Saturday, June 11, 2011

AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY, THE PORN STAR RESTED: KICK COUTURE IN DC (and elsewhere???)

And on the seventh day, the porn star rested...

Greetings Big Shoe Diaries Readers and Colby Keller fans:

Given how prolific Mr. Keller is in his work, travels, cultural critiques, academic presentations, filming, and of course blogging, he must be pretty darn tired.  When does the big footed adult film sleep anyway???  Like on set when you really have to pee (despite the Viagra induced super-erections), porn stars need a break.  From now on Colby's Sabbath will be on Saturdays and instead you'll hear from me Karl Marxxx, on topics almost as interesting as those covered by Mr. Keller and with a slightly different flare.  Though not as informed on the arts of the erotic, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that will hopefully keep you sated and happy until Colby cums back for more on Sundays. Please let me know if you have ideas for topics you'd like me to explore and I love feedback.  You can write me at lawntattoo@gmail.com anytime you like.  I'll reply during business hours.

KICK COUTURE IN WASHINGTON DC

Washington, DC has a gay kickball league with sixteen teams.  Let me repeat that, SIXTEEN GAY KICKBALL TEAMS!  They all play in the same league against each other in a park in the gayborhood near Dupont Circle.  When the Kickball craze started to overtake young urban (mostly straight and white) social spaces, I cringed.  I judged quickly and assumed it was just another loud and obnoxious venue for frat dudes to perform hyper-masculinity-- to rehash power and control issues from their top dog playground days.  Surely, this was a place for people who wanted to forget the fact that, as life got more complex and other people got their moment to shine, they were no longer team captains determining the fates of the rest of us lined up against the chain fence waiting to be picked.


Whether or not my judgement has any weight, I'll probably never know.  It seems like kickball is giving way in the straight community to other pursuits.  I see the t-shirts less often and I don't find myself in bars with loud 20-something giving play-by-play accounts to people who had missed the game.


What I can say, is that the gays have made kickball very interesting, and fun.  It's a unique coming together of comraderie, athleticism at all levels, fashion (yes, fashion) and whimsy in the form of physical humor (and Colby knows we could all use a little more whimsy in this world).

In DC in particular, crazy striped socks fly, elaborate eye make-up that's mostly worn for the sake of the cool, rather than function (the day I attended a game it was cloudy and overcast) and people were having fun.  One of the things I had forgotten about playing games with bouncy rubber balls is that bouncy-rubber-things are fun and when you try to control them, it's funny.  Sure there are some great athletes who get to kick the ball hard and run as fast they can, but when the ball is rubber and enormous, everyone eventually winds up making hilarious physical faux pas.


So, I take it back.  My early judgements of kickball were too harsh. I didn't give it a chance to bounce off my face.  Thank you, Stonewall Kickball for turning my heart of stone into a bouncing ball of whimsical rubber for an afternoon.  Keep it up!

3 comments:

  1. Now this is something we need in LA. Of course, it's tough enough to get people to meet for coffee let alone commit to a league. lol.

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  2. Crazy striped socks and elaborate eye makeup, I was suited up for kickball just last weekend it would seem.

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  3. This is quite amazing! DC really does have a lot to offer to gay people who really like sports!
    I live in Annapolis which is just a car ride away and I often go to DC! They also have many other gay athletic teams that can be joined by any gay person, even if they have no experience in the sport! Fun stuff!!

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