Category Archives: Writing

Dang Dude, Do You Live On The Computer? The LeftofStr8 Story

So that question was posed to me recently, and yes, I have a tiny little apartment next to the TAB key.  HA!  I thought it’s time to peel back maybe just a layer of what I am doing in this great big cyber world.  If you didn’t know already, my name is Scott.  I live in Northeast Ohio.  I am over 29 years old, (that’s when I stopped counting, I just have anniversaries now of my 29th birthday, and frankly I don’t want to do the math).  I am single and gay, and not always in that order.  I’m a chubby man who enjoys movies/concerts/plays, television, comics, food, writing, and occasional naps.  (I know what you are thinking, ‘he is into comics and all of that stuff and he is still single?’ sad but currently true).

I grew up in Southern California, have lived in six states, and traveled through 43 states and two other countries.  I have worked too many jobs to count, but I am a hard worker and vagabond by nature, so I love to travel around and try new things.  I have owned two businesses, but just finished doing a job I hated for 5 years.  I am currently unemployed by choice. ( I know, another reason to wonder why I am currently single).  Unemployed does not mean I am not working.  My father has had two heart attacks and two strokes, and was recently hospitalized for a month and a half.  I have quit work to help him and my mother out, as he is basically been given 5 months to 5 years, for the second time.  The new wrinkle is he can barely walk around the house, but thank goodness he is still mobile.

While my mother is still quite capable, her old bones have begun to creek a bit as well, so I am currently doing most of the cooking, most of the cleaning, most of the laundry, and all outside errands for banking, groceries, prescriptions and odds and ends.  To do this, I have moved back home into the fully finished and furnished basement, while my parents are as I call them, “The Strangers Above.”  Honestly this basement is bigger than a lot of apartments, yes I am talking to you New York friends, and it has its own entrance.  It has enabled me to not live off of the government since my only bills now are for my car and clothes, and I was able to save up a nice pile of cash in my many years of working.  My parents pay for all the food and a small salary for me.  (Live with your parents?  C’mon seriously, you can’t be single.)

Basically I work at home for a total of 2-4 hours a day, freedom to go out almost anytime but meals and doctors, so it’s really not as bad as it sounds.  To that end, I have A LOT of time on my hands and a lot of creativity and energy to burn off throughout the day and evening, so here I am, on the Internet.  My forte in all of my working years was restaurant management and marketing.  Those are the two businesses I owned as well; my own restaurant and my own marketing company.  The nice thing about the Internet is you can now build a business almost entirely from online.  That’s my goal and current passion.  I am starting a Restaurant Consulting business, where I will actually go out to the restaurants, and an Internet hub through writing, blogging, posting, and eventually podcasting about issues I am passionate about.  The LGBT Community, Entertainment, and Food.

I am looking forward to looking after my dad as he needs me, until the day he doesn’t need anyone anymore, and interacting with my friends and confidants online and in my little community here in NE Ohio.  It may not be the most glamorous life, but it’s a good life for now, and hopefully the Internet will make it a little more fun and profitable as I go on.  I just wanted to take a second and open up about myself a bit, and say thank you for following me, and encouraging me on my journey here on the Internet and with my family.  (And no matter what you read above, I am still quite a catch, lol)……..Scott

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“Won’t You Make My Red State Blue, (sung to Crystal Gale’s tear jerker),” and Other Election Fails!

I am slowly coming out from under the covers and putting lots of pillows on the chair, as I come out of my election day funk, and to comfort the serious a** whooping my fellow Democrats received at the polls on Tuesday.  Sort of like a deer caught in the headlights, I knew it was coming, but you just don’t believe it until it happens.  The Senate, most Governor races, and my own swingin’ state of Ohio, turned, or remained as red as my bleeding heart liberal bias.

Looking at the world a little Left of Straight, I am usually pre-disposed to lean left and liberal when it comes to politics, whether it’s for gay rights, women’s rights, or just looking out for the little guy.  At this point, I am more concerned with the in-action of Congress, than what party is in charge of doing nothing.  This election at the Federal level really doesn’t concern me yet.  There’s no major legislation that a little filibuster or well placed veto can’t slow down or stop.

At the State level however, I am very worried about all of the Republican Governors and State Legislatures and their power to govern.  31 states are now run by Republicans.  These are the people who write the laws that effect day to day life for people like you and me.  We should all be concerned about the Conservative Party’s push to privatize education, prisons, job creation, and anything else they can find to help them make some more money off of.  Now I am all for Capitalism, making a buck is all well and good in and of itself, but growing the rich even richer, at the expense of the disappearing middle class and low income citizens, should not be something that gets you elected to higher office.  My real concern is turning back the clock on equal rights.

Equal rights shouldn’t be a goal, it should be the law of the land, whether you are black, LGBT, women, or whatever.  The Party of smaller government sure has been spending a lot of time legislating about yours and my personal lives.  Has the country really been color-blind since electing a black President?  Do all women really have the right to choose their reproductive decisions everywhere in our great country?  Is it okay that finally over 30 states must recognize same sex marriage, while close to that same number of states allow you to deny housing and employment to individuals, just for being gay? These rights and others are mostly written and enforced at the State level of government, however if you think that the majority of these 31 Republican Governors won’t tow the Party line, you are naive at best, and complicit at worst.

The good news is, we have built into our Constitution a “do-over.”  Every two to four years, we get a chance to decide again on the ideals we have for our great country.  Unfortunately, a lot of damage can be done in that time between elections, so we must keep vigilant of what is being legislated for us.  I am hoping in the next two years time, we see the importance of our elections, and if I had it my way, we would spend everyone of those 730 days educating our young people, how to educate themselves on the power of the ballot box, and how important it is to follow the rights we grant and take away in this country, through our duly elected government.  Only 13% of people under age 30 voted in this mid-term election, down from 19%, just two years ago in 2012.  With numbers hovering near 70% of younger adults agreeing that our LGBT causes are about basic rights as citizens, these are the people we need to reach out to.  We can appreciate their vocal support as much as we want, but until they decide to turn that vocal support into physical action at the ballot box, we are doomed to remain second class citizens.

Yes we got “shellacked” at the polls on Tuesday, yet our government can only fail us if we fail to keep those we have elected, honest, and informed about what is of most to concern to us.  You may not all see the world a little Left of Straight as I do, but I hope you do have a view of what is important to you, and will hold those newly elected officials accountable.  Maybe if we all become a little more involved, we wont need our full “do-over.”  Maybe we can keep the mulligans on the golf course and just elect more people that have the rights of our citizenry in mind.  I will rise off these pillows soon to fight another day, but for now, a good cup of coffee and hot shower, just might do the trick!………………….S

Hey Stranger Friends, Welcome To The World A Little Left of Straight!

Nothing is scarier the night before All Hallows Eve, (Halloween), than me deciding to write a blog again.  I had a good run of it for a while, but it has been over eight years since I can claim to have posted “regularly.”  Honestly, I don’t find myself any more interesting than I was back then, but I have certainly become more opinionated and fearless, both qualities I admire and loathe in a person, lol.  I’m still chubby, still living in Northeast Ohio, and yes, still gay.

A conflux of events has brought me here, including a major birthday, a major illness in my family, a major occupational analysis, and a major need to get all of those feelings out and write once more.  I nudged myself a little last month, by becoming a recap and review writer for BroadwayWorld.com, which has forced me to put pen to page, (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be).  If you are enjoying watching THE RED BAND SOCIETY and MADAM SECRETARY as much as I am, you can follow the links and let me know if I am on the mark on my reviews, or let me in on your two-cents worth.  I’ll be writing a little bit about all of these events as time goes on, as well as my thoughts, opinions and concerns, of the world at large, albeit from a slightly left of straight point of view.

*****You get what I did there?  I alluded to still being gay and how that influences my perspective.  I crack myself up. HA!

If you haven’t noticed, my grammar, and following the rules of writing, still has a lot to be desired.  Luckily, I have an excellent editor at BWW, (BroadwayWorld, thanx Matt), and absolute trust in editors whom I plan to submit a few ideas I am working on.  Besides those places, “it’s my venue, and I’ll scribe as I want to.” with all due apologies to Lesley Gore.  I tend to write as I speak and in my own personal stream of consciousness, so there may be some very long run-on sentences if I am excited or feel very strongly about a subject, no matter how bad it may look on the screen, especially if you don’t speak as quickly as I do, and if you don’t speak fast, really, you are wasting time, so try to get to the point Skippy, we are wasting daylight here, and I have places to go and people to see.  Sometimes it’s just a few words.  A recent blog post here on Word Press, who is hosting this blog, had some quite funny and personal experiences on editor’s own styles, so I am not alone in this, whew!  I will run the occasional spell and grammar check button if something doesn’t make sense even to me.

While “Great Expectations,” is my favorite read, don’t expect too much out of the gate Stranger Friends.  Consider my toe “dipped.” into the shallow end of the writer’s pool, and I am happy that you are along for the ride.  I hope you will follow my blog and please post some comments as the spirit moves you.  Without comments it’s just me talking to whoever might be listening and my friends worry about that for me already.  If you are a fellow blogger, let me know.  I need to fill some space on this site as I get used to the format, and would love to share your words with my Stranger Friends.  (With the exception of NSFW bloggers, or as I like to call them, “Bloggers after Dark.”, this would not be the proper place to post your links.)  I look forward to writing for you…………Scott

An eerily accurate representation of what I look like when I write from an google file photo.
An eerily accurate representation of what I look like when I write from a google file photo.