and Watch Your Hexameter
you, thank you, thank you for naming me the Best Workhorse
[Best of the Capital Region, July 20]. It’s a great honor.
It’s really nice to be noticed for things I have done in the
community but I do have to let you and everyone know that
it’s not an effort I do alone. I could not do all these things
on my own.
So when you named me the Best Workhorse it’s actually a “Team
of Workhorses.” A team that is able to come together when
a job needs to get done. The job is usually raising money
for things like the AIDS Walk, or our friend Mel Jones who
got hit by a “hit and run” driver in Saratoga, or the Gay
and Lesbian Community Center during Pride week.
I think its only right that I name some of the people behind
Team A-Man Karaoke. These are the ones always there and willing
to help make dreams come true:
People like Dennis, Mama, Shaun, Juan and Robb who actually
host the Karaoke Shows. They are the ones on the front line
talking up the events, collecting money, coming up with the
fun ideas to get people to give up their money for whatever
the cause might be. They are the true workhorses.
And the owners of the bars: Circus Café, WaterWorks, Oh Bar,
Club Phoenix and Billy Jack’s. They let me and my team go
into their bars to promote whatever the cause may be.
My extended team also includes Peter and Scotty from WaterWorks,
Mike from Oh Bar, DJ Storm from Club Phoenix, Carmie Hope
from Billy Jack’s, Frieda Muchon and many other drag queens
who do countless numbers of benefits and fundraisers each
And the biggest thanks has to go out to the patrons who actually
give all this money that we raise. It’s amazing how a few
dollars here and a few dollars there add up to a lot of money
in the end. Last September, in six weeks, we raised over $7,500
for the AIDS Walk. Without the patrons we could have never
ever done that. My goal this year is $10,000 in four weeks.
My team is ready to work hard to meet this goal.
As you can see, alone I just couldn’t do it all, I need a
team. I want to thank everyone who has been part of Team A-Man
Karaoke in one way or another. I could have never been named
Metroland’s Best Workhorse without you!!!
To the Editor:
Best Of issue, as usual. I wanted to point out one thing,
though—the phrase Cheeky Tiki Monkey doesn’t scan as iambic
pentameter. It’s actually trochaic hexameter. I pity the fool
that mixes up his poetry meters.
It to the Majority
the New York Court decision against gay marriage [“The Court
Objected, And Spoke,” Newsfront, July 13], Metroland
queries, “Just how progressive of a state is New York anyway?”
(Just how grammatical of a newspaper is Metroland?)
The piece goes on to note that only 32 percent of New Yorkers
support gay marriage. Metroland nevertheless wishes
the courts would impose it. This you call progressivism. I
call it anti-democratic elitism, a penchant for imposing upon
an unwilling society your own values and ideology. In other
words, exactly what you’re always accusing the religious right
I’m totally in favor of gay marriage, but I believe the court
did the right thing in refusing to find that the constitution
somehow requires it (which would have flabbergasted its authors),
and holding that, instead, this decision needs to be made
democratically by the state’s citizens through their elected
representatives. Issues like this cannot be resolved through
undemocratic judicial diktat. It is precisely because the
U.S. Supreme Court made that mistake in Roe v. Wade that abortion
became such a poisonous issue in American politics. By contrast,
most European nations legalized abortion through open democratic
processes whose legitimacy the losers had to accept, and hence
they no longer fight about it. Until we can likewise persuade
a democratic majority, there should be no gay marriage.
The query referred to in the first paragraph of this letter
was attributed, however nonspecifically, to “some” New Yorkers
(presumably the supporters of gay marriage). It was not presented
as the newspaper’s or the writer’s own voice.
a recent review of the Card Lake Inn [“A Fresh Take on History,”
Food, June 29], that restaurant’s head chef was misidentified
as Liz Waldman. While Waldman is a chef and co-owner, the
head chef is Stephan Langille. All of the recipes referred
to in the article are of his design.
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