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August 28, 2007

And it went wherever I did go.

I found this dessicated carcass of a platy behind my aquarium when I moved offices yesterday:
The danios also have a suicide pact. Moving is very stressful for fish. But I accomplished it in a day, which was good.

Oh my - another closeted Republican - Larry Craig (R-Idaho) - caught being naughty in a public restroom again. There seems to be an endless supply of naughty closeted Republicans in this town. Are there any truly straight Republicans out there, or are they all self-loathing closeted gays? What's up with all that? Is it a secret gay cult or something?

I have a theory: for those gays of a certain age (or not), coming out and being honest about themselves to friends and family as a deliberate effort is just too daunting of a task to do consciously. So they do reckless things like tearoom (public restroom) cruising that will most certainly get them caught in the act, especially in this post 9/11 age when everbody knows airport security has been ramped up. I think deep inside, people like Craig, Ted Haggard or Bob Allen want to get caught. It is in an irrational way a step out of the closet, albeit a harrowing one. How else can you explain the stupid things they do that are so easily found out? Or maybe they're just stupid closeted self-loathing Republicans that do stupid things, and I'm looking too deep into their psyches.

sunflower-amaranth-sorghumMartini Gurlatalova was in town this weekend and it was fun to hang out. We explored the Big Bear Cafe at 1st and R Streets, NW. Like some other new establishments that shall not be named but are fabulous but need a little polishing in the service department, Big Bear was endearing but despite the staff of 6 behind the counter, they just couldn't get out a cup of coffee very easily.

Martini is a rice queen - that is, she is a gay man with a Ph.D. in crop genetics. While I was in Wisconsin I spotted some sorghum ("Broom Corn") growing, and Martini pointed out that they are drought tolerant. The plant is originally from Africa, and is used to make a kind of molasses. I think sorghum looks kind of cute, like a mini-stalk of corn, but with a colorful top tassel. So I'm going to try growing them as an ornamental plant next summer, in small, decorative clusters. A Google search shows my idea is not unique, and the plant can be planted with amaranth and sunflowers as a natural and pretty source of free bird seed.

Posted by jimbo at August 28, 2007 12:41 PM


Last week's New Yorker had an interesting article about efforts to develop a global seed bank. There's no online posting of it, but there's an audio supplement available at http://www.newyorker.com/online/2007/08/27/070827on_audio_seabrook/.

P.S. Hotmail sucks.

Posted by: Andrew at August 28, 2007 2:21 PM

If you plant sorghum in large amounts you'll attract annoying Republicans who have been forced out of their native habitat, restroom stalls.

Posted by: homer at August 28, 2007 2:28 PM

I took this newest repuliscum scandal a little harder than you. Sorry about your fish!

Posted by: Weatherwoof at August 28, 2007 6:49 PM

OH please...we all the REAL you're planting sorghum. It's so you can say with great Jimbo aplomb..."Mercy, you are slower that molasses that I'm trying to produce thru growing my ornamental plants --

in January."

Posted by: Darin Scruggs at August 28, 2007 9:24 PM

Hi "Jimbo",

I came across your blog while doing a Google search on Ben Cohen, and I scrolled through and couldn't help but notice that U St. Metro photo, along with the College Park one. Okay, so maybe I'm weird, but I get a little excited when I see a "neighbor" on the net! Nice blog, too, by the way. It's nice to read the writings of a local.


Posted by: Mike at August 28, 2007 10:35 PM

Darin - have you been hanging out with Miss Teen USA South Carolina?

Posted by: durban bud at August 28, 2007 10:40 PM

The old man in the alley across from me used to grow sorgum every year before he died and the lot was divided and the house across the street was moved into his sorgum patch. When he died the catholic church inherited his unbelievable (like millionaire) fortune.

Posted by: first mom at August 29, 2007 2:57 AM

Interesting that you posed the dead platy on a patent application. Obviously he wasn't wearing his Safety Watch.

Posted by: DougT at August 29, 2007 7:45 AM

You're totally right Jimbo...I do think these people deep down want to get caught...and they more he cries "i'm not gay" the gayer he looks and sounds.
Also, I'm sometimes a little behind the times...why is bathroom crusing called "tearoom?"

Posted by: Patrick at August 29, 2007 10:05 AM

I had a friend who worked at the Crew Club in the mid 90's. He said when the Republicans took over congress in '94, they had a whole new crowd of customers (mostly young staffers, lawyers, etc) in their establishment, many of which had to be taught the basics of safer sex.

Posted by: Brendan at August 29, 2007 10:07 AM

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