Archive for May, 2009
Had a good night tonight. Met up with my friend Kyle and went out dancing. Love the kid. We always have such a great time when we go out. We meet the most random and cool people, and have fun without really trying. I ran into my good friend David. I met him my first night in NYC. I arrived with no where to stay and my friend who was vacationing here knew David casually ad introduced us. David let me sleep on a blow up mattress at his apartment while I searched for something more permanent.
Things are moving a little slower than expected. We still don’t have a venue for our upcoming event. But we at least have our logo halfway designed, our website halfway completed, and a good estimate of our budget.
I was not surprised when 1pm EST arrived and the Ca court ruling was announced. I was relieved that the 18,000 marriages would remain legal, however of still hurt to hear that prop 8 would not be over turned. The text and emails began ti come in announcing the protest being organized at Union Square. Exhastued physically and emotionally the idea of joining didn’t sound exciting but I knew I needed to be there.
After work Darren and I met in Grand Central and headed down toward the West Village. We found the marching protestors and joined. There was a good number of people. We were lakes about two lanes wide and trailed back for at least 4 blocks.
The procession reached Union Square park where a number of short speeches were made.
Participating helped me a lot emotionally. I was able to find a productive and respectful outlet for many of my pent up emotions.
The overwhelming message of the rally was the plea to contact our NY state senators to implore them to pass the pending marriage equality bill. To all my friends in NY: PLEASE call and write you congressmen. We have less than four weeks left.
So in the fear of not sounding politically incorrect I wrote “certain women love me” as the title. But in truth, I have had a number of incidents occur that support my observation that for some unexplainable reason Black middle aged women seem to have an affinity toward me. I used to joke about it with friends thinking it mere coincidence but now I am beginning to believe that it’s something more than biased observation. Like when you buy a red car and all of a sudden you start noticing tons of red cars that you hadn’t before noticed.
Ill let you be the judge. Here are a few incidences that happened recently:
2) I’m at the postal office applying for a passport. The black women at the counter is giving everyone hell and a lot of attitude. I am dreading having to speak with her. be yet front. The moment I walk up to the counter she is sassy but overly warm. And when she takes my photo she goes out of her way to show it to me and retakes it multiple times until she gets one that she says “looks nice.”
2) I am alone in the elevator at work when the elevator stops and a jovial Black women walks in. The doors have barely closed an she exclaims, “you have gorgeous teeth!” being that she did as well I returned the compliment and then we carry I. A short discussion a out being fortunate to have good teeth without having to use corrective technologies.
3) One the plain two kids were bickering. Their grandma turns to me chuckles and says “their siblings. Can you tell?” I laugh and respond, “I have four younger siblings. I know all about it.”
4) Today while browsing the shirts at an Austin thrift store a women turns the corner and goes, “Boy you have beautiful hair! Want to trade?” I laugh and say,”I don’t think I could pull yours off!” She laughs, “sure you could just braid it up into corn rows.”
I think I am averagely handsome, but def not modle quality. And no one else gives me random compliments…
Saturday morning the gang woke up early so we could drive to the lake. We rented two boats and headed to Devils Cove. I have never seen anything like it. All morning boats poured into the cove and anchored. Many tiring themselves up to neighboring boats. There where a hood number of huge party boats blasting music and with entire dance decks. Being that we needed to leave halfway through the afternoon we stayed closer to the entrance of the cove and did not get far into the mess of boats. We spent the afternoon floating in the water, eating and dancing.
The wedding was beautiful. It was followed by a nine course Chinese dinner. Unfortunately every course had meat in it. But I was able to ask our server for a vegetarian dish which I munched on for the evening. And of course the best part of the night was the dancing to all the corny wedding party music.
–S80 Airplane, Texas Bound–
Darren and I are about to land in Austin. We are spending memorial weekend in Texas for a wedding of one of his friends from college and so he can show me Texas.
–Rental Car back to Airport–
Had an amazing time last night dancing with all the girlfriends of Darren’s college buds. (Another amazing perk of being gay, and having my Mormon dance skills makes it all the better.)
So we got in the car this morning only to find throw up all over the back seat floor and ceiling. So we are in our way back to the airport and it’s my job to try to get us an upgrade as retribution for the ordeal. Let’s see how I do.
–New Rental Car back to city–
So I tried but they didn’t have anything but minivans available that fit seven. And we need one big enough to get our gang to the wedding this afternoon so minivan it is. But we did get one day comped.
–Downtown 4 Train–
Sunday, right after getting back from Fire Island I made my way over toward the marriage equality rally. The NY assembly recently passed the bill legalizing gay marriage. It is now going to the senate. To help grow support of the bill a rally was organized on Broadway and 48th. Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Patterson, Christine Quinn, all spoke. A number of famouse actors did as well but I can’t remember any of their names.
–Downtown 4 Train–
Darren and I left Saturday afternoon for a day trip to Fire Island. The trip entails an hour and a half train ride to the end of Long Island. A short shuttle bus ride to the Ferry and then a twenty min ferry trip to the island.
Our intention had been to take the 10 pm ferry back so that I could attend the veggie pride parade Sunday morning. However we then found put the last ferry leaves at 8. We planned on taking it but suddenly 8 o’clock had rollen around and we had missed the boat.
We crashed with our friends at the time share. Taking advatage of the hot tub before going to bed. I don’t know how we did it but we squeezed 9 boys and 3 girls into the houses hot tub.