Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

 I wish you all Happy New Year! I hope that you and yours have a Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year in 2013! I know I am looking for a change for the better in the New Year.

Hey 2012 don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out :-)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

I want to wish all of you a Happy Holidays! I hope that you all have a Safe, Fun and a Prosperous New New Year!

P.S. Mele Kalikimaka, Splendid Winter Solstice, Cosy Kwanza, Festive Festivus, Cool Yule, Happy Hogswatch, Lucky Litha (southern hemisphere) and whatever else you care to celebrate this HAPPY HOLIDAY season.

Ryan and I with the cast on Santaland Diaries.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Winter Solstice

My guess is, if you are reading this then the world did not end, the tectonic plates are still intact and the poles did not shift. No surprise there. This year, 2012, is the earliest winter since 1896 arrives with the solstice at 6:12 A.M. on December 21 (EST) according to the Farmers Almanac. 
The Winter Solstice is Latin words for "sun" and "to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs exactly when the earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. For most people in the high latitudes this is commonly known as the shortest day and the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest. Winter is a time for withdrawal from the world and it's demands. 

This  time of the year also gave birth to some festivals and to the invention of Beer :-) Here are a few of the festivals that took place in some of the cultures ...

Yule: "Yule Tide" comes from the ancient Germanic tradition of celebrating the Winter Solstice. YULE NIGHT was celebrated on the night of the New Moon closest to the Solstice, because only a very DARK night would do. You can still catch the hint of it's Lunar origin in the reference to the TIDE.

Me├ín Geimhridh, Celtic Midwinter "The point of roughness" is the term for the winter solstice in Wales which in ancient Welsh mythology, was when the Goddess Rhiannon gave birth to the sacred son, Pryderi. Today, among Neo-druidsAlban Arthan (Welsh tr. "light of winter" but derived from Welsh poem, Light of Arthur) is celebrated on the winter solstice with a ritualistic festival, and gift giving to the needy.

Dongzhi: Festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese. The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. 

Hogmanay: (Scotland) The name derives from the old Scots name for Yule gifts of the Middle Ages. How could I pass on including this with the words "Hog-man-ay" in the title. 

Sol Invictus: ("Unconquered Sun") was the official sun god of the later Roman Empire. It is commonly claimed that the date of December 25th for Christmas was selected in order to correspond with this Roman festival. 


Thursday, December 20, 2012

We Were Duped

Well it seems that the Mayans were wrong since as I write this it's already tomorrow 21st of December 2012, across the International Date Line. I'm watching CNN and they haven't mentioned any great Tsunami or that the tecktonik plates are collapsing. Huh, kind of funny we are still here just like that rapture crap a year ago.
I think it's pretty safe to say you can come out of your bunker and come back to reality. With that being said you have 4 shopping days left until Christmas.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

In Solemn Memory...


"Don't say his name. Don't show his face. Remember these names instead." - Miss Witz Old high school teacher's tribute to the Sandy Hook victims. 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Botanical Christmas

We went to the Atlanta Botanical Garden a week ago and here a few of my favorite photos. Enjoy and I hope it puts you in the holiday spirit :-)























Saturday, December 01, 2012

Do you know your Status?


World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 always brings a fresh round of not-so-encouraging news about HIV and gay men. There’s some hope, too, thanks to optimistic federal heath officials in Atlanta, but let’s just get the bad stuff out of the way. Here goes.
In a sort of good doctor, bad doctor routine, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control & Prevention delivered their disturbing stats on Tuesday.
 Nearly 3 out of 4 HIV-positive people do not have their infection under control. Why is that? Some 1 in 5 people with HIV don’t know they are infected; in Atlanta, the numbers run much higher for gay poz men – 55 percent don’t know they are HIV-positive.
 Of the nearly 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S., a slim 28 percent have a suppressed viral load. That means the virus is under control and at a level that keeps people healthy and drops the risk of infecting others.
 Men who have sex with men remain the population most severely affected by HIV in the U.S. They are also the least likely to know they are infected and less likely to seek out prevention counseling. Some 39 percent of gay men receive prevention counseling, compared to 50 percent of men who have sex with women.
 Black gay and bisexual men do not engage in riskier behaviors than other gay men, but face a higher risk for HIV thanks to the high prevalence of HIV that already exists in many black and gay communities.
  
World AIDS Campaign -  http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/
 Veterans Affairs HIV - http://www.hiv.va.gov/vahiv?page=pt-home 
Center for Disease Control and prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/features/worldaidsday/
Who's Positive http://www.whospositive.org/
AIDs Atlanta - http://www.aidatlanta.org/

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Today Sucked


I’ve had a pretty shitty day among other things.  I found out today a friend committed suicide over Thanksgiving weekend. I had last spoken to him on Monday and Wednesday of last week, there was nothing that I can put a nail on that I would have ever thought that he was hurting. What pisses me off is that he never reached out or even gave anyone a chance to pull him up. 
If things get bad fucking SCREAM! Don’t Fucking Do It!
Suicide is one of the most Selfish acts a person can commit. You may think that you are ending your pain, but you are only hurting all of the people that would have to helped you, if you only reached out. We all have bad times but there are people that care about you, more than you will ever know, just give us a chance.
What sign did I miss? Paul I'm going to miss you. 

If you are worried about a friend or family member

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Often times, a suicidal person may indicate in some way that they plan to attempt suicide. Here are some warning signs you should know about.
Warning Signs:

* Increased Isolation – From family and friends
* Alcohol or Drug Use Increases
* Expression of negative attitude toward self
* Expression of hopelessness or helplessness
* Change in Regular Behavior
* Loss of interest in usual activities
* Giving away valued possessions
* Expression of a lack of future orientation (i.e. "It won't matter soon anyway")
* Expressing Suicidal Feelings
* Signs of Depression
* Describes a Specific Plan for Suicide
* History of Suicide in the Family
* A person who has been extremely depressed in the past may be at an increased risk for suicide if the depression begins to cease, as they may now have the psychological energy to follow through on a suicidal ideation.

If you or someone you care about displays any of these warning signs, please do not hesitate to call The Trevor Lifeline at: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) to speak with a trained volunteer counselor.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope that everyone has enjoys their day and I hope you do not have to work later this evening or at all today.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Calm It


Exactly. As I was walking out of a store today I overheard some people talking with the lame ass (Salvation Army) bell-ringer; about if some one wishes them a "Happy Holidays" they are going to throw it back in their face with a "Merry Christmas". Then they went on about some bullshit about a "war on Christmas" and taking the Christ out of Christmas. I'm guessing they all just got off a bus from Colorado or Washington and are still reveling because of the legalization of Pot or they just watch to much FOX News. 

First off Christmas was a pagan holiday that had Christ added to it and no one really know when he was born. It's only a Theory he was born around the time of the Winter Solstice only to entice more pagan to convert to your superstition. 

Secondly as an Agnostic none believing heathen, I don't give a damn what or who you believe. I really do not think that many none christians give two flying fucks what you call the holiday. 

Thirdly I still celebrate the holiday for what it is supposed to represent. You know those things that most people forget all about at this time of the year...Peace on Earth and  Love thy Fellow Man
Many people forget that and all they fucking think about is give ME give Me give Me, they don't give to damns about Christ. So don't get up on your high horse and say the non believer are trying to take your Christ away. This is a free country believe what you want, if you think God live on some extraterrestrial rock with little green men, then have at. 

Do you know what offends most nonbeliever is the bullshit that we should believe what you believe. Dude just stay in your space and stay out of mine. Sorry but I have a sense or "Reality" and Freedom of Religion does not mean you have to have one. 

As far as donating money this holiday season I highly recommend giving to these groups...

And a Good Day to You Sir!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ruck a Buck Tournament 2012

In October over Pride weekend in Atlanta, I went and watched our local gay rugby club's the Atlanta Bucks tournament here are some of the photos from that event. The Bucks host teams from St Louis the Crusaders and from Charlotte the Royals. 


ATL 33
St. Louis. 8

St. Louis 0
Charlotte 26

ATL 10
Charlotte 10







































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