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Where Comedy Gets Dorked Out and Goes Reading
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with the idea of making Diet Mountain Dew Jello Salad. But yet, somehow I did.




Look at that beautiful color~ who SAYS diet mountain dew is not a color found in nature?



It's the same exact color! Also, diet mountain dew is made up of 95% water. What's more natural than that?



In the Queer Study hall refrigerator, surrounded by the rest of all the all natural items.

Not to worry, I won't be the one cooking for the Bad Habit Brunch.
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Presenting... in the Passive Aggressive Notes, MTA category
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coming up this weekend., I am reading about Dolly Parton's open marriage. I love that this article goes back and forth between calling it "infidelity" and "open marriage." Nothing like using using antonyms as synonyms to create a nice little slice of confusion. 

Anyone else coming to Poly Pride? If the weather turns, it's going to be great fun. If it continues with this nastiness, I am going to be Grumpy and Sneezy and perhaps several other dwarfs. 

I'll be emceeing from Noon until 6 pm. They have a pretty good  entertainment line-up, looks like. Plus, hummus! And home-made jams! And (undoubtedly) plenty of  socially awkward conversations and chats about Star Trek to go around!*

*last year they actually booed me when I referenced science fiction and poly in the same sentence. Everyone booed me, even a dude wearing Vulcan ears.  It was apparently Irony Pride and no one told me!

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Was amazing and the feedback we are getting is really amazing. I didn't ever intend to be leading up the efforts (I am trying not to use the term" conference chair") but Joe asked me when I was in Haiti and, well, after you've tried to explain to a kid that no, his amputated leg is not going to grow back, so sorry, that really sucks...well I guess answering "yes" to a text message that says "are you definitely in for chairing the NY conference" seemed pretty easy.

The truth is, I have never worked with such an incredibly hard working, not wanting to chat about stuff, just wanting to get stuff done folks in my life. They are totally all heroes as far as I am concerned. We built a really diverse team and it showed in who attended. One person wrote on our facebook page "if every day of my life were like September 25th,  I would have such an easier time.." So many people have used the words "life changing." The core organizers were really touched too. I was hoping it would be like this, since this amazing feeling of wholeness that I experienced at Butch Voices National in Oakland last year was one of the reasons I wanted to get involved with regional organizing. I wanted other butches/masculine of center folks to experience what I had. And how about that, it worked.

Makes all the work worth it. Totally worth it.

Some great pictures (ignore the copy, it was unfortunately heavily edited) by Syd London up here.

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...about this piece of computer software I want to develop that will block my girlfriend's browser from showing anything with the words "unemployment rate" or "recession" in it, and instead substitute pictures of kittens playing.

And also blocks streaming NPR before 8 am and after 10 pm.

But then I realized my last four livejournal posts have been about the earthquake in Haiti.

Oops.
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But worth watching anyway!

So Whitney, when she first came to the states, kept asking me why I didn't wear skirts. So I told her when was able to walk, I'd wear a skirt AND do a dance for her (it was at a time when they were having trouble getting her out of bed for therapy, etc). So I did, and she recorded it. Music by Genne Murphy, commentary by Maura Kelly.

I am only leaving this up for a few days, so enjoy my humiliation while you can....
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The pediatrician at the field hospital (aka a porch turned into an inpatient clinic)where I worked in Haiti recently posted this video. The kid with the cast...you simply would not believe what he has been through. Here he is, jumping around as part of their "let's trick kids into doing physical therapy" strategy. I can't help but giggle when he does.



Post earthquake Haiti there was a lot of talk of Lespa fe viv [hope makes life] and lately I've been thinking about the concept of choosing hope. I don't mean hope like wish or some wimpy thing in greeting cards. I mean hard-assed, real live, hard worked for hope. Watching completely traumatized kids be kids (if even for a moment) again, reminds me that wallowing in sadness/anger about the state of the world or even the state of our sometimes fractured community isn't actually changing anything. I'm asking myself: if I thought of hope as a verb, what would that look like?
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Yesterday I was at the library working and overheard the older gentleman sitting across from me speaking Kreyol on the phone. When he asked me a question about the availability of electrical outlets, I answered in Kreyol. To his considerable surprise.

We ended up talking about (what else) the earthquake. I asked if he wanted to see my pictures. He did want to see them, very much.

We spent an hour talking and sharing while we went through my photos. It was intense but good, for both of us.

I don't think the other patrons were as excited about our connection as we were. Although we whispered and we were not in a designated quiet zone. No one really shushed us though. In fact, someone just to our left had been stealing a glance or two every now and then and when someone tried to shush us, he shushed them.

Sometimes, weary of queer infighting, I want to say "you know, 300,000 people died in an earthquake in Haiti. There are still a million and half homeless and in danger. Is there really truly not any better way we could spend our energy?"
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Doesn't that make you want to come to Philly show?

PS If you've never seen five lesbians take off (at least some) clothes to the Harry Potter theme music then you've never seen DORKTEASE. And you want to. It's so unsexy it's almost sexy. Almost.
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