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Insanity in the Senate (Friday, July 9, 2004)

Can you believe that there are people in the Senate who actually want to amend the Constitution of the United States of America to define marriage. (I won't even comment that they want to define it as between a man and woman.) I mean, really... the church defines marriage, at least the way the Senate is talking about it. What happens when the church allows gay marriage? Uh oh... an unconstitutional constitutional amendment? Separation, and free practice and all that? And anyway, marriage should be "defined" as two people who decide they want to recognize their partnership for legal purposes, such as inheritance, tax law, custody, and things like that. It shouldn't have anything to do with gender, sex, or religion — at least as far as the government is concerned.

So anyway, the reason I bring this up, is because the Senate is currently debating it, and you all should call your Senators and tell them what a bad idea this is. If you live here in Virginia, you can reach Senator Allen at (202) 224-4024, and you can reach Senator Warner at (202) 224-2023. All you need to do is say, "Hi, I'm so and so, and I've lived in Virginia for so many years, and I just wanted the Senator to know that I am strongly opposed to any Constitutional Amendment defining marriage." And exercise all your self control not to add "Duh!" to the end of that. If I can do it, you can do it, too.

So, what else is new? Last night, we went downtown and had a very nice dinner at John Harvard's Brewhouse in the Warner Building near Metro Center. The bread was great, the beer exquisite, and the food very tasty. It wasn't the best steak I've ever had, but it was still very good, and the veggies and potatoes were outstanding. Did I mention the bread and the beer? It's worth it just for that! And the fries are good, too. Next time, I'm getting the fish and chips. It was yummy.

Unfortunately, I did not have time to properly enjoy the meal, as certain people were getting spastic about getting to the concert on time. It's not like we had a half hour until the doors opened, and we were directly under the theatre. But finally, I couldn't keep her contained anymore, and Claire and I went upstairs and outside and around to the main entrance to Warner Theatre. The first act was Michael Tolcher, who was really great... the lead singer was white and the rest of the band was black, and they looked like they were having an absolute blast on stage... I think that was the best thing about them, is that they looked like they were having so much fun. And their music was really good, too. The second act was Maria Mena, who I could only describe as nails on a chalkboard, only worse. Finally, after what seemed like forever — at least it seemed like forever to all the teenage girls in the audience, Hanson finally came on. They put on a tremendous show. Taylor is a piano god. And Taylor is a piano god. And Taylor is... oh I should probably move on. And Taylor is a piano god. And I want to look like him. And Ike was looking good too. Zac was cool too. Really, the whole band is amazing. And the fans are loud! But it was cool and I can't wait for the next show.

So, I think that's all for now... I don't know what's going on this weekend, but I should probably get some work stuff done, y'know, here at work. Adios for now!

—Brian (7/9/2004 11:43 AM)
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