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  • Were you in the Stonewall riot?

    So, after a hard drive crash on Wednesday, I was in the PDX Apple Store to get another drive installed in my MacBook. The genius at the Genius Bar took the little gem to the surgical suite and began the surgery. I waited close to the Bar near a wall. I put my laptop bag on the floor at my feet and looked at some accessories on the wall. Within three minutes, a very delightful and very gay (at least according to my bidar) young man in a blue Apple Store shirt walked over, smiling, and asked i

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    Virtue and Integrity (dé or te 德)

    Virtue and Integrity (dé or te 德) I made good on a lost wager today. The wager was with a colleague, a woman two months older than I with whom I shared a remarkably similar late childhood and early adulthood. She was a South Carolinian and I lived most of my life in Florida. She and I, in separate parts of the world, marched, sat-in, protested, and worked on behalf of civil rights, women’s rights, sexual minority rights—you get the picture. She was a Nurse Practitioner and Midwife. She

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    Holy Wars and Equality

    I was reading about some of the horrors that are happening around the world...always a lovely way to pass the hours ...when it occurred to me that the religious right and their conservative cohorts are not all that friendly to LGBTQ people. But it doesn't stop with them. Various regimes are imposing anti-gay legislation in many different forms, all around the world. The familiar suspects, who deny the rights of LGBTQ people, can be thought of as waging a war against more than LGBTQ people. Th

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    Vampirism

    True story: Student 1: "Mr. Civil, Student 2 just tried to bite me!" EC: (Turns and glares at Student 2) "I knew it!" Student 2: "What?" EC: "You're a vampire! I've been saying it for years, but does anyone ever listen to crazy old Mr. Civil? No. Well, now they'll see that crazy old Mr. Civil isn't really all that old. I mean, crazy." (Rolls up a newspaper into a cone.) Student 1: "What are you doing?" EC: "What must be done. Hold still, Student 2, you're going to feel a slight stakey sens

    EleCivil

    EleCivil

    Old or New, Inspired or Remembered?

    I wonder how much of what we write is truly original? I read a poem by bi_janus today, just now in fact, and I allowed my mind to go blank. This is not a difficult feat for me, unless I think with my feet. Anyway back to bi_janus' poem, which you can read here, Original Face Instruction Manual for Worrywarts I confess the title seemed to not do the poem justice, but it works if you think about your original face. The poem gave me pause for thought, and I was put into the frame of mind that us

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    New Mexico Center Vandalized

    Last night our GLBTQ Community Center was vandalized. Someone used a gear shaft from an automobile transmission to smash our front window. We have been open for two years, and this was the first example of homophobia that we have experienced. Actually, I had expected it sooner, and I think it's a good sign that it hasn't happened sooner. Here's a picture of the damage. Notice the gear shaft lying on the sidewalk. Of course, our local police took the report, but I'm not sure if anything wil

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    Richard Norway

    Free advice is worth what you pay for it

    Advice for the young on love: get ready for the struggle. You can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself. Don’t let the strong winds born of identification with your beloved extinguish the small flame of your ego. Don’t let your ego grow to the extent that it tries to encompass your beloved. Welcome a companion. And, as important, this work is fun even when painful, so let your souls laugh. The practice is all we have.

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    The Real Meaning of Cooperation

    This has been around for a while. I used it at the last Incident Management Team training I ran for firefighters and cops. Cooperation and coordination are essential to good incident management, and I'm always interested in the reaction it gets from cops and firefighters. I use it regularly; so far no one at FEMA has complained. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D8CB3inzSQ The UK must be such a cooperative land.

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    Parents - Three of Each

    Parents - Three of Each A humorous introspection by Desmond Rutherford © 2012 I’ve been asked for a short version of little Dessie's early years of parental influences. It all seemed to me, even back then, to be rather ordinary really, but in reality my early years were a minefield of historical precedents setting our cultural taboos and traps. How's that for an opening sentence? Okay, don't get excited, here are the details. Most of the time my mother and her sister suffered from the mala

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    DesDownunder

    About me coming out.

    I found a site that I am worried about called When I Came Out. This site is a place inviting people to submit their story, in five sentences or less, which describes their coming out. Sounds good? Don't get excited. The site conditions state that they reserve the right to refuse posting a story. Okay that's fair enough. However they also state they will edit the story for length or grammar. It's only five sentences, how short do they want it to be? What really annoys me is that they claim th

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    DesDownunder

    February celebrations

    Just a reminder of important February celebrations: Entire month: Pull your sofa off the wall month 2/7: Wave all your fingers at your neighbor day (not just the one you commonly use) 2/9: Read in the bathtub day 2/11: Don't cry over spilled milk day (requires spilling milk) 2/18: Thumb appreciation day (I think in the UK it's opposable thumb appreciation day) 2/23: Curling is cool day 2/28: Public sleeping day

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    My Life in a Rocky Horror Picture Show

    For 50 years my working life has been involved with motion pictures...on film. It is therefore not without some sense of nostalgia that I saw the headlines about Kodak filing for bankruptcy. I knew when I came out of retirement late last year that the cinema I am working at would succumb to the deadline, in about 18 months, when all new movies will only be available for digital projection - no more movies on film. From what I can see all cinemas including large screen format theatres will be d

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    DesDownunder

    Yes, we have our own journal and apparently some Australians read it

    For most of my adult life I have tried to destroy heteronormative myths about gay couples: that gay men are promiscuous and incapable of long-lasing monogamous relationships. Notwithstanding the fact that I have known more than a few gay men who were promiscuous with no interest in stable, long-term relationships, most of my gay male friends are living lives that look a lot like those of many heterosexual couples (different plumbing excepted). Ann and I, resisting the common slanders, have be

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    Reader Feedback and Personal Philosophy

    This might be a long one. I'm going to preface this by saying that this is all the opinion of EleCivil, the eccentric weirdo whose advice you probably should not heed for any reason. It in no way represents the views of the site admins, etc. etc. legal stuff. I recently got an email from someone telling me that they enjoyed my short story, Fistfights with Flashlights - this was a short story that I wrote while in the middle of Leaves and Lunatics, when I was about 18 years old. To be honest, I

    EleCivil

    EleCivil

    Subtle Emanations

    When I learned Tai Chi exercises, the old man always began facing the North. When I asked why, he told me that he was able to feel the interaction of the subtle emanations of Earth’s magnetic field and the field of his own Chi. Then he laughed and told me about the dangers of habit. I have never felt this interaction, but since the old man never lied to me, I begin the exercises facing North. Who knows? One day . . .

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    Ann comes out

    Ann came out as much as I did. If you imagine that people had trouble with my sexuality, you can guess that a lot of people thought she was naïve at best and nuts at worst to stay with me. She saved my life and discovered that rather than occasioning loathing, my affinities struck an erotic chord in her. In fact, we share the same taste in men. I’m sure strangers would be confounded if they overheard her, out on the trail or on a walk along the river, point out some particularly attractive g

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    My Teenage Missing Link

    Like old people tend to do, I was recently aware of reminiscing about my early teenage years; in particular about my school days, and specifically, my high school nickname, 'De-link'. Now you might actually think you can work out how I was given this name, but I'm willing to bet you'd never get it right. As fate (and my poor study habits) would have it, I had to repeat my second of year high school. I was pissed, to say the least; another year of being bullied and tormented by both teachers an

    DesDownunder

    DesDownunder

    Strange Creature

    A mating pair of Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis pratensis) lived part of the year at the back of our lot, which butted up against an old orange grove. Cranes represented long life and prosperity in old China. I have had long life and know the difference between wealth and prosperity. Each year we looked forward to seeing them move across our back yard, at first alone and then with a pair of youngsters. They were tall birds with grayish feathers and heads that, capped in bright red, came up

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    bi_janus

    Crying

    I am surprised that crying is the most difficult matter for me to write about. If you’ve read any of my entries, you know that writing about death, sex, and love are pretty easy for me. When you’re wounded as a kid, you become very careful about crying. When I was fifteen, Tyler cried once when we were together after an afternoon of instructing each other on the finer points of fellatio. His tears, I learned, weren't the result of the lessons. Tyler was fifteen and overwhelmed by confusion

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    Confusion? Dispatch from the bisexual corespondent on the last half of the twentieth century

    I was never confused, as many people think bisexuals are. I liked to eat pussy as much as I liked to suck dick (both at the same time is the sweetest spot). I liked to fuck girls and boys and be fucked by both. I wish that the lack of confusion about what I was had extended to how to live what I was, but that clarity was dearly won. I would have benefited from models. Either sex could set me aflutter and I suspect that I could have made a life journey with one of either sex. The intimacy I

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