Wednesday, July 9, 2008

4th of Juplaya, Black Rock Desert 2008

Dismal had a very nice display of sparks and fire for everyones enjoyment. Never saw a flamin' wooden donkey before. Nice that I get to mark that off the long list of things I wanted to see in my time.

Saturday my roommate and I spent the day at the mostly nude hot springs otherwise known as Frog Pond. There was a very interesting mix of people at this event. It takes some effort, but if you concentrate hard enough, you can filter out all of the murmuring people and focus on the sound of the wind whispering through the said to have been Russian Olive trees, the many dragonflies zooming by at untold speeds and the splash of tiny fish jumping from their aqueous habitat for a glance at naked post hippie BurningMan DPW types. Then reality chimes in with "Don't spook the whores", said by one very articulate bearded man. He must have been a professor of some type.

After enjoying our share of sulfur water, sun, heat and PBnJ, Alice and I decided to head to Lake Tahoe to do some barbecuing. It was very smoky from a massive and distant forest fire. We needed to get some charcoal from safeway. Or did we? We are so very used to buying stuff. What they got at the store, yo! I buy that shit... naw... I thought back about when I was in the Philippines hanging out with some really cool Filipino folks. We were cooking fish on Bantayan Island in the Visayas. We just gathered some dried out beach wood and got a nice fire going on the sand and wrapped the fish in some banana leaves to keep the sand and dirt out. We set it on a rock on the hot coals until we had some delicious fishy bits to consume. So Alice and I said "The heck with Saveway" we are gonna do this old school style. We found a public beach with a heavy duty BBQ grill. We gathered up some wood got ourselves a 5-6 foot high bonfire type flame going. Gave it a bit to turn into a big pile of scorching coals and lowered the grill. It couldn't have been any better. I had some steak and potato/veggie salad Alice had chicken. Alloi Mak(thai).

Twas a nice weekend indeed.

The Dismal Fire Cracker Show:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

San Francisco Gay Pride San Francisco 2008

Ok, So maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed as well as not getting a healthy breakfast but I found the Parade kind of hard to enjoy this year.

I was trying to stay positive but was having a pretty hard time. My viewing position was at the end of the parade route. Near the 8th street and Market street intersection. There were a ton of volunteers in this area to keep people from standing on things and telling the parade participants to shut down their music. There are thousands of parade viewers on this intersection but no matter if they want to enjoy the festive music as did the lucky people @ 6th and Market. Time to shut it down quick. One question, Why? We are in a commercial intersection in the middle of a Sunday afternoon. Who the heck could you be disturbing as if it even matters. Maybe their are a couple of people sleeping at the near by Holiday Inn. So what? Hey suckas! I have an idea. Get your ass out of bed and come rock out with the samba band.

Next complaint:
The parade was rather long. Through most of it, we were just standing there looking at nothing, waiting for the next float to come by. Then we would be lucky if it was at all interesting or the slightest bit gay. There is nothing gay about little kids on scooters or Kaiser. Most of the parade was about branding or someones political agenda. Come on folks, if you are going to participate in this parade to try to get votes or sell freakin' health insurance that should be covered by our government anyway, Please, PLEASE, please, frickin' GAY IT UP, Yo! What parade exactly do you think you are participating in?

Final Complaint:
SF gay pride parade is the one time when all the homos can come out and say look at me, this is who I am and I want to be accepted. So why not call this parade by it's name? I here so many people calling this the SF Pride Parade including the news channels. It is the fucking Gay Pride Parade. Listen, the heart and soul of this parade is about standing up for yourself and demanding some dignity. So Please, afford the event some respect and call it what it is, The San Francisco Gay Pride Parade.

And that is all I have to say about that.