George Carlin 1937-2008, RIP

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I’ve always been a fan of George Carlin, and at a far younger age than my parents would have ever liked — of course I was also reading Stephen King in 5th grade, and I turned out alright… didn’t I? 🙂

George was all about the social commentary, and turning the mundane on its head. Famous for the “Seven Words you can’t say on Television,” I will always remember his treatise on leftovers.

“Leftovers make you feel good twice. First, when you put it away, you feel thrifty and intelligent: ‘I’m saving food!’ Then a month later when blue hair is growing out of the ham, and you throw it away, you feel really intelligent: ‘I’m saving my life!’”

Below is an abbreviated version of the piece from George Carlin at Carnegie Hall. Watch the clip below at the 12:40 mark. Feel free to watch the whole thing as it’s vintage George, just not quite safe for work.

Goodbye George, your candor and wit will be missed in times such as these.

I do. Finally.

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Yesterday was quite the day… At 5:01PM on June 16, gay marriage became legal in California. While I have never been an active proponent of gay marriage (partly because I feel it cost us the election in 2004, and I rank other issues facing the country ahead of it), I am glad this day has come. It was a typical, overcast day in San Francisco, cold and dreary. Shortly after 5pm I ambled up to the front of the crowd across from City Hall and took the scene in. It was a large crowd of course, the vast majority voicing their support for gay marriage, while the minority were self-righteous and indignant as they held up bigger signs. Looking around I found myself standing close to members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, holding aloft some of the most hateful signs in the crowd. They were wedged into a small space by a pair of barricades like caged animals. Not to protect us, but to protect them. As I looked over at them, it was a struggle not to hurl all kinds of colorful metaphors in their direction. Others however did not share my restraint. But those bigots didn’t deserve the attention they so desperately craved, so I ignored them. Instead I focused instead on the brides and grooms as they came out onto the steps of City Hall. Each time they waved the cheers in the crowd would swell, drowning out the vitriolic cries of hate and intolerance. And the warmth and happiness on each of their faces, took the edge off the damp weather, making the protestors small, and less relevant. I choked up a little. Below is some video from the event. Apologies in advance for some of the harsh audio (turn your speakers down). Hopefully it will give you a taste of what happened…

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Since the ruling we have been asked many times if Chad and I were going to get married. I always smile and say maybe next year, provided the anti-gay marriage initiative fails in November. But if you ask me again tomorrow… I might have a different answer.

Pride is in the air…

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Yesterday we saw Sex & The City for the second time and it was just as sweet as the first. I think one of the things that made me fall in love with the show was the enduring friendships the girls shared. They could always count on each other during the good times and the bad. They were more than just friends, they were family, and sometimes while watching the show they felt like a part of my family, reminding me of the more difficult times in my own life and the friends who helped me get through them. 

So when the Pride flags were raised on Market Street last week, it wasn’t gay marriage, the film festival or even the Pride parade which leapt to mind. It was my friends.

My best memories of Pride are those that I spent with friends, or more accurately, my extended family before my real family even knew who I was. Every Pride we would venture out because it was OUR day. Our day to celebrate. Our day to be proud of who we were.

Of course we are all older now. Many of us can’t be bothered. Some have moved away and some have moved on with their lives. Friends who were once close, are now distant and seldom seen. And the friendships that were once easy and enduring, now require more work than they should just to keep them alive.

So while Pride is in the air it doesn’t smell as sweet as I remember. But I’m thankful to be in a secure and loving relationship. I am happy that my parents accept me for who I am, and that their love is unconditional. And I am glad I still have friends who will call just for the sake of calling, just to say hello. 

For all these things I am grateful, and not just during Pride, or Thanksgiving, or Christmas… but all year long. It just took a rainbow for me to realize it.

Succumbing to Bumper Sticker Mentality

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Truth be told, I’ve never been a bumper sticker kind of guy. Sure I’ve laughed and poked fun at bumper stickers on other cars (and in the SF Bay area there’s a plenty), but I’ve never adorned my own vehicle with one.

Recently while browsing the web I stumbled across an interesting image with the slogan “McCain – 100% Recycled Bush”. I laughed and thought to myself, “that would make a great bumper sticker” and then promptly forgot about it. Until yesterday. After Barack Obama secured the nomination I considered buying an Obama Support Pack, a collection of goodies that included, among other things, bumper stickers. And then I remembered the image and catchy slogan.

Long story short I recreated the image in bumper-friendly format and posted it on CafePress in my new online store. I of course will be buying one for myself. And I’ll also be donating half of any proceeds from the sale to the Barack Obama campaign.

Comments and purchases of course, are welcome.