Coming Out of Left Field

Friday, April 30, 2004

GLAD guides

The web's a wonderful thing. Not only has GLAD published an excellent overview of all the legal requirements online, they now allow you to look up info on town clerks -- locations, phone numbers, hours and additional notes.

And following up on yesterday's "shouting from the rooftops" train of thought, an e-mail from MassEquality asks folks to let them know about their marriage plans.

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Thursday, April 29, 2004

The times they are a-changin'

Summer's on the way, and wedding season is drawing near. Since marriage, unless you're eloping, is usually a public affair, here are a few links for those who are getting married (legally or not), and want to shout the fact from the rooftops. :)

GLAAD's list of newspapers that publish same-sex union announcements

Boston Globe wedding announcements

Boston Herald FAQ (may not accept same-sex announcements -- at least, not yet)

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Joining the book bunch

The latest example of Easily Addictive's online doings affecting my offline activities: I've joined the board's new book club. Even though I have a pretty long queue already, I figure I can make time for one book each month, and I trust my fellow surfers to pick interesting ones. On tap for May: Steinbeck's Cain and Abel fable, East of Eden.


Tuesday, April 27, 2004


Finished my take-home final for class today ... I had to write a third draft of my short film idea -- about my all-time favorite place to go dancing -- plus answer five questions about design, structure, etc. In college I had the ability to blather on and on (I was a history major, so I often had no choice), but my Muse now resists anything she perceives as overwork. *rolls eyes*

Wednesday's the last class meeting for this semester, so no school for a couple of weeks. That'll free up time for some more wedding prep and the much, much less enjoyable task of balancing my checkbook. If only Target had accountants in its gift registry ...

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Monday, April 26, 2004

D.C. crowd

A view of those at yesterday's March for Women's Lives:

No official count yet, but the guess is between 500,000 and 800,000 attendees, and many more were, like myself, there in spirit.


Friday, April 23, 2004

Root, root, root for the home team ...

... especially if you have several of their players on your fantasy baseball team. *grin* Actually, I've been fairly restrained so far. Though I have Lowe and Nomar (yes, I'm loyal, I wouldn't go after A-Rod if you paid me) and just snagged Wakefield, I don't yet have an all-Sox infield. Nor have I dumped Pudge in favor of Tek, ousted Mike Cameron in favor of Manny, or tried to deal for Pedro, who though fragile in ego is still a darn fine pitcher. And speaking of pitching, Foulke's a heck of a closer. I wonder if --

Enough of that. Fantasy baseball is about stats, not teams. After all, I did OK with the Rocket and Riviera last year. If I could stomach a couple of Yanks, surely I can deal with a mostly non-Red Sox roster. Right?

Right. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to see if Schilling's up for grabs.

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How-tos for getting hitched, cont.

I just noticed that, in addition to info on legal requirements for getting married in Mass., GLAD also has suggestions on how to make your marriage meaningful for the movement (requires Acrobat Reader).

My partner and I are already planning to send an announcement to the Globe, and having a large guest list means talking to lots and lots of people. We also dropped invites in the mail to George Bush and Mitt Romney, though I honestly don't expect to get RSVPs back from either of them. *wink*

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Thursday, April 22, 2004

How-tos for getting hitched

Getting married in Massachusetts? GLAD's posted a guide to the legal requirements. Short version:

-- get the premarital blood test
-- apply for and obtain a license
-- have your friendly neighborhood rabbi, JP, etc. perform the ceremony
-- also have your minister/celebrant sign and return the license

Fenway Community Health is holding special evening premarital clinics through May 1. Appointments, I was told, take ten minutes and include the blood test, a voluntary rubella test (women only), and AIDS education. Get your slot sooner rather than later -- according to yesterday's Globe, more than 150 people have already signed up.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Sox quote of the week

"The apocalypse is upon us."
Sox GM Theo Epstein, as Alex Rodriguez came up to the plate in the ninth inning of yesterday's Sox-Yankees game.

Despite Epstein's fears, the world did not in fact end; Rodriguez, who represented the tying run, got on base with a single, but Sox closer Keith Foulke struck out Jason Giambi to end the game. Final score was Boston 5, New York 4, making it three wins against one loss for the series. Go Sox!

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Monday, April 19, 2004

28 days and counting

Just under a month from now, barring any interference (memo to Mitt: you haven't a legal leg to stand on, so give it up already), gay and lesbian couples in Massachusetts can start applying for marriage licenses. To celebrate the occasion, is asking folks to host house fund-raising parties on Saturday, May 15. If you'd like to be part of the "Count-Down to Equality" campaign, sign up at the below link:

My partner and I probably can't do one ourselves -- seeing as we've got a little event of our own to finish planning -- but I'm going to see if any of our friends would be willing to host. After all, brides usually get showers, don't they? *grin*

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Saturday, April 17, 2004

Have some haiku

Since it's National Poetry Month, some folks have been posting poems on the bulletin board at work. My favorite so far has been Cat Haiku:

You never feed me.
Perhaps I'll sleep on your face.
That will show you.

Grace personified
I leap into the window
I meant to do that

Wanna go outside.
Oh, no! Help! I got outside!
Let me back inside!

Since it's baseball season, I was wondering if anyone had penned any poems about the great game. Turns out that the Baseball Hall of Fame ran a haiku contest last year; among the winners was this gem by Kurt Blumenau:

Smallest Red Sox fans
With shirts too wide for shoulders,
named "ARCIAPARR."

Cat Haiku
Hall of Fame Haiku Contest Results

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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Quickie Q&A

Someone on Easily Addictive posted a great link that explains, for the benefit of those who didn't see Bush the other night, what they missed:

A Busy Person's Guide to the Bush Press Conference

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Blah, blah, blah

Caught Bush's news conference last night. The best thing I can say about it is that I feel much less stressed about my presentation in class tonight. Even if I'm half as incoherent as he was, it'll be in front of a lot fewer people. Besides, it's on a great animated film, Chuck Jones' "Duck Amuck", which strands poor Daffy in the middle of an empty screen and forces him to cope with shifting backgrounds, disappearing storylines, and other chaos.

Hmmm. Wonder if anyone's started work on "Shrub Amuck"?

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Monday, April 12, 2004

Hungry for change? Make cookies for Kerry!

I can't bake worth a darn (I can turn an oven on, but that's about it). But if I could, I'd pull out the mitts and create some confections for April 17's Bake Sale for Democracy, to raise funds for MoveOn's PAC and John Kerry. If you have time and talent, set up an event or join an existing one. If, like me, you're handier with your wallet than your kitchen utensils, find a sale in your area and stop by to check out the wares. Doing good has never tasted so good!

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A Bush haiku

A new work that's making the e-mail rounds:

"This is a short poem made up entirely of actual quotations from George W. Bush. These have been arranged, only for aesthetic purposes, by Washington Post writer, Richard Thompson.

A wonderful Haiku poem like this is too good not to share.


I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
And potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet
Become more few?

How many hands have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being
And the fish can coexist.

Families is where our nation finds hope,
Where our wings take dream.
Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!

Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher!
Make the pie higher!

(Pass this on. Help cure mad Cowboy disease in the next election)"

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Thursday, April 08, 2004

Batter up!

Fantasy baseball's started, and I'm next to last. Just like old times. *rolls eyes* At least I have a pretty good lineup. Here's the Opening Day roster:

C: I. Rodriguez
1B: J. Thome
2B: J. Kent
3B: S. Rolen
SS: M. Tejada
OF: C. Beltran, I. Suzuki, M. Ordonez
Util: A. Jones
Bench: C. Jones, F. Thomas
DL: N. Garciaparra

Pitchers: T. Hudson, J. Moyer, E. Gagne, J. Smoltz, A. Pettite, E. Guardado, J. Borowski, B. Colon, R. Ortiz

Let the tinkering begin!

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Tuesday, April 06, 2004


For someone who's supposed to be recuperating, I've been very busy lately. It's all good stuff, though ... one of the most fun bits was going to preschool last Friday (for the not-yet-national observance of "Take Your Girlfriend to Work Day"). Little kids are really, really cute. *grin*

Last night I went to a Passover seder, which was notable for good food (chocolate matzoh, mmmm) fun songs and recitings, and happy, excited kids -- partially because of sugar, and in one case partially because of a ballgame on ESPN2. That bit belongs in a movie, actually -- the family in the foreground reading from the Haggadah, and in the background the sound of someone chanting, "Way to go, Giants, way to go!"