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The Bestway

I hope I didn’t totally ruin my image tonight.  I went to the Bestway grocery store in  old, baggy khaki shorts and a Bernie Sanders for President T-Shirt.  I did wear real shoes….

There is something about the Bestway that brings out both the best and the worst in me…

It’s just so comfortable and convenient….

I’ve even gone there a couple of times in my bedroom shoes in the winter when I forgot to change….

I feel like I can let the image slip while I dash in for a quick purchase….

It may be because I am in there almost everyday.

In case you haven’t figured this out by now, I can be an uptight white boy.  I did go to Washington and Lee University…

But I love our funky, eclectic neighborhood and being within walking distance to the bars and restaurants on “The Corner” at Walker Avenue near our house.  Home is a multi-block radius where I can let may short gray hair down a bit…

I’ve lived in Greensboro for more than 25 years and I’ve stumbled into the Bestway, in various conditions, over most of that time.

The Bestway is a little neighborhood grocery store.  When I first moved here, it was a place to go for cigarettes and cheap beer late at night.  It was a glorified Quick Mart.  God forbid you bought food there as most of what was there was stuff that had been there for ages or was manufactured to be inedible.  It wasn’t very attractive, but it was close to where I lived and you could stop by late at night on your way home.

Now, gentrification has set in, but in a good way….

It’s still funky, but you can find almost all the food and cooking items you need as long as you don’t want to buy meat .  It has the best selection of beer and cheap wine in Greensboro….The new owners have done a wonderful job of upgrading the stock and atmosphere without losing the charm.

The kids who work there are great.  They are young and covered in tattoos and just about the nicest kids you could hope to meet.  Friendly and open.  Really sweet kids.

It’s one of the central focus points for our neighborhood.  It’s like our “Rick’s Bar” in “Casablanca.”  Sooner or later, everyone ended up at Rick’s and, sooner or later,  everyone in our neighborhood ends up at the Bestway.

It’s always fun to go to the Bestway.  You see such an eclectic group of people.  Everyone has a good attitude and is a little laid back.  It’s a comfort zone place for everyone.  I’ve been there late at night when “YMCA” was playing on the Muzak and people were dancing in the isles….

It’s one of the unique things I value most about our neighborhood.  Funky, convenient and offering almost everything the residents of our little world could want.  It perfectly reflects the balance between being unpretentious, but a little bit upscale and a little bit downtown and a little bit funky and artsy that makes our neighborhood so unique.

We may still need to make our occasional pilgrimages to Trader Joe’s, Costco, Deep Roots or, god forbid, Harris Teeter. for some items, but not too often if you plan right.  And one of my major goals in life is to avoid the big, pretentious Harris Teeter with horrible parking.   The Bestway makes that possible for weeks.  It’s lovely to have a neighborhood market that fulfills 90% of our grocery needs.  Especially in a neighborhood where good, cheap wine and a massive beer selection are of paramount importance….

A place you can walk to if you’ve had a little too much to drink and need a couple of things to have an impromptu dinner party for your friends who have done the same and the restaurants on “The Corner” are so packed you just have to eat at home…

And it’s nice to have a place an uptight white boy can wander into in his Brooks Brothers work clothes or beat up khaki shorts and a left-wing t-shirt and feel equally at home.

But that’s our neighborhood and the Bestway is both an integral part of and a reflection of it all….

A little bit upscale and a little bit artsy and funky….

I just hope it the neighborhood and the Bestway continue to stay in sync….

And we can keep this balance in the ‘hood.

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Greensboro and Guilford County NC Voters Guide

If you are looking for a great Progressive Voter Guide, Replacements, LTD PAC has one.  This is especially helpful for Judicial races…

While, its an LGBT Guide, it’s also great for anyone trying to identify Progressive- or more Progressive- Candidates.

The Replacements Website has more info and some additional recommendations for surrounding counties and cities:

http://www.replacementsltdpac.org

Please support these candidates and get out and vote!!!!

 

Here are the Greatest Hits for National, State and Greensboro/Guilford County:

 

2012 LGBT General Election Voter Guide Guilford County

President ……………………………………………………………………….. (D) Barack Obama

United States House Dist 6 …………………………………………………..(D) Tony Foriest

United States House Dist 12 ……………………………………………………. (D) Mel Watt

Governor ………………………………………………………………………… (D) Walter Dalton

Lt. Governor …………………………………………………………………… (D) Linda Coleman

Attorney General ………………………………………………………………… (D) Roy Cooper

Auditor …………………………………………………………………………… (D) Beth A. Wood

Commissioner of Insurance ……………………………………………(D) Wayne Goodwin

Commissioner of Labor ……………………………………………………. (D) John C. Brooks

Secretary of State…………………………………………………………… (D) Elaine Marshall

Supt of Public Instruction………………………………………………….. (D) June Atkinson

Treasurer………………………………………………………………………….. (D) Janet Cowell

NC Senate Dist 27………………………………………………………………… (D) Myra Slone

NC Senate Dist 28………………………………………………………(D) Gladys A. Robinson

NC House Dist 57 …………………………………………………………… (D) Pricey Harrison

NC House Dist 58 ………………………………………………………………. (D) Alma Adams

NC House Dist 60 …………………………………………………………. (D) Marcus Brandon

NC House Dist 61 ……………………………………………………….. (D) Ron Weatherford

Guilford County Commissioner Dist 4……………………………………..(D) Kirk Perkins Guilford

County Commissioner Dist 5……………………………………..(D) Paul Gibson

Guilford County Register of Deeds ……………………………………….. (D) Jeff Thigpen

NC Supreme Court Associate Justice (Newby Seat) ……………… (D) Sam J. Ervin IV

NC Court of Appeals (McGee Seat) ……………………………………….(D) Linda McGee

NC Court of Appeals (Bryant Seat) ………………………………………(D) Wanda Bryant

NC Court of Appeals (Thigpen Seat)…………………………………. (D) Cressie Thigpen

NC Court Superior Court Dist 18E ………………………………………..(R) Susan E. Bray

NC District Court Dist 18 (Alloway Seat) ………………….. (R) Sherry Fowler Alloway

NC District Court Dist 18 (Bray Seat)…………………………………….. (D) Linda L. Falls

NC District Court Dist 18 (Burch Seat)…………………………………(D) Susan R. Burch

NC District Court Dist 18 (Crump Seat) ………………………………………. (D) Bill Davis

NC District Court Dist 18 (Samet Seat)…………………………………..(D) Jan H. Samet

NC District Court Dist 18 (Sizemore Seat) ………………………..(D) Polly D. Sizemore

Guilford County Board of Education At-Large ………………… (D) Sandra Alexander

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Greensboro and Guilford County Voter’s Guide

Everyone in North Carolina….

Please remember to go out and vote tomorrow–especially AGAINST Amendment One!

As Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  Of course, that includes Women, too!

For those looking for a good, Progressive voter guide, here is the best one I know of- from Replacements, LTD PAC:

More:  http://www.replacementsltdpac.org/

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Greensboro City Council Votes To Oppose North Carolina Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

Sometimes, I really love the city I live in!  Frequently, in fact….

Tonight the Greensboro City Council voted 8-1 to oppose the proposed Constitutional Amendment to the NC State Constitution to ban Gay marriage and pretty much any recognition of any Gay relationship.

I’m so proud of Mayor Robbie Perkins and Councilman Zack Matheny, both Republicans by the way, for leading this effort to support Greensboro’s Gay Families.

The loan dissenter was Councilperson Trudy Wade- a local vet who will never touch our pets!

Thank you to the 8 decent people on the City Council who stood up for Equality!

From DigTriad.com:

The proposed amendment, which will appear on the May primary ballot, would state that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized” in the state of North Carolina.

Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins and councilman Zack Matheny are bringing the resolution in opposition to the council.

The resolution cites the city’s policy of hiring without discrimination and the policy to offer benefits to domestic partners as reasons to oppose the amendment.

“Whereas, This amendment, if approved by voters, would be inconsistent with the City of Greensboro’s goals, commitments, and policies, negatively impacting, among other things, the City’s ability to offer domestic partner benefits and compete as an employer.”

City Councilwoman Trudy Wade intends to vote against the resolution.  She issued her own statement regarding the vote.

“The City Council resolution claims to be a reaffirmation of Greensboro’s commitment to be nondiscriminatory.  In reality, however, it is a frontal assault against the institution of marriage.”

via Greensboro City Council To Vote To Oppose North Carolina Marriage Amendment | digtriad.com.

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Greensboro Voter Guide for the November General Election (Revised)

For my friends and neighbors in Greensboro, NC, here is the Replacements PAC Voter’s Guide.

I strongly recommend this as a guide if you are looking not just for LGBT Friendly Candidates, but for Progressive Candidates in General.

Here are the recommended Candidates.  While all the Candidates below are good and recommended, there are two, in particular, I strongly support:  Robbie Perkins for Mayor and Nancy Hoffman in District 4.    They really need to replace the respective opponents and  both would be great additions to our local government and for moving Greensboro forward.

I also strongly support former Mayer Yvonne Johnson and Wayne Abraham for two of the three At-Large seats.  For the third, I lean toward Marikay Abuzuaiter instead of  Nancy Barakat Vaughn.  I think either would be very good.

My concern is that Ms Vaughn and Mayor Johnson will probably be the top vote getters.  I hope Mr. Abraham and Ms. Abuzaiter don’t split the vote and allow one of the conservative candidates to take the third slot.  I wish Ms Vaughn had stuck with her earlier decision not to run.  Believe me, any three of these four candidates would be better than what we have with current at-large Councilman Danny Thompson…

My gut tells me, best case scenario, former Mayor Johnson, Ms Vaughn and Ms. Abuzaiter will take the 3 At Large seats.  I’m afraid Mr Abraham, who I do support, will have to try again another year.  I could be wrong….

So much depends on turnout.  The current Conservative Council and Mayor are in place because the Tea Party turned out in the last election, while the Progressives stayed home.  I truly hope that does not happen again….

In any event, please, remember to vote on Tuesday, November 8th!  Too often bad candidates win simply because more Progressive voters stay home……

2011 LGBT General Election Voter Guide

Guilford County

Greensboro Mayor (R) Robbie Perkins

Greensboro City Council At-Large (U) Nancy Barakat Vaughan

Greensboro City Council At-Large (D) Yvonne J. Johnson

Greensboro City Council At-Large (D) Wayne Abraham

Greensboro City Council Dist 1 (D) Donnell (DJ) Hardy

Greensboro City Council Dist 2 (D) Jim Kee

Greensboro City Council Dist 3 (R) Zach Matheny

Greensboro City Council Dist 4 (D) Nancy Hoffmann

Greensboro City Council Dist 5 No Endorsement

Jamestown Town Council (R) Brock Thomas

Jamestown Town Council (U) Tommy Walls

Following are other Greensboro candidates who returned surveys and are supportive of LGBT issues in varying degrees.

Marikay Abuzuaiter City Council At-Large (D) Very Supportive

Chris Lawyer City Council At-Large (R) Very Supportive

T. Dianne Bellamy Small City Council Dist 1 (D) Somewhat Supportive

Jay Ovitorre City Council Dist 3 (D) Very Supportive

Alamance County

Ossippee Town Council (U) Billy Carter

Swepsonville Town Council (D) Virginia Miller

Graham Mayor (D) Thomas Bruton

Graham City Council (U) Lee Kimrey

Graham City Council (D) Jeanette Beaudry

Randolph County

Franklinville Town Council (D) Lowell Whatley

Rockingham County

Madison Alderman (R) J. Lee Mills

Mayodan Town Council (R) Gloria Powers

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Increase in Number of Unclaimed Bodies: Relatives Can’t Afford Funerals

Another sign of just how bad the economy is out there for some folks.  This is unheard of in the South.

Those of us in the middle class are generally insulated from this type of situation-but not always.  And it appears it’s happening more and more frequently to people who probably didn’t see it coming…

From the Greensboro News and Record:

GREENSBORO — The number of bodies that go unclaimed each year is rising across the country — even in the South, where traditions die hard and cousins twice-removed could once expect a family burial.

Bodies are being abandoned everywhere — from hospital morgues to the funeral home that picked up the person who died at home.

“They’re being outright unclaimed by family because family members claim they have no money,” said Clyde Gibbs, North Carolina’s chief medical examiner, whose agency has seen an increase from 45 unclaimed bodies in 2006 to 73 in 2010.

Numbers are not kept by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services or most states, although a county’s social services agency is responsible for disposing of those bodies. Agencies contract the services to local funeral homes or crematoriums. State law requires a mandatory 10-day hold on unclaimed bodies.

“Weddings and funerals are the last vestiges of tradition,” said Paul Harris, executive director of the industry-regulating N.C. Board of Funeral Service, which is getting more calls from funeral homes stuck with remains.

“I’m hard-pressed to believe our human nature doesn’t cause us to want to do something.”

More:   Relatives forced to leave the deceased : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad’s most trusted source for local news and analysis.

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Greensboro Voter Guide from Replacements Ltd PAC

NOTE:  Please see the updated guide for today’s General Election here:

https://lostinthe21stcentury.com/2011/11/06/greensboro-voter-guide-for-general-election/

 

I want to share this with my fellow Progressives in Greensboro, NC, Jamestown and Guilford County….

Below is the list of endorsements from Replacements Pac for the October Primary elections.

These candidates are not just supportive of GLBT rights, but are good Progressive choices for City Council and Mayor.

I encourage you to consider supporting these candidates on the Primary Election on October 11th and during early voting starting September 22nd.

PLEASE VOTE!!!!  It does matter.  A lot…..

Unless you are a Republican, then I would suggest just spending the day at the Spa…..

The Candidates in Bold Red Print are the ones I know I will be personally voting for in my District or At-Large.  You may vote for 3 At-Large City Council candidates and I have wish we had the chance to vote for 4 as I really like Marikay Abuzuaiter, too…

Please do NOT vote for Bill Knight for Mayor or Mary Rakestraw in District 4

Early Voting

September 22 – October 8

Primary Election:  Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

2011 LGBT Primary Voter Guide

Guilford County

Greensboro Mayor

(R) Robbie Perkins

Greensboro City Council At-Large

(U) Nancy Barakat Vaughan

Greensboro City Council At-Large

(D) Yvonne J. Johnson

Greensboro City Council At-Large

(D) Wayne Abraham

Greensboro City Council Dist 1

No Primary

Greensboro City Council Dist 2

(D) Jim Kee

Greensboro City Council Dist 3

No Primary

Greensboro City Council Dist 4

(D) Nancy Hoffmann

Greensboro City Council Dist 5

No Endorsement

Jamestown

Jamestown Town Council

(D) Frank Gray

Jamestown Town Council

(R) Brock Thomas

Jamestown Town Council

(U) Robert Wenzel

Jamestown Town Council

(D) Tommy Walls

Our data about candidates is obtained through survey responses, conversations with candidates and a candidate’s public record. Following are primary candidates who returned surveys and are supportive of LGBT issues in varying degrees.

Greensboro

Bradford Cone

(D) Very Supportive

Tom Phillips

(R) Very Supportive

Marikay Abuzuaiter

(D) Very Supportive

Clarence Easter

(D) Very Supportive

Cyndy Hayworth

(D) Somewhat Supportive

Hayden Jesserer

(D) Very Supportive

Chris Lawyer

(R) Very Supportive

Sal Leone

(D) Very Supportive

Christopher McLaughlin

(D) Very Supportive

Dan Fisher

(U) Very Supportive

David Crawford

(D) Very Supportive

Jamestown

(R) John Regis Fete

(R) Somewhat Supportive

via Replacements Ltd PAC.

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“Steel Magnolias” at Triad Stage

I just came in from seeing “Steel Magnolias” at Triad Stage here in Greensboro.  And it was good.

I know Triad Stage and other Regional Theatres need to do crowd pleasers like “Steel Magnolias”.  They bring in a large audience, that will hopefully come back again for other shows and help to build an audience for live theatre.  Shows like this also bring in a lot of cash.  But they also create an interesting experience for Season Ticket holders, like me, who would not have gone to see “Steel Magnolias”  if it were not part of the Season.  It gives us the chance revisit plays from our pasts. And sometimes these new visits surprise us.

As usual, at Triad Stage, the production values were wonderful and the acting was excellent- all that we expect from Triad Stage.

The problem, for me,  was the play.

I’ve probably seen “Steel Magnolias” too many times, both on stage and film, but it has been several years since I’ve seen it.  I’ve probably also heard the lines too many times, but in this production, there did seem to be some laugh lines that were missed.

And you know what?  It just wasn’t as good a play as I remembered from seeing it  years ago.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of heart in this show, some memorable characters and some funny lines.  You can’t help but be drawn into the lives of and care about these upper middle class Louisiana women.  But don’t look too closely at the play itself.  The first scene, in particular, goes on way too long…

I was also surprised at how rooted “Steel Magnolias” was in the 1980’s and how dated it seemed now.  Times have changed so much more than I realized since the times in which this play was set.   I’m not sure the cultural references make sense to anyone under 40, but then that’s not “Steel Magnolias” audience.

And it was almost a full house on Easter Sunday.

If you love “Steel Magnolias”, go see this production.  Especially if you’ve never seen it on stage and only know it from the movie.  You won’t see a better production with so many fine actresses around here any time soon.  It’s definitely a pleasant evening in the theatre and it received a standing ovation at the end of tonight’s show.

Just don’t be too surprised, either,  if the magic just isn’t there.  It’s not that they don’t try and succeed, on so many levels, at Triad Stage.  It’s just that the play itself isn’t as good as I remembered it being all those years ago…

And that might be the adjustment that I’m struggling with…

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“The Eight Reindeer Monologues”

If you are looking for some great, irreverent Holiday fun, I strongly suggest “The Eight Reindeer Monologues”, a play by Jeff Goode, at The Broach Theatre here in Greensboro, NC.

I don’t want to give away too much information, but let’s just say Santa may be guilty of sex crimes, Mrs Claus has a bit of a drinking problem and the reindeer have much more distinctive personalities than you may have suspected.

Excellent performances from all four actors-Jordan Hayes, Camilla Millican and especially stellar work from Lee Strickland and Tal Fish.

Go see it…It runs through December 18th.  More information at www.broachtheatre.org.

You’ll never think of Santa and Rudolph the same way again..

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Triad Stage: My Thoughts on “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare”

I have some good news and some bad news.   Good News:  I had a great time at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret last night seeing these two shows.  Bad News:  I saw the last performance so it’s too late for you to go…

These shows are part of the repertory summer season that Triad Stage does with UNC-G.  I don’t know the details around this, but the Actors appear in the main stage show and after hours in these two shows as well as in another production.  I have attended these late night shows in the past and also had a great time.  I recommend you keep an eye out for these opportunities to see these late evening shows in the Upstage Cabaret.  They are a great addition to the main season at Triad Stage.

I also love the space where these shows are held.  I wish Triad Stage would use it more.  It would be a great place for small concerts, Cabaret acts as well as theatre.  And you can drink during the show…

The plays themselves are two short plays by Christopher Durang.  I always enjoy his work when it is done well-as it was last night.

“The Actor’s Nightmare” is very short and very funny.  Anthony Scarsella did a great job as the lead with able support from the rest of the cast.

The longer play, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You”, is totally dependent on the actress playing Sister Mary for the play to work.  Leah Turley was delightful.  Although she is too young for the part, as written, she made it work beautifully.  I would love to see her do this again in about 20 years.  She was also a stand out in the main stage show at Triad Stage.  I hope we get to see more of  her here in the Triad.

The entire cast of “Sister Mary” was excellent. Outstanding work by the entire cast including Catherine Delaney, Matthew Delaney, Izzy Goff, Dylan Weikel-Feekes and Nick Albrecht.  Especially, Dylan Wiekel-Feekes.   As the perfect Catholic schoolboy, he almost stole the show.

Both plays were also extremely well directed  by Kate Muchmore, for “Actor’s Nightmare” and by Bryan Conger for “Sister Mary”.

We are lucky to have several good College theatre programs here in the Triad.  I applaud Triad Stage for their support and partnership of these groups.

Congratulations to UNC-Gs’ Theatre program for such fine work during this Summer Rep series.  Many thanks to Triad Stage for providing such fine facilities and support to these young artists.

I can’t wait until next year!

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