November 23, 2012
25 Little Reasons to be Thankful

Of course I am thankful for my family, friends, health and happiness but when do we ever think about the little things that really make our lives… Nicer? Here are 25 little things I am thankful for this Turkey Day:

1) Whole Foods makes gluten free Pumpkin Pie

2) 24 Hour Fitness is open this morning (till 2) so freaks like me can work out before the eating Olympics commence

3) We’re one month closer to disproving crazies who think the world is going to end

4) No shave November is almost over (this stuff gets itchy)

5) I didn’t go to the SF Giants victory parade (but glad they won)

6) Autumn finally came (the heat waves were killer)

7) Autocorrect for providing me with hours of entertaining and many awkward conversations

8) Zipcar (need I say more?)

9) The naked guys in the Castro for showing me what real self confidence is about

10) The Internet (I know this is a bit dated but seriously what would we do without it?)

11) An Apple a day keeps the boredom away (yeah I’m referencing my iToys)

12) I am no longer going to be barraged by campaign literature and robo calls

13) Sheldon Cooper is not my roommate (although mine isn’t much better, still…)

14) The Hetch Hetchy for providing us with the tastiest tap water (and for us not draining it)

15) The Exploratorium because it’s the only museum that LETS me touch stuff

16) 80’s Cardio jams

17) Starbuck’s coffee: responsible for reviving many comatose mornings

18) That the Twinkie has no (serious) effect on my life

19) The Kindle is a back saver, space saver, and time (in the bookstore) saver

20) Disney land is still fun at 25 

21) Commercial free radio exists

22) Reality TV for making me feel better about myself

23) Smucker’s Birthdays —god bless those Centenarians

24) For working escalators again in San Francisco underground stations

25) Podcasts- Radiolab, Nerdist… What would my commute time be without you?

Happy Seasons Eatings!!

November 23, 2012
My Foray into Journalism

Last year I gave journalism a go. What I learned from the experience: I love writing and creating, I don’t like journalism so much. However, I spent a semester working for the newspaper. Linked are a few of my top articles. Enjoy!

http://theguardsman.com/author/writer-dargir/

**All Rights reserved to the linked content belong to CCSF Guardsman**

July 20, 2012
What the Boy Scouts really mean…

Boy Scouts is about being “…trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent” (BSA Scouts Law). Since when does discrimination, intolerance and lying fit within these core values?

Over the past century, the BSA has built a respected organization; developing young American men to be good citizens, instilling them with a sense of pride, responsibility, ethics, and integrity. By any measure, this is exactly the type of person most parents hope their children become.

What message is sent when such an organization advocates for the outright exclusion of people based solely upon their sexual orientation?

It baffles me to think that any parent would rather their child grow up to discriminate, hate, and devalue others who may be different from themselves or feel shame about who they are.

Recently, much attention has been drawn to the BSA’s “ban on gays” policy.

You may have heard the media stories responsible for bringing it to the forefront:

Jen Tyrrell, an Ohio mother, was forced to resign as a Den mother of her son’s cub scout pack because she’s a lesbian.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/tiger-scouts-ousts-lesbian-den-mother-parents-rally-to-her-defense/

A gay father from Texas, Jon Langbert, was outright denied a leadership position and told he could no longer wear an identifying BSA t-shirt from his son’s troop.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20101016-Gay-father-not-allowed-to-be-639.ece

Eric Jones, an Eagle Scout, was fired from a Boy Scout camp he had worked at for five years when he came out (as gay) to his supervisor.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/17/eric-jones-missouri-eagle-scout-gay-summer-camp-_n_1679699.html

So why do I care so much?

Growing up I was lucky enough to have four parents who cared immensely about mine and my brother’s lives. Aside from their unconditional love and parental guidance, they supported us by not only encouraging us to pursue activities that interested us but also got involved themselves.

Throughout the years they were there in everything from scouting and sports to marching band. Experiencing my parents’ active participation in these parts of my life cemented their importance and I developed a certain bond with my parents I might not have otherwise.I guarantee this,in part, made me the person I am today. Had I or my parents ever been denied participation in any of these activities I believe my life would be vastly different.

Relating directly to this issue, the ban on gays does nothing more than take opportunities away from children and families.

The people who support the BSA’s policy do so out of fear and ignorance.

Many of the arguments I’ve heard believe that, by allowing gays, their children will be at risk of a sexual predator. In actuality, sexual orientation has not factored in child abuse cases. Gays are no more likely to molest a child than Straights. (Just look at the Jerry Sandusky case –a married heterosexual male who has been recently convicted of sexually molesting boys at Penn State.)

Second most common argument I’ve heard is the need to uphold tradition. If we were talking about uniforms I would say this may apply but in a world that is progressing towards equal rights and protections the antiquated policy needs to go. The true tradition is (and should be) developing the next generation of leaders who will better the world they live in. Lifting the ban will not harm this tradition, instead will promote more positive images and values that I would want instilled in my own (future) children.

Almost off my soap box….

Just to add, I was honored to meet Jen Tyrrell at the 25th annual GLAAD (Gays and Lesbians Against Defamation) Awards in San Francisco this past June. Her and her family’s strength and will to fight against this injustice has been truly inspiring.

I proudly stand in solidarity with them amongst thousands of others for a repeal of the Boy Scouts ban on gays, in hopes that in the near future membership will be solely determined on the content of character and not sexuality.

One more thing before you go…

Be sure to check out Zach Wahls page on “change.org” : http://www.change.org/members/zachwahls

As a young straight ally, Eagle Scout and son of lesbian mothers he has been an instrumental advocate in recent LGBT rights issues.

Thank you for reading!! :)

—Darren Girard

@DarrenG87 (Twitter)

http://oddboi.tumblr.com/

July 19, 2012
Emmy Nominations…

I am not a huge TV enthusiast by any means but we all have our indulgences. Mine are none other than The Big Bang Theory, Glee, & (the only reality based TV aside from the news I’ll watch) MythBusters.
Appealing to my life’s ambition of science, love of theatre (oh, the memories of a high school theater geek!!) & my awkward sense of humor (allowing me to laugh at social ineptitudes I too share with certain characters) these shows much deserve a big congratulations for their Emmy Nominations!

Special Congrats to:
Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, Peter John Chakos, & the Cast and Crew—The Big Bang Theory

Dot Marie Jones, Michael Goi, & Glee make up dept. —Glee

"The Mythbusters"— Mythbusters

Good luck on Emmy night! ;)

July 18, 2012
Les Miserables= An amazing night at the theatre!!

Les Miserables= An amazing night at the theatre!!

July 18, 2012
SF AIDS WALK success!!

Thanks to everyone who supported me in the 25th annual SF AIDS WALK! I surpassed my goal & raised $125! I could not have done it without any of you!! ;)

June 30, 2012
Remove the ban on gay men @ blood banks

Please sign this petition on change.org to stop the discriminatory practice of blood banks against gay men! Pass it along! Thank you for your support!!

June 29, 2012

(Source: crockerjames42, via theartoftransliness)

June 3, 2012
23rd annual GLAAD awards, San Francisco ;)

23rd annual GLAAD awards, San Francisco ;)

September 8, 2011
…it’s really cool to see my name in print…

…it’s really cool to see my name in print…

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