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?

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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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