TV Day

Today’s my TV — Totally Vaccinated — Day, two weeks after I got my second Pfizer COVID-19 shot, the point when, authorities think, the vaccine is fully effective.

So this morning I ventured out in the neighborhood alone, for the first time in 13 months. With a (penguin) face mask, and using a walker (I’m still working on learning to walk again on my own), and only for a block (I still have the dyspnea problem from well before pandemic time — I had to stop two times along the way to catch my breath — and I’m going through a bad osteoarthritis patch, so most of my joints screamed) — but the hell with all that, it felt wonderful, like a fresh start.

I was wearing my GAY AS FūüßĀCK t-shirt, but it was cool, so the tee was under a flannel shirt. And on that flannel shirt I had proudly pinned my badge:


On the other ornamental elements of my ensemble:

From my 5/25/20 posting “Pandemic gifts”, the penguin face mask:


And from my¬†6/18/20 posting “Exulting in Pride”, the t-shirt:


All sorts of sociocultural messages to be read here.

Then there’s the flannel shirt. From my¬†12/28/20 posting “The flannel guys”, with a photo of me and Steven Levine, both in flannel shirts:

You can now find on Twitter plaintive cries about how hard it is to¬†distinguish lumberjack/cowboy/country flannel from gay flannel ‚ÄĒ [cries] from straight guys trying to protect¬†their¬†flannel fantasies from the faggy stuff.

Steven and I are both gay, but in this photo we’re wearing guy flannel, not gay flannel. Yes, yes, I know, it’s hard to keep up with all of this.

4 Responses to “TV Day”

  1. Rod Williams Says:

    How fabulous‚ÄĒhuzzah!

  2. arnold zwicky Says:

    Addendum the next day (Saturday the 3rd): today, Kim Darnell is going to take me to Palo Alto’s Gamble Garden — a place I have written about often on this blog, but which I haven’t been to in *20 months*, since August 2019. I won’t be able to manage a full tour, but just a bit of it will be a pleasure.

  3. Robert Coren Says:

    Good for you! We’re going to a Red Sox game for the first time in a year and a half on Wednesday (even though my TV day isn’t until April 27; John’s was two weeks ago).

    Is that penguin a King or an Emperor?

  4. kenru Says:

    I do know the feeling of elation of TV day; and I’m happy for you! However, as I’ve said on Facebook: I still have covid jitters which I have to fight against to leave home. But at least I am able to fight them off for now. I’m hoping by summer that all this will be behind us.

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