Journal Entries for Jon
September 21st, 2012 10:56 am EDT
Just picked up my first bike, a 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C in Black Denim.
So far, the only changes from stock (not many and all were done by the dealer):
Black Screaming Eagle Slip-Ons with Black Buckshot Exhaust Shields
Chrome Horn Cover replaced with a Black one (not a big fan of chrome)
Stock Speedo replaced with a Combo Digital Speedo / Analog Tach
Fuel Sensor Kit
This being my 1st bike and all I really wanted to know what RPM's I'm shifting at and the added benefit of seeing what gear I'm in and seeing the fuel level is really sweet.
I drove it home last night in lots of traffic on busy roads and was nervous as hell for the first mile or so. This is the 1st time I've ridden other than taking the course to get my Motorcycle Endorsement. I've wanted a Sportster since I was a kid and finally decided to do something about it. The bike is awesome and I'm looking forward to putting many a mile on it: )
June 11th, 2010 9:51 am EDT
Jon will be attending the Southern Comfort Conference 2010 in Atlanta. It's the 20th Anniversary of SCC and it runs from Wednesday, September 8th, through Saturday, September 11th.
I just registered today and, unfortunately, because life is so hectic these days, I won't be able to attend the entire Conference but will be attending Friday and Saturday, September 10th and 11th and then heading back to Florida on Sunday.
For those of you who've never been, it's the biggest Trans Event in the US, possibly the world and I highly recommend it (I attended a couple of years back and had a wonderful time and met a ton of people).
I hope to see a bunch of our URNA friends there! I know several of our Chat Monitors and other URNA Members will be there and look forward to getting together with you all.
Stop by the Southern Comfort Conference (SCC) Website for details.
June 19th, 2009 9:58 am EDT
Vicky and I finally closed on a Townhome in Hollywood, FL on Tuesday, 6/16. For those of you who don't know where Hollywood, FL is, it's about 30 minutes north of Miami and 15 minutes south of Ft. Lauderdale, a nice central location.
We are going to have some work done on the place over then next few weeks and plan on being there permanently when the work is finished... hopefully the 1st or 2nd week of July.
We'll be walking distance from our favorite bar, Trixie's, the only full time TBar in Southern Florida. It just re-opened after being closed for almost 3 months following the death of the previous owner, Stanley. You can expect to find us there most Saturday nights.
Finally, we'll have plenty of space in our own place and can settle in and make Southern Florida our new home.
January 15th, 2009 2:53 pm EST
Vicky's modest so I'll go ahead and post this. The History Project http://www.historyproject.org tracks important events in LGBT History. They also have a section for important events in LGBT Latino/a History and Vicky gets several mentions...
1980: The Paradise gay bar in Cambridge initiates Boston's first Latino Night with popular disc jockey, Conrado Cardenas. The event soon moves to Chaps (*Note from Jon: it moved to Chaps in 1990) and is greatly amplified by empresario Alvaro Ortiz, discover and promoter of Vicky. Latino night becomes a significant AIDS education vehicle for latino gay men.
1994: World’s First Lesbian and Gay Latino Theater series, Spic Out: Latino Lesbian and Gay Theater, produced by Abe Rybeck and the Theater Offensive, brings a new queer Latino performance scene to Boston. Plays and performances written by Beto Araiza, Carmelita Tropicana, Enrique Oliver, Senel Paz, Marga Gomez, Paul Bonin-Rodriguez are featured. *Note from Jon: Enrique Oliver's Play was Castro's Child, in which Vicky played the Alter Ego of a Cuban Exile living in Boston.
1996: WGBH's La Plaza presents Boston, Wednesday night… The Night That I Met Vicky. Wednesday nights are when Boston’s Latino gay and lesbian community comes together at a disco known as Chaps. This show interviews Vicky and others about Latino night at Chaps.
1998: Vicky, Boston’s most recognized Latino drag performer produces the first Miss Gay Latina Bombshell contest. It is held at the Jorgé Hernandez Community Center at Villa Victoria in the South End, making it the first Latino gay sponsored event at the Center. Contestants include Boston's Avian Waters, Coco Lopez, and Amanda.
1998: Vicky sponsors a party at Buddies that coincides with the 100th anniversary of the invasion of Puerto Rico by the US on August 25, 1898.
For the full Latino/a History Timeline: http://historyproject.org/resources/latino_timeline.php
October 1st, 2008 2:11 pm EDT
I've been so disgusted listening to the Talking Heads spew bullshit on what needs to be done to get the Economy going again that I decided to write My Congressman. I encourage everyone to do the same, whether your view is in line with mine or diametrically opposed to it. Here's what I wrote My Congressman.
I'm writing to ask you 2 things and also to express my opinion.
1. Please Vote NO on any Tax Payer funded Bailout, of any kind, for Banks and Financial Institutions. As a Tax Payer, I do not want to see my Hard Earned Tax Dollars going to help out Companies or Institutions that have made irresponsible decisions. Large Firms should be treated no differently than Small Firms. If they can't stay afloat on their own, they should be allowed to go under.
2. Do NOT use my Hard Earned Tax Dollars to Subsidize the Mortgages of others. If a person was irresponsible enough to take out a Mortgage larger than they could afford then they should be foreclosed on. People must be held responsible for their actions. It would be grossly unfair to use My Hard Earned Tax Dollars to help pay off someone else's Mortgage. I have a hard enough time paying My Mortgage and My Monthly Bills without the Added Burden of Subsidizing someone else. Taxes are not levied by our Government to Redistribute wealth and it Offends me that it's even being considered.
My opinion on what should happen going forward...
1. Banks should require Substantial Down Payments before rewarding a Mortgage.
2. Banks should Verify Employment and Yearly Income before rewarding a Mortgage.
A comment on 1 and 2 above... This is what Banks always did until Our Government, towards the end of the 1990's, started pushing Banks to loosen their requirements so that more people could own homes. Well, guess what, not everyone can afford to own a home. I think that's pretty clear now and should have been obvious from the beginning.
3. Financial Institutions must be held responsible for the types of Financial Instruments they buy and sell. If they bundle up Worthless Sub Prime Mortgages into Financial Instruments and then can't sell them, well, that's life, they should be stuck with them. If it causes their Collapse, so be it.
To sum it up, Corporations AND Individuals must be held accountable for their actions. Using My and other people's Hard Earned Tax Dollars to Redistribute the Wealth to help the Rich OR the Poor, goes against everything this country stands for and the thought of it makes me sick to my stomach.
September 12th, 2008 1:37 pm EDT
Just a neat little site that I ran across...
June 17th, 2008 2:11 pm EDT
I just put up a Gallery of Assorted Pics from Boston Pride 2008. We had a whole bunch of friends up from Miami and we all had a blast, which I'm sure you can see from the Pics. The majority of pics were taken at Our place in the wee hours after Jacques Cabaret closed for the night.
May 21st, 2008 9:42 am EDT
I've decided to humiliate myself and post a Gallery of Pics of my Formative years, covering from about 1 year old up to about 18 years old. Click Here to have a look.
April 23rd, 2008 10:25 am EDT
Yeah, we know, a lot of people are pissed off that we're requiring either a Silver Level Profile (which is Free) or a Subscription to enter Chat now.
We did this because, over and over again, people have asked us to put more stringent requirements in place to keep the Trolls and all around Jerks out of the room. Allowing people to enter Chat without a Completed Profile just let people be too anonymous and too many Jerks were using Chat just to harass and annoy people.
We really see no reason for complaints. You can still use URNA Chat for Free, however, you do have to be willing to complete your Profile and upload a Main Pic that is clear, that shows your face and that goes to your waist. It's a pretty simple requirement and anyone, who wants to, should be able to come up with a picture that meets our requirements.
For those who just aren't willing to show themselves to the world, there still should be no complaints. Since you're not really contributing by populating and completing your Profile, then we're asking you to contribute Monetarily by Purchasing a Subscription. I could understand a complaint if the cost of a Subscription were high, but it's not, it's well under $10 per month (currently $5.95 per month after the 1st month of $7.95). Sorry, but if you can afford a Computer and an Internet Connection, then you should be able to swing that. If you can't, you can always complete your Profile with a Pic that meets our Requirements.
April 8th, 2008 7:17 am EDT
I hate 24 hour News Channels like FOX and CNN, yet I listen to CNN all day while I work (I work from home). Go figure.
The problem with 24 hour News Channels is that they have to have something to talk about, so, they make news. 2 things I've heard on 24 hour News Channels over the last few days especially pissed me off...
1. We will be covering the Olympic Torch Passing and we will have News Crews there to cover the expected protests.
2. Man is Pregnant.
Number 1 above pissed me off because they're basically telling people... "Hey, if you want to be on TV, get over to the Torch passing event and start protesting and we'll film it all and you'll have your 15 minutes of fame". It creates an event that might otherwise not have happened. It would have been enough to say... We will be covering the Olympic Torch Passing and their will be News Crews there to bring it live to you. There was no need to say the News Crews would be there to "cover the expected protests".
Number 2 above upsets me because they are deliberately giving the impression that a Genetic Man is Pregnant. It's simply not true and the headline is designed to suck you in and listen further. The headline above is in regards to a Pre-Op Female to Male Transexual who is pregnant. She never had SRS and still has her Reproductive Organs. Now, if the headline said Transsexual Man is Pregnant, it would lose much of the audience. They are deliberately misleading people to grow their audience. Never mind the fact that they're turning it into a Freak Show.
Anyway, now that I've gotten that off my chest... hope everyone's having a nice beginning to Spring!
March 28th, 2008 11:18 am EDT
Adobe just started up a Free Service that will allow you to edit photos. It'll allow you to do basic Resizing, Cropping, Rotating and more. So, if you don't have a tool to do this already, have a look at the Adobe Photoshop Express Site.
February 27th, 2008 1:31 pm EST
Imagine a world where people were judged by who they are rather than by what they look like.
Imagine a world where there was clothing... not mens clothing and womens clothing... simply clothing.
Imagine a world where people shopped for clothing and picked out what they liked because they liked it rather than because a man wears this and a women wears that.
Imagine a world where makeup was for whoever chose to wear makeup and one's sex played no role in the decision.
Imagine a world where people behaved the way that comes natural to them, rather than because a man behaves like this and a woman behaves like that.
Imagine a world where people paired off based on mental and physical attraction and one's sex only came into play for those who planned on procreating.
Imagine a world where people who paired off in same sex relationships had just as much right to adopt a child as people who paired off in mixed sex relationships.
Imagine a world in which job applicants were chosen based on their abilities and not by their sex or their appearance.
I really believe we'll get there someday. Distinctions are blurring between the sexes, albeit slowly. I think we have hundreds, if not thousands of years to go. I wish I could wake up 10,000 years from now and see if we've made it.
February 21st, 2008 10:45 am EST
I took a slew of pics of the Lunar Eclipse last night between 9:45pm and 10:15pm EST. I put together a collage with shots taken over those 30 minutes. It was cooooooold out on the roofdeck when I took them. Considering I took them hand held with virtually no light, they came out pretty damn good, if I don't say so myself. I used a lense with built in Vibration Reduction, a Nikkor AF-S 18-200 3.5-5.6 G ED, on my Nikon D70.
January 29th, 2008 10:04 am EST
One of my friends just pointed me to some pretty amazing, thought provoking and creative artwork from an Artist out of Seattle, Chris Jordan. Just thought it would be nice to share it with everyone. This is from his Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait.
January 14th, 2008 3:43 pm EST
I just posted a Gallery of Pics from our Miami Trip. There aren't many as we didn't carry a camera around all that much, but there are a few of Vicky and I, some at Trixie's Bar and assorted other places.
January 10th, 2008 10:45 am EST
Just to keep everyone updated. Vicky is back home and doing great. She's in good spirits and thanks everyone for their well wishes.
January 7th, 2008 8:31 pm EST
Just a short note to let everyone know that Vicky had a heart attack on Sunday after we returned home from Miami. We caught it fast and got her to the hospital fast. She's recovering wonderfully and should be home by the end of this week. If you're wondering why Vicky or I aren't answering our eMails, she's recuperating and I've been with her in the hospital.
December 11th, 2007 4:50 pm EST
I just uploaded a dozen pics from our Puerto Rico trip in a new gallery entitled 200712 - Puerto Rico - December 2007. There aren't any pics of Vicky and I out and about enjoying the nightlife, we just didn't take any when we were out at night. Most of our time was spent in the Mountains where Vicky is from. The pics are mostly Scenic with a few pics of me that Vicky took.
It was nice to get away from it all for 15 days and to not even touch a computer during the trip. Hope you like the pics.
August 4th, 2007 4:04 pm EDT
Our place got written up in one of the local papers, The Boston Courant, as the Home of the Week. Hopefully this will generate some traffic and the right person will see it, buy it and we can be on our way to Miami. We'll see...
May 19th, 2007 1:37 pm EDT
Some people just aren't too bright. One that comes to mind is Steffenie who's profile I disabled this morning and who I've banned from URNA. Those of you who saw her ranting when I asked her to please not post in ALL CAPS will know who I'm referring to. As if that wasn't enough she personally attacked me over and over... well, she's gone now and I sent her the following eMail to explain why she's no longer welcome...
"You're not too bright Steffenie. You call the owner (me) of the site you like so much a "BIG OVER THE TOP ASSHOLE" and expect to remain here? Well, this is not a Democracy. Dan and I run this site and we decide what we will put up with. Your comment that I am a "BIG OVER THE TOP ASSHOLE" and you deliberately annoying me has gotten your profile disabled. The only way it will be enabled again is via an apology to me from you AND a promise to stop posting in all Caps. If you don't like it, there are lots of other sites that would hate having you too, why don't you put up a profile on one of those."
Anyway, I guess what I wanted to point out is that Dan and I are people too. We can both take constructive critisism and we can both agree to disagree with other people, but, we will only take so much abuse or personal attacks from someone before we just say good riddance.