Archive for May, 2008



May 30, 2008

Today I bought 6 bottles of “our brand” of mouthwash because they were SOOOO on sale.

I’m becoming my father.

Fuckin’ great.


i can live with this

May 29, 2008

yeah, I work Saturdays, but you know what? A gorgeous Thursday off to enjoy a mid-day baseball game with friends is a pretty awesome thing.


how i love thee

May 25, 2008

Dear Subaru,

I know that you expected to sell 24,000 Baja’s a year when you started production in 2003. I know that over the 4 year run of the car you only sold 33,000 total. This must have been disappointing for you, and I understand that. However, I really really love mine. A lot. I mean, yes, this IS the second one I’ve owned, but this one is starting to reach its full potential with the bike rack addition.

A nice ride over the bay, being met by my wife for breakfast, and then a breezy drive back home? Awesome Sunday morning on the first warm day of the season.  For some of us, this is the perfect perfect car. Thanks.

Oh yeah. I know that in part my livelihood is provided by how well your company does, so thank you for making some really   good commercials for like, perhaps the first time ever.


Wedding blog #2

May 23, 2008

So. I’m home, and exhausted, but good.

My brother’s wedding was absolutely beautiful. My Little Prince reading went over very very well, and both E and A were pleased with my selection. The wedding itself took place here, in the Eagle Rock Reservation in NJ, overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The ceremony was sweet as can be, dinner was amazing – punctuating the evening was a fireworks display that occured over lower Manhattan (it might have been Brooklyn even) that we could see from the event room. It was perfect.

A looked stunning, and my brother looked very handsome and together they make a really great looking couple – but better than that? E adores A.

I don’t blog much about family but I’ll give you some background on E. He’s weird. Weird in a good way, but weird. He has always had crazy ADD. He’s tamed it, but it’s taken over 20 years to do so. He’s quirky and sarcastic. He is perhaps the funniest person I know. He’s also a bloody genius and can pretty much fix anything. He put himself through college working as a union electrician. He got a scholarship to law school. He actually graduates tomorrow. We’re all incredibly proud of him.

Did I mention he was quirky? He has slight ocd. He’s germ phobic. We always joked that if E ever was to get with a girl she’d have to arrive in a full body condom if he ever hoped to get laid. He often reads as gay. He makes emphatic hand gestures. He bakes to help him de-stress. He spent the three days before his wedding perfecting cakes – he made the cake for his special day.

And somewhere along the way he met this beautiful girl. This girl who loves him, and for lack of a better word “handles” him really well. She’ll go with his antics and impulsiveness – to a point. She will race up the stairs of a 5 story parking garage to see if they can beat the elevator with him. She puts the hammer down when people are hungry at 9pm and try to get a reservation at the fondue place and he’s like “lets just go to Macy’s and get a fondue pot, and we can make it ourselves,” she reminds him that people are hungry NOW but that maybe they can do that for next time.

SHE’S funny. She gets him. It was hard for us to believe 3 years ago that he actually had a real live girlfriend. It amazed us when he moved in with her. Shocked us when he proposed and she said yes. And now, they’re married, forever. It is completely obvious how much he cares for and about her, and is the sweetest thing.

For the first time in my life, instead of seeing a funny and weird little boy, I saw a confident, strong man profess his love for this one perfect for him woman.

It was one of the best days ever.


wedding blog #1

May 22, 2008

There’s lots to write about my brother’s wedding and how proud of him we all are, and what a great man he has turned into….but first, I’ll show you something hysterical. They got married at a beautiful location but they have more than one “room” for events there, and this evening, my bro’s wedding was not the only event going on. When we got there there were some signs directing us to where we needed to go.

When E came down the stairs before we went out to the gazebo where the ceremony was to take place he told me, “we had to get them to change that other sign to read “I.D.” because when we got here, it read “Infectious Disease Society, ” and um, it kind of was a downer for us.”


More later, if I don’t pass out after our early flight back, and a full day of work.



May 21, 2008

Thank you all very much for your suggestions. I ALMOST went with e.e. cummings. I really did. I love that work. However, after much soul searching and thinking and going through books that I had I came up with one on my own…I’ll be doing a reading from the Little Prince. It’s the passage where the fox tells the little prince that he is untamed….and it is perfect for my brother’s wedding.

More later on the wedding itself, my brother making his own cake, cheese fries, and of course, adventures in the wilds of New Jersey.


Panic Mode

May 20, 2008

I wasn’t going to blog about this till after the fact but um, I need your help (especially if you know any of the parties involved) so here goes. My brother is getting married in 36 hours. True to my brother’s form, he asked me if I’d like to do a reading at the ceremony THIS MORNING!

He’s quirky and kind of weird (as is his bride) but in a good way. I need something cute, sweet, and comical.

Any suggestions?

*Edited to add* My first thought was reading the lyrics to The Pogues “Love you till the end,” Though so far your suggestions are great. Especially JBeekys. And now I can’t get it out of my head.


this post has been rated G

May 18, 2008

S and I went on an honest to goodness date last night. I mean, we go out a lot, etc, but this seemed to have some formality to it that was very nice. I wasn’t too wiped out from working all day, so we just chilled out at our house until 9 ish, then we walked downtown and saw the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” which outside of seeing that guy from “How I met your mother” naked (like really REALLY naked) too many times was a good movie. But that’s not what this post is about.

While we were sitting there as the previews started I turned to S and said, “Know what? I could probably watch previews for an hour or so and be fully entertained. Actually, come to think of it, If someone made a 2 hour movie of previews of all my FAVORITE movies ever I would probably be in screen heaven.”

Please tell me I’m not a freak (for this.) S looked at me like I had caught the crazy.


so many things to remember

May 15, 2008

On this day five years ago I told this beautiful girl that I loved her.

Best decision I ever made.


i think love came first

May 14, 2008

Yesterday, one of my favorite artists, Robert Rauschenberg passed away at the age of 82. I’m deeply saddened by his passing, as he was one of the first “queer” artists that I was introduced to – in fact, one of my favorite scholars introduced me to him, and also to his one time lover Jasper Johns (my favorite artist of all time) when I was a student a long long time ago.

His work spoke to me then, and still does.  I will toast his memory this evening, and hope that throughout all his years he was able to answer one of the questions posed in his (now destroyed) work, “Should love come first?”

I really really hope that he came to the conclusion that yes, yes it does.