Happy Forth of July to everyone! I had a really good weekend. I started it off on Friday going to a benefit for reel identities and afterwards barhopping a bit with Andy. Stopped by the Phoenix for the first time in my life. It was interesting. I imagine things get much crazier there but it wasn’t that late. There was a few guys in the back um, servicing each other and some other guy wondering around buck naked with an erection ordering drinks at the bar and starting conversation about his plants, but other than that it wasn’t unlike what I’ve seen in Rawhide – except they were a lot… closer.

Saturday I met up with a friend from Texas, Kerry, and got some lunch. I saw him out again Sunday night and we were heavily propositioned by this couple from Lafayette to join them in a four way. I passed. lol Besides, it was 3am and I was too sober to be having a conversation like that.

Sunday during the day I was working at Napoleon’s Itch and I bumped into some guy while trying to squeeze by him. He says: “Hi, I’m ****** and I’d like to fuck you.”

Wow. That’s forward.

I reply “Hi there, my name is Vincent”

To which his friend says “He’s drunk, he’s just kidding,”

“I know he is.” I say.

“No I’m not kidding.” he says.

“I know you’re not.” I reply, as I walk away.

Last night I was upstairs at Tropical Isle (a tacky straight bar on Bourbon Street) and this completely trashed guy that I met a year or so ago comes BOUNDING at me from behind and says “Hi, I’m James. What’s your name? Are you from here? I have a cripple crack addict downstairs waiting for me.” Now, I have no idea why he decided to walk over to me and start trying to work his “charm” on me. I don’t think he remembered that I met him early last October and crashed at his place because I got caught being out after curfew – which was a story unto itself. He was trashed then too. :)

So yeah, I had a pretty good weekend as far as getting hit on by total creeps and spending time with friends.

BTW, I’ve also added a few of my Dummer T-Shirts to Etsy. Not sure if I’ll actually sell anything, but it certainly seems cool.

Family and Friend’s Whereabouts

Please feel free to use the comments function to update your information here. Don’t put address or phone numbers here. Send them to me and I’ll keep track of them the best I can. Email me for more info.

T = I have a land line for them.

Julie is in Baton Rouge with a bunch of friends at a hotel. (7 humans, 2 cats and a dog in one hotel room!) She’s flying out to Virginia to stay with some friends. T

Jason, his dad, his grandfather, his two dogs and two cats stayed for the storm… they’re on their way out the city, but I’m not sure where to.
update 9/3 Jason are “in Memphis going from hotel room to hotel room. We’ll have a permanent suite on Monday. Permanent. God, that sounds depressing. :P How about temporarily permanent? “

My brother Michael, as of Monday night, was in a hotel in N.O. near the airport that the airline is paying for, but they have no water or power.
update 9/1 Michael is going to Charlotte N.C. for work.

My sister and her husband are going to stay with his family in New Jersey with their dog.
update 9/1 Kay, Johnny and pooch are in New Jersey. T

J A S O N is in a “smoke filled double-wide outside Alexandria”

Stacey and John(?) are staying with parental units in Birmingham, AL. Maybe we can hook up? I love Marshall and Carlos, but it’d be nice to see someone else! :)

Gilya is in Houston, but is moving somewhere else soon. T (hotel number)

I don’t know where David (Brown) is, but I got a text message back from him, so I know he’s alright.
update 9/1 Dennis Lauscha has confirmed via txt message to Marshall that David is OK

Brian (Asbury) went to Indiana to see his parents, doesn’t know when (or even if) he’s coming back. T

Kiki and Mags are ok, but I don’t remember where they are. (sorry!)
update 9/1 Kiki is in Marksville, with her sister. Mags is in Louisville, KY with her gf.

Mark (Grapes) and his kitty are in Baton Rouge with friends.

Gina is in Port Sulfur with Family. T

Debbie and Lloyd are in Baton Rouge with thier cats.

I got texted from Dan, it seemed like he was in the Hotel. I hope he managed to get out.
update 9/1 Dan msged me that he is going to Birmingham or Houston for work.
update 9/3 Dan is going to Birmingham.
Kasey is In Nacotoches with friends (?)

Christopher (Kent) is in Texas with friends.

Mary, Earl and Marc were staying with kay and Johnny in Mississippi but are going somewhere else.
update 9/1 Mary et all were supposedly going to a Redcross Shelter

Jeffery was in Baton Rouge on Sunday and Illinois last night. Guess he’s making his way to Chicago? T
update 9/1 Jeff is still in rural Illinois. “Will stay [there] for home base”

update 9/ 1 Myke Yest is in Florida with his mom.

update 9/1 I heard from Rachelle. She didn’t say where she was.

update 9/1 Patrick Thompson sent me this: “Pallie and I are in Spring Branch, Texas with some friends. We’ve got my mother-in-law, her dog and two cats, and our two cats.” T

update 9/1 Michael Hernandez is in Lafayette. T

I’m not sure what happened to my grandmother… her nursing home was “dry” as of Monday night, but without water I assume they had to evacuate. My mom hasn’t been able to get in touch with them since then.

update 9/1 Brandon is in Jackson, LA.

We’re gone! We’re back!

Well, we left for Texas, Tennesee, somewhere west, somewhere north a random destination early this morning. Kay had no where to put the dogs so she left them outside (? I didn’t get that either, but I didn’t say anything since I didn’t think we were going to go very far.) sure enough we got about an hour down I-55 before we both heard on the radio that “A lot of people who are deciding to leave now with nowhere to go are finding out that it’s too little, too late.” Basically, there’s no hotels for about 16-18 hours away, and by the time you get anywhere, it’ll be time to come home anyway.

So here I am. Posting this. Waiting for the storm.

The kitties are in the spare bedroom. They’re doing pretty good considering all the stuff going on.

“They” seem pretty certain that Ivan is going to Mobile, but you can’t go 15 minutes without a meteorologist filling time with 5 minutes of weatherbabble about the storm. And really. Weatherpeople: no one cares what kind of satelite you use. Please stop plugging WeatherDoppler2k4 v.2.

Mindy: You are all going to die. Run biotch, RUN!! Back to you Brad.
Brad: So Mindy, lets go Bill and the enhanced MegaDoppler2k4 v.2 satelite imagery from our channel 7 MegaDoppler2k4 v.2 v.2 team.
Bill: Yes Brad, these MegaDoppler2k4 v.2 enhanced images are from our MegaDoppler2k4 v.2 satelite. Notice the dark green patches in the middle of the lighter green patches the MegaDoppler2k4 v.2 is showing us? That’s RAIN BIOTCH! RUN! RUN!!
Mindy: Wow Bill, that MegaDoppler2k4 v.2 is something. The images are so clear. They look so… enhanced.
Bill: Yes, that’s the MegaDoppler2k4 v.2’s enhanced imagery, found only on the MegaDoppler2k4 v.2 and only here on Channel 7. MegaDoppler2k4 v.2
Mindy: MegaDoppler2k4 v.2!
Brad and Bill: MegaDoppler2k4 v.2!
(Off camera)
Yes indeed!

By the way, if anyone in th low lying areas has lost their power and needs ice to cool your beverage or for medicine – you are free to come by and keep it in the living room. Holy Moses, mother of god – Kay keeps it freezing in this place!

Uhg, I’m tired.

Mass. Court Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Mass. court: State can’t block same-sex marriages
(From USA Today)

Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Tuesday that same-sex couples are legally entitled to wed under the state constitution, but stopped short of allowing marriage licenses to be issued to the couples who challenged the law.

MARSHALL, C.J.: Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations. The question before us is whether, consistent with the Massachusetts Constitution, the Commonwealth may deny the protections, benefits, and obligations conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex who wish to marry. We conclude that it may not. The Massachusetts Constitution affirms the dignity and equality of all individuals. It forbids the creation of second-class citizens. In reaching our conclusion we have given full deference to the arguments made by the Commonwealth. But it has failed to identify any constitutionally adequate reason for denying civil marriage to same-sex couples.

Another good quote:

We are mindful that our decision marks a change in the history of our marriage law. Many people hold deep-seated religious, moral, and ethical convictions that marriage should be limited to the union of one man and one woman, and that homosexual conduct is immoral. Many hold equally strong religious, moral, and ethical convictions that same-sex couples are entitled to be married, and that homosexual persons should be treated no differently than their heterosexual neighbors. Neither view answers the question before us. Our concern is with the Massachusetts Constitution as a charter of governance for every person properly within its reach. “Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code.” Lawrence v. Texas, 123 S. Ct. 2472, 2480 (2003) (Lawrence), quoting Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833, 850 (1992).