Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Book of Mormon

We saw the musical in NYC today.  Our expectations were high when we went in based on the reviews and awards it had been getting.  I'm always cynical about reviews because I think my review is the only one that counts.

Is "Brilliant" too strong of a word?

And to all of those folks criticizing it because it's "offensive" - without actually having seen it.. Zip It.  Yes - it's adult humor - but not pornographic.  Yes - it uses some dialogue (in song) that consists of four letter words directed towards "God" - and it's frickin' hilarious!

By the end I had tears in my eyes.  (another advantage of being a Gay man...I can put in print that I had tears in my eyes at a Broadway musical).  I think I actually called the ending "Beautiful"...(another word a Gay man can get away with after seeing a Broadway musical).

Did I mention that it's "Brilliant"?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Our doomed society

New York's Catholic Archbishop, Timothy M. Dolan did not have one of his happier Sunday's today.  He says he is "weary".  Oh - the poor man.  All that prayer - and he still came out on the losing end in the same-sex marriage battle.

He also said "I think society and culture is at it's peril".  Really Tim?  Society and Culture is at it's peril?  That's pretty harsh.  Why didn't he just say "the locusts are on their way"?  This is a man who goes to work in a robe and thinks a healthy "society" is one in which women aren't considered equals - so of course he can't allow equality for us gay folk.

Of course he says things like this and not one person that follows him stands up to his face and says, "Shut the Fuck Up - you are embarrassing us and we don't agree with you".

Maybe his God did answer his prayers - just with an answer he wasn't expecting.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Start spreading the news...

Thank you New York.  You couldn't have made it happen any closer to the deadline - but you came through.  Now let's start spreading this movement further west.

Perfect night

We had a great time last night  at Kruger's Farm.  It's been a favorite of ours for the past few years and each time we go it reaffirms our love for this part of the country.  You can actually spend a late June evening outside with a perfect temperature and listen to great music while your kid runs around in the middle of a farm with good friends.  No heat - no humidity - no mosquitos!

I'm always surprised that more people don't show up.  Maybe I should stop advertising it.

On another note...I haven't posted on what's happening in New York regarding same-sex marriage because I'm still waiting to see what happens and it's very frustrating to watch and wait.  We had a similar thing happen a few years ago regarding civil unions here in Oregon.  One individual in the Oregon House of Rep's held up the vote.  We had the overall votes - but she wouldn't let it come to a vote.  Pathetic.  Thank goodness she eventually left.  Yes - Oregon now has civil unions - which don't really amount to much when you get right down to it.  New York is in the same situation.  One committee chairman gets to determine if the vote can even take place in the Senate.  Of course this person won't be affected by same-sex marriage at all - but he sure likes the power he has over other people's lives now.  Maybe by the end of the day - he'll come around.  I'll be back to comment if he does.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

An early breakout

I didn't think we would have this issue for another 8 years or so - but Caden found a way to be an overachiever.

When we were putting in new windows in our basement last year, I remember commenting that they will be perfect for a 13 year old boy to sneak out of at night.  I specifically said "13" and not "5".  I even made sure that he wasn't around when I said it so I wouldn't be giving him ideas.  He obviously came up with the idea on his own.

To be fair - it wasn't even dark outside and he told us that he only did it as a shortcut to the backyard.  The screen in the window is difficult for me to remove.  He obviously didn't need any help getting it out.

I know that even without our lecture that immediately ensued, a pilot light has been ignited in his brain that will be fully flaming as the years move on and he feels the need to make a stealth exit.

His "shortcut to the backyard" excuse won't be as effective in the future.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Weekend moments

So I wrote a long tear filled blog post tonight about having an "emotional moment" while dancing with Caden on Saturday afternoon in our living room.  It was so frickin' sappy.  I re-read it and then couldn't delete it fast enough.  I'll try it again - without trying to sound like some wannabe novelist.

Caden and I danced in the living room to the soundtrack of "High School Musical" on Saturday.  It was fun.  Loved it !

There - much better.

I didn't write another sappy one about dinner out that night with great friends - but trust me - it was fun also.

Did I mention that we have tickets to "The Book of Mormon" in NYC next week?  If I didn't - now I have.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Anthony Weiner is seeking treatment.  For what?  He's an Asshole.   We now have "treatment" programs for that affliction?  Shouldn't there be one on every corner?

I missed the GOP debate tonight.  We were out eating mediocre Mexican food instead (which means we could have been at any of the local Mexican restaurants).  I did catch a glimpse of the panel of candidates - or it could have been a Saturday Night Live sketch.  I couldn't tell the difference.

Caden had his last day of pre-school last week.  They didn't have  pre-school graduation ceremony - thank goodness.  They did have a great pot-luck for the kids and parents.  Why aren't all graduations like that?

Caden and I are heading to the beach tomorrow.  Hope we get some sun.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It's just a shirt

I'm sorry Caden.  Oh - you'll get an in person apology when I pick you up from school but thought I might as well say it here first - to make me feel a little better.

This morning you wanted to wear a football jersey to school.  I said "No" because you wore the same shirt two days ago.  The morning didn't go as planned after that.  Tears and yelling ensued - from both of us.  It was pathetic and all my fault.

We could go deep into therapy to get to the bottom of this but suffice it to was my issue...not yours. My lord - I didn't want you wearing a shirt because you had worn it two days prior - and it was clean!  What was that all about?  I don't know - although I think I dug my heels in once I said the initial "No" and was just determined that you weren't going to "win".  That's maturity at it's finest.

Your school doesn't even have a dress code (Thank Goodness).  They only ask that your clothes be clean and not ripped to shreds.  We have that covered.

I normally let you pick out your clothes and you do a fine job.  I'll keep reminding myself of that.

Again - I'm sorry for being an ass about what shirt you wanted to wear today.  I'll make sure you wear it tomorrow - but only if you want to.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Not a Mormon Slam

The Stepford candidate Mitt Romney has officially entered the 2012 presidential race.  I make no secret about the fact that he makes my skin crawl - and it has nothing to do with his "Mormon" religious belief.  I won't go through my long list of reasons why he makes my skin crawl - you can probably figure them out on your own.

My gripe is with the people who use their "Christian" belief as the reason why they think I shouldn't be allowed to marry the person of my choice - but yet will have no problem casting a vote for Mitt Romney.  Uh - do they even know what Mormon's believe?  The answer is probably no.  I don't have a problem with  Mormon's believing that "Jesus" landed somehow in the good old U S of A - and wandered this great land from sea to shining sea.   After all - I'm all for people believing any myth that suits their interest - as long as they don't want that belief to have some type of hold over my personal life.

I was raised Southern Baptist and the premise of anything like that happening was just not part of the curriculum.  It wasn't in the  King James version of the Bible - so it couldn't have happened - since we were told repeatedly that we had the answer and everything else didn't.

Sorry for digressing...back to the point...

If someone thinks that I shouldn't be allowed to marry the person of my choice because of their "Christian" belief - then that person has to be consistent and say they can't vote for Mitt Romney because he believes and promotes something that they consider to be not "Christian".  You can't have it both ways.  You either believe what you believe - or you don't.

and to my Mormon friends out there - keep believing - just stay out of my personal business.