Tonight our friend Chris arrives from Switzerland. He is staying for two weeks and I’ve been looking forward to seeing him for months now. I haven’t been blogging very much because I have been trying to get all of my lectures for this week written (which I finished today) so I can spend some time with him. I start teaching at California State University on Wednesday.
Next week Doug and Chris are heading off to Yosemite National Park. I’m jealous I can’t go, but I guess it is only fair since Doug couldn’t go last year when I went with our friend Seamus.
They are going the middle of next week and will be back that Friday. On Saturday we are going to drive to Napa Valley. I think that most of the grape harvest will be wrapping up, but it will still be a nice trip. I love that area.
Not too much else is going on. We just seriously started talking about buying a house. It probably won’t be in San Francisco since the average price of a one bedroom with no parking is over $500,000. For that price we can get a free-standing house, with a big yard, about 50 miles south of here. We’ll have to buy a car as well, but that is the price for moving out of the city. It won’t be happening until around Christmas time, since by November I will be teaching four classes and I won’t get a bit of a break until Christmas week when my finals are over and hopefully the grading will be over! I think I start up teaching again around Jan. 7.
Some gay-related news. I see that Alan Chambers was off demonizing gays and lesbians (he himself is still a struggling gay man, although he calls himself an ex-gay). He states that he lives in poverty. But the truth is that in 2005 he made $70,000 ($30,000 in compensation and a $40,000 expense account!). That is living in poverty? Poor guy. At least he saves a bit on not having to buy bucket-loads of hair care products (I say that because he seems to have turned ‘straight’ because he was going bald).
I also see on Joe Brummer’s blog that Coach Daubenmire, the one whose son is a sex offender, is bleating on about those evil homosexuals. Peter LaBarbera gives the Coach a foot-up by publishing his gay-hating essay on Americans For Truth About Homosexuality. It is worth reading, even though the violent Christian language is pretty revolting. He is another one of these ‘christians’ who uses a good religion for bad purposes. He uses Christianity as a shield for his own hate. Poor coach. I guess if you are going to hate, you might as well hide behind something.