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May 4th, 2007
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Happy Star Wars Day!
May the fourth... be with you!

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From:talktooloose
Date:May 4th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
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lol. This is when the first Star Wars film (the real first?) was originally released?

Did you get my questions of yesterday? I would love a couple of quick thoughts if you have five minutes so I can post today.
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From:mofic
Date:May 4th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
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No, it has no real connection to the movies. It's just a joke. I asked Kendra this morning if she knew it was Star Wars Day and she had no idea. I said, "You go to a geek school and you don't know this?" She goes to http://www.stuy.edu She was pretty sure she'd be the only one who hadn't known the joke.

I did get your email and will try to reply today.
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From:talktooloose
Date:May 4th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
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uh, I'm awfully slow. Didn't get it at all until just now.
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From:monitorscreen
Date:May 4th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
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LOLOLOL ^_^

Good morning! I'm having dinner now ;-)
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From:mofic
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
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And you're probably sleeping now!
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From:monitorscreen
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Nope, still up. Bad girl me ;-)

Will sleep soon, though.
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From:joelrosenberg
Date:May 4th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
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It's been a week for bad day jokes:

My birthday is the one day of the year that's a cry for help: May Day.
There's one day of the year that's a command: March Fo[u]rth
And, of course, there's one day of the year that's a preemptive antisemitic excuse: July 1st.
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From:mofic
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
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I never heard the July 1 one...
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From:mamajoan
Date:May 4th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
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woohoo, my favorite joke ever :) I just came to LJ to post it myself!
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From:mofic
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Do you know the Weird Al TPM song to the tune of American Pie? Zara (who was 3 when TPM came out) didn't quite understand that it was a joke - she thought it was kind of an unofficial theme song :-).
From:okelle
Date:May 4th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Apparently, it is also No Pants Day: http://www.nopantsday.com/wp/
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From:mofic
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
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LOL! Next week is National Drinking Water Day. Strange things come across my desk.

This http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5617a1.htm not only came across my desk but I needed to send it to a bunch of people, leading one of my colleagues to respond "Ew! Don't send me things like that!"
From:okelle
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Wait a second... so she got, like, smallpox in the vagina? Eeeerrgh! As if we don't have enough to worry about!
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From:mofic
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Well, it wasn't actually smallpox and it wasn't actually in the vagina. It was vaccinia (the related virus that's used for vaccinating against smallpox but if contracted, results in a milder illness) and it was on her external genitalia. And hey - stay away from soldiers :-) (particularly male soldiers) and you have nothing to worry about!
From:okelle
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
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I have a top seekrit confession to make: I have not been staying away from male soldiers. Oh, wait. None of them were soldiers. But I've been emailing hot and heavy with someone who went to West Point. Maybe I should ask him if he was vaccinated for smallpox.
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From:mofic
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Fortunately for you (and G-d knows how many other women in your position), vaccinia is not a virus that can be transmitted via email. Please do use a good anti-virus program every time for the other kind :-).

Oh, and maybe I have you mixed up with someone else, but I thought you were one of us (as per icon). If not, I wouldn't have made the joke about staying away from male soldiers. Sorry - I hope I didn't offend.

Oh we also hand these http://72.32.200.206/flash/ out at work. I can send you some, if you like, but they're not so necessary or useful for cybersex. Still, they make a good conversation piece. I have a bowl of them at the entrance to my apartment.
From:okelle
Date:May 4th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm so totally not offended. As a matter of fact, I always fear offending my sisters who are further along on the Kinsey scale.

Men are stupid, but women are vicious.
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From:mofic
Date:May 4th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm so totally not offended. As a matter of fact, I always fear offending my sisters who are further along on the Kinsey scale.

I'm glad you're not offended, and you need not fear offending me, anyway, with wild tales of sex with men. In fact, I'm all ears. I don't know how much Kinsey has to do with it, though. Orientation, identification and sexual behavior intersect in complex and mysterious ways, I believe.

Men are stupid, but women are vicious

Oh dear. It sounds like you have been unlucky in love. I hope that changes for the better and soon.
From:okelle
Date:May 5th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC)
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Orientation, identification and sexual behavior intersect in complex and mysterious ways, I believe.

I'm right there with you, sister. I did my time with the bisexual rights movement and it was very liberating. And while the personal is political, I just don't feel the need to be that vocal about my sexual orientation anymore. It's often exasperating feeling as though I belong to both camps and neither at the same time, though.

you need not fear offending me, anyway, with wild tales of sex with men. In fact, I'm all ears.
Given your fanfic repertoire, why does this not surprise me? ;-) Interestingly enough, I don't have that many wild tales of sex with men this time around. I certainly have in the past, but actually describing the mechanics and whatnot don't particularly interest me at the moment. That may change.

I made my cynical comment about men and women in a moment of, well, cynicism. technogoddesss and I split up in January and I know I'm not really over that. In general, I'd have to say that women have been able to reach in and rip out my heart in a very special way that men just can't hold a candle to. technogoddesss and I were pretty mutual in the heart-ripping department.

I don't have very high expectations of men when it comes to relationships. What's been surprising is how difficult it's been to find one who can sustain completely non-serious friendship with benefits (that's what the kids are calling it these days). I'm really not interested in casual sex (been there, done that) but also really not interested in passing for straight, cohabitation, and joint ownership of real estate. It's the friendship part of the deal they seem to have trouble with. I mean, all they have to do is call, email, or text to let me know they had a good time, and arrange a second meeting. At which time chances are good they'll become eligible for full benefits. But NO! Grargh.
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From:mofic
Date:May 5th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like a hard time, which is the nature of breakups. And feeling hurt comes with the territory. I hate to say it, but feeling like women can rip your heart out more than men could ever do sounds very lesbian to me. For a lot of us, it's not just a question of orientation. Sex with men may be just fine and we may well be appreciative of men's beauty, but we just feel a lot more connected to women. Similarly, my Scott (in both X1 and X2 variations) identifies as gay, rather than bisexual, in spite of having had a sexual and romantic relationship with a woman that was in many ways compelling to him. Still, his feelings for men hit him deeper, in a few ways.

I have an essay here that explores a bit how sexual orientation, identity and behavior intersect and relate them all to slash, in case you're interested.

I understand it's hard feeling neither fish nor fowl. OTOH, I do think there's getting to be a better sense of queer community as a big umbrella. It's not necessary to join the Cult of the Gay Unicorn to be accepted many places.

I think that "friends with benefits" is a form of casual sex, and often a good one for someone in your position. I'm sorry you're hurting and wish you peace, healing, friendship, and lots of good sex. Maybe eventually - if you feel ready to try again - love.
From:okelle
Date:May 5th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Hi, Mo:

Thanks for sending me that link to your essay. Here's a similar one I wrote back in my 20s: http://www.gardenofwords.com/bio/label.html

The term I prefer is "lesbian-identified bisexual." I do love my queer community and am most definitely a dyke. But I also believe that reclaiming the word bisexual is important. And the fact is that I have fallen in love with men, even after coming out as queer. I've even had men break my heart.

I love your reference to the Cult of the Gay Unicorn. Were you the one who turned me on to Mina? The Boston queer community is very good in that way, and as this new generation of dykes matures the more po-mo and the less separatists the lesbian community becomes.

Thank you for your blessing. You are a sweetheart :)
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From:mofic
Date:May 5th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
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I really enjoyed your essay! It covers some of the same territory, as you say, except that yours is written from a much more personal POV. Oh, and not that this is all that relevant, but I grew up mostly in Connecticut. Where did you live?

I don't know if I'm the one who turned you on to Mina, but I think they're great stories. I was very happy when their author decided to go for a wider audience.

And thanks for the kind words.
From:okelle
Date:May 6th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Yes, the two essays are in a different voice but they cover the same issues. Repetition is the mother of skill :) I also appreciated the discussion your essay generated.

I spent most of my life in Stamford, CT, then three years in the Hartford area after college and a brief stint in New Haven. Something about the smell of the Sound always feels like home to me. What about you?
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From:mofic
Date:May 6th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
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I lived in rural North Dakota until I was 7, when we moved to Connecticut for my father's career. He had been a GP in ND and went into a psychiatric residency program at the Institute of Living in Hartford (don't know if it even exists any more). We lived in a rental house in Newington for 8 months while my parents looked at places to buy. They bought a house in West Hartford and I was there through high school.

I'd never seen the ocean until we moved East! Or a hill, for that matter. My extended family is from Winnipeg, which is central Canada and in the middle of the plains. Most of my extended family is still there, but my parents are in Bloomfield, where they moved after selling the house maybe 15 years ago.

Hmmm, no Connecticut icons so I'll go with a Canada one.
From:okelle
Date:May 8th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Wow, this is a small world all right. The Institute of Living is still there in the middle of Hartford, or it was when I moved, anyway. Those are all my old haunts you're talking about. I belonged to a gym in Newington and worked right in West Hartford Center. I had a friend who owned a house in Bloomfield. There are a lot of West Indians who live there. They brought in laborers from Jamaica when WWII took all the men off, and many of them stayed and married local women.

The ocean has always been a big part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are running from waves that reached up over my head all the way back to my parents' blanket on the beach in California. I learned to swim in Long Island sound.
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