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Oct 24 2010

Summing up the cultural difference between Seattle and Indiana

This morning I’m going to “Smut and Eggs,” a gathering of awesome people to watch gay porn while eating brunch. Then tonight I’m going to the gay bar by my house to sing karaoke with a guy who’s actually not gay, but just shares my appreciation for gay culture (aka fabulousness). And then next Friday I’m going to Hump!, “The Pacific Northwest’s biggest and best amateur-and-locally-produced porn festival” and pet project of Dan Savage.

…I’ve come a long way from a one-gay-bar-city and anti-porn evangelical Christian events. Trying to hold back the tears of pervy joy…

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  1. 1
    Julie

    Bitch, I hate you.

  2. 2
    Gancian

    You just made me wanna move to Seattle. Unfortunately, I’m an ocean and a continent away…

  3. 3
    Gretchen

    Sounds just about perfect!

  4. 4
    Azkyroth

    Now I have reasons for wanting to move there even better than “my parents don’t live there” and “way less than ten fucking months of summer.” >.>

  5. 5
    Jen

    Now you just have more reason to come visit me? :D

  6. 6
    Dae

    Hah! Obviously, you should visit me in Midtown Atlanta! Moving here from South Carolina (ANYWHERE in SC…) was quite the treat.

  7. 7
    wildmonky

    Sigh. So jealous. While I’m lucky to have a fair sized bdsm scene in my small Idaho town, there is so much more at offer in Seattle.

  8. 8
    WingedBeast

    In keeping with the appreciation of perversion, I present the following tasteless response…Tastelessness in 10987654321They’re not really tears when they’re not coming from your eyes.

  9. 9
    Name?

    have to find a way to get cincinnati into this

  10. 10
    Julie

    Only if you come down to St. Kitts. We’ll trade; gay bars for beaches.

  11. 11
    Egoistpaul

    I am confused. Why do you prefer to go to a gay bar?If you want to go to gay bars, you can go north to Vancouver. There is a whole street of gay bars.

  12. 12
    Ernest Klassen

    Reminds me of leaving the farm in Alberta one morning and dancing with lesbian friends in a gay bar in Victoria that evening. Too much fun!

  13. 13
    Screamer77

    Where do you find all these awesome events (except Hump, that’s famous)?!

  14. 14
    Kaleberg

    Seattle has a long tradition of gay culture. There used to be a gay dance hall near Pioneer Square back in the 1930s. I don’t know if it was absolutely fabulous or anything, but it was there.

  15. 15
    Adam Gordon

    Which Hump screening are you going to? I’m going Friday at 10pm.

  16. 16
    Mike Brownstein

    Your blogging about Seattle makes me want to leave Indiana too!

  17. 17
    Connor Graham

    You are way to lucky, Seattle sounds amazing I wish I could leave Indiana but I still have a year and 3/4 of high school left to finish. I guess I’m at lucky that I get to finish that in a nice accepting public school instead of a crazy catholic school.

  18. 18
    Innessfree

    Can’t wait until HUMP! Seattle is my true love.

  19. 19
    imnotspecial

    Jen, why are you so preoccupied with sex? There is more to life than sex, you know.

  20. 20
    n0b0dy

    oh, how i miss the west coast.

  21. 21
    Azkyroth

    Heredick. >.>

  22. 22
    PZ Myers

    Please. You’re making me homesick.

  23. 23
    facebook-740856118

    Have fun and be safe. :)

  24. 24
    Jen

    I have a nice futon if you ever want to visit!

  25. 25
    Jen

    Friday at 8pm. I guess you’ll be able to see how amused/traumatized I look on the way out.

  26. 26
    Roki_B

    Welcome to the west cost.Its better here.

  27. 27
    Moose

    Her blogging about Seattle makes me GLAD I left Indiana too!

  28. 28
    Fiona

    Eggs make me gaggy

  29. 29
    yaoi_myantidrug

    Any idea how long these events have been going on? They would explain why I’ve wanted to visit Seattle since I first heard of it, even though I didn’t know where it was, or whether it was a city or state….

  30. 30
    TGIAA

    I don’t get it.

  31. 31
    TGIAA

    Wow. Smut & Eggs.I thought my town/city (In Oz) was pretty damn liberal, but i don’t think that would fly. Maybe I should set one up and try?

  32. 32
    TGIAA

    *shaking head* what a shltered life I’ve led.

  33. 33
    imnotspecial

    I like your spelling. But what do you expect from a 70 year old geezer?

  34. 34
    Tkpruitt

    I like the concept well enough — but what else was on the brunch menu? You have omitted some very important details.

  35. 35
    gypsylibrarian

    I just want to move out there now. You think IN was bad (lived there), try Texas. In IN, you had the one bar. Here, they would probably burn down the bar and hail those who did it as heroes.

  36. 36
    Zen

    I know two guys that just left the ‘man club’ who might want to join you.

  37. 37
    Matt

    “They’re the people that you meet in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, in… your… neighbooorhood, the people that you meet each day.”Welcome to our little corner of the USA! Just wait for next year’s Fremont (nude) Solstice Parade. ;->

  38. 38
    The Mad Dreamer

    I think my girlfriend came up with a devious plan involving porn. Have a chicken and porn party and then, afterwards, send the guys out and have a Pure Romance party for the ladies. She’s shrewd, that one. I’m glad to have her.

  39. 39
    MarcusBailius

    Maybe I’m just too British, and possibly getting a bit old too! (“No sex please, we’re British”…)

  40. 40
    Gus Snarp

    Yeah, good luck with that.

  41. 41
    Gus Snarp

    Have you been to a gay bar? It all depends on why you are going to a bar. Basically, unless you really want to hit on or be hit on by members of the opposite sex, I can see the appeal of gay bars. I’m more of a pub guy, but if you’re into dancing and fruity drinks, gay bars can certainly have their advantages. I suppose there are gay pubs too, but I’ve never been to one.

  42. 42
    Ben Wnuk

    If you’re looking for a fabulous good time…Head up to Neighbours on a thursday or friday night. There’s plenty of “strait” boys and girls that love going there to play. It’s a regular frickin candy store for Bi’s. The fact that it’s technically a gay bar pretty well weeds out the neanderthals. Sure it’s a meat market, but if you’re in the mood then you can’t go wrong there.And Hump’s going to rock your world. You have no idea just what kind of city you just moved to :-P

  43. 43
    Tom

    Go look for the local fetish parties. You don’t have to take part if you don’t want to and the people who go (generally) are pretty cool. Generally doesn’t matter your preferences there is something to watch someone to talk to. There are a very cool place to hang out.

  44. 44
    msroxy

    ok, I’ve lived here in Seattle my whole life & I’ve never heard of Smut & Eggs! I want in!

  45. 45
    Egoistpaul

    No, I haven’t been to a gay bar. I only go to the bar when I run out of things to do and need to do something mindless. I don’t drink much, only one or two beers, so I love watching drunk people. They are like monkeys in a zoo. Watching them for some reason makes me feel like an intelligent human. lol.As a straight man, going to a gay bar isn’t a good idea. I don’t want to send the wrong message to gay men. If there is an lesbian bar for me to go, I would go.

  46. 46
    Gus Snarp

    Don’t worry about sending the wrong message to gay men. Maybe I’m just not good looking enough, but I have not endured any obnoxious pick up attempts at gay bars. Or maybe there really is gaydar. And if you’re going for the entertainment value of watching drunk people, gay bars can be great. Not really my scene, but I’ve had some good times at gay bars.

  47. 47
    Egoistpaul

    Well, lesbian bars for watching drunk people are better than gay bars for straight men. Trust me. ;-)

  48. 48
    loreleion

    You are creepy; please stay out of our bars.

  49. 49
    Egoistpaul

    What’s so creepy about watching drunk lesbians?

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