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Please forgive the delay in getting this blog out! Although I had THE best time last weekend there have been some busy days since then. I’m proud to announce that ChicagoPride.com’s parent company, GoPride.com, has launched our new sister site, PrideDC.com. With the upcoming Cherry Weekend taking place in Washington DC, PrideDC.com is taking its first steps as a proud sponsor. I hope you will take a look at the new site and tell all your friends in Washington DC about it!
The Days of Yore:
After 15 (Or so) years of not seeing one another my long lost college pal Andy Hatton came to Boystown for a visit on Friday evening. It was SO nice to catch up with Andy over dinner at Angelina’s with Johnny M. joining us! John was on his way out of town to fellowship with his family in Michigan, so I wanted to be sure and have some fellowship with him before he left! “I hate goodbyes!” (See: Dumb & Dumber)
From Angelina’s we stepped over to Cornelia’s for a glass (Or three) of wine with Advisor Edward. It never fails, we always strike up the greatest conversations when we’re together! Saying goodbye to John, we all headed towards Sidetrack. My word it was like a big reunion there! I ran into the always sweet Mikey (Name withheld to protect his closet status) and his very cute friend Rob. Piano man Ben Hartman joined us as well. I also had the pleasure of running into my dear friend Scott Parachek! (Clydee you were missed) It was a double pleasure to run into kindred spirit, Matt Richards. (See Picture) Ya know, he is such a pleasure to be around. He always has a smile and a witty thing to say! (More to come about Matt.) Enjoying a lovely evening at the Tracks, Advisor Edward headed off to Little Jim’s; Andy headed back to his hotel and I made the trek home to my Bitch.
Don’t Leave Before You Go!:
Saturday evening began with a light snowfall on my way over to my friend Bill Healy’s home. Bill hosted a number of us including the talented Freddy Allen to dinner in honor of his friends Ed and Chuck from Palm Springs (Smoke Tree) whom he met on his last tropical cruise. I can’t tell you what a delight it was to get to know these chaps! They were full of life and great stories! Ed and I especially bonded as he is from my hometown of Seattle and we know all the same people! Sadly my night had other plans so I said farewell at 10 to my new friends and walked briskly in the cold flurries to Halsted.
On my way home to pick up the present I got for Miss Foozie’s birthday party, I stopped by to say hello to my pal DJ Phil DaBeatz at Minibar|Winebar. With a hug and a kiss I was back on the trail towards home.
Happy Birthday To Foo…:
Everyone knows that I am a big fan of my pal Miss Foozie! Foo and I have known each other for years. John, the man behind Foozie is like family to me; as we have worked together on occasion over the years. Miss Foozie is one loved person in the community and I have the great honor of calling her my friend. The gang at Circuit spared no expense in throwing Foozie one hell of a birthday party! With an all-star cast that included my friends, Paula Sinclair, Cyon Flare, Lady Vera Parker, Tina Torch, Sebastian Cock and more; Foozie was on cloud nine in love! She even did a few “quickie’s” for the 300+ people in attendance! My two favorites were Foozie and a banana. (It was kind of hot) and her finale where in she took off her wig and announced to everyone that she was “Just a man!”. It was one of the best show’s I’ve ever seen Foo do and there was a ton of free Pie Hole Pizza everywhere courtesy of community friend, Doug Brandt!
At Circuit I ran into my gal-pal Jake Conrad and the very cute Kale Ness. What a blessing that was! Jake can’t help but be cute when he dances! (Side Note: Where in the hell were these cute guys when I was young? I would have come out a billion years earlier!) Speaking of cute; your friend and mine, Trey Gonzales of Oprah’s Big Give! fame, was there as well with his friend Richard. Ya know, every time I hangout with Trey I am more impressed! (What was it you said about “Going for the eyes!” Trey?) Plus, he seriously is pretty damn cute! ChicagoPride.com’s Matthew, Brian, Jay, and cute CP Brand Manager, Mike were also there to ring in Foozie’s birthday. It was a real party!!
Don’t Leave Before You Go!:
I got a text from Ronnie telling me he was at Minibar so I headed down to see him. I swear, it is so great to have him home! We were catching up on all the festivities of the night and enjoying a few libations. I was able to introduce him to Trey and watch them get to know each other. (Note: I love when great minds come together to do great things!)
Like Circuit; there were a lot of friends at Minibar. Boystown Icon, Linda Little was holding court behind the bar. Community activist, Kevin Hauswirth greeted me with his usual handshake and hello. Minibar cutie, Kyle was hosting the door and DJ Phil DaBeatz continued playing the incredible music he does. I was delighted to have another Mikey (Name withheld to protect his closet status) sighting! He and I got talking about safe sex in the community and how many seem to not be following that practice. The guy is damn right!
Sister Trisha Was Here!:
Saying good night to everyone, I headed North to Hydrate to see my friend DJ Scotty Thomson spin. I’ve known Scotty for years as Sister Trisha Jones introduced us back in Seattle. (Note: I loved that you called me at three in the morning Sister!) Every time I hang with Scotty, I have THE best time. It’s hard to explain but when I like a DJ’s work, I like more than just the music I hear! I like to watch their process of song choice, how they use the music board, and the movement in their step. Like my friend DJ Rodney Becker, Scotty has an incredible focus and feel of the room. I was in heaven! I stood in the booth from 1:30 until 5:00 a.m.! (Note: I don’t make it a practice to stay out that late. *Grin*) Saying good morning to Scotty, I headed home to my sleepy bitch.
Saving The Best For Last:
As if I didn’t stay up all night, I was up at the dawn of crack (Note: That’s earlier than the crack of dawn) and headed to the gym. My workouts are such a joy as I’m feeling great results! At two I was the lucky guy to be able to fellowship with Matt Richards (See Picture) at Caribou Coffee. Honestly, Matt is so damn refreshing! Just when I think that I’m a bit on the crazy side; he reminds me that the mission I have in my life is important. (Note: Matt you have one FINE a_s!)
Around 7 I met up with Isaiah for dinner at Pie Hole Pizza. He’s been busy with various events and work with Chicago Social Magazine. Our normal Saturday morning breakfast had to be canceled as he was wedding shopping with his roommate Sandra Riedel and her wonderful Mother Kristy. Sandra is getting married to the very handsome Ryan Vanderbilt in August and Isaiah is organizing the wedding.
We had a great dinner and caught up on all our gossip. When it comes to having a best friend, he’s the best! All-in-all, it was a marvelous weekend and was the perfect way to start the week.
If you’re looking for the ideal pre-weekend date idea, be sure to join me this Thursday evening for a great night of laughs and tunes with my pals Amy & Freddy! (See Picture Above) If you don't have a date, you can be mine!
This evening my sainted Father (See Picture) is coming to town for a visit. In addition to the usual mayhem that we will enjoy; Advisor Edward is throwing a private dinner in honor of my father this weekend. The small gathering will for sure be written about in my next blog. If you see us out and about over the weekend please come up and introduce yourself!!
Thank you goes to my friend John Dalton, co-owner of Minibar for his constant hospitality. Your knowledge of wines is AMAZING pal!
SHOUT OUT: Johnny M., Angelina’s server, Brett, My Singapore Envoy, David Cruse Beal , My pal Brent Corrigan, My buddy, Brian Douglass, My first best pal in Chicago, Jeremy Ehrhart, Former Roommate Clyde, The damn cute, Clay Hinkle, Celebrating his birthday last week, Stephen Gallagher, and finally my bitch Buffy