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Strange Days.

Yes, strange days. I took some time off. Yesterday was a national holiday here - 18th "birthday" of Slovenia - and I decided to stay home till next Wednesday. I am still hoping for some nice weather next week so that we finally manage to see some sea and sun. And tomorrow it's Celestina brothers' day and Sunday is Zver (which is Igor's last name, btw... Means Beast. Go figure. LOL) Sibling's day. Good weekend ahead. And now onto last two strange days. I should be happy though, but I am somehow not. More on that later.

So... first and foremost. Something that really brought smile to my face. Matjaž got himself a new puppy. A tiny, sweet Whippet named Gareth. I can hardly wait to see him in... well... person. :)



Shopping...


Our new Nespresso machine, Citiz breed. :) The old one's buttons died...


New AussieBum package arrived today. I might try some out tonight... :)

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Ok, usually this should really make me more or less content, not to mention Bear Party tonight. Bear Party is also part of Pride Week here in Ljubljana and the shitty thing about these two days happened last night. A group of masked nogoods attacked Mitja mitjablazic  while attending one of Pride literature reading. Luckily idiots with torches didn't hurt Mitja too much, but he has stitches on his head and I am really, really, really pissed off. Guess the fact I live in my own circle of people in which everything is laid out clearly somehow made me overlook the fact that Slovenia still is a rather dark society. A nation with a national character unpleasantly close to that of Austrians and similar conservative, tight, not relaxed nations in which radical acts like this still happen. But I have to say I am happy with the way official politcs reacted and this attack, which would probably pass by almost unnoticed some years ago, made headlines today. It has to. It's a lame, terrible thing to do. Wearing masks, beating and then disappearing in the dark is an act of pure cowardness for me. An act of people who are far, far, far away from being at ease and at peace with their own life, their own emotions, their own sexuality.
I still need to see how I'll cope with all that in my head, but I am sure I will give Mitja mitjablazic  and Viki vksi  a big, giant, warm hug and kiss on that Bear Party tonight. They really deserve it.

So, pardon me for this venting, but I am really mad. Maybe also scared a little? I don't know.

I don't know. But thanks, Mitja!!!



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dan4behr
Jun. 26th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Big hugs to Gareth and especially to Mitja.
Such good news about the pup and such terrible news about the beating.
Sad :(
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
Hugs delivered! :)

Mitja is okay and I have to say that surprising reaction of Slovene politics and media continues. Pride parade is #1 news today here, not least because police said they will do all to protect the participants should something similar happen. I think 2009 is a kind of a break-through year for gay rights movement hear. I hope it is.
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paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
And he is okay. I was happy to give him a huge hug last night.
fba
Jun. 26th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
:(

I'm really sorry - one day Eastern Europe will have the same rights for LGBT people as most of Western Europe. The problems in Moscow during Eurovision really brought it home to me how far we've come in the UK and how you don't have to travel very far to find institutionalised intolerance... One of the reasons I'm pro-EU is because the Convention on Human Rights gives us the protections we might not otherwise have if it was left to national governments...
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Yes, we are moving there, slowly. But official reaction still and again pleases me.
aadroma
Jun. 26th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Please give Mitja my regards -- that's horrible that people in this day and age still feel the need to do shit like this, the fuckers!

(BIG HUG) Acts like this, show why we still need to even HAVE pride.
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
It pissed me off as hell yesterday. I am cool today. :)

HUGS made it there.
manley1
Jun. 26th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to read about your friend. People are like that all over in that they feel empowered to be hateful so long as they are safely concealed and in a group. It just sucks.
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:06 am (UTC)
It's really sick. And even today when I was reading some forums I felt terrible. The anonymity of internet is not such a good thing sometimes.
putzmeisterbear
Jun. 26th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
It still happens here in the US sadly. Where there is little to be done about masked thugs in a group, it seems one of the best things someone can do is to have self defense skills. I know my size (I was muscular before I became fat) has made muggers think twice about bothering me. Most of these beatings do come from cowards.

I hope your Bear Party is a whole lot of fun despite the stupid attack. Tell all your bear friends that San Francisco bears send big hugs and kisses. It would be fun to be with you all tonight.
putzmeisterbear
Jun. 27th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, please tell Mitja not only do I send my best wishes but I'd be happy to kiss his hurt away.
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dendren
Jun. 26th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
oh no, please give Mitja a big hug and get ok from me also. This really sucks but I'm glad he's ok overall.

and Gareth is adorable!!!
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
He good all that and he is doing okay. He was the hero of the day in Slovenia yesterday. And that's a good thing. Media coverage was immense and the parade today is #1 news for the first time. Not least because police promised they will do all they can to protect the participants.
arktos62
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Terrible. And a reminder that even in the most tolerant of societies there are people who will do all they can to damage us. My condolences to Mitjo.
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
They do all they can. And so should we, right?
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paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
He is okay, thanks. And I am closer to okay today. Was good to hang out with Mitja bit last night. :)
olamina
Jun. 26th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I hate to hear this about Mitja, especially right after I am coming out of one of my regular "SLOVENIAN-PEOPLE-MAKE-ME-SO-MAD" episodes! i am very proud to hear that the press and the politicians are speaking up about his. Yes, Slovenia can!
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
Yes, obviously Slovenia can. Parade is #1 news today. I cannot imagine that happening a few years ago.

And ....... I DO understand your "make-me-so-mad" phase.
cajuncountry
Jun. 26th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Damn! I'm glad Mitja will be ok. But this is just maddening to read about. :(
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
He is okay, yes, fortunately. He is a fighter. And today... is another and a better day. :)
tilia_tomentosa
Jun. 26th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
*gets seriously angry*

This is how our Bulgarian no-goods act too.

And the general social atmosphere is MUCH worse in Bulgaria. When I once saw the photo of Igor on your office wall, and obviously no one was shocked, I thought to myself, I can't imagine such a thing here in Bulgaria.

I guess it's too late to ask you to kiss Mitja and Viki from me at the party. Maybe I'll write Mitja an email or something.
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
Oh.... I am sure I gave enough kisses to both of them for all of us. :)
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paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
It is awful. And I hope (well, I know) things will change for the better.

Puppy is pure cuteness. And I will keep on posting.

HUGS, Pete! :)
inbhirnis
Jun. 27th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
This is horrible news - needless to say, when you see Mitja and Viki at the Bear Party, give them a hug and kiss from me - and indeed from all their LJ friends! We're all thinking of them.

Here's the story on the US Amnesty International website..

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paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:39 am (UTC)
They got a lof of hugs. And I am happy to see the incident got a very thorough coverage. The only way to implant it all it moron's head. :)
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wrascalism
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
How awful, I hope Mitja had friends there to help him after he was assaulted.
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Mitja is a man with many friends. He is fortunate.
estudioso
Jun. 27th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
That is fucking awful. Fucking unbelievable.
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
It was a shock, yes. And I hope things will change for the better.

hugs
airporter
Jun. 27th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
Thank you, Tomaz, for letting us all know that Mitja will be okay, will heal from the beating. As you can tell, many here think his efforts are great and most worthwhile (as you do!)

I'm reminded that we often cocoon ourselves in safe microcosms, limiting our exposure to the world, and feeling fortunate that there are people like your friend, who ensure visibility and eventually, acceptance.
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
Mitja is doing a great job, yes. And also a big job.

Yes, microcosmos can trick you. I need to do something about it.
cmorley
Jun. 27th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Holy crap. I'm glad Mitja is okay, but horrified that this stuff still happens. I know it does here, but hopefully less and less. Like you said, the more visible these attacks are made, the better. Hope these guys are caught.

Oh, and... nice knickers.
paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 10:42 am (UTC)
I also hope such attacks will become rarer and rares. It was a weird day for me, I must say.

Oh... thanks. :)
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paterson_si
Jun. 27th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
Get-well-quick kiss on its way. :)
bear_left
Jun. 27th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
I'm absolutely horrified to read this news, and am very relieved that he's doing well, that you're in a better place than you were the other day, & that the media is covering this as the outrage that it is. Hugs & kisses to you all!
paterson_si
Jun. 29th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Yes... and Pride parade went along well. More people than before and also some politics people showed up and all went by without any incidents. I think 2009 is an important year.
squirreltot
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
I love the puppy - I just wants to cuddle and play with him for a bit. But I am LUSTING after your new Nespresso. It is super cool looking and RED! I almost wish ours would break so I'd have an excuse to get a newer one. :o)
paterson_si
Jun. 29th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Fire Engine Red, that is. And it's pure lust. :)
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paterson_si
Jun. 29th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Sensationally! :) Knickers, that is. LOL
ubermunkey
Jun. 28th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
wow, the attack, I don't even know what to say? I mean shit that is mid evil!

Love the aussies!

Love the new machine.

cheers

paterson_si
Jun. 29th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Knickers and machine rock and that attack was a terrible thing......

HUGS
ubermunkey
Jun. 28th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
er medieval. solly spelling is sometimes not my thing!


paterson_si
Jun. 29th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
It's just a littel thing, it's okay. :)
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paterson_si
Jun. 29th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Yes... official and not so official approach are way too often a totally different thing. I keep my hopes up high that it will eventually get better here.

On another theme... I used my ordinary lens, not a macro one, just set aperture to 2.8 and used the right white balance. And that was about it. Light was normal. :)
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