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Saturday, June 24, 2006

pre pride post - second annual

look an anniversary!

tomorrow is pride day and i'm strangely not in the mood. i mean i've made plans and i've arranged things and there's going to be drinking and EATING and partying and hot naked men who aren't remotely attracted to me.

i did kiss a bear the other night on my way home.

for those of you who don't know what a bear looks like? imagine a reasonably large guy sitting around in jeans or leather pants and a leather vest or a flannel shirt.

add some facial hair, generally a bit fanciful and the possibility of a leather cap.

we were yapping for a bit and wished each other a happy pride and kissed each other on the mouth and went our seperate ways.

for some reason this delighted me.

on my way to kissing a bear i passed by a needy [and quite probably hammered] woman running a spin the bottle game [and enthusiastically kissing the probably gay boys] and a man drawing the pride logo at the intersection of maitland and church. sitting there in the middle of the street with his paint and his chalk and a look or rapt concentration.

he did this while throngs of people wandered by to take in the sights and the patios raged with people.

the mood is so lovely during pride and this is in fact my favourite weekend of the year for that very reason. er sorry, favourite IN TOWN weekend of the year. this year it happens to coincide with mom's birthday so i'm at the farm for saturday.

and relieved let me tell you. i haven't slept in days. days.

i've been wandering around like a stupid since wednesday because all there is this week is people partying outside my window. they seem to be getting ruder every year. or i'm getting more sensitive.

or both.

last night i was woken up at 4am by people making out next to my window and then again at this morning by the scottish marching band marching down the road. what the fuck was a marching band doing on saturday morning at 9:30?

i mean they all party, don't they at least want to sleep in the morning?

it was all right though, rr was on her first day of food since her fourteen day fast and rl and i are the regulars so we giggled for the whole class, it was kind of awesome.

then i went and visited a total hottie and drove the long way which is now the short way [no towns and lights so still a 60kph zone is faster] to the farm. the farm.

*sigh of contentment*

it was perfectly hot and sunny with nary a cloud in the sky and the day got remarkably amusing when my mother pulled out her birthday present.

the air rifle.

for serious. that's what she wanted for her birthday. my mom is so cool.

my dad had made her a target with an easel and a can of peas and there she is giving my sister instructions on operating this little gun!!

so lividviv and our mom and viv's man jh and i sat around and shot at cans on a target while my dad cooked and the sun beat down on us. and then i had my moment of divine inspiration.

i went and got my bathing suit.

lividviv wore her panties and my workout shirt from this morning and off we went to the pond. the pond. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

so we basically stood there and dared each other and eventually we dove in at the same time and came up shouting with glee. the water was perfect.


my first outdoor swim of the year in the warm silk of a freshwater spring fed pond.

my hair is delighted, my skin is feeling full of liquid and my driver's side sunburn isn't even particularly angry with me. it is sort of a thorn in my plan to wear a bikini tomorrow...

regardless, i went for a swim. an actual in the pond with refreshing water swim. more than that i got to play with my sister while we splashed each other and laughed like little children.

and then we got fed divine food and lovely company and now i get to go to bed and sleep for about nine hours before driving home to the city.

and do you know what happens then?

i walk down church street and watch them do last minute preparations for the biggest party of the year and then i arrive at othercat's house.

there i will find othercat and pj and princess valium and orange juice and champagne and brunch. and then we will wander back UP church street to party in the village all day.

i'm not even mentioning the parade of half naked people and naked people and really unnattractive people and painted gold people and covered in feathers people there will be tomorrow.

or the good mood everyone will wear like clothing... for some as their only clothing.

or the margaritas on whatever patio and pj MAYBE getting his annual drunk. oh i hope so!

for someone who isn't in the mood i'm sure strangely excited!

night kids :)


Blogger othercat said...

I think I'm enjoying Gay Pride more each year. I start having bad thoughts about the horrendous crowds, and then as the day approaches, that's the very thing I like. A big, happy crowd is a wonderful thing to be in.

6/24/2006 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

it really is. i hate crowds as a thought but that kind is so lovely and fun to be in.

btw y'all please click my 'click for greenland' link

6/24/2006 11:15:00 PM  
Blogger sugarpunk said...

whoa.. well its sounds strangely exciting to me.. LOL

but yeah.. party on.. i miss houston in this same way.. people and festivals and just general happy thoughts..

and for the love of all that is right.. a marching band at 730 am is not cool.. LOL

6/25/2006 02:26:00 AM  
Blogger DZER said...

sounds simply fantastich to me so far, and I'm sure that it's going to get even better ... good on ya; you deserve it!

6/25/2006 04:22:00 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

Ya I am all for this type of fun. Yaay freedom. I used to love this time in NYC. Such fun. *a bit nostalgic*

Also I am getting sick, I think, so my head is a bit cloudy.


6/25/2006 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Sweet Li'l Gal said...

Argh! I used to love Pride Day. I lived on St. Joseph st. at Yonge (just north of Wellesley), so I was definitely in the middle of the action as well. The Timothy's on my corner was run by a largely gay staff, so they went all out and used to bring it on over. I loved the way that whole area of the city just came to life (well, more life I guess...). The feeling that maybe Canada is getting better with the whole gay thing used to make me smile with PRIDE! Then I came up north and realized that such a thought is a complete illusion, and I now spend at least two classes per semester going over the history of gay oppression and discussing the offensiveness of the words they use, how they propogate hate just as racial slurs, and how if I hear one more kid call another kid "fag" as an insult I will hold group detentions for as long as I need to until I hear it stop in my classroom. I no longer have problems with their words... it's the ideas we need to worry about.

Anyways, I digress. I shouldn't focus on the negative. There are lots of good things happening. Happy Pride Day!

6/25/2006 09:04:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

punk: it is in fact exciting, i just wasn't in the mood until well... the end of the post :)

it's funny how nice it is to be in a happy crowd, so good and positive, leaves you high for days...

no, it so isn't, and that's the second year running that's gone on before ten am on a saturday...

dzer: dude it's SO FUN!

nat: yeah this would have to make you nostalgic, pride is wonderful after all :)

aw that sucks with the sick. i've been getting less sick since i started washing my hands more. touching clients all day right?

gal: damm


i knew we in the cities were blessed with tolerance but i didn't realise that it was still so bad out there. and you aren't even that far, like your town is relatively tolerant compared to alberta say.

i am glad that there are teachers like you out there spreading the light, try not to get discouraged and remember that even if you don't know who they are the queer kids in your classes love you and need you for those two classes a year... don't lose hope okay?

hey i think you aren't focusing on the negative... you are teh positive voice in a negative place right?

happy pride!

6/25/2006 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger da buttah said...

i miss my gay neighbor..i so don't miss waking up because his boyfriend was rather loud during their morning sessions.

i have the sudden urge to go to the love parade..go figure!

6/25/2006 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger terry said...

sounds like a glorious weekend!

i love pride week. as you say, the mood is just so wonderful.

6/25/2006 02:22:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

elle: oh man my former neighbour was like that as well. i so don't miss him.

when is the love parade?

terry: it is, and the weather is spectacular as usual.

yeah i hear it's awesome in your hood too.

6/25/2006 03:56:00 PM  
Blogger Pyrhonik said...

Alberta hmmmm......ouch!

Have fun Sass! Big parties are always fun!

6/25/2006 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous clarity said...

Sounds like a great weekend. I recently read that the 21st of June is the happiest day of the year for many people (first day of summer) - you definitely seem to have caught the happy mood. We've been pretty happy here as well.

I can't believe your mom wanted an air rifle for her birthday. That's wild.

Pride day is wild, wild energy. Definitely an adult holiday.

6/25/2006 09:37:00 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

I've never in my life heard of this. It's all new to me, but I love the excitement I read in your post.

And the way you described the farm, wow. That was wonderful, what a great read that was. I can honestly feel your smiles.

6/26/2006 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger JMai said...

Mmm the first swim. I don't really get those living down in the land of perpetual summer, but still.. I know what you mean. I used to live up north and I remember that lovely feeling.

Enjoy pride day! Another thing I miss...

6/26/2006 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

pyrhonik: i didn't mean to diss your home, but my old roomie was from grand prairie or someplace like that and he used to tell me the queer bashing stories. like they'd get in a vehicle and drive to 'town' and beat up the queers.

dude i had a great day.

clarity: i do love me some pride weekend. i can see why the 21st of june is people's favourite day but for me it's relaly the whole summer. i just slow down and strip down and saunter everywhere and the boys and i check each other out more openly and life is generally just easier that way. i love all the skin that's around. i get nothing out of it but the looking but i sure enjoy that.

my mom is super cool it's true. and her air rifle is SO FUN!

yeah the strollers are really out of place here for sure.

6/26/2006 01:11:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

kathi: they don't have a pride parade in houston or dallas? i could have sworn that they did. it's wonderful anyway. did you read my post from last year?

i'm sad you've never attended a pride parade, charlie would love it.

the farm rocks, i love that place and i'm so glad my parents got it...

jmai: it was just that good. you know how some years the first swim is okay and others it's perfect and still others it's in august?


AND my sister was there, BONUS!

pride rocked, come do it with me next year.

6/26/2006 01:15:00 AM  
Blogger Pyrhonik said...

I call a spade a spade also. And this province has a very red neck of intolerance for many aspects of life. No offense taken at all.

By the comments I gather you show some leg for summer, and this event started the "less is more" season off! I'm glad you and your buds had a great time!

THAT swim is also a favorite of mine! Haven't done it yet, cuz my days off have been full, but in July........

6/26/2006 02:12:00 AM  
Blogger JMai said...

Lol @ first swim in August. That would be terrible!!

Thanks for the invite -- I would very much dig that!

6/26/2006 02:33:00 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

k, dogpiled it and Dallas does have one on 9-17. Who knew? Well, I didn't. :)

6/26/2006 07:09:00 AM  
Blogger Everything Nice said...

Ah the pride weekend. You know how I feel about the pride weekend... BIG SMILES!!! :)

Yes it fed over the border into my sweet sedate little city. Don't let that surprise you though, we're only almost the second most homosexual state in the union.

I had to do much housework yesterday and was not able to attend the parade, but I did enjoy the night time festivites at the place and indulged in all that is .... naked and drunk.

Yeah, 88 degrees and no air conditioning. But big fans and sprinklers :)

Anyway, it sounds like your weekend was absolutely lovely and hopefully the good kharma close warmness and love of the weekend will feed over into your week and bring you rainbows.

I'll fix that email issue today, apparently i DID forget the second K... whoops :)

6/26/2006 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

pyr: oh good, i try not to use examples of places my readers actually *are* you know :)

i do in fact show some leg for summer but this event is special. it's the only time all year i can wear a bikini top and short shorts and be OVER dressed. i love it. it's a weekend full of peopel checking each other out unabashedly.

ah bliss.

oh dude it's the best swim, i wish you joy in it!

jmai: i've done it and it IS

cool beans babe, let me know what year you're coming :)

6/26/2006 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

kathi: well perhaps you can go some year and see if you get anything out of it. it's a lot of fun.

bubbles: you would have to love pride, have to.

your city is not sedate, i mean it's the home of grunge and starbucks after all. okay it's sedate.

i didn't know that washington state was that gay, i thought it was cali and ny.

hey i've had to miss the festivities before but it sounds like you were at least in the spirit of the season right?

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i love heat... it's so languid and stretchy...

my weekend was fucking lovely and i even got some sleep last night! i'm hoping for rainbows we'll see...

yay email for sass!

6/26/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger othercat said...

I'm tired out now. Partying all day in the sun has wiped me out. I hope everyone had a great weekend.

6/26/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Madame X said...

The only thing outside my window this morning was Auntie Beastly moving the rainwater barrels dressed in a bright orange rain poncho and rainboots...I don't think she had anything else on...*gag*

6/26/2006 01:32:00 PM  
Blogger Johnny Canuck said...

This was my first Pride parade, and I had a great time!

I was a little surprised by how home-spun and fun the parade was. I mean, there were surely one or two shocking things (if anyone can explain to me the naked amputee with the apple-sized head of his penis, thanks) but all-in-all it was just a nice celebration of a much wider gay community than the one that often gets attention. Thre were all manner of Pride marchers, deaf ones, pasty geeks, smoochy firemen and Native americans, in addition to the drag queens and leather bears. Interesting to see so many gay accountants (LOTS of bank floats!!).

Great to see so many happy people out on such a nice day!

P.S.: Did'ja get a Trudeau pin?!?
P.P.S.: How about the NDP candy!?

6/26/2006 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

othercat: yeah i'm zonked too, it's funny how much a weekend outside takes it out of you

madame: really? you would rather have people having sex against your wall at 6am when you're trying to sleep? or peeing on your window?

but why?

and um that image? SO GROSS!

johnny: i'm really glad. i actually wussed out on the parade and hung out on church street a lot. standing still is really hard for me and the walking is easier.

also just the wandering the street and checking everyone out makes me SO happy.

the parade is totally a local thing, these are floats made by people who give a shit no matter who the name is. like those peel teachers MEAN it when they get out on a float right?

it makes me really happy when the rest of the gay community is exposed. it's not all twinks and leather dykes... there's as much diversity in the gay community as the wider city... if not more...

i love the dorks with the trek makeup :)

i did not get a trudeau pin OR any ndp candy OR the cool stickers to label myself with (i wanted queer, str8 and single *g*)

6/26/2006 04:10:00 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I saw the word margarita's and lost all my inspirational thoughts.............

damn it when that happens

6/26/2006 04:49:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

mmmmmmmmmmmm tequila

love when that happens!

6/26/2006 05:28:00 PM  
Blogger Madame X said...

Ok now I've got an image of my Auntie peeing on my window...thanks.


6/26/2006 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

oh my god madame

i literally cackled out loud for about twenty seconds when you said that

*wipes tears of laughter*

6/26/2006 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Princess Valium said...

I was so wiped out last night I couldn't fall asleep. Gotta hate that. I'm only just now getting tired, but I'll be sedately buzzing for days.

It was a wonderful day.

6/26/2006 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

it really was...

not to mention the gastronomic excess *g*

6/27/2006 01:28:00 PM  
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