I have of late, obvs, lost my blog mirth. With any luck, I'll find it. Halloween as an adult in a college town means saying a little prayer when you leave the house that the student you bump into at the super market has chosen something wholesome, like Alice in Wonderland, rather than, say, O. But for those of you with children, or who are children, a guide to kids' chalk trick or treating symbols. (The Werthers Originals is at left.)* There are many more than you would think, and quite clever. Better yet, it conjures up a world where little kids are more like hobos than usual. Come to think of it, with the way things are going, that's not bad experience to have. *No symbol yet for "cranky fesser who just might give you an offprint of an article he wrote."
Many of you will have the chance tomorrow to vote on a
definition of marriage amendment in one form or another. By and large, these
are initiatives that seek to define a marriage as a union of one woman and one
man, with the idea being that other kinds of couples, like two dudes or two
ladies, should not be entitled to the same privileges as straight couples. If
you are considering supporting such an initiative, a few thoughts:
1)Supporting same-sex unions does not make you gay. You might be a dude who thinks sex with
another dude is totally icky. However, that seems like a poor reason to deny a
couple the right to make medical decisions on behalf of one another.
gay people make you uncomfortable, are you less comfortable with gay couples
refinishing antique furniture and grooming their pets, or with single gay folks
hanging out at rest areas? Is allowing same-sex partners to claim survivors’
pension and Social Security benefits likely to lead to an explosion of gay sex where your kids will see?
may feel that the purpose of marriage is procreation. By this logic, infertile
couples would not be allowed to marry either. Indeed, under this logic, couples
would have to prove they were fertile before they could get married, raising
the specter of compulsory premarital sex to uphold the institution of marriage.
Also, the last time I checked, there was not a population shortage. Should
health insurance be a special treat for potential baby-havers?
says “Adam and Eve” in the Bible, not “Adam and Steve.” True enough. Yet, many
hetero couples are not named Adam or Eve. More generally, I would argue that
arguing from a genital identity degrades the very idea of what marriage is. If
marriage is a union of two people who are uniquely suited to one another, why
define that bond in terms of what your spouse has in common with every other
member of their gender? If it is your husband’s penis or your wife’s vagina
that defines that person for you, your marriage is in trouble.
you want a special, hetero-only blessing for your union, there are many
churches that would be happy to help you out. Have your religious ceremony, and
thumb your nose at the gays all you want, but depriving other folks of their
civil rights is a pretty lame way to make your marriage more special. The
Fesser and the cinetrix tied the knot in Massachusetts
before the gays could marry there, and that state’s subsequent sanction of
same-sex partnerships has not undermined our relationship to any significant
I will clamber off my soapbox now. Don't forget to vote tomorrow.
I feel some inchoate desire to explain why the Pixies are that stuff they put on muffulettas. I also think it would be fun to start a band by advertising your condiment ambitions, rather than your musical influences: Songwriter/Bassist seeks drummer and guitarist to become the Inner Beauty/Duke's Mayonnaise of the music world."
The Cod is feeling becalmed, foodwise, but as a public service, must share the following. This week, the eyes of the world will be on Jacksonville, and the Contest Formerly Known as The World's Largest Cocktail Party. If you're heading that way, do be sure to shop at Chowder Ted's. But Gator or Bulldog,, the following seems like just the thing to play before what promises to be a spirited contest. Vivi Bach & Dietmar Schonherr, "Molotov Cocktail Party" .mp3