Friday, April 29, 2011

Wedding commentary

This will be my only comment on the big shindig.

I noticed that Queen Elizabeth wasn't singing the words to "God Save The Queen" - as everyone else was belting them out.

Don't you think she should be the one singing the loudest?

Who knows - maybe she's agnostic!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ramblings

Because that's what I do best.  I would like to think one day I could be a "pontificator" - but for now I'll have to settle for rambling.

The Donald...give it up Don.  Yes - it's gotten you tons of publicity and any publicity is good for someone with your ego - but can you find another way to get it besides this "birther" issue?  The few other things I've heard you comment on are at least entertaining.  For instance, when you said you would call up OPEC and tell them "it's over " regarding the price of oil.  Expand on that one please.  Who knew it would only take a phone call from you?

DOMA defense...just today the law firm that was going to handle the case for the U.S. Congress backed out of the case.  This was the firm picked by John Boehner with a nifty $500,000 retainer paid for by us.  I could get technical about this news item but instead I'm going to ask this simple question.  How would you have liked to go through school as a kid with the last name "Boehner"?  You know people didn't pronounce it "Bayner".  Get my drift?

William and Kate...wedding of the century?  You know what I love about being gay?  Tonight I kept switching between the Trailblazers game and a pre-wedding special about the two of them.  Only a gay man can get away with admitting that.  I will pass on watching the "Wild about Prince Harry" special coming on later tonight.  I still have my pride.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Family

You thought I had given up on this blogging thing - didn't you?  I'm back and will even switch topics from the realm of Caden's sporting life.

A mailing came recently that seemed tame at first glance - but it's always those second glances that get me to thinking.  It's from Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) which is a statewide organization that works toward advancing equal rights for us gay folk here in our fine state.  I think they actually use the term "Gay Rights" but I've never been comfortable with that term myself because I want "Equal" rights to the hetero population and using the other term just makes it sound like we want something special - which we don't.  No big whoop though - just a little quirk that I have.

Anyway...kind of went off on a tangent there and although this post involves a tangent - that's not the one I want to harp on.  This particular mailing is for their new campaign to make same-sex marriage legal in Oregon.  Not Domestic Partnerships and not Civil Unions - but truly equal "Marriage".  All well and good and I am totally on board with working towards that goal.  My problem with their campaign literature is the manner in which they are wording it.  One simple sentence states this about marriage, "...it does give couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other and be a family the ability to do so."  Whoa!  Read that again please.

Have you caught on to my gripe?  State licensed marriages do not hold the key to lifetime commitment and family.  (Reference my Newt Gingrich posts,)  My little household has formed a family that is committed to each other even without marriage.  We want to have the equal marriage for many reasons - but it is not a precursor for confirming our commitment to each other or our ability to be a family.

Come on BRO - stop muddying the waters.  People make their own families and commitments - without the state's help.  Marriage gives those families rights and responsibilities.  Let's not confuse the issue.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Woodshop 101

Yes it's a real saw.  Yes he set it up all by himself.  He has now handled a saw more in his first year of Preschool than I have all my life.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Disneyland pics and T-ball

Remember those Disneyland pics I said would be coming when I got around to posting them?  You thought I would have them up by now - didn't you?  I wish I could - but that would mean we had found the camera that we took them with.  Yes - the camera that has the pictures from our first family trip to Disneyland.  That one - the one we can't find.  Maybe it's a good thing.  Our imaginations can always make the trip much more colorful than it actually was - although it was pretty darn colorful.

I do have the results from Caden's first T-ball game.  Let's just say it was a draw.  As mentioned before, we didn't have T-ball when I was 5 years old, so I wasn't that familiar with how the actual games work - other than the kid hits the ball as it sits on a stick type contraption.  It's PC sport at it's finest.  Each kid gets to bat each of the three innings.  Do the math - three at bats per kid and no strike-outs.  5 year olds are scattered throughout the field randomly.  The runners can only advance one base at a time - until the final batter per inning gets to hit a "Grand Slam" and all runners head home.  The highlights come when batters don't know what to do after hitting the ball and fielders don't know they can move their feet to catch the ball.   Three innings of this is plenty - and between you and me - two innings would be plenty.  Did I mention that we have an 18 game season?  Yes - 18.  I think 10 would have been fine.

By the way - Caden loved it and caught the final ball of the game.  

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Opening Day

You've read my post about my attitude towards the game of baseball.  I won't repeat it.  Instead, I'll really confuse my few readers by telling you that I love Little League opening day - and all the pomp and circumstance around it.

Yesterday was Caden's first opening day ceremony.  Watching him take it all in from the eyes (and eye level) of a 5 year old can only put a smile on the face of someone as cynical towards baseball as me.