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Archive for April, 2006

Calendar guy closes bar

Friday, April 28th, 2006

I’ll be writing occassional posts related to being on the SOMA Bare Chest calendar. The calendar has been a part of San Francisco gay culture for 20-some years. It is a fundraiser for the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Positive Resource Center. The process for selecting guys for the calendar has been changed the last […]


Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

We met some friends at Yosemite last weekend. They had been before, but it was our first time. All the superlatives that you read about are true, so I’m not going to try and describe the beauty of the valley. I was amazed at the compactness of the valley. It felt very Disney-esque: Half Dome, […]

Early morning and late night

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Early morning – we got up at 4:30AM on Tuesday to go to the 100th anniversary commemoration of the 1906 quake (which happened at 5:12AM, so that’s when they had the memorial). There was the usual array of politicians and organizing committee people who did their speeches. The most fun was the survivors telling their […]

$10Billion a month?

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

The headlines in the paper today said the cost of the Iraq war is now $10Billion / month and that we will have spent $230Billion by the end of 2006. Wikipedia says that the Apollo space program (which put men on the moon, in case you don’t remember) cost $135Billion in 2005 dollars. I tend […]

How to print from a Mac

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

When I bought the Mac, I didn’t anticipate a problem with printing, but it has turned out to be a challenge. First, I tried to use my HP OfficeJet. Admittedly, I’ve had it for 4 or 5 years, but I didn’t think it was that old. It worked fine on our Windows and Linux machines, […]

Flotsam and Jetsam

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

In December, John bought a night at the Water’s Edge hotel in Tiburon as part of a friend’s AIDS Marathon fundraising. On Friday we used it. We had a nice dinner with our friend Howard who lives nearby. We had the best room in the hotel with a great view of the San Francisco skyline…. […]

And the fuss is about…

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

The moviebears had a ‘Brokeback Mountain’ DVD release party at the Embarcadero cinema, so we finally discarded the title of “the last gay people to see Brokeback Mountain”. It’s still a mystery to me why everyone is jumping on this as a ‘breakthrough’ movie – it’s reasonably well written (after the first 40 minutes or […]