Ah, Sunday

Jun. 21st, 2010 11:36 am
bjarvis: (Baltimore)
Sunday was busy. Not as busy as Saturday fortunately but it was active.

In the late morning, we headed to Baltimore for their pride festival in Druid Hill Park. I like Baltimore's pride festival a lot: it's community-based, set in a fantastic park and is a friendly, social environment. Too many other city festivals have become out-of-control huge, expensive, corporate and generic. I'll stick with Baltimore's format, thank you very much.

We had a good time visiting with various friends, enjoying some food & drinks and generally lazing about as we had no work commitments this year. Ah, what a change for us!

By 2pm, we were on the road for home, enjoyed a quick nap and were off again to the final concert of the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington DC. After 26 years, the LGCW has collectively decided to wind down their affairs. I've heard that it's been too difficult and expensive in recent years to keep & build an audience, a roster of singers and a slate of sponsors & advertisers all while paying for concert & rehearsal space, music and such.

I've had limited contact with any chorus for at least five years now. Choral music never was my thing but it was a way of being a productive individual within a community of volunteers for a worthy cause. When I started with the Toronto Gay Men's Chorus in 1990 or so, there was a great and vital need for any openly gay performance groups to provide a focus for the LGBT community, to provide a gentle path for those just coming out and to act as a political force against anti-gay bigotry. Over the past 20+ years, I think purposes #1 and #3 have faded off; while providing a path to coming to grips with being gay is still worthwhile for many, the LGBT choruses are not the only venue as they used to be. In short, I'm inclined to think these days that the entire gay choral movement has largely run its course --ironically, by succeeding at its goals. The LGCW is now done because, well, it's largely succeeded at its stated goals and now is the right time to bring it to a close.

There were 21 singers on stage with guest appearances by Not What You Think, Nuance, Nan Raphael and Suede. LGCW alumni in the audience were invited onstage for the final number, effectively transferring 50% of the audience to the stage.

And here's where I get a little critical... )

After the concert and reception, we dined at Mr Henry's down the street with [livejournal.com profile] markgarciachris and [livejournal.com profile] timcub. Much food and hilarity ensued... we gotta do this again some time soon!

And no evening would be complete without some form of dessert so we cut through Bethesda on the way home to enjoy gelato at a shop we had noticed last month. I had a lime gelato that made my tongue curl in ecstasy... heartily recommended!

Ah, Sunday

Jun. 21st, 2010 11:36 am
bjarvis: (Baltimore)
Sunday was busy. Not as busy as Saturday fortunately but it was active.

In the late morning, we headed to Baltimore for their pride festival in Druid Hill Park. I like Baltimore's pride festival a lot: it's community-based, set in a fantastic park and is a friendly, social environment. Too many other city festivals have become out-of-control huge, expensive, corporate and generic. I'll stick with Baltimore's format, thank you very much.

We had a good time visiting with various friends, enjoying some food & drinks and generally lazing about as we had no work commitments this year. Ah, what a change for us!

By 2pm, we were on the road for home, enjoyed a quick nap and were off again to the final concert of the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington DC. After 26 years, the LGCW has collectively decided to wind down their affairs. I've heard that it's been too difficult and expensive in recent years to keep & build an audience, a roster of singers and a slate of sponsors & advertisers all while paying for concert & rehearsal space, music and such.

I've had limited contact with any chorus for at least five years now. Choral music never was my thing but it was a way of being a productive individual within a community of volunteers for a worthy cause. When I started with the Toronto Gay Men's Chorus in 1990 or so, there was a great and vital need for any openly gay performance groups to provide a focus for the LGBT community, to provide a gentle path for those just coming out and to act as a political force against anti-gay bigotry. Over the past 20+ years, I think purposes #1 and #3 have faded off; while providing a path to coming to grips with being gay is still worthwhile for many, the LGBT choruses are not the only venue as they used to be. In short, I'm inclined to think these days that the entire gay choral movement has largely run its course --ironically, by succeeding at its goals. The LGCW is now done because, well, it's largely succeeded at its stated goals and now is the right time to bring it to a close.

There were 21 singers on stage with guest appearances by Not What You Think, Nuance, Nan Raphael and Suede. LGCW alumni in the audience were invited onstage for the final number, effectively transferring 50% of the audience to the stage.

And here's where I get a little critical... )

After the concert and reception, we dined at Mr Henry's down the street with [livejournal.com profile] markgarciachris and [livejournal.com profile] timcub. Much food and hilarity ensued... we gotta do this again some time soon!

And no evening would be complete without some form of dessert so we cut through Bethesda on the way home to enjoy gelato at a shop we had noticed last month. I had a lime gelato that made my tongue curl in ecstasy... heartily recommended!
bjarvis: (home)
The garage is now cleared out. Sometime tomorrow, the items ordered from Lowes should be arriving: one replacement bathtub and three replacement toilets, all part of our bathroom renovation project to start in the next couple of weeks.

We have just returned from a trip to our newly acquired storage locker, taking a number of boxes of materials belonging to the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington and DC Lambda Squares, as well as a lot of our personal junk. There are a surprising number of empty shelves in our basement and storage closets now.

The minivan has been completely reloaded with items going to Goodwill. They've been scattered around the house but finally placing them in a vehicle will force us to overcome our innate laziness tomorrow about getting these to the local depot.

Laundry is nearly caught up, thanks be to the appropriate deity. [livejournal.com profile] kent4str is finally putting away his clean clothes, some of which have been waiting for weeks for this small consideration.

We've also largely finished our seasonal clothing turnover: summer clothes are stored away in the basement closet while the heavier shirts, sweaters and longjohns are brought up from storage. It's still very comfortable and pleasant outdoors but it won't last forever. Or it will due to global warming, depending on my mood of the moment.

Still to do this weekend:
- ironing shirts;
- deliver items to Goodwill;
- more filing of household bills & documents than any person should ever have to face;
- the remaining laundry, which, mercifully, isn't too bad;
- replacing the secondary light fixture in the master bedroom;
- installing a ceiling fan in the main guestroom;
- eat something besides leftover Halloween candy;
- take one dresser and at least chair to the storage locker;
- taken inventory of stationery supplies for the upcoming square dance weekend and obtain supplemental items where needed;
- more tasks which have clearly escaped my overtaxed neocortex.
bjarvis: (home)
The garage is now cleared out. Sometime tomorrow, the items ordered from Lowes should be arriving: one replacement bathtub and three replacement toilets, all part of our bathroom renovation project to start in the next couple of weeks.

We have just returned from a trip to our newly acquired storage locker, taking a number of boxes of materials belonging to the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington and DC Lambda Squares, as well as a lot of our personal junk. There are a surprising number of empty shelves in our basement and storage closets now.

The minivan has been completely reloaded with items going to Goodwill. They've been scattered around the house but finally placing them in a vehicle will force us to overcome our innate laziness tomorrow about getting these to the local depot.

Laundry is nearly caught up, thanks be to the appropriate deity. [livejournal.com profile] kent4str is finally putting away his clean clothes, some of which have been waiting for weeks for this small consideration.

We've also largely finished our seasonal clothing turnover: summer clothes are stored away in the basement closet while the heavier shirts, sweaters and longjohns are brought up from storage. It's still very comfortable and pleasant outdoors but it won't last forever. Or it will due to global warming, depending on my mood of the moment.

Still to do this weekend:
- ironing shirts;
- deliver items to Goodwill;
- more filing of household bills & documents than any person should ever have to face;
- the remaining laundry, which, mercifully, isn't too bad;
- replacing the secondary light fixture in the master bedroom;
- installing a ceiling fan in the main guestroom;
- eat something besides leftover Halloween candy;
- take one dresser and at least chair to the storage locker;
- taken inventory of stationery supplies for the upcoming square dance weekend and obtain supplemental items where needed;
- more tasks which have clearly escaped my overtaxed neocortex.
bjarvis: (lgcw logo)
The Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington DC has concerts coming up this Saturday 8 PM and Sunday 4 PM. Along with guest performer Suede, one of the ensembles which will be performing is Ties Optional with member & founder [livejournal.com profile] kent4str.

[livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I will be attending the Sunday afternoon performance.
bjarvis: (lgcw logo)
The Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington DC has concerts coming up this Saturday 8 PM and Sunday 4 PM. Along with guest performer Suede, one of the ensembles which will be performing is Ties Optional with member & founder [livejournal.com profile] kent4str.

[livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I will be attending the Sunday afternoon performance.
bjarvis: (Default)
It's been quiet and relaxing so far this weekend. Hopefully, this trend will continue through today but the odds are against it: I'm the on-call UNIX primary point-of-contact today. If anything explodes at any of our offices, I'm the one receiving the desperate "Fix it! Fix it! Fix it! Is it fixed yet? Fix it!" pages from work.

We do have a person dedicated to the weekend day shifts but he's on vacation currently so the regular weekday folks were each assigned a day to provide coverage. Sunday, Dec 3 is my day. Whee. It should be too bad... Sundays are traditionally quiet and at least I can telecommute. Still, I'm chained to my pager and laptop for the balance of the day.

Yesterday would have been a good day for being on call... outside of scooting out to Sears to replace a dead toaster, we didn't leave the house a single time. That isn't to say I wasn't productive: I renewed our memberships to DC Lambda Squares, caught up on e-mail, did several loads of laundry, created a new e-mail list for the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, sorted some files and other similar personal & domestic chores.

I also renewed my membership to LOPSA, although I can't really say why: I don't perceive any benefit from being a member for the past year. Still, the organization is still new & forming so I'm going to write it up as being supportive with a possibility of future benefit.

My back --primarily the base my neck and left shoulder blade-- have been killing me for two days but spending a lot of time laying flat on a heating pad and using the electric massager has helped immensely. I have almost full range of motion back and very little pain. With a little luck, all will be well again by tomorrow.
bjarvis: (Default)
It's been quiet and relaxing so far this weekend. Hopefully, this trend will continue through today but the odds are against it: I'm the on-call UNIX primary point-of-contact today. If anything explodes at any of our offices, I'm the one receiving the desperate "Fix it! Fix it! Fix it! Is it fixed yet? Fix it!" pages from work.

We do have a person dedicated to the weekend day shifts but he's on vacation currently so the regular weekday folks were each assigned a day to provide coverage. Sunday, Dec 3 is my day. Whee. It should be too bad... Sundays are traditionally quiet and at least I can telecommute. Still, I'm chained to my pager and laptop for the balance of the day.

Yesterday would have been a good day for being on call... outside of scooting out to Sears to replace a dead toaster, we didn't leave the house a single time. That isn't to say I wasn't productive: I renewed our memberships to DC Lambda Squares, caught up on e-mail, did several loads of laundry, created a new e-mail list for the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, sorted some files and other similar personal & domestic chores.

I also renewed my membership to LOPSA, although I can't really say why: I don't perceive any benefit from being a member for the past year. Still, the organization is still new & forming so I'm going to write it up as being supportive with a possibility of future benefit.

My back --primarily the base my neck and left shoulder blade-- have been killing me for two days but spending a lot of time laying flat on a heating pad and using the electric massager has helped immensely. I have almost full range of motion back and very little pain. With a little luck, all will be well again by tomorrow.
bjarvis: (Cosmo)
Tonight was the first in a while where I didn't have outside commitments, meetings, rallies or work-related projects with looming deadlines. I almost didn't know what to do with myself. Almost.

Once I was finished downloading the daily pr0n catching up on some prior e-mails, I loaded & ran the dishwasher, did a load of laundry, woofed down [livejournal.com profile] kent4str's lovingly made dinner, sent a C1 study list out to square dance boot camp participants, caught up on some accounting record keeping, filed some papers, re-read the DC Diamond Circulate 2009 checklist, resumed my quest for a suitable hotel room for the IAGSDC convention in May of 2007, sent an e-mail to [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr to solicit his travel agent assistance, and generally prepared my backpack for work tomorrow.

And now I'm bored again.

Tomorrow night, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str will attend a meeting of the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington while I plan to go dancing A2 with John Marshall's Phantom 8's club somewhere in northern Virginia.
bjarvis: (Cosmo)
Tonight was the first in a while where I didn't have outside commitments, meetings, rallies or work-related projects with looming deadlines. I almost didn't know what to do with myself. Almost.

Once I was finished downloading the daily pr0n catching up on some prior e-mails, I loaded & ran the dishwasher, did a load of laundry, woofed down [livejournal.com profile] kent4str's lovingly made dinner, sent a C1 study list out to square dance boot camp participants, caught up on some accounting record keeping, filed some papers, re-read the DC Diamond Circulate 2009 checklist, resumed my quest for a suitable hotel room for the IAGSDC convention in May of 2007, sent an e-mail to [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr to solicit his travel agent assistance, and generally prepared my backpack for work tomorrow.

And now I'm bored again.

Tomorrow night, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str will attend a meeting of the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington while I plan to go dancing A2 with John Marshall's Phantom 8's club somewhere in northern Virginia.

Ugh.

Jul. 31st, 2006 07:26 pm
bjarvis: (home)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str went off to Capitol Hill to continue working on lights during a rehearsal of "The Gondoliers," leaving me with the house to myself. There was potential for tremendous naughtiness to ensue, but I resisted the urge. Instead, I:

  • made myself dinner;
  • ordered refill sheets for my 2006 photo album;
  • applied the new office parking sticker to my Civic;
  • emptied, reloaded & ran the dishwasher;
  • cleaned the interior of the microwave;
  • mopped down the stove top;
  • scrubbed a really disgusting, greasy pan;
  • nuked the master bath top to bottom;
  • took out the garbage; and,
  • recorded these accomplishments here.

I am now giving serious consideration to running down to the nearest grocery store to fetch a pint of chocolate fudge ice cream, into which I will then immerse myself.

Addendum, 7:50 PM EST: Ice cream has been acquired. There was a sale so I now have two 2-quart containers of Breyer's, one french vanilla, the other chocolate. Can't type now. Will report results later.

Ugh.

Jul. 31st, 2006 07:26 pm
bjarvis: (home)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str went off to Capitol Hill to continue working on lights during a rehearsal of "The Gondoliers," leaving me with the house to myself. There was potential for tremendous naughtiness to ensue, but I resisted the urge. Instead, I:

  • made myself dinner;
  • ordered refill sheets for my 2006 photo album;
  • applied the new office parking sticker to my Civic;
  • emptied, reloaded & ran the dishwasher;
  • cleaned the interior of the microwave;
  • mopped down the stove top;
  • scrubbed a really disgusting, greasy pan;
  • nuked the master bath top to bottom;
  • took out the garbage; and,
  • recorded these accomplishments here.

I am now giving serious consideration to running down to the nearest grocery store to fetch a pint of chocolate fudge ice cream, into which I will then immerse myself.

Addendum, 7:50 PM EST: Ice cream has been acquired. There was a sale so I now have two 2-quart containers of Breyer's, one french vanilla, the other chocolate. Can't type now. Will report results later.

Lazy Days

Jul. 30th, 2006 09:45 am
bjarvis: (Default)
This is the first weekend in a long time in which I have had nothing but "me" time scheduled. Ahhhh...

We didn't do much Friday night. We knew we'd be getting up early on Saturday and other commitments this past week had been a little draining. Vegging at home was the right solution.

Tubing on Antietam Creek )

Photo Projects )

And for my next trick... )

Back to some household cleaning chores for the late morning...

Lazy Days

Jul. 30th, 2006 09:45 am
bjarvis: (Default)
This is the first weekend in a long time in which I have had nothing but "me" time scheduled. Ahhhh...

We didn't do much Friday night. We knew we'd be getting up early on Saturday and other commitments this past week had been a little draining. Vegging at home was the right solution.

Tubing on Antietam Creek )

Photo Projects )

And for my next trick... )

Back to some household cleaning chores for the late morning...
bjarvis: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I left home around noon, heading into downtown DC for today's pride festival. Thanks to a generous co-worker of [livejournal.com profile] kent4str, we had parking pass to allow us to stow the minivan at [livejournal.com profile] kent4str's office, just a few blocks away from the festivities.

We went directly to the DC Lambda Squares booth to stow our stuff before scoping out the immediate area of the arts stage run by the DC LGBT Arts Consortium (DCLS is a member, as are most of the other organizations with which we have volunteered in various capacities over the past decade).

Victory is ours! )

We left the festival around 4:30 PM, stopped at [livejournal.com profile] kent4str's office pantry for a quick cold drink, then headed for home. We detoured slightly for dinner at Mi Rancho but were home by shortly after 6 PM. Just in time... my feet are killing me.
bjarvis: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I left home around noon, heading into downtown DC for today's pride festival. Thanks to a generous co-worker of [livejournal.com profile] kent4str, we had parking pass to allow us to stow the minivan at [livejournal.com profile] kent4str's office, just a few blocks away from the festivities.

We went directly to the DC Lambda Squares booth to stow our stuff before scoping out the immediate area of the arts stage run by the DC LGBT Arts Consortium (DCLS is a member, as are most of the other organizations with which we have volunteered in various capacities over the past decade).

Victory is ours! )

We left the festival around 4:30 PM, stopped at [livejournal.com profile] kent4str's office pantry for a quick cold drink, then headed for home. We detoured slightly for dinner at Mi Rancho but were home by shortly after 6 PM. Just in time... my feet are killing me.
bjarvis: (US Capitol)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I will be around for DC's pride festival this weekend. Look for us with the DC Lambda Squares folks in the parade on Saturday. We'll also be calling for DCLS at the arts stage on Sunday; [livejournal.com profile] kent4str will also be singing with his ensemble "Ties Optional" on the arts stage. Come say hi if you're in town!
bjarvis: (US Capitol)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I will be around for DC's pride festival this weekend. Look for us with the DC Lambda Squares folks in the parade on Saturday. We'll also be calling for DCLS at the arts stage on Sunday; [livejournal.com profile] kent4str will also be singing with his ensemble "Ties Optional" on the arts stage. Come say hi if you're in town!
bjarvis: (passport)
Tomorrow morning, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I are off to exciting Cleveland, OH, for a weekend of carousing with friends. Originally, we were going to see a performance of Varla Jean Merman but her show was punted to next weekend after we had already purchased our air fare. Since we're already booked for square dancing in Rehoboth next weekend, we decided to head to Cleveland as per our original plans. It doesn't hurt that the local gay leather organization has a major event this weekend either... we're bringing the cowhide just in case we feel like joining the festivities.

I've just completed hotel reservations for our trip to Seattle & Vancouver next month. We'll be buzzing into Seattle for May 17-19, being touristy around town and catching up with some old high school friends as well as visiting with Seattle husbands [livejournal.com profile] tdjohnsn and [livejournal.com profile] rlegters. On May 19, the four of us are heading to Vancouver... [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I will be attending portions of the Unison 2006 festival and generally taking in the sights with [livejournal.com profile] tdjohnsn and [livejournal.com profile] rlegters. Kent has never been to Vancouver and I haven't visited since Gay Games III in 1990 so there will be lots to see.

Alas, it will be a short trip --we have to return on May 22-- but with a little luck, we hope to meet some local LJers while we're there.
bjarvis: (passport)
Tomorrow morning, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I are off to exciting Cleveland, OH, for a weekend of carousing with friends. Originally, we were going to see a performance of Varla Jean Merman but her show was punted to next weekend after we had already purchased our air fare. Since we're already booked for square dancing in Rehoboth next weekend, we decided to head to Cleveland as per our original plans. It doesn't hurt that the local gay leather organization has a major event this weekend either... we're bringing the cowhide just in case we feel like joining the festivities.

I've just completed hotel reservations for our trip to Seattle & Vancouver next month. We'll be buzzing into Seattle for May 17-19, being touristy around town and catching up with some old high school friends as well as visiting with Seattle husbands [livejournal.com profile] tdjohnsn and [livejournal.com profile] rlegters. On May 19, the four of us are heading to Vancouver... [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I will be attending portions of the Unison 2006 festival and generally taking in the sights with [livejournal.com profile] tdjohnsn and [livejournal.com profile] rlegters. Kent has never been to Vancouver and I haven't visited since Gay Games III in 1990 so there will be lots to see.

Alas, it will be a short trip --we have to return on May 22-- but with a little luck, we hope to meet some local LJers while we're there.

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