June 29, 2008

June 29, 2008


Thanks for visiting again. It is gay pride parade day in several major cities today. Regardless of your sexual orientation, I wish you a day full of pride and happiness.

As a gay man, GLBT pride has been a source of pride and celebration for my community since the Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969. Most people from my communities have been told for years that they are abominations and they are going to hell for their sexual orientation. It is the one time of year that the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities come together to experience pride in our communities with parades, celebrations and block celebrations. Several cities now have week long event schedules. Our pride celebration in Jacksonville isn't until July since we have several larger pride celebrations in our state. Since the date has been moved from this weekend, I wish they would have made it earlier in the year like Tampa who does their pride in May when it is cooler. So whenever pride is celebrated in your area, I hope you take time to feel pride about yourself and your accomplishments in life.

Next I would like to share a story from Australia that blew me away. It's amazing the things people can come up with doing. A man who put his life up for auction on eBay found it wasn't worth quite as much as he thought when he settled for around A$100,000 ($96,000) less than his target price. Ian Usher, 44, held the seven day auction of all his belongings, including his three bedroom home in the west Australian city of Perth and a trial for his job at a rug store, after the break up of his five year marriage. Bids had reached as high as $2 million, only for Usher to discover there had been a glitch on eBay's system which allowed the participation of non-registered bidders who had put in bogus offers. In the end, the winning bidder agreed to pay $380,286 for all of Usher's worldly goods, which also include his friends, a motorcycle and a jetski. According to the eBay website, the mystery buyer, whose user name is mslmcc, is in Australia and has a 100 percent feedback score. Usher, who gave regular updates on the auction on his Web site www.alife4sale.com, now plans to travel in search of a new life. He's not the first person to put his life on the block. American John Freyer started All My Life For Sale (www.allmylifeforsale.com) in 2001 and sold everything he owned on eBay, later visiting the people who bought his things. See told you people can think up bizarre and strange things. Guess I am just jealous because I would be lucky to get $10,000 for my auction. LOL.

It was another normal day here with storms showing up later in the afternoon. It made for a great day for napping which I did from 3pm - 7pm. The one difference is we did not have hail today with the storm like the past several days. But we did have the rain, thunder and lightning. At least we don't have to worry about watering the foliage in the courtyard with all these daily showers which saves a ton of water. The only bad part of the storms is the winds slam the gate to the courtyard. Now I don't worry about the gate since it is very old and really needs to be replaced. (just one of the many things on the repair or replace list for the house) But Gary's dog, Sugar, has been missing him like crazy and freaks every time she hears a sound outside. So she must be hoping it's him and then has the disappointment on her mug when she realizes he is still not home yet.

Speaking of Gary, I spoke with him a couple of times today since he is still in South Carolina visiting his mother who is in the hospital. He seemed kind of depressed today so I tried to lift his spirits while we were speaking. He has a long family history that was not the best so parts of that are hitting home while he is there visiting. Suffice it to say some people can never live up to even reasonable expectations so we have to either accept them for what and who they are or else eliminate them from our lives. I think Gary has finally reached a place in life where he not only know that fact but has finally started accepting it. But there is still always that child inside of each of us who wants to be loved unconditionally especially by our own families. That is something Gary never had the luxury of even as a kid.

The rest of the day was pretty low key and boring. I am spending a lot of time with the pets while Gary is gone so that eats up a ton of time. I also have been resting a ton since I am still recovering from my recent illness. But I do hope you had a safe and great weekend while remembering to reach for the stars.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab