LGBT Bar Opening

Neon Boots, Texas's biggest LGBT country bar, is open for business.

A couple of notes: In a bit of not-unintended irony, Greil Marcus writes the reappraising liner notes. The four CD deluxe set also includes a remastered version of the original Self Portrait as well as the complete set from Dylan and the Band at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival.
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The only visual difference between Neon Boots and other country bars are the equal number of Texas and rainbow flags.
Alyssa Dupree
The only visual difference between Neon Boots and other country bars are the equal number of Texas and rainbow flags.

A reader is ready to pop the question, but skeptical of marriage.

Dear Willie:

I've been with my wonderful girlfriend nearly four years now, and after much careful thought and consideration, I think it's finally time to pop the question. I have no doubt she will say yes, but my fear is long-term — no couple ever goes into a marriage wanting or expecting a divorce five, ten or 15 years down the road. And without wanting to pry into your personal life too much, I know this has happened to you as well, just like so many others out there.

What's the best advice you can offer in terms of making a marriage work?

Long-Term Skeptic:

When you start dating someone, the moment you find yourself liking the idea of spending quality time with that person, you had better stop and think about all the things you don't like about her. Because once you fall in love, it doesn't matter if you're compatible or not; you're going to keep dating that person. ­Before that happens, the wise thing to do would be to ask yourself what it is about her you don't like and if she never changed, could you live with her "perceived" shortcomings without complaining about it or becoming ­resentful.

If the girl you're dating has a problem with you cursing now, she'll have a bigger problem when things get serious. If you can't accept her inclination to party now, you won't accept it when you're married. Trust, respect, appreciation, benevolence and communication are the hallmarks of a successful marriage. If your ­relationship is missing any one of those ­components, there isn't going to be a happily-ever-after ending.

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