Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-09-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

THE AMAZON TRAIL Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
by Lee Lynch
2018-12-19

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


That was true when we brought home our Christmas tree back in 2009 and a poor dead mouse fell onto our living room floor. We've made do with a little artificial tree ever since. But this year we're going all Santa Claus and supporting the local 4H Club which is selling trees at the fairgrounds.

Christmas is such a multi-featured concept. As an atheist, I celebrate for the sake of lighting the darkness. As a feminist, I'm aware of the pre-Christian pagan winter rituals that make sense to me: Yule logs. The tree itself. Gifting one another. Celebrations to liven up the doldrums of winter.

Here in our community, the clubhouse is already decorated, thanks to volunteers who might be teens—not seniors—with their mirthful high energy. Some years a local choral group in red bow ties comes to serenade our holiday potluck. Not everyone is up to decorating, but if they have an extra fifteen dollars they'll hire a handyperson to string outdoor lights. Every year there's a light show as we walk our mile of roads, calling out good wishes, and swaddled, like our neighbors, in layers that protect us from the ocean winds.

You'd think peace was real and love the prevalent emotion in America. Sigh.

Surrounded as we are by a number of frail people in their nineties, this can be a sad season. Most often when we hear sirens, a resident has fallen and needs assistance getting back up, which involves a lot of fear, but seldom injuries. My sweetheart was reminded of the old poem quoted above and ad-libbed, "When out on the street there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to listen to my scanner." It's true, I have a scanner, emergency vehicles drive by our house, and we can run to help or at least send a card later if there is a patient. We're wishing good health to our community this year.

Last Sunday, by the gas fireplace, my sweetheart was contentedly loading her iPod with seasonal tunes. When "Baby It's Cold Outside" came up and the male singer cooed enticements to the woman singer, I made a crack that it was a date-rape song. My ever-patient, loving wife gave me a suffering look. I immediately realized I'd ruined that song for her forever and spent the rest of the day figuratively on my knees. After 11 years, I'm still learning that being a cynical old curmudgeon at Christmastime is not exactly loving.

But then, my sweetheart asked me what my favorite Christmas gift had been when I was a little kid. She suggested the cowgirl outfit with its mini-skirt, fringed vest, western blouse and six-shooter, which I remember only through a family photo. I was so disappointed: the mini skirt ruined the whole gift, ungrateful mini butch that I was. No, I said, it was the trucks, a whole small fleet of them, and the upside down cardboard box in which my brother cut holes to make a terminal.

We don't go hog-wild on gifts. I'm happy with my new flannel shirt and my sweetheart likes to select work clothes. Even so, when I came across last year's turkey wishbone the other day, we, like the ancient polytheistic Etruscans, closed our eyes, made our wishes and pulled it apart. I can't share what we wished, but our friend the Midnight Texter posted her wish: "I have two front teeth, so all I want for Christmas is a job for your sweetheart."

This gig economy is not kind to mature job-seekers. The Labor Department used to define older workers as people over forty. Now it seems to be people over 55. But, never mind, 'tis the holiday season, we'll worry about that next year when Robert Mueller, Liz Warren, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Rachel Maddow, and RBG rescue us from the Grinch and his greedy comrades. Oh, America, let's make our country merrier next year.

Christmas day the only mouse in our house will be a new one filled with catnip for Bolo the Magnificent. As always, we'll miss dressing our late dog Bea in her Christmas clothes. ( Bolo won't put up with such nonsense. ) My sweetheart will be stirring the gravy and I'll be recycling the Christmas wrap. We'll call friends and relatives, be grateful for what we have, and dry a new wishbone for next year.

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."

Copyright Lee Lynch 2018

December 2018


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

VIEWS Visibility isn't the goal 2019-09-18 - In mid-July, I interviewed non-binary rapper CJ Run. In discussing the coming out of gay country rapper Lil Nas X, Run articulated something ...


Gay News

REELING 2019 The reviews are in 2019-09-17 - Reeling 2019: The 37th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival will take place Sept. 19-29 at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema and Music Box Theatre. ...


Gay News

VIEWS A straight man's foray into an LGBTQ world 2019-09-04 - My first assignment for Windy City Times looked something like this: I hopped in my car and drove from my white, middle-class, cookie-cutter ...


Gay News

Kinley Preston previews Lips Chicago dinner theater 2019-08-21 - Lips, billed as "the ultimate in drag dining," is locating its fifth location in Chicago. The South Loop venue, opening to the public ...


Gay News

We need to talk about the 'Pose' hospital episode right now 2019-08-07 - The TV show Pose, on FX, is nothing less than astounding to me. So much could have gone wrong, with the era, the ...


Gay News

OP-ED How 'Queen Sugar' increases Black LGBTQ visibility 2019-08-06 - In 2018, there were more LGBTQ people of color on TV than their white counterparts. OWN's Queen Sugar is part of a quiet ...


Gay News

Volumes of racism, xenophobia on blast 2019-07-24 - The first time I heard the racial trope "Go back to where you came from," I was getting off of a school bus ...


Gay News

LETTER Ruffled feathers 2019-07-23 - Dear Editor: Recently, I was waiting for two friends on the patio and talking to my sister on the phone. A ...


Gay News

Larry Kramer gives us one more chance to wake the f*ck up 2019-07-10 - Our friend Larry Kramer, the godfather of the AIDS activism movement, hasn't lost his edge. That should surprise no one. In his speech ...


Gay News

Moments in the Public Health Response to AIDS, CDPH LGBTQ Outreach Keynote June 28 2019-07-01 - Chicago Department of Public Health LGBTQ Outreach Keynote Speech, given by Tracy Baim, June 28, 2019, Chicago Cultural Center The following keynote speech ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.