Take Your Child To Work Day

Today was “Take Your Child To Work Day” (also called “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day“) at the law firm where I work, and at many companies across the USA. This unusual day– not really a holiday, but a movement of some sort– was created as “Take Your Daughter To Work Day” some years ago and has become a yearly event for families across America.

I always thought the idea of taking a kid out of school so they could learn about what their parent or parents do at work all day was kind of odd. After all, the child could easily learn these things just by TALKING to their parents… but I guess they needed a little extra coaching.

In fact, there was a bit of an uprising among educators to “Take your kids to school– not to work.” But I doubt that many heeded this warning.

In any case, it’s always interesting to see the kids that come to “work” with mom or dad on this day.

Today, however, one case stuck out in particular for me.

On my floor, there works a woman who recently became a partner at our firm. She, along with many of the attorneys on our floor, is very nice and a pleasure to talk to.

And she’s a lesbian, in a committed relationship with two children.

Her daughter came to work today to be with her mom. I watched the parent as she talked to the child. She was as loving and as nurturing and as wonderful with that beautiful little girl as any other parent would (and should) be with their child. The little girl was happy, and was as normal and content as any other little girl along for the day.

Her other child is a little boy who is still too young to participate in the Take Your Child To Work Day events… but I imagine he’ll be joining in very soon as well.

I thought to myself how beautiful of an example this was of parenting at its finest.

Parenting does not require a mother and a father of opposite sexes.

Parenting does not require a marriage based on scripture or laws “commanded” by religion or government.

Parenting requires love, nurturing, and understanding by one, two, or even three (or more) loving, caring, and nurturing individuals of any sex, any race, any creed. It requires a bedrock of learning and love through examples, life lessons, education, and of course, hugs and kisses.

So why is it that people like this will stop at nothing to make sure that these rights are taken away from gays and lesbians who wish to be parents? It just never ceases to amaze me how ignorant some people can be.

As for me… I couldn’t be a parent on my own. I just don’t see it happening.

But… if I found the right person, and started the right kind of loving, nurturing relationship with this man, and committed myself to spending the rest of my life with him…

…and he wanted to have children…

…I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Au Revoir, Foie Gras!

Following up on a story I wrote about on the now-defunct discussion blog, “Discuss It!”…

Chicago has voted to ban Foie Gras, the delicacy that is produced by force-feeding ducks and/or geese with grain in order to swell the size of its liver, in all restaurants and food stores.

This decision is a double-edged sword. While it’s great that Chicago’s city council can see that this barbaric practice is hurtful and distasteful (pardon the pun), there are much bigger issues that need to be addressed by a city council. Even Chicago’s mayor, Richard Daley, said, when asked about the council’s proirites , “We have children getting killed by gang leaders and dope dealers. We have real issues here in this city. And we’re dealing with foie gras. Let’s get some priorities. Our priorities should be children, the quality of education. It should be seniors. We should worry about the gas price. We should worry about the global economy…”.

However, a lot needs to be said about these practices that isn’t being said– and it doesn’t stop with just Foie Gras. What about the veal industry? Aren’t the calfs being slaughtered for their meat force-fed in much the same fashion? What about the poultry industry as a whole?

I’m not a vegetarian, and I don’t take these stances because I have a social statement to make… but there is, in my opinion, an gap between the normal, everyday consumption of food and the production of a delicacy for a very small audience– and the gap was starting to get a lot narrower. The council’s decision sends a message to the food industry that people will not tolerate these practices for the sake of a small hors d’oeuvre. Will the food industry stop these practices? Probably not. But if more city councils vote on these types of measures, who knows? It’s a double-edged sword– is politics butting in where it doesn’t belong, or is it actually speaking the voice of the people and letting the industry know that this will no longer be tolerated?

The actual decision really makes no difference to me either way– I’ve tried Foie Gras and didn’t like it BEFORE I knew of how it was produced.

But this heavy-handed action by a city council makes one wonder– what is next?

Baby let me take you on a SEA CRUISE!

I booked my cruise today. Halle-frickin’-lujah!

Yes, from January 28 – February 4, 2007, I will be aboard the “Freedom of the Seas” for a beautiful cruise of the Carribean seas. I finally got the $500 deposit culled together and did it.

I’m all excited. And it’s almost a full year away!!

I’ll be rooming with my chorus friend Rob (who a certain blogger has a major crush on, by the way!) and will be travelling with most of my dearest friends. It’s the vacation that dreams are made of. I’m ecstatic. 🙂

The cruise my friends are going on is an Atlantis Cruise upon a brand-new Royal Carribean liner called “Freedom of the Seas. The cruise will be from January 27 – February 4, 2007 and is being billed as the first all-gay cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world.

Right on. 3,000+ gay boys (and probably a good number of gay girls) on one huge ship. I. Am. So. There.

I still have a book a flight to Miami, where the cruise starts, and back… but I have time to save up those pennies. At least the payments are only $100/month until it’s paid off. I can deal with that. 🙂

So the cruise starts in Miami, then docks at San Juan, Puerto Rico for a day. After we leave Puerto Rico, we head to Phillipsburg, St. Maarten for another day; then we leave for Labadee, Hispianola for a final day before departing for Miami. In between each port is a full day at sea.

And the ship… My GOD the ship… first, look at this thing (click on the image to enlarge):

It’s gorgeous isn’t it? Now I won’t have a view or anything in my room– too damn expensive. And besides, how much time will I want to spend in my room when there is so much to do: Fabulous shows, men in jogging shorts, shopping, men in swim trunks, waterparks, men on deck chairs, ice arena, men in hot tubs, pools, men all over the place, sunbathing… you get the idea. 🙂

And add to that the fact that some fabulous celebrity might be on board to enjoy it all with you… and put on a great show while you’re at it… they say that past celebs have included Joan Rivers, Rosie ODonnell, Margaret Cho, Blondie, Patti Lupone, Chaka Khan, Bruce Vilanch, and Roseanne. Sign me up for some Chaka Khan and Margaret Cho, thankyouverymuch… 🙂

And of course, need I mention the men again?

OK fine, I will. 🙂

Yeah… that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

OK time to start losing some weight… 🙂

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The RcktMan Baking Company

My apartment has become a makeshift bakery in the past few weeks.

In addition to my usual yearly adventures making Easter Bread, I have been experimenting with the craft of making Sourdough bread. It’s a long, none-too-easy process that I’m still learning… but the results of my learning have yielded me some yummy loaves of bread.

I’ve gone through almost four 5-lb. bags of flour already. It also is turning into an expensive hobby! 🙂

But man this place smells good. 🙂

PadCast #12: The Show Must Go On

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PadCast #12_ The Show Must Go On

In all acutality, the show is OVER. But what an amazing show it was!! I’m not talking about my podcast– I’m talking about The Ten Commandments: The Musical. What a great show it turned out to be — and so much fun!

But all good things must come to an end, unfortunately. Except I’m kinda hoping this show has another life very soon. It was THAT good. Just ask Spencer and Mark… they saw it and sent some lovely kudos my way. Thanks, guys, for heeding my command. 😉

On today’s show I talk about the Chorus show as well as a few other things going on… and about how I nearly quit the podcasting world altogether. I’ve changed my mind since then– but I still have a lot of things to sort out where this show is concerned. I want to take it in a new direction. Not all about me… but about a lot of things. I just don’t know where to start.

I guess in that respect, “The Show Must Go On” refers to this show as well.

Have any suggestions? I’d love to hear them.

No music in this show… just me and my blabbermouth. 🙂

Have a great week!