Posts tagged ‘Samuel’

February 19, 2012

This Last Week and Month have Been Interesting.

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What a ride it has been these last few weeks.  I work for a very small TV company so when I returned from Canada  another manager decided she had to go on vacation which resulted in me working for 39 days non-stop.   That sucks so much I can’t describe  and add writing for Fodor’s when I got home at night and you see what a hell my life has been. On the wonderfully happy side, I also sent my first article to Gaylaxy Magazine ( India) and  my first article on ACTUP.org both of which made me incredibly proud.

On Thursday my 39 days of working producing the news,interviews and my  call-in show came to an end  so yesterday the ‘gay agenda’ dictated that I had to clean. Thankfully my wonderful Ex  came and helped enormously – with the blessing of his current.

This evening I was wandering on the internet and discovered an article by an amazing young gay person called Troy Roness and I noticed that Randy R Potts also posted him on Facebook.  To make a long story short the article is the grittiest article I have ever read – the title alone says it all : “It’s time: Yes,  I’m gay, and I’m unapologetic”

Staring at myself in a mirror, I internalized my shame, guilt, and insecurities. I believed my appearance defined my existence. The perfect grades, the perfect body, and appearing flawless would somehow make me complete. I’ve learned, though, that we aren’t mean to be “perfect”; we’re meant to be whole.

Read the Huffington Post article here.

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February 10, 2009

Hail Caesar

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I make a mean caesar salad as seen above and I am not ashamed to say it. Caesars also happen to be one of my favourite salads as they manage to combine the healthy goodness of lettuce with the artery clogging goodness of cholesterol. Really, what could be a better combination? Courageous folks such as myself use raw egg yolk for the base of the dressing but in the interest of avoiding law suits I use a different binder when I make it for friends. I really don’t see what the big deal is with a bit of salmonella but I bow to general opinion on this matter. People who use store bought caesar dressings are guilty of a serious offence and I shall continue to petition the relevant authorities to get it into the law books.

Since finishing my writing my life has been a lot more calm and I when not at work I have managed to catch up with a number of films that i had been meaning to see. I especially like the disturbing animated documentary Waltz with Bashir which is an Israeli film in Hebrew about exploring the massacres at Sabra and Shatila when Lebanon was invaded. The basic premise is that some of the men in the IDF who took part in the invasion of Lebanon have blocked memories of the massacres and trace back the events in order to remember. They realise that the trauma of the IDF being present and either not being fully aware or simply casting a blind eye on the atrocities committed by the Christian Militia in Lebanon makes for a fascinating movie. I wasn’t sure about the use of semi-rotoscopic animation until I saw the film and I really don’t think they could have made the film as effective in any other way. This is one film well worth a viewing and, though I recognise it is but one perspective on the tragic events, it is still an interesting one.

I also saw Frozen River which is a gripping look at smuggling people over the Canada/US border by driving them over a frozen river. The true beauty and depth of the story is in the interactions of the two women involved in it. It is a bleak film but somehow the insight into what motivates us as humans to do certain things made it worthwhile for me. I empathised with the characters and not every film can get me to do that.

Other than that all is quiet on the work front with the crew up to their usual antics but still getting the job done. I have managed to get this weekend off so I will be heading off to Toco to be a guest at Mark’s place for a beach bonfire on Valentine’s night ( must remember to pack my Rachel Ray effigy) . The usual suspects will be there for a “couple’s night” so I suspect there will  be much cooking and drinking smart cocktails in the pool.

Further to follow.