You're probably not even here today.
Why should you be? It's a holiday, and this just a silly blog written by an ABD drop-out.
But in case you are here, allow me to share some things for which I am thankful on this Thanksgiving 2008.
And of course, I'm enormously grateful to anyone willing to drop by my humble blog to read my silly rambling.
Whatever you are grateful for this day, I wish you happiness, a full belly, and happy shopping tomorrow, should be be insane enough to venture out to the mall...
The dark red building behind the cute boy in the stocking cap houses the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, my little corner of heaven for seven years. (Here's a bit of trivia for you. How many Germanic languages were taught there? Precisely one: German.)
Not sure if this clip amuses anyone but me, but then that's true of the whole blog.
I haven't gone to a movie in the theater in nearly three years. I may have to make an exception for this one.
Mmmm, Zachary Quinto as Spock.
Now, if only Milo Ventimiglia could play, oh I don't know, some naked alien?
Typealyzer claims to be able to analyze a blog and then spit out a description of the blogger's personality.
Okay, I'm game. I plunked my URL into the text field, and here's what came back after about ten seconds.
The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to
pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft
fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present
moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of
The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.
So what do you think--is that me?
A variety of responses suitable for Prop 8 supporters, courtesy of Whine & Cheese
As many of you probably know, on Saturday, there were over 300 rallies across the USA to protest the passage of anti-gay ballot measures in California, Florida, Arkansas, and Arizona.
Proposition 8 in California, narrowly approved after buttinsky Mormons contributed millions to help overturn gay marriage rights, has received the most press coverage.
Several speakers at Saturday's rally argued that the Arkansas vote to prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting children or being foster parents is in some ways even more disheartening because it strikes at the children of GLBT families. Well, take your pick, there's plenty to be unhappy about.
I'm a very nervous Nelly, and it's not like me to show up at a public rally. Darren was persistent, though, and Going 40's threats of brunch-related retribution also had their effect.
So Saturday afternoon we stood in the plaza at the Hennepin County Government Center with a good 1500 other hardy souls braving the November chill to listen to an array of speakers, some excellent, so not so great.
I found the experience quite inspiring, even though I will admit that I didn't participate in any of the chants. I'm just not a chanter. I'm way too self-conscious about being loud. Can't do it.
Anyway, here are a few pictures we took Saturday. It was a DAMN cold 90 minutes, but I'm glad Darren didn't let me wuss out and stay home by the fire.
I got quite a kick out of this next one...
Do I want to walk down the aisle? No, I don't. What I do want, though, is for Darren and me to be able to fill out a form at the courthouse and get all the same legal protections afforded to married couples.
WG's heart is just bursting with pride after seeing this New York Times article featuring his home town and its gift to a hungry world...
"People are realizing it’s not that bad a product."
“You can mix it with tomatoes and onions and make a good meal out of it,” he said. “A little bit of this stuff goes a long way.”
Yes, yes it does.
I remain firmly in the grip of Fair Isle mania. Here are the latest two caps off the needles.
Poor choice of background on this first shot, but I was at work about to give the hat to its (overjoyed) recipient, and I realized I hadn't taken a picture yet.
And its Sith Lord twin:
Each of the caps took about three days to make. (Not counting time for blocking and drying.)
Wednesday night I went yarn shopping and came home with these colors. (The flash washed out the colors a smidgen.)
I'm turning to you, my tasteful readers, for suggestions of appealing color combinations. I'm quite taken with the green, but I'm not sure what pairs well with it.
I'm moving on to a different charted pattern, but your help picking colors will be greatly appreciated. Put on your designer caps and send me your ideas.
Have a great weekend, you cool cats!
As I mentioned last week, Darren and I had the honor of watching little Chelsea while her dads were off gallivanting in Las Vegas for four days.
Apart from the first night, when Hudson literally didn't sleep AT ALL from the excitement of having another dog in the house, it was smooth sailing. Both Hudson and Chelsea are more interested in people than other dogs, so they both spent a lot of time vying for our attention.
After the first day, the pups were more at ease with each other, as you can see here.
They were also content to nap with me on Saturday, which was good, because I was dead tired from Hudson keeping me awake all Friday night.
And here's a little clip of Darren trying to convince the dogs to play with each other. Chelsea's up for it, but Hudson is somewhat reluctant.
It was great fun having another dog in the house. Darren and I have so much love to give. (Not enough love to have a human kid, mind you, but enough for two dogs.)
Hudson is glad to be the whole cheese again today, I'm sure, but it was good for him to learn to share his daddies.
Remember when I sat for Franklin's camera a few months back? Well somehow my manly knitter's visage made its way unto the spiffy canvas bag Franklin is selling.
Here's the front:
And here's the back:
I suspect he hates me now.
I would hate me.
I do hate me.
Shopping always cheers me up, though, so I bought two of the bags.
[That's Chelsea with Prince at a Paris fashion show.]
Now that we know a Chelsea, too, we like the song even more.
Our friends Jay and Scott are entrusting us with their sweet little Italian greyhound, Chelsea, for four days while they're off in Las Vegas. We'll play her theme song several times this weekend, I'm sure.
Here's the young lady in question. You can tell she's a woman of mystery...
I'm excited for Hudson to have a playmate for the weekend, although I know he'll be jealous at first.
Look for some pictures of the canine fun and games next week.
Have a great weekend everyone! We've earned it!
A lot of my friends have been quite depressed about the scattered victories that homophobia won Tuesday night.
Yes, I'm discouraged, too. But I'm choosing to take a longer view. This is a momentary setback. Painful, yes, but temporary.
If Barack Obama's electrifying victory yesterday proves anything, it's that this country is turning toward a better future.
The whole world sees it. Our once and future friends in Europe are filled with jubilation that the USA is no longer a rogue nation run by a moron-cowboy-for-Jesus. We're ready to be part of a community of nations instead of just sneering at them.
Gay marriage will happen. It's only a matter of time. We're not going to be stopped because a bunch of Mormon bigots poured millions into the Prop 8 coffers. The GLBT cause has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last decade--and most of that time our government was in the hands of people who embraced homophobia as one of their main get-out-the-vote tools.
Yes, Tuesday night was a setback for gay rights in several states, but the scale of those losses, at least in my opinion, is dwarfed by the enormous triumph of the USA finally waking up from the eight year Bush/Cheney nightmare.
I'm a very happy man tonight.
PPS: And let's not overlook the good news of out Connecticut!
I can't begin to express the joy and hope I feel today to see the country repudiate the last eight years of a corrupt, lawless imperial presidency.
I really wish my mom were here to share this wonderful moment. She would have loved it!
There are still dark clouds, though. Homophobia made big advances in several states last night, and that's damn discouraging. We still have work to do.
Glad that's only been going out each Monday for a year. Geez, people what you looking at on those days??
Oh, wait...Could you be gawking at the men??
Perverts. (God I love you people.)
Sorry about that. I'll be Photoshopping tonight as I watch election returns...
Note: Today's video is visually safe for work, but I suggest headphones.
Years ago Darren stumbled across a series of old GI Joe clips that had new audio tracks added to them. This was our favorite.
Joe sounds like he's a character in a Guy Ritchie movie, doesn't he?
Now, just replay that silly clip in your head while you wait in line to vote today.
We'll discuss our nation's future tomorrow.
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