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Cell Phone and Spin Cycle

Years ago, and on a different blog, I wrote about washing my cell phone in the pocket of my uniform pants.  The terrible realization struck when I heard the washer start the spin cycle. I reached for the phone and it was not there. That story turned out well, and I wrote a post praising the good people at the Cingular Wireless store in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cell Phone and Dish Water

Now, again, I am at a turning point. My phone was sitting on something between the dish rack and the sink just now, while I was washing dishes.  I put one more item on the stack of clean dishes, and in an instant, the last item fell and hit the cell phone.  Before I could react, the phone was in the dish water.

Cell Phone and Blow Dryer

I pulled the phone out of the water in less than two seconds, but it was too late.  I tried drying it with a cloth. I tried drying it with a blow dryer. I took it apart, shook it, and blow dried it some more. No luck. Bye-bye cell phone.

Life Before Cell Phones

As for most of you, this is a potential crisis. How does one live without a cell phone?  I exaggerate only a little. We all lived well enough before cell phones. We probably drove more carefully and were more polite in stores and restaurants. But, we grew dependent. Now, we don’t know how we’ll make it without our communication devices.

A Turning Point

So, I am at a turning point. I’ve been back in NC since the middle of 2007. It’s now almost the 4th month of 2009, and I still have a Tulsa cell phone number. I kept it to make it easier for people in Tulsa to call me without paying for long distance, you know? But, that was silly. Only a few people from there ever call me anyway, and most of them have cell phones. And, cell phones call anywhere. So, why have I not just changed my number? I don’t know.

A Good Thing?

Maybe not having a cell phone will be a good thing. Maybe I’ll go places extra early, because I won’t be able to call and let them know if my tire blows out. Maybe I’ll keep both hands on the wheel and talk to myself instead of the person at the other end of the microwaves. Maybe I’ll spend more time alone when I’m at home, doing things around the house and in the yard, without the company of someone on the other end of the signal.

A New Phone?

Or, maybe I’ll just get a new phone. I’ll get a phone with a North Carolina phone number. I’ll  cancel that old number. Maybe it’s time. Maybe this is my chance to move on to something new. Maybe I can use this tiny turning point as something symbolic, something bigger. New phone, new number, new life. (Silly, isn’t it, since the ‘new life’ part began as soon as I drove out of my Tulsa driveway for the last time. Any move to another part of the country is, in itself, the beginning of a new life, no matter what ties remain.)

Cutting Ties, Moving Ahead

This is okay. This can be my moment to cut one more tie to the past and add one more link to my current life and keep moving forward. There is symbolism in everything. Ha! Or, there is not.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that I now need a new phone, so I might as well sign a contract, get a new phone with a local phone number and bundle it with my home phone and internet. It’s time to take the plunge. My phone did! lol. It looks like it’s time for me to do it, too.

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Harvey Milk, the 1970s San Francisco Mayor.

MILK, the movie, with Sean Penn


Part 5 –

POLLDADDY.COM -Please participate in my polls! 🙂


POLLDADDY.COM -Please participate in my polls! 🙂

Please participate in the polls, and let me know what you think. Remember, you can write in an answer under the ‘other’ box. Please be courteous. I want to be able to keep the ‘write in’ section on future polls.

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Here are the results of my “Will You Call In Gay?” Poll

(The answer choices were in a random order. There were 16 answers at the time of this post.)

Poll Results


Answer Votes
No, but I’ll not spend any money all day.

 4 … 27%

No, I’m ‘gay’, but I’m in a job where I can’t miss work.

 3 … 20%

Yes, I’ll stay out, not spend money AND volunteer.

 2 … 13%


No, I can’t stay out ‘gay’, because I’m heterosexual.

 2 … 13%

No, I’m not out at work. I am afraid I’ll be harrassed.

 2 … 7%

Yes, I want to stand up and be counted.

 0 … 0%

No, I’m not out at work. I am afraid I’ll be fired.

 0 …  0%

Other (see below)

 3 …  20%

Other Answer Votes
No, I’ve already had to use over 70 unpaid leave hours this year due to sickness 1
Coincidentally I did call in today but am really sick! My straight boss said are 1
No, I’m a non-heterosexual, but I cannot miss school. I won’t spend any money a 1


What were your experiences with “A Day Without A Gay” day?

What were your experiences at work yesterday? (I heard nothing about “A Day Without A Gay” at my job. But, there was not much time for talking about anything not work-related.)

Was “A Day Without A Gay” in the news today?

Was “A Day Without A Gay” in the news today? I’ve not seen or heard news so far today. Please comment with what you experienced or heard about this.

You can still participate in my “A Day Without A Gay” poll.

Just say what you did yesterday (related to going to work or staying out). You can click “view results” to see all the answers (except the write in votes). Any total over 16 votes will include any answers after this post was published.


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A Day Without A Gay – December 10, 2008


Hetherington said he has been careful to design A Day Without a Gay — he came up with the name after the film “A Day Without a Mexican” and liked it because it rhymed — so no one feels excluded or threatened.


How do you feel about this? Will you “call in gay” or “call in supporting equal rights for gay people” ?

I do think it would make a MASSIVE  impression if every person who is gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgendered stayed out of work, spent no money and did volunteer work instead of working or spending money. That’s what is proposed by the organizers of this event.


Sean Hetherington, a West Hollywood comedian and personal trainer, dreamed up the idea with his boyfriend, Aaron Hartzler …

The couple thought it would be more effective and less divisive if people were asked to perform community service instead of staying home with their wallets shut. Dozens of nonprofit agencies, from the National Women’s Law Center in Washington to a Methodist church in Fresno collecting food for the homeless, have posted opportunities for volunteers on the couple’s Web site.


Remember the movie A Day Without A Mexican?  The designers of this event want to make the same point about the lgbt population in this country. Losing all the lgbt members of the population, workforce and shopping masses would put a huge crimp in the daily workings of the country. How huge? I don’t know. And, I don’t expect to find out.

I have mixed feelings about this idea. It came from people who have nothing to lose by “calling in gay”. But, what about all the not-out people who live in all the not-so-accepting parts of this country and work for not-so-open employers? I just can’t see it having the desired result.



I think the positive effect of this effort is already being seen. This plan has been picked up by the media, and it is gaining attention in the news.  This is good. It is always good when we are reminded that not everyone is alike, and that’s okay. But, I fear for anyone who is not out at work who dares to “call in gay”.  If a workplace is unfriendly enough that a person does not feel comfortable being ‘out’ at work, it will most certainly not be kind to the suddenly-out employee who “calls in gay”.


Hetherington said he’s been getting 100 e-mails an hour from people looking for volunteer opportunities, and that his “Day Without a Gay” Web site has gotten 100,000 hits since mid-November.

“It’s extra-challenging for people to think about taking off work as a form of protest, given that we are talking about people who may not be out (as gay) at work, and given the current economic situation and job market,” said Jules Graves, 38, coordinator of the Colorado Queer Straight Alliance. “There is really not any assurance employers would appreciate it for what it is.”


But, I could be totally wrong about this? What do you think? Should people “call in gay”? Will it make a difference in overall acceptance of non-heterosexual members of the workforce, society, shoppers?

Check out these websites. Give it some thought. And, come back and leave a comment.




Also, please answer my poll. Remember the poll allows you to write in an answer.  Just don’t write anything you would not say to your mother. Thank you. 🙂

Will You Call In Gay?


[UPDATE: December 10, 2008 I’ve been looking at the two sites. You don’t have to call in. There is a lot you can do. The sites look really good. Be sure to check them out.  http://www.daywithoutagay.org/ and http://jointheimpact.com/]

[UPDATE: December 11, 2008  5pm There are 16 responses to this poll so far. You are still welcome to participate, just answer with what you did. All answers beyond 16 responses include additional poll participants.]

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Dark Chocolate Truffles (dark chocolate, butter, confectioner’s sugar)


Last winter, I found a recipe that would have been perfect for my “Cooking For The Motivationally Challenged” category. It was for truffles. All it used was semisweet or dark chocolate, butter and confectioner’s sugar.

Tonight, I looked for the delicious truffles recipe I used last year, but I could not find it. Undeterred, I used a recipe that looked like it was close. You really can’t go wrong with butter and dark chocolate, but I want the end result to be smooth and wonderful before I post it. So, I’m still working on it.

I may have to melt a lot of chocolate and eat a lot of not-quite-right truffles on the way, but I am determined to bring you a truffles recipe that is easy, easy, easy to make. The perfect recipe is my goal.

Wish me luck!  🙂

Truffles Poll

Please participate, write in answers if you like, and please be sweet 😉 Also, please post your favorite truffles recipe in the comments. We can never  have too much good chocolate candy! 🙂

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Nathan Pacheco – The Man With the Beautiful Voice

More and more visitors to this site are looking for Nathan Pacheco. You’ve come to the right place.


Yanni Introduces Yanni Voices to the World With Concerts in Acapulco, Mexico

Nathan sang with Yanni in Acapulco, Mexico a few weeks ago. They did four concerts to introduce Yanni’s new Yanni Voices music. (The other three new voices sang too, but I talk about Nathan, because he’s my favorite!) 

I talked with someone whose parents and siblings were able to go to the concert in Mexico. They said Nathan sang six solos and several duets. Wow! I can’t wait for them to be here in April. (The tour begins in Florida in March, moves up the east coast and across the USA. I don’t know what happens after that.)

Yanni Fans Came From Around the World

* Nathan Pacheco was magnificent! *

Yanni fans came from all over the world to see Yanni. They saw and heard Nathan Pacheco, in person, for the first time. He was magnificent!

You Can See Yanni Voices On Your Local PBS Channel (in the USA)

Watch your PBS television channel for “The Making of Yanni Voices” to air in the next two weeks. Here in North Carolina, you can see Nathan (and Yanni and all the others!) on December 7th at 10pm.

More Information about Nathan Pacheco and Yanni Voices on PBS

If you’d like more information, check the December schedule for your local PBS television station (USA) for the date you can see “Yanni Voices” and the Yanni.com website for the promo for Yanni Voices on PBS. The beautiful voice is Nathan! 🙂

Links to articles about Yanni Voices and Nathan Pacheco

Tune In Alert: ‘YANNI VOICES’ to Premiere November 29th on PBS Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Yanni’s First Studio Album in 6 Years

Tune In Alert: ‘YANNI VOICES’ to Premiere November 29th on PBS Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Yanni’s First Studio Album in 6 Years. First look at album’s featured vocalists PBS to run two Yanni specials

‘Yanni Voices and Special Guests’ Debuts at the Forum at Mundo Imperial in Acapulco

Yanni Voices – Coming to PBS Nov – Dec 2008 (yanni.com/events)

Yanni Voices on Alabama Public Television

Burbank, CA – Tune In Alert: ‘YANNI VOICES’ to Premiere November 29th on PBS Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Yanni’s First Studio Album in 6 Years

 Kathy Chicago’s blog

My First Nathan Pacheco Poll

Please participate! 🙂


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Okay. This is something new for me. I’ve never put up a poll on this blog before. I don’t even know how, so I’m trying to figure it out.


The  question for this poll is this: “Is this blog easy to read? Or, do you find the large font confusing?” I’ve been using the “H3” sizing for most of my text, Header 3, because I think it’s easier to read.  A friend complains about it, and says it makes it harder to tell one post from the other.


What do you think?


Should I use the larger text? (Header 3)


Or, should I use the smaller text? (paragraph)


Thanks for participating!


ps – If you don’t see a “POLL” on this post or a way to vote, please leave a comment to let me know:

1) if the large font I use is easy to read, or

2) if you prefer the smaller font.




[UPDATE: Woohoo!!! It’s works! If people respond to this poll, I just might go poll-crazy! 🙂 Please participate and choose an answer, or write in your own. Thanks!]

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