Listens: Silver Dagger by Dolly Parton
We started the month with a trip to Fort Tryon park for Easter Sunday. I made a fool of myself as you can see in the above photos. I can also share the incredible news that Blue Bloods filmed in my neighborhood. My mom was really excited. I tried to tell her that ACAB but she didn't care, she loves Tom Selleck. Did you know Michael Shannon lives in my neighborhood? He's not on Blue Bloods, but we've seen him on a porch and on the subway a few times. Also, Ted Schmidt from Queer as Folk is my neighbor. We say "hello" to each other walking our dogs every morning. I've never blurted out "tell me everything about playing a meth addict on an instrumental show in my queer coming of age," but we still have a few months in Brooklyn left.
The Aries man Diego turned 37. Because he's not a big fan of parties/being the center of attention, I consolidated an extravagant celebration into this ridiculous(ly amazing) candle for his homemade coconut cream birthday cake.
We also passed the 8 year mark this month. One of our first dates was taking the free Staten Island Ferry (poor, nasty little queers we were) with some cans of beer and there was a full moon. It was kind of a trip to realize we met when he was 29, I was 27. We're old as hell, but it feels really good to get old as hell together.
Diego also became Herbie Fully Vaxxed, so we decided to do some things we haven't done in over a year and a month: eat at a restaurant (Traif) and see a movie in an actual movie theatre (Judas and the Black Messiah at Nitehawk). I felt like maybe it would be weird, but it very quickly was fine and highly enjoyable if I do say! People weren't jerks! We saved the economy! Although I survived the service industry myself in a past life, I have an entirely different appreciation for service industry folks these days. I have a new understanding of "if you can't afford to leave a generous tip, you can't afford to be doing it." Which may be why we've been to a restaurant once in the last year.
I am applying to teaching jobs (11 so far) like its going out of style and keeping everything crossed that I get at least one offer. It might make the whole "moving across the country" thing a little easier. The dream would be to find my very own Flatpoint High School where I can settle down to teach, but I'm cool with doing a year at any school to figure out where I want to stay in the long run.
The last, best, most amazing news is that Diego is going to be published! He got word back that one of his stories will be published in Carve magazine. You may not know this, but Diego writes on almost every day off from work he has and has done so for the last 4.5 years. His self discipline is really something to behold — your fave could never — and I for one am juiced to see it validated this way. Once it is set free to the world, I'll holler.
April 2021 Playlist