Geoff and our friend Amanda and I went to the Deval Patrick and Barack Obama rally on Saturday October 16th. We waited in line for HOURS. It was unusually cold and even Geoff was freezing. I was convinced that we’d never get in to the rally and, despite the photo it was not all smiles.
We did eventually get inside. We got to see Vicki Kennedy, Mayor Menino, John Kerry, Deval Patrick, and the Leader of the Free World, President Barack Obama. Oh, and James Taylor spoke and played and we all sang along. It was exhausting but fun. I’ve added some pictures below of various speakers. I’m going to upload the full set of edited photos to shutterfly in a little while and I’ll add the link here.
Geoff here – I have been meaning to get this photo scanned and posted for a while. It was great to see Matt, Shayna and the kids and it was nice to meet Shayna’s sister Tonya whom I had never met before. The kids had a lot of fun that day on the Duck tour and walking around in Charlestown. For some reason they were hung up on pirates that day – I think it was because we told them the U.S.S. Constitution had been used to fight pirates a long time ago. Campbell got to drive the Duck so he was pretty excited about that. Believe it or not, this was actually my first time to ever go on one of these tours.
It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.
RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)
REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.
Much to our surprise, Kelly and I acquired a pair of Red Sox tickets. A guy we know from our Church has season tickets, and he was not going to the game so he let us have them. It was quite generous and we gladly accepted. I did not expect to get to go to any Sox games this year, and here I am going to my second one this year. And the seats were pretty awesome.
Sadly, it turned out that this was my first time to get to see the Red Sox lose live and in person. And boy oh boy did they lose. They got stomped… by… oh, it’s hard for me to say… Baltimore. Not Tampa, not the Yankees, but a team that is arguably one of the worst in baseball.
Still, we did have a good time. And much to my amazement, I finally… finally managed to get myself a Narragansett. It was quite funny. A group of guys sitting next to us were also upset that they could not get a Narragansett, and they didn’t understand why the beer vendors would not come up to our section. I decided that I was going to go try get one, and so I went down and asked the security supervisor, a guy around my dad’s age, about where I could get one. He looked at me and said, “You don’t want one of those fancy foreign beers?” I replied, “No, I want a ‘Gansett.” He laughed. We ended up having a long conversation about Narragansett. It was quite funny. Anyway, so I went down to the area where the Narragansett guy was and bought myself a beer.
So Kelly put up with my weird beer obsession, and we still had a lot of fun at the game. We especially had a lot of fun talking to the people sitting around us who were all friendly and often funny. Those guys sitting next to us were joking about how Kelly was “Lady Luck” or something as they were playing some sort of betting game. And were all singing together and swaying when the seventh inning stretch came up. Red Sox fans are so awesome. I am so glad I live here.
I have a 2nd interview today at 2:00pm. This is for a non-profit that I *really* want to work with doing something that I’d be really good at. So, keep your appendages crossed and send your good thoughts my way at 2:00 if you can. Thanks, everyone!
Geoff here – on occasion I find some things on the Internet that are pretty funny. Many of them are more suited to my own warped sense of humor, but I think this may be suitable for all, more or less. Kelly told me about it and then we found the parody as we were browsing for the original videos.
First, there was an IKEA commercial that was done with cats. It’s actually kind of cute, at least if you are like us and like cats.
Then they released a sort of “making of” video.
Then someone made a really, really funny parody (with some language) of the making-of video. I actually laughed so hard at some of this guy’s comments I was crying.
I think there needs to be a dachshund version of this.
Yesterday was our annual church yard sale. It is always a lot of work but it is also a lot of fun. Geoff usually gets assigned to the Electronics area and this year was no different. I always get assigned to the “Attic Treasures” or Jewelry table. This year they were combined so I had the *target* table for all of the antique and jewelry vendors who show up early. I spend most of my day explaining over and over again that, no, I’m not selling that sterling silver or crystal item for $4, that, yes, I’m a dealer and I know what I’m talking about, and that no, same annoying Russian man from last year, I am still not selling you that silver item for $4 when it is priced at $30. Not. Gonna. Happen.
But, we did really well and I met some really great people. Two of the most interesting people of the day were the two Muslim women who showed up at the end of the day in the most beautiful outfits. One of them had this embroidery around her wrists that I just wanted to touch, it was so gorgeous.
I managed to get a huge amount of the items at my table sold and only spent $25. Usually I end up spending a couple hundred dollars which, while good for the church, is not so good for my bottom line. This year, I’d call it a win in that I got a lovely vase and a bunch of things during the $5 a bag sale period while not emptying my bank account.
Today was our first Sunday back with choir and, considering I am still getting over this cold and in the leg brace and the rest of the pro women in the choir were also coughing and sniffling I think it went well. Our new organist is excellent. After the service and coffee hour as I was leaving the head of the Altar Guild walked up to me and handed me one of the bouquets from the altar. It was so nice of her and I was thrilled. Nobody has ever done that for me before. So, now I have the bouquet on the dining room table in the vase I bought yesterday. Hopefully the cats will leave it alone…