Beyond that, Labor Day traditionally signals the end of summer time. Wear white shoes at your own peril, people.
The previous post was supposed to be about reflecting on the past year, but turned more rant-oriented than I expected. Eh – That’s the way it goes sometimes.
Clearly I still have some work left on that whole “letting go” thing. Really, I should have faith in the cosmos. A Texas friend has a saying. I might not get it exactly right, but the general theme is this: “The karmic wheel grinds slow, but it grinds fine.” If true, Liar Ex (who told many lies) should be a chalky powder when all is said and done.
So, in lieu of an annual review, let’s turn back to a post from May 17, 2006. That entry had a list of GayProf’s goals for this past summer. Just how many of those things did I actually accomplish? Let's see:
Finish my current research project.
Yeah, that totally didn’t happen. I continue to work on it – I am making progress. Things are getting finished up. What? Stop nagging me!
Oh, Lord, by the bucket! Texas heat is like no other. Why doesn’t anybody see all that heat as evidence that God hates Texas?
Teach Summer School, Session I.
Yep – I did that (which also helps explain why my current research project didn’t reach completion). Summer School is always so condensed. In many ways I feel like my lectures went from “The U.S. invaded Mexico” to “George Bush is a prick” overnight.
Try to repair my horrific credit record (thus the reason for teaching Summer School, Session I).
Well, Summer pay certainly helped. Creditors no longer have me on speed dial. What I really need, though, is for that Texas house to sell. Maybe I should look into an exorcism.
Finish sewing that Wonder Woman costume. Though I might just settle for some extra, extra, extra large NRFP Underoos off of E-Bay.
Does anybody know where I can find some white-star appliques?
Build a bonfire out all of the things that liar ex (who told many lies) gave me in the past eight years. Then dance around the fire naked until they lose all of their evil magic powers.
More or less – Yep. I learned something important – Be sure to call the Fire Department before purging oneself of negative energy.
Watch the new Superman movie.
I did watch the new Superman movie. The things I liked: All of the homage stuff to the seventies Superman film and hunky Routh.
Kate Bosworth failed as Lois Lane. I hated (and I mean HATED) the kid. Why do people think children are interesting for films? Or in life? Plus, Routh's contact lenses that changed his eye color creeped me out.
Figure out ways to recover from my disappointment over the new Superman movie.
All and all, it disappointed me less than expected. Perhaps, though, superhero films have run their course? Maybe Hollywood can come up with original ideas for films? No, snakes on a motherfucking plane does not count.
Locate and rent an apartment in Boston.
It aged me an additional five years, but I did manage to accomplish this goal. In retrospect, trying to avoid paying a realtor fee may not have been worth the stress of those few days.
The studio apartment I found, though, is a fair price and sans fee. I wish it was a tiny bit closer to the T, though.
Aspire to add 20 lbs to my bench press, but probably settle for adding 10 lbs.
I did accomplish this goal. Then I moved to Boston and took several weeks off from the gym. When I finally got around to finding a new gym, my muscles apparently had degraded because I am back to my pre-summer bench press. Who knew that my body could atrophy so quickly? I would have also expected that moving all my crap up and down (or actually down and up) several flights of stairs would have kept me toned. No such luck.
Travel to Albuquerque to visit family and friends.
No matter where else I go, New Mexico will always be my home. Just seeing the Sandia Mountains stretching out in welcome as the plane descends makes me feel better about everything.
Drink Tequila and/or Tequila based cocktails.
Finally a reasonable goal that I made for myself. It’s good to know that I accomplished something worthwhile with my summer time.
Go to the only gay club in this small Texas town at least one more time.
You know, on several different occasions I had plans to do this with friends. For whatever reason, it never quite happened. Usually we just drank in other locales.
No big loss for me, though. Heteros have really overrun the joint since it is one of only two places in the whole town to dance.
Figure out a reason to be interviewed by dreamy Anderson Cooper.
You would have thought that all the stalking of him would have qualified for a little air time.
Mourn the end of FDR’s New Deal -- again.
Everyday. Oh, yes, Everyday.
Attend a wedding of Texas friends of mine where liar ex (who told many lies) will also attend. Contemplate how I will maintain my decorum and not stab my liar ex in the eye with a dessert fork.
I am proud to say that none of the flatware had blood on it by the time I exited. Seeing Liar Ex (who is a total fuckbag – What? I can’t always be predictable) made my skin crawl. If fortune favors the foolish, however, that will be the last time that I ever have to put my eyes on him ever again.
Celebrate George W. Bush’s shameful resignation (Hey – I can hope).
Still waiting -- Still hoping. Why does this man have a job?
Make a list of all the things that I will miss about Texas while I am gone this coming year.
Oh, sure, I did this one. I miss the — um. Well, there’s the -- er . . . um.
Okay, I miss my Texas friends. Really, though, I wish they were here rather than me being there.
Travel to Chicago for work.
Sigh – Chicago is my favorite U.S. City. Not that I don’t totally love Boston, but Chicago just speaks to me a wee bit more. Alas, with all the packing, moving, teaching, etc., this business trip got postponed. Sometime in the coming year, however, I really do need to go there.
Try to keep up the façade that I know (or care) what the hell people are talking about when they discuss the DaVinci Code.
Luckily nobody seems to talk about this anymore. Now, however, I need to learn about the Boston Red Sox. Time and time again on the T or on buses, people keep looking to open a conversation about the “sox.” It turns out that they are not particularly interested in whether I match my hosiery to my pants or to my shoes.
Contemplate if somebody could bounce a quarter off of Condoleezza Rice’s hair.
Yes, you can.
Take photos of the friends in Texas that I want to remember.
Yep, did this one. I have new pictures waiting to be pasted into the photo album.
Shred photos of people I hope never to see again.
Yep, did this one, too. Made plenty of space in the photo album for all the pictures above.
Find new friends in Boston.
So far, I have met some cool people.
Wax my car.
Given that my car will spend the year in storage, I made sure to accomplish this goal. The paint should be perfectly preserved as it awaits my return to Texas.
Finally decide in my own mind if I think Carlos Mencia is funny or offensive.
Is his show even on the air anymore? Nah – I long ago stopped thinking about Mencia. Now I am all about debating Robot Chicken.
Be the first kid on my block to own the Wonder Woman comic relaunch (written by a gay man, don’t you know?).
Because the lame Texas comic shop didn’t order enough copies, I was not the first on my block. Was nothing right about that town? Still, I got my hands on Wonder Woman as soon as possible.
As we have discussed, I am optimistic. It’s a better vision of Diana than I have seen in a long, long, long time.
Figure out how to work all the functions on my cell phone.
I have learned new things about the cell phone, particularly about text messaging. It’s funny – I never imagined myself as a cell-phone type of guy. Now I sleep with it under my pillow.
Start a riot.
Why do you think I moved to Boston?
Locate and recover Jimmy Hoffa’s body.
Who needs lemonade when Margaritas are around? Fuck that.
Move to Boston.
Oh, I am so here. Of course, I wish that the process of getting here didn’t involve cat shit and total muscle fatigue. Still, I could not be happier in my new locale.
Wow – I still have a great many things that I need to complete from this list. I will get on that tomorrow. Well, maybe not tomorrow. I want to learn how to make egg drop soup tomorrow. The day after that, though, I am so on it.