You know, sometimes both the mundane and the magical can be enjoyed in equal doses: tonight, at 2am, I was able to go to Walmart and purchase a decent VCR for about $38. The reason? I mean, besides the fact that our long-term apartment has no VCR or turlet paper? Because Lee Coggins and Suzanne Robinson got married yesterday and now Lee is going to be on this morning's Today show on NBC. So if you're up and reading this between 7 and 10am (on either coast), switch on NBC and find out why we all dig her so much.
Now this is all cool for several reasons. I should mention that VCRs were considered magical by me and my sister and brothers, as there was no such thing when we were kids. When "Wizard of Oz" came on, you sat and bloody well watched it, because there was no "renting" to be done. Our first VCR was a top-loader my dad bought for $400, and it had a WIRED REMOTE. That's right, a black cable snaked its way across the room and into your hand, and it would only "play" and "stop." Now I can waltz – or even sashay – into a Walmart in the middle of the goddamn night and buy one as a practically disposable item.
Gay marriage is also something we didn't have when we were kids. I found it incredibly spontaneous, brave and the Ultimate Act of Devil-May-Care for these chicks to fly to California (and drive five hours once they got there) for a marriage license they weren't assured of getting. And Lee has now gone from someone who was iffy about going (she's not feeling well) to someone who might come back and file a discrimination suit in North Carolina.
I don't know why I'm so excited by all this; maybe it's a little bit of tolerance in such a mean world, maybe I just like anything that keeps the minds of the Christian Right bulging with broken blood vessels. I'm so psyched about it that I might join the fun and kiss boys. I just wish they weren't so smelly!Posted by irw at February 16, 2004 11:15 PM