6 Things

1. HOOOOOORAAAAAAY for gay marriages in New York State! A joyful, joyful, joyful day.

My mother’s twin sister is gay, and I grew up one block from away from my aunt and her partner Mary. I’ve been very close to both of them my entire life. I couldn’t love them more. They helped raise me.

Having been raised in part by a lesbian couple, I simply do not understand resistance to gay marriage.

The story I always tell about my experience growing up with a gay couple is this: When I was about twelve I overheard my then 9-year-old sister ask my mother, “Mom, are Kathy and Mary lesbians?” To which my mother replied, “Yes”.  As difficult as this may be for some to believe, that overheard conversation between my mother and my sister was the first time I ever, even for one second, considered the nature of my aunt’s relationship. I had literally never thought about it before. In the first twelve years of my life I hadn’t noticed that they were different from heterosexual couples. Of course I was aware that they were two women, but their relationship was such an (beautifully) ordinary part of my childhood that it never once occurred to me to question it. After I heard my sister say the word “lesbian” I thought, “Oh, hey. Yeah. They are lesbians.” And that was the extent of it.

The legalization of gay marriage is important, it’s right, and it’s unstoppable. Someday soon legal gay marriage will be the law of the entire land, and history will view those who opposed it as bigots.

Niagara Falls got all dressed up in rainbow colors to celebrate. Makes me smile.

2.Dry Island” is the kind of coaching power move that can seriously bite you in the ass. I’m going to go ahead and call “Dry Island” a massive failure for Peter Laviolette. Theoretically, professional athletes absolutely should be able to commit to a month of not drinking, but, well, obviously Dry Island didn’t work. It contributed to a big rift in the Flyers locker room, and now, years later, two of the best players on the Flyers have been traded, and players are ratting each other out to the press. That’s some great coaching!  Stay crazy, Flyers!

3. Everyone, please take time to visit the ALL NEW Sabres blogroll page! And, as always, if you know of a blog that is not on the list, PLEASE let me know!

4. I’ve been playing around a lot with Spotify. I decided to give the full “Premium” subscription a try, and so far, I think it’s worth the money. Spotify has almost everything I want to listen to, including a decent amount of classical music. My biggest complaint is that the iphone app needs a LOT of improvement. It crashes every time I try to create a new playlist on my phone, and using Spotify chews up my phone’s battery power very quickly. But in terms of having a basically-limitless music library at my fingertips, I’m very impressed. It’s not quite hoverboards, but Spotify still feels pretty “the future is here”-y.

5. We’re almost to one of my very favorite times of the year. Starting next Monday I’ll have six weeks off from work (the BPO keeps a pretty similar schedule to teachers- lots of time off in the summer). What should I do with myself? Possible activities: start a gang, learn Spanish, landscape my entire backyard, sit around playing on the interwebs.

6. I’m trying to work out a way to sell some of my unused season tickets to Sabres fans instead of Leafs and Habs fans. (Now, before you leave a comment lecturing me about selling tickets to visiting fans, I ask that you kindly reconsider. Because… seriously, shut up.) There has to be a way to pull this off. Most of my unused games I sell to my friends at the price I paid ($54 a seat, this season), but I always sell a handful of games on Stub Hub.

I’d always prefer to sell tickets to Sabres fans than to visiting fans, so I think I’m going create a page on this blog that lists the games I have for sale and my asking price. I’m just going to try it for this season, if it doesn’t work, no biggie.  (Now that I think about it, is this even legal? Am I going to get thrown in the slammer?)

15 Responses to “6 Things”

  1. 1 Katebits July 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    FYI, this is not a political blog and I’m 100% disinterested in discussing the gay marriage issue with those who do not agree with my viewpoint. If there are any comments left in the comment section that I deem homophobic or irksome in anyway, they will be deleted without explanation or apology. Now everyone get out there and get gay married! :D

  2. 2 S. Tooth July 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Will there be a loyalty test for fans who want tickets? Let’s say there’s a perfectly nice gentleman from say, St. Catherines or Welland who reads your blog. They’re okay with the Sabres, but the Leafs/Habs are first in their hearts. Will you sell them tickets to Leafs/Habs games?
    I’m not sure, but I think such people exist (and I’m not one of them by the way). Just curious as to how you would handle it because I like dealing in annoying hypotheticals.

    • 3 Katebits July 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Hm. Interesting thought, S. Tooth. Well, the idea is to prevent Leafs jerseys from sitting in my seats, so I have to say, even a nice gentleman from Welland would not be ideal. However, I would feel a lot better knowing that he was a gentleman, and not a boor, so I wouldn’t rule him out either.

  3. 4 Joanne July 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I enjoyed your blog as usual & was touched by your story about your aunt .Thanks for sharing it. It’s sad it took this long for gay marriage to be legal but I’m happy it finally is ! Watching all the couples in Niagara Falls getting married at the same time was a beautiful thing..I’m so happy for them !! Also I think it’s a great idea to post the Sabres tickets you want to sell, hope it works out for you…. :-)

  4. 5 Meg July 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I love rainbow Niagara Falls! And am so happy for all the people who’ve wanted to get married and are now able to do so. :D

    Re: Dry Island…I’ve got to say that I would be pretty irked if my workplace asked me to commit to not drinking for a month. I can’t believe that Flyers management/coaching actually thought that would be a good idea.

  5. 6 Schnookie July 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I also am super happy for legal gay marriage in New York! And I really love Niagara Falls’s celebratory outfit!

    As for Dry Island, man, this is the funniest Flyers off-season in AGES. The only way I’d be willing to go along with a Dry Island policy in my workplace would be if there was also a Boozy Island to sign up for. Heh.

  6. 7 Meg July 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Boozy Island would be brilliant. That’s clearly where the Flyers went wrong. If only Richards and Carter had been allowed to join Boozy Island all would have been well in Flyers’ World.

  7. 8 Schnookie July 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Yeah, the anti-Boozyism in the Flyers organization is shocking. That sort of discrimination in the workplace shouldn’t be abided! Richards and Carter are much better off being free of them, that’s for sure.

  8. 9 Katebits July 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I would definitely put my number on Boozy Island’s dry erase board!

  9. 10 Zach July 26, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Kate, have you tried uploading the songs from Spotify onto your phone? It might help the crashing issue?

  10. 11 trevor July 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I’m opposed to state-sanctioned marriage of any type, but gays should have the same rights as anyone else. Not to mention, if my wife doesn’t nicen up, I would definitely want to capitalize on the tax break to cohabitate with my buddies in the mancave.

    I saw Bob Smith – gay comedian from Buffalo – do a HBO routine just a few weeks ago. Had never heard of him before. He told a joke about a state senator who wanted to ban gay marriage because gay households are the breeding grounds for future homosexuals. “I’m only going to say this once: heterosexuals are the breeding grounds for future homosexuals.” Classic.

    • 12 tom July 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

      totally agree!! the problem is marriage under the state. i must say that i’m happy to have been married in DC where both hetero and homosexual couples can marry. if it must be state sanctioned it should apply to everyone.

      try selling them on craigslist or ebay and specify sabres fan or zip code origination. lots of people do it. is it illegal? nope…here in DC the owner of the Caps also owns the ticketmaster franchise and restricts purchase of playoff tickets to MD-DC-VA zip codes only and has been doing it for years.

  11. 13 ToonTom July 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I like your ticket approach and would love to take advantage of it in the future, especially knowing your seats are in friendly territory. The game I attended this year I was surrounded by Habs fans. At first, it was a bit uncomfortable but that it made it so much more fun to stand and Whooooooo when Pomerdoodle scored in OT. The win plus the thought of all those Habs driving home dejected added to the great experience of seeing my first Sabres game live.

  12. 14 Kevin July 29, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Id sure as hell love to buy some tickets too! Ive got a couple Sabres jerseys to show I’m not a secret leafs fan too. Actually..Leafs fans would prolly be willing to buy fake Sabres jerseys just to get cheap tickets in the HSBC…

  13. 15 Gambler August 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Kate, have you looked into Rdio at all? It’s the same service as Spotify for the same price, but it’s better designed and more reliable. I don’t know first hand, but the mobile app must be good, too, because my sister’s fiance (a web designer) swears by it and he uses his iPhone for everything.

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