This year is filled with the normal amount of planetary activity. We have our three traditional Mercury-retrograde periods: March 20 through April 12, July 23 through August 16, and November 14 through December 4. You should always give yourself two days before and after those dates to take in the full retrograde period. Mercury-retrograde periods are moments to re-view the past, finish old pro-jects, and clean out things. One should never start new endeavors, buy electrical or automotive products, or sign important documents at these times.
Archive for January, 2005
2004 marked my 20th year of living with HIV. I remember reading about the discovery of the virus in 1984 while a senior in college. At that time HIV was related to an unknown and elusive illness that was affecting gay men. I was on the brink of commencing my sexual career (albeit cloistered within the world’s largest Baptist university), and I was mystified. Twenty years ago, there was no gay-friendly Vermont or Massachusetts, no Will, Grace, or Ellen. It was an entirely different universe where the gay community was insular, active within only certain geographic enclaves. Sitting at breakfast reading the New York Times, I wondered what this “syndrome” was, who was responsible, and how this boogey was going to impact me.
We were only in Houston for two years, so the faerie circle Jeremy started was pretty young. One thing to know about faeries is that for the most part they’re pretty impervious to organization!
Contemporary Erotic Drawings was planned long before November 2, but the exhibition does seem a cheeky rebuke to the presidential election and the morality chatter that has ensued. Leave it to DiverseWorks to subvert the holier-than-thou Zeitgeist (which New York Times columnist Frank Rich has pointed out is a hypocrisy anyway in a nation that makes Desperate Housewives a hit).
Cirque Lawsuit, Crazy Krewes, Bunnies, Ernie’s new showcase, and much island excitement.
Happy 2005! As I look back on 2004, I’m amazed how fast the year flew by and how much was achieved during my first year as city controller. Proposition 3, my top priority for 2004, won mayoral and council support, then 85 percent voter support. The controller’s office will now have clear authority to conduct comprehensive performance audits without seeking mayoral approval.