Thursday, December 18, 2008

Butch sissy?

Last night after dinner I installed 2 dimmer switches. I used a power tool.

Now, don't sound so shocked! Just because the name of this blog is 'Tales of the Sissy' doesn't mean I can't assert my (admittedly rusty) butch side now and then.

Stop laughing!!!

As my blogger profile states: 'Tales of the Sissy' is a play on words related to Armistead Maupin's novel 'Tales of the City' which chronicles the daily lives of several seemingly unrelated people. Since my blog will chronicle my daily life (although I am not promising to post daily) and I am gay (hence the stereotype 'sissy'), I decided to call my blog 'Tales of the Sissy'.

Four years ago this month when I started this blog I decided to 'take back' the term 'sissy'. By 'claiming' that word I prevent anyone who uses it toward me from being able to hurt me with it. Yes, I 'own' my sissy-ality!!!

In fact, there are some gay men who desire sissies. I once met a sissy and his long-term partner at a Christmas party, but that's a whole 'nother blog entry.

That being said, nobody's called me a sissy since 3rd grade. But the concept still holds true.

Those of you who know me in 'real life' in addition to my cyber portrayal of myself here know that I'm not a sissy all the time. Sure, I can be limp-wristed and catty and dish the dirt with the best of the sissies, but that's not who I am most of the time. I simply reserve the right to show my sissy-ality now and then, and without shame.

But most of the time I'm just a regular guy. I can't arrange flowers or do hair, although I admire those who can. And occasionally I use power tools, like my Ryobi cordless drill/screw driver.

Man, that thing is awesome! I use it on almost every project.

I was quite pleased with myself after successfully installing the dimmer switches last night without electrocuting myself. Actually its quite easy, just be sure to turn the circuit breaker off first, and then follow the directions on the dimmer package.

On Sat night when we have our holiday open house we'll be able to have just the right amount of light coming from the dining room chandelier and the living room ceiling fixture.

And as every good sissy knows, proper lighting isn't just important - its EVERYTHING!

Crush du Jour: Matt Riddlehoover


A Lewis said...

I used power tools last night too. I just can't tell you about it here in public.

Java said...

That Ryobi cordless drill ROCKS!!

Have fun Saturday. It all sounds fabulous.

My favorite word of the day - sissy-ality

Anonymous said...

So at least now we know the delay in hanging that chandelier had nothing to do with your "sissy-ality." ;-)

You've got me thinking of poor Florence Henderson now and her Wessonality.

Anonymous said...

You had to use power tools to install a dimmer? I just do it the old fashioned way with a screwdriver.

That said, I didn't get the gay fashion, hair or design gene, oh no. I got the handy gene.

I've fixed any number of things around here. I don't have any fear when it comes to that, I just have to build up my power tool set. I figure a good drill, a circular saw and a decent router should start me off.

Alex C. said...

Amen sister!


Anonymous said...

I had a job interview once and the following weekend was at a pool party. A friend asked how it went and if I acted gay. I said "No, I acted Butchy." He looked at me and said "Honey, you just said Butchy."

So you are not a Butch Sissy, You are Butchy.

David Dust said...

Sissy or Butchy - you are FABULOUS.


Joie Mayfield said...

You are so know that? I'm happy about your conquering the dimmer switches. LOL. :) Hope your weekend gala goes well! :)