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I’m Gonna Be A Roadie!

I’m preparing for a monumental journey and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s not going to be easy, but it’s likely to be one of the most rewarding weeks I will experience in my life. And I need your help to make it possible.

June 3rd – June 9th I will be traveling in support of over 2,000 riders who will bike 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to support the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.

While I am not able to complete the journey on a bike, I have volunteered as a Roadie, specifically as a massage therapist for the participants. I’ve committed my time to make sure that I’m ready, but I still wish to raise a minimum of $1,500. For that, I’m asking you to support me by donating as generously as you possibly can. To the people who rely on these services to survive, every dollar counts. And every dollar brings me closer to being able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. On the Wednesday of the week of the ride, I will celebrate my 68th birthday. As a gift to me, help me to help others with a generous donation. AIDS/LifeCycle

Thank you for making this event possible for me. Let’s make a difference together!

With love and gratitude,



The Franzi Collection

Men’s Crochet Classics with Peter Franzi


Water Lilies Wash Cloth

Folks: My Water Lilies Wash Cloth (can also be used as a dish cloth) pattern is available for sale at LoveKnitting and Ravelry. This pattern has become a favorite among my customers. Enjoy.


A new page

I am thrilled and pleased  that I will be self-publishing my crochet designs for men, henceforward. My patterns will be available on Ravelry and at LoveKnitting  Stay tuned.

Adding to the excitement is the recent and ongoing collaboration with Leading Men Fiber Arts I anxiously await, today, the  shipment of their glorious yarns for the first collaborative project, a hoodie version of my Don’s Day Off Cardigan. Look for the pattern to be available in early November, in time for your Christmas stitching.

In the meantime. check out my collections as Ravelry and LoveKnitting.  Happy Hooking!


The Lavender Pen TOur

The Lavender Pen.. a sign of freedom and equality from George Moscone and Harvey Milk for almost 40 years now. The Lavender Pen Tour – reaching out in song to mend fences and build bridges. Thank you for your support – now and always.

The Lavender Pen Tour


Lavender Pen Tour

As you know, I am a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. In its 40th Season, the Chorus is touring 6 southern states –  Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  States where our LGBTQ brothers and sisters do not enjoy the freedoms and rights that we do in San Francisco.  Our intention is to support and empower LGBT communities in those states and hopefully, to reach across the aisle, changing hearts and minds along the way.

For me, it is a personal goal and milestone to be able to participate in such a historical event that will absolutely make a difference in our world and in the lives of those who hear our music and message of inclusivity and equality.

The cost to each individual singer is $1,750.  This pays for my airfare, hotel and bus transportation across the south.

In order to go though, I need your help.  Please consider supporting me with a donation of any size.  Your generosity will help me go on this amazing adventure.Lavender Pen Tour – The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus


I have no answer

It has taken the better part of my advanced years, but I am finally becoming comfortable in my own skin. I understand and accept my qualities and traits, good and bad. I enjoy my own company and have no fear of spending time alone. I look only to myself for fulfillment and, while I might welcome a long-term relationship in my life, I do not need one. I have learned to make the most of limited means and, under normal circumstances, make ends meet with some to spare. My introverted nature welcomes alone time but I find the time and conviction for volunteer work, taking me out of my shell into more vulnerable situations. Of course, my long association singing in men’s choruses in salvation for me – a creative outlet, for sure, but also another challenge to my introversion.

Taking all of the above into consideration, I still am at a loss as to why I have so few friends. The easy answer is to blame myself, that I must be giving off some unfriendly vibe. For me to initiate social interaction is a major effort, not for lack of desire, but more as demonstrative of my reserved nature so that, when my efforts or rebuffed or ignored, I am at a loss to understand. I have, on occasion, invited others into my home; I have always attempted to be welcoming to new faces in the chorus, I try to be attentive to other more sensitive individuals who may be coping in difficult times. Yet, I am rarely included or invited. Luckily, I have recently found a new baseball buddy and I am grateful. However, this recent development is the exception, rather than the rule. I simply do not belong.

Before I am accused, this is not a passive-aggressive attempt to get attention. This is an honest attempt to solicit feedback, publicly or privately, from those who know me personally, who interact with me on a regular basis, who share space with me in whatever situation. Why do I not belong in your world? What is it about me that prompts you to overlook me in social situations? Is it my appearance, my age, but financial status, my health issues? Or, is the whole package just not appealing?

Some of you are shaking your heads, wondering what the hell am I doing. Do I really expect anyone to give me an honest answer? No, not really. I suppose this endeavor is an exercise in hypothesis. Perhaps putting ideas to words will help me to understand the situation. Or, maybe, it is what it is and I am expecting too much from life. I have no answers.

So, I will crawl back into my safe space to wait and see if anyone reads this, if anyone is brave enough to confront me, if anyone is honest enough to challenge my assertions. But, I don’t expect any responses. This my life and I need to move ahead….alone, as I am accustomed to do.

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