Coming Out of Left Field

Monday, May 31, 2004

It's official!

Thanks to the efforts of many, many people (nationally, locally, and individually), someone's made an honest woman out of me. I couldn't be happier. :)

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Sneaky squirrels

Happened upon this while checking my brother's site for updates. I knew those rodents were up to something:

Squirrels in Black

First dive-bombing cicadas, now this. It's almost enough to make one give up the outdoors entirely!

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Monday, May 24, 2004

Belated congrats ...

... to Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, who's just become a father (of Trevor Steven, born May 15). Good luck, and lots of patience ... your son's a Taurus, so you'll need it!

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My Muse is not amused

A few weeks ago, I finished my short film design class. My Muse, after checking my summer class schedule, put herself in vacation mode for the next six weeks. I was put on notice that while requests for blogging and letters to the editor would be accommodated, tasks requiring greater effort and creativity -- in other words, schoolwork -- would be better left until the fall.

A few days ago, I started my Summer I class - directing. Our first assignment? Come up with two short film ideas, one of which will be expanded into a script for filming in class. Oh, and did I mention that with the current schedule, I need to turn in my script two days after my wedding?

Ack. Good thing I write HTML for a living.

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T minus 6 and counting

My SO and I have decided we're suffering from PWS: Pre-Wedding Syndrome. Symptoms include anxiety, restlessness, and compulsive list-making. Luckily, said jitters have everything to do with getting things in place, and nothing to do with the actual act of getting married. (That, we can't wait for.)

Took some time out for another same-sex wedding. It wasn't very big -- about twenty people all-told, if you don't count the mosquitoes who rudely crashed the party (and then rudely started eating before the ceremony was over). Despite the bug bites, it was a good time, a cozy little affair, and I can now say that I've been to my first same-sex wedding. Sunday will be my second. :)

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Friday, May 21, 2004

Risible rules

A letter in today's Globe reminds us that, contrary to his assertions, Romney does pick and choose which laws to enforce. The letter mentions specifically the requirement that Massachusetts citizens get a doctor's permission in writing before taking a bath. (Good thing I usually take showers.)

I poked around and found a longer list of odd state laws. I personally know at least one family in Newton who has not been granted a hog by the mayor; hopefully someone will bring this to the governor's attention so that he may rectify the matter.

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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Silmarillion shortcut

Thanks to a new online acquaintance, I no longer have to reread Tolkien's pre-LOTR tome in its entirety if I want to remember the plot. Granted, the 1000-word version doesn't capture the poetry of the original, but it nails the basic conflicts, and is pretty damn funny to boot.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Oh, for *#$!'s sake

I don't mean to turn this into a gay marriage blog, but it's hard not to with all the legal hurdles been thrown up. The latest: Romney's demanding copies of all license applications issued in Provincetown, Somerville, Worcester and Springfield.

Hey, Mitt, your title isn't Massachusetts Marriage Cop. It's Governor of Massachusetts. Start acting like one already.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Quote of the day

"Come on over to our house for dinner and find out how loving and normal and boring we are."
- Hillary Goodridge, when asked what she would tell gay-marriage opponents (Boston Globe, 5/18/04)

My sentiments, exactly.

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Wedding prep

Pretty soon my SO and I need to sit down and figure out the seating chart for our wedding. With 100+ people attending, it'll be a little tricky. At least we don't have to worry about Mitt; yesterday's mail brought a RSVP, labeled "Governor Romney" and saying he "declines with regret".

We have yet to receive anything from the White House, but at this point it's probably safe to say that Bush isn't coming either. *grin*

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Monday, May 17, 2004

Double yay!!!

Just got word that the "JP for the day" authorization came through -- I should be able to pick up the paperwork tomorrow. Even though we didn't need it before applying for a license, and even though we had a backup in case she wasn't approved, it's a huge relief to have that settled. There weren't a whole lot of things that we absolutely, positively couldn't do without, but having our dance teacher conduct our ceremony was one of them.

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Yay!!!

Just got back from Boston City Hall. The plaza wasn't as crowded as I might've thought, but then again it was lunch hour when I went, and I heard later that a lot of folks went this morning. The people who were there were in good spirits, waving banners and cheering each couple that emerged from the hall, paperwork in hand. (Pictures will be posted if, one, they turn out OK, and two, if I ever figure out how to hook up the darn scanner.)

Naturally, there were some protesters too. The majority stayed in a clump over by the T stop, but one guy with a hateful placard came into the crowd while I was there; though he might've snagged a few supporters, he mostly made himself look like a schmuck -- and a schmuck in the minority, at that.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004

Celebrate good times, come on!

9 1/2 hours until gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts -- woo-hoo! If you want to help kick things off and lend your support, find an event near you:

Freedom to Marry Coalition's May calendar

Me, I'll most likely stop by Boston's City Hall on my lunch break. Report forthcoming ...

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Friday, May 14, 2004

Wordplay

Anyone else love Mad Libs? I always got a kick out of the silly stories that were created, and tried my darndest to make them even funnier. So it's only fitting that a weblog called A Geeky Goof would include a link to an online version of the word game. There are three Mad Libs here; the below is my version of "Copernicus":

Four hundred years ago people knew little about our elastic universe. They thought that the earth was the center of the entire elephant (Hey! It's Discworld!) and that the sun and all of the ears revolved around it. But then a/an Etruscan named Copernicus discovered the truth.

The earth revolves around the ellipse 11 times a year.

Copernicus, whose last name was Eaton, was born in Warsaw, and he used one of the first elevated telescopes, which was invented by Elaine.

This primitive telescope was little more than two pieces of eggplant stuck on each end of a/an egg.

In 1600 an Italian elevator operator named Galileo expanded Copernicus's eleemosynary theories, but during the Inquisition in Italy he was easily arrested. After eluding for six months in jail, Galileo was forced to erupt.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Counting down

In four days, same-sex couples in Massachusetts can start applying for marriage licenses.

Next Tuesday, my partner and I will be one of them.

I wish I could come up with something eloquent to describe how I feel, but this will have to suffice:

Wow.

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La la la la la

I've never wanted to sing in public, let alone with the Boston Pops. But if it's always been your dream to perform with Keith Lockhart and company, here's your chance:

PopSearch 2004

There'll be several rounds of auditions, leading up to the Pops' July 4th concert on the Esplanade. No national TV time, unfortunately, and people who have agents or previous awards can't apply. Which is just as well -- singing for 500,000 people is probably enough exposure for most people. Me, I'll stick to singing in the shower. :)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Grrrrr

It's hard enough to organize any wedding, let alone a same-sex wedding, without this kind of crap:

A petty win for Romney

My SO and I want our dance teacher to officiate at our wedding -- dance is how we met, after all -- so we've been going through this too. It took a trip to the State House yesterday (this after several e-mail and phone messages went unanswered) to find out that, yes, our application is in order, and we should be able to pick it up or have it mailed after the 17th.

Funny thing was, when I went through security I had to hand in my blue Swiss army knife. The nice police officer who took it told me I could get it back on the way out, and assured me that it was standard procedure, and that she didn't think I was a threat. I felt like saying, "Could you please tell Romney that, too?"

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Verse about the Curse

I needed a mental break from Romney, Rumsfeld et al., so I went poking around the Web for some baseball haiku, and found a nice little site devoted to my home team. Its mission statement nicely sums up the comic tragedy (and tragicomedy) of being a Sox fan, as does some of the poetry itself:

In spring, Florida
Hope renewed, wins and losses
In the Fall, the fall

Hey wait 'til next year
Every eighty-six years
Like clockwork. Go Sox.

In winter Fenway
Old ghosts sleep and Schilling dreams
No hitters, no curse.

And though it doesn't refer to the Sox at all, I kinda get a kick out of this one by BxSteve:

Florida Marlins.
The whole state? A kind of fish?
Who the heck are they?

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Monday, May 10, 2004

Pant, pant

Just sent off a slew of e-mails to assorted videographers and wedding setuppers, as part of the continuing battle to nail things down before the big day. (It was a bit of a shock to check my voicemail and find five new messages, all about the wedding. I never, ever have that much voicemail.) And I need to call one particular person tomorrow morning, either before or after I go to the State House and raise a ruckus so that someone, anyone, will tell me whether or not our dance teacher's "JP for the day" application will go through in time or not. You know, I'm not much of an activist, but heaven help the man who tries to get between this Taurus and her wedding.

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Tweaking and testing

New layout's courtesy of Blogger, which did some renovating over the weekend. The result is (I hope) cleaner and easier to read. Blogger also has a new comments feature that, unfortunately, is a bit more complicated to set up than CommentThis! Onward and upward, I guess ...

(Addendum: whew, the comments thing actually showed up. There's nothing quite as frustrating than staring at code you didn't generate, and knowing that somehow it's supposed to work, but not having a clue how.)

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Friday, May 07, 2004

Links of the day

In no particular order ...

Swingtime: monthly GLBT dance. Tomorrow's Red Hot Latin night - cha cha cha!

NALC Food Drive: leave non-perishable food items outside your mailbox tomorrow (May 8).

NetHack: an oldie-but-goodie text adventure game. Fun, frustrating, and insanely addictive.

Your Vote Matters: register to vote, change your party, or update your voting address.

Metaphilm: film criticism/interpretation site (think in-depth analysis, not thumbs-up/down reviews).

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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Poetic parody

Came across this on Easily Addictive yesterday -- it's too good not to post:

Shakespeare's Hokey Pokey
as submitted by Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls

O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.

Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heavens yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.

The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt
Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.

Original link: http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/04/Apr/pokey.html

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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Yay?

Yesterday, Massachusetts city and town clerks attended presentations on the new marriage application forms. In contrast to recent statements by Romney and his officials, the Globe now reports (Gay marriage rule eased) that clerks have the option not to demand proof of residency when granting licenses:

"'We've suggested to the clerks that the law allows them to ask for documentation,' [Romney's general counsel Daniel B.] Winslow said ... But, he added, they are 'not required to look behind a person's oath.'"

GLAD's preliminary comments, however, warn that "The State still intends to slam the door in the face of out-of-state same-sex couples." Although clerks won't be punished for not asking about residency, they will still be expected to deny licenses to those who are clearly from another state.

I'm torn here. For many, caution is probably the safest course; May 17 is less than two weeks away, and things are still up in the air. Since it's up to the clerks to decide what fulfills the requirement, it's be tough, practically and emotionally, to put all your energies into wedding planning only to find that you can't get past the legal obstacles. I'm feeling apprehensive myself, and I *live* here.

And there's the less cautious side of me which pays attention to the rights of the matter, not the realities. It says, "Some laws are made to be broken. The 1913 law is one of them. Come on down."

Which approach is better? I don't know. That's for each couple to decide. But whichever it is, don't choose out of fear. As one of my favorite films says, "A life lived in fear is a life half-lived."

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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Quote of the day

"I don't intend on handling homosexual or gay marriages any differently than we handle heterosexual marriages."
- Lowell Clerk Richard C. Johnson, who told the Boston Globe that he will instruct his staff not to ask for proof of residence when processing marriage license requests

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GM grumbles

Right now, my fantasy baseball team bears a striking resemblance to Sox clubs of old: great hitting, lousy pitching. I can understand being dead last in WHIP and strikeouts, maybe. But shouldn't a rotation of eight starters have more than eight wins between them? Even if they're not all Yankees?

Back to the ol' free-agent pool ...

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Monday, May 03, 2004

Animal art

Took advantage of the nice weather to support a friend participating in last weekend's open studios. Yani Batteau's her name, and she does whimsical paintings and illustrations of "Yanimals". We bought an Earth Day T-shirt and a postcard of a squirrel (the latter being for my brother, who enjoys taking such critter pictures).

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Go Menino!

The Boston Globe reports that Menino may defy Romney when it comes to enforcing the 1913 law barring out-of-states from getting married in Massachusetts.

Even if Menino is considering this only for political reasons, I hope he follows through. As has been noted by several media outlets, this law that was designed to block interracial marriages; the Globe has pointed out that until now, clerks were ordered not to check residency when issuing licenses. Hopefully Menino's refusal to carry out an ill-conceived, invalid law will spur other mayors to do the same.

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