Thursday, May 28, 2009

Trim the Bush to Make the Tree Look Taller

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I haven’t completely forgot about this here blog thingy yet. I honestly just haven’t had much stuff worth blogging about plus work has been sort of busy lately. So this post will be about random things in no order, but mostly to fill a post to keep ya’ll happy.

First things first, I may have mentioned this before I am not exactly sure, but the bf has picked up a second job waiting tables in order to keep up with the bills as well as something to keep him busy in the summer. He has summers off due to the field of work he is in, so this will also keep him busy and out of trouble. He is currently employed at both jobs, which hasn’t been the greatest thing. He gets up in the morning and goes to work all day, comes home, changes into his other work clothes, then goes to work again. He strolls in around 11pm on these nights, when I am generally already in bed. I got so used to seeing him everyday and playing house together so this has been sort of hard on me. Although, its probably twice as bad for him because he does in fact work 18 hour days. And that cant be fun. Other than that, I think we have been doing pretty well as of late.

Secondly, my workout/gym routine has been slowing down a lot lately. The motivation I once had has been slowly diminishing and the effects on my body are showing. I’ve lost some muscle mass and my overall strength has gone down. Every week I tell myself I am going to step it up again, but that thought tends to fall flat. I know part of this has to do with the fact that I no longer have the bf there with me to push me and keep me in the gym. So I tend to skip certain workouts and end up leaving early. I am going to do another round of the Mass Cycle stacker program in the middle of June so I can get pumped up again for my vacation in Rehoboth Beach during the week of the 4th of July. So I am thinking that will help the motivation a smidge.

Pittsburgh’s Gay Pride week is quickly approaching. It technically had its kick off this past weekend during the Annual Gay Pride Memorial Day Picnic which I attended with my best bud and a new found friend. It was relaxing and fun. We met new people and got to gawk at the other few hundred gays that attended. Although, there wasn’t much to gawk at. This weekend is officially the beginning of Pride week however, starting on Saturday which is the White Party at Pittsburgh’s newest gay club, Privilege. And then everyday there following is some random event which I wont be partaking in. It all leads up to Saturday June 13th which also happens to be my Birthday. This is the day we have our so called Pride in the Street. Where Liberty Avenue downtown is completely shut down, a huge stage is erected, and DJs and performers play music all damn night. This is only the 3rd year this has been going on in Pittsburgh, and generally has a great turnout. The first year a few thousand people filled the street and crammed the gay bars that line it. That was also the year and day that I met my current bf. That night turned out to be a very long night if you catch my drift. I am excited that this years Pride in the Street lands on my bday because it will be a day long celebration. All my sisters will also be attending the big dance party in the street which should be…interesting.

Yeah, that’s about it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

And In The Opposite Corner...

Pennsylvania takes another side in the Gay Marriage Polito Battle...

Via Pittsburgh Post Gazette...
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HARRISBURG -- When it comes to the subject of legalizing gay and lesbian marriage in Pennsylvania, two state senators are going in totally opposite directions.

Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, today announced plans to introduce a bill that would offer "full and equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania." The measure also would recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

"There has never been a more propitious time for Pennsylvania to embrace equality and enshrine the civil right of all Pennsylvanians to marry," Mr. Leach said.

But don't tell that to Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair. He wants to strengthen Pennsylvania's 1996 law, the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only permitted between one man and one woman.

Mr. Eichelberger has a bill to amend the state constitution to define marriage as only allowable between one man and one woman. He thinks that would make it more difficult for an "activist court" decision to overturn the 1996 law.

So far, three states, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa, have legalized gay and lesbian marriage, and two others, Vermont and Maine, have laws that take effect in September to do the same. New Hampshire is close to enacting such a law.

The California Supreme Court this week upheld that state's law to ban gay marriages, but the court allowed the continuation of 18,000 same-sex marriages that took place before the ban was enacted.

Some churches refuse to perform gay marriages on religious or faith-basis grounds. Mr. Leach said his bill "would not require religious institutions to perform any marriage ceremonies or recognize any marriages that they do not wish to sanction."
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Fingers Crossed!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bible Thumper To Attempt to Make Same Sex Marriage Illegal in Pennsylvania

It was announced yesterday that a Senator that lives roughly an hour away from me in Pennsylvania is going to introduce an amendment to the constitution that will make same sex marriage illegal. R.i.d.i.c.u.l.o.u.s!!! I have been seeing all the changes here in the North East with every state above us legalizing gay marriage or in efforts to, and there was a piece of me that hoped one of our own Law makers would stand up and try to do the same. Instead, someone stepped up and is now trying to do the opposite. I have to tell you, it is extremely disheartening.

Now I am almost positive this bill will not pass. If it got past all the legislative BS, it would then be put into voters hands to put this law into effect. And I truly dont think that people who live in PA would go for something like this. At least I hope not.

I think I am more upset at the fact that no one stepped up and attempted to follow suit with New York or New Hampshire. No one was willing to go out on a limb for me, my friends, and the rest of the PA GLBT community.

I do know for a fact however, that if this bill would pass, and gay marriage would become illegal, I would be looking to relocate to a state in which I could in fact get married. I would refuse to live in a state that would not give me the rights I deserve.

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HARRISBURG -- With more states moving to legalize gay and lesbian marriages, state Sen. John Eichelberger wants Pennsylvania to move further in the opposite direction.

Since 1996 Pennsylvania has had the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only between one man and one woman, but the Blair County Republican wants to amend the state constitution to include a ban on same-sex marriage. He will hold a press conference tomorrow in Hollidaysburg to introduce a bill, which would have to be approved in two different legislative sessions and then in a public referendum.

Putting the same-sex marriage ban into the construction will prevent the state Supreme Court from knocking out the 1996 state law, should a lawsuit be filed against it, he said.

He said there seems to be "an activist movement" in some states for gay marriage. He noted that three states -- Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa -- now permit same-sex marriage, and will be joined by two more, Vermont and Maine, in September. Also, New Hampshire is close to approve same-sex marriage.

Mr. Eichelberger said 30 states already have a constitutional provision that defines marriages as just between one man and one woman, which prevents polygamist marriages as well as same-sex marriages.
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via. Pittsburgh Post Gazette

You can get in contact with Mr. Eichelberger here...http://senatoreichelberger.com/

Monday, May 11, 2009

Chapters

Life is like an ever evolving door of relationships, conflicts, resolutions, love, losses, and bullshit. Anyone who lives into their adulthood can agree with this. I look at my life and know that it is not extraordinarily different than the average Joe. I don’t have any amazing stories or tales that really set me apart from anyone. I often wonder if most people feel this way.

My life can easily be split up into chapters. Each chapter can be easily started and finished each time I moved out of a house or apartment starting at childhood. Each move brought new possibilities and downfalls. Each move reminds me of how quickly life goes by and how quickly people become part of your life and then quickly exit. I for example have never had a best friend for more than 2 years at a time. I have my acquaintances and close friends to whom I speak to, but I don’t have that person that I grew up with that knows possibly everything about me. I have also never lived anywhere for longer than 5 years. It seemed as though as the 5 year mark grew close, my parents would up and move for one reason or another.

I look at my life now and wonder how this chapter will play out and legitimately end. This current chapter has definitely seen its crazy moments, good, bad, and horrible. This chapter started with me moving to Pittsburgh shortly after I graduated from college, starting my new life as an adult in a city where I was familiar but didn’t have any true life connections or friends. I came to find my bf shortly after moving here whom introduced me to people and a new style of music (Techno, House, Electronic) which I would later grow to love. It wasn’t until the past year or so though, that I began to make my own friendships outside of my boyfriend and his group of friends. Friendships are a funny thing to me. The way they evolve, grow, diminish, and sometimes eventually run their course. I think more people come into my life and I shut them eventually out because they do not meet my standards of what a true friendship should be. I try to see people for their best, but many times their worst attributes overshadow their good ones. You are only as good as the company you keep. We hear this a lot growing up. And it has always stuck with me. Hence why I try to quickly weed out the bad and shady characters.

Friendships are often the topic of conversation with certain people in my life. And we try to figure out the whole idea of what role a friend is truly supposed to play. I am not sure if I will ever completely figure that one out. I know I personally don’t hand out many second chances if someone close to me fucks up but I also try to give someone the benefit of the doubt at the same time. I was told over the weekend by someone that I am one of the few people they personally know who is just an “honest to God good guy.” And his statement really stuck with me. I wondered what would make him think this. Not because he was singling me out, but why out of so many people in his life, he surrounds himself with people who are not in fact “good people”. And to be quite honest, I wouldn’t consider him to be one of my close friends because he likes to stir up drama and is often very two faced just as many of the people are that he does hang out with.

I know I have a great small group of friends. I hang out with the same guys every weekend. I know I can trust them. I know they have my back and they know I have theirs. They are dependable, trustworthy, upfront, and fun. These things dont seem like much, but for some reason people who possess these things are apparently a dime a dozen. I truly care for these guys. And they know who they are.

I don’t know when or where this current chapter in my life will end. All I can do is hold onto the memories within it and focus on those and the present. I often realize I focus too much on the future and too worried about what is going to happen next. Sometimes I need to sit back and enjoy the chapter I am in instead of wondering when the next one begins.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pennsylvania Student Suspended From Christian College for Gay Porn Role

In case you havent read this somewhere else yet, here is a news story coming out of Pittsburgh. This kid was a gogo-boy/amateur porn star that went to Christian School outside of Pittsburgh. I have danced with him once or twice, and the second time got me in trouble with my bf on my bday. Nonetheless, this new story is everywhere on the net today. Google his porn name and you can check out all the money shots...

Via Foxnews.
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GROVE CITY, Pa. — A student is appealing his suspension from a Christian college in western Pennsylvania for appearing in gay porn videos using a pseudonym.

Twenty-two-year-old John Gechter, of Philadelphia, was suspended for one year pending appeal from Grove City College after a student saw him last month in a video posted online.

Gechter is appealing the suspension and says he may sue claiming that the gay porn job isn't any of the school's business, especially since he performed using the name "Vincent DeSalvo." Gechter says he used his porn income to pay for his schooling.

School officials say Gechter is suspended because Gechter was well aware his porn involvement "exhibited behavior contrary to the values" of the school about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

District 9

Remember the movie Cloverfield? Of course you do because it was amazing!!! I was obsessed with this movie months before it came out because of the viral marketing that was set up in correlation with the movie. This viral marketing included a "hunt" of new websites that would pop up and give you a back story to the film. It was basically a long drawn out game. And I loved it.

Well now a new movie is doing the same thing. It is called District 9 and it was directed by Peter Jackson so ya know it has to be good. It has a very interesting concept. Its another Alien spaceships invade the earth type of film, however, we have somehow quarantined these Aliens to live amongst people in third world countries. Very odd. Check out the trailer at www.d-9.com After the trailer, it brings you to the beginning of the viral "game". Have fun searching the websites and look for clues that will lead you to other websites. Its highly addicting. I cant wait for this movie to come out this summer!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sneaky Little Bugger

Wow. That ol roommate of mine, such a sneakster she is. She is making a very ill attempt of being "served" as the correct law terminology is used. My court papers were filled out, and the court hearing was supposed to be this coming Tuesday. However, because she knew it was coming, objected to signing the certified mail that was sent to her, which to my knowledge is illegal. The court date will now be postponed. Ill find out more this weekend. Ill keep ya posted. Now its time to get the local law enforcement involved so I can take this girl down so that justice can be had. She can only run and hide for so long. :) And it totally doesnt help her that not only do I know where she lives and works, but I also am personal friends with Pittsburgh Police Officers. What a bad predicament this girl is putting herself in. I will prevail.