Poem – Code Words For “Gay” in Classic Films

Code Words For “Gay” in Classic Films
Pedro Angel Serrano


Smooth elbows
A man with specific mannerisms

A perplexment
Sleeps diagonally
Gives too much change for a dollar

Rides the carousel
An evening botanist
Wears a hat of someone elses choosing

Salutes another flag
Built on an uncertain foundation

A sunset lover
Not quite up-to-code
Gives a careful handshake

Classically athletic
A keen-eyed birdwatcher
Wears a light wristwatch

Fond of his mother
He hitchhikes instead of taking the bus

A real jackdaw
A boy from Eton
He throws a party with an open guest list

Always rings twice
Has a silk bathrobe
Stays ahead of the game


In the way of uncles




On the Confederate Battle flag being taken down from the SC state capital

On the news it’s been reported that after a contentious debate that after 50-years the Confederate battle flag will be taken down from the grounds of the state capital and and

On the news it’s been reported that after a contentious debate after 50-years the Confederate battle flag will be taken down from the grounds of the state capital and and moved to a museum.

“Over fifty years? That’s all?!” I thought.
Wikipedia states that, “…the modified Confederate flag was raised on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in April 1961 as part of the 100th anniversary commemoration by South Carolina’s government of the reduction of Fort Sumter.”

Perhaps after the the 100th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, they just forgot to take it down. Yea, that makes sense.

Then I saw a photo of the Stars and Strips and the state flag at half staff, while the battle flag had not been lowered. What the heck happened that led to a flag of The United States flying HIGHER then the American Flag?

Perhaps the person lowering the flags was too exhausted after lowering the American flag and then flag of the state of North Carolina. He took a nap, and just forgot about lowering the Confederate flag. Yea that makes sense.

Then I found out that the confederate would only be lowered after approval from the state legislature.

Why the heck would a law be passed by the the… OH, (expletive) THIS!

The only conclusion I have, after taking the facts into account (and a few Google searches), is that passing legislation to not allow the Confederate battle flag to be taken down without special permission was a reaction to the Civil rights movement.

But after 50-years a couple of generations have grown up with the flag being given
special treatment.

I’ve listened to folks from NC who talk about how the flag reminds them of home and what the South represents. It’s a sentimental attachment.

But it doesn’t help that history books had been rewritten stating that, despite the things said and written down, slavery was the stated reason for secession.

But there was a suggestion/compromise suggested by one of the NC legislators. A monument for the Southern Civil War dead.
After all, Vietnam vets have one.

I don’t see that as an inherently bad idea. As long as part of a quote from a Civil War solder’s letter to his wife is included. It was at that time when if you could afford a certain number of slaves, you didn’t have to fight.

So yes, I support a monument for the Civil War dead.

As long as the plaque has the following inscription: “Dedicated to the honored dead of a rich mans war, and a poor mans fight.”

Given the Power: Education



A Gallup Poll taken just two months ahead of the 2008 Presidential Election showed that only 44% of Americans were satisfied with the quality of primary and secondary education in the country. The No Child Left Behind Act had been a flint rock of controversary and speculation since its inception in 2002 and through out the 2008 Election. The condition of our American school system might not have been as volatile an issue as the void in American’s wallets and pocketbooks, but as GTP traveled around asking the “president question” there were few subjects spoken about with as much enthusiasm as education. Americans across all races and age and economic background were concerned for the state of learning in our country. Responses ranged from simply railing against what are children are being instructed to solutions that included investing more money or reevaluating how are children are being instructed. Whether or not the GTP subjects had a solution, a renewed, refined focus on education, for many, seemed to be essential towards building a better future. If, after watching GTP – Education, you aren’t convinced that investing time or money into learning isn’t part of the answer, when any question is asked, stare into the faces of children and see if you can come up with a more informed response.

The Estimated Costs for Self-Publishing My Book.

An article from Media Shift
“The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book”

From the article: “At every writers conference or self-publishing panel the question that almost always inevitably comes up is: “How much will self-publishing really cost me?’

“Because the book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, it’s going through a quick transition. As a result of this shift, authors no longer need to go through the traditional gatekeepers to publish high-quality books and are instead moving toward self-publishing. Launching a book is like launching a startup. Putting together a quality book involves not just writing it, but getting it edited, then formatted, designing a cover, and having a marketing strategy around it.”


At this point I’m considering an online fund raising campaign.
Below, is my break down of the costs of how much professional services will cost me for a high-quality book averaged out from the Media Shift article.

1. Developmental editing – $900.

2. Copy-editing – $3,500.00

3. Cover design. – $1,750.00

4. Formatting for print and digital conversion – $1,350.00

5. Getting an ISBN – $250.00

6. Distribution: FREE

7. Getting the book printed – Print on Demand

8. Getting reviews per-publication – $1,000.00

9. Marketing & PR – $3,000.00

TOTAL  – $21,930.00

A face you can trust.A face you can trust.