Hey northern hemisphere folk! It’s finally starting to get cold, so you know it’s starting to get a little hot ‘down unda’! Take a break and warm your toes at Melbourne’s queer arts and culture festival Midsumma!
They’ve got tons of events happening at tons of venues, so click here for more details!
Alright everyone! I’m what you might call am Amtrak Aficionado. I love to take Amtrak every opportunity I get. So naturally, when going to see some family in Santa Barbara for Thanksgiving, I took the train. It’s about a nine hour ride from the start at Oakland, which considering it’s a seven hour drive, wasn’t a bad deal. Also it’s an easy two tanks of gas, and my ticket down to Santa Barbara the day before Thanksgiving was only $65. I’ve done longer (26 hour) and shorter (2 hour) train rides, so I believe I am qualified to give some tips.
Met this nice man taking his bird for a beautiful walk around a lake in Colorado.
For those who don’t know, parrots make wonderful pets. In this blog I”l be talking about African Grey’s specifically. They’re super-smart, trainable, and as loyal as German Shepards. They love copying sounds, words, and will dance to music. African Grey’s (or any parrot really) will also most likely outlive you, so you don’t have to go through the heartbreak of losing a pet.
Okay, I also might be a little biased because I grew up with an African Grey (named Grant), who is still alive and kicking.
African Greys will pick up pretty much any sound they hear repeatedly, like your phone, doorbell, or part of the theme song to your favorite show. They’ll nuzzle their beak against your fingers, and want you to scratch their feathers. They really are super fun animals to have as companions. You can watch a video of Whiskey the Pirate talking your ear off after the jump (you should really watch it, he’s totes-adorbs).
So Mitzi made a guest appearance in the Bay Area this weekend and we took in Half Moon Bay. If you are ever in the area you need to check out the San Benito Ale House, their great pub, pool tables, and patio out back. While there, our resident Senior Blogger met Franco. It was love at first sight. They connected on a level that was deep and surreal and I have photographic evidence!
The green and gold Darth Vader mask in the middle is awesome.
This is how I roll sometimes on Saturday morning! The Utah coffee mug from Starbucks was a gift from Mitzi for my birthday this past May.
I updated this photo…click the link below to see Take #2!
With yesterdays ruling announcements on Prop 8 and DOMA, there was an impromptu rally shutting down Castro street for most of the day. By the evening, the street was packed with party goers, music, and good vibes!
More photos after the jump!