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Ivanka Trump, racism, USF football: This week in Twitter rants

Man with phone photo by Gilles Lambert via Unsplash.

This was a week for unmitigated ranting thoughts on Twitter for me.

Here are some highlights:

Over-Policing of minorities

A Twitter user wrote: “A microscopic number of police interactions with blacks have cops doing something wrong out of the massive number of interactions.”

I took the opportunity to rant extensively talk about my personal experience with racially-motivated policing.
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Bar Exam Dallas Work

Sliding into Summer (and bar prep!)

Downtown Dallas near the Omni Hotel

Summertime is nigh.

Rising temperatures and tornado outbreaks mean that springtime is almost over in Dallas.

My days are zipping by quickly with extremely early work mornings and a demanding bar prep schedule, but I’m still making time to walk the dogs and hit up the usual gayborhood spots with friends.

Cassie Nova hosting a drag show at S4 nightclub in Dallas.

Cassie Nova hosting a drag show at S4 nightclub in Dallas.

Gunter and Ingrid on a dog walk in the Perry Heights section of the gayborhood.

Gunter and Ingrid on a dog walk in the Perry Heights section of the gayborhood.

Comparing our shoes at an Oak Lawn happy hour.

Comparing our shoes at an Oak Lawn happy hour.

Gunter, the chiweenie on our balcony one morning.

Gunter, the chiweenie on our balcony one morning.

Back to studying

I’m sitting for the July bar exam here in Dallas, which means that I’m undergoing the bar prep experience that many of my old classmates did years ago.

Back at Thomson Reuters, my positions were J.D.-preferred, so getting licensed was never a priority. Continue reading “Sliding into Summer (and bar prep!)” »

Fort Worth LGBT

Drag Brunch at Urban Cowboy Saloon

The #IAmUrban sign / Disco Guitar at Urban Cowboy Saloon, Fort Worth, TX.

We made the trek to Fort Worth this weekend for drag brunch at Urban Cowboy Saloon.

Overall, it was a fun experience and a great show.

Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed drag brunch at Urban Cowboy Saloon, Fort Worth, TX.

Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed drag brunch at Urban Cowboy Saloon, Fort Worth, TX.

The drag brunch cast at Urban Cowboy Saloon, Fort Worth, TX.

The drag brunch cast at Urban Cowboy Saloon, Fort Worth, TX.

The theme was purportedly “Rocky Horror Picture Show” but the drag queens performed at many non-Rocky Horror songs. This probably kept the show more interesting for people unfamiliar with the movie. Continue reading “Drag Brunch at Urban Cowboy Saloon” »

Oak Lawn

Crime in the Gayborhood

The gayborhood feels considerably safer than it did last year, but we still have some bizarre crime stories.

Here’s a running list of notable crime stories in Oak Lawn.

Police documenting the scene of an officer attack in Oak Lawn.

Police documenting the scene of an officer attack in Oak Lawn.

The Naked Brawler — April 16, 2016

Michael and I were walking the dogs on Easter Sunday when we noticed a bunch of police cars swarming the closed AT&T store across from Starbucks and Eatzi’s.

It was strange to see four Dallas Police cars and two Highland Park patrol cars around a closed store. We grabbed Starbucks and watched as a crime lab van pulled up.

I took a picture of the squad cars and sent it to our breaking news team to investigate. What they found out was hilarious: a Highland Park officer apparently came across a naked woman in the street around 9 a.m.

She was distraught and punched him. Continue reading “Crime in the Gayborhood” »

Dallas

It doesn’t drizzle in Texas

ilume Park in Dallas during a thunderstorm.

One of my favorite things to do growing up was to read outside on the covered balcony of my grandparents’ house when it was raining.

I went through so many cheesy crime novels on that balcony — mostly P.D. James and Donna Leon.

This was an expensive habit too, because my grandparents live in a village in Germany. I could get English-language novels from a bookstore in a nearby town, but these were nearly twice the cost of German paperbacks. Continue reading “It doesn’t drizzle in Texas” »