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22: Matthew “Matt” Wayne Shepard – *December 1, 1976; †October 12, 1998

Fuck.

Twenty-two years.

Time is so fleeting – how the hell have 22 years passed?

I write this from my new home, still in Berlin, but some 7 kilometers from my old home.

One of the things about moving is that you must sort through all your belongings, even though you’ve forgotten that you own. […]

Whatchamacallit 159: house and home

This book, by Steve Gunderson and Rob Morris (with Bruce Bawer), was one of the few non-academic books that I kept in my dorm room at the University of Wyoming, the last year that I was a graduate student.

It was published in September 1996 – so just after I had graduated with my […]

Whatchamacallit 154: Love is Love

On June 12, 2020, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was the site of horrific mass shooting: 49 dead, 53 wounded.

While I’ve already mentioned attending a memorial at Brandenburg Tor (Whatchamacallit 89: #BerlinForOrlando #LoveIsLove), this comic book is another reminder of that tragic day.

It was also a fundraiser, will all proceeds going to […]

Whatchamacallit 148: Felix Ever After

I ran across this book somewhere and decided to order it: Felix Ever After

This is an amazing book about an FTM teenager attending high school in Brooklyn, exploring themes around love, friendship, transphobia, being rich, no longer being rich, being rejected, and more.

It is also one of the best written books that […]

Whatchamacallit 115: Trashy Wrist Band (to be deaccessioned)

I acquired this wristband thingy whilst riding the Lady Gaga truck at Berlin CSD (Pride) 2011.

If it weren’t for the fact that I keep it on a shelf that I see out of the corner of my eye, I probably would have tossed this years ago. Its main purpose is to remind me […]

Whatchamacallit 110: Men’s Silver Satyr Torc Bracelet

This is one of my few pieces of jewelry, another bracelet.

I used to wear this Men’s Silver Satyr Torc Bracelet frequently – it weighs less than the previously shown Navajo Turquoise Bracelet, which makes it more manageable on a day-to-day basis.

The bracelet was made by Esculpta, a jewelry company based in Greece. […]

Whatchamacallit 107: The Male Nude by David Leddick

I bought this book in the summer of 1998, shortly before moving to Bloomington, Indiana.

In fact, I ordered it online and had it shipped to Bloomington, only for it to get there before I got there. A friend had to pick it up from the UPS warehouse and keep it for me – […]

Whatchamacallit 95: Boston Red Sox Hat

I picked up this hat last August while visiting Boston – and going to two Red Sox games. I actually bought this the second night – and the decision to buy it was the Pride coloring.

Baseball is truly the sole sport that I enjoy watching – it’s relaxing and laid back – slow […]

Whatchamacallit 89: #BerlinForOrlando #LoveIsLove

Gosh, it was four years ago today that I met friends at Brandenburg Tor to remember the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

The above heart was given to me by somebody in the crowd during the gathering to wear – I’ve kept it ever since.

I don’t know why.

Maybe I do: […]

Whatchamacallit 83: Continental Divide

I just finished Continental Divide, the above book – I wish I could remember where I first learned about the book. It was an instant decision to read it: the book is set in Wyoming – why I wanted to read it – and is about a transgender Harvard freshman who finds himself in […]