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Jul 11th 2011 2:16AM I'm a 'couch surfer' who has hosted many people and travelled extensively around the world staying with complete strangers who often end up becoming friends. Like your wife I do like the creature comforts afforded by hotels, however Iwould encourage anyone to check couch surfing and give it a try. It's not always easy to find hosts. Having a complete profile and some good pictures/references is essential.
The advantage of couch surfing over hostels is that you'll have a friendly local who can give you 'in the know' local hints and tips, plus it always feels to me MUCH more relaxed and safer than a hostel where there are sometimes people who are less than honest.
I'm currently couch surfing my way up the easy coast of Australia, and writing this comment from a balcony of a tree house where my current couchsurfing host lives, not far from Byron Bay.
If you're curious you can see pictures from my ongoing couchsurfing adventures at http://www.beforeiforget.co.uk
Feb 21st 2007 1:17PM Wow, what a topic. Some real food for thought. I've never really considered the gay adoption issue before, but wow, that is really valid isn't it. Why is it illegal for gay people to adopt (is it even illegal?) Now, this is going to earn me some backlash I'm sure, but I personally think that it's better for a child to have a mother father influence, but come on people, if a gay couple are willing to take on the responsibility of bringing up a kid surely regardless of what feelings one might have about the whole homosexual thing, one couldn't seriously suggest a child is better off in "the system"?
The thing is, is a parent imposing their religious doctrine on a child abuse? Surely no more than a parent who is crazy into Nascar and wants their son to be crazy into Nascar too right? Legislating against this would be an entirely fruitless and foolish thing to do. Parents should do the best they can and love their kids enough to be able to love them whatever.
I can't imagine what it must be like to grow up gay and live in a family that sees this as sinful. But then I can't imagine how hard it must be to grow up gay and go through high school with that either.
The Christian church is completely fucked up in its views of sexuality and sex. The Bible's standards may well have been sensible at the time, but some latitude should be applied to those standards today. The same latitudes that have been applied to other rules but it seems sex is too much of a sticky subject for them to consider any flexibility on.
I should also point out that I don't think it's a huge leap to compare being gay and discriminated against to being black and discriminated against. Put simply the individual is being discriminated against because of their biology, something they have no power to alter and neither should they be expected to!
I think you'll find there have been gay people around LONG before Christ and his church, the same amount of time as there have been black people, so its stupid to claim the two are not the same in many respects.
Jan 24th 2007 3:01PM "Big hat no cattle." I vow to find a way to use that saying in the next 24 hours. Since no one here in the UK will give an arse about the Pwesidents state of the yawnion I will endevour to use it in a way that doesn't involve Mr War on Turrrr.