Friday, August 10, 2007
The Nation, Nairobi, Kenya
THE GAY BISHOP OF NEW Hampshire in the US, the Right Rev Gene Robinson, whose ordination sparked the split in the Anglican Communion, is a remarkably brave man.
According to The Times, Robinson, who is divorced and lives openly with a gay man, has claimed that the mother Church of the Anglican Communion would come close to shutting down if it was forced to manage without gay clergy.
He said he found it "mystifying" that the Church of England is unable to be honest about the number of gay clergy in its ranks. He alleged that many of the English Church's clergy lived openly in their rectories with gay partners, with the full knowledge of their bishops.
Well, what Robinson is saying is that Anglican bishops pretend not to "see" the gay priests (who haven't come out openly like Robinson), because they would have to discipline them. And because they are very many of them, the Anglican Church (except in Africa, perhaps) would just have to close shop because it would hardly have any priests left.
GayProf (now settling into a new life in a big mid-western university town) featured this 47 question meme on his blog, and since the questions were quirky and not typical of all the other self-revelatory memes, I decided to appropriate it for DesignerBlog.
1. What Do You Say Most When You’re Trying Not To Swear?
The truth is that I don’t really try not to. I spent too much of my life repressing my true feelings. My favorite expletive is “Fuck, shit, piss and corruption.”
2. Do You Own An iPod?
No. But if you know of one that could load all of Wagner’s RING, seven Mozart operas, and Massenet’s Manon I’d seriously consider it.
3. Which Person(s) In Your Top Friends Do You Talk To The Most?
Does this mean my friends who are tops as opposed to my friends who are bottoms or versatile? I need further clarification. I love talking to people, all kinds of people.
4. What Time Is Your Alarm Clock Set To?
As Inspector Clouseau would say, “Neut eny meur!” When I was working it was frequently 6am or (when I had to get the three of us out to work and school) 5:30. Now Fritz and I wake up to the coming of dawn and get up around 7.
5. Do You Want To Fall In Love?
Trust me, I’ve got that one covered already.
6. Do You Wear Flip-Flops When It’s Cold?
I don’t wear flip-flops on any occasion.
7. Would You Rather Take The Picture Or Be In The Picture?
Take. I don’t generally like the pictures that are taken of me.
8. What Was The Last Movie You Watched?
In a theater, Little Miss Sunshine, maybe.
9. Do Any Of Your Friends Have Children?
Lots of them. That means lots of friends and lots of children.
10. Has Anyone Ever Called You Lazy?
Someone a very long time ago whom I eliminated from my life completely.
11. Do You Ever Take Medication To Help You Fall Asleep?
No. I try very hard not to take lots of medications, and not to over-medicate myself when I do. I usually fall asleep with ease.
12. What CD Is Currently In Your CD Player?
Mozart’s “Apollo et Hyacynthus.” It’s his very first opera, written when he was eleven years old, and I bought it in preparation for the Mozart symposium I’m giving in October. As Hyacynthus was the god Apollo's boytoy, the original story from the myth was heavily adapted to removing anything remotely homosexual for the commission by an all boy college in ultra-Catholic 18th century Austria.
13. Do You Prefer Regular Or Chocolate Milk?
A good crisp pinot grigio or a well chilled brut champagne. Yes, I’m aware I didn’t answer the question--although I told the truth.
14. Has Anyone Told You A Secret This Week?
No, but you can email me one of yours.
15. When Was The Last Time You Had Starbucks?
Two weeks ago in New York City before heading to the Metropolitan Opera for Wagner’s RING
16. Can You Whistle?
Yes, but not well. I can’t sing even more than I can’t whistle.
17. Do You Have A Trampoline In Your Back Yard?
No. God, no.
18. Do You Think People Talk About You Behind Your Back?
I certainly hope so.
19. Did You Watch Cartoons As A Child?
Not particularly—I was too busy reading history and biography. And yes, everybody thought I was weird. This cartoon is from the British humor (pardon, humour) magazine Punch. It's dated 1954 and the original caption--too small to read here and reversed anyway by the laptop camera--is typed in below it. I LOVE it and have always had a copy on my office door.
20. What Movie Do You Know Every Line To?
I could probably sing through about 20 to 30 operas from beginning to end from memory. Does that count?
The answer to the question is, none.
21. What Is The Last Thing You Purchased?
A zucchini and two beefsteak tomatoes at a farm stand. A little imagination and it's rather phallic, isn't it?
22. Is There Anything Wrong With Girls Kissing Girls?
No more than there is with boys kissing boys, or men kissing men, which is where it starts to get interesting for me.
23. Do You Own Any Band T-Shirts?
I did. I owned a T-Shirt for Split Endz, a garage band from Revere (pronounced Reveah) and occasional opening act for bands who opened for other bands. I designed their logo, all their publicity and whatever else they needed for about two years. The fact you’ve never, ever heard of them is absolutely not my fault—I did good work for those boys.
24. What Is Your Favorite Salad Dressing?
Fat-free ranch and/or Asian ginger.
25. Is anyone in love with you?
Overwhelmingly, unconditionally and completely. It’s the most incredible feeling to be loved like that. Nobody in my life has ever loved me the way he does.
26. Do You Do Your Own Dishes?
Yes—I don’t particularly like dishwashers and don’t particularly mind washing dishes. Or ironing. I’m very domestic.
27. Ever Cry In Public?
Yes, particularly when I was a very unhappy kid. As an adult, not so much.
28. Do You Like Anyone?
I like masses of people. I’m outgoing and gregarious.
29. Are You Currently Wanting Any Piercings Or Tattoo?
I’m still so astonished at my body rejecting my thirteen year old tit ring and pushing it right out of me that I think I’ll pass on any more metal. Yes on tattoos; I want an inverted tribal triangle on the small of my back under my backpiece to balance the big tribal wings on my shoulder blades.
30. Who Was The Last Person To Make You Mad?
Other than Bozo the Pig-Headed, our unelected “president,” probably some fatuous TV anchor deciding to give us his/her opinion of the news stories or the people in them. (See also #46)
31. Would You Ever Date Anyone Covered In Tattoos?
See #29 above and tell me what you think I’d say.
32. What Did You Do Before This?
Before answering this meme, I helped Fritz search the web for theater performances that friends of ours from Denmark might like when they visit us in late September/early October.
33. When Was The Last Time You Slept On The Floor
July 10th of this year after all my furniture had been moved. It was the night before I passed papers on my house to the new owner.
34. How Many Hours Of Sleep Do You Need To Function?
Five and a half.
35. Do You Eat Breakfast Daily?
Yes—not vast amounts, but I take breakfast very seriously.
36. Are Your Days Full And Fast Paced?
Yes. I retired early from MIT, not from life. Let's say full and moderately paced.
37. What are you doing right now?
Answering this, of course, and having intermittent thoughts about G, the United Parcels delivery guy for our address who wears shorts all year, has one of the best bodies and handsomest faces I’ve ever seen. We both have major hots for him.
I haven’t resorted to sending packages to myself—yet—but if there were a long break between UPS deliveries here, I might consider it.
38. Do you use sarcasm?
Yes, when making an anti-Bush comment or when obviously joking. I don't tend to use it against people.
39. Have You Ever Been In A Fight?
Probably back in school as an unhappy kid (see #27 above).
40. Are You Picky About Spelling And Grammar?
Yes. I don’t mind seeing language develop in logical, organic ways becaust that's inevitible, but I do mind seeing English get grossly abused and beginning to disintegrate.
41. Have You Ever Been To Six Flags?
No, and going there is not on my agenda for the foreseeable future.
42. Have You Ever Gotten Beat up?
43. Do You Get Along Better With The Same Sex Or The Opposite?
I think I get along with everybody. I do prefer to hang out with gay members of my own sex as often as possible.
44. Do you like mustard?
With a passion. I usually have at least five very different mustard varieties in the fridge at any given time. Currently: Honey Dijon, wasabi with lime, straight Dijon, American salad style, German style, and I just finished a jar of champagne mustard with shallots that was one of the best I ever had.
45. Do You Sleep On Your Side, Stomach, Or Back?
I start out on my left side and wake up on my back,
46. Do You Watch The News?
Yes, although American news broadcasting has become corrupted by the news-as-entertainment and “happy news team” movements. BBC news is still serious reporting and much less tolerant of anchors editorializing inappropriately, something that infuriates me (see also #30, above)
47. How Did You Get Three Of Your Scars?
Forearms—from diving through a window that I mistakenly thought was open when I was a kid.
Top of my right foot—sliced open (not too deeply) by a hatchet when I was a kid.
Lower palm of my right hand, toward the wrist—from a successful carpal tunnel operation about eighteen years ago that gave me my drawing and painting career back.
I didn't tag anyone, but if you'd like to pick this up and have some fun with it, please go right ahead.
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