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Phone calls that chase the blues away

My weekend involved a bit of drinking and a whole bunch of great phone calls. The phone was my friend this weekend and has vanquished quite a few of the shadows lurking in my mindset.

The first Phone call was from my Dad who had some great news. My mom’s health has greatly improved. She is no longer taking naps every afternoon and is taking far fewer breaks. She is acting much more like she did before she was affected by Polymyositis. On Saturday she drove herself to one of her meetings in LA, stayed the whole time, drove home then got right into getting the house exactly the way she wants it. She has been so busy with getting the house together that she has forgotten to feel sorry for herself. I think all the exercise is really good for her and my earlier prodding didn’t get me anywhere. Hopefully she will keep busy after she is all settled. This news really made my month if not year!

The second call I got was from Kirsten who had me laughing as she passed me (via phone) around a party she thought I should be at. I talked with Wendi for a while, she was in rare form, very rare! It’s always fun to be included in parties 400 miles away!

The next call was from et_blackbird and I am now more determined than ever to make my Oktoberfest plans work. I’ve been looking into it and I think it is doable. My friend Dave told me that prices are high right now and I should wait a little while before purchasing tickets. So my plans so far include Munich, Bamberg, Berlin and Düsseldorf... And maybe et_blackbird and I will take a daytrip to Amsterdam. I am very excited about this trip. et_blackbird really had some nice things to say about me as well as my writing. It still shocks me that people want to read what I’ve written. He has such a nice calming voice, I always enjoy our transatlantic conversations and wish they could last longer. I think this time I actually talked more than him. I can’t wait to actually meet him.

After I got of the Phone I wandered over to bete_lumineux’s house to sunbathe on his deck in my tired torn underwear. We only get four or five sunny days in San Francisco and Mal and I wanted to make the most of this one. We took turns introducing each other to new music while toasting our skin. After Mal finished bronzing his and I reddening mine, we ran some errands. While Mal was getting his bike fixed I got another call from my dad.

There was a huge amount of noise in the background. I was a bit worried as to why he was calling me when I spoke to him for over half an hour the day before. “Guess where I’m at?” he yelled into the phone. I guess a jazz concert or game or some sort. “Nope, I’m at a parade,” he said with pride. My Ex Dave was down in Long Beach this weekend, He wanted me to join him and his new boyfriend at Long Beach’s Pride Parade. “You’re at Gay Pride?” I was shocked and surprised. My Dad was overwhelmed with how many people were there, how much fun people were having and at one point started to cuss uncontrollably into the phone because he couldn’t believe the little flying through the air... “Without Helmets, they aren’t wearing any damn helmets! And these girls are twisting and flipping way into the air. Holy shit! Oh my God! They aren’t wearing damn helmets!” It was CheerSF http://www.cheersf.org/html/Performances/PerformanceNews.html I was so happy that my dad was having fun at Pride but I nearly had tears in my eyes when I found out... that he called right when CheerSF was going by. I’m still tearing up now. Oscar was a member of Cheer SF before he died in September of 2002.

Oscar, Monkey and Extra-Gay-Jay at Pride 2000

My dad called right as Oscar’s old team was Cheering past and flipping through the air... The fact that he started to cuss like a sailor was just an added bonus that would have made Oscar quite happy too.

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May. 24th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
Now that trip sounds like fun! Come to think of it, my birthday's in October. I could Oktoberfest for it!

Derek's great, you'll enjoy sharing time with him.

May. 24th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
For some strange reason Oktoberfest is in September... I am still confused by that but maybe after I go I will understand.

I was so bummed when I wasn't able to meet him in London earlier this year, damn Ryanair!
May. 24th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
Holy Sausages!
Hey, don't knockwurst it until you try it. *ba-dum-bum*

*groan* It's pre-coffee. Excuse the bad humor. When and where is it?

I actually missed him the first time he was in Austin, but was fortunate enough to get a second chance. Your time will come, too. :]
May. 24th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
Bamberg was the highlight of my last trip nach Deutschland. I also enjoyed Dresden - though I wish I had more time.
May. 24th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
My friend Arnd lives in Bamberg so I have to visit him anytime I am in Germany. I love Bamberg, it really is my favorite city in Germany!
May. 24th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
Sometimes I wish I were more of a phone junkie if only to bug you. I still have your number in my phone but I rarely have much to say over the phone, I don't know you all that well and I always assume that people are usually tied up enough with their own lives to a degree that hearing from me would be more of an imposition than anything else. In the end, I chock up my closedmouthedness to being raised in northern New England, the land of those of few words.

I'm glad to hear that your mood has improved; it leads to more engaging posts.

by the way, I friended bete_lumineux after seeing some of his art which impressed the effing hell out of me.
May. 24th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to hear your mom is doing better. Their move might not have been good for you but is sounds like it's helping you mother ten fold.

*hugs* monkey. I'm glad your feeling better and I look forward to reading your stories. They make me smile.


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