Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Flea Market

Bill and I made it over to the weekly "flea market" today. The variety of goods for sale is incredible. They literally have everything from soup to nuts. We didn't buy anything. We did come home with a new addition to our family.

Her name is Victoria Guadalupe Harris-Crouser.

A group supporting "Anita's Animals", a local animal shelter, has a used book stand at the market every week. We saw the books. We chatted with one of our gringa friends. And, there they were --- half a dozen assorted kittens and an adult cat in various cages.

It was love at first sight. Billy (Memo) picked up the only blonde (orange) kitten and .... how could we say "no"?

Welcome Home, Victoria.

Just Plain Dumb

Gay Republicans? Yes, I have attempted to understand the how and why. I do understand the compulsion to hide the truth from one's family, friends, church, and employer. I understand how some folks experience self-loathing and denial.

Larry Craig -- just plain dumb -- tea room sex is extremely risky, if not sheer stupid self-destructive behavior.

Paying for sex and calling the cops to complain about the "whore" -- that's just plain dumb! A Washington state legislator, Representative Richard Curtis (R - La Center), demonstrates the incredible stupidity of some married, but gay, men. Here is the official police report.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Productive Living

It was Sunday night when I finally realized that I had risen to hypomania from a more-or-less moderate depression. Just great. Really! The last two days have been relatively productive and I have no regrets.

I don't have regrets. I don't regret our move south. I don't regret anything that we have explored and completed since arriving in Axixic (old native spelling of Ajijic). I don't regret abandoning my medication routine. I don't regret the illness that knocked me down and accelerated my weight loss. I don't regret the broken rib and bruises (now healed).

What is done is done. Everyone now knows that I am not my older brother. I am quieter, have less hair, thinner, and I do not get drunk... (Once was enough!) All those that respect my brother for his honesty and "gentleness" seem also to like me, too. My brother and I go to the same Mexican doctor and he considers Dan to be a genuinely respectful, polite, and courteous gentleman.

I am "off" my meds. No. Don't worry. My wonky thyroid and heart are being treated. My new doctor has adjusted my synthetic thyroid medication and made substitutions for the high blood pressure medications that are not available in Mexico. I am still taking a beta-blocker medication to prevent the damned supra ventricular tachycardia episodes that always knock the snot out of me......

Yes. I will forever take an anti-depressant. I am taking my Wellbutrin. I'm not sure if or when I will resume Cymbalta and Lamictal. I have several months of those meds waiting for me in Michigan. Unfortunately, "start-up costs" since the move have made those medications cost prohibitive. And, the meds for bedtime are not available here so I do without or take an alternative.

Yes. I have been busy these last couple of days. Rent - paid. Med resupply - completed. Propane fill-up - paid/completed. Bi-monthly electric bill - paid. Telephone - the money is in an envelope in Mom's "red box". November's wages for the maid - the money is in an envelope in Mom's "red box".

(Just like Mom -- I have envelopes with cash in the same red metal box that she used.)

I had an appointment with an immigration attorney today. I was able to present her with nearly all of the paperwork, including passport photos, that is needed to apply for an FM-3. My Michigan brother is sending us the last papers required. My tourist visa (FM-T) is expiring next month and it is time to obtain the "license" to live in Mexico.

I will be a LEGAL immigrant. Got that, Lou!

Life continues.

More on the Values Voters' Conference

"too many mosques in America"

"We want sodomites quarantined"

"gender identity confusion"

"abortion is the number one killer of black women between 25 and 34"

Please watch the short report by Max Blumenthal -- Theocracy Now!


...for Aunt Linda, Aunt Janet, Susie, Marcia, Ginger, Mother Mable, Kitty, Erin, LaDonn, Andrea, Sherlyn, Cortny, and You:

(H/T to Firedoglake)

Monday, October 29, 2007

An Opiate of the Masses

Religion is dividing our country. The Republican Party has used its resources to promote intolerance based upon fundamental religious dogma. The so-called values voters make a mockery of a political system based upon broad representation and compromise. The political process can not be effective when one side takes a "winner takes all" view of politics.

Personally, I have a growing HATRED for folks that claim to be Christians and act otherwise. Not only do these pretenders sully the name and message of Jesus, they often drive folks away from Christ. I was taught that anything that does not INVITE you to Christ is not of God.

Anti-Gay rhetoric is among the most foulest of crap spewed by Christianists. The recent remarks made by a Barack Obama supporter illustrate the not so subtle anti-gay message that is too often promoted. The Rev. Donnie McClurkin's assertion, "God delivered me from homosexuality" is self-delusional.

I don't doubt his sincerity. I do doubt his conclusions about whatever "revelation" he believes to have received. In time, we may see him repent.

Unfortunately, Barack Obama has not handled this little controversy well. But, what the heck. Our friends and family often embarrass us with outbursts of idiocies. In time, Obama will find the right voice on this issue and may be more careful with whom he offers and accepts support.

Unfortunately, I also feel unconstrained to speak out about what seems like a flaw in the thinking of some African American political activists. Much to my chagrin I have met too many African American's that don't connect their anti-gay religious views and actions with the LGBT struggle for basic human rights.

I once attended a Michigan Education Association Unity Conference. The Unity Conference grew from the separate women's and African Americans' gatherings. The first year of my attendance, I made it my mission to point out the lack of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues presented (none). The incredulous looks on some faces made me both sad and frustrated. Nevertheless, I pushed and pushed...

I still remain saddened by the fact that many so-called MEA leaders just don't get it.

So many bigots and so little time.......

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Trick or Treat

Halloween evokes memories and numerous responses from many folks. Some hate the children's holiday. Many enjoy the permissive attitudes that come with the one legal day to play dress up. In some parts of the "gay community" Halloween is the biggest gayest day of the year.

I'm not sure if I really like to play dress up and wear costumes. I don't do drag (dress in women's clothing). And, I always have the hardest time deciding on a costume to wear for school or if I ever do go to a Halloween party.

Halloween is for the kids. It was easy choosing a costume when I was young. We didn't have the latest and greatest outfits. We had a skeleton suit and mask, a magician's top hat and cape, a Japanese geisha costume and a few other odds and ends to wear. I'm not sure when we outgrew those hand-me-downs and started buying or creating our own Halloween wardrobes.

I never really enjoyed passing out candy, either. In our 18 years of living in Port Huron together, Memo and I stayed home to pass out candy for less than half of the annual beggars' days. When our nephews and nieces were young we made sure we had treats for them and stayed home to pass out candy. We eventually discovered the fun of going out to a less crowded movie and/or enjoying dinner with numerous adult beverages.

Yes. Having been a teacher probably influenced my ambivalence towards Halloween. The school "celebrations" were stressful. I applaud the wise folks that arranged for morning Halloween Parades, brief parties, and the afternoon teachers' meetings/training. A half day with crazy kids followed by a lame conference was pure genius.

I also liked the grade level agreements that some teachers had which allowed us not to have to dress up. One year, all of the 2nd grade teachers in my building decided to get together and decorate sweatshirts. They became our official teacher costumes for several years. No troublesome worries about putting together costumes....

We won't be passing out candy or dressing up this year. The children in Axixic will be celebrating Death in the early days of November. The Day of the Dead festivities will certainly be interesting. What a treat!!!

Happy Halloween, Miss Hepburn, and all you costumed revelers!

From the For What It's Worth Department

Values voters shit in stalls designed for men with wide stances and they play footsy and grabass with the truth.....

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Saturday Songs

Kanye West - Stronger

Write Your Own Caption

"George has only this much to offer."

Write Your Own Caption - h/t Crooks and Liars

Just to the Right of Dennis Kucinich

My brother in Michigan forwarded this "Select a Candidate 2008" survey. I really wasn't surprised about the Democratic candidate results. I scored a "50" with both Chris Dodd and Dennis Kucinich. The rest of the front runners matched my views with a score of "47".

I disagreed with Messrs. Kucinich and Dodd over the issues of Iraq, Immigration, and the Line-Item Veto. I have the a conservative view on Immigration (see the survey), support the Line-Item Veto, and have the sober belief that Iraq must become 3 entities and we need to get out in an orderly fashion.

Of the Republican Party candidates only Romney and Giuliani have a score in the 20's. Romney 28 and Giuliani 26. The three of us agree on very little of any importance in a presidential election.

Indeed, what is really important? I am not one of the nitwit single issues or values voters. Anyway, try the survey. Enjoy.

What We Should Be Again

Step Away From the Edge

We've been watching Lou Dobbs lately and Memo is fond of screaming at the TV, "Step away from the edge, Lou!" Believe it or not, Lou Dobbs is sounding a little shrill lately. Since returning from his tonsil surgery, Lou has been less than reluctant to share how f*#ked up the Bush Administration, the Democratic Party, the Republicans, and most politicians are today.

Keep it up, Mr. Dobbs.

He is right. New York should not give driver's licenses to criminals -- illegal aliens. The toy companies have failed us. The "middle class" is being hosed by everybody. George Bush is a miserable failure. And, we all should "register to vote" as Independents to send a message to the fat, old, white men that run the political parties --- STOP!

Lou has also challenged the former President of Mexico, Vincente Fox, to debate illegal immigration, border security, and other related issues. We will see, if and when they meet in San Cristobal, in the State of Chiapas, whether or not Lou Dobbs and President Fox can defend their views coherently. Who knows, perhaps, Lou's crack team of reporters will uncover the truth about the REVERSE flow of economic refugees.

I've come to Mexico to escape the high cost of living in Michigan and make a meager pension stretch for two..... among other reasons.

Aren't we all looking for a better life?

Don't Tell Me That It Is Raining

Larry Craig is a LIAR

Monday, October 22, 2007

practically everything leaves me totally cold

My story is much too sad to be told ....


After more than 5 months of living here in central Mexico -- what have I got to say? I have tried some new things and been "bored terrifically, too". I have some challenges. I have a great future, too....

I don't know where to begin since I have not shared much lately. There is a lot of Corona in my life, but it isn't the beer (cervesa). A mixture of fresh squeezed lime juice, sugar, and ice water is my beverage of choice.We buy Corona sausage and Corona smoked bacon...

We are starting to shop and cook like Europeans. We buy our meal ingredients nearly daily. The grocery store is just around the corner. So, too, is a tripleplex movie theater, the Del Lago bakery, two restaurants, a drugstore, and more.... The telephone company and a gas company are just across the main road from the Mall. Location, location, location!!!!

We have had a cold snap. It has been in the 50's at night and low 70's in the day. Lot's of folks are wearing sweatshirts and jackets. We even burned two Duraflame logs in the fireplace last night.

More later...

Under the Banana Trees IV

We have all three banana trees blooming and creating fruit. Kewl.

Under the Banana Trees III

We ain't got no bananas......


Monday, October 1, 2007

Ban Mondays

This advert will never make it to the US market....

SNL -- Iran So Far

We saw this on Saturday night and almost wet ourselves ...