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Re: “Win Tickets to the Thermals!

I could use an excuse not to hang out in the back of Taboo this weekend.

Posted by kiojn on 01/26/2011 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Oregon Pedestrian Deaths Up 80 Percent

The driver was 70 years old, maybe he shouldn't have been driving. I'm not ageist or anything, but after a certain age, drivers need to be re-certified often

Posted by kiojn on 11/09/2010 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Grand Jury Declines Prosecution In Collins Case

I hope someone remembers to reset the sign in the police breakroom to "0 days since police have murdered a citizen".

Posted by kiojn on 04/02/2010 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Savage Love Letter O' the Day: Are Gay Men Unbearable?

I had the same problem when I was a gay teenager. I was a "straight acting" kid with the dilemma that nobody knew I was gay and I was scared to tell anyone. I tried the gay youth groups that at the time I felt were filled with what I considered "the funny-looking gays" - wrong I know. But I found nothing there, and was scared to be seen with obviously gay kids. So I started going to the bars and I met guys to fuck, but had trouble finding friends, partly because I kept my gay life and regular life separate. It took a few years for me to combine the two lives I was living and come out to everyone. I think I wasted a lot of time trying to live a double life and neither was satisfying.

It's not easy, but you have to come out and let people know you are gay. I'm not talking about rainbow flag wearing "out", but just casually let the people that are in your life and at work or school know that you are gay. When other people see a straight acting kid that is gay and cool with it, they'll either come out to you or introduce you to other gay people they know.

I have a friend with a younger brother that worked with an out gay 18 year old who was just in the process of coming out. He told his coworker, who then introduced us, and then through me he's met other regular gay men, and it's given him more confidence to be out with his peers. I'm proud that in our becoming friends I've gotten to introduce him to some great movies like "Pink Flamingos" and "The Cruise". Anyway, you have to be out to everyone to be an example to others that are still in the closet and to make connections with people that you never would have guessed have gay friends or are gay themselves.

I've been thinking a lot about the girl Constance McMillen. She could have easily slunk home and stared at her tuxedo hanging in her bedroom on prom night and cried herself to sleep, but instead she decided to stand up and be visible, and now she's going everywhere. Who needs the stupid little MS prom when you've become everyone's favorite lesbian. I admire her bravery to refuse to be pushed in the closet, and it makes me proud of our community for rallying to her side.

Posted by kiojn on 03/19/2010 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Win Tickets to See Midlake!

I know I've downloaded their music, but I don't think I recognize when I'm listening to them, and this will cement their music in my mind. Not a good reason, but really all I can think of at the moment.

Posted by kiojn on 03/02/2010 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Today in PDX

That tree is right outside my building. I know the guy that stuck the tree with at least one of those needles. He's a homeless guy and sorta a friend. I met him a few years ago when I was doing drugs. I really don't care for him too much because he's always showing up at my place trying to get me to help him in whatever scheme he's thought up to make some money. I kicked all my bad habits, I just can't seem to get rid of him. He's just kinda attached himself to me and I can't really get him to go away. I feel badly for him because he does have a good heart in many ways, and his mental troubles aren't his fault. I'm the only person he has that isn't using him in some way or the other and will let him come inside to be warm on cold and rainy days. My friend was born to drug addicted parents and it really messed up his brain. He has ADHD, bipolar disorder, and a strong tendency to drug addiction. He's been on heroin off and on since July of last year. He tried rehab in Vancouver recently, but ran away after 2 weeks. He completely lacks all impulse control and really doesn't know how to fit in with society, and can be dangerous in certain situations. He was adopted as a baby and his family spent thousands trying to fix him, but nothing took. His adopted parents live in Washington state and don't let him know where they live, because when he gets upset he can be dangerous. Anyway, he pointed out the needles to me the other day and I meant to go out and take them out of the tree after he left, and I just forgot. On weekends you can find my friend outside Silverado where he sometimes hustles himself.

Posted by kiojn on 02/13/2010 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Police Union Will March On City Hall Tomorrow—No Confidence Vote "Depends on Percentages."

This is fucking ridiculous. The man was suspended, not fired. There'll be an investigation, maybe hearing. Sounds like the system is working to me. Yet here we have a group, the police, who are accustomed to giving orders and not taking them. They obviously don't like having their authority or judgment questioned. Their job is to uphold the system, which is functioning just fine thank you, but when one decision goes against them, they are willing to ignore their responsibilities and drop everything to protest the administration. What a bunch of fucking babies. I'm ready for a vote of no confidence in the police who believe they should be exempt from questioning.

Posted by kiojn on 11/24/2009 at 7:42 AM

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