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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Second day of the no-snacks diet. Starving. I allow myself one delicious cookie. I ate vegetables with tahini for supper. Starving. I will be skinny again and wear my cute shirts that I cannot wear. 

This morning I went over to basically complete my exhibit at the courthouse. One small artifact label and it will be done. It looks really good. The company didn't make any money on it, but the final product came out really well and the courthouse folks are pleased. Afterward I went to the county courthouse and looked up old deeds. Then came home and because I was starving, had lunch early. Then stopped and got my haircut and went on to work for a few hours.

Sunbeam. 

I dressed up because I was attending a lecture at the Center for Creative Photography by Richard Renaldi. I have admired his work for years and it was great to hear him talk. He was very charming in person.

An image from Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi.

At home, the neighbor dog is barking itself hoarse. I don't think the neighbor is feeding it much and it hears me pouring Buddy's food twice a day and stares at me through the fence, so I dropped a piece of plywood over the fence and pour dry food onto it. Mostly she barks meanly at me, but a few times she comes over and sniffs my hand. She is poorly socialized and according to the neighbor, vicious toward other dogs.



Sunday, October 19, 2014

The sunset yesterday was beautiful.

I went to Tucson Pride and saw Jeffrey, Michael, his boyfriend Matt, David, and Nate. We chatted and discussed the previous day's Marriage Equality.


What else? I cleaned out a closet and organized it. I've been doing some reading, well re-reading. Malevil by Robert Merle and War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. I worked on a craft project this afternoon- making a wallet out of dog food and bird seed plastic bags. I need to have an instruction on how to use the sewing machine.

Tonight I have eggplant salted and the bitter liquid is draining out. I am also making a maple cake with maple frosting. Always bust.

Doctor Fred told me I had to lose 20 pounds, so I won't be 74-years-old. I forgot to ask for some super-strong antihistamine to stop the cat hair allergy problem I have been suffering from.

Swollen eye.

I was invited to attend my first friends' wedding, with Ray and Robert getting married next Sunday. I will probably be weepy, so I will make sure to bring a handkerchief.

Friday, October 17, 2014

I stopped by the Pima County Courthouse and watched three gay couples get married. It was a spur of the moment thing, I wished I had thought to bring some flowers to hand out to the couples.



There were four or five officiants standing around, offering to marry couples as they walked out of the courthouse.


Everyone was so happy. No protesters.


I recall standing nearby in 2008 after the marriage amendment passed. It was a Friday and the Courthouse marries people for free on Friday afternoon. And all the couples wandered by as we chanted and held signs. One couple apologized.


Congressman Ron Barber was there, greeting the new couples. I did not see any Republican politicians.

Later I called the loathsome Center for Arizona Policy and by chance Cathi Herrod answered the phone and I got to thank her personally for bringing marriage equality to Arizona. She hung up.


It was rather stunning to learn that Judge Sedwick had ruled for marriage equality in Arizona. I knew it was coming, but still. Having lived through the 2006 and 2008 votes, and the recent "religious liberty" crap, to suddenly know my friends who are couples are equal to straight couples, amazing.


All that money wasted by the Mormons and the Knights of Columbus. What a waste.

Vicious homophobe Cathi Herrod is "grieving." Good. She is the most vile person in Arizona, and I hope she cries herself to sleep tonight.

But I plan on celebrating. Now to find a husband!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What have I been up to?

 Last week I was out at the old fort watching as some little trenches being dug. The work there is almost finished.

Officer's Quarters 3.

In a low spot, some asters were blooming.

Asters.

Another project I am doing is to supervise the re-packaging and analysis of a set of Civil War era artifacts excavated in the 1970s and 1980s in southern Arizona. There are about 70 boxes of artifacts and 10 boxes of records and photographs.

Cavalry soldier's cap ornament.

I traveled back in time last Friday and went to the Gay Men's Happy Hour with Steve and Doug.

1890s Homer.

On Saturday, I returned downtown to watch the Gay Pride Parade, running into young Nick. 

Waiting for the Parade.

Backing up a moment, I spent Saturday morning helping Patrick paint one of his rental apartments.

Mark and Homer.

After painting we went to Bumstead's, where the scent of bacon was over-powering.

Patrick.

During the week, I have been busy writing and submitting articles for a magazine and a journal. The magazine article was accepted.

Last night, Ted and Mark from Las Vegas stopped by for a visit and we went to La Indita for supper.


Mark.

I showed them a little of the old part of downtown. 

Tonight I am sipping some cinnamon-flavored whiskey while doing some genealogy research. I've got some projects to finish soon, and I am forcing myself to behave and not start new projects.


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Today the 9th Circuit Court ruled that anti-gay marriage amendments were unconstitutional. This means that marriage equality is coming to the 9th Circuit- Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and Montana.

A quote from the ruling: "He also states, in conclusory fashion, that allowing same-sex marriage will lead opposite-sex couples to abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in extramarital affairs, take on demanding work schedules, and participate in time-consuming hobbies. We seriously doubt that allowing committed same-sex couples to settle down in legally recognized marriages will drive opposite-sex couples to sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll."

Yesterday the Supreme Court decided to let the Circuit Court ruling in three other cases stand, bringing same sex marriage to 11 other states. By the end of the year, at least 35 states will have marriage equality.

If you go through my blog you can see the despair I felt back in 2008 when the anti-gay marriage amendment passed. The Mormon Church and the Catholic Church pushed hard for passage, collecting money, putting on adverts on the radio, television, billboards, and in the newspaper suggesting that gays were coming after your children. Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson wrote an editorial claiming that gay people were "disordered." Local churches posted big signs.

And then there was Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy. This bitch has made it her life's work to promote discrimination and hatred towards LGBT people. Back when the City of Tucson was planning on offering joint library cards to gay and lesbian couples she attempted to stop that. Well the evil woman gets to see same sex marriage legalized in Arizona and there is nothing, absolutely nothing she can do about it. If/when I get married, she and Kicanas are going to get an invitation from me.

Oh, and I will be registering at Tractor Supply.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The bobcat walks by my window every afternoon at work.

I tap on the window and it stops to look at me, then keeps going.

Thursday night I stopped at the Farmer's Market and bought apples and Hatch chilies. I found a recipe for pie that included both and made everything from scratch.


Apple-Hatch Chili Pie.

I drove up to Phoenix to hang out with Craig and Jesse and we got in the vehicle and drove north to see the changing leaves in Flagstaff.


Chopper sat in the backseat with me.

The aspens are turning yellow and the temperature was perfect, in the low 70s and dropping. 



Aspens.

We had a nice time. 


Homer, Jesse, Craig, and Chopper.

We had supper at Burrito Fiesta. I had the veggie burrito enchilada style, which I always got back in the day. It was really good.

Mexican food.

First time back in Flagstaff since the Event happened. No bad feelings surfaced. I guess that time period is over and done with.

And then I get up this morning and the Supreme Court has legalized same sex marriage in 11 more states. WTF! Times are a changing!


Monday, September 29, 2014

I lay in bed Saturday morning, what should I do?

I have a new Galaxy 5 phone so I played with the camera. Suprisingly, the picture quality isn't that great, my old phone took better pictures.

Lazy.

I worked on a genealogy problem- did Mr. Brown have two sons named Manuel. Well, yes he did, although I am not sure why he did. 

Then I went and bought 10 pairs of socks, 10 pairs of boxers, and three t-shirts. Thanks to my Sears bonus points those cost $62 and I won't have to worry about undergarments for a couple of years.

My plans for Sunday disappeared with a nasty migraine headache. I lay around for over six hours with a towel over my eyes, attempting to block out all light. Finally, late in the afternoon, it went away.

This morning at work the bobcat walked by my window. It is a young one, and very curious.


Bobcat.

In the afternoon I went down to the University to look at a collection of artifacts and fieldnotes from a dig done in the late 70s-early to mid 80s. I am in charge of analyzing the materials and I am a bit stunned at how much work this will be.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Last weekend Jesse and Craig came down to help me celebrate my birthday. I made them put on tophats just because.

Victorian.

We went to the streetcar and got on. The Fare Enforcement officer Paul was a jerk. More than once. They are really patrolling the streetcar to make sure everyone has paid and you feel like a dirty criminal, just the way us gay folks felt before the sodomy laws were repealed!

We ended up at Brooklyn Pizza and of course we had pizza, three beers, and a soda all for $27. 


Craig is excited by pizza.


Homer and Jesse look less excited, but we gobbled it down.

Afterward we went to IBTS for a drink or two and listened to people do karoake. It was fairly deserted. The gay bars in Tucson are slowly dying.

Then off to Hotel Congress for Retro Game Show Night. We stayed for the first half, and then left to come home and play dominoes, which was more fun anyways.

The next morning breakfast at The Good Egg and poor service. I won't get the pineapple upside down pancakes again, they were average. We then went to Sweetwater Wetlands and saw some coots and lots of tiny fishes.

Back home, I enlisted Craig's help in making a chocolate mayonnaise cake. 

Baker Craig.

I was to take it to a sarong-themed party and I almost didn't go, but then changed my mind. I stopped and purchased a sarong and went and the chocolate cake was raved about. The frosting was chocolate-whiskey buttercream and I confess, it was awesome.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Yesterday as I rode to work on the bike (two times this week, 24 miles), a juvenile roadrunner stared at me and ran ahead of me for a while.

Click on the picture to see the bright blue and orange markings next to its eye.

I was going to ride again today and take photos of some morning glories and datura, but it was raining when I got up. It sprinkled at my house but poured elsewhere. The Santa Cruz River was filled with water on my way home.

I drove to the top of Sentinel Peak to take some pictures. Tucson is a basin surrounded by mountain chains. About a million people live here. 

To the east.

And yet a short distance from my house is the desert. Pima County just bought up a large chunk to save it from developers. I wonder if the rattlesnakes and javelina have any idea how close to obliteration they came.

To the west.

Tomorrow Craig and Jesse are coming down from Phoenix to celebrate my birthday with me. We are going to make hand-churned vanilla bean ice cream. YUMMMMM.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

We were supposed to get inches of rain from Hurricane Odile but instead it was a sprinklecane. Disappointing because we could really use that water in the desert.

The news people were in a terror about the flooding that was supposed to happen and the City of Tucson offered sandbags. But all we got were some puddles and clear skies by the afternoon.

So yes, disappointing.

A praying mantis was standing on the wall at work. He/she did not want its picture taken.

Atheist mantis.

I just woke up from a dream that Forrest lived in Bisbee. In the dream I was phoning him to ask if I could go camping with him. When I awoke there was that moment of confusion as to whether the dream was reality or not. 

Cat hair allergies are awful. My eyes are itching, dry, and swollen. Next month at the doctor's I'll be asking for some super-duper strong stuff.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Version 51.0.

On my 51st birthday I:

- slept in a little.
- dressed up.
- went and got my hair and beard cut by barber Cody at the new Swank Barber Shop on 4th Avenue.
- had a Carmelo's Caprese sandwich for lunch.
- worked on signs at the office.
- bought my Mother's plane ticket (Nov 17 to Apr 17 this year).
- talked with Forrest, Travis, and Steve on the phone.
- had over 220 people tell me Happy Birthday on Facebook.
- had leftover chili for supper.
- just took a Benadryl trying to stave off cat-induced eye allergies.

A good start to what is going to be an excellent year. I'm pretty much over the tragic events of 2013 and looking forward to the adventures this coming year will bring.


51st Birthday Selfie.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

I took the longest vacation I've taken since 1998. Eleven days off exploring North Carolina and George with Forrest and Travis. As usual, flying is a nightmare of stupid people and it seems that planes really hit the ground hard when they land.

I got to the Charlotte Airport and waited four hours for Forrest to arrive. We then drove to the River's Edge campground in Georgia and set up tent. It was hot and humid. We rarely wore shirts.

We are both tired.

Forrest is smart and has a cushy blow-up mattress for his tent and I slept really well that first night.

Morning.

On Friday, friends started to appear- Casey and Justin, John and Brandon, Steve and Michael. It was nice seeing the guys I met last year and meeting new folks.

We waited for Travis to arrive, which he did at about 11:00 that night.


Lights outside John and Brandon's trailer.

Saturday was spent playing in the pool. 


Lots of drinks.


Later that night, Travis, Brandon, and I went to listen to Tom Goss perform. It was so nice to see him and we were impressed by some new techniques he is using.

Tom.

That night it rained like crazy. My tent partly filled with water. It was unpleasant.

The next night we went to a theme party.

The trio.

I hung out with young Michael. I liked his beard.

Michael and Homer.

I admired the last summer flowers blooming.

Flower.

On Monday, we returned to North Carolina to the estate where Forrest, Travis, and Colin sojourn. They demanded that I go out hiking late at night.


Late at night.

Eventually it started to rain and I became soaked.

Homer and Forrest.

In the morning the fog hung over the valley. Often I lay in bed lazing about. I read two and a third books.

Foggy morning.

On Tuesday, Travis and I journeyed about, stopping in Boone for Pizza.

Kissing bears.

He took me to the original Mast Store. It is good that I had no space in my carry-on because there were many things I admired.

Mast store.

I was good at telling Travis "No!" when he wanted to buy things.

Travis!

Outside, a garden had many beautiful flowers.

Bee.

I demanded that Travis pose with me.

Travis wears his new hat.

We stopped briefly at the Cone estate and I admired the architectural flourishes.

Corinthian column.

On Saturday we went to a restaurant and I enjoyed the eggplant sandwich and onion rings.

Uncle Joe's.

We traveled to visit Paul and Whitney and I got to see Duker, who gave me a big smooch.


Duker.

We took a hike and visited a waterfall.

Scenic.

It was nice to visit with Paul. 

Forrest, Whitney, Paul, Duker, and Travis.

That night another night hike.

Trees.

We wandered about. I would have gotten lost.

The explorers.

On Monday, Travis and I went to Waynesville to visit with Charles. It was nice to see him again.

Charles, me, and Travis.

Colin took me to the airport and we stopped at Miguel's nearby. The food is delicious there.


Colin.

Now I am back in Tucson and I think I have a cold.







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