Month: November 2008

A new Providence restaurant experience

I have probably been by the place a zillion times. It’s in a place where one wouldn’t expect a French restaurant and it’s right across the street from my favorite electronics distribute, A&J Distributors.

The restaurant in question is Loie Fuller’s on 1455 Westminster St in Providence, RI. Apparently the only thing you’ll see on the doors are the initials “LF”. ProJo did a nice write up on the restaurant too.

We started off with La Chouffe for Nick and I, and Champagne Cocktails for Beth and Keyron. Then we moved on to a bottle of Cataldi-Madonna Trebbiana Abruzzo red wine. Very smooth, wine.

I’m surprised I can actually blog right now because I’ve got enough alcohol in my system to knock a horse out.

I had the green onion and pistachio ravioli, Nick had the Wild Boar, while Beth had the duck and Keyron the seafood platter. All was excellent. I particularly likes the ravioli, very rich and creamy filling in those.

For desert I had the pumpkin bread with cranberry and cream cheese. Oh that was delicious.

Highly recommend this place. It’s at 1455 Westminster Street, Providence, 273-4375. Get there at 5PM sharp, they don’t take reservations and it’ll be packed by 6:30PM. This is a place I can imagine us to return.

A more fit parent than a gay person?

Check this out. The guy is unemployed, owes oodles on the electric bill and then chains himself to the meter so his adopted handicapped daughter can live.

How do you get to the point where you owe $2,000 on an electric bill? Here in RI we pay through the nose for energy and I’ve never gotten an electric bill for more then $350. And National Grid will shut your ass off for non-payment after three months of non-payment.

But this is Florida where gay people cannot adopt. Isn’t it interesting that an unemployed man who has suffered several strokes, and can’t collect unemployment insurance because of his medical condition. Yet he makes a better candidate for adoption.

It’s a screwed up world we live in.

iTunes fun

Got this from the Gospel According to Mikey:

1. If you played your iTunes library from start to finish, non-stop, how long would if play for? 4.5 Days, 1,435 items at 6.52GB

2. If you played you iTunes videos/movies from start to finish, non-stop, how long would it play for? 0 days. This isnt’ to say I don’t get video podcasts. There just isn’t an easy way to calculate it.

3. What artist appears the most in your iTunes library? How many files? Earth, Wind & Fire with 57 files, followed closely by John Legend with 41 files.

4. Which word appears the most and how many times, when typed into your iTunes search: Love, Sex, Fuck, Death? Which is the least? Love: 159 times, Fuck: 3 times, Sex 11 times, and death 0.

5. What is the longest iTunes file? P-Funk Funkentelechy (Where’d You Get That Funk From) at 23:14.

6. Shortest? Next, by Sylk 130 at 9 seconds.

7. Right now, which track has the highest Play Count? Dubfunk by Shur-I-Kan with 60 plays.

8. If you were to close and reopen your iTunes, what is the first track that plays on your Party Shuffle? It’s missing on mine. I must have deleted it.

9. What was the last item you purchased on iTunes? People by Chocolate Milk.

10. What item is in your shopping cart that you are hoping you can find as a free download? I don’t maintain the shopping cart since if I buy something on iTunes it’s with a change card.

Anti H8 Protest in Providence

Today I attended the protest against the passage of California’s Prop-8 here in Providence, RI.

It was a decent sized crowd, I’d estimate about 300 people showed up for the event. Ran into a couple of former co-workers at the event. As usual Rich was there and I also saw Tracy too.

Among the more notable attendees were Providence Mayor David Cicilline, State Representative Frank Ferri, State Senator Rhoda Perry, and what appeared to be the entire board of Marriage Equality Rhode Island.

We had a few chants, one where we’d all shout out “I do!” in answer to questions from the MC, then we did a little dialog “What do we want?” and we’d reply “Marriage Equality” and “When do we want it” to which we all answered “Now!”

But there was one part that I recall what was said and what I shouted in reply. One speaker said we’ll see marriage equality in RI within three years. I pointed and shouted “This Year!”

Several people came up and spoke, even a former bigot. So you see, we can change the minds of the bigots. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t change the mind of those with religious motivations either. You can.

One of the high points was when RI Pride’s Rodney Davis broke out in song. He’s pretty good too which made it a definite treat.

I do hope that if we have to repeat this again next year we move it to Cathedral Square. That’s the seat of the opposition against marriage equality, the Roman Catholic Church.

I think the time for conciliatory talking is over and it is time for direct action. If it means leaning on the #3 in the House we need to do so. And I can tell you we should also lean on a certain chairman in the House to come out, come out. I know you’re gay, it’s about time you come out and let people know where you stand.

In Rhode Island the only way the legislature seems to act is if they feel uncomfortable. I say lets make them as uncomfortable as possible. Corner them at fundraisers and in their favorite bars. Let them know we’re not backing down on this.

I see two encouraging bits of news for Rhode Island.

During the Nov. 4 elections, Senate President Joseph Montalbano lost his seat. I say good riddance. The incoming President is M. Theresa Paiva-Weed. I’m not sure where she stands on the marriage equality issue but looking at legislation she’s authored and co-sponsored she seems like someone we might be able to bring onto our side.

The other encouraging news is that the courts aren’t as hostile as we’ve been lead to believe. They’re particularly friendly when Constitutional arguments are used. So I say lets avail ourselves of that option too since we seems to be getting nowhere with the legislature.

Boosting the local economy

So today Keyron and I went to lunch at Tazza. Nice ambiance and the food is fair.

After that we visited the Eno wine shop and picked up a bottle of Berane.

But by far my favorite is Farmstead Lunch.

The thing that stands out about both Eno and Farmstead is the staff at each place. They know their wines and cheeses. And how convenient, they’re right next door to each other.

Then there is Symposium Books. They have a very interesting selection of books and the prices are very good. I picked up a book about NASA and how it’s all politically driven vs. any real science. Should be an interesting read.

It’s nice to see Westminster St. developing again. I sure hope they sustain the business in all those places. I think they will.

Oh Happy Day

This is an historic event, the first time the United States has elected an African-American President.

I imagine that if the Rev. Dr. King were alive today he would be very pleased by this, as am I. I’m pleased for many more reasons though.

This is a total repudiation of the policies and laws from the Bush administration and I am absolutely ecstatic about it. My primary concern was the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is a court that gave us the profit motivated eminent domain in addition to handing the election to Bush & Co. way back in 2000. It’s also a court that has several members that are in their 80’s and ready to retire.

I’d much prefer to have a liberal and open minded judiciary than one that is controlled by neo-con ideologues like Scalia, Alito, Roberts et al. We’re stuck with them for at least 10 or more years but with a Democrat President and Democrats having absolute control in the congress I have no fear that we’ll see any such. I’d honestly like to see my Senator, former AG Sheldon Whitehouse nominated to the Supreme Court.

I haven’t seen anything on Prop 8 in California nor on the other mean spirited measures. I do know that both issues on the RI issue passed.

The first allows the state to take advantage of federal highway funds as well as paying for enhanced commuter rail service.

The other is a perennial ballot question an open space initiative. This takes land off the books for preservation and I wholeheartedly approve.

But congratulations to the Obama team. I’m so happy I didn’t waste the money I donated.

On another note I’m saddened that Californians now have the dubious distinction of being the first state to enshrine hatred and bigotry into their constitution. But there’s hope, apparently a civil lawsuit is in the works because Proposition 8 violates several other parts of the CA constitution.

Even my straight co-workers were disappointed by Prop 8 passing. Surprised the shit out of me.

Too tight

I’m watching the results on the web. It’s looking like we just might be making history this evening.

One thing appears certain, the Democrats now have a solid filibuster proof majority in the Senate and we even have a solid majority in the House too. So even if McSame does manage to get elected, he gets to contend with an unfriendly congress.

But think about it, in my lifetime I’ll have seen a man who identifies as black become President. I think of the speeches given by the Reverend Doctor King and I just choke up. It’s such a shame that King couldn’t be alive to see this.

I just want it to be over, I want to wake up in the morning to the alarm that’s set to the local NPR station and hear “…President Elect Obama..”, it’ll make the last eight years seem like the nightmare that it is.

As it stands the tally of electoral votes is 207 Obama, 135 McCain. Not the landslide I’d imagined, but it’s not over yet. I want McCain and the Rove/Bush policy of the last eight years to be thoroughly discredited.

That reminds me, in one of his final acts as President, the Shrub has actually weakened the Clean Air and Water Act.

I so hope they send UN troops in and on January 20th they escort him from the dais and transport him directly to the Hague for trial on war crimes charges. With any luck it’d be a speedy trial and he’d be executed by hanging.

But for now it’s pins and needles. Last time I felt like this was the 2006 election for Rhode Island governor. I was a volunteer on Democrat Charlie Fogarty’s campaign. I canvassed, did phone bank, stuffed envelopes, worked parade routes, everything in that campaign. To see him lose by only 8,000 votes was heartbreaking. That the people of RI could be so stupid as to re-elect Don Carcieri astounded me.