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2001:  Rose Colored Glasses
2002:  My Life in the Fleshpots of SF
2003:  If It's Tuesday
2004:  Going Up in Smoke
2005So What Made the Cut?

2006:  Keeping Priorities Straight

2007: For You, Only For You  
2008:  Short and Sweet
2009:  "Hon, Like a Good Girl..."
2010:  Being Who You Are
2011:  That Deserted Island
2012: Three Stage Shows and a Funeral

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Books Read in 2013
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mail to Walt


12 March 2013

Today was one of those days where I realized how old I am...which is not, this time, really a bad thing, just an observational thing.

First, I attended a nutrition class this afternoon, at Kaiser.   This was where they give you all sorts of written material and go over "food exchanges" for you and suggestions for how to keep carbohydrate intake in check.

The room was full (the last class I attended was just two of us).   Most were old farts like me and many seemed confused by the information they were being fed.  One woman, who glowered for the first 45 minutes and then stalked out of there, seemed to have no concept of taking glucose readings.  Others couldn't seem to get the idea that "1 exchange" didn't mean that was all you could eat, but that you had to combine it with everything else to figure out your ideal intake for the day.

I sat there half listening and wondering exactly how many times, in my lifetime, I have heard similar talks or read similar things on the various diets I have followed throughout my life, or at least the last 60 years (since I went on my first diet at age 10).  Food exchanges are the backbone of many of the versions of the Weight Watchers diets I've been on.  Other than getting the helpful written lists of exchanges, there was nothing new in this material for me, and I just kind of sat in amazement at how many people were having difficulty grasping the concept.

On the drive home, I was listening to NPR and heard that the latest craze among young people is cameras.  You remember cameras?  The non-digital kind.  The kind you put film in.  The kind where you can't see your pictures until it comes back from the corner drug store or wherever it is that you used the take film.  I thought it was impossible to get old time cameras and even more difficult to find somewhere that can develop film, but apparently not.  The radio announcer said this is not a nostalgia wave, but kind of an "everything old is new again," with teenagers who want the old time look that they can get on Instagram, but want the whole experience. Just when I'm so thrilled at the quality of digital photos!

INTERESTING ASIDE:  Also on NPR on the ride home, something which has nothing to do with my feeling old, but which I found fascinating.   Professor Randall Thompson of St. Luke's Mid American Heart Institute in Kansas City has been performing CT scans on mummies, over 4000 years old, from all over the world -- Alaska, the American Southwest, Peru and Egypt.  Of the 137 examined, 47 (34%) showed signs of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). "The fact that we found similar levels of atherosclerosis in all of the different cultures we studied, all of whom had very different lifestyles and diets, suggests that atherosclerosis may have been far more common in the ancient world than previously thought," says Thompson.

Here we are, not smoking, following a sensible diet, avoiding fats, and exercising regularly to avoid atherosclerosis and it turns out that it may be inevitable in some people anyway!  Pass the McD's fries and the Sees Candy, please...

So, back to me feeling old.  I stopped at the supermarket to pick up a few things.  One thing I found was that I was mistaken about those $16 mushrooms.  They were apparently special ones which had been sold out when I took that picture.  Today the sign still there, but the mushrooms were the wide, flat-surfaced ones which were next to the ones I thought had had the humongous leap in price.  I feel better about that!

While I was wandering through the fresh produce aisle, I ran into Shelly and Ellen, with whom I had not visited in some time, so we stopped to chat. They told me that they had participated in a rally at the Galleria in Roseville last weekend.   A week ago, two men were evicted from the mall because they were holding hands and kissing. 

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Needless to say, the LGBTQ community was up in arms and decided to show the Galleria that this was not the kind of discrimination that they would take lying down.  No young heterosexual lovebirds have ever been evicted for showing affection.

Plans for a demonstration, first called a "kiss in" and then changed to (I think) "Love is Love" was organized.  Naturally Shelly and Ellen were there and they were amazed that over 300 people showed up.

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The organizers were disappointed at the "small" turnout; Shelly and Ellen were amazed at the large turnout.  They remember the days when they would invite 1,000 people to a demonstration and be happy if a dozen showed up.

Not only that,but the mall was totally in support of the demonstration, served the demonstrators hot chocolate with whipped cream and Mrs. Fields gave them cookies.  They had given sensitivity training to their employees.   They even flew in the guy who may have been the only gay guy in their upper echelons they could find, but they flew him in from Los Angeles to address the crowd and talk about himself and his boyfriend.  There was lots of support of "straight allies" and the press gave good coverage to the event.

The the three of us were kind of laughing about this thing when I asked them if ten years ago they could ever, in their wildest imagination picture what is happening now, with lots of states approving same sex marriage, the President encouraging the Supreme Court to overturn California's odious Prop 8, and even Clinton saying he was mistaken in signing the Defense of Marriage Act and saying that it should be overturned.

"Modern Family," which has a gay couple raising a child is the most popular comedy on television and has won lots of awards, including awards for its gay characters.  It's difficult to find a regular show on TV these days that does not have a gay character.  So far the horses have not run crazy in the streets.

The tide is turning and it seems impossible to realize how far the gay community has come in a short period of time.  It seems that things are snow balling now and there is a whole new set of problems about to come up...that being what happens if DOMA is overturned...that will open so many doors to so many different rights that it will take years to sort it all out. 

I hope that by the time Brianna is in high school, she won't understand what the fuss was ever about in the first place.

But I feel very old because I remember the Valentine's Day demonstrations at the County Recorder's office, when a handful of people showed up trying to get marriage licenses while the police had to hold hostile angry men at bay to protect the demonstrators and big buses sat outside trying to keep people from supporting the demonstration.

Now they serve the demonstrators snacks and fly gay representatives in to talk with them and give their employees sensitivity training. The old gay and lesbian activists are being replaced by new young enthusiastic people. Times they aren't just a-changing, they have a-changed!

In case you want to disprove the theory that a watched pot never boils, you might want to check out this web cam, a barn cam of KpM Horses, owned by my friend Karen Malcor-Chapman.  Nana, the mare in the upper right stall is past her due date and is scheduled to deliver any. minute. now.   I've been watching Nana for 3 days now and I'm sure that she will deliver while I'm at my mother's tomorrow and I'll miss the whole thing, but in the meantime, I keep watching her for suspicious activity.


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