Here I am in New York City. In the place, I grew up, the place that I call home. On Sunday, the Seahawks will play the Broncos in Super Bowl
XLVIII. For most New Yorkers, it’s a time of excitement as it’s the first time  that this fine city (and it’s usually overlooked neighbor, New Jersey) has hosted the event. But for me, I’m beyond words, I’m beyond excited. I don’t  have the tickets for the game (do I really have that kind of money?), but I will be at home, with the Empire State Building in view from the living room of  my apartment, surrounded by friends, watching the game. Each one of those friends knows that I’ve been a Seahawks fan since 1976, since I was 11.

 
 
Hey there.. as you all know.. I don't blog/post much, but I figured this one is worth a comment. Tony and I are participating in the AIDS Walk NY this year. Any contribution to our cause would be most helpful. Here's the link:
http://awny2013.kintera.org/brendanbecker

Every little bit helps!
 
 
In case you're not aware, there are four legislative ballot questions in November in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington regarding marriage equality. 
Being that marriage equality is the law of the land in the State of New York, I don't have much to worry about... (well a little, but I'll get to that in a bit).
But I was thinking about how I can support my friends who are looking to gain marriage equality in these places?

 
 
Well , there's actually a write up/interview about me in PMc Magazine. It's an online thing and I'm not really sure about it's reach, but it's an overall good piece.
Here's the link:
http://pmc-mag.com/2012/09/brendan-becker/
 
 
Hey all, I guess I should put this in the links space (and I will), but I thought it important enough to put in ramblings here. I read the following article about a National Organization for Marriage (NOM)'s Ruth Institute's conference in San Diego and a very brave and restrained young man who went undercover to see what is being said to their faithful.
Here's the link:
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/08/28/exclusive-undercover-at-noms-anti-gay-student-c/189596

 
 
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For quite some time, the issue of marriage equality has been a hot button topic for many folks pitting each side against one another. Over the past few weeks though, it seems to be have escalated and seems to be reaching a touchpoint as the Chick-Fil-A controversy ignited a flashpoint where for the first time that I can remember, those who are are the anti-equality side have been given an opportunity to “protect” one of their own... an organization who, through the quotes of one of its officers, Dan Cathy, who stated that his belief in  a “Biblical” definition of family. Interesting to note here, that he did not specifically state what that definition was or specifically gay marriage. Notwithstanding, the reactions from both sides of the issue have grown in fervor because of the statements and the ensuing media coverage. 


 
 
Last Thursday, May 17, 2012.... one of the worst days of my life. I lost my Mom.  She watched Jay Leno with my Dad, went to sleep, and never woke up. I have told quite a few people that I would rather deal with my shock, my sadness... my horror, than to think of her passing as a relief for all involved due to some long drawn-out illness. Because the one word that can describe my Mom is "vibrant." I would never want to think of her in any other way. 

 
 
This was originally posted on Facebook .  A follow up to my Reboot note from almost one year prior.

I wanted to write a note (which I'm doing right now) about finally landing a job. But as I was starting, I noticed that it was just over a year ago that I wrote my "Reboot" note on Facebook. My tears welled up while reading it because it seems so so far away. I had such hope, such a positive attitude moving forward. There was some trepidation about moving to the Bronx, but I knew I was going to be alright then.

 
 
This was originally posted on Facebook. I think of it as one of my better rants.
As most of you know, I'm usually the happy go-lucky guy. The one that has a smile on my face. I joke that I'm the ultimate optimist because I view the glass as half-empty. Why? Because I know that I can finish it up and order another beer.

But today, I'm pissed off, annoyed, angry, and would love to tell a bunch of people who deserve it to go suck on it!!

 
 
This was originally posted on Facebook on Sunday, October 11, 2009.  A pretty important post for me.
 This weekend has been a re-affirmation of sorts for me.

It really started on Thursday when I found out that it looks like the State of New Jersey will be giving me a grant so that I can get my Project Management Professional certification training.

It was the best news that I've had in a long time as things have been really tough for me.