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Wednesday 18 Nov 2009

Chicken Cabaret

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Have You Heard? The Bird Is the Word:
Okay, I know this is going to sound silly, but I think I’ve mastered the art of the perfect chicken. Before the haters start spouting off at the mouth that I’m only interested in younger guys, (At almost 40, everyone is younger than I am these days!) I am talking about the tasty bird kind of Chicken.

When I was growing up, my Mom would make this Greek Lemon chicken that I loved! In the attempt to make it on my own, I’ve gone through a number of attempts to try and master her recipe. Lets face it, no mater how hard we try to make it as good as Mom, it will never be. I fancy myself a pretty good cook, but I’m no Mrs. Pritchard!

Well, last night I came pretty darn close! (See Photo Above) I marinated the chicken in lemon juice for 24 hours and then grilled said chicken for 35 minutes at 400 degrees in the oven anointed with a touch of olive oil, and a generous helping of oregano. OH MY WORD! It was truly delicious! I miss you Mom!

Life is a Cabaret:
After enjoying my tasty dinner with my faithful old bitch Buffy, I headed out to see the Chicago Cabaret Project at their Tuesday night show at Hydrate. I’ll tell you what they sure put on a fun show! This week they featured the super talented Rebecca Finnegan who blew the house down with her talent and wonderfully vulgar banter. Also featured was Rus Rainer as “Carol Channing”. Having met Carol Channing once in Seattle, I can tell you that this version is more like Carol on cookies. (See Photo) There was A LOT of energy there and I loved it!

Of course what self respecting gay man wouldn’t be happy with the talents of the uber-cute pianist Keith Harrison! (See Photo) Sure he doesn’t play for my team, so to speak, but he made that piano fly and clearly loves his work! You can catch the Chicago Cabaret Project every week at ChicagoPride.com and Hydrate present, Tuesday Night at the Cabaret

Happy Hump Day!
Bill Pritchard


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Wednesday 11 Nov 2009

William J Clinton

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Mr. President:
This afternoon, Chicago area supporters of Chicago House had an inspiring opportunity to have lunch with President Bill Clinton at the Palmer House Hilton.

Some nine hundred attendees came in support of Chicago House, the organization that fights for Chicagoans who are marginalized by HIV and AIDS. This was their inaugural Speaker Series Luncheon. Addressing the struggles of HIV/AIDS and homelessness in our world, the President also touched on the importance of education, and our individual role in bettering the community. “If you have the power to do something good; you have the responsibility to do it”, he said.

The luncheon concluded with a question and answer time. Sadly the President did not share his thoughts on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell or the Defense of Marriage Act; two issues he has recently been outspoken of in favor of abolishing.

BRAVO to Chicago House’s Jeremy Hilborn and Rev. Stan Sloan for their terrific efforts to raise the level of care and coins for this cause!

Veteran’s Day:
A special thank you goes to all those who serve or have served our country in military service! (Including my Father, Specialist Llew Pritchard, who served in the Fighting 6th JAG Detachment) Our freedom is not for free. It’s paid with the prices of time, treasure, and loved ones. Our men and women in the military work hard to give us safety, security, and stability. To them and all that went before them; I say thanks!

Best!
Bill Pritchard

Tuesday 10 Nov 2009

Gossip Girl!

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Spotted:
I have to admit, I’m a fan of the show Gossip Girl. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but there it is. For someone who spends a great deal of time working on the “gay job” (ChicagoPride.com) in the evenings, I usually make sure that nothing gets in the way of Monday night’s at 8:00 p.m.

Yes, the guys on Gossip Girl are damn fine! The girls are bitchy, and the clothes are superb! I think what I like about it the most is the animosity that is felt by the author of the New York socialite blog. Nobody knows who she (It’s probably a gay boy!) is; hence the bloggers ability to say what she/he thinks and feels without recompense.

I see more blogs like this pop up here on ChicagoPride.com and elsewhere. Their creative writing and expression is to be praised; even if I disagree or agree with their opinions. Like my friend Linda Little said in response to one such bar blog, “ opinions are like assh_le's and everyone has one." She’s right, although I have to surmise that her assh_le is prettier than most everyone else’s. Linda takes the negative press well! Like one blogger says correctly, “If you're gonna act like a celebrity in Chicago, prepare to take it.” Make no mistake about it, Linda doesn’t “act” like a celebrity; she is one and I’m proud to call her my friend!

So, from the Barfly to the Orange Guy; What the Drag Star thinks to the Twinks Who Buy Drinks; thanks for being our Gossip Girl’s! Positive or negative, you provide just enough mental anorexia for us to forget about our own lives. (That is unless you blog about us. *WINK-WINK*)

XOXO
Bill Pritchard

PS: The photo above is in fact me when I was a twink.

Monday 9 Nov 2009

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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NPR:
When my Besti, Isaiah made reference to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program, I could see and hear his excitement. I had never heard of the show, but thought his was high praise. Isaiah is one of the brainiest boys I know. Most of the stuff he enjoys revolves around events and activities that stroke the intellect and inspire critical thinking. He actually enjoys doing the New York Times crossword puzzles.

Twenty-four plus hours later, I get a call from my bosom pal David Cruse Beal inquiring as to whether or not I might be a fan of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! David is one hell of a mind and like Isaiah has looks to sway any savage beast. In addition to graduating Princeton University, David bested His Royal Highness, Prince William’s grades at St. Andrew’s; the oldest university in Scotland.

David echoed Isaiah’s praise of the show that tests your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's faux.

Hoping to add to the few brain cells I have left, I got up early and headed to Caribou Coffee to score my $1 medium coffee and free WiFi. OH MY GOSH! I love Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! I could not stop laughing! I also learned a number of things. Did you know that 7-Eleven is selling wine? Or how about the lady that called to report a drunk driver who ended up to be herself? Lots of fun facts dispensed in one creative way!

Let me encourage you to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! for yourself! It’s the perfect way to begin your week!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

PS: I still remain a diehard fan of Feast of Fun! Nothing can ever replace Marc Felion & Fausto Fernós

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Sunday 8 Nov 2009

Indian Summer

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Sunny, Sun, Sun, Sun:
I just love a sunny day in Boystown! Hell, any town! For me it could be cold as a witch’s wart, and yet if it’s still sunny, I’m happy!

So here I sit, working on the “gay job" whilst enjoying coffee and cute guys at Caribou Coffee on Halsted. I’ve got a window seat and some decaf.

I hope you’re all enjoying this lovely Indian Summer of ours!

Check out all the photos from this weekend right here on ChicagoPride.com!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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