Monday, July 31, 2006

Ain't it the truth!

Here's an article about a letter written by a number of LGBT activists saying that the LGBT rights movement is too focused on marriage.

It's one of the things that's really bugged me about the whole marriage thing--while I think it's great that people are fighting for LGBT marriage rights, it's almost akin to putting all your eggs in one basket--and if we lose, we could lose a lot more than people bargained for, especially since even in California queers aren't protected from such basic rights as workplace and housing discrimination, and only recently did the domestic partnership laws change so that we have more rights that are akin to marriage, but are so badly written that there's still no real consensus on what rights those of us in DP contracts already actually have. There's so much that's tied into LGBT rights, particularly women's issues, POC issues, etc., and it's too much of an uncalculated risk for those trying to push an agenda on the rest of us.

It also pushes on those of us who aren't in monogamous relationships even more against the margins, and reinforces the belief that the only relationship that should be sanctioned are the monogamous ones.

I think that's one of the reasons why I like being gay/queer/whatever--we're able to look at the different ways sexuality reinforces arbitrary differences and see how those differences fuck us up in so many ways--in regards to gender, sex, race, class, religion, etc. For me, coming out of the closet opened up worlds of opportunity that many straight people have a hard time envisioning. On the one hand, it's made me jaded (though has helped me realize what I'm truly attracted to and aroused by), but on the other hand, I'm able to appreciate how people express their sexualities without being personally threatened by them.

As one of my friends said, "I didn't fight for gay rights just to get married!"

Ok, enough ranting for one day...

Another sign I'm truly evil...

So I was playing the new DDR arcade version, DDR Supernova, down by Sunnyvale Golfland (the one video game arcade I've been going to since I was 6).

The husband and I finish playing this one song and we're waiting to get our scores.

I get a grade B, and my final score is 6,666,666.

Too bad I didn't have the frame of mind to whip out my camera phone and take a picture of the score.

I'm surprised I haven't grown horns and a pointed tail yet.

Friday, July 28, 2006

What happens when you heat a garlic clove in the microwave?

Pretty cool! (and I'm a big garlic fan--though I think microwaved garlic would just be nasty)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I've always wondered about this soda...

Here's a little blurb from the San Jose Mercury News about Belfast Sparkling Cider, a soda that's ubiquitous at nearly all Chinese restaurants in the Bay Area.

It honestly doesn't taste much like anything, but it goes great with some Hennessy or Courvoisier when you're stuck at some god-awful Chinese wedding banquet by my relatives...

Oops, did I say that out loud?

The Devil Wears Prada...thoughts...

So I watched The Devil Wears Prada a couple weeks ago to cheer up a friend who's been going through some major life changes, and found myself liking it a lot more than I expected. It's fluff, but it's good fluff, if only because Meryl Streep made the movie (pretty much everyone else in the movie is a throwaway). I waited impatiently for her to come on since everything else seemed pretty formulaic, the story, the characters, etc. At least it featured the Sidekick pretty prominently--and also made me realize how much I miss mine (damn fuckers who stole my old one!).

Without giving too much of the plot line, the main theme seemed to be that no matter what life throws out at you, you're always free to make decisions even if you feel you can't. I guess it's pretty relevant for me, given what I'm going through right now (without giving too much away of that, either :P). I'm just continually reminded that the only constant in life is change, and that it's never too late to appreciate what life throws at you--and to always be proactive.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Blah.

So I went to go see my ophthalmologist today and after resisting getting steroids injected for this sty in my upper left eyelid that I've had for a couple months, I'm finally going to get it done sometime next month. The way that he was going to do it wasn't all that reassuring. "I'm just going to inject some steroids into your eyelid then stir it about to get the pus out." Lovely.

Also had to start paying my back taxes for my home job today. At least it's getting taken care of. Even more blah.

At least it was a beautiful day today and I was able to spend a bit of it catching up on my sleep this morning, then having lunch outside with the husband.

Just the idea of someone poking around my eye with a needle to inject steroids doesn't sound all that fun. Ick.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

I met people with the most interesting names today...

Ida Ho (I kid you not), and a Mr. Bumpass.

I just hope they don't get married...

Please support the husband!

He's doing AIDS Walk SF this year and is hoping to raise a modest amount ($300) by doing so.

Here's his link, and please donate if you can!

I'm thinking I might do the swim a mile for women with cancer but haven't decided yet. :)

Friday, July 07, 2006

What would you do if you saw 100 people wearing balaclavas?

From Trivia no Izumi: The real name of the ski mask (used stereotypically in bank robberies) is called a balaclava.

Poor little doggy!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Gaki no Tsukai...

I blame Joz for this!

To give a little background for this video, the 4 main characters have spent the whole day in high school where they're not allowed to laugh, otherwise they get slapped on the ass. Hard. The first scene is at their "graduation ceremony," where they're treated to a performance by the principal, who ends up being this cute guy in a thong...who dances really badly. Now, if he didn't dance so badly and wore such a horrible thong, he'd be pretty attractive. It's just disturbing (and fucking hilarious) to watch.

And it all goes downhill from there.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

New discoveries...

So I went shopping with the husband the past few days and found some things that have proven very useful. If only I'd get paid for these endorsements. :)

The husband bought a rinse at Kiehl's to get rid of chlorine after swimming. Considering I've tried all these different things that haven't really worked, I was pretty skeptical, but after using it twice and discovering that all the chlorine's gone, I'm sold. It is pretty expensive ($15 for an 8 oz. bottle), but considering you only have to use a little bit to get rid of all the chlorine, it's really worth it. Considering my gym (UCSF Milberry) overchlorinates the water, it's nice to finally not stink after leaving the gym.

I noticed that Sports Basement started selling Crocs, the ugly-ass shoes that are showing up all over the City, both the clogs and sandals (which I didn't know they made). The men's sandals actually come in pretty restrained colors, and I'm not embarrassed to wear them in public. And they actually are comfortable, especially after swimming 2400 yards in an hour today (which I haven't done in a year).

I'm fucking tired!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Couple of quick updates...

o Please send e-mails of condolences to my friend, Joz, whose dad passed away last Saturday. Here's the link to her blog post.

o PINOYexpats.org, a website for Pinoy expatriates (what else?), has published their LGBT issue today. I did an e-mail interview about me getting married to the husband two years ago. Here's the link. I'm in pretty good company on this website--Kreatibo, Noel Alumit, Allan Brocka, to name a few. :)