Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I am the Great and Powerful OZ!

That's THE WORD on the Colbert Report I-don't-know-when-but-it-was-on-last-night. Check it out. I'm not remiss to be posting Colbert Report clips because I've still outposted The Daily Show. And this is some brilliant political comedy writing! Pay attention to the Colbert Report and pay attention to The Word!


Saturday, March 18, 2006

What does it take to get me to update my blog these days?

Sorry, I haven't updated in so long. Luckily it's laundry week! Where was I last laundry week (two weeks ago)? I was coming down from returning from my second trip to the Gulf Coast - what an experience - and it was too soon to write anything. Also while I was doing my laundry I was on the phone.

So you'll have to bear with me as I post a bunch of random musings. It's been so long I can hardly still comment on the academy awards which I had so looked forward to (and went pretty much exactly as I'd expected). But I will say the Oscar Goes to George Clooney for best acceptance speech.

Happy Anniversary! to me. I'd hoped to publish this sooner on my blog because it is something very special to me. March is my 1 year anniversary of being a vegitarian! Something I'm very proud of because for a long time I didn't think I could do it. While it's been a year, with a few mistakes but mostly successes and I'm very happy with myself. I recently learned that Monday March 20th is The Great American Meatout (www.meatout.org) It's also the First Day of Spring, and it would mean a lot to me, if you're interested if you decided to not eat meat at all for one day and see how it is. I'm not saying everyone has to become a vegitarian because I don't want that - for my sake. It's a personal decision. But if you choose to not eat meat for a day - in honor of the meatout, in honor of my anniversary or in honor of anything at all - I would be honored.

Vital Stats
The musical of the month is neither a musical or a month, but I've been listening to the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack a lot lately so, so should you.

After School Program : Going good! Working hard on figuring out how the program will be sustained next year, and trying to make sense of how we run the summer program.

Recipe of the weekend: Actually it's Garlic and Herb flavored Gormet Dog Buscuits. I made a treat to send to my brother's puppies back home. I still smell like garlic.

I'm not one for reviewing every movie that I see, but this one craved two comments. Look out - spoiler alert! For the most part I enjoyed it a great deal and I wish that Felicity Huffman could have one the Oscar, but didn't see Walk The Line so there you have it. Two things about this movie slightly offended me though.
  • The young man about to discover that his father is a preoperative transexual has been working as a street hustler - having sex with men for money. He later moves into the gay-porn arena. The boy's sexuality is never touched on in the film - and that's what bothers me. Not that it matters. I know that a person can sell sex to members of the same sex and not be gay - but the film doesn't make that point to the audience. Maybe it's not all that important but I feel like the point could have stood being made, especially since the young man is also the victim of sexual abuse - which makes it even easier to sell sex since he sees it merely as a way to make money, not as an emotional interaction between two people in a relationship. I suppose anyone interested in seeing this movie probably doesn't need all this explained to them, but I felt it could have been another educational element of a film which already does so much to humanize and bring to light people of trans experience and other-than-manstream-sexual-experience.
  • However, here's what really bothered me: If you're trying to be a supportive parent and build a relationship with an estranged child and you find out said child is working in the Porn industry - and you don't want to alienate them further by yelling at them - hence "trying to build a relationship" - the first thing out of your mouth should be ARE YOU BEING SAFE?! Am I crazy to think we can't afford to miss an opportunity to talk about safe sex? Especially for those acting in porn! This is important! And it's something a supportive parent would ask. It's neither a condemnation nor is it a free pass to all the filmed gay sex one can make a profit off of - it's a serious issue and something that deserved to be mentioned. CONDOMS, people! Condoms. Whether you're in pornos or not, but especially if you are in pornos!

Random Thought: Last weekend I was standing at a salad bar - after I saw Transamerica and I though about a scene in which the father/mother and son couple pick up a hitchhiker who claims to be a vegan. Normally I'm against picking up hitchikers but it occured to me - if you knew your passenger was a vegitarian would that make it easier? I think a vegitarian is a lot less likely to murder you in cold blood. That's just my opinion - but it brings me back to where I started!

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