Finally. The three of us (me, husband & dog) are headed home tomorrow. As you know, I've spent the last month with my parents. My dad has been sick for a while and I wanted to spend some time with both of my parents. Partially because I don't know how much longer I'll be able to, and partially because I know my dad is causing my mom a lot of stress and I wanted to help her out some with that.
But for the past few days I've been on the verge of freaking out. Some days my dad just doesn't seem to WANT to get better - he seems to be significantly depressed - and other days he seems to be nearly "normal" (like anyone in my family can lay claim to being normal). I think I've helped my dad some by being here, though.
It was good to spend time with both of my parents, but I'm ready to go home. For one thing, I've got to make sure that the stupid general contractor hasn't completely messed up the house I've started (the other one, discussed in part here will be under way soon. Financing has been arranged - more on that later). For another thing, it's been snowing at home and I'm ready to hit the slopes!! I just hope I can find my skis.
Sorry for the rambling post, but I've spent the last hour trying to get a 3-year old and a 1-year old to smile for my sister's Christmas card. Try it some time - it's better than spin class.
I had planned to post a hairy, beefy guy for today's slap, because I know that some of myreaders (not to mention my husband) appreciate such - but for various technical reasons, this guy was easier. Beefy & hairy tomorrow. I promise.
I'm spending Thanksgiving week with my parents in Canaan Valley, WV. It's in the northeastern part of the state and very rural. I'm sure I'll be spending many hours at The Purple Fiddle. It has wireless internet access and great coffee! Plus there seems to be a lesbian that works here - probably the only other gay person in the entire county. Anyway, it's my internet oasis in this technology desert. If you find yourself in the area, stop by - I'm the one sitting at the small table in the window nursing his no-internet twitches with his laptop.
Actually, I'm determined not to spend too much time here - I'm going to spend most of my time reading
OK. It's time. Way past time. He should have been my first slap. But I'm saving the best for last now. James Marsden is today's slap. He and Chris Evans are in a tight race for the top of my slap list.
I really can't say enough about J.M. He's nearly perfect. I know that, even if no one else agrees, Jonathan is on board.
In honor of the upcoming Alexander, today's slap is Jared Leto, who plays the role of Hephaestion, Alexander's boyfriend. Since I don't have a good picture, I can't comment on his thighs - but the rest of him can conquer me any time he's ready.
I went to see The Incredibles today. I just didn't think this movie was as good as nearlyeverysinglereviewthatI'veread. It was entertaining enough, but did not particularly stand out - with one exception: The rendering of the water. That was amazing. Otherwise, just OK.
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Just in time for Christmas
Surfing around, minding his own business this morning, your mild-mannered correspondent stumbled across Make Your Own Dildo. Advertising a kit where you can make a mold of your penis, and then make up to five dildos matching your anatomy.
I guess how many dildos you get depends on, well, how much material you have to use to make each one. Your mileage inchage may vary.
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Bent's book club
I just finished reading The Rule of Four, the first novel from a recently-graduated pair of writers.
The book is clearly a first-time effort, but has a sense distinctly similar to The DaVinci Code. TDC is a substantially better book, but TRoF is quite readable and, eventually, addictive. The most distracting part of the book was the continuous switching of the action from the past to the present. While I normally don't mind that technique, the writing and the times involved made it difficult to determine when you were reading.
Now the best part: I wouldn't really consider this to be a spoiler under normal circumstances, but BP is an extreme stickler for not revealing any detail of any kind from a book, so you have been warned - read no further if you're similarly concerned about discovering no detail before its time.
[potential spoiler starts here] The book was set at Princeton University (my alma mater) and the action ranged all over campus, from the various academic buildings to the eating clubs (the core of upperclassman social life at Princeton). In the end, one of the "elite" eating clubs - Ivy - is burned in a post-party "incident". Quite entertaining really. One of the two authors attended Princeton - I am left to wonder if he had some unpleasant memories of Ivy Club. He would not be alone, although I can comfortably say that Ivy was virtually irrelevant to me in my time - there were others that vexed me. Oh well, that's another story for another time.
Bent Partner (hat tip to GayPatriot for the naming idea) and I just visited Charleston, WV's very own martini bar, Vandalia Lounge. Run by a guy with whom I used to play tennis, it really does have a big-city feel in a small city.
My brother in law had averred that it did not have a smoky atmosphere. He was wrong. It was every bit as smoky as any New York City bar. Used to be. BP and I met my cousin there and had a few drinks. We missed the live music, but the drinks were good (and cheap) and the company was entertaining - and I'm not just saying that.
The cousin we met is the younger brother of the one with whom I more or less grew up. And it turns out he's much nicer than his older brother. He always seemed like a brat when we were kids, but we both grew out of that - he's become a really charming guy. And he's cute (OK, REALLY cute) - but you didn't hear that from me.
Get your bid in now on a grilled cheese sandwich featuring a likeness of the Virgin Mary!!
eBay had removed the item, citing their policy against "listings that are intended as jokes". The owner of the sandwich, one Diana Duyser of Hollywood, FL, apparently convinced the auction site that the item is not, in fact a joke.
No, I guess Diana is the joke. Or maybe the person who bid $99,999,999? I can only assume that a bid for $100 million IS a joke. As far as I can tell, the highest legitimate (ha!) bid is roughly $18,000. Scary enough.
Apparently, people who use their computer more than nine hours per day have a much higher risk of developing glaucoma, an increase of pressure in the eye that can lead to vision loss and eventually blindness.
I got some really crappy news today. The loan that I've spent the last 6 fucking months of my life trying to get isn't going to go through. I'm trying to build a house in Denver - it's a spec house that I'm going to sell - and I was applying for a construction loan.
I had been told by my loan officer that there was a program available where I could put down 5% - and that I had already been qualified for 5% down. So I was operating on that basis. Now, however, after exhausting what is apparently every avenue, it looks like the minimum they'll accept is 20% down. Needless to say, that's a pretty big difference - and this is an expensive house, so in this case it's simply not an option.
At this point I just don't know what to do. I'm hoping to be able to create a business out of building houses, but at this point I don't even know if I can get it off the ground. Ugh. Can I just crawl into the corner and cry??
An intense lobbying battle is underway in Washington D.C. this week. Congress is considering a bill that would, among other things, make illegal "skipping any commercials or promotional announcements". Other provisions would make it illegal to take a video camera into a movie theater for the purpose of distributing copies.
Unsurprisingly, the RIAA and the MPAA are supporting the bill. More interesting is the alliance of organizations opposing the legislation, including the Consumer Electronics Association and the American Conservative Union. The ACU is reportedly on board because some provisions of the legislation would require the Justice Department to file copyright lawsuits on behalf of the entertainment industry. "It's just plain wrong to make the Department of Justice Hollywood's law firm," said Stacie Rumenap, ACU's deputy director.
As an owner of more than one ReplayTV (my preferred TiVo-like device), this kind of legislation scares me. But more worrisome is the continuing attack - by the various Hollywood lobbying arms - on the concept of fair use, the well-established right of Americans to use certain content in various ways. Among other things, it allows people to make copies of content for their own use (as established in the "Betamax" case) and to excerpt small pieces of content with neither permission or payment.
At the very least, I hope that Congress can be persuaded to wait until after the lame duck session to consider the bill - that way the public will have a chance to comment. Additionally, Arlen Specter still appears to be in line to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee - it is widely assumed that he will less inclined to bow to every wish from Hollywood. I certainly hope so.
Jesse has the latest coverage from the set of Brokeback Mountain (the movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, about two cowboys who fall in love). Holy shit this movie sounds HOT.
He [Gyllenhaal] says, "Heath almost broke my nose in (a kissing) scene. He grabs me and he slams me up against the wall and kisses me. And then I grab him and I slam him up against the wall and I kiss him. And we were doing take after take after take. I got the sh*t beat out of me. We had other scenes where we fought each other and I wasn't hurting as badly as I did after that one."
I was traveling this weekend - actually, I'm traveling all month, but I was on vacation from my travels. Anyway, I ended up having to sleep on the floor. And while I don't often dream, I do when I'm uncomfortable. And last night it was about James Marsden. Suffice it to say, this was one of the best dreams I've had in a while. He will be slapped very soon.
An interesting article (via Andy) about how some believe that RSS publishing will be squeezing out traditional e-mail newsletters.
It's a pretty compelling argument. It has a number of benefits, especially for the end user, but my favorite is that it's virtually impossible to spam - and it's easy to stop your subscription if you decide that it IS spam.
Since Firefox has just been officially released, I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to consider changing browsers. Internet Explorer is underpowered, insecure, and as cranky "as an old man trying to return soup in a Jewish deli".
My personal non-IE choice is Opera, but Firefox is an excellent choice also. But try one out. Something. Anything. They're ALL better than IE. And they're not published by The Evil Empire.
Jeremie Ballais is one stud puppy. What a nice hairy chest for a twenty year old! SLAP! He also has a nice cock, but he seems a little shy about showing it off. Maybe he's afraid what I will do if I get my lips on it. Like to see him with some facial hair.
That cub (jeremie) needs a good fuck! That will loosen him up - ha ha
Jeremie Ballais would make any man want to do a little father/son action! How did he get that cock and hair.. At only twenty he is one of the hottest cubs out there! How could anybody stay straight if that was in your shower naked and hung the way he is!
November 11, 2004
The New Yorker has a really interesting look at the problem of prescription drugs - and drug prices - in the United States. Unwilling to lay the blame solely at the feet of the drug companies, the article sheds light very effectively on the demand that U.S. consumers create for drugs and how that demand manifests in drug prices.
Apparently Heathrow Airport is testing the deployment of low-energy "backscatter" x-ray scanner machines. Many privacy advocates are up in arms because of the detailed images of the subject's anatomy that the machine produces.
The TSA has opted not to install the machines in the U.S. until it includes "virtual fig leaves". Whatever. I can't believe it's that big a deal. Don't we all know what's under those clothes anyway? Isn't it better than being frisked?
News from Andy that those who own them need to watch out for their domain names. Apparently, ICANN has changed its policy regarding transfer approval - if you don't respond within 5 days, you are assumed to have approved the transfer.
Visit your registrar and make sure that you "lock" your domains - most registrars seem to have this feature. It basically changes your default response to "no" regarding changes.
This kid defines "Sex on Legs"!!! He's amazingly HOT, very talented, and seems pretty well mannered... damnit, I wanna see some flaws, its just not right I tell you.
November 08, 2004
Deep Sixing "Six Feet"
News that HBO has officially decided to end Six Feet Under after next season's 12-episode run. Color me bummed. This is one of my favorite shows - and easily one of the best on television. I can appreciate that they may have explored everything they can - and I certainly don't want it to get stale.
Filming on the fifth and final season begins Nov. 16. No word yet on an air date.
I guess I'll have to start watching "Deadwood" and/or "Carnivale". They just didn't capture my interest like Six Feet and "The Sopranos", but it's better than watching reality TV.
Carnivale is good, its like early X-files, you're still not to sure what the heck is going on. As far as Reality TV goes, bite your tounge, better yet let your boyfriend do that for you. Some of those Reality folks are my friends, well at least James, Andra, Wes, Robb, and Reichen are friends of mine.
I wonder what the horses think
An architect in Colorado apparently has used recycled porn magazines to frame his barn near Denver.
Wow, my Monay morning is so on the right track now! Thanks for this!!!
November 07, 2004
I smell a new reality show
Apparently, Chippendales has been holding auditions in the NYC area for new performers. Chippendales have never been all that appealing to me - I await snide comments - but I wouldn't mind a few pictures from such auditions.
Long-time Chippendale dancer Michael Rapp has some words of caution for potential performers:
"An 80-year-old woman bit my stomach one time. She wouldn't let go," he said. "I had the teeth marks for about a week."
I was at the grocery store today - Kroger, a union shop here in WVa. I wheel up to the check-out area with my overflowing cart - and see about eight other overflowing carts. I found a line with nobody else in it (except the person whose cart is currently being processed); I hopped in the line.
While standing there, learning how the aliens that kidnapped Elvis all those years ago have returned him to earth in the form of frozen Mrs. Paul's fish sticks, the cashier finally noticed me and told me that her lane was closing. What?? I've been standing here for five minutes!! They're just about to tell me how the aliens accomplished this nefarious feat and how to protect myself!! But she had her god-given, union-protected right to take a break and sit on her ass; she was, by god, going to take that break and widen said ass.
So, completely pissed off, I stalked away, leaving the crucial self-protection advice behind. I made my way, finally, to the self-checkout lanes (thank god for those!) and finished the entire checkout procedure in about three minutes. I headed for the door, and on the way through the anti-theft sensons went off. WHAT?!!? Since when do grocery stores have anti-theft tags in the condomsice cream bars broccoli?
So I wheeled back around, looking for advice. And ran into the four cashiers who weren't on their god-given, union-protected breaks. They were less than helpful. They stared at me like I had three heads! Perhaps *I* belong on the cover of my Elvis magazine?
And then, out of the darkest corner of the store, hiding like a mouse from a pack of feral cats, came a small voice. "Sir, it's OK. That sensor goes off all the time." Who was this hidden savior? I peered into the inky blackness of the break area and discovered the cashier who had been so determined to abandon me earlier. Ah, praise heaven that my earlier exclamation of f*cking c*nt had been under my breath.
Of course, I still don't know how to protect myself from those Elvis-fishifying aliens.
Today, you'll notice, Bent has a decidedly non-traditional (for me) slap. Certain of Bent'sreaders (including my partner) have expressed a preference for ... well ... fewer twinks. How's that?
So today's slap is Justin Smith, submitted by above-mentioned partner. I can't tell you anything about Justin. Mainly because - ewww. But I'm an equal-opportunity slapper (hmmm...). So, among the limited readership I have, let's hear it: Should I post more beefy (and occasional beefy AND hairy) slaps? (For those, like me, who prefer twinks, never fear - there will still be twinks. The slap scheduled for tomorrow is a good example. )
I came to this store shopping for hotties and got stuck in the cromagnon aisle. Can someone direct me to the Bill Hemmer section?
I did a quick search for "cromagnon hottie" and viola. There are a whole bunch of us amigos de Dorathea here where I work. We all swooned at Justin. Aye poppi! Keep that Dinty Moore "Beefy Goodness" comin'. Love ya.
November 05, 2004
I've got some sort of cold. Lovely. Now I sound like Bea Arthur.
John posted an excellent look at the failure of John Kerry in particular, and the Democrats in general, in this election. It essentially argues that a large number of Republican voters are sick of the liberal elite condescending to them and finally awoke and voted that way.
One of the most interesting ideas was this one:
As I said, I don't believe this is the end of the world. Yes, the spotlight was kept on the issues of concern to social conservatives as away of mobilizing them to vote. However, I am less certain that they'll get everything they think they voted for, which is to say I believe that this was a campaign strategy and might not be too much more. In Bush's news conference today he made NO mention of a marriage amendment and was very eager to point out that there is no Supreme Court vacancy at the moment so he wasn't going to get into the discussion about who might fill one. I'm cautiously optimistic that those are fights he really doesn't want to engage in from the extreme right, because he does realize that 48% of voters didn't vote for him and his ego is big enough to make him want to leave a huge legacy not diminished by political impasse. He knows there's a line past which Democrats and even moderate Republicans will dig in their heels and he still does need a few of their votes to get the job done, so he'll pick his battles. I predict he'll save his political capital, to use his phrase, for the things he really believes will benefit ALL of us and allow history to show him in his best light -- tax reform, social security reform, the Iraq war. If he doesn't have any capital left to spend on socially conservative agenda items, that'll probably be OK with him.
I hope that the author is right. I do think that the FMA was more a campaign ploy than a deeply-held belief. I think that he fundamentally agress with Dick Cheney on the gay marriage issue - that it's a problem for the states, not the federal government. Then again, perhaps I'm fooling myself; time will tell.
This is just ridiculous. A company claims to have a patent on international transactions on the web. What? How can an international transaction on the web be non-obvious if you're already doing domestic transactions? I've seen information about a lot of silly patents, but this is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY up there.
Oh. I also have a patent on using lotion for jerking off. Pay up.
I forgot to mention the single most important result of this election. Everything else pales in comparison. South Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment (yes, you read that right - a constitutional amendment) allowing the legislature to decide how drinks are served. Sweet Jesus. Now they don't have to use the little airplane bottles. What a great country we live in.
I'm not happy. I didn't come to my vote for John Kerry easily, but in the end I really wanted him to win.
I am, however, going to be optimistic about the Bush win. About what? Well:
Social Security reform - Bush promised action on Social Security reform in his second term - we'll see if that happens. It looks like he'll have a more Republican Congress, he should be able to get it done.
The national retail sales tax - I don't imagine we'll see any action on the "Fair Tax" plan, but it's more likely than if Kerry had won. I'll take it.
The war on terror - I think he's been basically good in the war on terror - not perfect, but Kerry wouldn't have been either - I'm optimistic that he'll continue that.
The war in Iraq - I'm still worried about the mess in Iraq and what we're doing there, but I'm determined to be optimistic that he'll get us out of it successfully.
What am I not optimistic about? Sometimes it's just not possible, so:
11 anti-gay amendments passed in various states. This will strengthen Bush's hand to continue politicizing gay marriage. The only ray of light I see here is that there's no longer a political play for Bush - but that won't stop him from trying to use it as an issue to help his Congressional buddies.
The Supreme Court - I'll admit that I'm of two minds here. There are decisions - especially some property rights cases that are sure to reach TSC in the next couple of years - where I know I'll be happy with the decisions of Bush appointees. But, overall, I think I'm not gonna like the people he appoints. And honestly, Kerry appointees would surely decide more favorably on gay rights cases, but as Stephen Miller points out, that's not necessarily a good thing. "Too much" success in the courts can backfire.
The deficit - Bush and the Congress have OBSCENELY mismanaged the federal budget. I know: war, terrorism, recession. Blah blah blah. Even with all of those things, he's still been irresponsible. I don't like the chances of anything resembling fiscal responsibility for the next four years.
And, of course, I have to give voice to the cynic in me. Good: I don't have to listen to John Edwards and Teresa Kerry for four years. Bad: I do have to listen to four more years of Bush fumbling around for words. Good: I don't have to listen to James Carville defend everything the President does while Sean Hannity attacks everything. Bad: I do have to listen to Sean Hannity defend everything the President does while James Carville attacks everything.
I don't think this election did anything to help political civility in this country; I imagine we're in for four more years of nastiness. I guess there's an outside chance that there will be less carping about an "unelected" President - I'll hang on to that.
Finally, lots of people have been taking The Pledge. This isn't an overly political blog, so I don't think it applies to me all that much, but what the heck. I'll take it.
Some time before, I did need to buy a car for my corporation but I did not earn enough money and couldn't buy something. Thank heaven my brother proposed to take the loan at banks. Thence, I did so and used to be happy with my small business loan.