work this week has been uneventful, and my little mind obsessed with the election. but today something happened worth blogging!
my band had a gig out at UMD. i forgot to bring my ipod so i was listening to the radio news on the NPR station - 90.9 or something - and they were talking about a big public city meeting that was going on today about the baseball stadium they're building. a soundbite was played of a guy speaking at the meeting - i wish i remembered his name, or the exact transcript of what he said, but i'll paraphrase:
['stereotypical' gay male voice]: let me tell you, there are a couple of gay bars right around there at [somewhere] and O, and if they close down, it'll be - it'll be like having a cat and moving the catbox. we'll be coming into your neighborhoods...
i was absolutely gobsmacked. what decade is this?? and did you just compare gay people to CATSHIT? talk about internalized homophobia!
thank you, sir, whoever you are, for going out and representing 'the gay community' in a city meeting and perpetuating the notion that we're some kind of diseased riffraff that drift into neighborhoods and homo up the place, unless we have our seedy little bars to go to where we hook up with several strangers a night. and, you know, using catshit to represent us in an analogy. gay people everywhere thank you.
other than that, the gig was good. it was the caribbean student association's 30th anniversary. they fed us... i like it when they feed us! kingfish, even - i haven't had kingfish since i left florida. actually, i don't think i'd ever had a kingfish before that someone in my family didn't catch.
heading to new jersey next week - i'm more than a little disappointed i won't be in town for the election. if kerry wins, i would totally be out partying on the mall or dancing in front of the white house - and i bet a lot of other people would be, too. i would probably give in to immaturity just a bit and stick my tongue out towards bush's soon-to-be-ex-abode.
but i won't be here. i'll have to get my act together and vote either tomorrow during lunch or saturday - that involves finding out where the early voting is.
i never got my voter's registration card, but they sent me a sample ballot with my name and everything on it, so i must be registered. i'm bringing 8 forms of identification.
i'm almost ready for my first mcse exam... i'll take it tomorrow if they'll let me take it the same day as i registered.