It's turning out to be 'one of those days'.. I spent the morning at the department of Labor for a mandatory meeting for those on unemployment. As regular readers know, I was laid off my day job a couple months back and while it was deadly dull at times, I do miss the woman I work for and one or two others around the office (in addition to my duties there, I did some social networking consulting for the head of internet fundraising and it's him who, for me, coined the term 'bloggety blog blog' that I often use on my Facebook account to alert my friends that I've posted a new blog) but it was mainly a job that I took to stabilize my work resume. I mean, it's difficult to be taken seriously when one is listing '48 porn movies' as a job history. It's not inconceivable but it is difficult. :)
So anyway, I've been spending the summer resisting applying for unemployment in the vague vain hope that I would find another job to replace quickly. But I didn't and so I applied. The weird thing is that there are no checks anymore, you get a debit card from Chase Manhattan Bank or rather a debit card that pretends that it's from Chase. I found out that they are only loosely affiliated when I tried in a vague vain attempt to remove money from the 'account' (this is what the state of New York calls it) and found, from the bank manager, that I'm the only one since the creation of the system who's pin number went awry. This I found out just hours before I was to go to Montreal and I was immediately worried that this would be indicative of the trip itself (it wasn't which you will find out when I get to posting about the trip, it's coming I promise).
Anyway, I eventually got it all straightened out but it is annoying to have to do a teller visit every time I need to pull money out and then walk across the street and deposit into my bank. Chase generously offered to open a real account for me but I'm not sure what I'd be putting in it other than fumes at the moment. OK I'm exaggerating but the unemployment thing is a little scary.
But, I should insert here, because I know there are a couple readers out there that are concerned, I will be OK.
Unfortunately there are many gay men who don't have a lot of money to fall back on (there is a definite urban myth that all gay men have tons of disposable income -many are living below the poverty line and some even are homeless), or who don't have family (biological or acquired) and will fall through the cracks in this economic crunch.
That the GLBT community is criticizing Obama for not repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell makes me laugh. These are obviously fags who don't realize that there are a lot of GLBTers who could give a rats ass about DADT not because they don't care about those who are serving in the armed forces, but because they're more worried about getting sick when they don't have health insurance or a job. Seems to me that Obama is doing pretty much everything he's able to do for the bigger issues and criticizing him by replacing his HOPE for NOPE is rather bratty (and then we wonder why people don't take us seriously sometimes).
In any event, so there I was this morning at a careers meeting and wondering what special skills I should list on the information sheet that they gave me to fill out. Does "cruising Manhunt" count as a special skill? I do speak 7 languages but I don't think that matters since those are 1. Soap Opera, 2. Gay Porn, 3. 70s and 80s pop music lyrics, 4. Gym, 5.Gay Politics, 6. Facebook and 7. Vodka. I'm also mostly able to speak and understand English. Mostly. Work-wise I have Hand Job experience and my Gaydar is so good that I can find a gay man in any crowded room (and sometimes both of these skills go together) and I can lift heavy things as long as they are made of iron and shaped like a dumbbell. :) Ok naturally I'm kidding around because I have lots of stuff that I can do and I listed all my work and skills on the handout and even listed that I threw big fundraising events in California featuring gay porn stars (I figure the people at the department of Labor probably need a lift too.. that should be a hot topic over a souvlaki from the street corner lunch wagon).
Now if I haven't bummed you out too much, you can click away from here to an Italian nightlife site which is running a contest of recent cover models. My new friend Cristian Torrent (who has some web cam videos on line) is running ahead and if you like what you see in the graphic here, then click here and scroll down and vote for him. The site is in Italian but it's easy to figure out where to click on the white oval to vote for him and then you can scroll down to the link: "vota e guarda i risultati!" and click it to make the vote count. I think this is one of those 'it's an honor to be nominated and an even bigger one to win' kind of things .... it's funny, I've never met Torrent but we've talked online and what can I say, he's just fucking hot which is reason enough in my book to promote someone. :) Oh, another special skill: spotting hot guys in foreign countries that I'll probably never get to visit! LOL :)
Ok that's it for now.. as usual there's always more and Bingo pics are coming as is the Montreal journal. Til then...