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Young Adult Movie Poster

Joe and I went to a surprise screening of Diablo Cody's new film, Young Adult. We didn't know what movie it would be until we arrived. I'm not a big fan of Cody, but I think her writing is smart and engaging.

In the movie, Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a 30-something writer who ghosts writes a series of young adult (YA) novels. However, my mind just didn't make the connection from her writing to the title of the film. But now that I've seen this poster for the movie, I TOTALLY get the connection. The movie isn't about her YA writing specifically, but her writing is used as a way to get an internal look into what's going in Mavis's head. She's writing juvenile characters, which in a way is a reflection of her own failure to grow up. (I'm NOT saying all YA writers are juvenile.) I really got into this little glimpse of Mavis's depressed, obsessive, bitter life.

When you go see this film in December, try and get past how bitter and unlikeable Mavis is. She's fucked up, but she really felt real to me. Not in the quirky yet hip Juno way. She's an adult stuck in her teenage high school habits. This movie isn't a comedy, and not really a tragedy either. It's a look at a cathartic weekend for Mavis as she learns a hard lesson and makes a miniscule amount of self growth.
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Joe and I are planning to go see La Cage Aux Folles on Friday, Thanks to the student rush ticket line. Which reminds me that I better bring something warm to wear while I wait in line.

I'm preparing by listening to 2010 cast album on Spotify. I've seen the original film and it's sequels, plus the film's bastard American stepchild, The Bird Cage, plus a production of the play (versus the musical). So, I'm familiar enough with the story. I've also heard several of the songs before, like the gay anthem I Am What I Am.

I'm a little turned off by this cast recording because it has Kelsey Grammer playing Georges. I'm rather disgusted by his personal behavior with his wife/ex-wife and mistress/wife.

I think George Hamilton will be more interesting in the role, and I'm looking forward to seeing Christopher Sieber as Albin.
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Still no social plans for Joe's birthday tonight. We're out for dinner with my folks now. I'd thought maybe cake at the house after dinner, but that plan didn't come together. No cake. 
drewan: (Couple - Toronto)
Today is my husband Joe's birthday. Joe, my smart, kind, patient, endearing, caring, and loving husband. I really wouldn't be the man I am today without him. Through our partnership I've had the ability to grow and work towards the life that we want.

To his Mom, Dad, and all of his family, thank you for raising the wonderful boy into the the excellent adult that he is. To his friends, schoolmates, and colleagues, thank you for providing your friendship and support to nurture Joe. To God, fate, or chance, thank you for bringing Joe into my life 23 years ago.
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Tomorrow is Joe's birthday, but we haven't made any plans yet. Joe and I have both been so busy with other projects that we haven't made plans for a group dinner, or even group cake. Any suggestions? Anyone want to get together for Joe's birthday?
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So as to not pollute my friend's recent post about his large collection of books, I've decided to ask these questions in my own journal.

What does having a large collection of books mean to you? How particular are you about what books you add to your collection?

I've never had a collection as large as my friends (3-4 rooms worth of books). Between Joe and I, we have somewhere around 6-10 bookshelves worth of books. Are collection is largely science fiction, along with childhood, college, GLBT, and general interest books. When we moved 5 years ago, we decided to not unpack most of our books. We have three bookshelves full of books in our living room and a few rows of books in our bedroom bookshelves.

For the last couple of years I've been moving to buying digital books, mostly via Amazon Kindle. I really find that I have no attachment to the physical book. It's the story that I care about. I really like having access to the book I'm currently reading via my iPhone or iPad when ever I'm in the mood to read for a while. I don't have to worry about the book getting beat up, because the iPhone and iPad are somewhat studier than paper. Granted, the devices are more expensive, but I don't have to worry about cracking the spine of my iPad.

For a large number of my books, I would jump at the chance to swap my physical books for digital books. 

Of course, when the digital apocalypse comes, I'm going to regret that last statement.
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[livejournal.com profile] pegkerr , have you seen this yet? This is very cute.


DM Bar

Jun. 26th, 2011 12:43 pm
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Based on Bruce's advice we tracked down the DM Bar in Tallinn, Estonia. This is a very cool bar. I'm sure it would be even better of we weren't the only ones here. Granted, it is just 1:35pm on Sunday. Sadly we'll be gone
by 5pm.

They are playing a Depeche Mode concert on the many video screens. The walls are red, the floor is black. Depeche Mode posters, liner notes, and album covers cover the walls. The place has a cool cave feeling. I don't really feel hip enough to be here in my polo shirt and plaid shorts. However, since we are the only ones here I guess set the tone as tourist chic.
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Joe and I spent last weekend in Atlanta for Gaylaxicon 2011. This is the first con that I've traveled for since... hmm... I think since WorldCon 2009. We didn't travel to Australia for WorldCon 2010, and Gaylaxicon 2010 in Montreal was cancelled. I guess we were long over to for convention traveling, and for seeing so many of our con friends.

The convention itself was actually very nice. I didn't know what to expect. Gaylaxicon this year was actually a beefed up OutlantaCon, which is an Atlanta GLBT science fiction and gaming convention that's being going on for a few years now. I really liked the mix of local people who are used to OutlantaCon and the national folks who travel every time there's a Gaylaxicon.

We hosted a party in the con suite Saturday night to promote Gaylaxicon 2012, which we're hosting here in Minneapolis. We collected about 12 registration over the weekend. That may appear a bit low, but I consider that several of the Gaylaxicon regular attendees that would typically have pre-registered at the party had already pre-registered at the end of 2010 we we announced our special early bird rate.

As usual we had a couple of large fan dinners. Friday night eight of us walked over to a nearby pizza place in a strip mall. The pizza was good and the guys behind the counter gave fun attitude. Since the place was tiny we took over two of the three tables that were outside. On Sunday night, after the convention had closed, 18 of us drove over to a nearby Thai restaurant. I would have prefered Indian, but it turns out that Thai is the universal foreign food when it comes to Gaylaxicon fans. We can all find something on the menu to like.

Late Monday morning our Atlanta friend Dennis picked us up at the hotel and drove us around Atlanta. Since he's knows I'm a bit of a gadget lover, he thought the best place to take me would be to a Fry's Electronics store. I wasn't as impressed as he hoped I would be, but it was kind of nice to poke around there for a while. I was more interested in seeing the sites of Atlanta. From Fry's we grabbed a quick lunch, and then he drove us through the "Beverly Hills" of Atlanta, and then to several of the gay shops.

We finally went back to his house and met up with his partner Richard. We know Dennis and Richard from our cruises, so we talked about other cruises they've been on, and about our upcoming European cruise. After a very short nap for me, we went out to a local diner that they love. Apparently they are regulars here because everyone working there knew their names. The food a good southern cooking style, and I was full about three bites into my entree. The waiter heard we were from the north, so he brought out several small sample dishes so we could taste a variety of southern food. I tried a little of every thing, but even now I can't look at food without feeling a little ill.

Our flight on Monday was scheduled for 8:20pm. At 7:30pm we finally bolted from the restaurant and headed for the ATL. I was getting nervous, but thankfully security was easy, all though I did have to go through my first enhanced screening. I just went through the scanner because I didn't have time to be patted down. We walked briskly, because I was too full to run, for our gate only to discover that they moved the plane to a different concourse. While we were walking briskly I just kept thinking that my full belly was starting to feel better because of the extra exercise.

We made it on the plane and had a pretty good flight home.
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Today I pegged a fan by her accent. I'm having problems with my Comcast account, and she was the level 2 tech support brought in to help. She was doing a great job, however the problem turned out to be beyond her ability to fix.

During our conversation, I kept thinking that she talked like a fan, specifically a CONvergence type of fan. Since I knew she was based out of Saint Paul, I asked if she goes to CONvergence. She laughed and said "heck yeah! I'm Chris Jones's girlfriend." She dropped me a message after work to say high. I'm pretty sure we've met in person a least once.

She was great to talk with especially after the hell I went through talking with Earthlink.
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I woke up to a call this morning from Dad that Mom was in the hospital. She's been having pains recently, but she thought it was the flue or something. Last night it got bad, so Dad finally convinced her to go to the hospital. They ran many tests today, but they don't have a clear answer yet. The initial diagnosis is gallstones and maybe an ulcer. They are going to run more tests tomorrow morning. She's spending the night in the hospital tonight.

Joe and I went to see her and Dad tonight. We got there at 7:30, and were surprise to see Mom and Dad standing right near the elevator. Turns out they were just out for a walk and we had good timing. We went back to her room and chatted about the day for about an hour. We got to meet both her day nurse and her night nurse since we were there during the shift change. Both women seemed very nice and warm to Mom, which I really appreciated.

It's scary when our parents are sick, especially when they need to go to the hospital. I don't think Mom's life is in any immediate danger right now, but it hurts to know that she's been in pain. The tests aren't comfortable, but she was in good spirits when we were there. She's really is a positive person, so I hope she is seeing the tests and eventual treatment as the means to regaining her health, and not as a burden to bear.

I sounds like she will be going home tomorrow after her tests, unless there is some immediate treatment that needs to happen. I hope she is able to sleep well tonight. I'll check in with her tomorrow morning.
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We've posted the following details to Dan's memorial website , http://www.danheinememorial.com/.

Memorial Service

Dan's memorial service is set for Sunday April 17th at 1:15 pm at the Como Conservatory Bullard Rainforest Auditorium in the Visitor's Center.

The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1250 Kaufman Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Memorial Fund

We have set up a Memorial Account in Dan's name.

All donations will be given to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where Dan Volunteered.

Donations are being taken at:

Daniel C Heine Memorial Fund
USBank

or at

Daniel C Heine Memorial Fund
5541 Clinton Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55419



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A big warm happy birthday to my friend, Karen. May you have a million more.

Not in that gross immortal vampire way, but maybe through really cool nano tech or ascended consciousness. Even better, maybe someday we can upload you into a computer and I can run the Karen App when I want to hear your warm voice and have an entertaining and enlightening conversation.

Karen, there's an app for that.
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Joe and I have already exchanged our Christmas gifts. We did it last night in line to check out at Best Buy. No wrapping, no secrets. Just "ah, you want that and I'll buy it for you. Merry Christmas. Love you."

For Joe I got the True Blood season 2 blu-ray box set. In exchange, Joe gave me a Canon S95 camera.

This is a nice little point and shot camera that has a nice level of custom controls that I'm used to on my DSLR. Plus, it shoots in RAW format, which I've grown to overly dependent on.

The S95 is slightly bigger than most of Canon's PowerShots. Buying a case for it has been difficult. The first case I bought was too tight. The case I just exchanged it for is probably too big.

I'll post some picture from the new camera soon.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

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First, I have to comment that I have some issues with this BBC book list. Counting book series, such as #4 Harry Potter series (7 books), #9 His Dark Materials (3 books), or #33 Chronicles of Narnia (7 books), is unfair.  This is a list of 100 books, not 114 books! Oh, but #36 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, is part of #33 so I'm not counting it. This is a list of 113 books.

With that all in mind, and counting all the book in the series, I've read 31 or the 113 books

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] davidschroth  who stole it from [livejournal.com profile] rvrjoe775 

 

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you've read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.

 

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (This is 5 books!!!)

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (This is 3 books!!!)

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchel

l22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34 Emma - Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis  (Wait, wasn’t this already covered in #33???)

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal - Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazu Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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If you have any hope of ever seeing progress on GLBT issues, please vote to support our President's party. The Democrats are far from perfect, but at least they talk about GLBT issues. Republicans don't even let us in the door. This isn't the time to teach the Democrats a lesson. That's just the right wing devil whispering in your ear. Show the Republican's Hate Corp Tea Party that you want to more forward, not back.
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At tonight's NC Gaylaxians book discussion, I managed to surprise Joe with a birthday cake. He didn't notice until they were bringing the cake over. This made me very happy.

This afternoon I called ahead to Turtle Bread (where we have the book discussions, first Wednesday of each month) and inquired if they have whole cakes that I could use as a birthday cake for dinner. They said yes and offered to set one aside for me. Joe and I arrived there at about 6:45 for the 7:00 meeting and and told him to go ahead and sit down while I ordered our food. This gave me time to make sure they had the cake ready and to put the candles I bought earlier in the afternoon.

Turns at that at Turtle Bread you can also get table service from their sister Pizza resteraunt next door. So we ended up doing that since Turtlebread's available food offering was pretty slim that late in the day.

When the waitress came to take our pizza order at the table, she walks up and says "Is this the birthday party?" UGH! I nodded without verbally agreeing. I suspected that Joe wasn't paying attention and I was sitting on his blind side. I gave her our order, and then before she left she asked "And your getting a cake too, right?" Ugh again! I verbally said no, but I nodded and pointed to Joe. She winced and walked away.

A couple minutes later I followed her back to the Pizza side just to confirm she knew I was trying to be stealthy. She apologized and offered to bring the cake out, and to even light the candles.

At about 7:45 she and a couple other employees brought the cake out. The one problem they were having was that the candles wouldn't stay lit. The air conditioning in Turtle Bread is a little strong, and the candles were kind of crappy. Oh well, Joe was still well surprised.
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Ha. That's the same noise B (of B&K) makes when I slip in to much gay details in a conversation.

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