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The Daily Sheet
July 17, 2006




Update on the Book Project

The forum's plan to publish our very own book of member's posts is coming along nicely. The book has been titled "Beyond Brokeback: The Impact of a Film." Volunteers have completed Phase One where a number of very dedicated people read EVERY SINGLE POST on the forum! The volunteers selected hundreds of posts that they felt would be great for the book. This first book will focus on the impact the film had on people, so volunteers choose posts based on this theme. Hopefully, if this project is successful, we can do a second book focusing on our member's wonderful analysis of scenes, elements, and themes.

Volunteers have also completed Phase Two where another large group of volunteers read and scored all of the selected posts. Each post culled from Phase One was scored by three people (from 1 to 4 with 4 being the highest), and the scores averaged. There were about 600 posts scoring above a 3 and that will be considered for the book. The next stage will be very difficult as the editiorial teams will have to decide on approxmilately 150 posts to include in the book.

The editorial team has decided to break the book into four sections. Jlm1 describes them:

Section 1: Immediate Impact. None of us knew going in that this was going to bowl us over the way it did. We start with this bolt out of the blue. Brokeback Fever lays us low. We can't figure out what's wrong with us or why our family and friends aren't similarly affected. We keep going back to get sucker-punched.

Section 2: Brokeback Stories. For some of us, reflection on the movie as this process continues dredges up times in the past when our own lives resembled in some way what Jack and Ennis go through on the screen. We meditate on why we did these things, and how we would hope to do them differently if we had the chance.

Section 3: Changing Attitudes to Gay People. For some of us, gay and straight alike, the process of reflection on the film showed us how we have, consciously or unconsciously, internalized the homophobia embedded in the culture. It makes us want to retool our whole approach to the issue and reach out across the artificial boundaries that both straight and gay communities have constructed.

Section 4: Changed/Changing Lives. As reflection continues and deepens, we resolve to make changes in our ways of life that will overcome the negativity, fear, and rejection that we've dwelt in for so long. And so forth.

At this stage, there will be an editorial team assigned to each section to help decide on what to include in that section, decide on what chapters to include, edit the posts that are selected, lay out the selected posts so that they flow well within each chapter, and work to create the best section possible. The teams will have the input and assistance of the Senior Editor and the Editorial Consultant.

At the same time, there will be teams working on the graphics and interior design, the information for the sidebars in the book, the introduction and afterword, proofreading the contents after every stage, getting permissions from authors to use their posts in the book, and much more. The whole process is supervised by the Book Team Leader and the forum Projects Manager.

The hope is to have the book delivered to Wingspan Press, our publisher, by September 1 and to ship pre orders by mid-September (hopefully, we can start pre orders in mid-August). We know this is a very exciting thing for our forum, so we want to make sure we give you as much news as possible. Stay tuned to the Daily Sheet for all of your news on the progress of the book. 

To discuss the book project, you can visit the book project thread:

http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=8935.0

Thanks to these Volunteers on the Book Project

By Big Ed

The first two phases of the book project are now complete. Volunteers read 3846 pages of the forum, from which they selected 1485 stories. That was Phase 1.

In Phase 2, all 1485 stories were scored (1, 2, 3 or 4) by up to three people, and those with an average of 3 or greater were posted on the Cull Phase 2 thread. 618 stories passed that mark and are there for the writers and editors to consider.

So that everyone knows what was accomplished, here is what each volunteer contributed, and to have contributed anything is remarkable. Congratualtions to all of you!

PHASE 1
Name Pages Read
berdache1179
BigEd235
Bobby19in1963111
Boris77
brokeback_183
conny229
dcampbell0127
Elvan170
Garry_LH183
jakelikethat27
Jaysmommy182
LisaM27
lowcountrygirl77
matureben161
MindyM76
NWWaguy514
paintedshoes254
Pierre77
Poohbunn27
pvjohn288
secretme77
TexRob207
Vicky0uk383
Zuraffo175


PHASE 2
Name Number of Stories Scored
archbishop1135
BigEd191
conny409
Elvan91
Jaysmommy661
paintedshoes454
royandronnie473
TexRob91
Vicky0uk765

Volunteer Spotlight

Every week, we will spotlight some of the remarkable volunteers on the forum. It is amazing the great number of people we have volunteer to do so much.

Our spotlight today is on the man who lead Phase One and Two of the book project. BigEd put in countless hours on organizing, supervising, and working on these first two stages. It was an amazing feat to get the entire forum read and to narrow 150,000 posts into 618 final selections from which to choose the best posts for the book. Ed's leadership was critical to the success of these two phases.

BigEd hails from Canada where he teaches at the University level. He is described by Kittyhawk, the book Team Leader as "solid as a rock", and he is not only well organized and highly professional, but a great guy to work with as well. Ed has professional obligations that will keep him from participating fully in the next stages of the book project, but he will continue to offer his great advice and good spirits.

Ed signs all his emails and PMs with "cheers", so here's a great big froum cheers to you, BigEd. Thanks so much for all you have done to for this special project.

New Volunteers on the Book Leadership Team

By Kittyhawk

I want to introduce to our forum members two new members of the leadership team who bring excellent qualifications, enthusiasm, and the same devotion to this project that our other volunteers have already shown.

Jlm1 (Jonathan) volunteered to be a proofreader. After finding out his qualifications, we quickly asked him and he agreed to serve as our Senior Editor for these final phases of organizing, writing, and editing the book. Jonathan's background includes several positions which involve writing and editing. He has even taught writing at the college level. He has two degrees in English and a Masters of Divinity. Jonathan, like most of the rest of us, has strong personal reasons that brought him to the Forum and for which he's willing to  devote a tremendous amount of time and energy to this big job. We are so happy to welcome him aboard!

Kmich (Kathy) is a Managing Editor for a major Michigan publishing company and is responsible for producing several books a year. Her knowledge of the processes involved in the production of books has already been a huge help to us as she serves us as an Editorial Advisor. She is making sure that the process we use for our final phases is as smooth and streamlined as can be. So Kathy is a most welcome member of our leadership team.

We are so happy to welcome them aboard!

Make a Donation to the Book Project

Thanks to a number of donors, we were able to quickly raise the $2,000 needed to pay for the publication our book. Now, in the next few weeks, we hope to raise $4,000 to help with the marketing and publicity for the book, so we can have the resources to spread the word about this book as widely as possible. Wouldn't it be great if our our little book got the same amount of great publicity as the Variety ad? You can help us make it happen! Just click on the link below to make a donation to the book project.
Thanks!

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&business=dave%40davecullen%2ecom&item_name=Book%20Campaign&no_shipping=1&tax=0&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF&charset=UTF%2d8

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UBBF Calendar

3-4 Aug   Forum Get Together, Vancouver, Canada
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=7342.msg215280#msg215280

5 Aug  - Philly BBM Gathering
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9544.0

11-13 August    BBM Backyard BBQ - Texas
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=6873.msg187195#msg187195

15-16 Sept  Forum Get Together, NY
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9580.30


30 Sept – London Get Together for all Europeans
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=10629.msg308339#msg308339

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Other Calendar

15 – 22 July Chicago Gay Games VII  Sports and Cultural Festival
http://www.gaygameschicago.org/home.php

23 Jul -  Central NY (east of Utica)Dinner for gay/bi men;
PM jojogunn for details.

4-6 Aug – LA – Gay Rodeo LA Equestrian Center, Burbank
http://www.larodeo.com/

7 Nov – Pinecreek WY – Toast to Jack and Ennis
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9954.0
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The Daily Sheet is a production of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum at www.davecullen.com.     

Editors:  Ellen (tellyouwhat) and Jan (CactusGal).
Columnists:  PeteinPortland and DCLuke

Today’s edition produced by Ellen (tellyouwhat)  ellen@davecullen.com

Contributors:  conny, Mooska

We count on you to send us your news items, questions, and nominations for posts of the day.

To subscribe to The Daily Sheet, press the "Notify" button at the top of the page and when a new TDS is posted, it will be forwarded to your e-mail address.

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The Daily Sheet
July 18, 2006


COMING SOON – Surprise Guest Profile
Be sure The Daily Sheet is on your agenda this week because you will be in for quite a surprise come Friday  -- mmmmmm – will we give you a hint tomorrow?   Check-in and find out!

Photo of the Day – Daddy's Little Girl
Our Forum member, Evie, did a wonderful job with this lovely montage of Heath (as Ennis) and Heath's daughter, Matilda.  Did ya catch the resemblance?


From the Planet Heath thread:  http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=6117.msg352096#msg352096

Midwest Slash Bash
UBBF members have organized a get together for all slash/slashettes.  It's going to be held Sept 29-Oct 1 the Chicago area.   Whiplash and MelissasJack have a whole host of activities planned including a full-screen, private room showing of BBM.  This event is for slash authors and slash readers and just anyone who enjoys posting on the slash thread.  You are welcome to attend one event or all.  PM Whiplash or MelissaJack for all the details.

Finding Brokeback:  Getting Organized

By Jim Bond www.FindingBrokeback.com

For many of us, the arresting images of Brokeback Mountain, some glorious, others gritty, call out for a closer, personal look.  TravelAlberta estimates that it has already welcomed several thousand Brokeback visitors this year and it expects many more.  This series of brief notes is intended to both lure Brokeback pilgrims to the magical and moving places where the film was made and assist them in trip planning.

Documents and Money:  For US citizens entering Canada, proof of citizenship is required.  Currently either a passport or a civil birth certificate is acceptable.  Upon arrival, typically at the Calgary airport, you will need to get some Canadian money, “pronto.”  $1US equals about 90¢ CDN.  The Canadian dollar coin is the “Loony,” the $2 coin is the “Two-ny.” ATMs work with most major bank networks.  Credit cards are widely accepted.  Before leaving, call your credit card company and tell them that you plan to travel in Canada.

Getting Around:  You need a car.  Most of the sites in the film are accessible without using four wheel drive vehicles, though there will be times when you may want to have one.  Many of the rural township and range roads, as well as almost all of Hwy 742, are unpaved, though these tend to be generally well-maintained.  Canada loves its roads so much that many go by multiple names and numbers.  Alberta cities use quadrants to designate locations so pay special attention to the letters that follow street names or you’ll end up just as Ennis did, “nowhere.”

In the following weeks we will touch on other practical aspects of a Brokeback journey, as well as some simple itineraries and points of interest.  If you can’t wait that long, or if you would like to do some armchair traveling to Brokeback country right now, please visit us at www.FindingBrokeback.com.

The Gay Face of God, by Forum Member, Archbishop

One of our members, Archbishop, has written a book that we carry in our Site Store, The Gay Face of God.  This autobiography starts us off with violence, as Archbishop's life is conceived with the rape of his mother.  It then takes us through his varied employment in security and government positions and includes tales of his position as a bodyguard for the Saudi Arabian royal family.  Along the way, it also shows us his spiritual side, as he chooses a life of religious service.

Archbishop was ordained in 1996 in the Old Catholic Church.   In 1997 he was ordained a bishop and in 2001, an archbishop and is currently the Archbishop Protector of the Benedictine Order of St John the Beloved.   The order has 10 members and accepts both men and women as candidates as well as those who are married and divorced; in addition, celibacy is not a condition for service.   The order reaches out to the gay and lesbian communities and in the back of The Gay Face of God  Archbishop includes the Holy Union Rite used by the Order for same sex union. 

Archbishop has an interest in beginning a radio show which he says would discuss the news topics of the day, including but not limited to religious stories and politics as seen from the left perspective of the national and international scene.  He says, "This show will be the left-progressive version of Falwell, Robertson and Dobson."  He has asked that any Forum members who work in the radio arena and are interested in his ideas, to please PM him. 

If you would like to purchase Archbishop's book, The Gay Face of God, please use the following link to our site store: http://www.davecullen.com/brokeback/store/books.html

FanFic Review

By Cynical21

Our featured fan-fic today is Tainted Evidence, written by Beatriceorme, who is a recent addition to our forum.  This story, in the vernacular of fan fiction, would be termed AR – or Alternative Reality – which entails taking recognizable characters out of existing fiction and inserting them into a new setting with different parameters.  In this case, we have Ennis Del Mar, big city homicide detective, trapped in a miserable marriage, and devoted to doing his job well; and then there is Jack Twist, young public defender, smart-mouthed, funny, bright, and idealistic, and fresh out of a failed relationship with a male lover.  Jack is admittedly gay; Ennis is still struggling.  Since this fic is still very new – only four chapters completed – it has a lot of room to grow, and offers intriguing variations in its treatment of BBM’s original characters.  Very well written, and being hailed with enthusiasm by Forum members, it is a treasure trove of quotable one-liners and hysterically funny moments, all mixed with the authentic aura of a crime drama, as it weaves through the present-day court system of New York City.

The author is currently a resident of Georgia’s Golden Coast where she is involved in the operation of a dinner theater (the stage being her first love) and, with the approval and assistance of two “perfect” children, intends to pursue writing professionally.  She is a meticulous researcher and admits to having stacks of law books scattered across her desk to enable her to write plausibly in this very complex arena.

Our Forum Index: http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=8377.new#new

 Beatriceorme's Live Journalhttp://beatriceorme.livejournal.com/


PhotoCaps of the Day

The PhotoCap crowd entered their Shakespeare period this week and you wouldn't believe how many of his lines look like they were just meant for our film.  Here's a couple of exceptional ones, but do go check them all out.  Starts about here:  http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=323.msg349419#msg349419

To make your heart weep:

by tfmisc

"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night 'til it be morrow."           

(Romeo and Juliet)

To make your heart laugh:


by Mooska

"Out! Out, damn spot!"

(MacBeth)

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UBBF Calendar

3-4 Aug  - Vancouver, Canada - Forum Get Together
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=7342.msg215280#msg215280

5 Aug  - Philly BBM Gathering
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9544.0

11-13 Aug - TX - BBM Backyard BBQ
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=6873.msg187195#msg187195

15-16 Aug – NY – Forum Get Together
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9580.30

30 Sept – London Get Together for all Europeans
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=10629.msg308339#msg308339

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Other Calendar

15 - 22 July Chicago Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival
http://www.gaygameschicago.org/home.php

8-10 Jul – Denver – Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo
http://www.cgra.net/cms_home/

4-6 Aug – LA – Gay Rodeo LA Equestrian Center, Burbank
http://www.larodeo.com/

7 Nov – Pinecreek WY – Toast to Jack and Ennis
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9954.0
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The Daily Sheet is a production of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum at www.davecullen.com.     

Editors:  Jan (CactusGal) and tellyouwhat
Columnists:  PeteinPortland, DCLuke, Cynical21, Jim Bond
Proofreader/researcher:  twistedboy

Today’s edition produced by Jan (CactusGal) jan@davecullen.com

Contributors: Whiplash, tfmisc, Mooska, Mary, Evie

We count on you to send us your news items, questions, and nominations for posts of the day.

To subscribe to The Daily Sheet, press the "Notify" button at the top of the page and when a new TDS is posted, it will be forwarded to your e-mail address.

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2006, 04:11:45 AM »

The Daily Sheet
July 19, 2006


COMING SOON – Surprise Guest Profile
Be sure The Daily Sheet is on your agenda this week because you will be in for quite a surprise come Friday. We will have a special guest in our ongoing Meet the Creators series. Which BBM creator did we snag for this Friday? You will have to stay tuned to find out.

Video Project is Now Underway
We are now assembling a team to look at the possibilities of doing a short video and photo journal for our forum community. We are looking at taking footage from upcoming events and member photos and creating a nice keepsake video for the many people who are part of this wonderful community. If you have any experience in this area and want to help, please visit our new thread or contact peteinportland.

http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=11521.0

*We will NEVER use footage or photos of any members without their express permission 

Midwest Slash Bash
UBBF members have organized a get together for all slash/slashettes.  It's going to be held Sept 29-Oct 1 the Chicago area.   Whiplash and MelissasJack have a whole host of activities planned including a full-screen, private room showing of BBM.  This event is for slash authors and slash readers and just anyone who enjoys posting on the slash thread.  You are welcome to attend one event or all.  PM Whiplash or MelissaJack for all the details.

Thread of the Week
Our thread of the week is The Musical Score. This great thread can be found on the Elements and Themes Board. The thread discusses all aspects of the musical score from BBM and even goes into detail about those background songs on the radio or the jukebox that one may not notice. The current deabte centers on the song The Maker Makes by Rufus Wainwright. Brokeback beauty gives a short history of that song:

"The latest DVD release by Rufus contains the recording session of The Maker Makes.  During Rufus' intro of the song, he makes no reference to the movie.  He says (paraphrasing):  The song is about a gay man who finds jesus and gives up his sex life, which, to me, seems like a very real alternative... given my experience with men !!!"

Join in the discussion:

http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=297.msg221498#msg221498


Help Lift the BBM Ban in China
New member megabrokebackfan is asking people to help lift the BBM ban in China. here is what he posts:

"Of all the countries with the ban, I decided to target Chinese government because it wants to improve its public relations with the world before the Olympic Games; it doesn’t have religious polarization as in India; pirate DVDs have already been circulating and it is more economically and socially progressive than countries in Middle East.  As a general rule, those who work in North American embassies usually have closer relationship with the central government, and even the president himself."

To find out more, go here:

http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=3357.msg351280#msg351280


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UBBF Calendar

3-4 Aug  - Vancouver, Canada - Forum Get Together
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=7342.msg215280#msg215280

5 Aug  - Philly BBM Gathering
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9544.0

11-13 Aug - TX - BBM Backyard BBQ
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=6873.msg187195#msg187195

15-16 Aug – NY – Forum Get Together
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9580.30

30 Sept – London Get Together for all Europeans
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=10629.msg308339#msg308339

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Other Calendar

15 - 22 July Chicago Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival
http://www.gaygameschicago.org/home.php

8-10 Jul – Denver – Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo
http://www.cgra.net/cms_home/

4-6 Aug – LA – Gay Rodeo LA Equestrian Center, Burbank
http://www.larodeo.com/

7 Nov – Pinecreek WY – Toast to Jack and Ennis
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9954.0
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The Daily Sheet is a production of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum at www.davecullen.com.     

Editors:  Jan (CactusGal) and tellyouwhat
Columnists:  PeteinPortland, DCLuke, Cynical21, Jim Bond
Proofreader/researcher:  twistedboy

Today’s edition produced by Jan (CactusGal) jan@davecullen.com

Contributors: Whiplash, tfmisc, Mooska, Mary, Evie

We count on you to send us your news items, questions, and nominations for posts of the day.

To subscribe to The Daily Sheet, press the "Notify" button at the top of the page and when a new TDS is posted, it will be forwarded to your e-mail address.

Respond to the Daily Sheet at:  http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=8377.new#new

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2006, 07:53:47 AM »

The Daily Sheet
July 20, 2006


COMING SOON – Surprise Guest Profile

Tomorrow, The Daily Sheet will be bringing you the second in our series called, Meet the Creators.  You will recall back in May we were able to bring you James Schamus's profile and now we  are bringing you our next person in the series.   We will be publishing her short, but personal note and her answers to our ten profile questions.   Who is she?  Check in tomorrow to find out!

The Schamus Profile:  http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=7520.msg210112#msg210112

Volunteer Spotlight

by PeteinPortland

Our volunteer spotlight today falls on one of forum's most well known and most beloved figures. This super volunteer serves as the moderator of many of our forum's busiest threads (including the busiest one). She also has helped on a number of volunteer projects serving as the press liaison, coordinating the sending of press releases, helping with member feedback on the recent reorganization of the site, and serving as a sounding board for site administrators. She is also the first person a huge number of members turn to if they have any problems (forum or real world).

So, today, let's all tip our great big Brokeback hats to a lady with a huge heart and a dog named Killer. Thank you Auntie Killersmom for everything you do for our forum and our efforts to help promote BBM around the world. All of your hard work, your generosity, your great advice, and your genuine love for people means so much to the members here at the Ultimate Brokeback Forum. Thank you! Our Auntie is Number One.

Brokeback Issues in Today's World

by PeteinPortland

For three years, I had a Thai boyfriend. He was a very nice man who owned a costume shop and dance studio in Southern Thailand. He took very good care of his parents and sisters. He made a decent living and like most Thais was fun loving and generous. He would have been a great life partner for me, but my government would not allow it and forced us into a relationship, where like Jack and Ennis, the moral beliefs of my society kept us apart.

What many people (both gay and straight) do not realize is that it can be very problematic for gay men and women in the US to fall in love with partners in developing countries like Thailand (and almost all of the countries in the world are developing countries). Why? Because the US government does not allow people from developing or poorer countries to visit our country (even on vacation) without them proving they have a compelling reason to return to their own countries. A compelling reason almost always must involve a job with a salary equivalent to a salary in the US: for 95% of people in poorer countries, this is an impossibility. So, my Thai boyfriend of three years was never able to come to my country, and there was no way for me to sponsor him as my partner. It was also very difficult for me to find a job making a livable wage in Thailand (and non-Thais have a difficult time getting a Visa to even work in Thailand).   

Heterosexual couples in love do not have this problem. All they have to do is marry their foreign partners, and they can then procure a Visa for their new spouse to come to the USA. For them, they can fall in love with anyone in the world and know that their love will not be denied by their own government. It is a hard truth for gay men and women who dare to fall in love with people in developing countries. They must come to face with the reality that their love is not considered to be of any importance, and no matter how much they may love the other person, it will be almost impossible for them to bring their partner to live or visit in the USA.

For years, the Human Rights Campaign (wwww.hrc.org) has pushed a legislative bill known as the Permanent Partner's Immigration Act. This act would allow gay men and women to sponsor their same sex partner to live with them or visit them in the USA. More progressive countries allow this. However, the Republican-led Congress in the USA has for years blocked this important legislation. This year, this bill was not even introduced, as gay rights organizations and their allies are waiting for a more favorable political climate.

I've seen dozens of same-sex relationships like this wither, and I've seen partners (both US and foreign) devastated because of their inability to live together full time and to work to create a real life together. Same-sex couple like this today are mostly forced into the same relationship pattern as Jack and Ennis. "We can get together once in a while..." meaning when the American partner can afford to take the time from work and make the trip. These couples dream of "some sweet life" but are denied it by the US government. Many thousands of these couples still living like Jack and Ennis wait and hope for a better day. However, as we saw with Jack Twist, the waiting can grow unbearably difficult and can shatter one's soul.

Thread of the Day

Dealing with what others think of you, can sometimes bring your energy down. An interesting discussion of this has been taking place on our thread:  How Brokeback Affected Me.  Here are two posts to begin with and then follow the links to all the posts. 

twtplanner:  “For me, I now want to put my energy into being who I know I am, and not worry about what others think I am.  I'm done with them....not mad or bitter towards all that, just moving on and am not going to give it any more of me.  There are too many other things I need to/want to be about.”

http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=101.msg357514#msg357514

Boris replies:  “For me, that is an integral part of the journey. Trying to avoid being sucked into fruitless debates could be a good place to start. In a way it is a question of choices: what kind of voices you want to hear, what kind of experiences and people you want to fill your life with. I am perfectly aware that I can not shut out all the voices in the world (or inside my head  ) but the least I can do is choose what kind of voices I want to listen and concentrate on.”

http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=101.msg357795#msg357795

PhotoCap of the Day

By RickB



Last year, I got caught lookin' at dirty pictures at work 42 times.
Aguirre got all over my ass, like I was supposed to be workin' or somethin'.


Post of the Day

Wayman Wong writes in our Theatre Thread:  "Has anyone seen Spring Awakening yet? That's the exciting new pop-rock musical by Duncan Sheik and Stephen Sater, now playing at the Atlantic Theater Company through Aug. 5. It's based on a scandalous 1891 German play by Frank Weekend about teenagers dealing with their sexuality (i.e., making love, masturbation, and homosexuality). The cast is young, attractive and wildly talented, and the choreography and the music really rock. My favorite new tune of this season is called Totally Fucked.

I just did an interview with the star, Jonathan Groff, at Playbill.com, and it's a show bursting with youthful energy & excitement."

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/100683.html

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UBBF Calendar

3-4 Aug  - Vancouver, Canada - Forum Get Together
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=7342.msg215280#msg215280

5 Aug  - Philly BBM Gathering
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9544.0

11-13 Aug - TX - BBM Backyard BBQ
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=6873.msg187195#msg187195

15-16 Aug – NY – Forum Get Together
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9580.30

30 Sept – London Get Together for all Europeans
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=10629.msg308339#msg308339

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Other Calendar

15 - 22 July Chicago Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival
http://www.gaygameschicago.org/home.php

8-10 Jul – Denver – Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo
http://www.cgra.net/cms_home/

4-6 Aug – LA – Gay Rodeo LA Equestrian Center, Burbank
http://www.larodeo.com/

7 Nov – Pinecreek WY – Toast to Jack and Ennis
http://davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=9954.0
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July 21, 2006


BROKEBACK PROFILES -- MEET THE CREATORS


Annie Proulx


Today is a very special day for all of us here on the Forum.  We are honored to share with you the second in our ongoing series: "Brokeback Profiles -- Meet the Creators."  We kicked off the series in May with Brokeback producer and Focus Features President James Schamus, and today we are proud to bring you the acclaimed author herself, Annie Proulx.
 
We can be especially proud that Ms. Proulx has chosen to respond to our Forum's request because in December 2005, she posted on her website that she will no longer do any interviews connected with Brokeback Mountain due to time constraints.  In her reply, she included a short but inspiring note:

"Sorry to be slow in responding to your Qs.  Busy days here.  I admire and appreciate your work on Brokeback's behalf, especially the placement of DVD's in rural libraries, places where the sentiment and bias of isolated people replicates its narrow-minded view."

For more information on our Forum's DVD Campaign, please go here.


Profile Questions: Annie Proulx

1.  Currently listening to?  Currently listening to bird calls, wind, Preisner's Requiem for my Friend.

2.  Currently reading?  Re-reading Patricia Limerick's Legacy of Conquest.

3.  Biggest challenge?  Biggest challenge is keeping the house clean for realtor to show to prospective buyers, and editing text for a collaborative history of Wyoming's Red Desert.

4.  Your perfect day?  Perfect day would be chilly, light breeze, spent fishing the local high alpine lakes.

5.  What's your indulgence?  Indulgences include cava, heirloom tomatoes, 2nd hand bookstores.

6.  What's your inspiration?  Inspiration is literally mountain air.

7.  First Job?  First job was grocery shelf stacker.  I think.

8.  What do you know for sure?  For sure I know the living world is infinitely variable.

9.  Favorite movie?  I remain extremely fond of Brokeback but as with books have a changing list of favorites.  And, of course, there are the movies of the mind . . .

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  Assuming I get to thee Pearly Gates, I would like to hear Himself say, "You are permanently assigned to the Great Library, wherein lie all books ever written . . ."




Annie Proulx's Letter:

         

Ms. Proulx is the author of The Shipping News and three other novels, That Old Ace in the Hole, Postcards, and Accordion Crimes  and the story collections Heart Songs, Close Range (which includes Brokeback Mountain) and Bad Dirt.  She is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, two O. Henry Prizes and a PEN/Faulkner award. 

An excerpt from Ms. Proulx's online biography tells us:

"For several years I gave over extensive cross-country travel, in part because I was making frequent trips to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, mostly for literary festivals. But every chance I had, I took Wyoming for my subject, exploring the state's history and terrain on the back roads. The combination of history, study, and travel came together in a collection of short stories, Close Range, published in 1999. The book was illustrated by watercolorist William Matthews whom I met at the cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada in 1997. It was Scribner's first illustrated book since The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlins sixty years earlier. The title, Close Range, does not represent (though it can) a close look at something, but the idea of the close(d) range, the open, unfenced place that no longer exists. Included in the collection was the short story Brokeback Mountain, originally published in The New Yorker in 1997. Years later this story was adapted by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana into a screenplay and in 2005 appeared as a powerful film directed by Ang Lee."

On her website, Ms. Proulx provides a link to an interview she did with the Missouri Review (link below), and then gives us this revelation about it: 

"There is one lie in this interview where I said I had never fallen in love with any of my characters. I think I did fall in love with both Jack and Ennis, or some other strong feeling of connection which has persisted for the 8 years since the story was written."

Excerpts from the Missouri Review interview: 

Interviewer: "Have you ever fallen in love with one of your characters?"

Proulx: "I have never fallen in love with one of my characters. The notion is repugnant. Characters are made to carry a particular story; that is their work. The only reason one shapes a character to look as he or she does, behave and speak in a certain way, suffer particular events, is to move the story forward in a particular direction. I do not indulge characters nor give them their heads and 'see where they go,' and I don't understand writers who drift downriver in company with unformed characters. The character, who may seem to hold center stage in a novel, and in a limited sense does, actually exists to support the story. This is not to say that writing a character is like building a model airplane. The thoughtful and long work of inventing a believable and fictionally 'true' person on paper is exhilarating, particularly as one knowingly skates near the thin ice of caricature."

Interviewer:  "What, above all else, do you want your readers to take away with them after reading your works?"

Proulx: "The novel should take us, as readers, to a vantage point from which we can confront our human condition, where we can glimpse something of what we are. A novel should somehow enlarge our capacity to see ourselves as living entities in the jammed and complex contemporary world."

For more info or discussion on Ms. Proulx's life and her writing, please see:



Previously in
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James Schamus, Brokeback producer and President of Focus Features, whose company produced Brokeback Mountain.



Other Notable Profiles:

Dave Cullen, author and founder of The Ultimate Brokeback Forum.

PeteinPortland, Director of Projects, The Ultimate Brokeback Forum.



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July 22, 2006



Update on our DVD to Library Campaign

by PeteinPortland

We are very excited that Annie Proulx has singled out our DVD campaign for special recognition. As reported, Annie told us "I admire and appreciate your work on Brokeback's behalf, especially the placement of DVD's in rural libraries, places where the sentiment and bias of isolated people replicates its narrow-minded view."  Her validation is encouragement for our campaign to go forward.

To date, we have donated over 700 DVDs to 48 states, several Canadian provinces, two countries in Europe, and The Bahamas (where BBM was banned). We have funds to make donations to the other two states--we are just waiting on a library in those two states to accept our DVD donation.

Our volunteers are still calling libraries, donating DVDs and money, and helping us to place DVDs. If you would like to help, we have two easy ways for anyone to assist:

1. Donate money--To place a DVD costs us approximately $20. To donate money for us to purchase and place DVDs, follow this link, please go here.

2. Ship a DVD Yourself--If you would like to purchase and ship a DVD yourself, we have a list of libraries still waiting to receive the DVD from us. Having individuals purchase and ship one DVD helps us to speed up the process. So, for the price of a DVD plus shipping, you can ship a DVD to a library. Contact peteinportland at pete@davecullen.com or via PM to get an address for a library waiting for a DVD.

We would love to reach 1,000 libraries by the end of the year. You can help us make it happen!

Member Profile:  Sid401K

Sid was born in August 1949 (Leo) which makes him almost 57.  He resided in Rhode Island until he was 30.  He says there are not enough options on the Forum's profile dropdown box for sexual preference, since he is gender FTM – oh, and an "equal opportunity lover".

Sid now resides in the San Francisco bay area, recently moving from Emeryvillle to the Maxwell Park section of Oakland.  He says:  "My title is 'Director of Systems Development,' but it should probably be something more like 'Resident Computer Geek.'  My company does consulting and third-party administration for retirement plans (nothing to do with investments).  Hobbies and interests would take a whole book, since I’m interested in an awful lot of things.  Lifelong interests are reading, cooking, needlecraft, model railroading, poodles, choral works, and animation.  Current enthusiasms are BBM, pedal steel guitar, and slash.  Some past enthusiasms are astrology, 18th and 19th century popular fiction, and English cooking.  (Note:  current enthusiasms may be upgraded at some future date to lifelong status.  Past enthusiasms may move back to current status at any time.)  Relationship status:  someday my prince/ss will come.

Profile Questions:

01.  Currently listening to?  Brokeback Mountain soundtrack.  It’s been in my car CD player since I bought it.  (The CD, not the car.  Or the CD player.)

02.  Currently reading?  Slash, mostly.  Also, just read Laurell Hamilton’s latest:  Danse Macabre

03.  Biggest challenge?  Inertia.

04.  Your perfect day?  Waking up feeling energetic, and remembering that I did my laundry last night, so I’ve got lots of clean clothes.  Making grilled trout, bacon, and a soufflé for breakfast, preferably to share with a friend or lover.  Maybe some waffles, too.  Leisurely morning sitting around sipping iced tea (or mimosas) talking about not much.  Picnic lunch.  Afternoon at the park, watching the kids riding the merry-go-round, and—truth be told—taking a couple of rides myself.  Early dinner at a nice restaurant.  Opera or concert or ballet in the evening.  Café latté and a sinfully indulgent dessert.  Sex—hot, sweet, loving, or some combination thereof.  Pleasant dreams.

05.  What’s your indulgence?  Daydreaming.

06.  What’s your inspiration?  Figure-skating.  We are a species that has managed to take something as mundane as slipping on ice and elevate it to an art form.

07.  Last major purchase?  House.  That major enough for you?  Closing date 7/12/2006.

08.  First job?  Veterinary assistant.

09.  What do you know for sure?  There are advantages and disadvantages to everything.

10.  Favorite Movie?  Need you ask?

11.  If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  “Hi!”

12.  What brought you to the Forum?  Before I saw the movie, I was reading reviews, so I did a web search and found Dave Cullen’s website.  After my first viewing of the movie, I went back to the site and started watching the videos.  It took quite a while before I even looked at the Forum, because my prior glimpses into other (non-BBM) boards had left me pretty cynical.  Then I lurked for a couple of days, signed up, made my virgin post (truly virgin—first post anywhere), and the rest is history.

13.  Your favorite threads?  Well, PhotoCap, of course.  And Slash Discussion recently.  And just about all the Scene-by-Scene and Elements & Themes threads.

14.  How many times have you watched BBM?  Five times in theaters.  At home on DVD?  Can’t say.  A dozen or two, I guess.  But I often just watch specific scenes, so I don’t know how to factor that into the equation.

15.  Your favorite BBM scene?  The reunion kiss!  No, wait, the reunion discussion by the campfire, so moving.  Or maybe the one at the motel, with those subtle arm caresses.  The argument at the trailhead with its fabulous acting.  Jack telling off L.D. at Thanksgiving…  Well, you get the idea.

 

    Postcards

MichaelFlanaganSF breezed into town – Bay City, Michigan, just in time to have lunch with BayCityJohn and then head out to see the tall ships.   Back in the Tri-State area to visit family and friends, Michael had wanted to meet John since he was the one Forum person who lived closest to where Michael grew up.  He thought they might have some common experiences but was surprised to find that they even knew some of the same people.  It's a small Forum world!                   

 

BayCityJohn and Michael wait the arrival of the tall ships.                          This one's from Baltimore.



Hey Michael – where did ya get that badge??

Post of the Day

By now so many of us have spent so much time analyzing Ennis and Jack that we begin to feel there couldn't be another angle that hadn't been discusssed; so, I was surprised when I came upon Rosewood's recent post in the Ennis' and Jack' Relationship Thread which swept me back into that analyzing debate again.

Take a look:

"I'm one of those who believes that these two men have remained emotionally immature for twenty years.  They've never grown beyond what they both found on Brokeback. The reasons why don't, really matter at this point. The fact is that they are both fixed in time. And in the end, it is Jack who finally shows a spark of rebellion.

To Ennis, it is ALWAYS just about Brokeback. Jack is always the young Jack he first met in 1963.  In my humble opinion, Ennis won't let himself notice the changes. It wouldn't surprise me that when he looks at Jack he doesn't see the wrinkles or the aging or the bitterness. He always sees what he wants to see: young Jack in the first flush of love and desire.

He won't allow himself to see what living the way they have has done to Jack.

You know how sometimes you see someone outside their specialized reality and you can't quite recognize them? For instance, the other day someone at the supermarket said hello and wanted to chat and it took me a few moments to realize that she was the librarian whom I see maybe two or three times a week at my local library. I had trouble recognizing her outside her own reality. Cause I usually always see her only in her specialized place.  At the supermarket it felt like her reality was bumping up against mine. I was a bit nonplussed.  Although why I should have been, I don't know. I think it had something to do with how we relegate people to roles in our lives.

This, I believe, is how Ennis sees Jack.  (With, of course, the added emotional binder of undiminished love.)  Always in his specialized place: the mountain. He doesn't want to have to recognize him anywhere else. He is only comfortable with Jack in their specialized place.  It is in this way, I think, that he can keep the thing compartmentalized and pure.

Ennis' and Jack's Relationship Thread 


PhotoCaps of the Day

The first one by Canstandit:



"You ever get the feeling, when you're in the greenhouse, and the
azaleas, they look at ya funny, like they know? Then they put you out
in the garden, and the petunias, the geraniums, and the rhododendrons,
everyone of em's lookin at ya, like they all know, too?"

The second one by tfmisc:



I  knew right away.




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July 23, 2006





Member Profile:  BradinBlue

Brad tells us:

"I was born in Utah. I am the eldest of five siblings—three brothers and a sister.  My dad was a plumbing contractor.  At eight the economy in Utah tanked and he moved us to eastern Oregon, which is where his family lived.  A landscape much like ‘Signal, WY’ it took some getting used to.  My parents went through a nasty break up, and us kids were kinda left to fend for ourselves.  They got back together, and as a junior in high school, we moved west—to a Portland, Oregon suburb.

I, not knowing any better, married right out of high school.  I knew something was pulling at me, but I didn’t know what it was. We both had good jobs.  I was taking classes at Portland State, working full time as a paramedic, and she had a great job for her young age.  We had lots of friends, spent money like it was growing on trees, and the next logical step was to have kids.  I knew this was a mistake.  I dabbled and discovered what I was yearning for.  I left her without explanation and immersed into the gay lifestyle.  Two years of reckless living in the fast lane and virtually no contact with my family.  I was 23 and it tore me to shreds.  I decided I’d had enough.  I tried finding a guy I could settle down with as I longed for the comfortable domestic stability that went along with being married, but to no avail.  Didn’t think I could do it anyway given my angst about being a homo.  At the urging of my best friend from high school, who knew nothing of the past two years, I applied and was hired by the Portland Police Bureau, where I still work.  The Ennis in me kicked in big time, and after my bitter taste of the ‘lifestyle’, I went back to my wife.  No way could a cop be a homo.

This lasted a couple of years, and then she left me.  At 29 I met Steve.  It’s a wonderful story, but too long for the bio, so go see my original post for the details.  (Brad's Msgs 2278 & 2279)  We bought horse property 50 miles north of Portland, in Washington State.  Over the years we had our ups and downs like all relationships.  I did my cop thing and he ran a bar in the small town we live near.  We were both volunteer fireman for several years.  We got to know everyone in our small town.  The bar and stresses of that are gone, and now he is a nurseryman and landscaper.  We love our rural existence.  We will be going on our nineteenth year in January.  We both have huge families we are close to, so there’s always something going on especially during holidays.  We have our family pooch Sadie.  When we can get away, it’s the beaches and solitude of Hawaii, the huge open spaces of Montana where Steve’s mom has extensive property, or the vastness and beauty of Northeastern Oregon, where we ride ATV’s high in the breezy pine of the Blue Mountains.  Then, of course, weekends on our little slice of paradise.  No time for movies (I made an exception in January and February, though) or restaurants.  We both love to cook, so other than vacation or holiday, we are home bodies—the acres of landscape needs us.  We take good care of ourselves, and plan to live till’ were a hundred. Retirement plans when that time comes?  More of the above without employers."

 Profile Questions

01.  Currently Listening To?  Prior to January, all I listened to was get-no-where talk radio.  Two hours commuting a day, plus many hours at work, it was talking heads.  One of my rediscoveries post Brokeback Mountain was my throwing away then endless circle that is talk radio, and the CNN, FOX, et. ALL crap.  I have rediscovered and fallen in love with country-western music.  Long list of favorite artists.  Other music includes contemporary jazz and, believe it or not, mornings with coffee and light classical.  Not a day goes by, that I don’t listen to the soundtrack/scores of ‘you know what’, with selected music from Teddy Thompson, Rufus Wainright, and few others thrown into the mix.  A very close friend I have met through the forums has turned me on to Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny.

02.  Currently reading?  I’m an avid reader, but I am not intellectual.  I enjoy fiction and anything related to railroad history.  I am reading Dean Koontz’, Life Expectancy, John Gaertner’s North Bank Road-The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway, and John Sanford’s Dead Watch (surprisingly, gay themed).

03.  Biggest Challenge?  Finding enough time in a day to do all that I want/need to do.  Perhaps an excuse for not putting things away—tools and such?  Steve would say no.

04.  My perfect day?  A day on our farm, just Steve and I.

05.  What's my indulgence?  Anything related to trains.  I love em’.  Unfortunately, I can’t indulge much in the summer, but when the rains come, you can catch me bellied up to my train simulator, or sitting at the depot admiring the parade.

06.  What's my inspiration?  Easiest question to answer. His name is Steve.

07.  Last major purchase?  Bought Steve a new Dodge Ram truck for Christmas.  He likes his old red GMC (just like the one at the end of our movie, across from Ennis’ trailer), but you should have seen his jaw drop and the smile when he saw it.  Course, I drive it more than he does as it uses regular unleaded and my car uses the expensive stuff, but I make sure if he needs it, it’s there for him.

08.  First Job?  At 15, ‘pitched’ Hermiston watermelons.  Shortest and worst job of my life.  Found a liking to pumping gas, though.  Did it through high school.

09.  What do you know for sure?  I know that I am the luckiest man alive.  I have a gem of a partner who, through his love for me and his ability to see a shining light buried deep in a troubled soul, rode it out.  Also I know for sure, not one of my relatives (got many, many) on my side or Steve’s has any issue with us the way we are.  And they are far from the enlightened left, but mainly very blue collar and some with neck the shade of scarlet.

10.  Favorite Movie?  Brokeback Mountain. Prior, North by Northwest.

11.  If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  ‘Thanks for positively impacting so many lives.’  Then, I would say, “thanks for giving me the opportunity”.

12.  What brought me to the forum?  Google search a week after seeing the movie for the first time.  I lurked until the end of February.  My first post here at Dave’s forum was my first time ever at coming to grips with and detailing my struggles. (Brad's Msg)  It allowed me to put together and make sense out of who I was and how my upbringing led me down the path I am today.  It was a profound experience for me, as most of what is in that original post didn’t occur to me until I sat down and wrote it.  It took days, lots of wine, and at times had me on the floor in gut-wrenching sobs.  BBM was the therapy, and this forum, the follow up.

13.  My favorite threads?  The Impact threads for serious discussion and sharing.  Auntie’s Diner for the light-hearted stuff.  I have met so many wonderful people all over the site.  Because of time constraints, I haven’t had the time to spend that I would like, but soon the rain will fall again…………

14.  How many times have I watched BBM?  Stopped counting at twenty.  From my second viewing in late January, every Friday night, I would leave work a couple of hours early and see it in a Vancouver, WA theater on the way home.

15.  My favorite scene?  The ‘dozy embrace’.  I have never seen anything so powerful and heart wrenching.  It really depicts unencumbered love between two human beings.  The way it should be, without the pilled on crap that, in the end, didn’t allow this fine moment to flourish a lifetime.  Reading Ms. Proulx's explanation of this very special scene made it better.




The LA Posse

Those LA guys sure love to party!  Here is a snapshot taken by gnash last week.  (Sorry for the poor quality photo – it was taken with a camera phone – but I thought you'd like to see it any how.)  This was from a fun evening they had at the El Coyote Restaurant.  Sunspot, Sydney and Mary had been to the Hollywood Museum to see the BBM shirts that afternoon and then WLAGuy and gnash joined them for dinner.  Mary had this to say about it:  "The display was great - the shirts were hung just as they were on the closet door at the end of the film with the BBM postcard hung next to them.  The display also had a number of postcards (including the 'you bet' one written by Ennis) and other props posters and photos."

Mary, Sunspot, WLAGuy and Sydney




Heath in the News

From PR Inside:  "HEATH LEDGER and MICHELLE WILLIAMS have purchased a legendary home in the Hollywood Hills that is considered by many to be a modern architectural masterpiece.  The $2.3 million (£1.3 million) home was once owned by talk show host ELLEN DeGENERES and has been dubbed the 'Treehouse'.  It has sweeping views and celebrity neighbours including KIRSTEN DUNST and MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.

The couple, who have a nine-month-old daughter, MATILDA, currently live in a Brooklyn, New York town house and recently sold their beach front home in Sydney, Australia because the paparazzi could see into the front of the glass structure."

PR Inside




Recognize this?



Can't you just see those sheep being herded through this valley?  (Canyon Creek, Alberta)

CalgoryActor has been out and about in Alberta's BBM filming locations again, just so we can enjoy his wonderful photos.  This one took a little doing; in fact it was downright dangerous!  He risked life and limb on a sharp incline that leads to a very sharp drop-off that he  says, "Would without a doubt, kill you if you fell off, so I was kind of nervous taking the shot."

If you don't recognize the locale, just check your dvd (or www.findingbrokeback.com), and compare it to the shot at Chapter 2 at 09:55.

We're glad you made it back in one piece, CalgoryActor . . . oh and thanks for this perfect shot!!    




Thread of the Day – The Birthday Thread

Birthdays – Ya gotta love 'em or at least share them with all of us!  If you want to join in the fun just PM McNell1120 (Nellie) and give your screen name and month-day of your birthday.  It will then be added to the thread's list.

TDS will now start running a list of birthdays – so don't be left out, get that PM going!  

Of course, the whole idea is to PM our Forum buddies with a birthday greeting or join in the fun on the Birthday Thread where all kinds of cyber flowers, cakes and whatever else await.

July Birthdays

10   Archbishop
13   Wdj (Widge)
17   Trinket
17    Canstandit
20   Michaelflanagansf
26   John John
26   Juliacat
28   Royandronnie
29   Phrag3                                




Photocap of the Day

by iwishiknew


First zebra: You know I ain't striped.
Second zebra: Me neither.



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