Just a reminder about the brunch for our readers at High Noon in the Mile-High City this coming Friday, November 25, 2011. Drop me an e-mail if you can join us as you take a break from your Black Friday shopping.
Several of our readers suggested we do another Los Angeles dinner. Please let me know if you could make a gathering in two weeks on Thursday, November 17.
And since I’ll be in Denver for Thanksgiving, would like to organize a lunch for our readers in the Mile High City (and surrounding regions of the Mountain State) on the following Friday, November 25.
If you’d like to attend either event, please drop me a line.
As some of you know, I’ve been doing a mini-cross country drive these past few weeks, having to coordinate planned trips to Colorado (to celebrate my Dad’s birthday) and a meetings in Massachusetts.
Last night, while checking into a hotel in the Texas panhandle, ended up chatting with a man in his seventies (he gave me his age) about his travels. He was pulling up stakes in his native Illinois and together with his business partners, and and preparing to set up shop in Texas and New Mexico.
They had decided to face the frustrations of moving because their governor (of Illinois) had just raised taxes by a considerable amount.
I would daresay they’re not the only ones.
Sometimes, we bloggers find that our schedules do not allow us the time to write about breaking news of interest to our readers in a timely manner. When the news breaks, we may have other plans and lack a paid staff or readily available understudies to fill in when we are away.
In the wake of the New York legislature’s vote to recognize same-sex marriages, I would have liked to have blogged more on the topic and have scribbled countless notes for a number of blog posts. But, I had planned a trip, first to Santa Barbara for a friend’s going away party and thence to the Bay Area to spend time with some family members. In the coming days, I will try to bring some order to my notes and write those posts, but for now, I write from the kitchen in my sister’s new house in the San Francisco ‘burbs, having just concluded a lengthy conversation with that spirited mother of a most energetic two-and-one-half year old.
For the past three days, I would have rather spent my time, dining with my mother (whose visit to SF was the occasion for my trip), hiking with my sister or playing with my nephew than organizing my notes and writing (hopefully) thoughtful posts on gay marriage.
Those three paragraphs were supposed to have served as the introduction to the first post I had wanted to write on gay marriage. Perhaps, I should leave them as a reflection on blogging, but I do want to add one more thing.
Part of the “play” with my nephew involved a trip to Traintown, a railway-themed mini-amusement park featuring “a quarter scale railroad on 4 miles of track.” On our twenty-minute ride, although I focused on my nephew, I did notice a (presumably) lesbian couple and their child. One mother who had the short hair and very matter-of-fact manner of many lesbians I know and showed the same solicitude toward her daughter that my sister regularly shows her son, gently, at one time, offering her a sippy cup when the child seemed thirsty and not letting it fall when she rejected it soon thereafter, thrusting it at her Mommy (without regard to her willingness or ability to hold onto it). [Read more…]
Here I am once again in the City by the Bay, a jurisdiction with perhaps the most beautiful coastal setting of any major American metropolis and I do occasional double-takes, wondering if this or that locale looked familiar because I had once been there — or perhaps because I had seen it a movie. It does seem this city serves as the setting for many a film, particularly the darker ones.
So, this got me wondering, what, in your view, is the best film set in San Francisco?
Will be in San Francisco next weekend and will be organizing a breakfast (about 9ish) on Satruday, May 14 for blog readers. Let me know if you can join us.
As I‘ll be am now in Washington in a few days for a meeting, I’m organizing a Happy Hour together with our good friends at GOProud. Please drop me a line if you’d like to join us this coming Tuesday, February 2nd.
(Bumped and updated)
Am in San Francisco to celebrate the second birthday of the most important person in the Golden State (my youngest nephew). While in town, am organizing a brunch for blog readers. Let me know if you can join us tomorrow Saturday the 27th.
Just another reminder that I’ll be in Denver to visit my brother and sister-in-law and at least one of their kids over Labor Day Weekend and would love to arrange a readers’ brunch on Saturday the 4th (or possibly Sunday the 5th).
If you’re in the Rocky Mountain State and would like to join us, drop me a line.
*re-bumped and updated.
One of the greatest things about this trip has been the change to meet our readers. I was delighted that in Atlanta when one of our left-of-center readers joined us, he found that he and the readers more in line with this blog’s point of view shared a fascination with cooking and TV food shows.
Right now, a good number have RSVPed for the Boston dinner, tomorrow Wednesday June 9 but we still need find a place. Drop me a note if you have any ideas. Thanks to our wonderful readers, we have found a place. Contact me for details.
Also some readers who have busy schedules have asked if they can come late for an after-dinner drink. Of course you can. We’d be glad to see you whenever you can make it.
Let me know if any of you are free during the day on June 9 and want to join me (and at least one other reader) in taking a walk along the Freedom Trail. Together, GayPatriot fans can help trace the path of the original American patriots.
And don’t forget Brattleboro, Vermont on Sunday, June 13. Here at least, we seem to have settled on a place.
E-mail me to RSVP for either or both of those dinners (as well as the walk along Freedom Trail).
NB: Bumped & Updated