A few random observations

Justice Alito

I’m worried. I can’t help but be worried. When it comes to gay issues, HIV issues, women’s rights, presidential authority, congressional authority, and the overall issue of Republican dominence, this moment in history has me more worried than any other. Bush and his cronies have all his ducks in a row. They’ve fucked up everything else in this country (and in other countries), and now they’re going to do their damnedest to make sure that we all suffer for it– as if we haven’t been suffering already. Watch out, world, the (barely) United States is crashing down fast. Better set out some pillows to soften the blow.

Coretta Scott King

I touched on this briefly yesterday, and some of you may have noticed that the title of yesterday’s post changed abruptly. The original title was “I’m a slave for you.” The post was about me working so many hours in the last few days, and then I closed with a mention about Coretta Scott King. After I posted it, I got in the shower to get ready for work, and it hit me. “What the hell was I thinking?” It certainly wasn’t intentional (the slave reference had to do with me working so many hours). So I changed it… but I know some of the feeds may have still showed the original title. So if I offended anyone, I do apologize.

Anyway… regarding the late Ms. King. I’ve read a lot of interesting things about her in the last 24-48 hours. It’s interesting (and sad) how you don’t really know a person, or the things they have done until they are gone. It would be easy to say that Coretta Scott King was the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. and be done with it, but she was much more than that. She picked up the ball and continued to run with it until the day she died. And she didn’t just fight for the rights of African-Americans; she fought for the rights of all people of all backgrounds, races, and yes, even orientations.

I received an Email today from Lambda Legal (on both this and the Justice Alito subjects) that had quotes from a speech Coretta Scott King gave at Lambda Legal’s 25th anniversary celebration in Chicago in 1998. I would like to share them with you:

“I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice… But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people…

Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Georgia, and St. Augustine, Florida and many other campaigns of the civil rights movement … Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions.”

The letter went on to say that Ms. King attended two separate events for Lambda Legal. I had no idea this ever happened. I wish I had known, and wish I could have heard her speak at least once. She was truly an amazing and powerful woman, and she truly will be missed.

The Oscars

From one extreme to the other…

I’m excited about the Oscars this year– not just because there is such a gay theme to the list of nominees and the films they come from; but because I have actually seen some of the movies that were nominated! Most years I don’t know anything about any of them.

And since we’re talking Oscar, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus is hosting a big Oscar party at Sidetrack, and you are all invited. That is, of course, if you want to come to Chicago from wherever you may be just to see the Oscars. 🙂

Breakup Mountain

It seems that people are breaking up left and right around me lately. I know of three couples who have called it quits in the last 90 days– some were together for 10+ years, some only a few short months– but still, what’s going on? It makes me glad I’m single. I just don’t need all this heartache in my life right now.

Dating + Rick = 0

And since we’re on the subject, dating and me just do not mix. I have a date or two and it just goes nowhere. Maybe things will turn around for me soon… which leads me to…

The Year of the Dog

The Chinese New Year was this week, and it is now The Year of the Dog. I was born in The Year of the Dog 1970. It is my understanding (and my Chinese-born readers can help me to verify this), that those born in whatever year cycle it happens to be this year will experience change. I guess it’s a 7-year cycle. So with that in mind… 7 years ago, it was 1999. In 1999:

  • I lost my job at Six Flags Great America.
  • I dropped out of my second show with Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, but rejoined again in the next show and stayed with it for four straight years.
  • I started making friends in Chicago.
  • I started my job at Crate & Barrel, where I met my friends Mark and Elizabeth, who I had lunch with just the other day. This job also led to my current job.
  • I met my friend Chad, who is one of my best friends in the world.

So what will 2006 bring me? I’m almost afraid to find out.