Thursday, June 26, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cody's Books closes its doors after 52 years.

Now this is sad news. Berkeley will certainly never be the same without this extraordinary bookstore.

Jeff Vandermeer's wonderful list of under-appreciated
female short fiction writers

Mr. V has put together a really great list of recommended short fiction writers, all of whom happen to be female. If you're looking for new voices in fantasy fiction, you'd do well to start here.

"What is a jumbo shrimp?"

George Carlin has passed away. Man, that was one funny sunnuva bitch.
"The term Jumbo Shrimp has always amazed me. What is a Jumbo Shrimp? I mean, it's like Military Intelligence - the words don't go together, man."
Rest in peace, George. I hope you finally find blue food, wherever you are.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Forgive the exuberance - I've had a lot emotionally overwhelming news thrown at me just now - some good some bad, but this? This is AWESOME!

My baby brother Craig and his partner Jack, who live in the Northern California, are getting hitched in October! These guys have been together more or less since high school (so, around twenty years, I think - don't ever let anyone out there tell you that gay men can't have long-term committed relationships!!!) and now they finally get to stand up in front of the whole world and tell people not to spill crumbs on their carpet exchange their vows!!!

I missed my other brother Tom's wedding to the fabulous Miz Kinah due to a cat rapidly failing from cancer; I'm not going to miss this one! (In my own defense; they did elope and we only got about 24 hours notice.)

Congratulations, baby brother &
pesty-but-loveable brother-in-law!

I love you guys!

Note: Believe me, the carpet part will come immediately afterward. Pity the poor caterer. All guests are duly forewarned to bring Dustbusters.

Additional note: Yes, two big flamers in my family. Middle brother Tom (straight) is still trying to figure out what the hell was in the water where we grew up.

Eloquent advice for you same-sex couples who will be married in California starting today

John Scalzi has an extraordinary post over on his blog for all y'all same-sex couples who are about to get married in California starting today (the first official day!). As always, he is eloquent, funny and full of advice for those of you taking the plunge:
I’ve been married 13 years as of this very day. During all that time, there hasn’t been a single day where I haven’t said “I love you” to my spouse — several times if at all possible. The two facts are related.

Other short phrases which also occasionally come in handy: “I’m sorry,” “You’re right,” “I’ll get that” and “Of course I’ll go down to the freezer and get you some ice cream, even though it’s 3am and you woke me from a dead sleep. There’s nothing I’d rather do.” Okay, so that last one is not that short. Think about all the times you’re entirely unreasonable, and then go get the ice cream.
Go read the rest of the post now.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Adventures in subways and potties.

The F train apparently decided to take an unplanned vacation day yesterday, leaving a bazillion overheated New Yorkers - many of them returning from the Puerto Rican Day Parade - stranded underground. Unfortunately, I was among them.

Being trapped on the subway for very nearly three hours led to my attempting a daring escape at the first opportunity, mostly due to the fact that my bladder was going to explode. After a hodge podge of train jumping (bus to the F to the A to the G to the A to a bus again to a small covered wagon up Nostrand Avenue), this meant I landed somewhere in Bed-Stuy. (I think?)

My only potty opportunity was a McDonald's.

I bought a single cheeseburger and consumed it (so as to be an actual "customer" - New York restaurants really don't like letting people use their potties) and then made my way to the bathroom where I was confronted by a skinny little manager type who informed me that I wasn't allowed to use the bathroom. When I asked why, he said "Cos I closed this side of the restaurant."

I then politely informed him that I was just going to urinate on his floor and did he mind?

Just then, as if on cue, a chorus of older Caribbean women who'd been sitting in the restaurant to escape the 98 degree heat began to shout at the manager in a colorful patois:
At which point, backed up by my Greek Caribbean chorus, I pushed the manager aside and walked into the bathroom. When I came out, the Caribbean ladies applauded.

It was awesome.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Gratuitous kitten posting.

I recently discovered The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, a blog that chronicles the adventures of a Tacoma area kitten foster-care person. (A kitten foster-care person is someone who looks after orphaned kittens for a local animal shelter until the animals are weaned and found a good home.) And, yes, it is chock full of ridiculously cute kittens. You have been warned.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Happy Pride Month, everyone!

"The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
-- Genesis 9:16