Monday: Got to Firestone to get an oil change. Paid the cell phone bill. Still need to balance my checkbook so I can figure out what money to use to pay my other bills. I'll get some at the end of the month, too. Signing up to go to New York (www.gaysofourlives.org) was expensive, though I'll get some of the money back. Rumor has it that one of the parties will be at "the historic Stonewall Inn." It's not the original, but I think there is a newer one built on or near that spot. I'm looking forward to seeing which other bars in the area will be venues for the events.
Did "evening shift" work at the bookstore, which involves shifting a lot of books. We're giving some away for a booksale at [local-ish high school]. I decided that they could use some classic romances of the 1970s, just donated to us. I don't feel too bad about donating things like that, because if they're really classics, they get reprinted. I did take out some relatively newish editions of romances by Roberta Gellis to display on the historical romance shelves. I'm a big fan of hers.
Tuesday: Went to the bookstore for an hour or so. We're getting together boxes of books for African-American history month, and someone had donated a number of works by late nineteenth century African-American authors. We figured they had an African-American literature class. Unfortunately, a lot of the books were written in, so we couldn't use them. I took home Charles Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman. I did something else that was out of the house Tuesday, but I'm damned if I can remember what.
At the house, I watched a whole lot of clips of soap operas on After Elton's "Gays of Our Lives." I watched as much of the Kyle and Oliver story on One Life to Live as they had. Their still-linked clips went back to October. I'm sure I can find YouTube channels that have clips from the episodes those characters are in. On Alles Was Zahlt, Ingo did another "comedy" routine, or "Comedy-Battle." In the process, he humiliated his wife, Annette, who was in the audience, quite a bit, and threw in a gay joke as well. Ingo (to his Comedy-Battle rival): "That reminds me: I've been meaning to ask you how your love life is going! Is he still passionate with you?" He got a good laugh from the audience, but there's only so far you can get with the "some of my best friends are gay" card. Deniz didn't look like he found that one too funny.
Today: Went out with P. for driving practice. I tried to show her how I parallel-parked, and ended up three feet from the curb. On my next attempt, I went up over the curb. It was a low curb, fortunately enough. I told her, "Do what I say, not what I do." She's considerably better at judging where she is in relation to the things around her than I am.
I'm waiting for today's translation of Alles Was Zahlt. I could tell from the original that neither Deniz nor Annette found Ingo's routine funny when they discussed it right afterwards. Deniz was making friends with Katja. I can't think of Deniz as being gay, not since he had some relationships with women, and crushes on others. Bisexual, yes. So it's difficult for me to see it staying just friendship on both sides. Roman has consistently been intensely invested in his friendships with women, but clearly uninterested in them sexually. There was that time he and Annette got really drunk together, and both had blackouts in the morning, so they weren't sure what happened. Roman and Annette both seemed to think of it as an aberration on Roman's part. We'll see how it goes with Deniz and Katja. Deniz doesn't seem the type to be just friends with women in quite the same way Roman is. What would be good for him would be to have some open-minded male friends. Ben seems like he'd be quite suited for that role. Edited to add: Deniz really wasn't flirting with Katja at all, but just being friendly.