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Quantum Kirk: Weenie in the Lamp
June 30, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Quantum Kirk

* I know I mentioned in my last post that this article would be about my ‘perils in the personals,’ but I got ahead of myself. Two more installments (including this one) before we get there. My apologies.

Other than going to the bars, I didn’t have much to do the summer I moved to Arlington. School didn’t start for a few months and I didn’t have a job yet. I spent a lot of time reading and watching movies; my old standbys.

In between the movies and books, I was also trying my luck at telephone personals as well as personals in gay-friendly periodicals. It was exciting to check my “mailbox” via the telephone, but it took time.

During that time, I would spend some of my afternoons in the park behind my apartment complex. It was peaceful and there were rarely any people there during the week. One day, while I was sitting in one of the swings, reading (the ultimate avoidance technique pre-cellphone), a man and his Chow emerged from the dense woods that surrounded the north and east sides of the park. There are apartment complexes on the other side of these woods, so it’s not all that strange. The guy, on the other hand is another story… Continue reading

Currently Listening To…
June 29, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Music

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June 28, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Humor, Life

I‘ve decided to occasionally write a series of posts about my recent exercise (walking) jag. This is the debut installment.

So I’ve opted to go walking earlier than later. I know that’s probably a no-brainer for most of you, but when you have an aversion to the public at large, you tend to think outside the norm. Well, in this case, I settled because though the park is totally void of people during the day, it is also sweltering. Thus, my schedule change from 2pm to roughly 9am.

My route begins and ends at the bridge. I normally start walking westward, even though that means I have to encounter my arch nemesis (pun intended), the steep incline, about 50 meters in. It dawned on me the other day that if I walked east instead of west, I could avoid having to walk up it ever again, but I tell myself I need the challenge. My hamstrings beg to differ. Continue reading

Let’s (Reluctantly) Get Physical
June 25, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Life

Okay, I hesitate even mentioning this, because I have a history of folding faster than a Chinese laundromat (sorry), BUT I am attempting to lose some weight…again.

In all honesty, I haven’t really TRIED tried for a long time. I unintentionally lost some weight (isn’t that the best?) when I started working again, around 4 years ago. Previous to that, I’d been in hermit-mode two years prior, so when I DID start working again and walking around that big-ass store, naturally I lost some weight. I took a pedometer to work for a few months and it turned out that I walked at least 3-4 miles every single day, just going about my business. Nice! Continue reading

Archie Can’t Be Beat, But He’ll Beat Your…
June 24, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Clippings, Newsstand, Pop Culture

Meaet Archie! A few weeks ago I blogged about Archie Comics introducing their first gay character this September. Well, predictably, the outrage has already begun. Cue the Facebook group: Gay Archie comics can stay away from me, thanks. Like their group description states: “Who wants that in there home…” Naturally, their primary concern is “the children.” I couldn’t help but find the group’s main page image more than a little amusing. A friend and I were debating whether or not it was intentional. I feel like because the group is so anti-gay AND their grammar skills aren’t A-1, it could be accidental. Whatever the case, it’s funny.

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Quantum Kirk: Life Behind Bars
June 23, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Life, Quantum Kirk

Hanging out with my friend, ‘C’ and his housemates proved to be educational (home-schooled educational, not ivy league educational). I remember being curious about how the whole bar scene ‘worked.’ Since I was new to the gay bar scene, I wondered how do you meet people? If you see someone you like, how do you let them know? Was it like in the movies, where you buy someone a drink? I had no idea. I was soon schooled in a real world environment (the gar bar). The quality of the education was somewhat questionable however. What they were telling me flew in the face of what seemed natural, and looking back, I cringe at some of the “techniques” I was taught. For example…

One of ‘C’s’ friends told me (complete with demonstration) that if I saw someone I was interested in, that I should “cruise” them (AKA stare them down). According to him, if they stared back, they were interested, then one or the other would approach and things would (or wouldn’t) progress from there. As I watched him stare a hole through some guy, I cringed, thinking to myself that this was just WAY too overt…and kinda fruity. It must have worked though, since I always ended up flying solo. The few people I attempted to talk to, were either not interested or were just there to ‘hook up.’ Naturally, I had my share of the foul-breathed Geritol Generation, and cornered the market on attracting flamers, drunks and fancy pants. A gift (read curse) I still possess to this day. Continue reading

June 22, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Dirty Birdy

Okay, normally my “Dirty Birdies” are a little more mean than this, but I thought I would share anyway, since I haven’t posted one for a while.

If you’ve been reading the blog, you know how my dad likes to conveniently omit the fact that when he makes lunch plans with me, that he is bringing a ‘gal pal’ (refer to My Dinner With CookiĆ©). He did this last time as well, but he ended up canceling that lunch date because he had forgotten a previous engagement. Continue reading

6 Year Blogiversary
June 21, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Holidays

Yep, My So-Called Strife is 72 months old today! Precious.

Wake Up Call
June 18, 2010, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Life

Having so much time to myself lately, I’ve realized something: I seriously need to get a life! I never realized how reliant I’ve become on other people for my entertainment. With P busy both at work and on weekends, E being out of town or on the go most of the time and everyone else either doing things with their families or at work, there’s really not anyone left (sans my online friends, whom I love, but virtual just isn’t the same).

So, I’ve decided to try and figure out how to get back to me. I used to have things to do. What happened? I think I got too comfortable depending on other people. That’s always a big no-no. Once you start depending on other people, they end up controlling you. I never wanted to be this person and I have to admit I’m really annoyed with myself that I allowed this to happen. Dependence on others is like being a slave to your cellphone: someone else is in control and it’s not YOU. Continue reading

Veteran’s Park
June 18, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Digital Photos

This is the park I have been walking at during the day. The woman on the placard is named Molly Hollar (holla!), and she does the landscaping, or ‘wildscaping’ for the park. It’s a really beautiful park and she’s done such a great job. Earlier this week while I was there, I turned the corner and there she was, in the middle of a project! I realize she’s just a local celebrity, but I still found it a little surreal, talking to her, having just read about her on the placard, as I left the parking lot. I told her everything looked great and that I’d just finished taking pictures. We talked about trickle irrigation before going our separate ways. She was really nice.

The park has a lot of great paths, some wooden, going off into the dense woods, some cement, and out in the open. There’s also a great bridge that’s very ‘Sleepy Hollow’ that I get a kick out of. I especially love going there in the fall, when the leaves are crunchy underfoot and you can smell people’s fireplaces in the air.