Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Family Turkey

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with 5 of our 6 kids and one grand-dog. The oldest son was away traveling in Asia.
E prepared an amazing meal. Roast turkey with apples and onions, two kinds of stuffing: wild rice with spinach and sausage & walnut mushroom stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, old fashioned candied yams, holiday brussels sprouts, green beans with pecans and Clementine sauce, gravy, cranberry sauce and three deserts.

Who says gays can't have families? We have the best!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TSA Inspects and Fondles Gay Dad’s Meat

Let's see the meatEveryone has to have a TSA story these days, right? Two weeks ago while traveling home from a family visit in Tennessee, we were pulled aside by TSA agents in Nashville and Denver. Right there in front of everyone in the security screening area, TSA agents requested to see our meat. So we pulled it out and showed it to them.
E’s father sent us back with 20 pounds of frozen pork sausages to give to one of his grandsons. Every year E's dad buys a hog or two and has it butchered and processed into packets of sausages that he gives to family and business customers.
gay porkUpon leaving Tennessee, we packed our frozen pork packages into our carry-on luggage for the trip home and proceeded through airport security. Our bag was pulled aside. TSA personnel made us pull out our meat. They had to verify that it was really frozen meat. They also checked it for explosives by rubbing their special residue cloth on the outside packaging. (While our sausages aren't explosive, they are spicy hot!) Once they were sure it was safe we were allowed to put our meat away and continue to the boarding gate.
Nobody touched our junk, just our meat. That’s our story.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Gay Sports Fan

Drinking beer is part of being a sports fanI am about the furthest thing there could be to a sport fan. Generally I have no interest in team sports. Never have. But I am married to loyal and dedicated baseball fan. My husband has had season tickets to the SF Giants for a long time. I have learned and found it fun to attend games with him. Just don’t ask me too many questions about the game or the players (everything I know is listed below). When I first met my husband he had season tickets to San Jose Sharks hockey and SF 49er football as well as baseball. After the first couple years together, he dropped the hockey and football tickets for season tickets to the San Francisco Opera and several other theatre companies. Ooooh, do I love this man!

The Giants Win the World SeriesAnother interesting fact about us is that we do not have TV hookup. No antenna, cable or satellite. Thus to watch the out-of-town playoff and World Series games, we had to go to our local sports bar. This was a blast. Imagine a large bar filled with younger, excited, drunk men!

Now imagine being approached by a guy wearing a press badge. I can only assume we fit his readership demographic…mature, intelligent, sophisticated newspaper readers. I think among our friends we are the only ones that have to read the morning paper at the breakfast table.

We achieved the following 1.5 minutes of fame in our local Palo Alto Daily News. They reported the following the:

“Happy Giants fans live it up locally”

Torture turned into hysteria Monday night in Palo Alto after the Giants won their first-ever World Series title since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
When rookie catcher Buster Posey caught a swinging strike three to clinch the championship, a celebration of seismic proportions erupted inside The Old Pro on Ramona Street as the orange-and-black-clad fans raised their hands and looked around for someone to hug -- be it a friend or a stranger.
With fans standing on top of tables, the crowd stretching onto the sidewalk sang along as Queen's "We Are the Champions" blared.
Well, was it worth the wait?
"Oh, my God. Yes!"
Those were the words of Ed Jones, who like the Giants moved to the Bay Area from New York -- except he did so in 1969 as an 11-year-old. A season-ticket holder along with Eddie Reynolds, who moved from Virginia in 1978 and was born in Tennessee, the pair spoke during the third inning about the way this rag-tag, misfit group of Giants captured the imagination of fans.
"I think this is unique because in both baseball and football there were always major stars," said Reynolds, dropping names like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice as well as Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Barry Bonds. "This time it's a different lineup, different set of stars and we didn't expect it."
"There is no MVP," Jones said. "It's an ensemble award."

Let's Go Giants!Don't I sound like a total jock? I can do "sports talk". Except using the word "ensemble". That is a theatre word. Oh well. When I sent the new link to my family, my bother responded with: “Who are you and what have you done with my brother? My "real" brother believed a sports section was provided only to cat owners to line the litter box.” True, very true.

Real gay sports fans and athletes should visit Outsports.com to get the latest news, photos and jock talk.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Vote Naked

Vote Naked
Yes, you can vote naked but it has to be by male mail. The Election Day is Tuesday, November 2nd and you already had to have requested a mail-in ballot and have it in hand.
If you have a mail-in ballot, send it in now or take it to your polling place on Tuesday. All valid vote-by-mail ballots are counted in every election in California, regardless of the outcome or closeness of any race. But they must be received by Election Day.
Fill out your ballot now. After you have voted, insert it in the envelope provided, making sure you complete all required information on the envelope.
Remember, you must return your naked voted vote-by-mail ballot by
1) mailing it to your county elections official today;
2) returning it in person to a polling place or the elections office in your county on Election Day (Tuesday); or
3) authorizing a relative or person living in the same household as you to return the ballot on your behalf.
Regardless of how the ballot is returned, it MUST be received by the county elections office by the time polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots will not be counted.
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