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Monday 30 Jan 2012

Happy 108th Birthday!

In my Family, we celebrate life, even after death. Knowing my Grandparents, it’s easy to see why! They were life/world changers and each had their mark on our lives.

One such person was my Sainted Father’s Mother, Anne Pritchard Strauss. (See photo above with my Grandfather, Llewellyn Pritchard and my Sainted Father, young Llewelyn Pritchard) She would have been 108 on January 31st.

Grandma was quite a character. She made everyone laugh and always had something to say. She loved her grandkids, giving each one a nickname. (Perhaps that's where I get that from.) She named me Peaches & Cream. Apparently my complexion was that grand in her mind. To this day, every time I exfoliate, lotion, or wash my face; I think of her.

She was a woman with a rich faith. Not a moment would go by where she didn’t thank God for “His many blessings”. She’s famous in my family for saying “God will know” when one of us kids was less than honest about something. Somehow, I think that God wasn’t the only one who knew.

Every day, like clockwork, Grandma would fix little snacks; pour herself a Gibson on the rocks, and enjoy Happy Time. (Her version of Happy Hour!) She never missed a chance to do this and always included us in the preparations. We would be our own company, if guests weren't around. As silly as this sounds; it's a great lesson in celebrating each day and the consistent appreciation of those around you. (The drinks have gotten better too!)

Before Grandma came to live with us in Seattle, she lived in the family home in New York and took residence in Florida, during the winter months. In the days before internet and email, she would always write us and send care packages. Christmas had nothing on her when it came to the arrival of a package from Grandma. Of course, she went above and beyond at Christmas; even dressing up as Santa Clause for all.

I could give chapter and verse about Grandma, but there isn’t enough space on my computer for such a blog. Suffice it to say, I miss her terribly and will celebrate her day with a bit of Happy Time!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Thursday 26 Jan 2012

Champagne Turned Me Gay

This evening ChicagoPride.com is sponsoring one of my favorite events of the year; the 2012 Champagne Wrapture: Clicquot In the Sky hosted by Chicago House. Co-Chairs David Kaufman, Tom Segal, Matthew Harvat, Dennis Remer, Scott Silverman, and Christopher Hubbard have planned an amazing event; this year a top the world famous Willis Tower.

As always this Chicago House event has been masterfully organized with the help of Jeremy Hilborn and CEO Rev. Stan Sloan

Many of my best memories are surrounded by Veuve Clicquot! I still owe Stuart Turner, John Warrington, and Big Al himself, Christopher Selby-Rickards of Heaven Nightclub for all the Veuve and love they showed Isaiah and me all those years ago. Equally Veuve Clicquot’s generosity in the LGBT community is truly appreciated! They always go above and beyond at this event.

Joining me will be ChicagoPride.com’s new fashion writer Stephen Young, of StephenStyle.com. GoPride’s own Anthony Meade will also be on site snapping all the lovelies and bubblies. You can see the photos from last years event here.

Sadly, the event is all sold out, but rest assured the gang from Chicago House will be hosting another fabulous event for their very worthy cause!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 24 Jan 2012

Hottie, Besti, Busy, Zesty

Hottie: Did you see the Republican debate on Monday night? Yes, Brian Williams is one handsome man, but the BEAUTIFUL guy behind him stole the show! He made all the crap they were saying about each other and the foible-filled policies more tolerable.

Besti: I was a proud best friend Tuesday morning, when Isaiah was on Windy City Live He really did a great job and his hard work paid off. The models looked splendid too.

Busy: One of my favorite things to do is out-best the Chicago Transit Authority. For $23 you can get a 7-day-pass. Well, I used this last week’s pass twenty-three times; making it only a $1 a ride. Yes, yes, I obsess over such fun opportunities to save a dime, but I’ve been a touch busy too. Needless to say, I did feel a bit of victory this morning when I got one last ride in before my pass expired.

Zesty: I’m always looking for chances to have fun and give back to the community at the same time. Well, I’m happy to report that Diva Amy Armstrong will be performing and hosting Brunch this Saturday, January 28th at Angelina’s, from 11-3. Funds raised will go to the amazing work of Chicago Lost and Found

Smile!
Bill Pritchard

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Thursday 12 Jan 2012

A Day On, NOT A Day Off

Martin Luther King:
Monday, January 16th marks the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance; a time to remember, reflect and respond to the call of that make a difference pioneer Martin Luther King Jr.!

King's wife, the late Coretta Scott King challenged us saying, "On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit." The King Center continues that challenge by admonishing us to look at Monday as a "Day On. . . Not A Day Off"

I can't think of a better way to look at it! Sure some of us may not have to go in to work, but perhaps you can take a few moments and study the life of Dr. King or volunteer your time at a community event or center. Perhaps you can participate in Gay For Good Volunteer Day.

Truthfully, the parallels between the fight that Martin Luther King Jr. fought and those of the LGBT community are very much the same; equal rights, civil treatment, and safety, to name a few.

Step out of your agendas, attitudes, and actions for a moment, and look to serve others. The smallest observation of Dr. King’s lifestyle shows that he was in service for others. I think that’s a good reminder to us all.

A day ON!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 9 Jan 2012

Happy Nude Queer

Hot Start!:
With special thanks to community friend and ultimate talent-hottie, Nick Adams, I want to wish you a very happy [Almost] Nude Queer!

2012 brings great opportunity to start anew and recommit yourself to your Family, Friends and the Chicago, LA, DC and Miami Communities!

If you haven’t seen Nick in Broadway’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert; I’d suggest you make THAT your New Year’s Resolution! Not only is the show packed with great energy, but the songs, costumes, and story are sure to keep you on your toes. I promise you’ll not be disappointed. And, with cute Nick on stage, you’re sure to get a thrill!

I hope this year is filled with blessings and new friendships!
Bill

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