Monday, April 25, 2005

Do you hear that ticking?

The week of AIDS Walk went by, and it was a smashing success. We had a lot of people show up for everything. We did a lot of free HIV testing, which is a very good thing. The drag queens were hysterical as usual, and the after-party was fun too (though Zeus did not really enjoy the next morning, I hear).

My heart was touched so many times, by people giving freely of their time and their hearts. By people willing to tell their stories, even when they are difficult to repeat or remind us of dark times. And I met some incredible people, including Heidi and Isaac. They made my heart flow over.

And perhaps more importantly, they made me realize something. When I was younger, I knew it was something I wanted a great deal. Then for a long time I thought that I had changed my mind. Now I am sure: I want to be a father. Now to find a husband who is like-minded before we're too old to do it...

I also had one of the best experiences of my life, though Scott and Zeus are gonna get it! At Bingo, I was recognized for all the crap I do, and the difference I have apparently made in the lives of others. A standing O...from my friends and those in the community. Nothing could have meant more to me.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Let your heart sing

This afternoon the Denver Gay Men's Chorus kicked off AIDS Walk Week with a free concert at St. Matthew's Episcopal church. Over 50 people were in attendance, and at least half of them were straight members of the congregation at St. Matt's. For those who didn't attend, you have missed a truly beautiful event.

This was the first time the choir has performed in Wyoming, first in Cheyenne last night and then today here in town. It was a phenomenal performance, and the music was outstanding. There was also a talk-back session after the show, and the opening of hearts and minds was so moving.

Today my message is an extension of something echoed throughout the day: be yourself. Find the song inside and let it out, whether it's an actual song or not.

Oh...and get your bitch asses to the rest of AIDS Walk events this week.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Sometimes it's good to go home

I am spending today in the junior high here in town. I'm doing a dramatic interp of Romeo's soliloquy at the grave for 9th graders. My former mentor teacher tracked me down and asked me to come do the presentations, as she remembered my flair for the dramatic. (I know...shocking, isn't it?) I must say, I'm having a blast. I'm also having flashbacks...vocab reviews, grammer pre-tests...I'm remembering not only performing these tasks as a student, but also as a teacher! While some things have changed, some have also stayed the same. The 9th graders seemed somewhat awed that I have memorized "a whole speech" in about a week, and terrified that they must do the same in 2 weeks. Heh. Faculty and staff here at LJHS have recognized me too, and have been excited to see me in the halls again. It's nice to feel welcome...and remembered...and appreciated. :) 8th hour today (wow...did I just say that?) Princess Pink will be sitting in on my presentation, so she can play speech geek and point out all my flubs and foibles. Damn. The 9th graders don't see the little errors in polish and poise, but she will. And when she points them out to me, I shall lay down the proverbial smack upon her ass. And not in that way she likes it. ;)

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Fun thoughts

Check out I think the usual readers will want to whip out the wallet, and purchase some of their wares. Some thoughts from posters, t-shirts, or buttons:
  • God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him.
  • Religion is for people afraid of going to hell, spirituality is for people who have already been there.
  • Assist airport security: FLY NAKED!
  • If the definition of beautiful gets any thinner, no one will fit.
  • I love my country, but I think we should start seeing other people.
  • Humans aren't the only species on Earth, we just act like it.
  • Nuke a godless communist gay baby seal for Christ.
  • What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?
  • Who would Jesus bomb?
  • Join the Army. Travel to exotic, distant lands, meet exciting, unusual people and kill them.
  • Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.
  • I think, therefore I am dangerous.

More shall be posted later. There are also great ones that require visuals. Seriously. Go. NOW, BITCHES!