I resisted going to Pok Pok for a long time. Mainly because I don't like to wait to eat; however, petsitting just up the street form the Noi location I decided to give it a shot. I ordered the wings, you know the ones, and the half-bird. 2 orders of sticky rice and and extra order of pickled vegetables that came with the wings. I placed the order online for a later time and when I arrived to pick it up, service was prompt. Everything was tidily packed up and labeled. More than enough food for two people. Pok Pok is good - soul satisfying, rustic good. As wings are not my most favorite food, I do not know if I will make many repeat visits but they were worth it. I intended to try two of the foundational dishes of the restaurants and I was not disappointed. I would recommend checking it out when you have a chance. This location - a lot less busy from what I understand and that is an extra bonus!
Pride. Attending the parade is one of the events I look forward to the most during the year. All the color and the celebration. Last year I walked in the parade and this year I decided to sit it out and watch from the sidelines. We settled in right outside of CC Slaughter's, a perfect spot. I made a deal with myself not to take any photos and enjoy the parade, but that did not last long. Too gorgeous to miss out on! You can see some of my favorite photos below from the parade. What strikes me most every year (this is the third for me) is the displays of love and acceptance coming from every quarter. I saw policeman and churches, healthcare providers and corporate giants represented alongside representatives from the LGBTQ community. Glorious!
I decided the best way to round out the weekend would be to watch the reboot of Queer Eye. I knew the second season released, so I settled in with season 1. And could not stop watching. Laughing, crying and feeling my soul tugged. These five guys, The Fab Five. I fell in love! More acceptance and more love, but honey, it is so much more than a make-over show. I found pieces of myself reflected back to me in the lives of these strangers and you could see them light up once the Fab Five did their work. And in Georgia, of all places. You never know where inspiration may strike.
And so I finished up Season 2 this past weekend. I found myself inspired to elevate me, to be the best version of myself I can be. To take some care because it is in the caring for myself that I first show love to me, and then can show love to others. I don't know, I feel something wonderful about these guys. So many shows I watch I wish the characters were real. These guys are! I think we could be friends. Their stories are as varied as they are and I love everything about them and what they bring us: fierce realness.