June 29th, 2005

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Destination: Rochester, NY

Okay, well close to Rochester... Hemlock, NY to be exact! It's going to be an interesting weekend. Two of my ex-lovers will be there, Alex from Ottawa and Johnny from Rochester, as will be many of my playmates from the New England area! Frank S. from Nepean, Ontario will be coming down, as will four members of the Rochester Rams, M.C.! I am very sad that Alex's new boyfriend, Andy won't be coming this weekend -- we seemed to have developed a common bond with just the long weekend trip I made to Ottawa earlier this year. I'm slated to take the motorcycle there, but am searching the airlines for last-minute deals (just in case!) The weather looks "iffy" -- but I'll chance it on the bike before taking the auto!

It's "hump day" and I'm playing catch-up on a number of projects -- both work and personal. On the personal side, it's just over 60 days away from my European Vacation, which has be slightly concerned, as I don't have all my plans for the trip quite ready. My host, Dave P. (yes, that's the guy that was my "mentor" during my circumcision) lives in Nottingham, England (which is a trek from London) -- there are many people that I'd like to meet up with in England as well as many things I'd like to see and do! But I have not been putting a lot of concentration on it yet. I think it's time for me to focus on this some more! I don't know my way around London, and I won't have a cell phone while there! This makes me nervous. On the ajenda is side trips to Paris and Amsterdam.

Warning: Penis photo ahead!

Last night, Dave and I flew kites down on Wolleston Beach -- this was the first time this year I've gotten the kites out -- I'm still bummed about losing my Hoppy Kite (photo on the right) over the Atlantic last year! I still have three fighers I got from Pierre G. (raccoon_it) and flew two of them last night! It's about time for me to go to http://www.intothewind.com and buy some more supplies though! After flying, we went for dinner at my favourite local Thai place -- Little Duck. We had a great time -- but you know it's love when you feel lonely and empty the next day, knowing that you won't see each other for another 48 hours.

It's been a while since I've had a "penis post", so just to let everyone know: It's working GREAT! There are a couple minor things that still need "tweaking" (which is to be expected when you go for such a custom job, as I did), which will be addressed in December or January by Dr. Cornell. I'm proud to say that a number of recent "fence sitters" have made up their minds to go through with their circumcisions with Dr. Cornell! Even though I'm so busy, I always make time to answer their questions and concerns! I also posted new photos up to the AC&R Yahoo Group, in the Chaz (Boston, MA) folder in the PHOTOS section.

Quotable: "If your penis measures ten inches or more in circumference, you know life is tough. You search the Internet for help but all you find is a bunch of men complaining that their penises are too small. Nobody gives a damn about your problems. Nobody cares that every day you become more depressed because none of the guys so far has been able to take your size. Hell, you would even be happy with a simple blowjob but you haven't found someone that can take your knob in his mouth. The last one that tried had to go to the hospital to fix his dislocated jaw. Nobody cares that all you can get is a hand job and not even a good one, because both his hands together hardly reach around your shaft. Even masturbating is a labor. Keeping an erection for too long makes you dizzy. Other men love seeing your penis but only because you are a freak show to them. You would do everything you can to shrink your penis, even if it would require taking hormone pills that grow you bitch-tits, but you know there is nothing you can do. You hate walking around the town because there is no way you can hide your ridiculously big bulge. You have gone swimming only once in your adult life, vowing never to return after you scared those screaming people out of the pool. But when you think back about it, you realize it is better that way. It takes you too long putting on those swimming trunks anyway, obligated to reinforce them with straps around your waist so that the weight of your penis doesn't pull them down. No, nature hasn't been easy on you."

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"Where's Chaz?" is online!! -- wondering where that quarterly e-mail that tells you where I'm going and what I'm doing is??? It's now online! It's easier to update on a regular basis that way, plus, people that don't appreciate getting the listing every three months won't be bothered anymore! There's a link to it from my personal BLOG (live journal) on the left (note: you will NOT see this if you are viewing my journal from your "friends" list.

Cat got yer tongue? None of my LJ friends have comments on my past four postings! How unusual! I guess everyone's busy themselves!
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Canada Legalises Gay Marriage

Canada became the third country to legalise gay marriage early today, as parliament passed landmark legislation allowing same-sex civil unions, despite strong opposition from Conservatives and religious leaders.

Although gay marriage is already legal in seven provinces, the Bill now grants all same-sex couples in Canada the same legal rights as those in traditional union between a man and a woman.

The Netherlands and Belgium are the only other nations that allow gay marriage nationwide.

The legislation, drafted by prime minister Paul Martin’s minority Liberal Party government, is expected to easily pass through the Liberal-dominated Senate and become federal law by the end of July.

It was the last major piece of legislation before parliament recessed for summer and comes on the first anniversary of Martin’s leadership.

Thirty-three of Martin’s Liberal MPs voted against the Bill and a Cabinet minister resigned yesterday over the contentious legislation. But enough allies rallied to support the Bill that has been debated for months.

Martin, a Roman Catholic, hailed the 158-133 vote as a necessary step for human rights and the protection of minorities.

“We are a nation of minorities,” Martin said. “And in a nation of minorities, it is important that you don’t cherry-pick rights. A right is a right and that is what this vote is all about.”

There are an estimated 34,000 gay and lesbian couples in Canada, according to government statistics.

Alex Munter, national spokesman for Canadians for Equal Marriage, which has led the debate in favour of the law, was triumphant after the vote. “The genius of Canada, almost unparalleled in the world, is built on shared identity, out of respect for each other,” he said.

Munter said it had been 30 years since the first homosexual couple applied for a marriage licence in Canada.

“This has been a long, arduous road,” he said. “Lesbians and gay people are your brothers and sisters, neighbours, friends and co-workers. At the end of the day, no argument in favour of exclusion can withstand what people see with their own eyes: that it is wrong to treat people that they care about in a way that diminishes their personal choice.”

Churches have expressed concern that their clergy would be compelled by law to perform same-sex ceremonies, with couples taking them to court or human rights tribunals if refused. The legislation, however, states that the Bill only covers civil unions, not religious ones, and no clergy would be forced to perform same-sex ceremonies unless they chose to do so.

The Roman Catholic Church, the predominant Christian denomination in Canada, vigorously opposed the legislation, as well as major Islamic and Sikh organisations whose members believe the law would rock the foundations of traditional family.

Charles McVety, a spokesman for Defend Marriage Canada and president of Canada Christian College, called the vote an “onerous breach of trust and the deconstruction of so much that is dear to our hearts”.

This is a big step from the statement by the Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on Same Sex Unions, Jun. 17, 2003:

"We will not be appealing the recent decision on the definition of marriage. Rather, we will be proposing legislation, that will protect the right of churches and religious organizations to sanctify marriage as they define it.

At the same time, we will ensure that our legislation includes and legally recognises the union of same sex couples. As soon as the legislation is drafted, it will be referred to the Supreme Court. After that, it will be put to a free vote in the House."

What a GREAT way to celebrate Canada Day!!

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Plans for safer Freedom Tower unveiled in NY

NEW YORK: New York officials have unveiled new plans for a Freedom Tower at the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks which addresses police concerns that the building's previous design left it vulnerable to attack.

The revised plan features a heavily reinforced concrete core, steel bars on every floor and a lobby set back from the street and draped in protective panels of titanium and stainless steel, designers said.

The Freedom Tower, the proposed centrepiece of the rebuilding at the site known as Ground Zero, was sent back to the drawing board in May due to police concerns that the building would be too close to street traffic to protect it from the threat of a car or truck bomb.

"There's no question that this is a huge symbol," said James Kallstrom, former FBI chief in New York who is overseeing security plans.

"Terrorists have attacked it two times before. It would be naive of us to think they wouldn't try again."

Gov George Pataki, who with mayor Michael Bloomberg and others unveiled the new design at a Manhattan news conference, said he was so confident in the building's safety that he would be "honoured" to have one of his children work in it.

The attacks of September 11, 2001, when two hijacked jets slammed into the World Trade Centre, killed 2749 people. A bomb attack in 1993 killed six people.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement he approved of the new design, which he said would better "protect the building against bomb blasts..."

The footings of the building are scheduled to be laid in the first quarter of next year, and completion is set for 2010.

Seventy floors are designed for occupancy.

Like the earlier plan, the new Freedom Tower will be 541 metres tall to symbolise the year the United States declared its independence.

Sides of the slender new building are sliced into eight faceted triangles, four pointing up and four down, so at its midpoint it is octagonal, said architect David Childs.

Its roof will be 415 metres and the parapet 417 metres - the heights of the two fallen twin towers, he said.

It will be set back an average of 27.5 metres from nearby West Street. The earlier set-back was 7.6 metres. Other safety measures include stairs and sprinklers encased in a core that is three feet thick in most places.

30 June 2005 - Fairfax New Zealand Limited
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