July 26th, 2001

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From the mouth of babes...

Watching a documentary on cable... "Better Living Through Circuitry", which is on the rave culture. I like some rave and I like dancing, but it's hard to keep a straight face when listening to a parade of deejays trying to offer intellectual reasons why rave is a proven scientific method of creating spirituality. Yes, music effects people, but I think they're reading a bit too much into the science of it all. Your mileage may vary.

The best part? They interviewed Genesis P. Orridge. His words of wisdom?

"Don't mix drugs. Not good."

Okaaay...
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So kill me... I think it's an adorable story

...just as long as they don't turn it into the next Tom Hanks / Meg Ryan picture.


Lovers Criss-Cross World in Vain

LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Johnstone missed his girlfriend so much he flew back to Britain from Australia to propose to her. The problem is she did the same in the opposite direction.

He and Amy Dolby even managed to miss each other when they sat in the same airport lounge in Singapore at the same time to wait for connecting flights.

Dolby, heartbroken when she arrived at Johnstone's Sydney apartment to find he had flown to London, told the Times: ``It was as though someone was playing a cruel joke on us.

``He is the most romantic person I have ever known. I think our problem is that we are both quite impulsive people. We are always trying to surprise each other.''

After an 11,000-mile flight across the globe, she was greeted by Johnstone's astonished flatmate asking what she was doing there.

``The awful truth dawned when I found that Ian's rucksack and most of his clothes were missing. I sat on the end of his bed and cried my eyes out,'' she said.

Johnstone, a 27-year-old bricklayer, had taken a year off to travel round Australia. But he was missing Dolby, a 26-year-old secretary, so much he got a job on a Sydney building site and started saving for a surprise.

He then flew home to Britain and went to her apartment armed with an engagement ring, champagne and flowers.

``I really missed Amy and I'd been thinking about her all the time. I thought she was winding me up when she phoned me from Australia,'' he said.

Johnstone then asked Dolby to marry him on the phone. ``I didn't know whether to laugh or cry but I accepted,'' she said.

Dolby was given a tour of Sydney by Johnstone's friends before wending her weary way home. Johnstone had to stay in Britain for two weeks because he could not change his ticket.
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Dictating morality... in San Francisco?!?

Awhile back I mentioned Chicken John buying the Odeon Bar in San Francisco. Well, one of the great highlights of the bar was Porn-e-okie: karaoke where all the songs were synchronized with twisted porn video accompaniment. The overall effect is something akin to highly amusing performance art. It's also a highly amusing, fun way to spend an evening.

Well, looks like the SFPD made it a requirement that in order to get a liquor license, the owner had to sign a paper promising to never do Porn-E-Okie again as it is in direct and "willful and wanton disregard of public welfare and morals, and Rule 64.2 of Chapter
1, Title 4 of the California Code of Regulations."

Can you believe this is happening in San Francisco, where you can go to tons of places, get a drink, and see people in various stages of undress having varying degrees of public sex? You can go to art galleries and see explicitly sexual images, including the occasional bit of multimedia nudity with your wine and brie... or go on a walking tour of the Castro and try popping into seemingly innocuous shops without seeing gay porn somewhere... hell, everywhere! Frankly, I don't think they would try to get away with this in a gay club. Too many people would be complaining about discrimination. Frankly, this seems like an intentional attempt to keep everything happily, boringly status quo.

Want the SFPD to spend their time on things that are more important than dictating terms to bars and clubs as to what constitutes acceptable entertainment? Contact Tom Ammiano, the president of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, and Willie Brown, the mayor of San Francisco, and ask them nicely to look into this matter. If you live in San Francisco, you may also want to contact your local supervisor. Couldn't hurt...