Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Dipsomania: an insatiable periodic craving for alcohol
But I know I'm not the only one with cravings. I thought I'd make up a few words of my own:
Lipsomania: an insatiable periodic craving to go shopping
Friday, December 25, 2009
My Mom sent this to me this morning. Her local paper asked for people to send in their favorite Christmas memories and she sent this in. It was published today in the Syracuse Post Standard. I wanted to share it with you, because I thought it was sweet. This is my oldest brother.
Whenever I look at this photo that my husband took 53 years ago, I can still hear our son Matt’s “oh, no!”
We are of Austrian and German tradition, which means you may bring the Christmas tree into the house before Christmas, but it waits until Santa comes to decorate it.
The photo shows Matt’s first look at the tree, all lit up and decorated. He ran out of the room, ran back, shouted “oh, no!” again and once more ran into the kitchen. The third time he did quiet down and let us show him what Santa brought him. His reaction made all those late hours fussing with lights and putting garages and trikes and wagons together well worth the lost sleep.
Betty K. Belge
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Attention all Portland lezzies: there is a new sex shop in town! SHE BOP.
Longtime friends Evy Cowan and Jeneen Doumitt opened the shop on the now-gentrified-uber-trendy Mississippi district. This women-owned sex toy boutique specializing in body safe products and will soon feature workshops and education resources, which women need. Lipstick & Dipstick love sex-positive people!
If you live in Portland or are just visiting, drop by:
909 N. Beech St
Portland, OR 97227
For shits and giggles, I've embedded Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" video below. I love Cyndi!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Have you seen Kate McKinnon on the Big Gay Sketch Show? If not, you must have your gay head in the sand (that or you don't have cable).
Well, lucky New Yorkers, Kate is doing a one woman show tomorrow night called "Best Actress" at the Uptight Citizens Brigade Theater and it's sure to be fantabulous! I wish I didn't live 3000 miles away.
Wednesday December 23, 2009
Uptight Citizens Brigade Theater
307 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10001 (212) 366-9176
$5 (how can you beat that price?!)
Make a reservation
If you're in New York City, go support our friend Kate! It's sure to be one hellova show.
If you're not familiar with Kate, watch the video below from Season 1 of The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I volunteered for the Obama campaign and was very excited when he got elected. But since January, I've been pretty disappointed.
I know what you're thinking. Not enough healthcare reform. He could have ended the ban on gays in the military. He could have done a lot more for gay and lesbian immigration reform. Well, yes, I'm disappointed in all those things, but really, I just can't believe after the 10 hours of work I put into his campaign, that Barack and Michelle haven't invited me to the White House.
Somehow, when he held the reception for gay and lesbian activist leaders, my name wasn't on the invite list. Trust me, I thought of crashing the party long before the Salahi's ever did.
But finally, today, some redemption. No, not an invite, but at least a Holiday card. Signed by Barack and Michelle themselves. Personally, I don't like their choice of card. I would have picked a nice snow scene. But I feel special now, finally. I'll try not to pay too much attention to the fine print on the back that says, "Paid for by the Democratic National Committee. This communcation is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee."
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We want to know what you think!
- At the Office?
- On the Road?
- On the Internet?
- At School?
- At the Bar?
- In the World of Past Lovers?
Results will be published in Curve this spring...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Meet the wiliest of all coyotes: Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender, rode for 600 miles - and SURVIVED!
When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on. They didn't realize this was the toughest creature ever to survive a hit-and-run. Eight hours, two fuel stops, and 600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender - and very much alive.
Daniel and Tevyn East were driving at night along Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border when they noticed a pack of coyotes near the roadside on October 12. When one of the animals ran in front of the car, the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in stopping.
'Right off the bat, we knew it was bad,' Daniel explained. 'We thought the story was over.' After the incident around 1am, they continued their 600 mile drive to North San Juan - even stopping for fuel at least twice. But it was only when they finally reached their destination at 9am did they take time to examine what damage they may have sustained.
At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome. '[Daniel] saw fur and the body inside the grill,' Tevyn East said. 'I was trying to keep some distance. Our assumption was it was part of the coyote - it didn't register it was the whole animal.' Daniel East got a broom to try and pry the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life. 'It flinched,' Tevyn East said. 'It was a huge surprise - he got a little freaked out.'
UPDATE: I don't know any updates of the survivor, but I trust he was just fine.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Another one of my favorite's is (of course): How to Wear Red Lipstick
Friday, December 11, 2009
It's colder than a witch's tit up here in Vancouver, BC and I hear it's equally as chilly down in Portland, where the Dipster is. The news is also littered with stories of woe about the deep freeze that's happend across America.
Nothing, however, compares the cold that is found "whistling" at the top of Whistler Mountain. (Side note: Whistler is named after the hoary marmot, which whistles.)
I braved the slopes on Sunday with two good friends, Jill and Jess, and we had to stop after two runs to thaw in the powder house.
On the mountain, there were ominous signs warning of cold effects and frost bite (that can happen when you simply take your glove off to check your blackberry on the ski lift). I had every inch of skin covered and a subzero ski jacket and ski pants (that's me in the red coat), but it wasn't enough. Next time, instead of being a shredder, I may just hang at the cabin with Patty (the smart one), who stayed behind with Jill + Jess' adorable baby girl, Harper.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Even though I am clearly butch-identified and even write from the butch perspective for a living, I'm sad to admit that I don't have a lot of butch friends in my day-to-day life. Most of my butch gals live elsewhere. Sure, we text each other when the Stanford women play basketball and meet up in SF every year for the dyke march, but really, it's not enough.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
8:00pm - 11:00pm
4115 N mississippi Ave
Saturday, December 5, 2009
"Who?" I asked, looking toward the woman. Super surprised, I saw the mom from Family Ties headed in our direction. (Of course, I thought she was still Meredith Baxter Birney.)
Curve Magazine's Heather Robinson did a great job covering the story, so if you want to read more, check it out online. Congrats Meredith!
Alcohol aside, so many other things are changing around here. The roads are wider, the traffic patterns have changed, some of the golf links are being turned into parking lots, huge nordic centers and bobsled tracks have been erected, buildings are popping up, new restaurants are putting up signs, and parking lots are filling with trailers for temporary housing. It will be pretty amazing to be up here for the Olympics, but I think we will all be happy when the torch is passed to the next city.
I'll try and take some more shots this weekend of things in Whistler Village that drive home my point.
Friday, December 4, 2009
While we wait for that report, our friend Portia was on The View this morning talking about her relationship with Ellen and why the word marriage is so important. She really impressed me with how clearly she made her point. Go Portia!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Michelle Deferio arrived on Waverly Avenue outside of Newhouse I around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday wearing a long corduroy skirt and holding a sign that read, "Homosexuality is a sin, Christ can set you free."
In response, Chris Pesto, a junior acting major who is gay, made a sign that read "Corduroy skirts are a sin, homosexuals can help you," and stood next to Deferio in protest.
The article then describes how a student protest spontaneously broke out.
Makes me miss home...
Monday, November 23, 2009
So many people I know are affected by breast cancer. This made me think of my friend Kristy, who I lost to the disease six years ago. She would have loved it. I'm sure she's dancing along somewhere.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
What an adventure the Sweet Cruise was! A warm THANK YOU to Shannon Wentworth, Jen Rainin, Daddy (aka Frances Stevens), and Sara Jane for inviting Dipstick and I to come along, as well as all the "Sweeties" on board who made our cruise a success. Congrats to you! Here's to many more Sweet adventures. Also, a shout out to all those we met on the high seas! Thanks for coming to our events and coming up to say hello!
If you missed the cruise, you can sign up for other upcoming trips they've got in the works: Sweet's Kenyan Safari (February 7-16, 2010). Don't want to travel so far? How about joining Sweet on their Salmon River Rafting this summer (August 16-21, 2010)?
RE: recap of the cruise, I'm not sure where to start, so instead of explaining, I'll let the photos do the talking.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
While Dip and I are on the Sweet Cruise, I thought I'd drop this list of the best lesbians jokes of all time to keep you amused. Some of them I'd never heard and are pretty damn funny. Enjoy! We'll do our best to blog a time or two while on the boat.
1. What do you call a pantry full of lesbians?
A: A licker cabinet.
2. What do you call an Eskimo lesbian?
A: A Klondyke.
3. What do you call 100 lesbians with guns?
A: Militia Etheridge.
4. Why can't lesbians diet and wear make-up at the same time?
A: Because they can't eat Jenny Craig with Mary Kay on their face.
5. What do you call two lesbians in a canoe?
A: Fur Traders
6. What is a lesbian dinosaur called?
7. What do you call a lesbian with long fingers?
A: Well Hung
8. Did you hear that Ellen DeGeneres drowned?
A: She was found face down in Ricki Lake
9. How can you tell a tough lesbian bar?
A: Even the pool table doesn't have balls
10. What do you call lesbian twins?
11. What's the definition of confusion?
A: Twenty blind lesbians in a fish market
12. What's the difference between a Ritz cracker and a lesbian?
A: One's a snack cracker, the other's a crack snacker
13. What do you have when you've got 50 lesbians and 50 Government workers?
A: 100 people that don't do dick
Saturday, November 7, 2009
We're in New Orleans, getting ready to set sail on Sweet's Inaugural cruise and who has decided to poke her head in our business? Hurricane Ida! Right now, she's probably reeking havoc on Roatan, Honduras--the fourth port stop in our Caribbean cruise.
I was just watching the Weather Network and they said Ida could strengthen and her projected path was right up our alley. The weather peeps also mentioned that Carnival Cruise line just rerouted one of their ships to avoid her. Haven't heard anything from Sweet yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Ida will just mind her own business.
Wish us luck if we have to sail through the eye of the storm! If so, in the pictures, I'll be the one with the barf bag in my hand and the glazed over look in my eyes, thumbing my way in my Dramamine stupor.
I joke, of course. I think things will be just fine, as we all have a collective good karma which will see us through.
Keep your eye on her! And I'll see you on the other side!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Girls, you've got to pick up Erin Bried's new book "How to Sew a Button" out next month from Random House!
It makes for an AMAZING stocking stuffer!
About the author: Erin Bried is not only a fellow queer sister, but is also a senior staff writer at Self Magazine, where she's penned nearly 200 stories, including 60 cover stories. Part of her job (poor Erin) is interviewing and profiling celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and Sheryl Crow.
Pre-order it today!
As an offshoot of the forthcoming book, Erin is also doing an online series or "How To's" called Nifty Button. I embedded one--in honor of Thanksgiving--below:
More about the Book:
“Waste not, want not” with this guide to saving money, taking heart, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
Nowadays, many of us “outsource” basic tasks. Food is instant, ready-made, and processed with unhealthy additives. Dry cleaners press shirts, delivery guys bring pizza, gardeners tend flowers, and, yes, tailors sew on those pesky buttons. But life can be much simpler, sweeter, and richer–and a lot more fun, too! As your grandmother might say, now is not the time to be careless with your money, and it actually pays to learn how to do things yourself!
Practical and empowering, How to Sew a Button collects the treasured wisdom of nanas, bubbies, and grandmas from all across the country–as well as modern-day experts–and shares more than one hundred step-by-step essential tips for cooking, cleaning, gardening, and entertaining, including how to
• polish your image by shining your own shoes
• grow your own vegetables (and stash your bounty for the winter)
• sweeten your day by making your own jam
• use baking soda and vinegar to clean your house without toxic chemicals
• feel beautiful by perfecting your posture
• roll your own piecrust and find a slice of heaven
• fold a fitted sheet to crisp perfection
• waltz without stepping on any toes
Complete with helpful illustrations and brimming with nostalgic charm, How to Sew a Button provides calm and comfort in uncertain times. By doing things yourself, with care and attention, you and your loved ones will feel the pleasing rewards of a job well done.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Very sorry to any who planned to come out to our shows!
Flynn got in a bike wreck and has a separated shoulder....cant play the guitar for awhile which has her singing only the blues, and acapella at that...
Hurry and get better Ashleigh!!!!!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
The winner this year at the Bulldog was irresistibly and grossly original.
They were [wait for it]........
Shit Hits the Fan
"Peace" of Shit
Ashleigh Flynn will be in Eugene, San Francisco and Ashland this week, touring with our favorite bears: Sneakin' Out. If you're in any of these places this week, clear your schedule and go check them out! They're sure to put on a great show!
Nov 4th - Sam Bonds Garage - Eugene OR
Nov 5th -Hotel Utah for Heather Combs Songwriter Night - San Francisco
Nov 6th - Dolores Park Cafe - San Francisco
Nov 7th - The Tease Restaurant and Bar - Ashland OR
Ashleigh just finished a sweet little tour with the Wood Brothers (who we saw and were also great) and is hittin' the road again.
TO read a review from the Vancouver Woods Brothers show, go here:
TO see pics from the Vancouver Woods Brothers show, go here:
* Photo credit: Telemov Photovideo (Flickr)
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Dipstick and I are sending our best to you this Halloween. If you dress up this weekend, send us a photo of you and we'll post them here! firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: Don't try and emulate the one my Nana sent me below (this isn't her by the way--she just has a great sense of humor) or do!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Lipstick LOVES Halloween. Down in the garage, there are two huge boxes of costumes I've collected through the years. Also, as a former sorority girl, I seemed to have doubled my collection during my college years. Greeks are always finding a reason to dress up (and drink).
Here are some old photos of Lipstick through her formative years on Halloween.
Really Mom and Dad, you had no idea I was gay--even when I dressed up like a punker dyke and entered that contest?
Oh yeah, and as a football player? What straight girl dresses up as a quarterback?
In these photos, are some my oldest friends. If you look carefully, you might be able to pair them with their mug shot from the trouble we got into last summer.
Believe it or not, the sweet little witchy costumed girl sitting next to "Chief Lipstick" in preschool is actually "Tatum" in the mugshot. We're not sure how she got from sweet little preschooler to rocking rambler.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
After we heard Sarah Waters speak, Patty and I headed out on the town to hear our friend Ashleigh Flynn perform at The Media Club. She opened for the Wood Brothers, who were also really great. Think Jackson Brown meets Neil Young with a double base.
It was fun to see Ashleigh in our hood and we had way too much fun. I *was* able to video at the Media Room, so I thought you'd all enjoy her song "American Dream," which is the title of her latest CD. If you don't have it, go get her music! She's awesome!
* I didn't have Flynn in a fierce neck hold here--she could breathe, I promise--but a loving hug.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I'm counting the hours, the minutes, the seconds until I've got my flipflops back on, my girl by my side in her bikini and the sun against my face. (It's currently 36 degrees outside my window!)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The Vancouver International Writer's & Readers Festival was in town last week and I was lucky enough to get to sit in on a conversation with Sarah Waters. If you don't know Sarah Waters by name, you've surely seen or heard of her lezzie novels--Tipping the Velvet (her debut) and Fingersmith--which were beautifully adapted to the screen by the BBC.
The British period fiction master was in town for the festival and she spoke to Bill Richardson in front of a crowd of about 300, most of whom like tipping the velvet themselves. The event was called "Still Waters," but, Waters joked to the crowd, has been to many of these and they've always got creative titles: Troubled Waters, Steamy Water, Muddy Waters.
After Waters was done talking about her new novel, The Little Stranger--a story full of ghosts, gothic horror, poltergeists, female hysteria--they opened it up to the crowd. I stood and asked Waters a question about something I'm personally struggling with as a writer. I'm beginning my second novel (more on my first novel soon), so I asked her: How do you decide on POV (point of view)?
It was an amazing answer which pretty much boiled down to: it's an organic process and you must follow your intuition. Waters said she just begins a story and it becomes obvious to her who needs to be telling it.
There was no videoing allowed so I was only able to capture still shots. I did find a video online of an interview she did at the Brighton Festival below. She was a great inspiration and very gracious and sweet. Go buy her books! Support our fellow sisters!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I snapped this photo (I have an amazing disjointed, telescopic arm) before we dispersed. I think Mags captured some great shots for Curve. You'll have to wait until the spring to see the photos (as they're slated for March and April): Dipstick & I with wedding rings and us offering up "The Lesbian Handbook."
Sunday, October 25, 2009
You might not be hearing from me for a while. That's because I'm about to get on a ship with 1,200 other lesbians and sail into the warm Caribbean. With sunny skies, warm beaches and tan lesbians, I don't think I'm going to want to log onto my computer.
Friday, October 23, 2009
5433 Ballard Ave NW
Alberta Street Public House
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thanks to Bryan Safi and his show "That's Gay," a weekly television show infoMania that explores gay issues/stereotypes portrayed by the "clueless media," there is no more confusion.
He's a funny guy and his show is great. No homo. Errr wait, yes homo. No hetero.