With the exception of a one-hour break for lunch at Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers in Noe Valley and another one-hour break for Halloween costume shopping at Party City in Potrero Hill I spent all of today underneath the covers in the bed that I share with B reading Rainbow Rowell's Carry On, a novel that began as part of Rowell's book Fangirl and then, probably thanks in part to the reaction of people who frequent the World Wide Web, was turned into its very own thing. The plot of Carry On is, in the simplest of terms, a lot like Harry Potter (there's a school for magical teenagers and some of those teenagers use wands) except that the two main characters are gay, which is, needless to say, the best bringing together of two things ever since a person first wrapped a strip of bacon around a piece of shrimp. I'm only on page three hundred and eighty-two, but in thinking about it just now I quite strongly believe that Carry On could only be improved if Baz and Simon were replaced with myself (as a wizard) and George Clooney (as George Clooney, but gay).
In other news, I had an effin' full yesterday because of work (we had a furniture install) and a soccer game (we tied the Vespas of Clarendon one to one) and work again (they weren't finished with the install) and brunch in Golden Gate Park (see yesterday's web log entry) and the Human Rights Campaign Gala at the Westin St. Francis (see photo below). As a quick note on that last thing (so I remember), the evening's keynote speaker was Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Although I only knew a little bit about Jim going into the evening, during his speech he addressed having to raise private funds to fly his then-sick partner John to Maryland in a medical helicopter so that they could legally marry before John passed away from ALS because they wouldn't have been recognized as a couple in their home state of Ohio. I think's it's out-of-this-world fucked up that they had to go through that on top of the whole ALS thing which is one of so many reasons that I'm thankful that gays can marry in the U.S. now and I believe that Jim is an American hero and it was an honor to hear him speak.