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Bellini's bilious blahs

I must confess - I'm having trouble finding topics for columns these days.

It's a mix of various things. One big thing was that I have unfollowed at least three dozen really opinionated gay guys from my Facebook feed. It was just after the last Pride/BLM/cops clusterfuck that I just decided to check out. I grew tired of waking up, having a coffee, and checking my Facebook feed, only to be in paroxysms of rage 10 minutes later. Facebook is no place to voice an opinion, or have an argument. I had to get it out of my life. Now, when I check my feed, it's mostly pictures of babies, or macaroni salad recipes. Ahhhhh, la dolce vita.

But I'm also in knots over all the changes in the neighbourhood. I really miss Super Fresh Mart and 7/24 Video. And what happened to Urge? Daytona retired. Even Cannabis Culture is gone. Some days it seems like the gay village is vanishing before our eyes, constantly being replaced with Development Proposals for more shitty condominiums. 'Development Proposal' is my new drag name.

My only source of rage these days are long checkout lines at No Frills, and all Toronto traffic. For those of you who have never driven a car in Toronto, congratulations. Your blood pressure is just fine. But the rest of us are so exhausted from defensive driving, so aghast at how some people disregard the moral codes of society once they are behind the wheel, that driving has become the single most horrible thing in my life right now. But it really doesn't lend itself to appropriate or interesting MGT column topics.

If I may diagnose myself, I would say I have a case of the Fatigues, a deep tired feeling that comes from daily living. In my case, it might even be more literal. I recall my uncharitable friend saying that I wasn't fatigué, just "fat and gay," as though that was a pre-existing condition. 

So I guess I have no choice but to reopen the valves of hot shit on Facebook, and once again welcome everyone else's bilious opinions. At very least I can read about how hard Olivia Nuamah's job is. Oliva, you have all my support. But for your own health, avoid all social media. 



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