From Silly to Serious

I haven’t received the cheque from the last web project yet, and it’s pissing me off. The people with the horse have a £200 deposit, but need the rest asap…or I’ll lose him, and the deposit.

Jo sent a number of Christmas cards around, and this was my favourite. No idea where it originally came from, sorry. But it made me laugh. If I was a reindeer, that would DEFINITELY be me. Has anyone ever heard Rhonda the Lesbo Reindeer by Venus Envy? That’s what it reminded me of.

Speaking of Venus Envy, their Christmas CD (I’ll Be a Homo for Christmas) has been some of my favourite holiday music for many years. Not because of the lesbian perspective, but because it always connected with me when I felt separate from my family at Christmas. I was a pagan raised as a Catholic who’s mother became a born-again Christian. Religious holidays are always a bit uncomfortable for me. I always felt a bit separate from the family, which was perhaps my fault…there were so many aspects of my life that they didn’t know about. I shut them out, but realistically they would never have understood. I believe that I would have lost a lot if I was honest with them about all facets of my life. Perhaps I made the wrong decision…but it’s something that I’ll never know.

All staff and students at the college came out into the courtyard at 11:00 for two minutes of silence. A veteran played Last Post; it was very touching and very nicely done. There was a speech explaining to the kids why we were out there:

“85 years ago, at this moment, at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns of World War I fell silent. There were three and a half million dead, many as young as you are. After the last post, we will observe a two minute silence because, whatever you think of war, whether it is right or wrong, these people did die, so please think of them.”

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