Greetings from the dessert! At the behest of my Sainted Parents I joined them on the sojourn to warm southern California for a holiday. True to form, my Parents are great company to be around.
Equally as charming are my Brother David and his partner (Yep, there are two of us in the Fam.) Clifford! We are staying with the boys and their cute dogs, Angus and Gavin, at their beautiful desert oasis.
Saturday’s always begin with breakfast with my Besti, Isaiah. Since he was not able to join us this trip, I had the pleasure of my Fathers company for Breakfast. Golly, the two of us are like peas in a pod! We had a perfect time people watching and telling stories.
This afternoon, the five of us decided to take lunch at Norma’s at the Parker Le Maridian. Set amidst palm trees and landscaped gardens this lovely spot was pioneered by Hollywood stars from the 30’s to the 70’s (See Photo Above). This Jonathan Adler-designed hotel was made famous in 1999 when actor Robert Downey, Jr. had his last drug bender. I have to say, it was such a charming venue; I couldn’t help but think of the countless friends I thought would adore such a setting!
More from the desert in the next few days!
Fools get Four:
I can’t begin to say how proud I am of the boys at Feast of Fun for winning the 2009 People's Choice Podcast Award for "Best GLBT" podcast.
This is the fourth year in a row that the daily talk show hosted by Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion won in the "Best GLBT" podcast category in the People's Choice Podcast Awards.
If you’ve not had the chance to hear the boys for your self, you can find them free through the iTunes Music store: www.feastoffun.com. Feast of Fun is a mix of social news, rising trends, in-depth interviews and live music sessions, described as "the best of the net in real-time with a gay slant." Check out the time the boys interviewed me, last September. It was a total blast!
I’m off to Seattle to celebrate my 40th birthday with my Sainted Parents and Friends. Be sure to check out all the fun Events going on here in Chicago over this holiday week. There are a lot of places open on Christmas eve and Christmas. Go to CalendarQ for up to the minute info.
SIGHTINGS: The hip swaying Michal Kosko; Uber cute & sweet, Erik Thornton; Socialite and new ChicagoPride.com blogger, Paul Blackburn; Advisor Edward; Piano man, Ben Hartman; Glasses wearing, Michael Paprzyca; Dr. Drew; Spandex wearing, William French; Sommelier, Derek Walker; Tall and sweet, Jeff VM; and the kind crew at Caribou Coffee on Halsted and Cornelia
SHOUT OUTS: Super sweet, Arthur Chaney; The slender, Adrienne Holt; My dear friend, Ronnie Kroell, my besti, Isaiah; Seattle’s very own, Jamile Mack and Mikey Payne; My doll, Matthew Barrett; My bosom friend, David Cruse Beal, My Cousin, Willaim Eddy; My Gal-pal, Jake Conrad; My ex, Jesse Rubly; Former roommate, Mike Rippe; My good friend, Alex Choren; Boystown crush, Kirk McNamara; My Mom and Father, and my old bitch Buffy
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Wednesday nighte socialite Paul Blackburn joined me for an evening of bubbly and bidding at Chicago House and Social Service Agency’s Champagne Wrapture!
Heavens, was it perfect! The atmosphere of the event was superb! I have to say that Jeremy Hilborn, Matthew Harvat and the whole crew at Chicago House did an AMAZING job! The event was sponsored in part by ChicagoPride.com and the folks at Veuve Clicquot.
It has to be said that I am very partial to Veuve! It’s been present at some of the most important events in my life. I’ve had some great Champagnes, but Veuve Clicquot is by far the best! SO, I didn’t allow any to go to waste.
Adding to the evening were the holiday sounds of comedy and cabaret duo Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen. They sure can add charm to an event!
As the weekend approaches be sure to check out all the fun Events and neat Places to go on CalendarQ
Ho! Ho! Ho!:
One can always tell the Holiday’s are here when advertisements for the annual How the Dive Stole Christmas show come out in Windy City Times, Nightspots, GRAB, TimeOut Chicago and here on ChicagoPride.com.
This year singer/comedian Amy Armstrong and her faithful sidekick, Freddy Allen really out did themselves from years past. Boystown favorite, Roscoe’s transformed their back dance floor into a festive holiday décor. As impressed with that as I was; I was even more blown away by their ability to take it all down so quickly after the show.
Here now is a taste of what the packed audience enjoyed:
Happy Holiday Season!
My weekend began Thursday with the arrival of my bosom friend David Cruse Beal from Singapore. David flew into town to attend my fortieth birthday party. From the moment he joined me at the Palmer House Hilton (Thanks Paris!) the revelry ensued with bloody Mary’s in the lobby. We then joined 1000+ people at the festive World of Chocolate gala for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. A special thank you shout out goes to Candice “Candy” Hickman for her amazing help in judging the booths!
Afterwards David and I were joined by my Besti, Isaiah (See Photo Above) at Home Bistro for a sumptuous dinner. Honestly, I don’t know what I enjoyed more; the food, or the fellowship. I heart BOTH!
From there we joined Paul, Mike, Hunter B. Lyon, Erik, and my hair designer, Drew at Frat House Thursday at Scarlet. What a fun time!
Like clock work, my Father arrived on Friday and started calling to meet up. We all met up at my favorite, RL. I tell you what those folks at RL can do no wrong! From the moment we walked in, General Manager Rich Varnes and RL’s Chryssi Cochanis and Kirk took such great care of us!
Later that evening my father hosted a thank you dinner at the Union League Club for Advisor Edward, Dr. Drew, David, Isaiah, Uncle Tom, Aunt Coco and my dear friend Mary Cavallini. It was such a special time.
We headed up to Boystown to be blessed with bottle service by Michal Kosko and the gang at Scarlet. After a marvelous time there, we said goodbye to Isaiah and the others and headed Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café. I had to show David the new space and introduce him to the WONDERFUL Linda Little. You know she’s a wonderful person when David talks more of her than the cute and sweet Byron who was bartending with her. (Although he did mention him a number of times! Grin)
We took in one more stop on the way back to the hotel at Hydrate. Your pal and mine, DJ Phil DaBeatz was spinning. Seriously, he was in great form; even taking a request of Whitney Houston’s newest song, from me. (You haters need to give that girl a break!)
My Besti, Isaiah truly went above and beyond the call of duty in planning and arranging the best birthday party I’ve ever been to; much less been honored at! Advisor Edward and Dr. Drew kindly opened their lovely home in Bucktown for the lavish event. The food and drink were so delicious and well arranged and the home was perfectly decorated and festive!
The best part of the party was the guests! Although I can’t name them all here, (That’d be too long!) some honored guests need to be mentioned: My friend Travis Ahlquist who provides many hours of healing in my life; Adventrek’s Trey & Clint; Piano man Ben Hartman, ChicagoPride.com’s Executive leadership team, Mike Livingston, S. James Long and R. Matthew Inawat; the one and only Miss Foozie; Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café co-owner, John Dalton; DJ Phil DaBeatz; Fashion phenom and DJ Darshan Patel, my newest friend Erik Thornton and Sandra Vanderbilt and her hot legs! (Shhh!)
Life is a Cabaret:
With a toast by my bosom friend David, and a few words of thanks from me, the night was then truly blessed by my friends Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen! (See Photo) Singing from the staircase, Amy belted out “The Glory of Love”. The party guests were on fire! I was honored next by an invite to sing a duet with Amy & Freddy. We picked an old favorite of ours, “Let’s talk dirty to the animals”; made famous by the late Gilda Radner. By then everyone was in a frenzy of joy!
It has to be said that I missed having my Mom here for the festivities! Clearly she had a lot of work in the whole process of getting me here, and to that end she shouldn’t have to work on schlepping here. I will see and celebrate her on the 24th. (My actual birthday) Also missed was my faithful old dog Buffy, who always loves a party, but would have been stepped on.
My thanks go to you for reading this long blog, but ultimately, my thanks goes to my amazing best friend, Isaiah! He really worked hard on making this event happen. If you have read any of my articles, blogs, and posts here on ChicagoPride.com; my Twitter or Facebook pages, you know how much Isaiah means to me. He is beyond my besti, he is family to me. I am indebted beyond measure to him for his amazing gesture of love and friendship in throwing this party for me!
Cheers to the next forty!