Tom of Finland

Go see this movie. Go.

It’s really a beautiful film– shot in this sort of sleepy, quiet way that mimics the emotionally closed off Finish people. And it’s interesting. And melancholy. And fascinating.

What a crazy time to exist as a gay man in Europe– WWII and then progressing all the way to the AIDS crisis in the 80’s and 90’s. So many hurdles. So much oppression.

And such an interesting, yet sad, life Touko led. Covert hookups. Falling in love. Societal oppression. Familiar disapproval. And through it all his “secret pornographic art”.

Although I wish the film would have delved a bit more into how he first became interested in art and drawing, it does cover the main influences in his Tom of Finland style and how it gained a foothold in pop culture.

And how he became a voice for gay men.

I’ve always been a fan of Touko’s, and I read a biography on him a long time ago. I think the movie did a good job visualizing his life and struggles. And if you’re worried the movie might be graphic– it isn’t. No real nudity or sex– it’s mostly the allure of uniforms and masculine looks.

If it comes to your city, go see it. It’s worth it.

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Woofy Wednesday

What a day.

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Concerts went Well

The twin Cities gay men’s chorus. Inverts went very well this past weekend. Good audiences. Fun and merriment was had by all.

And I got to play drums!

It was so much fun playing a djembe for Betelehemu, a Nigerian Christmas song. Definitely my favorite piece on the concert and the audience ate it up!

Yes, we even did a song about Lumbersexuals.

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Game Changer

I love it when I discover new things that I can do with my tech gadgets. But then I also get pissed because I wonder why I didn’t figure this shit out sooner!

The most recent thing that I discovered was that I can store a small amount of music on my Apple Watch and then use the watch like an iPod. Which really is a game changer for me.

I am one of those people who still use an iPod at the gym. And on my bike rides. But as you may recall, Apple discontinued iPods this year, which leaves me in the lurch. I only have one– and it’s been having issues as of late. Sometimes it pauses playing or it will randomly start talking to me (listing tracks). The worst is when it just stops playing a track and goes on to the next song.

I was really wondering what I was going to do when the iPod finally took a shit. Would I be forced to bring my bulky phone to the gym? Or find a used iPod on eBay? Ugh.

Apple Watch + music? Problem solved!

The only wrinkle now was that I needed Bluetooth headphones. (No headphone jack on the watch of course). That was easily remedied though, and now I’m cooking with gas!

I got Jaybird Bluetooth headphones. I just couldn’t get the Apple AirPod earrings. They are taking some getting used to, but they work pretty well.

So now I’m fully wireless at the gym and my iPod is also my watch is also my fitness tracker is also my communication device is also my….

Yeah, I love it when I figure out new ways for tech to improve my life.

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Thus Begins Crazy Week

As the holiday season approacheth, noweth be the time for holiday concerts.

And the crazinesseth they bring.

Yesterday marked the start of concert week. We had a performance in Rochester– sort of a “preview” concert. It’s a chance to shake some things out and get a performance under our belts.

Maaaaybe 1/2 the chorus was in attendance? It went decently and I have my shit together.

The bad part is that it’s in Rochester which is like 1.5hrs away. So there’s driving. And rehearsal. And performance. And driving home. It’s kind of exhausting and a whole Sunday is gone.

And now this week is tech rehearsal 6-10 on Tuesday. Dress rehearsal 6-10 on Thursday. Then concerts Friday-Sunday. (I have to be there at 6 for both rehearsals due to chamber Singers and then learning a percussion part on Betelehemu (Nigerian Christmas song).

And I’m working all week.

And the weather is turning to shit here.

So I’m already Mr Crankypants. Obviously.

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American Gods

So I’m finally getting around to watching “American Gods” on Starz. And I’m quite enjoying it!

I’m not one for “long arc dramatic series” shows– mostly I get bored or get too far behind. But this one I’m managing to watch in 2-3 episode chunks each night. And I really like all the characters and storylines.

(I loved the Neil Gaiman book when I ready it years ago, so….)

Mr Wednesday is particularly good. And Gillian Anderson as “Media” is chewing through scenery left and right!! Shadow’s zombie ex wife Laura Moon is hypnotic, and the 6’5″ leprechaun is fun! Oh! And Crispin Glover as Mr World? Creepy!

But my favorite storyline is that of the Jinn and the Omani salesman/cab driver.

On Tuesday night I finally got to see their “episode”. And by episode I mean sex scene.

Holy hotness, Batman!

So the Omani guy is new in American, selling trinkets for his brother in law, and he’s absolutely miserable. He gets in the cab of a fellow Arab– who turns out to be a Jinn who has fallen on hard times as nobody believes in his kind anymore. So he’s forced to drive a cab and he’s miserable too.

They start talking, and then then Salim (salesman) sees the Jinn’s eyes– which are pools of fire.

Recognizing him for what he is, the Jinn and he become closer– then there is a lingering touch…

Salim invites the Jinn up to his hotel room….

When the Jinn steps out of the bathroom clad only in a towel, Salim says “I wish you could see what I see….”

The Jinn lets the towel drop and says, “I. Do not. Grant wishes.” Salim approaches him and whispers shyly “But… you do.”

Then begins probably the most erotic lovemaking scene I have ever witnessed.

It’s all slow and sensual with this drowsy, exotic Arabic music in the background. And the jinn’s smoldering eyes are highly intense and erotic as hell.

As the Jinn approaches climax, his eyes burn more intensely and the scene transforms to them fucking on this ethereal desert plain. As the Jinn cums, you see fire start to burn and glow inside Salim, until it eventually spills out his mouth and eyes.

My god. It’s just so….

Gah!

Seriously.

The next morning Salim wakes up alone, but the Jinn has left him his cab and clothes– and a new life.

I just hope their storyline isn’t over. I need more of this. Much more.

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Woofy Wednesday

Yet another installment of lusty lads for the lads who love them:

I want them all.

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Fun with the â€˜Rents

I buzzed down to Iowa for the Thanksgiving holiday. Unlike years past, this wasn’t as “relaxing” a visit.

Because of mom’s mobility issues, I had a few chores that she’d saved up. Also, this was the first year that she hasn’t cooked (when we didn’t go to a family members place). So we went to a buffet.

Now, I totally don’t begrudge my mom for not cooking (after all, she’s cooked plenty in my lifetime)– but the buffet was just kind of meh. And sitting in that restaurant just felt kind of sad.

As for mom chores, this is what I did:

  • Took her dogs to the groomers
  • Changed lightbulbs
  • Vacuumed
  • Laundry
  • Shifted her closets to “winter” clothes
  • Got up her Christmas tree
  • Decorated said tree for her
  • Pulled out all her Xmas tchotchkes
  • Put out her external holiday lights
  • Rewired said lights with new strands
  • Redid all the wires in her home entertainment system so her TV now plays through the stereo
  • Cleaned out two closets
  • Cleaned off the basement stairs landing
  • Put greenery outside and cleaned up planters

The only thing I hated about doing these chores was seeing how diminished her capabilities are. I also hated the fact that I’m not close by to do more.

With dad, i watched a lot of football. But dad also had me troubleshoot his computer. His external hard drive was not backing up appropriately, and he’s paranoid about losing his music and pictures.

After many hours of trial and research on an old PC (running windows 7), it appears his backup hard drive was kaput (although I think his PC has issues too). So we bought a new 2T drive and I installed it and got him all backed up and safe.

So as you can see, the weekend was a bit busy.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Woofy Wednesday

Hope y’all get some stuffing this weekend!

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