…from my baby!

So, ever since I moved in with B my cell phone (which was never very good anyway) has sucked even more! Actually, beyond sucking — I simply got no reception in The Castro. Yes, the horror that is T-Mobile when you live in The Castro. Anyway, with unemployment looming I had dashed all hopes of terminating my contract with T-Mobile to join the ranks of either Verizon or Sprint. But, B surprised me with an early Christmas gift — a way cool razr phone that moto designed for the cool (red) campaign which brings money to AIDS charities in Africa. Cool! I’ve a phone that actually works.

This, of course, brings me to the topics of both AIDS and phones.

AIDS has stolen more than a few friends from me. The early 90’s were both horribly sad and scary. And, it still is — the difference is that I now have friends who are living with it (or HIV) as opposed to waiting to die from it. Anyway, I am not sure how much Bono and my new cell phone will do to help anyone — but something is better than nothing. Like only being able to afford to give $25 to my friend who is doing the AIDS ride — I’d have rather given him $1K but $25 is all I can swing. So, that is something.

Phones. I hate them. I don’t like talking on the phone. I like to see the person to whom I speak. I want to see his/her eyes. I want to connect and I seldom really feel connected on the phone. There always seems to be something else pressing for me or the person at the other end which needs to be addressed. And, I hate the sound of ringing phones. And, I hate the idea that it might look like I’m trying to look “cool” or “important” with my little cell phone. But, cell phones are a fact of life. As I start my job search — this one is saving my ass!

Speaking of my ass. This brings me to the topic of Gala Market on 18th Street. B and I were there not too long ago. I was pushing the shopping cart. He was looking for some type of wine to go with steak. Two guys in the early to mid 20’s were behind us. I could tell that we were in their way so I went to move the cart to the side but ended up backing into one of them. I apologized and moved to the side. ….they walked by us. As they passed, one of them said: “I am so tired of these skinny Castro bitches!”

I think B was pissed at the rudeness, but I loved them. I mean. You can call me a bitch as much as you like as long you tell me that I am also skinny!

Well, if you will excuse me — I am very important and must make a phone call on my (red) motorazr cell phone. Oh, and B gave me a Streisand Superman screen saver!

Does he know me or what!?!?! Oh, phone’s beeping! Gotta run!

Love you! Mean it!

December 13, 2006. Uncategorized.


  1. ing replied:

    Matty: Spin.

    I sat behind this really nice man who kept spinning, out of control. I think he was wearing a jersey.

    WHY do the female spin instructors like Bon Jovi so much?

    Oh, I heard the new Gwen Stefani is pretty good. And I (finally) heard a song from the new Joanna Newsom. I think I like it a lot! (Hint.)

    Okay, now I’ll go back and read your bloggie.

  2. ing replied:

    That is indeed a cool cell phone.

    Matty, the shoppers in those Castro grocery stores are mean! Grocery shopping takes patience and thought!

  3. matty replied:

    But, Ing, they thought I was skinny! I loved them! I still love them for calling me “skinny”

    I think Bon Jovi is a big fan of sitting (and spinning) …so that probably explains it.

    I am addicted to that new Gwen Stefani song which samples the sound of music. …me and a bunch of jr high school age girls. i know i should not like it. …but i do.

  4. Kalvin replied:

    OMG I am so sorry I said that to you! πŸ˜‰

  5. matty replied:

    Kalvin! I love it when you talk that way to me!

  6. Sorted Lives replied:

    It’s funny how some phone companies have better reception in some areas. T-Mobile, here, is great from what my friends who have it say. I have Nextel and there are numerous dead zones. It wouldn’t annoy me so much if they were in the country, but they are in high populated areas. errgg.

    As for being a bitch, I agree, I want the skinny added on. What did they look like?? Im sure they trolls in training..

  7. joe replied:

    awwww, so nice, your B! if he’s got an extra, send it to Canada. you’ve got the address. but tell him to change the screen saver to the Sisters of Mercy. (the band, not the nuns).

    happy early xmas! oh my crappy phone is ringing. must answer before going to bitchy voicemail.

    love ya. really.

  8. matty replied:

    Sorted Lives — You know, that is what surprised me about the two sweet boys who accused me of being a skinny Castro bitch — they were urban hippsters. …and, I do think they were queer. Well, it was Gala. Oh, I do love them. And, yes, T-Mobile was great in Boston and New York. It had not done so well for me here. My reception in Ingleside (when I was living there was a bit random but not horrible)

    Joe! If I could I would send you a (red) razr phone! I need to call you, but please let me go to your voice mail — am dying to hear it. I think you should do an audio post of it! I just can’t believe you’d be a skinny bitch, too! LOL!

  9. Robert replied:

    Oh crap, I just sent you a holiday card to your old address. I had no idea that you moved!?! Can you send me your new addy please? πŸ™‚


    Thanks Babe!!! You guys moved in together, how sweet is THAT!!!! yay!!

  10. Daniel, the Guy in the Desert replied:

    You are just so sweet, you skinny castro bitch.
    Actually, I would so die for anyone to actually call me that.
    I will Definitely look up Butt.

  11. ing replied:

    (i still think they were kind of mean)

  12. matty replied:

    Robert – You are so sweet! Thank you!!! I can’t wait! I just sent you an address, but I kept my mailing address so you can use either one! Yeah! Living together! So cool!!!!!

    Daniel — BUTT is awesome. The perfect blend of gay lit and gay porn. …with a difference. Way cool! Yes, I loved those two boys (in truth — I’m not that skinny! …but, I really don’t thik I’m a bitch at all. ???

    Ing — there wre just two sweet boys who saw me as someone who, was perhaps super thin and bitchy. Not sure why — but if I ever see them again — I’m going to give them both big skinny bitch Castro hugs!

  13. hot-lunch replied:

    i’m too in the market for a new phone… this is a fantastic idea

  14. Matt replied:

    So does that mean you’re a Verizoner now? If so we can talk to each other for free. LOL I have the same phone but a different color. I don’t like talking on the phone too much either…I rather *meet* in person. πŸ™‚ I find people abusing cell phones these days–glued to them I mean, at the lines of coffee shop, Borders, everywhere.

  15. ing replied:

    Hmmmmm, maybe if you stopped frequenting Borders (evil chain store, Matty, trying to drive the cool bookstores out of business and not nearly as interested in reading materials as they are in profits, meaning someday, if they win, you will have to search through a whole lot of crap to find something you might actually want to read — I know this for a fact because I worked in a chain for six months, and believe me, they’re EVIL) you would not see so many people glued to their phones. Maybe they would be reading and browsing. Hmmmmmm?

    Support your local independent bookstore. Support writers, not corporate profits. Art first! Books without borders!

    Anyway, hi! I love you!

  16. matty replied:

    Hot Lunch – It really is cool that some of the profits go toward something good. Even if only a little. And, even tho it is not pink — red is cool.

    Matt – No, I’m a Sprinter! However, you should be able to reach me on my phone now! …If I remember to turn it on and have it with me! Yes, our culture has become obesessed with gadgets and cell phones. …Oh, Matt. You should never mention shopping at Borders. It upsets Ing. Actually, I do agree with her. But, I’m not so hard-edge’d about it. I bought a Courtney Love book there once.

    Ing – Uh, oh. You found Matt out. Well, let’s hope he finds his way out of the mall and to the indepents! Viva la revolucion! …but it will it be televised on my Moto (red) Sprint phone as I wait for my frappe at moonbucks?!?!? LOL!

  17. ing replied:

    Oh, dear, Matt! I thought you were my Matty — I know that he likes a good scolding sometimes, so I scolded. I wouldn’t have been so forward if I’d known it was you, the other Matt (though I guess I spilled my convictions). Since I switched to beta, I can’t always see everyone’s pics next to their postings.

    We used to have a sign at my bookstore asking people to take their cell phone coversations outside. But since we don’t see too many people abusing others’ space, we let it slide.

    I love my cell phone! But it’s not fancy and red, and the money I spent on it didn’t go to a worthy cause.

  18. matty replied:

    Ing! Oh, no! I haven’t even gotten a hug since your trip to Grand Rapids and you were scolding me! …and, it is I — AFTER ALL — who has the red phone that helps folks in Africa by about 3 cents!

    I, for one, am most upset.

    (not really)

    I got a laugh out of that! …however, I feel I should defend poor Matt by stating that he reads A LOT. …of course, he is an English Lit prof so I guess that makes sense. I tried to explain where your store is to him but will have to just bring him here since I am incapable of giving directional info at any time.

    Matt – Stop going to Borders! Call me and I shall get ye to a good book shoppee! Matt has a cute cell phone. …not as cute as mine, but it is cute.

    However, Ing has a really hot cell phone too!

  19. Old Cheeser replied:

    Yes groovy new phone, Matty. And I think that’s hilarious that you’ve got a Streisand Superman screensaver. Mind you I have a Tom Baker (Dr Who) background on mine at the moment, and my ring tone is the theme from “Are You Being Served” (camp-ish 1970s / 80s British sitcom) so who the hell am I to talk?? Let’s face it, our phones say SO much about who we are.

    And I can kind of see your point about the “skinny Castro queen” insult. As someone who has put on a bit of weight in the last couple of years and now finds it hard to shift, I am quite envious of skinny people. So count yourself lucky in that department. They’re just bitter and twisted queens anyway.

    The Castro is a really well known club isn’t it? I’ve heard quite a few people mentioning it before, Armistead Maupin notwithstanding. One day I really wanna visit San Francisco!!

  20. matty replied:

    Old Cheeser! Ah, yes! My Streisand Superman screensaver rocks and is the envy of all who see it. …don’t believe ’em if they tell you otherwise!

    And, yes, you and your man HAVE to come visit GayTown! Much fun!

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