Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lady Mary

I'm afraid I'm too busy to muster up much, but, speaking of Downton Abbey, this photo of Lady Mary Crawley, played by Michelle Dockery, is worth a great deal of study. Also, Lady Mary looking rather butch with top hat and intensity. And Lady Mary with a teacup full of quiet desperation. If you can spare 3 minutes, you should watch this video of Lady Mary — it has a sound track of Juice Newton's Angel of the Morning, which, honestly, makes it very special.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Lesbian guide to snow removal

Considering the fact that I am now an expert on snow removal, I feel qualified to offer these guidelines. In addition to the approximately 56 snow storms I've lived through this winter, I also have years of experience in the northern climes, including a childhood in New Hampshire (where they know how to clear the roads, if not adequately fund public education).

The Lesbian Guide to Snow Removal:
1. The lesbian in the house should lavish praise on the lesbian who is outside busting her ass.
2. Proper gloves should be worn. Not the fancy green leather gloves, which will leave an unsightly stain on the fingers once the wetness has soaked through, which it will.
3. Pancakes or some other type of hot breakfast should await the lesbian who is outside busting her ass.
4. Keep a box of Kleenex near the door. Even if you are one of those girls who knows how to blow her nose into the snowbank, you should not do that.
5. The first order of business should be to clear a path for the dog, who does not want to step in snow deeper than 1/18 of an inch.
6. The rarely worn baseball cap that you consider kind of stiff and dorky (a la Dad's style) but is big enough to fit over a knit cap and protect from falling snow may elicit a surprise compliment from the neighborhood hip-hop guy who passes by. When this occurs you may realize you look a little like Turtle from Entourage.
7. If you have a snow blower, you should name her and refer to her using feminine pronouns. "Alice B. Toklas" or "Mary Cheney" are good choices.
8. Choose appropriate topics to discuss with your shoveling neighbors, who will tend to be male. FYI, "My feet are cold," is a conversation stopper.
9. Pause occasionally to look up at the sky.
10. When you come inside, stomp your heavy, dyke-style boots in a ceremonial ritual to signal the completion of snow removal and the commencement of hot breakfast.