May 29th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

On the Phone

I think I just spent a couple of hours on the phone, most of it while the phone was charging.

First, I stopped by the mailbox to see if my check was there and it was, so I took the DVD to the post office, deposited my check, and stopped to have a small vanilla ice cream cone.

When I got home I talked to two people at the BofA loan department about a question I had, which turns out not to be a problem. Then I tried to pay bills but the online billpay said there was $0.00 in my checking account. I called my friend who is an officer at the credit union, but she wasn't at work and couldn't look at the account, so I called a members services person there who made me clear the cache, turn off the computer, boot it back up, and check again before telling me that they'd been told there'd be maintenance today. I would have appreciated the maintenance clue sooner.

Then I got the call from the woman who will make me pants. I can't tell you how long I've been looking for someone because store-bought pants just don't fit very well and the pants I have are falling apart. We discussed how it would work and the cost ($25/pair plus material) and she's going to come next Friday to measure me and the current pants and take a pair with her.

And finally, all the political calls. We have the Democratic primary for governor on the 9th and even though I'm not supposed to get political calls on my cellphone, I still do.

I finally got the bills paid and am thinking about what to make for dinner.
20111112, Marilee

The Mayor of Castro Street - The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts

I heard that the movie Milk, which was based on this book, was good, and I wanted to reread the book before I watch the movie.

The book is a biography of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay public official in the country, but there's really two parts of it: Harvey's life and the politics that he enters into in his last years. Shilts chronicles both extensively as they move along and intersect. He has excellent references and research in the book.

Harvey had a lot of lovers before and after he came out. He eventually decides that non-monogamous relationships (what we'd call polyamory) is best and lives with and loves multiple men at the same time.

What struck me the most about the book, right now, was how closely political and rights events paralleled what's happening now in elections, referendums, and activism. There are certainly good things happening now -- the states that have voted for gay marriage, Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to give equal benefits to all diplomatic domestic partners, the way more people can be open about their lives -- but there were similar things happening in Harvey Milk's days and they were repealed and repressed.

Harvey thought all gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transvestites should come out, "and let that world know [for] it would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody would imagine." I can't come out because I'm not in. But I did take my Human Rights Campaign sticker out and put it on the car today. I've had it for a while and kept meaning to put it on, but didn't. So here's my step: Everybody who sees my car knows that I believe in equal rights for everybody, no matter their difference from the majority.
20111112, Marilee

The King's Ransom

The blurb on the Netflix DVD jacket made me think this was drama (I put it on the queueueue in 2005), but it's a comedy. A business baron named Malcolm King is divorcing his snippy wife and giving a tweaky sex kitten a VP position. He tries to figure out how to keep his wife from getting all his money and he decides that he should fake a kidnapping of himself. What he doesn't realize until way too far into the film for reason is that three other people/groups of people plan to really kidnap him to get money. He gets passed around, falls in love with his wife again, and everybody ends up dating someone. Not a top movie, but not awful, either.

The most noticable thing about the movie, though, was that all the main characters but two white characters were light-skinned blacks and the women had light eyes, as well. It was like having captions saying "characters that look white are better."