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Preamble - I’ve been day drinking at a beach all day, so the neurons in my brain are a bit withered. OKAY let’s get to it!!!and 7 others.
I’ll start with one of my favorite Vonnegut quotes:
“For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course, that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. 'Blessed are the merciful' in a courtroom? 'Blessed are the peacemakers' in the Pentagon? Give me a break!”
So coming back to the city from the beach I stopped in at a Target to get my oldest son some Pokémon cards and my youngest son an LOL doll. Yeah my 3 yr old boy likes LOL dolls. So what? You got a problem?
Right up at front when you walk in, Target had a big “Pride Month” display. A good 30’x30’ area with shirts and just a lot of fabulousness. I even said to my wife “ well how about that!? Good on Target with their little slice of fabulous for Pride Month.” Times are a changin’.
I was raised Catholic , aka “Boy Raping Inc.” as @Freddy put it. It’s a tumultuous thing, my and my atheist sister’s relationship with our Catholic family members. I support SNAP. Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. When this recent movement hit home, specifically the Catholic Parish and school we went to showing up multiple times on “the list” for Houston I avowed I’d never bring my boys in a Catholic church again. We’ll see how that goes. It’s complicated with weddings and funerals.
But I’m the teenager who told his staunch Catholic family - yeah I’m not going to confirmation classes anymore. I’ve gotten into really nasty, bourbon-infused shouting matches at 1 am at deer camp with my Dad about baptizing my children.
So I’m there man, I got skin in the game. I’ve talked about it here before, but like @CretanBull I cannot STAND IT when people use the “virtue signalling” card to dismiss people doing the absolute correct thing by standing up for the meek, the persecuted. “Social Justice Warrior” is another one. Oh, crimes against humanity are happening, excuse me for giving a fuck.
So, @A_Ron_Hubbard ‘s latest dilemma of how to engage and convert ‘radioactive’ mindsets is really a doozy of a problem to solve. It’s like this Flat Earther doc I recently watched, “Behind The Curve”, wherein it’s explained how the true Scientific community didn’t even engage ‘Flat Earthers’ in debate because it was a lost cause. Their logic was so circular and cherry picking to support a belief they will never wane from. So I don’t know man. I just cut bait. Waffle time.
More about me and my experience with learning the plight of LGBT: I’m a guy who switched his major to English, so I’m professionally trained to be one of those goddamn critics! (Now you can all laugh at my grammar flubs, terrible sentence structures and ADD ramblings)
My two most favorite classes I chose were Women’s Lit and LGBT. My two favorite professors and best relationships I had in school, both women and the LGBT professor being L and I think also appreciative of a guy who wasn’t G or B or T having sincere interest to take the class. I have a pretty nice LGBT section of my library. I like how John Waters recently on Bill Maher said “If you go to their house and there are no books, don’t fuck em!”
I learned so much reading books like A Home at the End of the World, Ruby Fruit Jungle, A Boy’s Own Story, Oranges Aren’t The Only Fruit, Middlesex to name a few. But the one that hit the most was Stone Butch Blues. That book fucked me up. Cause it really hit home how real this persecuted life is. I learned about the Stonewall Riots for the first time. I learned what can happen when a lesbian gets incarcerated. It absolutely broke my heart having my lesbian professor educating me how a 20 year spouse can be denied hospital visitation rights as their love is on their last dying breath.
That course is definitely why, and I’m cool to admit this even though it opens me up to jabs (pretty sure not here), when later my now wife and I watched Broke Back Mountain in the theater I balled like something I’ve never done before after a movie. Walking out all tears and a real shower show in the car. Remember all the gay jokes about that movie at that time? It’s not a joke. We need to speak out and support our fellow humans.
My wife and I used to live in Montrose, the super gay inner city Houston neighborhood. The Pride festival used to be right down the middle of Montrose but now they moved it to downtown. Folks are trying now to move it back to Montrose where blood has been spilt and people died defending the right to just wake up everyday and be. I think Houston is the second largest Pride festival in the nation. But when I would say “oh yeah I live in Montrose” you could imagine the looks and horse shit I would have to endure from conservative Houstonians.
My runaway train of thought has run out of track. LGBT Bald Movers, from this BM fam - we love you and we support you!
All the Chickens said:I've drawn up this super detailed diagram that will surely resolve all of this bickering over how Arya snuck up on the NK.
When I was a kid growing up to GI Joe, all the other kids knew the catch line was "Now you know...and knowing is half the battle!" But for some reason I though it was "Now you know...and knowing is half the BIBLE!" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Also it was waaaay deep into adulthood until I finally learned that the little triangle next to the fuel gauge on a car is actually an arrow telling you which side of the car the gas tank is on. Yep. It's amazing I've made it this far guys.
ken hale said:All the Chickens said:To be fair, all tension in a TV show or movie is false tension. None of it's real.
We know that they are editing and filming in a way that makes the viewer more tense and afraid that something bad is about to happen, all while coming to an outcome that they always needed to happen and wrote down in a script a year beforehand.kuman07 said:Listening to Miguel Sapochnik in the behind the scenes of that episode describing that big scene makes you appreciate how well they filmed that. He describes it as:
"You're inter-cutting with all of our other characters who are so fucked. Everybody's fucked. That's literally the phrase we kept using, lets do the "its fucked" shot. There is no escape, everyone is going to die right now. We want you to feel same feeling of oh my god, what's the recovery? How do we come back from this? And we have all forgotten about that little innocent girl from all of those years ago who's turned into a trained killer and who's coming out of nowhere."
You scientists and your idiot obsession with Reason! What does it matter when the bullet hits your skull why!?
Why worry about something that isnt going to happen....oh that’s perfect. They should print it on our money.
Well done at the end there with real footage of our characters. And a nice acknowledgement of all those scientists who embodied Ulana.
Calling it now - back to back Baldies Jared Harris!
That wonderful, full-body fuzzy humming feeling after getting out of a long, hot shower to get the grime off you. I’m on motherskruckin vacation for the next 9 days. Haven’t had a real vacation in 2 years. Had a stressful run today to make it all happen and now it’s all done. Drove up far north of Houston to a specialized store to get this roof rack cargo carrier after screwing up the 1st time with another model. It barely shipped to Houston in time and everything had to be perfect cause I was out of runway. Came home. Installed it. Nothing was missing. Climbing up and down on the vehicle, moving crossbars which is a deal cause of these pegs. It looks great. Vehicle is packed. Bags are packed. Clean house. Just get to enjoy sitting back now with the grind behind me, everything done, shit tons finished at work to keep people at bay and the auto-reply on my email engaged. I’m ready for da beach mon. I want to forget login passwords.
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