Friday, June 16, 2006

Fabulous Fridays, The Hydra Spyder, Inflatable Soccer Pitch, Area Pride Festivals, In The News, Website Update Postponed

It's Fabulous Fridays once again blogger friends. Time to look into the must have's for the rich and famous, or just something to envy or heck, if you got yourself a nice sugardaddy, or ARE a nice sugardaddy, lol. Remember the land/sea motor home, back in one of late April's post? Well, for those of you not interested in a long camping excursion and just want a nice day ride, how about the hydra Spyder from the Cool Amphibious manufacturers. The amphibious vehicle can travel on both the water and on the road and is also unsinkable. SeriousWheels, reports that, “the vehicle can seat four people, and it can easily pull a water skier with 400 h.p.” The standard production model Hydra Spyder is powered by a Corvette LS2 6.0-liter V8 engine that delivers a 400 ft. lbs of torque and has five speed manual high performance close ratio transmission. The upper body of the car and has a 5052 alloy aluminum plate lower hull construction.
And for those of you caught up in "World Cup" fever, you can actually play in your own soccer pitch anytime anywhere with Subbuteo Giant Inflatable Pitch! The football pitch is ideal for four-adults, so if you were thinking it’s meant only for teenagers or kids then you need a reality check!! All you need to do is, simply plug in its uber-powerful pump and the pitch will inflate in just 30 seconds. So, what if you are not gonna play in the FIFA World Cup, you still can fancy kickabouts in your own football pitch. And, guess what! This personal luxury is not going to cost you a rich sum either. This backyard inflatable pitch is all your, just for £299.95.(thats euro's, not US currency, lol)

Another weekend full of PRIDE events is upon us, and if you are living in: Anchorage, Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Portland OR, Providence, and Turin, Italy, I hope you have a great time. I am a little pissed that Cleveland and Pittsburgh couldnt coordinate their dates better. I live smack dab in the middle of the two, an hour either direction, and it was first posted that Pittsburgh is going to have it's Pride festival on Saturday and Cleveland was going to be on Sunday. Well, now it seems that both events are tomorrow, Saturday. I was hoping to hit both and take lots of pictures to feature two similar but different celebrations, now I am just going to the Cleveland Pride festival, just because most of my friends will be at that one. I do have the digital camera charged up with spare batteries also charged, so hopefully will have some great pics for you all. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, but after seeing Scottie's pride pics in Indiana that he took in the rain, I think it will all work out.

In the news, with probably alterior motives, a Republican does it right by firing a transit official for homophobic remarks. Maryland's Republican governor has fired Robert J. Smith, his appointee to the Washington Metro transit authority board, after Smith refused to back down from homophobic remarks he made on a cable TV show. Sunday, appearing on a Montgomery County cable access show, Smith called gays "persons of sexual deviancy". "Robert Smith's comments were highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable," Ehrlich said in a statement. "They are in direct conflict to my administration's commitment to inclusiveness, tolerance and opportunity." Ehrlich is attempting to position himself as a moderate as he seek re-election. But he has not been a key supporter of LGBT rights. Last year he vetoed a bill that would have given unmarried couples that registered as life partners the same rights as married couples in dealing with health care issues saying it "could lead to the erosion of the sanctity of traditional marriage as already codified in Maryland law."

And in a blow to gay parenting, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that even though a partner in a same-sex relationship may have shared responsibilities in raising a child she has no legal right to be considered a co-parent. The case involved a lesbian couple where one partner adopted a baby but where both partners shared in caring for the child. Brenda Fawbush had adopted the baby girl and her partner Teresa Davis helped care for her. But, six years later, when the couple split up Fawbush refused to allow Davis to see the child. Davis went to court seeking de facto parent status. Both a lower court and the Court of Appeals ruled that Fawbush could not be considered a de facto parent under Kentucky law which requires that a person must be a child's "primary caretaker." Fawbush appealed to the state Supreme Court which on Thursday upheld the lower court rulings. The decision also affects non married opposite-sex partners and grandparents who help raise children.

And in more marriage news, gay marriage could be cash cow for Washington State. Another Thursday came and went without a ruling from the Washington state Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. Arguments challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, were made before the Court in March 2005. But while the wait goes on a new study shows that if same-sex marriage became legal Washington would gain $3.9 million to $5.7 million annually. The study was conducted by the Williams Institute, a think tank at the UCLA School of Law. It found that savings in means-tested public benefits programs and an increase in tax revenue from same-sex weddings and wedding-related expenditures would account for the windfall in Washington’s budget. The study showed that Washington’s wedding-related businesses would see a $63 million annual increase in demand. Almost 8,000 same-sex couples in Washington are likely to marry, and many other same-sex couples will travel to Washington to marry. Badgett said the the study found that each year the state would see an extra $4 million in retail sales tax revenues from these new weddings. This finding echoes Forbes Magazine’s estimate that if same-sex marriage were legalized across the U.S., gay and lesbian weddings would generate $16.8 billion in spending during the first several years.

Finally, I want to commend Matt over at debriefing the boys, for coming out to his parents. He has put such thought and work into the process, and I think he made it easier for both himself and his parents. Now I realize not everyone can do this with THEIR parents, but its a great account of it, nonetheless. Also, I have decided to hold off the update of the website until July 1st. There are just too many great improvements in store for the site, and new pages and announcements, that it is too overwhelming to get done by today or tomorrow. I believe you are gonna love all the new content, but please keep stopping by and telling your friends about the website, and if you havent tried the "stuffed bacon cheeseburgers" on your grill yet this summer, get on over to the food and drink page and check out the recipe.......Have a great weekend blogger friends...GG

P.S. Because of pride will probably be no Saturday post and a late Sunday one..thanx.....GG



Thanks for Matt's link!

I'll be checking his blog out. Strikes me as rather erotic!

Or is the weather just hot here today?

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