Monday, July 13, 2009

July 12 of 12

You know - 12 of 12. Chad's brainchild. You post 12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month.

You DO know about it, right? C'mon ... it's fun. Do it next month.

These here picture thingies were taken on Sunday, July 12, 2009 in Seattle, Washington.

1. Listening to NPR and "A Prairie Home Companion".

2. Miss Stoli lounging on the crushed cat hideaway.

3. On the way to the store. The Corner: 23rd and Union project in a long-vacant and chained-up lot by our house.

4. A few groceries and the Sunday paper.

5. The front garden. Everything being all lush n' stuff. (It's been hot and sunny lately, so our yard is enjoying a cooler, cloudier, moister day).

6. By the front steps. I love the different shades of white here.

7. Wipe your paws.

8. Kali hears me putting things away in the kitchen.

9. Scott finally home from work, having a beer and watching "True Blood".

10. It's a dark and stormy night. Candles sound good. Kali is staring at us through the back door.

11. Mmmm. Bippity boppity bacon.

12. Bacon goes great with cheeseburgers.

My bonus picture word was "Irony". What was yours??

You've been the best 12 of 12 audience ever, and I mean that. Thank you. See you next month.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Fourth of July

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Matterdays Is Alive And Well And Bringing You Pictures, If Nothing Else.

Sometimes lately, I think that I don't have any intelligible thoughts or opinions or news to post. That makes me sad. My head seems to be constantly pre-occupied with work issues ... and once I get home, I'm either in decompression time, or doing chores, or worrying about not getting chores done. When I started this blog, I was unemployed and taking a long break, and had time to breathe and eat and think and write. I miss that. I miss writing things that people would actually read and think about. I miss being able to express myself that way.

I have had to accept some of my shortcomings lately at work and adapt to them, and I'm doing that here, too. I haven't had the time or energy to write and post the way I would like to, so I guess keeping this blog as a purely egocentric album of the passage of my days is what it exists as for now. It'll have to do. It still does me good to have it, and it always does me good to know the friends that I know from this blog experiment. I'm not planning on going away ... but I have to accept the fact that this forum isn't the cathartic outlet I had hoped it would be back when I had the time and energy for it to BE cathartic. Does that make sense?

Anyway - Life is okay these days. Work is work, and takes more of my waking thoughts (and indeed, non-waking thoughts) than I would like, but I'm employed. In this day and age, and in the industry I work in, that alone is a gift. Weather's been good. Scott is a rock for me, as always. I'm a lucky guy.

The current state of acceptance/broken promises/irrationality of my particular minority (I'm a big fag, if you don't already know) is annoying and tiresome. But this column by Mark Morford, whom I truly believe is a superhero and definitely an idol of mine, gives me a little hope, as he always does. (If you're offended by the title of his column, please ignore it and keep reading - it's actually not as blasphemous as it appears at first glance). The hope wanes when I start reading the 800+ comments to his article, but what can you do.

One comment that really stuck with me, though, was one that echoes a thought that I've heard a lot (or paid a lot of attention to) recently. The comment was, "You gays keep 'procreating' your way and see how far it gets you". The gist of this sentiment seems to be that we gays are pushing to have homosexuality be the norm, the majority, and to take over the world.

Even though I don't know what "The Gay Agenda" is, I'm pretty sure this is a big part of the definition. So I'll give the tired, Matterdays-is-sighing response. We don't want to take over the world. We accept the fact that we are a minority. We're okay with that - kinda like it sometimes, quite actually. We just want all y'all to accept - not tolerate, but accept - that we exist, that we are normal and natural, even as a minority, that there's nothing wrong with us, that we are who we are, and let it go. Just let it go. Quit making such a huge ugly deal of it and just let it go.

Okay. Now for a slew of pictures from the past few weeks.