We see the world through bright pink shades of hetero-normative oppression which negatively affects us every day, in most every way.
I demand that laws be changed to make us queers equal. I am not, however, just like any straight person. We are not equal to them! The hurdles placed in front of us have been mean-spirited, ignorant, debasing, and shameful. Some in my queer family haven’t survived. For those of us who have, we are damaged, hurt, and often angry. We’ve had to work hard to overcome the strident homophobia which smacks us on the head multiple times every day.
While it’s true we all put on our blue jeans one leg at a time, that’s as close as we are to being the same as heterosexuals and the heterosexual majority.
August 18, 2009
August 5, 2009
Before one of the big waves took me up the beach, while my suit dragged down around my ankles (Moon over Melbourne Beach?)
Me and Mom on the fishing pier at Sebastian inlet, Thanks for letting us begin and end our adventure with you!
Michael and his son Alex looking quite dapper
I love the look on Alex's face. This was taken on Duval Street in Key West, not sure who is more colorful, Alex or the bird!
August 3, 2009
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Off to Melbourne, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Key West!
I will make sure Michael takes pictures.
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July 3, 2009
This weekend, the Statue of Liberty, closed above its base since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will reopen to visitors — a relative few, in small groups, specially ticketed, carefully screened and escorted by a park ranger.
If you can't get to New York to see the view for yourself, explore Lady Liberty using USA TODAY's panoramic view.
Fun Facts About The Statue of Liberty
If you have ever visited the Statue of Liberty in person, you already know she's an imposing figure, but consider the following fun facts:
Official dedication ceremonies held on Thursday, October 28, 1886
Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches
Height of the Statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches
The face on the Statue of Liberty measures more than 8 feet tall
There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty
A tablet* held in her left hand measures 23' 7" tall and 13' 7" wide inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)
The Statue has a 35-foot waistline
There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds
Total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds)
At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny
During the restoration completed in 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold
The exterior copper covering of the Statue of Liberty is 3/32 of an inch thick (less than the thickness of two pennies) and the light green color (called a patina) is the result of natural weathering of the copper
*I understand the "tablet" is in fact a "keystone" but what do I know?
July 2, 2009
Informal Survey Finds No Local Celebrities Dead In Past Two Weeks
A quick check of the Richmond-area celebrity population has found that none have died during the past two weeks after the recent outbreak of high-profile celebrity passings, according to an informal survey by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The study – in which researchers browsed through obituaries, attended concerts to make sure local musicians were still breathing, and watched TV news to make sure all reporters and anchors remained cognizant of their surroundings – concluded that no local well-known personalities had been found dead in the past week either by natural causes or foul play.
“When you look at what a horrible two weeks it has been in Hollywood, with Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett and so on, you just have to be thankful that Richmond really came out on top in this one,” said Patricia Sherman, a sociology professor and lead author of the study. “Our city still has all of its talented local musicians, reporters, actors, and even bloggers, if you consider bloggers celebrities.”
“Which I do not,” she added.
Since no celebrities have died, Sherman said, she ruled out several causes of death, including murder, falling headfirst into an active volcano after a skydiving accident gone awry, being torn apart limb-by-limb by a gaggle of geese, or attending a Jonas Brothers concert.
The above was used totally WITHOUT permission from the Tobacco Avenue website.
Over, and most definitely "Out" there... from Portsmouth, VA
June 29, 2009
June 24, 2009
Just listen, then decide whether you are going to be a part of your local Pride event.. This weekend is Out in the Park down here in SE Virginia. My boss is on vacation and it's up to me to cover the store. I just called and asked her to come back a day early so I can attend on Sunday...
I missed it for similar reasons last year. Actually it got postponed due to a hurricane threat and the rescheduled event was much later in the fall...
Thanks for the reminder Harvey... We are not all the "prancing around with body parts flapping" kind of queers. But unless we go, what is the rest of the community to think?
Over and "Out", two posts in one day, from Portsmouth, VA
Five to ten minutes of his time to pen his autograph and take the "photo-op", is a win-win-win for our "Fierce Advocate", the LGBT supporters that helped elect him, and probably thousands of people, just like Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, serving in our armed forces.
What a brave man...
Over and "Out" from Portsmouth, VA
June 15, 2009
June 8, 2009
June 5, 2009
"Forty years ago this month, the gay rights movement began with the Stonewall riots in New York City, as gays and lesbians demanded an end to the persecution they had long endured. Now, after decades of hard work, the fight has grown into a global movement to achieve a world in which all people live free from violence and fear, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity...
June 4, 2009
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Over and "Out" from Portsmouth, VA
May 28, 2009
May 27, 2009
May 20, 2009
Saturday afternoon we spent some time exploring and then headed to Remingtons for an evening of Country Music... Michael is quite good at dancing and even slapped leather (slapped the soles of his shoes while line dancing). It was great seeing 15-20 guys up on the dance floor all line dancing (Yes, Remingtons is a gay country bar)...
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If any of you are Trek fans, be prepared for some changes in the "message". This movie is action packed and while Kirk plays a pivotal role in saving the day, the rest of the characters are not overshadowed by him (as they were in the original series). The casting was very well done and believable. Plenty of room to continue "the voyages" too...
Live long and prosper from Portsmouth, VA
May 12, 2009
May 5, 2009
It's so hard to believe that it is already May... This year seems to be flying by.
This past weekend was grand. Michael's son came down Saturday and we took the ferry from downtown Portsmouth over to downtown Norfolk. One of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships was in port at the new cruise terminal, so we had lunch at Joe's, walked along the water, and over to Nauticus (a naval/marine based museum with the USS Wisconsin as a centerpiece)...
Sunday we hung around in the morning then headed over to the Children's Museum of VA, in "olde town" Portsmouth. It's been years since I have been to a children's museum. There were all sorts of things to play with (even for us grown ups).
I bought a new digital camera last week and will try to figure it out so that I can post a few more pictures in here. Maybe even sometime this year...
Otherwise things are great here in the Commonwealth. I am happy to see the tree pollen go away and equally as happy to have leaves on all the trees again. Michael has planted a garden in the back yard with tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, and the like. My herb garden is flourishing and Michael has fallen in love with my parsley potatoes made with fresh parsley.
Over and "Out" on the fifth of May, from Portsmouth, VA
April 30, 2009
"He was reading his fan feedback email on the air and then went off topic, talking about how someone had just complained to him that the show had become "too gay." Here's the exchange between Howard and his co-hosts Robin Quivers and Artie Lange:
Howard: I was talking to someone recently and they said, 'Oh you have so many gay guests lately, the show is getting too gay.'
OK -- first of all, we don't have that many gay guests. And my feeling about gay people is that we have a responsibility not only to make gay marriage acceptable and to make gays feel as accepted as heterosexuals, but that we have to hold gay people above all others.
Robin: What the hell does that mean?
So I think we have a responsibility to make [gays] acceptable. We have to get past all this bullshit, so that some gay kid going to high school doesn’t get the shit beat out of him just because he's gay. And like, what is this hang up with gay marriage, you know? Who cares?!