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I was supposed to be in Toronto, but am instead in NYC. I'm staying here long enough to see [livejournal.com profile] rusty_halo and then I have stuff to do on the West Coast. People to meet in SF. Then I have family stuff to do in LA. Then I have to come back to NYC. Then go back home (yes, all the way back home), try to finally get my Canadian Visitor Visa, organize life, go see my mother in Rio, go back home and then come back to NYC to leave middle child in college and then, finally, back home.

I hate flying. I'm petrified every single time I get inside a plane. I'm going to be on 9 flights in the next 3 months. Granted, two of those are 50 minute flights, to which I thank the Lord wholeheartedly. Most people don't understand the sheer terror that takes over people like myself - we walk into those planes certain we're going to die. Fortunately, it's not so bad when I travel alone (I guess I'm fine with dying, just don't want my children to die), but I'm not traveling alone at all this summer.

G'd, Polly (the mini stuffed piggy [livejournal.com profile] redeem147 gave me to keep me safe) and heart medication are the things that manage to let me board those planes. *sigh*

On to better things... Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart is an important, vital play. An amazing experience and, look, Jim Parsons and Lee Pace! )

NYC and the marriage equality vote. What can I say? It looks good? Why people who pay their taxes and are citizens of a country can't get married and have to wait for legislation telling them they can - is beyond me. Nobody is telling the churches, temples, mosques, or whatever you call a place of worship, to allow it in their space. Ban all non closeted, not rich enough to make a substantial donation homosexuals from your worship centres. Go ahead. It's not like religion is known for its lack of prejudice against minorities (and women) or people who aren't them.

Spain, really Catholic BTW, is fine with it. Brazil - the biggest freaking Catholic country in the world where the level of homophobia is not to be believed (I've heard college educated, professional people who looked human say they would rather have a dead son than a gay son)! Brazil has civil unions!  It took us a decade, but...

Not in the USA. Sanctity of marriage. Then ban divorce. Though, I think without divorce, the fabric of society in the US would disintegrate... Better yet: committing adultery should then be punished by death or, at least, with some seriously heavy prison time. Isn't marriage sacred?

I know I'm preaching to the choir. It just makes me so angry. Some time ago I read a tweet (it's ok, laugh) that said "Kelsey Kramer married wife #4 today. David Hyde Pierce has been w/ the same man for ~25 years, but he can't get married."

Nothing against the repeated "triumph of hope over experience" thing Mr. Kramer has going, but damn.

I try not to write this much, but that play lit a fire in my belly. Night.
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Paraty is undoubtedly a beautiful city. The solid colonial houses with high windows and frames painted in bright colours line cobblestone streets that have remained unchanged for the past 200 years. (Trust me, for Brazil 200 years is a very long time.) It’s a specially unique place full of peculiarities – about once a month, when the moon is full and the tide is high, the ocean floods the streets of the centre and for a short while the city becomes a tropical Venice, with makeshift bridges here and there for pedestrians. The locals like it that way.

Yes, I’m still here. Unfortunately, it won’t be for much longer. It’s time to go back home. I'll soon be off to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Next comes a business trip. Then I’ll take a deep breath (ie doctors) and prepare for the UK & Ireland trip. I was going to get a Britrail pass, but friends advised me to fly when necessary (Dublin - Edinburgh - London) and to rent a car when the need arises - promising it will be cheaper that way. I was sorely disappointed since I do enjoy trains and the rail system in the UK seems to pretty much go everywhere. I’m still planning on going to York by rail. So there.

Humph )


They are now getting ready for the religious Festa do Divino celebration that is going on here this week. There are white doves (The Holy Spirit) everywhere and, as they pass by my open windows on their way to the town square, I can see the locals all dressed in white carrying their blood red banners and hear the drums, horns and pandeiros warming up for the big parade.

I have to try and remember how to post photographs on my LJ so you can see it.

Just like I have and try to remember how to do LJ cut so I don’t end up with a way too long post.

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