Monday, December 28, 2009

It's Always Over So Fast

The abrupt end to Christmas never ceases to amaze me.   Preparations in my house as a child, and now as an adult actually began in October, and I think it was that 'getting ready' phase I enjoy(ed) the most.  

The first step was deciding what goodies to make, and who they went to....and then came the lists....lists for the pantry, lists for wrapping supplies, menus, party, and yes ultimately the gifts.  

It seems everything is built on the anticipation for the big day, the big moment, and once it's's done.   Christmas is flicked off like a light switch, and I'm not just referring to the decorations.   The good will, the getting along, the stress fun and excitement  all seem to disappear as fast as you unplug the lights on the tree. 

It's always over so fast.   
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Deep Voice 101

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Friday, December 25, 2009

And With True Love

--and brotherhood each other now embrace.

Merry Christmas Blog Buddies!
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Monsters

2007, Mugsy (10) and Molly (12)  They're a lot greyer but still as wonderfully monsterous as when they were pups.   
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Balloon Boy Parents....Ugh

It's really hard to listen to the defense speak to how "wonderful" the Heene's are, how 'exemplary parents' they are.  I know they didn't murder anybody, but if you haven't seen the gross 'music' video they made with their little boys, (homophobic slur intact) called 'not pussified', and the other vids showing their 'exemplary family life', you might have a different idea of how 'wonderful' these two so called parents are.

I watched the balloon boy hoax on tv and was one of the duped millions.   The fact of the matter is, these are two people who use their children for their own satisfaction, gain and greed.   They sicken me, and are a symptom of fame seeking at all cost nutjobs in this media world we live in.   
Richard received 90 days with a type of work release or public service after the holidays with some type of probation and his wife?  She received 20 days of the same type of jail sentence and has to contribute to the restitution.

Although the court evidently has banned them from benefiting from any future commercial endeavors, when all is said and done, they still walk away with the fame (notoriety?) they originally sought, and will probably gain even more.
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Sex 2

I'm embarassed to say that I get excited like a giddy girl when it comes to this.  They just hadn't better fuck up the Carrie & Big relationship is allz I gotsta say.   Mmmmkay?
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Night Santa Went Missing

It's been about 17 years since I wrote this poem/story for my youngest niece and nephews.   I had just started a new job (which was absolutely awful) and on my lunch I scribbled this out on a piece of scrap paper. 

The first time I read it to them, they were a little too young and I remember how let down I was.

However the next year they loved it, and it became a family tradition.   I finally produced it about 2 or three years ago, and while my critical ear begs me to produce it again....I kind of like this version.  I hope you like it too.

Merry Christmas To You and Yours

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Hope seems to be in short supply these days when it comes to gay marriage equality.   However there have been a couple of glimmers  lately. 

Washington DC legalized* same-sex marriage about a week ago, and today Mexico City did the same thing.  

Yes I realize Mexico City isn't in the US, however......any shift in progress when it comes to gay marriage equality is reason to give thanks.   

After the setback in NY, I believe these latest events give us hope.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

It Drives The Season

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Aunt Frannie Xmas Card

Aunt Frannie sent this along, thought I'd share.

There is a fun story behind the picture on her website: if you like old hollywood gossip.  

My Auntie was quite the dish back then wasn't she?
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Advice To My Younger Self

If you could go back in time and have a 10 minute conversation with your younger self, knowing what you know now.....what would you say?

What wisdom, encouragement, advice, or even warnings would you choose to impart in the hopes of bettering, or simply changing your future?

I think about this from time to time, and it's an interesting scenario.   

For me, I would tell my younger self  these top 5 nuggets of wisdom:

1)  To have more self esteem!  I always thought I was fat.....and my god I look back at old pictures now and realize how beautiful I was and how much time I wasted feeling horrible about my body.

2)   The church doesn't know shit and to come out earlier!  Although I knew I was gay back in the first grade, and had my first sexual experience at 19.....I didn't begin coming out until I was 25, and it was so traumatic becuase I had been force fed the BS that gays are destined to hell.   So much time wasted over religious destruction.

3)   Learn how to save money!   Doing it earlier would have saved so much trial and error and I would be retired by now!

3)   Build your body up and keep it up!  It will save you (me) so much time, pain and anxiety if you make healthy choices early on.

4)   Make laughter a high priority in life!   Savor every funny and not so tragic experience.  The best memories are built on laughter.

5)  Moisturize and slather your sunblock!  The idea to blog about this topic, came as I caught my reflection in the bathroom mirror after shaving today.

(BTW, this weeks header has a few photos of me from early christmases interspersed with net pics. The main one on the far right, is my favorite. I begged and worked all the manipulation tactics I had to get that picture (it cost 1.00 in 1976) and then of course I was too petrified to say anything to santa.)
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Baking

Some of my Christmas baking. There's alot but at the end, Santa pays a visit .
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Merry Christmas

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Christmas Spirit Found Me

I was on my way to pick up some dog food tonight, and was feeling a little blue so I decided to get something to drink.

While I was in the drive thru I looked over and saw a man in a red car facing my direction. I thought, "That guy could be a really good santa" and when he scratched his nose and I saw the red sleeve and fur trim, I grabbed my camera.

I have to be on guard around the holidays as I can get a little depressed but when he waved at me, I suddenly felt like a little kid again.

I guess the christmas spirit found me.
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Sad Goodbye

Dennis deLeon, former New York City human rights commissioner and long-time AIDS activist, has died,

The Latino Commission on AIDS issued a news release Monday, saying that deLeon was a "pioneer" and a "visionary," as well as a "tireless advocate for social justice and one of the first openly HIV-positive Latino leaders in the country."

New York Mayor Bloomberg praised deLeon on Monday, saying in a statement that the activist "demonstrated a lifelong commitment to public service."
Dennis DeLeon was 61.
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A Really Good Movie Night

I finally had a chance to watch a couple of movies I have really been wanting to see.  Julie & Julia, and Precious.    It's been a long busy week, but tonight was movie night.  

I absolutely loved Julie and Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.   I don't think I've smiled and laughed as hard or often  as I have during the 123 minutes of this movie.    I don't think Meryl can do any wrong....I even forgive her for Mama Mia.  If you haven't seen it, rent it (or go here).   

Then when I was up all by myself, I couldn't leave well enough alone, and had to finish watching Precious.   I don't handle abuse or confrontational situations in movies very well.   I'm not sure why, but I don't.  I had actually begun watching Precious about a week ago....and made it through about 20 minutes before I had to turn it off.    It was too raw. 

But after Julie & Julia I guess I was on a feelgood roll so I gave it another shot, and absolutely enjoyed it.   It wasn't easy for me to watch some of what went on, and while it broke my heart and made me gasp loudly several times....I made it through the whole thing, and am so glad I did.   It too, is well worth the time.  Everyone in the movie rocked, and I was really surprised at some of the movie elements (lesbian teachers, Monique's performance, Mariah Carey's performance.   Damn! Crazy she (Mariah) may be in real life but she was actually GOOD in this movie....and the list of things I liked just goes on and on.   The girl who played Precious (Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe) is amazing.  Go see it, (or go here)

Tonight was a really good movie night.   I'm glad I can sleep in.
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some Good News (For A Change)

Annise Parker made history Saturday by becoming Houston's first openly gay mayor, seizing 53.6 percent of the vote in the city's hotly contested election.

"This election has changed the world for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. Just as it is about transforming the lives of all Houstonians for the better, and that's what my administration will be about," Parker told supporters after former city attorney Gene Locke conceded defeat.

Of the more than 152,000 residents who turned out to cast ballots in the fourth largest U.S. city Saturday, 81,652 chose Parker — some 11,000 votes more than were placed for Locke.

The election battle leading up to Saturday's balloting was marked by fierce campaigning and anti-gay rhetoric.

Several smaller U.S. cities have openly gay mayors, including Portland, Ore., Providence, R.I., and Cambridge, Mass.

Houston, the country's fourth largest city, is predominantly Democratic and about 25 percent black and one-third Hispanic. About 60,000 of its 2.2 million residents identify as gay or lesbian.

By MONICA RHOR, Associated Press Writer Monica Rhor, Associated Press Writer
About time we had some good news for a change.
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Quick Ski Trip

In light of all the recent snow...Park City Utah beckoned.  

I uploaded the podcast before we left, but didn't wait to ensure it was successful, I'm sorry!   Next podcast will be monday.   Hope you're all having a great week, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK to Kevin at The Lisp!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Nonsense About Terrence

Terrence McWilliams.

I don’t know why that name came to me just now. It’s kind of an odd thing to happen don’t you think? I wonder if there is a Terrence McWilliams somewhere in the world, and if so…......did he just think “Geoff Martin” out of the blue?

Now that would be strange.

I suppose Terrence could be a girl, or maybe not… he’s definitely a man….a man born in Sussex….another name (a locale really) that I don’t know a thing about, so it goes quite well with my Terrence.

Lol……’My Terrence’….he’s not really ‘mine’. Hmm there’s another odd thing to think about. Can one own a made up person? Is there a made up law against it? Probably not. If there IS a made up law against owning a made up person (who might be real), I’ll just repeal it because I just elected myself President of made up land. Not much of an election really because the only person in my made up land happens to be good ol’ Terrence. Maybe I’ll make up a friend for him later.

Makes me kind of sad to think of all the billions of people in the world, all the people I could never possibly meet, and I think Terrence is among them.

It’s starting to rain, I should go inside. I hope Terrence is wearing a raincoat. I just made up one for him.

I hear it rains a lot in Sussex.

BTW...I did a google search on 'Terrence Mcwilliams"....that's him in the pic, he's from Ireland. Go figure.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Monday Must See TV

It takes alot for me to get excited over TV these days.   It's not like when I was a kid and planned my life around the Six Million Dollar Man and Wonder Woman.   But December 7th, I get to be a kid again.

Monday night....TLC....Cake Boss!
If you haven't  seen Cake Boss, It's a fun 'reality' show about an Italian family bakery in Jersey.   It's head baker is a short and loud (and cute) guy named 'Buddy', and he creates all these amazing cakes every week.   Personally, I like Cake Boss MUCH better than Ace of Cakes (another cake show, duh) because Buddy actually makes opposed to fondant covered rice crispy stuff.

Anyhoo.....the reason Monday's episode is "must see"?   

MISS RICHFIELD 1981 is commissioning a cake! 

If you don't know who Miss Richfield 1981 is, check out her website:   She is hysterical!  I can't wait to see this tricked out gay comedic icon interact with my favorite bunch of Guidos (no disrespect intended, I use that with love)!
I love to support/enjoy/savor whenever a proud, out, gay celebrity is featured on mainstream monday night, you know exactly where I'll be!
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Old Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Aunt Frannie sent this to me this morning.   Thought I'd share.  

You can find the story behind the photo at her blog:

I'm thinking retirement villas sound like alot of fun.
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Atoms Colliding

Sam Wagstaff.   You probably don't know his name, unless you're in the art world. 

Robert Mapplethorpe.   Maybe his name rings a bell, when you think of iconic and very controversial gay imagery. 

They were two men, who connected during a raw and exciting time.   Wagstaff, born with a pedigree and the privlieges that come with such circumstances, and Mapplethorpe his polar opposite, smashed together like two atoms, and the resulting blast shook the 70s and beyond. 

I watched, "Black, White and Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe" the other night and was enthralled.   It's an amazing true life story about two men, who likely would never have been remembered for much if they hadn't met.   

While many recognize Robert Mapplethorpe as the photographer of explicit subject matter mostly pertaining to gay bondage themes, many don't recognize Sam Wagstaff at all even though he is responsible for shaping and setting the standard for photographic art collecting the world over.   These two men had incredible backstories and when they met, and began a relationship it was amazing.  Of course it took place in the 70s and 80s, and it was in NYC  during a time when gay life was much different...much freer, and raw in some respects than it is now.   The film is FANTASTIC.

If you haven't seen "Black, White and Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe"  you really should.   I watched it free at which is a spectaular free (and legitimate!) movie site where you can watch scads of documentaries and films for free. 

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Time Travel Thursday

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thanks Alot NY

By a vote of 24-38, New York's State Senate has voted against same-sex marriage legislation. 
After demands for a vote on the bill, we finally received one. And it wasn't the answer we were looking for.
Among the "no" votes, inexplicably: political dancer Hiram Monserrate.

Says Sen. Tom Duane, the bill's lead sponsor: "I wasn't expected to be betrayed, and so I have some justified anger. But it's just going to propel me to – I don't want to say redouble my efforts, because my efforts have been pretty strong – but I'm not going to let up. I'm angry. I'm disappointed. I am let down. I'm betrayed. But I am not going away."  source:

Although DC did the right thing, analysts warn that even the perception of the tide turning against gay marriage rights success,  spells doom for the other states when they tackle the issue.
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Dear Meredith,

Welcome to the Gay Club.
Your membership card and complimentary Birkenstocks are in the mail.
Please remember to read your handbook as you explore your newly public life. 
Although many of us have known for years, we are excited you have taken this very important step.

Best wishes,

The Homosexual Welcoming Committee
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Monday, November 30, 2009

December 1st, World AIDS Day

It began on December 1st, 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.

The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.1 Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.2

The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Study In Contradictions

Side note:  Pastor Rick Warren is on Meet The Press as I type this.   He was just asked a couple questions about gay marriage:

Q:  Your church supported efforts against gay marriage.  Wouldn't that money have been better spent helping AIDS charities or other causes?

RW:  That's true of just about any cause.    But my involvement in that was not by choice (blah blah blah)

Q:  Will you do that again next time?

RW:  I have a position, sure, but I am not a polititian.  I am forbidden by the bible to hate.  I appreciate both sides of the equation.  (blah blah blah)

Q:  What are you thankful for?

RW:  I am thankful for my relationship with Jesus Christ, for the joy he brings in my life, for my wife, my family etc.

One thing I hate.....and I'm not forbidden to hate... although I don't,  is two-faced people who when called on the carpet for their behavior, HIDE behind the blanket of Christian Love.   I (like many of you) have seen both sides of that blanket first hand.  It's deplorable.

So here's this post after three edits:  A Study In Contradictions.   Who do YOU think has more joy in their life?
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Post Thanksgiving

The monsters had a good day too.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day!

Sending a "Happy Thanksgiving" your way!

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, be safe and enjoy yourself!
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Time Travel Thursday

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


There are few things as satisfying as freshly folded laundry.

I don’t know why, but washing, drying and folding…the whole process has always been something I’ve enjoyed.

Yesterday it was socks and underwear and as I was tidying up the drawer before putting it all away…..I found them.

My special occasion underwear.

You know what I’m talking about. That pair of underwear you reserve for “special” occasions? The ones that look great on, and even better off.

Odds are, they’re little more expensive than the everyday workforce hanging out in your drawer, and when you put them on you‘re not sure if they feel better because you don‘t wear them that often, or because you can‘t wait for him to see them….however briefly.

My “special occasion” underwear are pretty cool. I bought them on a trip to Calgary a few years ago, (btw…if you’re in the States and you’re gay? Canada has some of the coolest fashion you won’t find at home, so make a mental note)…anyway, mine are baby blue with darker blue piping and white racing stripes on the side --trust me, they’re hot.

I used to have several pairs on standby. All different styles, fun, and of course, sexy. But when I found my baby, my Doug….. I stopped buying them…..and eventually stopped wearing them altogether. I don’t know why for sure, but I suppose it’s because I didn’t think I had to impress him, or win him over with their magical powers anymore.

That’s why I decided to wear them today…….for tonight…..and you know what?

The old excitement I felt before, is nothing compared to what I feel now….and what he’s going to feel tonight.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Legend In My Living Room

I was an interesting kid back in the day.

I had a huge huge HUGE fantasy life, and that creative cacophony simply could not stay containted within the confines of my skull most of the time.  

Consequently in grade school, I would corral my neighborhood friends and put on shows. I would draw, play barbies, repeat every song from the Donny & Marie show on the back patio at full volume (until my dad screamed for me to keep it down).

It makes me laugh now, to picture what he must've thought and felt about this son of his, this strange creature so unlike him whose spirit he couldn't  squash for very long.

Growing up, I would LIVE for time alone in the house where I could play the stereo in the family room at full blast and perform the entire soundtrack from the movie "Grease"......  complete with choreography.    Later, it was George Michael's solo work, and after that....I'm not sure....but I'm positive it was something fabulous.

I would spend my alone time, usually in my bathroom, living out imaginary interviews.  Johnny Carson, 60 Minutes, and of course....Barbara Walters all had me over for a longer than normal 'sit-down' because I was so famous and so interesting.   In fact, as I remember it, once....Barbara even made me cry.  

I know.  

As the Annie Lenox song goes, I truly was a legend in my living room. 

I miss that person.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

DOMA Anagrams

Top Ten Anagrams for "Defense of Marriage Act"

10.  Free! Free! Satanic dogma!
9.    America's negated offer
8.    Fanatics referee dogma
7.    Fear of Satanic emerged
6.    Farce of a disagreement
5.    I fear act of same-gender
4.    Deceit of free anagrams
3.    A farce of it: same-gender
2.    A. Gore fancies mate Fred

And the number one anagram for "Defense of Marriage Act":

1. Fear decrease of mating
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Friday, November 20, 2009

National Day of Remembrance for Transgender People

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Damn Back

I am out for a few more days w/this back thing.   Uggh.  I haven't had a back prob like this since my car accident three years ago!

Podcast is ready to go but I just haven't uploaded it yet.  Will try again this evening, sorry for the delay.

The heating pad is calling my name again....hope all my blog buddies are having a great week.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

What Would Jesus Do?

You've no doubt  heard about the Archbishop in DC threatening the cancelation of all social services by the Catholic church if legislation passes granting domestic partner benefits to same sex couples right?   It's just another example of Christian bigotry, hatred and discrimination toward the GLBT community...and it's disgusting.  

When I heard that story, I kept thinking of the popular saying Christians ask themselves when confronted with a dilemma......"What would Jesus do?" 

I have a hard time believing Jesus would approve that twisted line of thinking in the case of DCs Archbishop.  

It seems to me, the major roadblock we face as queers in todays world is religion.   Whether you're an islamic extremist, or a devout Baptist, almost all efforts to repeal your rights, and or exterminate you as a gay person are rooted in religion. 

Religion is the perfect excuse for sanctified hatred.   How can you argue or combat the so called "logic" espoused by an invisible, and non present deity?  

You can't.

And as long as religion strong-arms the government, whether you're in the Middle East, North America, or anywhere in between.....the battle is going to be fierce.  Make no IS a battle.  It's a struggle, and it's a fight for life.  

Pay attention to your history!

From Hitler in George W's election platform....when it becomes socially acceptable to marginalize gay people, all hell breaks loose.   We watch our current rights disappear...we face incredible odds stacked against the rights we deserve...and when the tide of hatred and oppression is allowed to flow unchecked we face eradication. 

Most queers today have no idea what it was like to grow up in the shadows of society.  I grew up in the 80's and that was bad enough....but even that era didn't compare to the times many of the men I feature on Time Travel Thursdays had to live through.
We have to find a way to change people's spite of religion.

I don't have the answer as to how we do that...maybe you don't either, but maybe.....we can come up with it together as we stand against those who hate us like the Archbishop of Washington D.C. 

What would Jesus Do?
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Time Travel Thursday (A Day Late)

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The Day I Met Martha Stewart part II

So there I was 4th in line, chatting with a mother and daughter combo from Price Utah.   They were nice and we got to know each other during the three and a half hours we ended up waiting.   I heard all about their kids, and they heard all about my fake wife who hurt her back rafting.  

The hallways would become momentarily crowded as each presentation wrapped up, and during those intermissions, when people realized we were waiting to meet Martha, the line began to grow.

I did a quick inventory:  Martha Stewart books for her to sign? Check!   Camera?  Two pictures left! Check!  Backstory of my nonexistant wife who couldn't be there so sent me instead?  Check!    I was set. 

Finally some tallish blond woman with a puckerish type of face informed us that Martha would be here soon, but before we were allowed in the room, we needed to allow two handicapped women in wheelchairs to cut in line. 

Okay...I'm as PC as they come, but this irritated me.   I had been standing in line for almost four hours!  I daydreamed about saying to the wheelchair combo, "Look honey.. while I'm sorry about your legs and life and all?   Get to the back of the line!"  But I didn't.  I still don't understand WHY they got prefferential treatment.  So now I was #6 to meet Martha, and I grudgingly decided I could live with that.

Finally the doors opened, and we all walked (and rolled) inside, only to wait another thirty minutes....but finally, the doors brisquely opened and some faceless women flanking the doyenne herself  arrived.  

I kid you not, there was a audible gasp when we realized it was her, and I still wonder what it must be like, to walk into a room full of people who are only there to see you, and hear them gasp in excitement.    Do you think it get's old or mundane after awhile?   I hope not.

Anyway, Martha was very nice.  She was much shorter in person (as most celebrities are for some weird cosmic reason) than I thought whe would be, and she was really really thin.  I always thought she looked a little 'stout' on tv, but she wasn't heavy at all, and was very coiffed and glam in that "I have more money than God" kind of way only women from the Hamptons can be.

When it was my turn, I chatted with her, she shook my hand (hers was small and rather cold actually) and my little disposable (pre digital) with two precious pictures left........would not work.   Luckily the lovely mom and daughter buddies I had made while in line, came to my rescue and snapped a picture promising to send it to me.   (They never did btw.)   Martha signed my books and offered us all an oversized postcard handout as a memento.  There were three to choose from and they were black and white photos of an ear of corn and an egg and a hen.   No explanation of why they took pictures of these items, but they were from Martha so we were thrilled!   The mother and daughter tried to take one of each design....each, but the pucker-faced assistant called them on the carpet, informing the room that it was "ONE ONLY PER PERSON".   

It was fun meeting Martha Stewart.   I still have the books she signed, and the weird photo-card of the ear of corn.   The best part however was as I left the room, I saw the line to meet her stretch unbelievably long...I mean it was HUGE!  And when all those mormon women saw me, an obviously gay guy, with a non existant wife smiling triumpantly, signed books in hand...... they didn't look pleased at all.  

I smiled to myself and thought,  "Fuck em.   I met Martha."
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Day I Met Martha Stewart

I was 25 and she was just really hitting it big.  I was a young gay guy about to come out of the closet, she was just doing the deal w/Kmart and structuring MSL Omnimedia. 

I was all out in love w/this woman, her life and advice were what I imagined I wanted my life to be and I ate up everything she did. 

I had just taken a job in radio full time, and when I found out Martha was going to be in Salt Lake City as the headliner at a design expo, I practically squealed with glee when I got my ticket. 

I wasn't a "NMF"....(that's newbie martha fan), I was "BWYFTED" kind of fan (been with you from the early days kind of fan).   I owned "Entertaining" and I recorded her show (on PBS in those days) on VHS tapes which I labeled and cataloged.   So I knew my Martha.
I was so excited for the trip, and amazingly scored a treasure trove of Martha Stewart coffee table type books at Hastings the week I got my ticket, (which were 75% off)!  So I packed them along with a disposable camera and set off on my quest to pay homage to my domestic goddess.

Salt Lake City is of course the heart of Mormonhood, and is ripe territory for Martha Stewart wannabes.  I stuck out like a sore thumb.   In a stadium filled with mormon women, I was one of about 4 or 5 guys.   I know because I counted.   Laughably I thought I was still securely in the closet, and told people I was there for my nonexistant 'wife'. 

The expo was full of other presenters showcasing their talents onstage, but everyone was really there to see Martha.    I knew she would be doing a book signing, so after her initial presentation, I left the boring supporting cast and headed out to find the line.
I was about 3 hours early for the signing, but I found it, and I was thrilled to be the 4th person in line!    I knew I was going to meet Martha!  And I wasn't disappointed.

(to be continued)
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I missed this.....but found it on this morning.      I had my first belly first true guffaw in about a week from her very first answer.

Thank you God.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jonny Promo

The interview with the one and only Jonny McGovern went down like butter!

Catch the podcast on 11/16 for the full deal!

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Thankful Vetrans Day

Thank you for serving our country.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Ga Ga Has Spoken

Punched inbetween the eyes...that's how I felt watching this a moment ago for the first time.    Yeah it will be schlocky ten minutes from now but for the moment it's HOT....and those shoes?   F#$%in tight.   Lady Ga Gay (to me) is the love child of Marilyn Manson & Madonna.
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Flying The Friendly Skies

An employee of USAir with the last name of Gay boarded a US Air flight with a free travel voucher. Soon after he sat down, someone else came and claimed he had the same seat assignment, so Mr. Gay moved down to an empty seat.

Soon after that the airplane began to fill up. The rule with the US Air employee vouchers is that if a paying customer needs your seat, you have to surrender it. So when the flight became completely full and still more needed to get on, a flight attendant went to the original seat of Mr. Gay and said the the man now sitting there, "Excuse me, are you Gay?"

The man, somewhat stunned, said, "Well, yes, as a matter of fact I am!"

The flight attendent said, "I''m sorry, but you''ll have to get off the plane."

At this point Mr. Gay, who had been watching all of this, jumped up and said, "Excuse me, you''ve made a mistake - I''m Gay!"
Finally, another man jumped up and said, "Well, hell, I''m gay too! They can''t throw us all off!"
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Monday, November 9, 2009

In Defense Of Faeries

I watched a movie last night called “Straight Acting”. It was intended to be a documentary with a warm gay fuzzy feeling for masculine guys. It followed the story of a gay mormon who, unhappy with his sexual identity found self acceptance through the testosterone charged sport of rugby. He found this road to self love by being around guys who didn’t fit the gay stereotypes and thought it would be fascinating to interview other athletes in similar sports across the country. Gay Rodeos, Hocky Teams, Rugby championships…this Mary went to them all, and each person interviewed continually bashed the sad and pathetic flamboyant gay…and lamented the lack of He-Man role models in the media during their formative years.

This really bugs me, for a couple reasons:

1) I find people like this to be small minded and usually not very mature in their sexual identity.

2) I used to be like this.

I straddle both sides of the limp-wristed fence. I was an obviously feminine kid who was butched up by my dad and the public school system. I grew to be one of those ‘Straight Acting’ guys….and hated seeing feminine traits in others even when I came out.

I’m not proud of that.

It wasn’t until about 2003 when I was part of a huge group of friends who like others all across the country, reserved their Sunday nights for watching Queer As Folk. I loved that show for many reasons, but chiefly because of Emmett Honeycut. Remember him? At first he was my least favorite character, but I grew to love him in stages. It wasn’t until my best friend Rodney gushed over why he loved Emmett that I too joined the bandwagon and as a result grew in my perception of faeries. The line from the show that sticks with me is: “It takes a lot of courage to be a queen in a world full of commoners”.
The thing is….personal and sexual expression are intertwined and whether you like to do hair or wrestle steers to the ground, it shouldn’t matter. We all have value and there are traits to notice and admire in all of us. I am in awe of feminine guys. The courage the have to simply be who they were born to be in the face of public ridicule, harrassment, and personal safety….is astounding.

There’s an old saying that you publicly hate things in others which you privately fear yourself to be…and I think that’s true. Because, when it all comes down to it…….whether you’re the mascu lenniest or the fiercest swishiest of the gay rainbow at the end of the day, we all like cock.
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

I Want To Work Here....Seriously

I've been in love with this vid for a few weeks now, it never fails to make me smile.
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Oh Good Gawd....I'm An Oompa Loompa

Yup.....those were my first words this morning.

I stumbled out of bed, started my morning routine and when I finally looked in the mirror, with a mouth over-flowing with toothpaste , I actually half shouted, "Oh my god....I'm an oompa loompa!"

I have a particular bronzer I've been using for quite awhile now and it's fantastic.   Apply once every three days and you have a faint....natural.....barely noticeable bronze tint all week long.    I love it.  

Last night however....I grabbed the 'other bottle' because I was running a little low on the good stuff.   I hadn't used this one in about a year, and that was back when I was tanning before a trip (yeah, it's a 'thing' I do)...I thought it looked a little too dark at the time so I stopped using it, but never actually threw it away.  
So.......being the lilly white mostly irish gay boy that I am......apparently when you have no color to begin with, the damn stuff turns your skin ORANGE!

Washing my face helped. 

Shaving also, 'helped'.

I'm still orange.

It reminds me when I was back in highschool and I wanted blonde hair.  One weekend I bought this spray called 'Sun In'.  It promised "natural blonde hair in days" and I drenched myself in the stuff.    I thought it looked great until I went to school under the flourescent lighting and people kept asking why I dyed my hair orange.  

Maybe I'm just an Oompa Loompa at heart.
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Guess Who's Gonna Be On The Podcast!

Jonny McGovern!

Anybody who truly knows me, is fully aware of how in love I am with Jonny, his podcast, and his co hosts!  (in a completely non dangerous/psychotic way of course)

In addition to being the funniest, faggiest and well put-together podcast on iTunes, he, and his team, are to me, the 'most fabulous' in every possible way.

Now I've met some cool famous people.....numerous country superstars including Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride and others, all thanks to my radio gig.   I've even been fortunate enough to shake hands with Martha Stewart, be at an event in Boise with Bruce Willis and say hi to Kiefer Sutherland. Now I am not trying to name drop in the douchiest way possible (although I already know I've succeeded), because we've all met stars at one time or another.....but as awesome as all those people were for me to meet?  

I am MORE excited about Jonny McGovern! 

(My assistant Karyn who works w/me on the podcast, just told me she pee'd a little over the phone and truth be told, so did I)

Now if I just don't fuck it up! 
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

And The Blogs Were Quiet...........

With one or two exceptions, most of my favorite blogs have been eerily quiet today.

Is Thursday a holiday I didn't know about?

Did everyone take the day off because they were pissed off about Maine?

Even comments seem to be way down on blogs across the board.

I started thinking about what it would be like if bloggers shut their cyber doors for awhile......not a pretty picture.

Wherever you are today, I hope your Thursday is going great!
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Time Travel Thursday

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