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Food For The Soul

By john robertson, published on Nov 1, 2010

My granny was from the south, and she taught me some valuable things about life, food and art. One: getting blue from time to time is a natural fact. When you're feeling down, sing it out. Two: Whenever you're feeling a mess, you should cook up a mess of food and share it with a mess of people. Three: sex is good, but not as good as Red Velvet Cake!I think I love Old South Barbeque because it is exactly the kinda place my old granny woulda loved if she were alive and well today. I came on a Friday night with my best friend and my lover. I was feeling grouchy after a hard week at work and a few... (more)

Tags: jazz, blues, old south barbeque, barbecue, concord restaurants, soul food, east bay restaurants

Love Is A Phantom

By john robertson, published on May 19, 2009

We humans are obsessed with our losses. We save our babies’ teeth, our dearly departed’s ashes, and we videotape our future ex-lovers in mid-coitus. The wisdom of no escape seems to elude us. When faced with loss we become sentimental, afraid and greedy. Why can’t we graciously let go of the things which have pleased us? I think it’s because we believe those spaces a loved one filled will stay empty; a hollow chamber which aches like an amputated arm. We humans, with a brain wired for infinity in a physical world driven by change, are mystified and disturbed by what we will never touch again.

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Tags: gay, sex, broowaha

Love Is A Phantom

By john robertson, published on May 18, 2009

We humans are obsessed with our losses. We save our babies’ teeth, our dearly departed’s ashes, and we videotape our future ex-lovers in mid-coitus. The wisdom of no escape seems to elude us. When faced with loss we become sentimental, afraid and greedy. Why can’t we graciously let go of the things which have pleased us? I think it’s because we believe those spaces a loved one filled will stay empty; a hollow chamber in our hearts which aches like an amputated arm. We humans, with a brain wired for infinity in a physical world driven by change, are mystified and disturbed by what we will never... (more)

Tags: dating, ex-lovers, dates, homosexuality, porn

Blue Balls, "straight Boys" And Boobs: Lessons Learned

By john robertson, published on Mar 29, 2009

So I've been meeting a lot of new people lately.

I guess it's in the stars. Just as I exit one phase of my life, with gaping holes where my ex-husband and family used to be; new friends walk in to fill the spaces.

My friend Nicky, for example, has become my new straight girlfriend. She's beautiful to look at, beautiful to listen to, and you better get out of her way when her mind's made up. For example, her and I work for an organization committed to sheltering homeless families. It can be a tough gig convincing landlords to take a chance on the population we service.... (more)

Tags: football, nba, police, sex

Divorce

By john robertson, published on Mar 23, 2009

Life is an uphill hike, and if you think of the exercise as "good for you", you won't quit until you reach the top.

I like to meditate each day; usually about how and why bad things happen. What is a bad thing and when does it become good, or visa versa? When, how and why do good relationships turn sour?

I've been hiking these hills nearly four years. Every year its the same cycle of death and rebirth. What is lush and green slowly decays into something dry, beige and brittle. Soon enough, lightning strikes, winds blow, the stormy times arrive. Finally, the space that death... (more)

Tags: flickr

Green Beer And Birthdays

By john robertson, published on Mar 20, 2009

This has been a profound and interesting last couple of weeks for me; filled with celebrations, traditions, new beginnings and absolute endings. Let's start with green beer and Saint Patrick's Day: why in the world do we do this? It's an Irish holiday, not an American one, for shamrock's sake. Note the lack of Irish people out and about the next time you go pub hopping on March 17th. For example, at the Yelp event, it was predominately drunken Asians with their red faces and demure girlfriends. Oh sure, a few people looked like they might be Irish... http://www.flickr.com/... ...but most of... (more)

Tags: gay, flickr

Symphonie: Food For Recovering Meat-a-holics.

By john robertson, published on Mar 3, 2009

I'm a vegetarian with "meat envy".No, this is not the tale of an average sized male nor the story of a mfm sex addict on Craigslist. I am a vegetarian who still craves meat but refuses to indulge my longings; in much the same way Brad Pitt refused to feast on blood in Interview With A Vampire. So, when "you know who" (from my Fellini review) and his son arrived into town, I thought, "Who better to dine with than two other people suffering from vegetarian denial? In my case, I deny myself meat. In their case, they deny loving meat."Now that we have so much in common I took them to Symphonie.Mandalay... (more)

Tags: sex, flickr

Karma Kitchen: An Experiment In Gratitude

By john robertson, published on Mar 2, 2009

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite scenes from The Simpsons is when Bart is asked to say grace before dinner and he quite eloquently proclaims, "Dear god, we paid for all of this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing."

Of course Bart wasn't wrong. His family did work hard for the money and so they in fact provided their own damn groceries, didn't they? Well, what Bart was missing, and most folks in America these days, is that none of us could be who we are and where we are without the contributions of so many others.

Who planted... (more)

Tags: golf, simpsons, restaurant, flickr

All The Right Changes: The New And Improved La Bamba

By john robertson, published on Feb 28, 2009

Two words that keep getting thrown around a lot lately: "Sacrifice" and "Change".Eating at the new and improved La Bamba makes me think about both.For those of you in the know, the previous incarnation of this delicious family run destination was very easy on the taste buds but it wreaked havoc on your eyes. Especially the bathroom!I actually understand how someone from central America might come here and not have the same standard as we do. Just as I slowly grew accustomed to their bathrooms when I was a foreigner, I suppose it takes them a while to get accustumed to ours.Having lived and traveled... (more)

Tags: mexico

Fellini: Real Food For Real People

By john robertson, published on Feb 16, 2009

I have a lot of vegetarian friends and relatives and I was vegetarian for a couple of years in college myself. However, I was never one of those vegetarians who forgot what meat tasted like, and I never ate tofu and believed it was meat.I have a loved one who was often times guilty of this trick of the mind. Once we went to a vegan chinese restaurant in so cal, and we had vegan sweet and sour pork, vegan tin foil duck, and vegan mongolian beef. It was bad enough that it wasn't anything real chinese people would actually order, but made metaphorical by the fact that it wasn't even real meat. My... (more)

Tags: restaurant

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