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Vernal Equinox

Welcome to Spring. The Vernal Equinox is upon us. Today, March 20th, both the Northern and Southern hemispheres will experience an equal amount of daylight. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of Spring with daylight hours continuing to lengthen until the Summer Solstice in June. For those south of the equator, it’s the beginning of Autumn.
Technically speaking, the Equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. This will happen at 5:58pm Eastern Daylight Time.

The above picture is of a beautiful card a friend sent me for Spring and Easter. I wanted to share it with all of you.


Pretty Picture

I don’t have much to say today, so I’m giving you a pretty picture. Doesn’t he have a cute smile?


Spring Break

I’m going to try sleeping in a bit today. I haven’t been able to sleep in in weeks, but today is our one day off for spring break. Faculty and students get the week off; staff gets one day off. I don’t have much planned today. If it’s not snowing, I will do a load of laundry this morning. Otherwise, all I have to do today is physical therapy. These copays for physical therapy are adding up, but at least she’s done wonders for my neck and hopefully will continue to improve my tennis elbow. Then tomorrow is back to the grind.


TGIF

It’s finally Friday. I don’t know why this week has seemed to be so long, but it has. I’m ready for it to be over and have a long weekend. I have three meetings this morning then I can leave work and enjoy the weekend. Like I said, I don’t understand why this week has seemed so long, but it has. Maybe because the first of the week was fairly busy while the second half has been extremely slow. The best part is that I get to hang out with Isabella for the weekend. She’s too big to fit on my foot like the picture above, but she likes to stick close to me. She’s a great comfort.


Thursday

It’s one of those days when I dont have much to say. Today is sort of my Friday. Sort of because it’s not quite the end of the week. I’m leaving early today, so I have to make it up tomorrow and go in just a few hours for some meetings. Then I will basically have a four day weekend. I’m ready for some time off.


Ash (or More Appropriately Ass) Wednesday

Yesterday was Mardi Gras. Usually, a festive day in the South. Up here, it is better known as Shrove Tuesday. Whereas in the South, we have parties and king cakes; up here, they have pancakes. In both cultures, it’s a way to get rid of excesses. Sugar, dairy, and eggs are rich foods that are to be given up during the forty day fast of Lent. So pancakes symbolize this excess. Mardi Gras, on the otherhand, is a day of excess before the solemnity of Lent. Whereas Shrove Tuesday is in itself a somber occasion, Mardi Gras is a celebration. Now some people in the South do celebrate Shrove Tuesday, many more look toward Mardi Gras as the end of the carnival season. At one time, Mardi Gras was just for the very Deep South along the gulf coast where Catholics outnumber Protestants. It is now something celebrated throughout the South. I will also admit, Burlington, Vermont, has a Mardi Gras parade, but it’s not the same. It’s a fundamental difference between the South and New England: the South celebrate life in all ways we can, whereas New England, contemplates life and often does not live it to its fullest.


Thank You

Thank you to all who commented yesterday. From this blog and my original blog on Blogger, I got a ton of responses, mostly nice ones too. There were also a combined number of page views of about 3,000, far more than I usually get. I really didn’t know what to blog about today. My big topics were the last two days. I was going to blog about (and I guess I will) how I’d like to get away next weekend, maybe to go to Montreal. Next weekend is the beginning of spring break and we get a three day weekend that I was hoping to turn into a four day weekend. But, the truth of the matter is that money is a little low at the moment. It’s that time of year when there have been extra expenses and while I’m not broke, I don’t have anything extra to spend. While I’d love to get away, (it’s been a while since I got away by myself) I am okay with waiting a month or so when I’ll be going to visit a friend of mine in Texas. Still, it’d be nice to get away next weekend and kind of refresh the old batteries.


Wednesday’s Woes

Monday’s child is fair of face

Monday’s child is fair of face
Tuesday’s child is full of grace
Wednesday’s child is full of woe
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
And the child that is born on the Sunday
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

What a terrible nursery rhyme, but one that I not only have heard often, it often echoes in my head. You see, I was born on a Wednesday. I have also suffered from depression since I was a teenager, thus being “full of woe.” I think I should have been born on a Sunday. I am gay after all, but woe is me, I was born on a Wednesday. I would love to know what day of the week you were born on. If you don’t know, you can always find out by using a perpetual calendar, such as this one https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/generate.html in which you put in your year and a year-long calendar appears. So what day of the week were you born and is this nursery rhyme a fitting example of your personality?


Winter Is a Drag Ball: Broadway Bound

I’ve heard it’s the biggest event in Vermont. I would not disagree. The Winter Is a Drag Ball had tons of people gathered at Higher Ground in Burlington. Hosted by the LeMay Sisters, there are numerous drag and burlesque performers to entertain the crowd and plenty of dancing too. I ended up getting there an hour late because the person who I was going with couldn’t get her act together on time. Which means, I missed the LeMay Sisters main performance and I missed the performance of the drag queen I had dinner with a couple of weeks ago. We did catch a number of the acts, and we had a great time.

If you remember, the theme was Broadway Bound, a cross between Broadway and BDSM. I wore the outfit below and kept a small leather paddle in my pocket. I loved the ball gag on the shoes. Not everyone dresses up, but a good 80 percent do. I don’t know when I’ll ever wear the below outfit again, but it sure was fun to get dressed up and it not be Halloween. Mine wasn’t very Broadway character inspired, but there were lots of cats, some Hello Dollys, and a lot of Cabaret inspired clothes. The costumes went from the subdued (or dapper as someone described me) to the absolutely wild. There was a costume parade and prizes. The king of the Drag Ball was basically wearing a leather thong. He had a fabulous ass and one of the biggest packages I’ve seen outside of porn.

Anyway, it was lots of fun. Next year will be the 25th Anniversary so who knows what the theme will be. I’m sure it will be fabulous, and I can’t wait to go again.


A Lot Going On

Today will be a long day, but once it is over it’s time to relax. Today, we put the final touches on the exhibit, then we will have the grand opening and reception. It should be quite the opening, unlike any we’ve had before. This exhibit is for our bicentennial, after all. It’s a huge exhibit and unlike anything we’ve ever done before. The whole exhibit harkens back to the older days of museums when they were largely cabinets of curiosity. We have a lot of curiosities on display, and they are fascinating objects.
Tomorrow will be a day of fun. I have nothing planned during the day, but tomorrow night is the annual Winter Is a Drag Ball. It’s one of the largest social events in Vermont. It is certainly the largest LGBTQ social event. However, it is more than just LGBTQ, it is also our allies. About 1000 people show up and many come in costume or drag. This years theme, and each year there is a theme, is Broadway Bound, a cross between Broadway and BDSM. My costume is all black with leather and sequins and my shoes are fabulous. I hope it will be a good time had by all.

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