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sunday, january 4, 2009 · gay street (greenwich village) · new york, new york

todd/[ profile] toddpage and i traveled to new york for the first weekend of the new year. livejournaleers were met, the delights of the city were explored, photos were made. now, the hard part: weeding through the massive file of images. i'm starting with sunday's walk around greenwich village (in this case, the west village). i love the urban fabric of manhattan, particularly areas with less glass and more texture. what follows are images made during the walk; for b/w images a link to the color version is provided. coming soon: people!

i'll take manhattan... (yeah, more pix) )

mea culpa

Jan. 12th, 2009 02:16 pm
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i have been in a whirlwind of activity (getting back to work, somewhat ordinary life-drama) and inactivity (being sick, and sticking a rake into the midst of the whirlwind and having the maelstrom and lawn implement reach a precarious truce) since returning from new york on sunday, january 4, but while photos await posting (yes, the editing has been done) and i regain my usual rude good health, i want to take a moment to say how very much todd/[ profile] toddpage and i appreciated seeing thanh/[ profile] tkn1114, christopher/[ profile] theoctothorpe, and david/[ profile] pagerbear at telephone on friday, january 2. a delightful few hours passed all-too-quickly as we chatted, ate, flirted and discussed the affectional orientation of our server and—later, at starbucks—the ninja prospects of the man in the corner. what a truly delightful evening.

more to come, including thoughts on cupcakes, platanos and an empty bear bar.
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i must be on the mend from this nasty cold: i can step outside my physical condition and fully embrace the curmudgeon within. today, i happened across a book of the gentle comments of h.l. mencken, the bitterest man ever to have popped from the warped womb which also gave us john waters (baltimore, for the uninitiated). in his own words:
it is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent god, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. if such a board actually exists it operates precisely like the board of a corporation that is losing money.

the chief contribution of protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that god is a bore.

the christian church, in its attitude toward science, shows the mind of a more or less enlightened man of the thirteenth century. it no longer believes that the earth is flat, but it is still convinced that prayer can cure after medicine fails.

the theory seems to be that so long as a man is a failure he is one of god's chillun, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the devil.

moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. the more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. all human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. the truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. his culture is based on "i am not too sure."

the religious man, starting out with an outfit of irrational postulates and untenable hopes, tries to fit them into the facts of a harshly material world. in the process he must do violence to both. they can never march together; indeed they are intrinsically irreconcilable. a common way out of the dilemma is the resort to mysticism, which is simply an attempt to construct a non-euclidean world in which anything that can be imagined is assumed to have happened.
it says something about our present age—and not a good something—that most of the above views would be unprintable in today's america. unbelief is, today, the sin which dare not speak its name.
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hello folks.

as may be recalled, [ profile] toddpage and i will be headed to manhattan this friday and saturday and were hoping to gather some lj folks together for a bite of dinner and some talkery.

for those who have said they'd like to join us, and those who are just now deciding to come along, here is the information about where we will be meeting; i hope that everyone finds it agreeable:

telephone bar & grill
149 second Ave [between 9th and 10th]

directions (including subway) here.

we plan on gathering there at 7.00 p.m.


telephone bar & grill

149 second avenue (between 9th and 10th), nyc

if you have questions, issues or need to talk to a flesh-and-blood cub or bear, drop a line to .
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as observed in—among others—[ profile] boysnightout82's lj, here are the places where i've slept in 2008:

cambridge, massachusetts (home)
columbia, south carolina
durham, north carolina
alexandria, virginia
edison, new jersey
philadelphia, pennsylvania (2 locations)
boston, massachusetts
rye, new york
albany, new york
newfane, vermont
anaheim, california
arlington, massachusetts
new york, new york
moretown, vermont
moscow, idaho
spokane, washington
falmouth, massachusetts
san francisco, california

nb : i forgot about a trip at the beginning of the year and so have revised the list.
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as observed in—among others—[ profile] boysnightout82's lj, here are the places where i've slept in 2008:

cambridge, massachusetts (home)
philadelphia, pennsylvania (2 locations)
boston, massachusetts
rye, new york
albany, new york
newfane, vermont
anaheim, california
arlington, massachusetts
new york, new york
moretown, vermont
moscow, idaho
spokane, washington
falmouth, massachusetts
san francisco, california
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[ profile] toddpage and i will be in manhattan this weekend, and thought a bite of dinner with lj pals might be just the thing for friday evening. it's short notice, we know, but the trip just came together.

if you're around and would like to join us for a meal please reply to this post (or the one just like it in his journal). we're aiming for 7 p.m., though that might be negotiable, and we'd like to do it in manhattan.

we haven't decided on a place to eat yet; we tend to like food which isn't too fussy, has vegetarian options and is reasonably-priced... all while being tasty and prepared with care. any suggestions?
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as [ profile] bitterlawngnome mentioned earlier, most poinsettia pix are kinda terrible. i made this one the other night and don't hate it. it's not perfect, but i don't hate it.

enjoy the holiday season, regardless of whether you assign special meaning to these days or not; all days, really, are made special with those we love.
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consider this a virtual candle.

edward paul balko, ii
the rev. carl bivens
ken bland
andre bonnemaison
the rev. ted boya
john brown
the rev. stephen clover
jimmy corbett
the rev. bob ewing
gary falardeau
john feagan
bruce fetherolf
clif fields
steven filice
fredrick floyd
mark fotopoulos
scott galuteria
gary garrison
bill graham
rick hamley
frank jackson
leslie dan leak
jeff lettow
ed lichtenstein
wayne love
renny marinaccio
john mcleod, u.s.n.
james meade
pipo micheli
craig neeley (a very, very, very, very, very good boy)
floyd ohler
chuck pedersen
bobby pennstrom
ted printz
steven prokasky
michael pugh
charlie salumbides
lee sierecki
barry singer
matthew snyder
john voorhies
robert c. weinand
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today's meme, via [ profile] qnetter

your rainbow is strongly shaded green and red.


what this says about you:
you are a passionate person.
you feel strong ties to nature and your mood changes with its cycles.
you get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you.
those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

find the colors of your rainbow at


Nov. 20th, 2008 04:12 pm
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all i got in the settlement was this lousy poem

i said i put my mother
in a box, but
she is in the gulf of mexico,
small particles, feathery in the sky,
subsumed in the brine.
i like to think she came ashore with katrina,
as surely she did.

you, i told you
i'll put you in a box, like her
i'll lose sight of your face, forget
your laugh, that exhalation of excitement.
you'll be in there with her,
moldering in my memory
if not in the ground.

you won't come ashore in a storm,
you went out on one.
your future is elsewhere,
apart from mine,
somehow existing in the same time and space
but apart.
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i managed a tie on this one (thanks for the link, [ profile] i_f_f!).
curious? )

dewey meme

Nov. 13th, 2008 10:17 am
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ok, yeah: this makes some sense (thanks, [ profile] arktos62!)...

bix's dewey decimal section:

002 the book

000 computer science, information & general works

encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations.

what it says about you:
you are very informative and up to date. you're working on living in the here and now, not the past. you go through a lot of changes. when you make a decision you can be very sure of yourself, maybe even stubborn, but your friends appreciate your honesty and resolve.

find your dewey decimal section at

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i am pretty loath to get into the whole proposition 8 blame-game. suffice it to sy, there are plenty of villains and plenty of cowards. and plenty of heroes.

in today's miami herald, columnist leonard pitts speaks as an african-american man to members of the african-american community about prop 8 (click the text for the full article):
i wish they would explain to me how they can, with a straight face, use arguments against gay people that were first tested and perfected against us.

those who bear scars from intolerance should be the last to practice it.
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on tuesday, california's electorate added the following to the constitution:
sec. 7.5. only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in california.
in the interest of the compelling public policy goals of the voters of the golden state, may i submit that the following be added to the constitution at the next general election:
sec. 7.6. marriage is regarded by the state of california to be indissoluble, constituting a lifetime bond and contract which may not be broken other than by death.
consistency in the argument of those who supported prop. 8 demands nothing less.
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i have voted in the following counties at some point in my life, and here's how they went in this election:
  • highlands, florida — mccain 59%
  • broward, florida — obama 67%
  • spokane, washington — obama 50%
  • latah, idaho — obama1 52 %
  • alameda, california — obama 79%
  • san francisco, california — obama 85%
  • suffolk, massachusetts — obama 77%
  • middlesex, massachusetts — obama 64%
i can live with that.
1. obama carried only three counties in the gem state; way to go, moscow!
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today's treat is richard rolt's new dictionary of trade and commerce : compiled from the information of the most eminent merchants, and from the works of the best writers on commercial subjects, in all languages ... (london : osborne & shipton, 1756). under the heading "british america" and the sub-heading "new england" we have the following:
"the massachusetts colony is superior to the rest in opulence, trade and number of inhabitants; its principal town being boston, situated on a peninsula at the bottom of a fine bay, being a very commodious and flourishing port."
it's a handsome volume, in great condition after 252 years.


Nov. 4th, 2008 09:46 am
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i waited in a respectably long line in north cambridge and voted. unusually, there was a fairly hefty discrepancy between the lists posted at the door and the official lists, and so provisional ballots were blooming all over the gym in which folks were attempting to vote. i'm happy to say i wasn't among those with problems.

on another note, a woman in front of me stepped up, gave her name, got her ballot and then marched right out of the building. my laughter got a querying look from the poll-worker who, when told of the woman's departure, ran after her to sort it out. on folks such as this woman the weight of democracy rests.

i've done my part; now it's up to the rest of america.
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a few on my flist have lately moved, or announced the intention to move, blog(s) to other locations. one of the values of this space for me is that it constitutes one-stop shopping in a familiar environment. one log-on, one method for commenting, etc. (for all its faults).

all that is to say that i most likely won't be perusing your journal(s) elsewhere. as much as i enjoy reading and commenting, i'm just not up to a collection of platforms.

good luck.
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i've continued with the updating of my 365 photo journal today with images i made while in moscow, idaho (most are of moscow, but several were made along u.s. highway 195, between spokane and colfax, washington). again, i trust these have been worth the wait!











click each image to be taken to its page.
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