Archive for July 24th, 2012

Where Do The Bright Kids Play?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

My friend, the musically gifted drummer for the Margaret Explosion Paul, has added some new signs to his ‘Funky Signs’ website where I often go when I need a chuckle.  You can find it here:

http://funkysigns.tumblr.com/

His beautiful wife Peggi is even more musically gifted and plays admirably for the Margaret Explosion. It took me years to connect her name ‘Peggi’ with “Margaret Explosion”  I guess we all know in which group of kids I’ll have to play.

 

Sally Ride’s Other Side

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

America's First Woman in Space 1951-2012

Sally Ride was a lesbian who lived in a 27-year, committed, monogamous  relationship with Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy. You probably don’t have that immediate image of a gay person, right?  When you think of someone who’s gay, you imagine a painted, wild screamer with pink flamingo feathers in his hair and purple butt cheeks, dancing in the San Francisco Gay Pride parade.

But stereotypes are short cuts to ignorance.  They’re like visual clichés – no thought involved.

I have a problem with stereotyping too.  Whenever I see a nun, my blood pressure shoots into a negative abyss.  Slowly, I give her the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe she was just kidnapped as a child and forced into a convent.

I read somewhere about a guy who would HATE for his daughter to use Sally Ride for a role model.  Don’t worry about it, buddy.  First of all, you’d have little to say about it anyway.  More important, Ride was chosen from 8,000 applicants to be a NASA astronaut.  Something tells me any kid of yours wouldn’t even be allowed to load the rocket with Tang.