It's the debut recording of my podcast QueerSpeak - dedicated to staying up on queer culture and laughing about it (or at it, in some cases).  I started out the day by going on a long walk to clear my head after a hot date I had last night with an awesome, feminist, trans-man, who shall remain nameless.  He is super cool and had me up all hours, so I slept in this morning/afternoon.

On my walk, I was listening to Barbara Ehrenreich's audiobook NICKEL AND DIMED: On (not) Getting By in America.  I'm just at the beginning of the book, but so far it's a insightful and incisive peek into the world of blue collar workers.  There's definitely a touch of classism in the way it's written and in Ehrenreich's point of view, but overall, it's interesting to me.  So far she's worked as a server at a family restaurant and as a cleaner at a downscale hotel.  But it isn't the work that's the problem, it's the management and the way she is treated by the "guests" and the "clients."  More on this as I get farther into the book.

After my walk, I went to the local supermarket to pick up refreshments for my podcast guests today.  Hummus, Fig Newmans, Quinoa Chips and Bleu Cheese w water crackers.  This is going to be the best fed Indie Podcast cast on the Eastern Seaboard.

The rest of the afternoon was spent in correspondence with people about various upcoming gigs and then prepping my notes for the episode tonight.  The theme I've picked is COMMUNITY.  If you've been reading my blogs, you know that Community is on my mind a lot now that we've got marriage equality.  And I want to dive into it some more.  So the inaugural episode of QueerSpeak will be on this topic.

Some of you may remember that I started doing a podcast about a year ago.  Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared for the amount of labor that was involved and I couldn't follow through.  This time, though, I think I've got it under control.  And I'm really excited to see what happens.

Tonight, as with every other night's recording of QueerSpeak, will feature Danielle Cooper, aspiring film maker and novelist and all around amazing ranter.  She'll be my band leader/right hand man for each episode. Tonight's guest is Joanne Filan, one of my favorite stand up comics in New Jersey and it's going to be a blast to have her at the table.

So, tune in (probably in about three weeks, when I start posting these podcasts) and tune up.  And always speak QueerSpeak.

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