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Tonight, I had a bit of a brainstorm. I would like to do a running series, probably weekly, on my blog to showcase the gardens of my friends and family. I’ve seen some of them, and you people are awesome. I have to live vicariously through you, and let me tell you why.

I live in an apartment complex. It’s a decent complex, as far as complexes go, but there’s no place to actually, y’know, garden. The front of our building is west-facing and gets all of the sunlight in the world. It’s a blazing wall of solar goodness on the front. However, there’s also nowhere to actually do any growing-type stuff. I wonder, though, thinking about it, if I could hand a Topsy Turvy on the front stoop from the overhang. Hm. I should ask our property manager about that. If I could put one of those up next year, I’ll have a crapload of tomatoes (and yes, I know, I don’t like tomatoes; I do, however, love pasta, and homemade pasta sauce takes a LOT of tomatoes).

Anyway, back from my little side trip. The back of my building is where the back patio area is, such as it is. My garden cart is back there, sitting, sad, lonely, unused for lo, these last few years. It’s a nice place to sit in the afternoon because it’s east-facing and therefore shaded in the afternoon. Seriously, the back of the house is 10-20 degrees cooler than the front of the house on any given afternoon. It gets shade and lots of it. Sadly, most garden plants aren’t happy in the shade.

Which brings me back to my original premise. I want to feature your backyard/side yard/window box gardens on Give Mama Some Sugar, probably one weekly. I will be sending out some emails in the next few days to solicit stories and photos from people I know, because one of the few Universal Constants is that gardeners looooooooooooooooooooove to talk about their gardens. Hell, more than parents love to talk about their children, gardeners have to talk up their green spaces.

Who’s up for it?

Oh, and the OMFG2? Acronym: Oh, My Friends Garden, Too! I’m so clever sometimes that it’s disgusting.

Friday, Fridayfriday!

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Suck it. I like the song. Well, if it’s remixed well, to within an inch of it’s goddamned life. Which, really, is a rant for another time.

I shoved my way through the rest of yesterday’s article. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. I think Dan Savage comes off a little judgey about it, but what works for him and his husband don’t work for me and mine, and it seems that that’s the entire point of the article. I just needed people to tell me that there were valid points and to slog through it.

Honestly, the part that turned me off the most and made me angriest was the last part of the first paragraph and the first part of the second:

She paused, scrunched up her mouth as if she had just bitten a particularly sour lemon and said: “An affair is at least a normal human thing. But tweeting a picture of your crotch is just weird.”

How do we account for that revulsion, which many shared with my wife, a revulsion that makes it hard to imagine a second act for Weiner, like Eliot Spitzer’s television career or pretty much every day in the life of Bill Clinton?

“Revulsion?” Really? That’s the word you chose? Like it’s nearly the most disgusting thing you could think of?

::cleansing inhale::
::cleansing exhale::

One of the odd things that happened during that was that I got asked for advice on a poly relationship. A guy in another city found my profile, and dropped a big long story on me. To sum it up, he’s friends with a couple in his town. He’s always been monogamous. They want to bring him into their relationship as a third. He wasn’t sure what to think about it, because of his ingrained monogamy and because he has jealousy issues. This is what I told him:

Wow. Hm. Well, you may want to sit down and talk to them. Make sure that their relationship is stable and healthy before you jump in. Do they communicate well (not just talking and listening, but communication; do they get each other all the time or know how to ask for clarification without getting agitated?)? How long have they been together? Are they wanting a true triad relationship, or are they looking for a third to be a fuck-buddy? Are you equally attracted to both of them?

One thing that you need to understand about jealousy is that it’s all you. Envy is a very different thing. Jealousy is a useless emotion that stems from an internal ownership feeling (meaning, you get jealous because OMG HE’S MINE!). Learn to control it.

You’ll know it’s right when you know it’s right. Keep in mind that a triad relationship is not one relationship of three people. It’s four relationships (A+B, B+C, C+A, A+B+C); it’s four times as much work to keep a triad relationship viable as it is to keep a two-person relationship viable.

It’s a *lot* of work, but it’s also *VERY* worth it.

I’ve had to time to calm down from the article. There were still things I didn’t agree with, and I do realize that I’m even further to the more liberal side of relationships than either the guy who wrote the article or Dan Savage. Relationships are valid. ALL relationships. Even dysfunctional relationships are valid. Just because we do work within one set of relationship parameters doesn’t mean that they’re not valid models.

Or am I just talking out my ass?