Random Stuff from My Life

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Least Comic Standing

I hate Last Comic Standing. I mean, I love the concept. We even went to a taping once when we lived in the City. But last year and this year, I swear they have intentionally picked the least-funny contestants to advance. I obviously do not share the same comedic tastes as the "judges." There was this Israeli prop comic--Lioz Shem Tov--on this year that was absolutely HILARIOUS. Belly laughs on the couch. Instead, they advanced some idiot who barely made me break a smile.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Another video

And it has Moby playing in the background, too.

We have been shopping for rings today. I'm starting to get a little excited about the prospect of getting married again. We've decided to keep our current rings on, but exchange new rings. Now we just have to find something that will complement our current bands. And that is not outrageously expensive. We looked at a couple bands at the mall that were $199 each, but of course the ones we REALLY liked were $699. Overstock.com has something more in the $50 range...

Cat video

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Portland and marriage, oh my!

Well, we had nice visits with friends and good food on our trip to Portland. The weather was great--crystal clear views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. We also went to the pride parade on Sunday before we left. No major partying, though; we were in bed by midnight both Friday and Saturday.

Since we've been home, it's been "all gay marriage, all the time." I went to my first service at 1:30 this afternoon (a co-worker), but Stan was at the Clerk's Office almost all day. I guess six couples had ceremonies today and another six got licenses. Not quite the mad rush of San Francisco, but not bad for a rural area. Speaking of SF, on Saturday we are going to some friends' service in the City (on the beach, no less).

Tonight the Unitarian-Universalist congregation hosted a potluck in honor of the occasion. The Husband got recognized for his marriage equality work, so that was nice, and three of the couples who were wed today were there. It was interesting to talk to some of our friends who were there, though. One woman who has been really active on the issue said when I asked if she and her partner had set a date, "No, I want to have the right to get married, but I don't want to feel rushed into it just because I think someone might take it away from me." Amen!

We have been talking more and more about a date. I'd love to do it on the anniversary of our REAL wedding, so I wouldn't have to remember a new date for our "legal" wedding. I was also thinking tonight about rings. I want a 2-carat diamond, of course! But actually, I'm not sure I want to take off my ring just to put it back on again when somebody pronounces us legally married. I guess in a way I'm still bitter. Why shouldn't we just be able to pay for the certificate and have the state recognize something that already occurred? Why do we have to have another ceremony? The Clerk's service was nice, but I'm pretty sure I don't need someone to tell me how marriage is not to be entered into lightly.

I think what I really want is to be married by a skydiving Elvis impersonator. (Ooh, maybe that really bad drag king from the bar...) I mean, if that kind of crap gets straight people 1,149 rights under federal law but the state still won't recognize the solemn occasion we had four years ago complete with "Ave Maria" and an open bar, then maybe we should thumb our noses at the system by holding the tackiest legal wedding possible. (Oh, wait, I don't think I could compete in the tackiness department with the last family wedding I went to. Even an Elvis impersonator has a certain flair of kitsch. Dang!)

Sunday, June 08, 2008

My new addiction

I am addicted to iTunes. Yeah, I know: I'm about five years late to this party. Well, better late than never I guess. Here's how it all began...

One of my co-workers has been dragging his iPod to work. Other people have done this in the past, but he's the first person I've really had an in-depth conversation with about it. Okay, no biggie.

Well, then we coughed up the money to see Cher when we're in Vegas. Ticketmaster, in exchange for all of its varied exorbitant fees, gives you two free iTunes downloads. I've gotten free downloads before, but I've always either ignored them or given them to someone. This time, though (based on the conversation with my co-worker), I thought: 'What the heck. I'll try it.'

I was smart enough at the beginning of this not to give Apple my credit card info. I figured it would be WAY too tempting to get music this easily, and I didn't want to explain to a bankruptcy judge my need for just one more Flock of Seagulls tune. Boy, was that a good decision. I have redeemed FOUR $25 iTunes cards in the past seven days!

I spent last weekend on a hunt for songs I've always wanted but never wanted to buy a whole CD to get. Then I discovered that I can also download "South Park" episodes. From the current season! And a whole season costs less than buying the DVD at Borders! Today, I've been uploading more than downloading--importing CD's into iTunes so I can create playlists.

I was going to go into the office, but I didn't make it off the couch until almost 5 p.m. The first step to recovery is admitting that I've got a problem, right?