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Whatchamacallit 72: Cowboy Potholders

A few years ago one of my friends gave me these cowboy potholders as a (I believe) birthday present.

I love them – and they stay on my kitchen wall having never been used for their nominal intended use.

Instead they are beefcake I admire during pauses in cooking – a whimsical take on […]

Whatchamacallit 69: Larry Kramer – The Tragedy of Today’s Gays

I woke Thursday morning to the news that Larry Kramer died.

Thanks to other writers – namely Dan Savage, but others as well – I am well aware of Larry Kramer. But I only have one book by him, The Tragedy of Today’s Gays.

Which is, in many respects, a shame: Larry Kramer is […]

Whatchamacallit 61: Baking is gay

I realize that I am a difficult person to buy presents for – I have a quirky sense of humor that is hard to define and understand.

The above is a present that one person got right: my baking is gay tea-towel.

It’s utterly ridiculous, yet perfect.

Rather than actually using it, I’ve hung […]

Whatchamacallit 58: A Perfect Pair

This is one of my prized pornographic novels – “A Perfect Pair” by Sebastian Lamb.

I bought it in Portland, Oregon, at Counter Media, which, sadly, no longer exists. Counter Media was located quite close to Powell’s (still exists) and carried a wonderful variety of progress/queer/strange/new/used books.

The story in this novel is about […]

Whatchamacallit 37: Pasta.

Back in February, when I started to realize that Covid-19 might become incredibly serious, I decided to invest in food with a long shelf life.

Yes, like many other people, pasta.

Happily, six weeks into the crisis, I have not yet opened any single package of pasta – I have my original supply, including […]

Whatchamacallit 33: Check Please!

Back in December, I went to New York City for Christmas, meeting a friend there, seeing some shows, a concert, the city, and whatever else one does whilst one is in The City.

Along the way I stopped by the Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center (there’s a mouthful) – which is a liberal, […]

Whatchamacallit 21: Grindr

This piece of art could sit in two places – my bedroom or my kitchen.

I chose my kitchen.

This was a wonderful present from a dear friend, an amazing piece of fabric art capturing both my love of coffee (well in the past; I quit drinking coffee in November 2018 – save for […]

Whatchamacallit 7: Alan Turing First Day Cover

This is a first day cover of a stamp honoring Alan Turing, cancelled at the Bletchley Park Post Office.

This is on my mostly gay wall of art in my bedroom. Strangely, I do not remember exactly how I acquired it, but it was likely shortly after issue in 2012, which was his centenary […]

CSD Berlin 2019 (Berlin Pride 2019)

This past weekend was CSD Berlin – and I went to the parade, lasting for about 2.5 hours of it – some 40 floats out of the 70+ in the parade. To say it was slow might be insulting to molasses.

Regardless, it was fun and, despite my general introversion and need for […]

19 years, but who’s counting?

Last weekend I was in Chicago, where I caught up with one of my early gay IU friends. We talked about a number of things – including the coming out process and what it was like to come out (whether to ourselves or to others) at Indiana University in the late 1990s.

But the thing […]