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On Tuesday, I hopped into the city to see The Daily Show with my friends Mark, Tom, [livejournal.com profile] kradical , and his friend Helen.

Being in the studio audience for a TV show is tons and tons of fun! During the warm up, we learned that there was a lesbian couple in the audience that had been together for 40 years! Then Jon Stewart came out and had a little Q & A before they started taping. What you see on TV is what we saw at the taping.

Good times were had by all!

Here is the episode: May 8th, 2012 Guest was Ivo Daalder, US Ambassador to NATO

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As everyone knows, today is May 4th aka "Star Wars Day" May the 4th be with you, always.

I decided to stir things up with this tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Blondoid/status/198402771811180544 "Who gives a Sith? May LaForge be with you! @levarburton"

I went about my day posting links to Star Wars related things, and other things I generally tweet about, when all of a sudden, THIS happens: https://twitter.com/#!/levarburton/status/198444258036940801 "HA! RT @Blondoid Who gives a Sith? May LaForge be with you!"

As of the time I'm writing this, my interactions page has been exploding non-stop for the last 45 mins. This is amazing! I have new followers, people retweeting me, favoriting my tweet, responding of DOOM!

Who knew that becoming internet famous would pull me out of the wood works to write a blog post?!

~*::Meow::*~
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As many of you know, and for those who don't will know now, I am bisexual. My family doesn't know, so PLEASE don't talk about this part of my life on Facebook. And if you must know the reason why they don't know, it's because I have a very bigoted relative and would rather not deal with that bullshit.

Anywho, back to the topic at hand. For many years, when telling people I'm bisexual, I've had to deal with biphobic responses such as: "You can't like both men and women, you have to choose one!!" and "Oh, you're really just a lesbian in denial." or "You're just saying that because it's trendy. You don't really like women 'in that way'."

The list goes on. Those comments come from all sorts of people who are straight, gay, lesbian, trans*, etc. It is hurtful. It is hurtful that people pretend that bisexuality doesn't exist.

Today I was linked to a column, done by Lady A in the Chicago Phoenix, which I will reproduce here, because it bears repeating and should be seen by more eyes. (Originally found here)

DEAR LADY A: The people I know who claim they’re bi are attention-seeking and creepy. I honestly think, of the “bisexuals” I know, the guys are just gays who can’t emotionally handle being gay, and the women are trying to keep potential boyfriends interested with the promise of threesomes. Are actual bisexuals even real? If so, where are they hiding?

– Real Homo, Skeptical About The B in LGBT

DEAR DOUBTING HOMO: I’m not hiding and I’m bisexual, so your statement is really more about your own mistrust, isn’t it? It is the worst kind of queer self-sabotage to imply that a sexuality simply cannot be, because you can’t personally imagine it. It’s also ironic. Normally, I have a special contempt for assholes who attempt to inform me that my bisexuality is an urban myth promoted by terrified queens or an affectation I employ to impress my boyfriends. But I will try to exercise patience with you. I will even try to see it from your perspective for a moment.

To pretend like some haven’t used bisexuality as a “gateway drug” to gay or a boy-bewitching sexual tactic, would be disingenuous. Yes, there are folks who, for reasons including self-delusion, hipster trend-grubbing, or maybe just an attempt to earn better money at the stripper pole, might be bisexual pretenders. There are also straight pretenders and gay pretenders, but that doesn’t make you any less gay, does it, sir? And those gay pretenders, by the way, are sometimes boys and girls who love both boys and girls, but felt so unfairly judged by members of their own LGBT community that they actually went back into the bi closet by “picking a side.”

But for the most part, people who call themselves bi, flexible, curious or any other similar designation, are telling you the truth. You know how I know? Because it’s hard to be bi. Society immediately thinks the boys are lying and the girls are sluts, they’re queer but they’re not, they’re straight but they’re not, and they are generally just assigned the convenient homo or hetero sexuality that happens to coincide with their most current partner. They’re also some of the least supported queers in terms of organized help and education … And that’s not fun. So they must have a damned good reason (like the fact that they’ve realized they don’t give a fuck what you or society thinks they ought to be) for standing up and saying who they really are. Just like you had a damned good reason for telling the world who you really are, sir.

So, in answer to your question: Yes, bisexuals are real, and yes, they’re sometimes hiding in your ranks, and could possibly be one of your closest friends or lovers. Being fearful of something you don’t understand and can’t control is scary, isn’t it? On the bright side, now you know how homophobes feel.

I’m bi. No lie. Get used to it.


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... to score the entire IN HER NAME book series by Michael R. Hicks. In order for me to win this set of books, I need you all to do something for me:

Please vote for my comment by clicking reply to it and writing something, as long as it's not profane, so that I might win this set of autographed books! You can also enter, if you'd like!

The link is here!!!! You have until Sunday, March 11th at 6pm EDT (yes, this weekend is Daylight Savings Time!)

Thank you!

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This past weekend I spent in NJ because I hadn't seen [livejournal.com profile] karistan & [livejournal.com profile] dqg_neal in a while & I had a meeting to go to on Sunday. On Saturday, we went to the State Theater of NJ to see One Man Lord of the Rings. Go check out the website. I'll wait.

Before attending the show, we had lunch at a brewery that specializes in a Siberian Express Imperial Stout that is 10.2 proof. We shared a sampler, in which this beer was one of the 8 beers presented to us, and we could definitely see how the Imperial Stout would easily knock us on our asses if we had our own pints.

Ok good, you're back. THE SHOW WAS HILARIOUS AND AWESOME AND OMG!!! HAHAHAHAHA! ::ahem::

The meeting was a meeting. Nothing that can really be discussed here, so I won't. Nyah.

On my way home, instead of attempting to get all the way home, I went to my friend Charlie's place and I got there just as they got to the half in the Super Bowl. Oh, btw, THE GIANTS WON, WOOOOOOOOOOO!! That was a crazy game. That last play nearly gave me a coronary.

I travelled home on Monday afternoon. Brian was *very* happy to see me when he got home from work, and I was very happy to see him as well. :)

~*::Meow::*~
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Today, I am wearing red in remembrance of my grandfathers who both died of heart disease and for my father who survived numerous heart attacks that he didn't even know about and went through emergency quadruple bypass surgery FOUR years ago. He only has half of a heart nowadays, but he is doing well.

If you can, please donate to the American Heart Association

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I know, I know. I said I was going to do the Page-A-Day Jeopardy! thing everyday, but then I fell off the wagon, HARD. Then I started getting trolled (I'm glad I have the comments in those posts screened), so I disappeared for a week.

But I'm back now! Will Page-A-Day Jeopardy! come back? Only if the masses (you guys) would like it to.

Let me know!

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The answers to yesterday's Jeopardy! questions were: What is a pecan? and What is the almond?

Today, we are met with the first Double Jeopardy! question of the week, which is worth $400:

The Category: Genius by Muse

The Answer: Beatrice, a Florentine girl who died in 1290, was this poet's muse.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

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The answer to Monday's Jeopardy! question was: What are pistachios?

Brian and I are back home from house sitting, so I will be back on top of posting these every day.

Here's another two-fer because I failed at posting yesterday (go figure). The 1st question is worth $600 and the 2nd question is worth $1000:

The Category for both: A Bunch of Nuts

First Answer: This nut of a hickory tree follows "butter" in the name of a classic ice cream flavor.

Second Answer: Marzipan, used to cover or decorate cakes, is a paste made from this nut.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~
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The answers to yesterday's Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! questions were: What is The Jetsons? and Who is Isaac Newton?

That Final Jeopardy! question was a doozy!! Congrats to [livejournal.com profile] chris_walsh for pulling the correct answer out of his butt! :)

And now, we return to having a clean slate and start off once again with a Jeopardy! question, worth $200:

The Category: A Bunch of Nuts

The Answer: The shells of these greenish nuts used to be dyed red; not so much anymore.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~
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The answer to the Double Jeopardy! questions from Friday were: What is your belly button? and What is an ejectable/ejector seat?

Apparently, I suck at keeping up with the Page-A-Day's when I'm not actually near my calendar! I emailed myself the entire week's worth of the questions and answers before heading to Brian's folks to house sit. Oh well, it's all good.

That being said, today is another two for one. The first is a Double Jeopardy! question, worth $2000, and the second is the Final Jeopardy! question:

The Category for Double Jeopardy!: Button it!

The Answer: On this animated TV show, George and Jane got "Button Finger" from pushing too many futuristic devices.

The Category for Final jeopardy!: Scientists

The Answer: Alexander Pope wrote the epitaph "Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night, G-d said, let" him "be and all was light"

Go luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

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The answer to Wednesday's Jeopardy! question was: What is Lucy?

So, whoops! It appears that I *forgot* to post yesterday's question, therefore, today you get two Double Jeopardy! questions, the first one worth $400 and the second one worth $1200:

The Category for both: Button it!

The first Answer: Yours may be an innie or an outie.

The second Answer: In Goldfinger, James Bond had one of these seats in his car to get rid of any pesky passengers at the push of a button.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~
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The answer to yesterday's Jeopardy! question was: Who is Susan B. Anthony? Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] amaya_kawaii for getting it correct!!

And now, onto today's Jeopardy! question, which is worth $1000:

The Category: You Go, Girl!

The Answer: This female name given to the fossil found by Donald Johnson in Ethiopia in 1974 was inspired by a Beatles song.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!! :)

~*::Meow::*~
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The answer to yesterday's Jeopardy! question was: Who is Dorothy Parker? Congrats to [livejournal.com profile] chris_walsh for getting the answer correct!!

That was pretty difficult for a $200 question. And now, onto today's Jeopardy! question, worth $600:

The Category: You Go, Girl!

The Answer: Fined $100 for voting in an 1873 Rochester election she said, "I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty."

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~
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The answer to yesterday's Final Jeopardy! question was: Who is Earth, Wind, and Fire?

And now I want to listen to this:



::Grooves:: ::sees everyone staring at her:: ::stops abruptly:: ::ahem::

Anywho, since it is Monday, we now have a clean slate for the week! And now, onto today's Jeopardy! question, which is worth $200:

The Category: You Go, Girl!

The Answer: This witty woman who helped found the Screen Writers Guild left her estate to Martin Luther King, JR.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~
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The answer to yesterday's Double Jeopardy! question was: What is The English Patient?

We have reached the Final Jeopardy! round. YAAAAAAY!!

The Category: Band Name Origins

The Answer: This band took its name from the three elements in founder Maurice White's astrological chart.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~
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The answer to yesterday's Double Jeopardy! question was: What is Noah's Ark?

Sorry this is going up so late. I've been away from the internet most of the day.

And now for today's Double Jeopardy! question, worth $2000:

The Category: The Great Canadian Novel

The Answer: This 1992 Michael Ondaatje novel became a Ralph Fiennes movie that won the Best Picture Oscar.

Also, tomorrow's Final Jeopardy! category is: Band Name Origins. Put your wager for tomorrow in Today's comment.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~
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The answer to yesterday's Double Jeopardy! question was: What is Quebec?

One of these days, I'd like to actually tour Quebec as opposed to get our car broken into at the visitor center and get the hell out of there, which happened a few years ago.

And now, onto today's Double Jeopardy! question, which is worth $1200:

The Category: The Great Canadian Novel

The Answer: Not Wanted on the Voyage rewrites the story of this biblical vessel.

Good luck, and NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~
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The answer to yesterday's Jeopardy! question was: What are parents?

I don't know, back in the days of AOL, the code was POS (Parent Over Shoulder), but I guess if a teenager was to text their friend with POS nowadays, their friend would think they are being called Pieces of Shit. ::shrug::

Anywho... Onto today's Double Jeopardy! question, worth $400:

The Category: The Great Canadian Novel

The Answer: Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes is set in this province, site of linguistic and cultural conflict.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~
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The answer to yesterday's Jeopardy! question was: What is keep in touch?

That answer makes me wish some people actually would... But I digress. Here is today's Jeopardy! question, worth $1000:

The Category: Text Messaging

The Answer: Careful! "P911" is a text message alert about the looming presence of one of these.

Good luck, and remember, NO CHEATING!!

~*::Meow::*~

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