T-15ish Hours

As much as I enjoyed my trip to see my family, it is exciting to be heading home.

My parents still live in the same house that I grew up in, a house that housed six people for much of my childhood. Over the Christmas holidays it gained my paternal grandparents, bringing the number to […]

Adios Denver

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

It’s been a great week in Denver.

Unfortunately in less than 24 hours I will be winging my way east toward Old Europe, leaving behind my family for the land of good bread.

Whilst in Denver, not only did I buy five pair of blue jeans, I also picked […]

Black Friday

Greetings from the 'hood!

This morning my sister and I got up early and headed out to go shopping—it’s nicknamed “Black Friday” because it’s the day that merchants in America go from losing money to making money—at least that’s what the newspapers say.

I call it Black Friday because that describes the light when […]

Thankful for Milk

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One thing I am especially thankful for this year is the fact that I was in the States on the opening day for Gus van Sant’s newest film, Milk. Seeing the film reminded me of the many thanks I owe my gay forbearers.

Yesterday I found myself outside the Mayan box-office window […]

Around the ‘hood

So pretty in the winter

Some political signs are still on the lawn in my family's neighborhood.

This is the library I used as a kid!


Cowboy Up

One of the great American Myths is the Cowboy Myth.

And, at times, I fall for it, hook, line, and sinker. Even though I am a flaming liberal, after six years in Wyoming, I came to appreciate the Cowboy Ideal. After moving to Indiana, there were people who were utterly convinced that I was born […]

Dining with IUMike

This will be brief, but tonight (Sunday) I had dinner with IUMike at a Chinese restaurant somewhere near the Detroit Airport.

An absurdly long layover (between flight cutbacks and my bargain ticket price) meant that I had oodles of time to kill, so instead of going to the lounge and scarfing cookies for a few […]

Off the beaten path: Weimar

There’s no doubt about it, Weimar is one heck of a tourist trap, especially for the Germans and the Germanphiles of the world. It’s the spiritual home of both Goethe and Schiller, as well as the European Capital of Culture (1999). For the Americans, it’s home of Buchenwald, a Nazi concentration camp described by Edward […]

White Stuff

I’m not the biggest fan of snow, but it’s there—right outside my window, waiting to mess up my trip.

The substitute InterCity trains have a bad tendency to run late and I can only imagine that with the added fun of snow, they will be awful. Which means that I will have an awful train […]

Social M/Tedia

It’s been awhile since I’ve gone all meta on you, so I hope you’ll excuse me when I start talking about social media and “friends”.

First off, I’m in the process of updating my iPhone to the newest Firmware that appears to have been released last night. It’s 246.4 MB of software goodness which will […]