Ghost Sign

Occasionally my job requires me to be in Cincinnati in the wee hours of the morning. Not long ago, as I was leaving our downtown site just after dawn, I spotted this blast from the past on a nearby rooftop. In case seeing this made you feel old, I’ve got some good news: Shillito’s went out of business in 1986, which means this sign has been exposed to the elements, unretouched, for the last thirty-seven years. All things considered, it’s held up pretty well. So you’re probably doing better than you think.

The Mark Mains Prayer Vigil Of 2013, 10ᵗʰ Anniversary Retrospective

“I’m asking for all your help to lift up prayers for my friend Mark Allen Mains, who was admitted to the hospital last night. Has pneumonia and an irregular heartbeat, and is in ICU for observation. I believe he had a massive heart attack and I do not expect him to make it through the night. Let us all pray for each other.”

In early March, 2013, The Sci-Fi Guys’ own Mark Mains was admitted to the ER and later moved to the ICU for heartbeat irregularities. He made it clear to us that it was nothing severe, no need to come to the hospital, and that staying overnight was largely just a safety precaution. During what could have become a serious medical event, Mark took the time to make sure his friends knew he was alright. It was both thoughtful and responsible. And I’m sure as you’re reading this you’re saying to yourselves, “I bet Chris reciprocated in kind. I just know good ol’ Chris did the right thing. I bet he respected Mark’s wishes and stayed home.” And of course I did. I stayed home. But I like to think of myself as a good friend, and I always try to do just a little bit extra whenever I’m able. So I gave Mark what I like to think of as my bonus plan. Chris Staying At Home+, if you will. Click the pic, brothers and sisters, to join us in fellowship and praise. Amen.

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Roll Out The Barrel

I’m not trans. I’m not queer. And I don’t like beer. I’m just a plain old straight white middle aged male who drinks coffee. But from now on when I do have a beer, it’s gonna be a Bud in the gayest rainbow can I can find. Hell, I may just keep one on me at all times. Seems like that might be the trick to keeping all the right people away from me.

Not from 1995, but you get the point.

Also, Bud Light’s queer inclusive advertising started back in 1995, so all you precious little manly-men snowflakes are 28 years late to the fucking party. But thanks for stopping by.

Dragon’s Teeth

It’s almost like there was a black guy elected as President, and the GOP decided that obstructionism and anarchic rhetoric were exactly what they needed to fire up scared racists. So they fostered a group called The Tea Party, which specialized in getting attention and being disruptive without ever managing to actually do anything constructive. And now they’re stuck with them. They don’t call themselves The Tea Party anymore, but the major players are still around. And now that Republicans need unity they’ve found out – surprise! surprise! – they can’t have it. Because obstructionism and disruptive, anti-social behavior doesn’t just go away, especially when it has been rewarded for so long.