Thursday, November 27, 2008

a day of actual "giving"

today i will be volunteering at tenderloin tessie's. here's a brief description of their work:

"For over 30 years, Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners, an all-volunteer organization, has fed the community of San Francisco on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We work hard to prepare a hot dinner in a welcoming environment. We serve the elderly, disabled, low income, homeless families with children and those that do not have a family or a place to go.

Our dinners average a thousand people each holiday and take place at the First Unitarian Church at the corner of Franklin and Geary Streets. Everyone is welcome!"

they let me come even though they've had enough volunteers a month ago. apparently i left a heartfelt voicemail and i pulled on the administrative assistant's heartstrings. hehe mission accomplished.

time for tea and tofurkey and tea. here's another opportunity to listen to the greatest anti-war song that my family listened to on our way to our grandmother's house each year.

love and loyalty

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

a craigslist posting

this is my last attempt to find a place to volunteer for thursday:

"I moved to San Francisco in August and this will be my first Thanksgiving without a family to visit. Therefore, I'd like to volunteer for any organization that needs a helping hand on Thursday.

If there are any soup kitchens, shelters, etc. that need someone, I am more than happy to assist.

I'm a normal, 23 year old grad student so I'm not really going to be a difficult co-worker.

Thanks for reading and hopefully I will be in contact with you shortly."

i seriously hope this works

love and loyalty

Monday, November 24, 2008

a week of brain exercises

you have to forgive me this week, my brain has been stretched and pulled in a few different directions.

perhaps some details would assist...

the final paper for my intro to graduate studies class was due and so my head was glued to the articles and final paper, fact checking and synthesizing.

i needed to relieve my brain with some alternative treatments.

first up was a visit to the exploratorium, where a friend let me in for free (it helps to know videographers)

it's all about playing with the senses and discovering how insanely complex an organism really is.

as you can see, the place is huge. exhibits were everywhere, so my brain was pretty exhausted by the end.

kids! spinning panels! adventure!

ok this is the tactile dome. you voluntarily walk into a room that has zero light and have to climb through a twisting maze by feeling your way around. it was the most confusing twenty minutes i've had in a long time.

this is my tornado. i made it. i am god-like.

ok so let's play with perception! this is marilyn monroe. isn't she pretty? great. let's come back to this one.

this was where you can change colors and play with pigmentation. i was there for a good twenty minutes. do YOU know how to make mustard yellow?

that teacup wasn't actually there. i was really confused at first by this exhibit until i turned the corner and i was exposed to how the lighting made it appear that there was a solid substance in front of me. i put my finger inside to show you all how you too would've been tricked. it looked freaky so i took a picture.

this exhibit followed my eyes throughout different images and told me that im mostly interested in looking at blue colored things and am quick to respond to busy pictures. i probably didn't need an exhibit to tell me that, but it looked weird so i took a picture.

this chicken embryo is three days old. we weren't sure what was done with the embryos after the exhibit, because they were know... alive and junk. the videographer told me they are exposed of. eek.

pretty painting, yes? well once again, you've been lied to. it's actually bacteria in it's purest forms. still pretty.

haha and this was actually albert einstein. gross. made-ya look.

then i went to class and was face to face with joe tuman. i've followed his tv appearances and books for a while now so i basically turned into a little fan-boy. embarrassing.

once class had ended, i wound up exploring a flower shop/ illegal aquarium. the bed giver selected a fish to add to her growing family and the videographer and i perused the many fish obviously captured from the wild and sold for hundreds of dollars. i swear, there were fish worth more than i could ever amount to. in all honesty, who would actually pay six hundred dollars for an angry fish that attacks you whenever you walk by?

this fish. this monster fish that gets super pink and volatile the closer you get to it

i felt like i needed to get back in touch with the planet, so i bought a loaf of bread, brought some wine and the economist to delores park on thursday to catch up on the auto industry. maybe it's better that i stay in my little grad school cloud for a while... or move to brazil. it'd also be a good idea to get involved in advertising, seeing as how the industry had an 11% increase in productivity this quarter. here's my problem with that.... i can't stand advertising. i got pissed off the other day after making my first visit to the stonestown mall and finding an advertisement inside my table at the food court. i was just trying to eat my vegetable panini. i didn't need to see soda advertisements under my sandwich. i wouldn't mind a little regulation from the government on the amount of advertisements we're all exposed to.... right.

music! on friday, i saw one of my favorite musicians from my generation, Pablo Díaz-Reixa aka El Guincho. i've played his albums for a long time and suddenly i found his album in an american store and touring the country. pure joy. i was dancing like an absolute madman. i couldn't find anyone who knew or cared to see him, so i ventured on my own which gave me full opportunity to dance as if i was listening to him in my bedroom, which is exactly what i did. then a friend of mine who went in by chance saw me. whoops. i regret nothing.

his music is already over a year old, and i guess since it's only now available to the american public, he has to play his old jams. what was fun for his fans that have known him for a while was the amount of growth you can already see in his work as he had reformatted all of his songs. it was absolute perfection. i was so happy.

here is his first rendition of one of my favorite songs. enjoy!

saturday was when my head basically exploded. i went to the sf moma with robert to view derek jarmon's "caravaggio"

"Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian baroque artist known as much for his glowing realistic paintings as his rebellious and dangerous ways. This film is a fictionalized exploration of the Caravaggio legend, which centers around drunkenness, prostitutes, painting and a love triangle with Lena (Tilda Swinton) and Ranuccio (Sean Bean)."

i was silent for a while afterward. his work has a serious effect on me. i need more.

at dinnertime, my friend came over and showed me and a few other guests how long it takes to prepare scallops. the answer: a long time. he made us all amazing dinners, and we then took our full bellies to a night out in celebration of my roommate's birthday. that's right, i had a dinner party with friends and then brought back some other friends for an all night party that didn't stop until six in the morning, when my brain officially quit on me.

i slept and cleaned all day sunday. totally worth it. what a week.

love and loyalty

Thursday, November 20, 2008


and let's not forget this lovely gem:

1. i don't smoke marijuana.
2. i have lived in the heart of the city for three months and i have not once been force fed pot by these so-called "aggressive" homeless people.
3. a large majority of the people i have met here don't smoke pot and those that do are more active in their than a lot of the angst-ridden people i have met back east.
4. i don't give hookers business. we voted against proposition k as a city, by the way.
5. i have never seen a hypodermic needle while walking around.
6. the parks are beautiful in san francisco and are regulated by police at night. i have never been nervous about walking in a park at night. it's really quite pretty. as is the rest of the city. it is by far one of the cleanest cities i have come across in this country. in comparison to new york, this place is pretty damn spotless.
7. fisherman's wharf is one of the safest and cleanest places for tourists and the city's citizens, so i don't know where that idea came from.
8. i see that guy in the pink bandanna and sunglasses at my grocery store all the time and he may dress differently but he is quite friendly. he dances a lot down the isles. he doesn't really hurt anyone. the majority of the eccentrics in this city wouldn't harm a fly because this city is tolerant to those who think outside of the box. they aren't harming anyone because there is a feeling of unity here. try and find a neighborhood in new york city where people are as open to help out tourists or welcome newcomers.
9. the police have more important things to worry about then a bunch of harmless kids smoking pot or a family enjoying some wine and beer at a picnic in the park. it creates a welcoming environment where people don't live in fear.
10. i haven't heard anyone want to secede from the union. that's retarded. shut up, bill.

Monday, November 17, 2008

a moment of weakness

it's been over three months since i've been in san francisco and just as long without seeing my family. i'm currently looking at some old photos and i'm getting pretty nostalgic/emotional. this is the longest that i have been without seeing my family/friends/...everybody.

last night i stood at the highest point in san francisco, twin peaks, after a night of driving around in a "party bus" with my wonderful new friends.

you see that wide, well lit street? that's market. i live on it.

regardless of my incredible location, wide array of fantastic new friendships and ample time to forward my education, i still miss everyone back home.

just wait until you all come here to visit. i cant wait to show you what this city has to offer.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

a brief note

i walked some friends visiting the city to a streetcar stop so they could ride a trolly home. out of nowhere, i spot another crowd of protesters marching down market street. instead of saying goodbye to them and walking home, i waved farewell and joined the march. san francisco.

love and loyalty

a little literature for your consideration

from the new york times:

Mormons Tipped Scale in Ban on Gay Marriage

Published: November 14, 2008

SACRAMENTO — Less than two weeks before Election Day, the chief strategist behind a ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage in California called an emergency meeting here.

“We’re going to lose this campaign if we don’t get more money,” the strategist, Frank Schubert, recalled telling leaders of Protect Marriage, the main group behind the ban.

The campaign issued an urgent appeal, and in a matter of days, it raised more than $5 million, including a $1 million donation from Alan C. Ashton, the grandson of a former president of the Mormon Church. The money allowed the drive to intensify a sharp-elbowed advertising campaign, and support for the measure was catapulted ahead; it ultimately won with 52 percent of the vote.

As proponents of same-sex marriage across the country planned protests on Saturday against the ban, interviews with the main forces behind the ballot measure showed how close its backers believe it came to defeat — and the extraordinary role Mormons played in helping to pass it with money, institutional support and dedicated volunteers.

“We’ve spoken out on other issues, we’ve spoken out on abortion, we’ve spoken out on those other kinds of things,” said Michael R. Otterson, the managing director of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormons are formally called, in Salt Lake City. “But we don’t get involved to the degree we did on this.”

The California measure, Proposition 8, was to many Mormons a kind of firewall to be held at all costs.

“California is a huge state, often seen as a bellwether — this was seen as a very, very important test,” Mr. Otterson said.

First approached by the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco a few weeks after the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in May, the Mormons were the last major religious group to join the campaign, and the final spice in an unusual stew that included Catholics, evangelical Christians, conservative black and Latino pastors, and myriad smaller ethnic groups with strong religious ties.

Shortly after receiving the invitation from the San Francisco Archdiocese, the Mormon leadership in Salt Lake City issued a four-paragraph decree to be read to congregations, saying “the formation of families is central to the Creator’s plan,” and urging members to become involved with the cause.

“And they sure did,” Mr. Schubert said.

Jeff Flint, another strategist with Protect Marriage, estimated that Mormons made up 80 percent to 90 percent of the early volunteers who walked door-to-door in election precincts.

The canvass work could be exacting and highly detailed. Many Mormon wards in California, not unlike Roman Catholic parishes, were assigned two ZIP codes to cover. Volunteers in one ward, according to training documents written by a Protect Marriage volunteer, obtained by people opposed to Proposition 8 and shown to The New York Times, had tasks ranging from “walkers,” assigned to knock on doors; to “sellers,” who would work with undecided voters later on; and to “closers,” who would get people to the polls on Election Day.

Suggested talking points were equally precise. If initial contact indicated a prospective voter believed God created marriage, the church volunteers were instructed to emphasize that Proposition 8 would restore the definition of marriage God intended.

But if a voter indicated human beings created marriage, Script B would roll instead, emphasizing that Proposition 8 was about marriage, not about attacking gay people, and about restoring into law an earlier ban struck down by the State Supreme Court in May.

“It is not our goal in this campaign to attack the homosexual lifestyle or to convince gays and lesbians that their behavior is wrong — the less we refer to homosexuality, the better,” one of the ward training documents said. “We are pro-marriage, not anti-gay.”

Leaders were also acutely conscious of not crossing the line from being a church-based volunteer effort to an actual political organization.

“No work will take place at the church, including no meeting there to hand out precinct walking assignments so as to not even give the appearance of politicking at the church,” one of the documents said.

By mid-October, most independent polls showed support for the proposition was growing, but it was still trailing. Opponents had brought on new media consultants in the face of the slipping poll numbers, but they were still effectively raising money, including $3.9 million at a star-studded fund-raiser held at the Beverly Hills home of Ron Burkle, the supermarket billionaire and longtime Democratic fund-raiser.

It was then that Mr. Schubert called his meeting in Sacramento. “I said, ‘As good as our stuff is, it can’t withstand that kind of funding,’ ” he recalled.

The response was a desperate e-mail message sent to 92,000 people who had registered at the group’s Web site declaring a “code blue” — an urgent plea for money to save traditional marriage from “cardiac arrest.” Mr. Schubert also sent an e-mail message to the three top religious members of his executive committee, representing Catholics, evangelicals and Mormons.

“I ask for your prayers that this e-mail will open the hearts and minds of the faithful to make a further sacrifice of their funds at this urgent moment so that God’s precious gift of marriage is preserved,” he wrote.

On Oct. 28, Mr. Ashton, the grandson of the former Mormon president David O. McKay, donated $1 million. Mr. Ashton, who made his fortune as co-founder of the WordPerfect Corporation, said he was following his personal beliefs and the direction of the church.

“I think it was just our realizing that we heard a number of stories about members of the church who had worked long hours and lobbied long and hard,” he said in a telephone interview from Orem, Utah.

In the end, Protect Marriage estimates, as much as half of the nearly $40 million raised on behalf of the measure was contributed by Mormons.

Even with the Mormons’ contributions and the strong support of other religious groups, Proposition 8 strategists said they had taken pains to distance themselves from what Mr. Flint called “more extreme elements” opposed to rights for gay men and lesbians.

To that end, the group that put the issue on the ballot rebuffed efforts by some groups to include a ban on domestic partnership rights, which are granted in California. Mr. Schubert cautioned his side not to stage protests and risk alienating voters when same-sex marriages began being performed in June.

“We could not have this as a battle between people of faith and the gays,” Mr. Schubert said. “That was a losing formula.”

But the “Yes” side also initially faced apathy from middle-of-the-road California voters who were largely unconcerned about same-sex marriage. The overall sense of the voters in the beginning of the campaign, Mr. Schubert said, was “Who cares? I’m not gay.”

To counter that, advertisements for the “Yes” campaign also used hypothetical consequences of same-sex marriage, painting the specter of churches’ losing tax exempt status or people “sued for personal beliefs” or objections to same-sex marriage, claims that were made with little explanation.

Another of the advertisements used video of an elementary school field trip to a teacher’s same-sex wedding in San Francisco to reinforce the idea that same-sex marriage would be taught to young children.

“We bet the campaign on education,” Mr. Schubert said.

The “Yes” campaign was denounced by opponents as dishonest and divisive, but the passage of Proposition 8 has led to second-guessing about the “No” campaign, too, as well as talk about a possible ballot measure to repeal the ban. Several legal challenges have been filed, and the question of the legality of the same-sex marriages performed from June to Election Day could also be settled in court.

For his part, Mr. Schubert said he is neither anti-gay — his sister is a lesbian — nor happy that some same-sex couples’ marriages are now in question. But, he said, he has no regrets about his campaign.

“They had a lot going for them,” Mr. Schubert said of his opponents. “And they couldn’t get it done.”

Mr. Otterson said it was too early to tell what the long-term implications might be for the church, but in any case, he added, none of that factored into the decision by church leaders to order a march into battle. “They felt there was only one way we could stand on such a fundamental moral issue, and they took that stand,” he said. “It was a matter of standing up for what the church believes is right.”

That said, the extent of the protests has taken many Mormons by surprise. On Friday, the church’s leadership took the unusual step of issuing a statement calling for “respect” and “civility” in the aftermath of the vote.

“Attacks on churches and intimidation of people of faith have no place in civil discourse over controversial issues,” the statement said. “People of faith have a democratic right to express their views in the public square without fear of reprisal.”

Mr. Ashton described the protests by same-sex marriage advocates as off-putting. “I think that shows colors,” Mr. Ashton said. “By their fruit, ye shall know them.”

love and loyalty

a piece of history

here's what i just witnessed.

i heard some cheering from outside my apartment and figured the historic national rally i just witnessed had moved to market street. i was right.

once again, the citizens of san francisco have shut down the main street of the city, angry over the loss of their rights and demotion to second class citizens.

out of nowhere, the march had ended and a group of protesters blocked the exit from the freeway. one by one, police had arrested the protesters. we had stopped traffic last week and had little police interruption. however, because our numbers were not strong at this particular moment, the leaders of the group were hauled into police vans.

i was told that if i didn't leave, i would also face police intervention aka shoved into a van. i didn't want to get arrested in running shorts, so i decided to go back to my apartment across the road.

what i love about san francisco is how unpredictable life can be here. such a small city somehow offers an endless amount of neighborhoods, museums, restaurants, culture... hell even weather. either side of the peninsula is at least a ten degree difference all the time.

right now there are helicopters flying overhead and cheers in the background. im currently watching television (crazy, right?) to see which news channels have covered the national rally for gay rights-

one network. one.

no, it wasn't fox news.

cnn headline news gave a report that showed one location of the eighty cities that hosted a rally. unfortunately, the report was under a minute long and was followed by a report of mormon churches blaming gay radical activists for receiving packages of mysterious white powder. seriously, where is the coverage? where is the recognition? why isn't the media paying more attention? how is it possible to ignore a historic, national rally on almost all major news networks?

here's my thing: if you want to be an activist: peaceful protests are what is needed. coming to a consensus between two disagreeing parties is necessary and any attack on either side isn't beneficial to anyone.

it's time for tea. i can't look at this television any longer.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

a little random

i need a haircut.

connecticut just legalized gay marriage.

i was up until four in the morning finishing a paper. i owe it all to instant coffee.

when our cats fight the neighbor cats, i root for the home team from my window. we always win.

i want more coffee.

this weekend we are getting up to 80 degrees.

i'm going to join up to 40 other people on a party bus that is taking us around to san francisco's best nightlife with some friends. i'm not quite sure what to expect yet.

i found a new cafe to study in. less crazies. more pretentious san franciscans.

i have listened to alice's restaurant everyday this month.


love and loyalty

Monday, November 10, 2008

a united protest

i was pretty sure that things were going to start moving forward. i was under the impression that we could all be treated as equals. im not trying to say that i was turning into some sort of spirited summer camp counselor or anything, but i was starting to feel like democracy was going to work for the better.

florida bans same sex marriage
arizona bans same sex marriage
arkansas bancs same sex couples from adopting children

and california, a trend-setter state, banned gay marriage with 52% of the vote.

on friday, san francisco citizens, civil rights activists and families of all kinds shut down the biggest street in the downtown area and marched in protest.

once we made it to delores park, myself and others stopped traffic some more by launching a sit in. it felt good.

im not even a particular viewer of his commentary, but have a look

our protest along with others throughout the state made all of the national news media (fox news was brief). now, on saturday, is the big one.

Below is a list of the cities that will be participating in this national protest. it's the biggest. it's the loudest. it's history in the making.


Alabama - Birmingham | Mobile | Dothan
Alaska - Sullivan Arena | Fairbanks City Hall
Arizona - Phoenix
Arkansas - Little Rock
California - San Diego | Los Angeles | Bakersfield | Sacramento | San Francisco | San Jose | Moreno Valley
Colorado - Denver
Connecticut - Hartford
Delaware - Dover
Washington D.C.
Florida - Jacksonville | Miami | Orlando
Georgia - Atlanta
Hawaii - Honolulu
Idaho - Boise
Illinois - Chicago
Indiana - Indianapolis
Iowa - Des Moines | Iowa City
Kansas - Kansas City | Wichita
Kentucky - Louisville | Lexington
Louisiana - New Orleans
Maine - Portland
Maryland - Baltimore
Massachusetts - Boston | Northampton
Michigan - Detroit
Minnesota - Minneapolis/St. Paul
Mississippi - Jackson
Missouri - Kansas City | St. Louis
Montana - Billings | Missoula
Nebraska - Omaha
Nevada - Las Vegas | Reno
New Hampshire - Manchester
New Jersey - Newark
New Mexico - Albuquerque
New York - Syracuse | Albany | New York City
North Carolina - Charlotte | Raleigh
North Dakota - Grand Forks
Ohio - Cleveland | Columbus | Cincinnati
Oklahoma - Oklahoma City
Oregon - Eugene | Portland
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia | Pittsburgh
Rhode Island - Providence
South Carolina - Charleston
South Dakota - Sioux Falls | Rapid City
Tennessee - Memphis | Nashville
Texas - Houston | Austin | Dallas
Utah - Salt Lake City
Vermont - Montpelier | Burlington
Virginia - Richmond
Washington - Spokane | Seattle
West Virginia - Charleston
Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Wyoming - Cody | Laramie

to all of my new jersey readers, city hall in newark is 920 Broad Street and is the place to go if you would like to take part in this historic protest against discrimination.

to all of my new york city readers, 260 Broadway between Chambers and Warren

to all of my san francisco readers, i will see you at city hall.

it would mean a lot to me and millions more.

love and loyalty

Friday, November 7, 2008

a way to consciously understand how "bittersweet" feels

i witnessed history, celebrated on the streets with hundreds of supporters, but had to learn that discrimination is still ripe and fruitful.

upon learning of obama's victory, i left for market street and awoke my family back east. people at every street corner were banging pots and pans, dancing, hanging up signs on their balconies, hugging and crying.

when i made it to castro street, people were congratulating one another and drinking in the street. the police then fenced off both ends of the popular street and the people came pouring in. i stood in line at a bodega for a cheap bottle of wine when the television announced obama's speech was about to begin. i left the line because it was too long, too loud and i was desperate to hear obama's speech. i walked over to a small crowd of eight or nine people to discover a girl on a mailbox with a stereo on her lap. there, amongst a crowd of people reveling in victory, i heard barack obama's acceptance speech.

afterwards, the stage was set up, the djs fixed their equipment, and the celebration began. people were dancing, drinking and waving their flags and signs in victory

i met up with my friends and took the party to a nightclub where i drank obama pops and danced to american themed music until i made it home later that morning.

when i woke up the next morning, i couldn't help but post my frustrations on yes on 8's victory.

"Don't be bitter. The people have spoken. In case you didn't know we live in a democracy. That means majority rules. Marriage was NEVER intended to be between two people of the same sex...cuz, well... it doesn't make sense. It is unnatural. Make up your own type of union between same sex partners, just don't try to twist the institution of marriage to try and add a sense of normalcy to your unnatural lifestyle... Another thing, you think divorce harms children more than gays flaunting their lifestyle in public and raising children? Give me a break, you sick and twisted freak! A child whose parents are divorcing is going to have a tuff time making sense of the situation. A child attempting to understand which one of their parents are their mommy and daddy when both of them are men is hopelessly insane. Talk about emotional baggage. Use some common sense here you fool. It amazes me how people on your side of the argument try and twist the beliefs of your average American and attempt to make them look like the pervert that you are. While homosexuality is a lifestyle that should not be persecuted, it should not be promoted or legitimized in anyway. Gays should not be allowed to marry or raise children, period. The people have spoken so get over it!!!"

- an anonymous response to my shared protest on banning same-sex marriage and adoption

the mood has been pretty much the same throughout san francisco. one woman two nights ago noticed i was looking sad and asked me what was wrong.

"i feel like a second class citizen, a percentage of the American population just got a punch in the stomach reminding them that we've got a long way before we have equal rights."

her response was priceless:

"REALLY? don't you think you're taking this too far? i mean, there's always canada."

today i'll be marching from the civic center to delores park in protest of the recent support of proposition 8. los angeles' protest entailed arrests and altercations. hopefully, my temper will relax today and i wont do anything irrational. although judging by the recent discrimination and bigotry, irrationality is the new tolerance.

i'll keep you updated, or call you if i need someone to post bail.

love and loyalty - and equality

Monday, November 3, 2008

a weekend in the city

i highly recommend a halloween in san francisco. it's a very different experience from the new york city, 6th avenue parade. it's a little less tourism and a lot more creative costuming. i was pleasantly surprised by a lot of the costumes i encountered at my friends' house party. i saw a couple of broke investment bankers, a suri cruise, a flock of escaped boy scouts from their evil scoutmaster and some very naughty flight attendants. the costume show-off came to a climax once lucas and i walked into the joint.

there's nothing like a dead nazi and a "real american" walking down the street carrying a flag with "drill baby drill" and "im a real american" written on it. there were some pictures taken by some onlookers. i was quite pleased. i'd like to thank san francisco for not burning me at the cross for being politically adorable and not getting all pissed off. many thanks.

the real highlight (or lowlight, depending on how you look at it) was when jonny and jimmy brought me to the lookout to see how halloween lovers truly partied. i was surrounded by the most impressive costumes ive seen in years. my moment of glory came when i was not only stopped by a few sarah palins, but when barack obama himself came to honor me with a photograph. i was too shy and nervous so i bowed in his presence... the nazi, however, didn't seem to mind.

unfortunately, a man in bridal wear offered me some "homegrown" entertainment from a crack pipe so i fell out of the halloween spirit and went home.

on saturday, lucas and i woke up to discover that the raining season had officially begun, summer had ended and we had successfully avoided any hangovers. with last evening still on our brains, we walked to the castro to develop lucas' disposable camera. while walking down the street, we found ourselves walking into paparazzi and video cameras without warning. thoroughly freaked out, lucas pointed out the one and only mayor of san francisco, gavin newsom, campaigning for no on prop 8. what a guy.

after we dropped off the photos for development, we started to make our way for some necessary brunching. the casual walk came to a climax when i curiously glanced into a wine shop, and who was at the register finishing a transaction? mr. gavin newsom. it gets better. he turned, looked at me and smiled. get a look at this powerful figure and understand why i was weak in the knees for a bit.

so much power. one day, michael. one day.

disregard his wife. i think that's what the majority of san francisco likes to do when thinking about gavin newsom. what a political heartthrob.

after an intense brunch session, lucas again started singing songs from his beloved disney films. i had had enough. below, i offer you the documentary i used in my freshman year undergraduate presentation on the disney corporation as a major media influence in our country:

ever since i looked into the disney corporation and its potential effects it had on my youth, i've been able to justify a lot of concerns i've had about raising children under the mouse ears. don't get me wrong, i was raised with the films myself and i was just as excited as any other kid to see goofy in person at disneyworld back in the second grade. however, i didn't really fit into their ideal male image as a youth and didn't see it in my future, so i had always longed for the more emotionally developed, sincere male figure. i was detached, confused and later frustrated as more and more films came out with the same messages. perhaps that is why i never played by their rules with their products and created my own little play world. there was one character that i first read about in a book my parents gave me by tim burton that later turned into "the nightmare before christmas." disney finally did something right. jack skellington was their anti-hero, offering a different kind of male protagonist. he was the one character i was drawn to. of course, it wasn't their character in the first place. it makes a lot of sense now.

i'd be more than happy to talk it out with anybody interested.

i had officially ruined lucas' childhood and sent him on his way when out of the blue, an old friend from my freshman year at montclair let me know that she was visiting san francisco. i put on my finest pair of suspenders and showed her a good night.

somehow i managed to wake up with enough time to go back to the san francisco academy of sciences for another round of:


penguin habitat,


indoor living rain forest,

planetarium and tourists with melissa, the bed giver.

today, i went to city hall to vote early so i can focus on volunteering for no on 8 tomorrow.

i wasn't the only one thinking about getting it done a little early. i had to wait two and half hours. on the plus side, it was a great walking tour of city hall.

if you know me, you know how i voted on two major issues, but just because i am so proud of those particular votes, i offer them to the internet for the world to see.

as a californian, i also voted on around 30 other issues, but these two were pretty exciting.

tomorrow, ill be on castro street to watch as california counts the results for prop 8. it should be pretty exciting. as always, ill be sure to document it.

ill keep you all posted!

by the way... for all of you keeping track - ill be back in new jersey from december 15 through january 14. better start making your reservations now, dear east coast friends.

love and loyalty

vote tomorrow!