Monday, November 29, 2010
I used to think this was a stuffed dog of some sort, but it's hard and shellacked (does anyone know what shellac is any more?) and surely wasn't alive. Or was it? Seriously, this thing is anatomically correct and, if looked at in just the right light, follows you with its eyes. Don't turn your back on it.
He's clearly high. But I'm impressed by his bow tie.
Remember these things? You would melt the pellets into the shape and get this great window bauble? I want this.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
This is one of those amazing pictures that defies all explanation. Why does the dog want to torment this poor woman who clearly has body issues? Why does a woman with body issues weigh herself while wearing high heeled shoes? What does she actually weigh?!!
I think my dad found this at an auction many years ago, and it is amazing. If I could sneak it out of the house, I would. But, I'm afraid my friend Beth would threaten to cut me if I didn't give it to her. Beth, I know this is SO you. I'll bequeath it to you in my will.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I hope that you too avoided most vegetables today. Stuffing and potatoes and pasta and rice, oh my!! Thanks to you all for reading and saying hi once in a while. For the rest of my trip, I'll be sharing Missouri Curiosities and Stuff in My Parents' House. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
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Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
But, but, but, what about Fig Newtons?! They're fruit AND cake!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Try not to be jealous of my seven (yes, seven!) arancini from Zero Zero. You see, some times you just have to say, "Look, four arancini just won't get it. Bring us SEVEN RISOTTO BALLS!!" When you have achieved this particular gastronomic status, you will understand. You don't just need seven arancini. You deserve them.
P.S. Why, yes, that is a black garlic aioli that the arancini are resting on. I'm glad you noticed.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I bought this bottle a few years ago after a trip to Guerneville for Gay Retreat. I couldn't remember what it was like, but tonight was the night to find out. At first, I was underwhelmed. This wine had no depth, no complexity, no body. Why had I purchased it?!
Then I let it breathe. Ah, there's the good stuff. It completely changed character over the course of 20 minutes. Now that's a good glass of vino.
Friday, November 12, 2010
What won't people in the South eat? Dip it in batter, deep fry it and serve it with a side of gravy and just about anything tastes good. But hair?!
A Kentucky man claims two men cut off his beard and forced him to swallow it while they held his brother at knife point after a dispute over the sale of a lawn mower.
I'm not sure what a lawn or a lawn "mower" is, but if it's anything like a sous vide cooker, then our chefs better be worried.
Rise up, young chefs! Head to the Mission and start trimming those goatees. A James Beard Award could be in your future
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
No...and yes. I have to use bulleted points for this one.
1) He's not a king, he's a president:
The rough part about this whole conversation is that I definitely agree that President Obama could and should be doing more for gay rights. However, I don't agree that he should repeal DADT using his mighty king like power. I didn't like W using his power to do things I disagreed with and I don't want President Palin using her mighty ignorance to, say, overturn the healthcare bill that just gave 30 million Americans healthcare coverage. So, President Obama is doing exactly what he should be doing, legally, by appealing the DADT ruling. It's his job to defend laws, even laws that he may or may not agree with. It's the DOJ's job as well. I have heard the argument that a presidents past have made decisions like this and I acknowledge that it has been done. But this is rare and not something that is good for America as a trend.
2) He never promised us anything:
I do think he should be encouraging congress to take more action and he should be encouraging the American people to be more empathetic and open minded and to support equality. I can't imagine all y'all are that shocked, I mean, he's not even in favor of gay marriage, he supports civil unions. He's not the lefty everyone says he is. He said on the campaign trail he's not going to do all of this for us. It can happen, if WE make it happen. I honestly haven't done a thing for gay rights other than not being a bigot or a homophobe. I post articles on my facebook but I'm not a member of the gay/straight alliance at my college, I don't protest, picket, or volunteer for any causes. It's more my fault than Obama's that gay rights haven't gone anywhere. Change doesn't happen from the top down, it happens with us. He never campaigned on a liberal hopey changey thing, we projected our dreams onto him. He was very honest about his abilities, he said it would be hard work. I'd prefer the removal of DADT be done the RIGHT way, so that America retains it's ability to ward off power hungry politicians.
3) I hate to say we're all spoiled but. We're all spoiled:
I know equal rights are not a privelage (hence, rights) and I'm not bothered that people are disappointed. What bothers me is the reaction. The "loss of faith", the jaded defeat. It's typical liberal stuff. Healthcare reform? We has it. GM bailout saving thousands of middle class jobs? We has it. Stimulus package that worked as intended? We has it. Allowing the return of dead soldiers bodies to be filmed so George Bush can see the horror of the war he lead us into falsely? We has it. 1.4 Billion dollars for veteran's? We has it. Repealed the ban on federal funding for life saving stem cell research? We has it. Need I go on? He's done a lot. Don't become dispirited because you didn't get EVERYTHING you wanted. Just keep at it. Write him, call your reps, do MORE to make the causes you believe in, the causes we all believe in.
AND, can I just say, he's gotten a lot more done than anyone since Bill Clinton has done. Are we not talking about it? Is it not closer than ever to being repealed??? It is. It's because Obama's awesome. Even though he didn't give me my new unicorn.
Look. I'm queer. I voted for President Obama. I voted for the audacity of hope. For change. For a progressive mind and will and philosophy to guide and shape our government.
Instead, I got this. The Obama administration says it wants to repeal DADT but, when DADT is found to be UNCONSTITUTIONAL, the same administration chooses to file an appeal of the judge's injuction against DADT. As CNN puts it, "In effect, the administration wants to continue barring gays from the military even though it ultimately favors repealing 'don't ask, don't tell.'" I call that "having your cake and eating it, too."
I also call it political hypocrisy. It's an effort by President Obama to
Yes, Mr. President, I'm disappointed. And, no, I don't think you've done enough with your mandate when it comes to gay rights. Instead of change I can believe in, you've given me change I have to hope for. It doesn't taste as sweet.