March 2012

The realms of love


Love is one of the strongest feelings we ever experience in our entire lives. It’s a feeling that captures us and makes us feel as if the world has suddenly become a brighter place. I’m sure you’ve seen someone who is freshly in love. There is more bounce in their step and a smile that they couldn’t wipe off their faces if they tried. But, while love is all well and good, there is another end of it that is one of the hardest things we will ever go through.

Butch's Crew

Adventures At The Tackle Shop

My family vacations at Torch Lake in Northern Michigan each summer. Well, actually these days it's not every summer, because of Michael Moore. He bought a multimillion dollar home on the lake, drove all the property taxes up and and now no working families can afford to visit there. At any rate, every few summers we go to Torch Lake and visit a place called Butch's Tackle and Marine. They sell all sorts of stuff there; tackle and marine stuff, predictably as well as things like elk jerky and very old magazines and sample sized of over the counter medication, chewing gum in a single flavor and single serving chilled (as they say in Michigan) pop.

They also sell a whole bunch of Butch's merchandise, much to my delight. And when I say Butch merchandise I mean merchandise made to allegedly advertise the marina and tackle shop commonly known as Butch's. But of course, for us of the queer persuasion it really means merchandise to take photos of and by for folks back home so we can all enjoy its collective irony, with much giggling of course and wondering “do they know?”