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Tuesday 2 Sep 2008

Happy Birthday To You David Cruse Beal!

Labor Gay Weekend:
I don’t know about you, but I really treasured the extended weekend we just had! Staying in on Friday evening, I was ready for a fun filled Saturday night! I knew it was going to be a busy one, but I was determined not to let my job of showing face at every event get in the way of having a good time.

My evening started with another charming date with Arthur Chaney. Being that it was a perfect day outside, we opted to sit outside of Boystown favorite Cornelia’s. They have the perfect outdoor patio and the sounds of piano man Ben Hartman make it the quintessential ideal date location! Loosing time with each other seems to be an easy thing for us. I find Artie’s real and honest nature to be very refreshing!

Wet Hole:
We moved our fellowship down to Pie Hole Pizza where I’ve started a new tradition. Being that they have a full bar, I like to go in sometime over the weekend to “Start” my evening of bar hopping with a drink there. Seriously, have you been in on a Friday or Saturday night? They have some of the greatest music (by owner DJ Doug Brandt) playing and a number of cute guys serving!

Stars & Stripes:
Getting a few texts from my besti, Isaiah, we headed down to Minibar|Winebar. Although he would disagree, DJ Phil DaBeatz was spinning a great set as I walked in.

Always looking cute, Isaiah was talking with our friend Jim Gregory. It was a true pleasure to run into my long lost friend and former roommate, Mike Rippe with his sweet boyfriend Philip Trampe. It had been forever since I’d seen the boys! It was great to catch up a bit. Clay & Andy were also there.

Joining in the fun was Boystown Socialite Hunter B. Lyon. With Hunter was his pals Nathan and Austin. They’re nice guys. I really enjoyed helping Austin unfold his arms every few minutes. Nathan is as hungry for wisdom/knowledge about life/politics as he is cute! I’ll tell you, it’s damn refreshing to run into people like that! Sadly it’s too rare.

Taking a quick walk around I ran in to none other than the Paris Hilton of Boystown, Evan Or. Gosh, I love that kid! He’s so smart and well-traveled. Seems Ev is newly single too. Boys, take my word for it, he’s worth asking out! His knowledge of Star Trek lore (Not Data’s brother) alone makes him worthy.

Worship:
My friend DJ Scotty Thomson was DJ’ing at his monthly residency at Hydrate on Saturday, so I headed up there to hear him. I’m not going to go into what it is that I like about watching/listening to DJ’s. Sufficed to say, it is somewhat of a religious experience for me!

Sunday FUN Day:
Enjoying a relaxing day of water and fellowship with my bitch Buffy I was super excited for the evening to begin.

I headed to Roscoe’s to see Miss Foozie at Male Call. Sweet Lord, it was packed with a trillion drunk people. It seems that everyone started early that afternoon. Taking a few moments to connect with my favorite, Foozie, I headed across the street to Cocktail to meet up with my dear friend Adrienne Holt. (See Picture)

A-Ho:
It had been forever since Adrienne and I hungout. She is such a joy to be around and has the best sense of humor. We caught up on life and talked about future plans. We were then joined by three lovely friends of Adrienne; Ashley, CJ, and Allison. They were all so pretty.

Walking by the window were my pals John Reilly and Phil Roush. I hailed them in. They sure added some great energy to our fellowship. Joining us in camaraderie was my friend Scotty Thomson; who decided to stay in town a few extra days before returning back to New York. By that time Bartender Val had us all so tipsy we were a damn hot mess. (Side Note: Cocktail owner, Geno has really outdone himself in the selection of his dancers. Not one of them were unattractive. Quite the distraction, really!)

Seen passing by was none other than Bill Healy with his posse of pals, Russell Daugherty, Paul & Boyd, and Lance & husband Freddy Allen! (Reminder: Freddy and Amy will be at the Lakeshore Theater on September 18th)

Heading over to hear the great sounds of my pal DJ Chris Eterno at Minibar|Winebar I had the pleasure of running into Advisor Edward. It had been (Pronounced “bean”) since the end of July since I’ve seen him. It was SO nice to catch up and enjoy a libation. He looked so good too! I’ve missed him!

Ode to David Cruse Beal:
If you’ve read my blog before, you have undoubtedly heard me mention my dear friend David Cruse Beal (See Picture Above) in Singapore. Today is David’s 29th birthday and although he only looks like he’s twenty, (I’m jealous) he sure deserves this birthday mention. I count him as one of my very closest friends and I miss him dearly. Recall his most resent visit to Boystown. I’m still living off of that high! Happy Birthday my friend! I love you!

SHOUT OUTS:
My Parents on the cruise to Alaska (Where’s your life vest?), The very missed, Greg, Gal-Pal Jake Conrad, My dear friend whom I miss, Ronnie Kroell, my ex, Jesse Rubly (Thank you for the texts this last weekend!), Former roommate, Clyde Allred, and my old bitch Buffy

Luv!
~Bill Pritchard

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It's always a great time with you Bill! Hope the rest of your weekend was as fun filled!
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Arthur
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You're DAMN CUTE Arthur! ~Bill
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Saturday 30 Aug 2008

You’re So Gay!

Claymate:
Thursday night I had a chance to hangout with my pal Clay Hinkle. We’d been meaning to meet up for quite a while, but my travel schedule really got in the way. Clay and his brother Brett just moved into the Gayberhood to go to school.

I met Clay through my pal Philip Trampe a few months ago. He’s seriously one of the most normal people I know. I think that’s why everyone likes being around him. Seems like I inherited a good pal!

We caught up on the latest gossip and summer recap over dinner at Cornelia’s. I treated myself to a few of Bartender John’s signature cosmos. They are ALWAYS perfect!

From there Clay and I met up with my gal-pal Jake Conrad. I don’t know what it is about that boy, but he looks like he’s been working out or something! (Wink!)

Ode To Doug:
I wanted to stop by Pie Hole Pizza’s open mic night called Poetic Hole. What a FUN time! So many came out and it really had a neighborhood feel to it. In honor of my visit I planned and thought up a poem in honor of DJ Doug Brandt. Although it was completely extemporaneous it did mention something about his “sausage”. (Pizza, that is!)

Cheers:
From there we went to Cocktail where I ran into everyone! It was so much fun! I saw my favorite Doctor Jason Layman and the super sweet Ryan Yoder; who’s sportin a new man in his life. I ADORE seeing Ryan happy like that. He sure deserves it.

Thursday night was Bar AIDS and Cocktail was one of the participating bars. They donated a portion of their proceeds to benefit AIDSCare! On the way out of Cocktail, I ran into my friend Jason Lee too.

We headed over to Minibar to see and hear DJ Phil DaBeatz. Ya know, I can’t say enough how much I care for that guy. He’s just good people!

(Be sure to read the interview with DJ Phil; right here on ChicagoPride.com)

Homo:
Clearly having a great time, Clay and I headed our drunk bums home. Walking in to my sweet bitch Buffy rolling all over the place was a nice sight to see. The old girl (She’s 18) is still so playful and the perfect welcome home present every day!

A great evening to be sure and the best start to a long weekend!

SATURDAY Night:
Circuit Night Club is hosting Nitro tonight with DJ DeMarko! My dear pal Miss Foozie hosts "The Alien Invasion" themed-party with décor by my neighbor and pal Visuwil!

One of my favorite DJ's in the whole world, DJ Scotty Thomson (See Picture Above) will be at his new monthly residency Hydrate tonight! With All this great activity in the Gayberhood this evening; its safe to say that I will be getting around! (As it were

For a complete listing of events happening today in and around Boystown, check the ChicagoPride.com Event Calendar!

SHOUT OUTS:
Advisor Edward, My Besti, Isaiah, The adorable luv, Greg, Socialite Hunter B. Lyon and my very old bitch Buffy

Cheers!!
~Bill
Wednesday 27 Aug 2008

New BLOG By Ben Andrew's Boyfriend Bill Pritchard

Happy Birthday:
Last Thursday I took Miss Foozie and Chicago newcomer, Jim Gregory to the Lakeshore Theater to celebrate the birthday of my dear friend Amy Armstrong. (See Picture) She and her right hand man, Freddy Allen, (See Picture) performed their monthly show and truly gave us one high energy time! It was a special treat to have Foozie with me! She was a great surprise for Amy! Afterwards we all went to this little bar right next door to the theater; where my pal Bill Healy bought us all drinks. (He’s too nice!)

Friday, Brought To You By H.:
A few times a month I am asked to dinner by none other than Mr. H. Walker; the leadership coach himself. In addition to having a few moments in fellowship with Mr. Walker, I am there for one reason; to invest in people. It’s really an unspoken request that I happily agree to. The dinner last week was to meet and mentor Jono, Daniel, Ryan, Amanda, David, Marc, and Kara. Heavens did we have a fun time! I have to say for the record that once again, Mr. Walker went above and beyond the call in hosting everyone!

Afterwards I took everyone to Minibar|Winebar for shots and libations. They were all mesmerized by the hot staff and were able to meet the Dahli Mama herself, Boystown Icon Linda Little. After a while I wanted to treat them to more VIP at neighborhood favorite, John Barleycorn where JR Cranston (See Picture) and his crew spoiled us! I just love that place! While I was there I ran into new neighbor Brett Hinkle, brother of my super cute pal, Clay Hinkle. Brett makes me laugh, so I invited he and his pals into VIP.

The Hunt For Hunter B:
Saturday morning brought the return of my weekly breakfast with my besti Isaiah. It had been two LONG weeks since we were able to do that. It’s a time that we both look forward to. We caught up on the latest gossip and boy trials. (It’s nice to have someone to talk to about that!)

Later that evening I had the pleasure of a date with the super cute Arthur Chaney. We dined at Cornelia’s where we found a new menu there. Heavens was it tasty. I can’t remember a time where I really enjoyed myself more. We completely lost track of the time. (Smile)

Saying good evening to Arthur, I headed South to meet up with Hunter B. Lyon. Sadly our meeting time kept getting delayed. I was happy to run into many from the night before as I enjoyed the music of DJ Phil DaBeatz. At/around 1:00 AM, I decided to head home to the bitch. WONDERFULY, on my way I ran into Hunter B and his two cute friends Nathan and Austin. We spent a few moments in fellowship. I have to say that I was pretty damn tempted to stay out and about as requested by Hunter B. and his posse.

With some determination in my heart, I headed home. Of course I was stopped by cute couple Olin and Brian. With them was ChicagoPride.com’s own Jay Shaff. With a bit of groping and kissing I said hello to the boys, and caught up with Jay. Feeling a bit proud of myself for only having 2 cozmo’s all night; I headed to Pie Hole Pizza to treat myself to some yummy late night sustenance. I have to hand it to Pie Hole owner, DJ Doug Brandt; he’s got some damn beautiful guys working for him! Whew! I had no problem staying there for a few minutes. (Side note: Be sure to check out Pie Hole’s new Wednesday’s Creaoke Karaoke Night and Thursday’s Open Mic Night)

Sunday None Day:
All too rarely I enjoy a day with the phone off; doing nothing at all. Last Sunday was such a day. It was just my bitch Buffy and me. I really enjoyed this down time and I got some GREAT rest!

This Week:
Thursday I hope you will join me at Sidetrack as we watch HISTORY being made with the acceptance speech of Barack Obama! (Side note: If you've not Registered to vote what are you waiting for? Get off you're a_s and do it NOW!)

Of course this Thursday night is Bar AIDS! Participating Bars will donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit AIDSCare! Some of the participating bars include: SPIN, Cocktail, and Circuit Nightclub. I’m calling in gay to work on Friday! Come join me for a libation or ten! I'm sure at some point I will be enjoying the sounds of my pal DJ Phil DaBeatz at Minibar|Winebar.

Saturday evening you should plan to stop by Hydrate to see my pal DJ Scotty Thomson! (See Picture) Of course for up to the minute information on events going on in the gayberhood; click here!

I want to be sure and let you know that on Tuesday nights, Artists, play-wrights, poets, and performers alike are all invited to see Amy Armstrong at an over the top open mic style evening! Join Amy for the Chi-Town Throw Down at the Holiday Club!

SHOUT OUTS: Greg, My bosom friend, David Cruse Beal, Super cute, Brent Corrigan, My gal-pal, Jake Conrad, my ex, Jesse Rubly, Former roommate, Mike Rippe, My future boyfriend, Ben Andrews, (See Picture Above) My good friends, Alex Choren, Matt F., and Jason Maldonado, The cute & sweet, John Reilly, The Yoder Brothers, Ryan & Billy, My dear pal Ronnie Kroell (Who’s in Instinct Magazine) and my faithful old bitch Buffy

Cheers!
~Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 19 Aug 2008

I’m Home-O

Seriously, I’ve had the busiest 14 days ever! Before, during, and after Market Days, I’ve been going somewhat nonstop. Before I start my Blog, I have to say a big THANK YOU to my pal and GoPride.com’s Enterprise Brand Manager, Mike Livingston for all his hard work putting the ChicagoPride.com Market Days Booth together. Mike and his team of workers really made ChicagoPride.com look great!

NYC:
I’m not sure most people know this, but I’ve got a day job. Yep, I have two jobs in my life. One is with a national political association and the other is with GoPride.com. (The parent company of ChicagoPride.com) One pays the rent; the other is a labor of love. I truly enjoy both. My “day job” holds its Annual Meeting every year during the Market Day’s celebration. As much as I would like to be here for the fun, I do enjoy getting out of town for a bit.

This year our meeting was in New York City. What a damn treat that was! I was able to see my father Llewelyn Pritchard; my ex Matthew Barrett (See Picture) and my pals James Frederick (See Picture Above) and DJ Scotty Thomson (See Picture)

While I was there we honored Sarah Weddington (See Picture) the counsel for the Supreme Court case of Roe V. Wade. It was this world changing lady who made it possible for women to have choices in their lives that were not mandated by the government. I’ve known Sarah for years and I’m happy to call her my friend!

24 Hours:
Arriving back to Chicago on the 12th, I only had twenty-four hours until I boarded a plane for my hometown of Seattle. Meeting up with my besti Isaiah at Minibar|Winebar he introduced me to his new pal Jim E. Gregory. Jim is somewhat new to the city of Chicago, but I bet you will see and hear about him a lot. In fact he’s one of the hot guys participating in ChicagoPride.com’s Model Search. Also joining us was my friend and Boystown socialite, Hunter B. Lyon. He’s one sweet guy and a joy to be around!

Seattle:
Going home to Seattle is always a treat. It had been since Christmas since I’ve been back. (Frown) Upon arriving I met up with my dear pal Michael Payne. He showed me his new place and we enjoyed catching up over dinner. Later we went to Seattle’s Purr Lounge. For those of you going to Seattle for the Gay World Series; Purr is hosting the closing night block party on August 30th! My friend and Purr’s owner, Barbie Humphrey is THE best at throwing parties. Be sure to say hello to my favorite bartenders Rusty and Rock!

Having coffee at the original Starbuck’s with my sister Jennifer and niece Isabella was the perfect way to start a morning. Afterwards, I enjoyed some much needed time with my Mom. (See Picture) We had lunch at the Ruins a charming private club in Seattle. They have the ability to capture the perfect ambience. Sipping wine and screwdrivers we had a great time catching up!

I think my favorite time of all while I was in Seattle was having lunch in honor of my Father’s 71st birthday at my Aunt Peggy’s home. It was just my Aunt, Parent’s and me. We talked about everything from Politics to Polio. (My Aunt is a Polio survivor). Of course stopping by the Cuff Complex a bit later to see Uncle Tom and Aunt Coco was a fun highlight as well!

Upper Class:
On my way back home I was upgraded to first class. What a treat that was! Its fun to look to the back of the plane and judge people! (Laugh Out Loud) I can’t tell you how good it was to come home to my old bitch Buffy! She get’s SO excited. Truth is, I was very worried that she wouldn’t make it until I got home. Her Vet says that she’s doing well, but at her age she can go any minute. That will be one SAD day in my life!

This Week:
This Thursday we will be celebrating the birthday of my dear friend Amy Armstrong as she and Freddy Allen perform at the Lakeshore Theater. This is one show you do NOT want to miss. I can pretty much guarantee you some fun times and famous people will be there!

Friday evening you should plan to stop by Hydrate for the Howdy and Ho in their Cowboy Show; A cabaret hosted to honor the Windy City Gay Rodeo!

Of course for up to the minute information on events going on in the gayberhood; click here!

SHOUT OUTS: My bosom friend, David Cruse Beal, My long lost luv Greg (See Picture), The city of Seattle, My new hot neighbors, Brett & Clay Hinkle, My Ex, Jesse Rubly, The Men of, 21cc, My buddy, Jamile “Vera” Mack, and my bitch Buffy

Cheers!
~Bill Pritchard
Tuesday 5 Aug 2008

Off the Market

Business As Usual:
As many of my readers know, Saturday mornings always start with breakfast with my besti, Isaiah. With the busy day that we both had ahead of us; it was really nice to enjoy each others company and catch up on the latest gossip. I can never say enough how special our friendship is!

Charming:
After getting a new cell phone, Matt F. and I met up for some fellowship. We went over to Pastoral to enjoy a light lunch alfresco. It honestly couldn’t have been (Pronounced: bean) more charming. There were a few hung-over lesbians sitting RIGHT next to us. (There were tables all over the place and they chose to take the table next to ours.) They enjoyed listening to our conversation and chiming in. Once they left Matt F. and I got lost in conversation. (Easy to do with him)

The Vanderbilt’s:
Out of the supreme kindness of his heart, Matt F. drove me (Thanks SO much Matt) all the way downtown to begin the process of the Vanderbilt wedding. (See Picture Above) For me it all started off meeting Sandra and Kristie Riedel at their Park Hyatt Hotel suite. I was the envy of every boy in Chicago; pouring Champaign for the bridal party as they got ready. Truth be told, that was the first time I’d ever been in a hotel room with a girl in her bra and panties; much less five. I would liken it to an asthmatic receiving a Marlboro gift bag. (It did nothing for me)

Traveling with the girls and sweet Misty the photographer, we arrived to West Loop Studio for the ceremony and reception. Isaiah did an awesome job on planning the event. The food, drink, and atmosphere were delightful. I saw a lot of old friends and met so many wonderful people too!

Afterwards my pals Bill Healy, Ben Hartman, and Isaiah joined me up in Boystown. I met up with Matt F. at Minibar|Winebar.

Sunday FUN Day:
Wonderfully I had the best Sunday! After a brief meeting with the senior leadership of ChicagoPride.com, Matt F. and I enjoyed the whole day together. Quite honestly, it was too good to write about. (Smile)

On The Market:
The 27th Annual Northalsted Market Days is here! Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will make Boystown their home for two days. This is always an exciting time of the year and one that I personally welcome!

With over 200 vendors providing everything from food and products; to music and beverage, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Thanks to GoPride.com’s Enterprise Brand Manager Mike Livingston, ChicagoPride.com boasts one of the best booths around; featuring the music of DJ Plez and DJ Phil DaBeatz! There will even be cute boys dancing! Be sure to stop by and see what’s happening!

Sadly, every year I have meetings that take me away from Market Days. (Frown) I know that I leave Boystown in great hands! I only ask that you wash your hands after going to the bathroom and BE SAFE!

For up to the minute information on events going on in the gayberhood; click here!

SHOUT OUTS: World Changer, Sarah Weddington, Life Changer, Llewelyn Pritchard, My bosom friend, David Cruse Beal, Cute Matt, My dear long lost Greg, Socialite Hunter B. Lyon, My new neighbors, Brett & Clay Hinkle, My first Chicago Best friend, Jeremy, Piano man extraordinaire, Mark Farris, My Mom, Matthew Barrett, DJ Scotty Thomson, Sky Sheridan and Liron Prioleau; whom I will see in NYC, Newlyweds, Sandra & Ryan, The city of Seattle and my dear old dog Buffy

Hugs & Kisses!
~Bill Pritchard

PS: Don’t forget Miss Foozie’s Fabulous Varity Show taking place this Saturday at 8:00 PM at Circuit Nightclub! (See Picture Below)
 Miss Foozie's FABULOUS Variety Show!

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