May 28, 2008

May 28, 2008
Welcome back! It's Wednesday so we've made it to the middle of the week. I don't know about you; but I am still recovering from Memorial Day weekend!

Gary was doing his usual snoring and tossing around while sleeping so I ended up going to the living room around 3:30am and watching some lousy late night television. Once Gary wakes me up with his snoring I have found it's easier just to get out of bed until I'm exhausted or I will not be able to fall back to sleep. So I worked on this website some to teak things while I was up and the changes took about two hours. I updated the graphics and music on a few sections to improve the look of the pages and make them look cleaner. I ended up going back to sleep at 6am when Gary finally woke up to get his day started. It felt so good to get back into bed alone with just peace and quiet.

When I finally woke up around 12:30, the weather outside was beautiful. The skies were partly cloudy with tons of sunshine and a slight breeze. Unfortunately, I can still feel the slight sting of the sunburn from last weekend so I need to stay out of the sun for two or three more days. So after waking up, I made my usually morning protein shake to get my day started off right. Then I needed to work on the pictures I took during the Blue Crab Festival in Palatka so I can get the DVD ready for Divided We Fail. I just want them to look great before I forward them to Camela. She already has her hands full with her work requirements and I figured the least I could do is have the pictures ready to load. So the processing of the rest of the pictures took about three hours but they turned out great if I do say so myself. I spent most of the rest of the afternoon working with my new camera and getting used to all the settings. This model is much more complex including multi-layer menus to learn so I can optimize the potentials of the camera. Since I have a light week for the rest of this week, I will be spending several hours covering what I can to get the different setting possibilities in mind. I am really looking forward to the different creative possibilities.

I ended up taking another nap after finishing working with the camera and was slightly startled when Gary woke me up upon getting home from his job. I barely remember telling him I would be up in a minute and ended up sleeping another hour and a half. When I finally did get up, Gary was watching the Colbert report. Tonight the show featured an interview with Tony Perkins who is the author of Personal Faith Public Policy. I believe that after hearing Tony Perkins on the Colbert Report, that he has no idea of what he is talking about in relation to the issues except from an extremist view point. Jackson and Perkins write that the religious Right has experienced significant growth in recent years, becoming more diverse in a number of important ways, from race to age to political affiliation; however, they conclude that unifying these coalitions has been and will continue to be a challenge to the religious Right. In an effort to unite these diverse coalitions, Jackson and Perkins advocate building upon the pro-life, pro-family issues that have been the mainstay of the religious Right. They intend to expand the religious Right's influence into immigration policy, poverty and social justice, racial reconciliation, and global warming.

Now I personally think people should have the freedom to believe what they want. After all, that is one of the things America is built on the right to one's beliefs. But when a group starts wanting to limit the rights of any other citizens is when they cross the line with me. They have no right to tell me whether or not I should have the right to marry as an American citizen. If I love someone and want to get married then at least I should have to right to get married. Don't get me wrong. I don't think gays and lesbians should jump into marriage lightly. Marriage or civil unions are just as hard if not harder than they are for our heterosexual counterparts. However since more than 50 percent of all heterosexual marriages ended up in divorce, I don't think my community could make any more of a farce of the institution of marriage than heterosexuals already have. Just wanted to share my thoughts. It is a personal decision for each of us to make in our lives and I don't think anyone should be able to tell any of us that we don't have the right to do something as long as it doesn't directly hurt others.

I also watched some old episodes of Will and Grace this evening. I miss having that show on the air. The writing and characters were so dynamic and funny. Will and Grace was probably the closest thing I have seen to what my life would be at this stage in my life if Hollywood was trying to do a production piece. Since Will and Grace first came on television while I was still living in Los Angeles, it also started me thinking about my friends from there. A couple of them are still alive but several have passed in the decade since I left there. I still miss it at times but not as much as I do San Francisco. My heart will probably always be there because of my love with Brad.

Anyway, enough of my walk down memory lane. I hope you have made it to the middle of the week and are also doing great! Thanks for joining me again! Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab