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Sydney, NSW - Australia
I'm an American who followed his heart to Australia in 2005. I brought my beautiful dog with me. Both are gone; now what?
Interests: music, choral conducting, animal massage, travel, gay rights, immigration
Recent Activity
Oh, my beautiful boy! You left me so quickly. Only a few days ago you entertained me with our usual hide-and-seek game among the bed covers. Then your cheerful tap dance in the kitchen, happily greeting me, eager for breakfast.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The Banal Chew
St. Patrick's Day is coming up. There will be parades. There will be hideous green clothing. And there will be drinking. Lots of delinquent, debauched and derelict drinking. Bring. It. On. Wait, isn't St. Pat's Day a Feast Day? Won't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at The Banal Chew
If I were in Arkansas today, the day that marks the second anniversary of my father's death, I would visit his gravesite. And I would dress in good clothes. When he was alive, Dad always made sure he looked his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at The Banal Chew
I wouldn't worry (though I know you're not). Soon Shirley will be busted for the meth lab she's running out of her nursery, and you'll continue to slip around in bubble-bath and sip contentedly on your martinis.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2014 on Bitch sitch at the bitter waiter
Like many, I grew up listening to the vinyl albums in my parents' record collection. My father was a pretty decent baritone and had a solid collection of albums by prominent singers of his time, eg, Perry Como, Andy Williams... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at The Banal Chew
Dear Readers, Please participate in the following single-question survey. (You may remain anonymous.) I would greatly appreciate your feedback! Rebranding Survey (click here) Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The Banal Chew
A recent meme features the variety of positions in which a cat finds itself during sleep. It is good fun. Anyone who has ever shared a house with feline companions knows it can be awe inspiring and giggle inducing to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at The Banal Chew
This might be my last Aussie Christmas for a while. With that in mind, I am happy for this photo opportunity. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Dear [xxx] Human Resources Manager, Thank you so much for your two-sentence rejection e-mail, which I just received today. Considering the relevance of this position to my field of expertise, I have been anxiously awaiting word from you since I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Sadly, Rog gazes Out the window at the rain That pelts Sydney town. Oh, that I could take a walk And revel with Rocky there. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Roger with Trucks Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at The Banal Chew
While looking through the few things I brought with me from Melbourne, looking in particular for a bowtie for Saturday's wind band concert, I came across two hats a theatrical costumer tailored for me some years ago. The hats were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at The Banal Chew
...wherever you are. Love, Sandy & Roger Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at The Banal Chew
It rained in Sydney today, and it rained hard. Despite the intensity, the rain is much needed. You'd have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the fires that have burned hundreds of thousands of hectares in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Fool, I wonder if you know yourself at all You know that it could be so simple. Keane Songwriters: Timothy James Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard David Hughes Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at The Banal Chew
It's been nearly a decade since I moved to Australia. I am at the point where I think of friends here that I would enjoy introducing to friends in the US. Late to the party much? Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Just when I was concerned that my therapist and I were in need of direction, now that crisis-mode seems to be over, an event occurred. That event was me realising that, during a low moment resulting in a pep talk... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at The Banal Chew
There was a recent article in PinkNews about a 54 y/o man (presumably from the UK) who was banned from Facebook after commenting on a food-related post and photo of the British culinary, er, phenomenon known as "faggots". He simply... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at The Banal Chew
For the first time ever today, I was chided for posting something on Facecrack.* Here's the message I received: "Hey, I didn't like this comment. My family and work associates read this... In the future keep it clean babe." Two... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Roger and I have started a Tumblog! Go here to check it out. Go here for more info. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Today is the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian. I am not a religious man, but I like this day for a few reasons. First, I like the names very much. I especially love to say them with extra... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at The Banal Chew
There have been days when people, and by that I mean those who possess some genuine interest, have asked me how I am. Anymore, I tend to take that question with more than a little pause for thought, mainly because... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Time is flowing. Life is confusing. The US is exasperating. New South Wales is burning. In spite of the above, I am enjoying a small renaissance. Okay, maybe it's not technically a rebirth. Resuscitation might be more apt. Excuse me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at The Banal Chew
I've been catching up on this visually wonderful phenomenon called Game of Thrones. In a recent episode, many were sacrificed due to the thickness of blood. All of it, the ruthlessness, the aggression and the deceit reminded me of my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2013 at The Banal Chew
I am entering what I am calling social media detox. I will return at some point. In the meantime, please read this article. Or, if you'd rather, watch this video. Heck, do both! And while you're at it, you may... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2013 at The Banal Chew