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This is a cross post from my accidentally gay blog here: https://accidentallygay.com/2016/06/27/i-get-it/

Definitely check out Wolsey's post, he did a better job at this :).


I get it…


Now-I-get-it


I mean, I always got what the whole Gay Pride thing in June was, and especially the Seattle Pride parade was about, but I think I finally get it. Before going to it yesterday I was happy that it happened, I was glad people could attend but when asked if I was interested I was usually “meh”.


Seattle-Pride-2016


However, after a close couple asked us to go (Wolsey and myself) we decided we would try. I still wasn’t sure at the time, I was in Denver all week, then on Saturday I was in Bellingham (over a hundred miles from my house) dealing with my father’s headstone purchase. I really wasn’t sure I would go. I thought maybe I would bail out at the last minute.



I am out!
Master of last minute bailing!

However, we had a good trip to Bellingham, woke up the next morning and both Wolsey and I’s normal shut in type personalities were not on. We were good with going so we went.


We showed up early, thanks to M. I really appreciate that M showed up hours early, got us a secure spot in the shade towards the end of the parade. There I met T, R and I along with my friends Vince and Lisa. There Wolsey and I set up with newly purchased camp chairs from Target, in the shade and waited.


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The waiting was fun. We talked with our friends and newly met acquaintances and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. I still didn't really understand how this worked. Everyone was nice though, and there was a lot of glitter and bright colors. It reminded me of some of the white trash outings I had as a child.

Wolsey reflecting our white trash roots
Wolsey reflecting our white trash roots

I really couldn’t tell you what specifically changed with my experience. I was quiet at first, watching the parade go by. The happy people, both crowd and marchers was fantastic. The dancing was very uplifting, and the open acceptance was new. By the end of it I was cheering loudly for each group that went by. It didn’t matter if it was a small group of individuals who looked nervous, or a huge, corporate backed entourage. I felt I wanted to encourage everyone to come back next year.

Equality Scouts
Equality Scouts
Nice Wings
Love the wings!


"These aren't real honey", that was my favorite saying from the person talking to the little girl.

We did have an encounter with the “God Hates Fags” type people there. I think I will probably post on that separately in detail. However, suffice to say there were enough people who cordoned them off and kept them out of the way (proudly I was part of that). 



Douchebag didn't like his reception
Douchebag didn't like his reception

I was also happy to see the church people. I am personally a combination of deist/buddhist because I find so many unreconcilable issues. However, I felt I should especially welcome those religious people who come out to show their support for the LGBTQA community. I realize why a lot of people don’t give them an inch, I can understand that reasoning. I just believe things don’t change unless both sides can forgive and mend the bridges.

Supportive religious people.
Supportive religious people.

There was a sobering part of the parade on a personal level. A work friend of mine met up with us. They were chatting away and mentioned the “T” word in passing… Yes, in a group of people we were standing with, and which the friend knew there were transgender people, they uttered the T word in passing, as if they had a right to it.
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I still really haven’t approached that situation. I know I need to speak to the person about it, but I am trying to figure out a way that won’t either leave me rolling over and tolerating it (Wolsey was so angry) or making my life a hell at work. I think I will just talk to the person and explain it is absolutely unacceptable and hope for the best.
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The friend went off with their other friends for lunch and we went back to the parade, enjoying ourselves and while it took awhile to forget, the joyous celebration eventually made me so entranced I didn’t think much about it until it was over.

By the end of the parade I was yelling louder for those at the end of the parade. I found myself really irritated that everyone was leaving before it was over. It is that weird “momma bear” vibe I sometimes get. I really just wanted those people at the end to not feel like people got bored and moved on.

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As the parade ended I found myself both disappointed it was over, and happy it happened. I found myself anticipating next year and that is when I finally realized it…

I get it…

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4-28-16

Apr. 28th, 2016 07:15 pm
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Jello, Shadow and Ghost hanging on the couch.

Just trying to get daily pictures out to practice with the FZ1000. This is from Thursday 4/28/16 with my three housemates (yes, Shadow is sitting in the corner of the couch using the "shadows" to hide).
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3-12-16

Mar. 12th, 2016 06:51 pm
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imageHanging with hubby, haven't been here at Strawberry Patch in a year and a half.
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Hubby and Wey Wey, enjoying some Indian.
 
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 I dropped the phone while taking this (hence the blur). I still like it.
#luckyslife 
#dailypic 
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It is early and we are on our way to see my parents. I suspect I may be in danger.
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The sign for my dreams probably creepier.Had a strange dream that I woke up pretty early from. It was a group of us sitting around, I believe myself, Jello, maybe Ted, Torie and maybe Sean. Also there were both of my parents (older).

We were going through a pile of Shadowrun books, mostly trying to figure out weapons and characters. Something about a submarine was involved as well. There were pictures we were trying to refer back to, and I think Jello was asking about a specific picture but we couldn’t find which book.

During this I mentioned some of the books were mine (I believe there was an “ork” book for Shadowrun I had in my hand). My mom mentioned for some reason that that specific book wasn’t mine. I popped it open and was expecting my name to be in the front page but it wasn’t. It had someone else’s name. I was sure it was actually my book, since none of our group had owned the book. I flipped through that book and a couple other books and while I did that, the books came apart at the binding.

Meanwhile my mom started talking about terrorism. Some things seemed right, some things I tried to correct her on. I ended up waking up alarmed and uncomfortable. Nothing bad had happened, no issues, no monsters, no one hurt. Not sure what was up with that dream.
 
 
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Jello, whom I love more than anything made my day this morning.
 
I opened my lunch and found the magic egg!
 
#goodstart
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It has been awhile since I uploaded personal videos other than Marmalade, so here we go again. Yes this was uploaded to the old youtube, but now I have a new channel and here it is.

This is our January 2015 episode of 365 Project. It was a great month, even with the trip to Philly.

Date: January 2015
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Jello and myself on our way to WtNV

Yesterday was date night. Jello and I went to go see Welcome to Night Vale live production at the Neptune. I put up a gallery of the few photos I took here: Welcome to Night Vale.

First I have to say that the show was awesome, it was absolutely worth the time, and of course I enjoyed being with Jello the most.

The date started at Panera's (Jello's favorite place to eat at the moment). We had dinner while we chatted about stuff. We then rolled into Seattle and went through the "find a parking spot" ordeal. Of course this wasn't new to us, but it is always a headache.

The one thing I never understand about some people is their desire to take an hour to find free parking. Both Jello and I would rather pay for parking, know our car isn't sitting on the street waiting to get side swiped and not have to worry about it.

We had thought we got there too early. Both of us are anxious about being late to things so we ended up about two hours early (the show was at 7, we got there by 5).

Actually we lucked out, we got into line fairly quickly and pretty close to the front, within 30 minutes (still 90 minutes before the show and 30 minutes before the doors opened) the line wrapped a full block down and around the corner. We knew it would be popular, but that was more than expected.

Cecil being Cecil.

We got into the show and took a seat second row back. It was a little to the side, but honestly we had a great view. I won't talk much about the show, I don't want to ruin it for anyone who might want to get it from their store when its over, or if they are going to see it. I can say there are a couple of guests/actors from other shows that showed up for this one.

 

We got out about 8:30 and headed home. It was a nice drive home and we realized a few things.

  1. We loved going out. We definitely want to do more things like that.

  2. We will make sure to get to shows early from this point forward.

  3. Some people are rude in line and leave garbage on the sidewalk like little pigs.

  4. We are old, we don't like to stay up to late so we will try and hit early showings of shows.

  5. It doesn't matter what we do, we just enjoy being with each other.


Hopefully we will have a lot more date nights.

 

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