|Who will be the lucky "Cinderella" at the Blogger Rama who will slip their footsies in these ruby reds?|
Hey folks, the "Blogger Rama" or "Spo-a-Thon" is coming along quite nicely. I'm just about finished with the playlist that I created in iTunes and transferred to my iPod to play at the Blogger Rama on March 23rd. Check out "Hit and Run" by the Sal Soul Orchestra. It just doesn't get any better than this folks. Click on the picture below for the great disco sounds of the Salsoul Orchestra.
See those Ruby Slippers (or the best I could do at the local gay thrift store)? They will make an appearance with beads for everyone! Anne Marie of Philly promises to bring her tiara. Anyone else needs tiara's now is the time to put your order in but I suspect Anne Marie is going to be the Queen of the Night. She dances too!
|Anne Marie of Philly....er Good Witch Glinda|
Listening to the music that I'm putting on my iPod brings back fond memories of my wonderful years of the Seventies and the Eighties. I've been very lucky that I was born when I was. My gay life came into full bloom just about the time of the Stonewall Riots (1969) and petered out (no pun intended) in 1980, just about the time AIDS was taking hold and putting a damper on the whole freedom and sexual revolution thing.
1980 was the year I moved out of center city Philly and to our county estate in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Bill and I lived on our 6.875 acres of wooded paradise for twenty-five years until we moved to Delaware. To be quite frank with all of you, I moved to Delaware because this is where I plan to die. Our Pennsylvania property was too big for me to take care plus we were living right in the middle of a sea of straights. We (I) couldn't afford to pay the property taxes to keep their kids in school and pay their teachers. That is the main reason I insisted we move to Delaware. Bill didn't want to move and he reminds me almost daily that he misses our home in Pennsylvania.
|Ken and Ceida, good neighbors in PA|
Now here's a good example of why I moved to Delaware, the Blogger Rama that will take place here in Lewes March 23rd. Think I could do something like that in Straight Land PA? Not likely. We were barely tolerated when we lived in Pennsylvania. We had a couple of neighbors who were nice to us but most of our neighbors kept us at arm's length, lest The Gay rubbed off on them or their children. In fact we even had one neighbor tell us so directly to our face to stay away from them because we made then "feel uncomfortable", which made us feel like less than human. Nothing like being discounted (again) as a human being. That doesn't happen down here where we live in Delaware. At least it doesn't happen here on the East coast of Sussex County. Go inland a bit and encounter the Sussex County natives (who are actually southerners) and the old homophobe attitude hits you right in the face. After all this is the county where former representative Mike Castle (R) was assaulted with this question at a town meeting by a local ignoramus "What are you going to do to get OUR country back to us?" She was referring to the fact that Barrack Obama ("that Muslim") was president. Yes sir folks, we have our very own teabaggers not to far away from our gay enclave here on the coast enclave of Rehoboth Beach/Lewes/Milton Delaware. One good thing I'll say about living in Delaware, we can have differing political views than our neighbors but they still respect us as equal citizens. Not so much in Pennsylvania. I'm not surprised that Pennsylvania is tried to suppress the vote in the last presidential election, just like a southern state. Don't hold your breath for Pennsylvania to pass a marriage equality law in our lifetime.
|Jack and Judy - good neighbors in Delaware|
So in a couple of week a group of fellow bloggers, mostly gay, will father for a GOOD time, minus the hostile, homophobic attitudes of some of our fellow citizens. One thing I can say about Delaware, we have a lot more straight friends who do not discount us as human beings and understand we are just like they are, the only difference is who we love.
|Barb, Bob and Rich - our EXCELLENT neighbors where we live now|
That's why I moved to Delaware.
|Who says our neighbors don't love us? Bill and his "girlfriend", our neighbor Barbara|