A pair of older ladies– a mother and her daughter– were seated opposite of me at the doctor’s office yesterday. The daughter was probably in her mid to late 50s. The mother in her mid-late 70s or early 80s. The daughter was reading the Chicago Tribune to her mother, and I couldn’t help but overhear a portion of their conversation:
Daughter: Oh my goodness, Mom did you see this?
Mother: What, dear?
Daughter: These two women got married in California. Ellen DeGeneres and her girlfriend.
Daughter: Yes, you know they passed that law in California that allows them to get married.
Mother: What does it say?
Daughter: Oh it says what they wore- Ellen wore a white pantsuit and Portia wore a white dress. And they talk about the cake and the music and who was all there.
Daughter: Well to each his own, I guess.
Daughter: I guess if they’re in love, it’s a good thing.
Here’s a recording of me on SingSnap, singing the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song “Teach Your Children.” And yes, that’s me doing three part harmony. Well, me and the voices that are part of the track. 😀
So, I’m back from my hibernation, and it was a lovely rest.
And things look different. Again.
You’ll see that I have once again changed the look of The Launching Pad. You’ll also notice that the name of The Launching Pad has changed. I’m all about change.
Summer is drawing to a close, and I’ve been getting the itch to blog again. So I took a look at things and decided it was time to do some house-cleaning… again. If you’ve visited here before, you’ll notice that the sidebars are gone. There’s nothing but posts and comments, folks. It’s clean and neat and to the point – just the way it should be. I took the inspiration from the Tumblelog movement that is occurring – I figured why re-invent the wheel– just re-tool it a little bit.
Of course, if you REALLY want all that sidebar goodness, just hover over “Navigation” at the top and, like magic, they will appear. So that’s where you’ll find my blogroll (which is being heavily trimmed, by the way), feed info, and other stuff that used to be on the main page.
I’ve also deactivated the PostReach comments – those little icon thingies at the end of every post that allowed readers to make wordless comments. I decided that if you want to comment, you can write a line or two telling me what you think. Plus they just didn’t match the feng shui of the new look. 🙂
**UPDATE** I’ve also just converted my comment system to Disqus, at the recommendation of a fellow blogger. Disqus allows a lot of really great features including comment threading and video comments. Fun fun fun!!! So you have no excuses– commenting is fun again! 🙂
So I’m back – and what’s been up? Well, in all honesty, I’ve been spending more time with my friends and family, and just trying to spend LESS time in front of a computer monitor. I spend 8+ hours, five days a week, in front of a computer. I needed a break from that on my own time.
That’s not to say I haven’t been spending time in front of my computer.. I’ve just been doing different things. My latest obsession is SingSnap. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically online karaoke. My friend Teddy clued me into it a few months ago, and in just those short few months, I’ve become something of a rising star there. I’m not saying I’m ready for a record contract or anything, and I’m much too old for American Idol… but it’s been rather fun, and it’s been a better waste of time than looking at porn or cruising the gay meat markets.
Other than that, I’ve gone camping a couple of times, and spent a lot of time with my friends. And, of course, I’ve spent more time with my family and my adorable nieces, Abby and Emily. I can hardly believe they’re already 6 months old… and getting cuter by the minute.
So I’m back, I’m refreshed, and I’m looking forward to a new direction for my blog. Posts will be shorter. Photos will happen more often. And I’m just going to have fun with it. And like before, if I have nothing to say, I won’t be posting. I decided that I really like being a part of this world, and I didn’t want to leave it… I just wanted to make it what I want it to be. Having all of you is just the cherry on top of the sundae.
Here’s a few pictures to get things started… See you soon!
I’m taking a brief sabbatical. I’ve been having a really fun summer – between traveling to Michigan to more frequent visits with the family and my nieces, making new friends and having fun with other friends, things have been pretty busy for me lately. I keep wanting to blog about what’s been going on, but to summarize everything would either take too many posts or make one extremely long and boring post. So… in the interest of just enjoying myself and coming back when I’m ready, I’ll officially say that I’m on hiatus for now.
If something incredibly urgent comes up, I’ll post, but until then… see you in the fall! 😀