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The Weddings
On the way to the doctor yesterday I walked by the City Hall and caught myself in the eddy of gay weddings that actually began on Monday evening when a few counties extended their office hours past 5 p.m., the moment the May 15 California Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage took effect. While there were scattered demonstrations on the street, the scores of tearful couples were in cheerful spirit as they were serenaded by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and showered with rose petals and toasted with champagne. Among them were familiar faces that I have seen at the cafe (these two guys in the pictures), except they were in tuxedos and lavish gowns, and they were joined by jubilant crowds that came to witness the event. Happy are the ones in love.

The Inhaler
So my coughing has stopped and my rib cage is still intact. I had a feeling that my lung would have been hacked out during one of the violent fits. The doctor stopped the prescription of the decongestant, which gave me medicine head, but assigned beta-receptor agonists, commonly known as bronchodilators, drugs that open up bronchi and bronchiole. We all know that all sorts of things seem to be able to bring on an asthma attack. Dogs and cats cause asthma attacks in some people. Tobacco smoke, cold air, exercise and even laughing can cause attacks too. On the other hand, people with asthma tell us that they are worse when they are anxious. Many people believe air pollution has something to do with it, though the evidence is very weak. Consider that I was absolutely fine in the midst of Hong Kong’s pollution and smog. It’s unlikely that air pollution would be a trigger. I blame on allergies and hayfever. Do you think the dust of the used bookstore might be a factor?

The Reading
As to reading, I’m reading another Dennis McFarland, the one and only copy of Music Room that I found at Green Apple. The premise of the novel, suicide of a younger brother, is parallel to Anne Enright’s The Gathering, but the style of writing is lighter and the narrative more linear. It’s a man’s poignant journey through his family’s haunted past–alcoholic despair and desperate love. I’m enthused. Later the week I’ll compile a list of books for the 24-Hours read-a-thon on June 28. For those who will participate, do you plan to read according to a plan or just hit the books randomly?

Lastly, thanks for all your comments and e-mails regarding the 100 Things post. It’s not within my expectation that it will be an attention grabber!

15 Responses

  1. First of all, I applaud the new ruling.
    Secondly, I want to know if that girl, the one directly behind Michael Stipe there, is available!
    — Cip.

  2. It’s amazing that our love is finally being recognized. It’s a demonstration of love. Doesn’t matter who we love.

    I hope you’re feeling better Matt. Stay inside today, it’s Spare the Air! 🙂

  3. The weddings are beautiful. A lot of people fought for this, and it is heartening that their efforts paid off.

    It almost helped us forget (for a brief moment) that in our part of the world, gay people are fighting to be decriminalised.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    The mold in old books is a good suspect though. That’s partly why I don’t like smelling old books too deeply. Inhaling all that spores. Not good. 🙂

    Take care of yourself.

    BUt that 100 Things post IS interesting.

  4. Allergens, yes. Used book store, never. OK, it could be, but delusion is alright sometimes. lol

  5. Stress does set off allergies.

    I lived in Dallas and almost died of asthma, despite it having a dry climate.

    However, when I returned to humid New Orleans, my asthma went away.

    But, since so many people are now driving, ozone days are now happening. Now, my chest hurts and the asthama is coming back.

  6. Will/Cip:
    LOL 🙂

    Thank you John. I’ve got to head out to Berkeley for class but I think I’ll stay indoor most of the time.

  7. Dark Orpheus:
    Mildew, dust, and mold ick!! I’ve been on the inhaler three days on the roll, but I don’t want to depend on it. I figure drinking water actually helps, and swimming. I’ll be off to swim after class.

  8. Andi:
    That;s what I’m saying. It’s a delusion. What makes (my asthma) worse is this huge warehouse fire this morning, with the smoking and particles spreading this way. Yike!

  9. Isabel:
    I grew up in Hong Kong, one of the most polluted places, and am fine. So I suppose its the hazy weather, with particles, allergens and dudt being trapped in the air and not going anywhere, there’s no wind.

  10. I love the photos of the couples getting married – they are very affirming, I think.

    I’m sorry about your asthma, but glad that you’re feeling better. I used Advair twice a day for a long time, now I use Symbicort. They both helped, but Symbicort especially. I don’t like taking medication on a long-term basis, either, but this is really worth it.

  11. Thom:
    Aren’t they cute? They’ve been together since when I first went to the cafe five years ago, always coming in for breakfast together. 🙂

    Asthma comes back to me I think because of the hazy hot weather we’ve been having. Mine are broncidilators that help widen the bronchi.

  12. I am glad your cough is gone, Matt. Now to get rid of mine . . . I hope you are feeling completely better soon.

    I have been watching the news stories of all the weddings taking place–it’s so heartwarming. Now to see what happens in November when the proposed constitutional amendment is on the ballot . . .

  13. I went to my neighbors wedding today, I’m going to my partner’s boss’s later this week and ours will be on Aug. 10.

    These are exciting times. Very exciting times.

  14. Literary Feline:
    It’s been a very laidlow week for me although I didn’t miss any day in school. I’m much better now as we cool off in the Bay Area, the air is cleaner and more crisp.

    I’m very interested to see the ballot in November. It’s been a wonderful victory!

  15. C.B. James:
    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I’m so excited for you and your partner. Aug 10 would be the end of my summer class. How is the preparation going? 🙂

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