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Again, please don't change your URL bookmarks and stuff like that. I'm still waiting for Webmistress to point stuff in the right direction....

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SkiCub.jpgI had a good time on the slopes and wilds of Pennsylvania this weekend. The irony was that as the Snopocalypse IV blizzard raged on in the DC area, absolutely no snow hit central PA at the resort. Although the manufactured snow was sufficient and I got a lot of good runs in down the slopes. I had intended to go another day, but the night out on the town in Moosic proved to be too much. The locals were happy that we were all there though and there was rampant shirtlessness throughout the evening. I did not get any pictures of me on the slopes as I did not want to damage my new camera (named "My Precious"). I managed to win an award for being the "Cutest Ski Cub" of the weekend, even though I am actually a Snowboard Cub.

Last night on the ride home the roads out of Pennsylvania were OK until we got into Maryland. As we drove through the Baltimore area the highways were mostly a single lane. You could see dozens of cars off the side of the road entombed in snow. We passed one dude in an SUV with Georgia plates. No one with Georgia plates has any business driving in these conditions!

Work was canceled today, which was fine because I'm still unpacking, laundering and nursing a lingering cold. And they say more snow is still to come. OK I officially declare this winter to be ridiculous. Perhaps we'll be off work tomorrow too? I will be hitting the Refresh button on this site a lot tonight.

The bar that we went to in Moosic, PA was called the 12 Penny Saloon. For once I was not the arbiter of shirtlessness, but joined in on the fun:
While some headed to the slopes for another day of skiing, I went bowling instead. I got a few strikes but my form went downhill by the last frame:
Here's some cute scruffy German (Swedish/Dutch?) guy getting hit in the face while he sings a ballad:

Meanwhile the Swedes are off the hook, including 53 year-old Dolph Lundgren channeling Elvis, Bruce Lee and Sheila E all in one opening act.

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I spoke with TJ the other day on the phone, and I'm told he's OK but otherwise very busy:
I've had the chance to follow a little bit of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell hearings and listening to some of the politicians take their ridiculous stands on the issue in order to preserve their votes just steams me up. That and the usual comparisons to gays to social ills like alcoholism and tattoos. Still, there were a few sober folks standing up for the removal of the policy, which is long overdue to be removed. It angers me that our insistence to be equal taxpaying citizens always seems to be on trial, whether it's for marriage or the ability to serve our country like other Americans.

And more figureheads are proposing criminialization of the gay within our national borders as opposed to exporting the idea to Uganda. It's almost too ridiculous to take seriously, but their statements show their true colors. They won't be happy until we're put away, and they will try to thwart any incremental steps towards equality no matter what compromises they say they'll agree to, like full marriage vs. civil partnerships. Every day it becomes more apparent that they really don't want us recognized as legitimate human beings. We will always be perceived by such people as less than they are.

Perhaps the closing of Lambda Rising after 35 years serving the gay community was premature:
It almost seems like the forces against us are more vicious and mobilized than they were when I came out in the 90s, I hope in reaction to them realizing that more good people understand that we are human beings.

Our fourth snowstorm approaches, and they say this one is gonna be a doozy. But I hope to be out of town by the time it hits, as I'll be off to the Poconos mountains near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania for some snowboarding with this group. Hopefully it will go better than the last time I went on a big group outing. This time I'm gonna focus on the powder, not the meat market and maybe I'll have a better time. Sadly I'll be missing the Tom Goss (also from Wisconsin!) and Matt Alber concert here in DC. Both are mighty woofy and talented.

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I stole this image off Joe.My.God's blog some time last summer. The photo makes me smile:
NYCMarriageRallyMay26 026.jpgI just purchased my tickets for the 20th Night of 1,000 Stevies event at Highline Ballroom on May 14th. I'm not yet sure I'll be going in Stevie Nicks drag, but I am going to start work on the greatest sequined rhinestoned silk-gauzed tambourine mankind has ever seen. It's going to be a fucking artifact when I'm done, I promise you all.

So last night's Grammy Awards show was more entertaining than previous shows. Well, at least the first half of it was, but the second half was a snoozer and I felt embarrassed for some of the performers. Like the aforementioned Stevie. Girl, who was that off-key performer you were singing with? They kept mentioning that other artist and I've never heard of her and I certainly wasn't impressed. And she keeps getting awards and I don't understand why. Gaga was as crazy as expected, and her duet/medley with Elton John was brilliant, but she's gonna have to shift her disco-schtick soon as it's getting predictable. And why did Beyonce have to ask for United Nations peacekeeping troop assistance in her coreography? And why don't she ever perform 'Single Ladies' live? Is it too hard to perform live? And gurl don't you ever, EVER touch an Alanis song ever again! That was heresy.

The big surprise hit of the evening was Pink and her aerialist act - WHILE SHE SANG. That was amazing, simple, beautiful and elegant with no shocking pyrotechnics, costumes or U.N. troops. While everyone was trying to out-fierce The Ga, Pink came in quietly and took the evening by suprise. GO TEAM PINK.

Plans are in motion to migrate this blog to a new content management system, most likely Wordpress. I've enjoyed Moveable Type over the years but their comment SPAM defenses have weakened of late. I've been flagging dozens of SPAM messages every day and they just won't let up. They make the occasional real comment from crazy fake bloggers seem like a cakewalk, but I just can't take it anymore. I might just start from scratch if migrating the content is a pain. I will have to re-block aforementioned blog comment crazies again, but since they don't seem to understand the concept of Internet Protocol address tracking it's not much of a problem.

Rugby practice starts on Tuesday, February 23rd. It's gonna be cold, but this year we have secured the use of Cardozo High School's artificial turf field for the season. So it won't be hard, cold mud. The faster backs don't care for the artificial turf as it does leave horrible burns if you wipe out running at a fast pace. But I like it because it's a nice, soft pitch to play on most of the time. Start training now if you're interested. A strong core body and/or some decent cardio support are a must. Here's the info:

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It's been another insane busy week, but I just wanted to report that today I established telephone contact with TJ who is "on the ground," and it appears that he is in good health.

OMG I just read that the dude who owns everything on Fire Island is selling everything to some twink. Fire Island is DOOMED!

Hate me if you will, but I think newly elected Kennedy replacement Scott Brown is kinda hot, then and now. I think the Democrats need to grow a pair of cojones and deliver what they promise instead of offering watered down wimp-ass compromises. And the Repubs need to be less crazy. What we now have in Washington is a crazy eunuch making pissy legislation.

The incredible crystal caverns of Cueva de los Cristales - I can't believe these caverns are real! Visit The Iron Ammonite for more on this amazing natural wonder.

Florida home to "diverse array" of non-native wildlife, including this 6' monitor lizard living at Air Reserve base.

The Safeway I occasionally get my groceries at has been shut down due to a vermin problem (probably rats). Eeeew! Please keep your garbage lids on tight, and don't leave trash out on the curb.

Caprica debuts this Friday on SciFy. I'm not sure if I'll catch it but lemme know how it goes.

I think I am going to buy a Nikon CoolPix P90 soon.

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NineSisters.jpgI think it's time for another screening of Xanadu.

"A story about a girl who makes dreams come true."

Xanadu Megamix. Another non-O.N-J megamix.

"I'm Alive"

Electric Light Orchestra + Don Bluth animation (pre- or post-Dragon's Lair?)

Thanks to Brettie for the incredibly obscure image of the album cover that's the front for O.N-J's character in the film.

Where on earth did you find that?

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