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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
 
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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!
Friday 1 Aug 2008

Old Friends And New!

As A Friend:
Having a few days off to prepare for my upcoming trip to NYC, I found myself with the night free on Tuesday evening. Should I stay in or go out? I’ve not got any promotion to be done so I can just go out and enjoy some fellowship with the boys of Boystown. (Seriously, we’ve got some damn cute guys here!)

Heading to everyone’s favorite Tuesday night spot, Cocktail I wanted to spend some time with my old pal (Not a reference to age; rather length of time we’ve know one another) Miss Foozie. What a fun night I had. I ran into so many friends! My pastor Matt Richards and some of his pals were there. I loved meeting his cute BLOG partner Tony Hoshaw. Clearly the three of us are kindred spirits!

I also ran in to everyone’s favorite cute Sidetrack tall man, Jimmy enjoying an evening off as well. It was so nice to be able to catch up with him! He IS quite a catch and wonderfully he has made Chicago his home!

Foozie was in GREAT form doing what she does so well and bartenders David and Val kept me well stocked on libations. I couldn’t play like it was a weekend just yet as I awaiting the arrival of my bosom friend David Cruse Beal from Singapore.

Twenty-Four Hours of Friendship:
I was so excited to be reunited with my bosom Friend David Cruse Beal (See Picture Above) that I awoke at 6AM. He wasn’t due to arrive until 2:20, but I wanted to get everything ready for him. I ventured out to O’Hare to meet his flight. It was such a Capra-esq (See: Frank Capra; Movie Director. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life) moment as David came out of customs. Sure enough he looked amazing! I mean, he just got off a 13+ hour flight and he looked like he was ready for the red carpet. (Damn Him!)

Not skipping a beat we jumped into a cab and started our 24 hours of fellowship. We headed straight (As it were) to RL for soup and Bloody Mary’s. I can’t say it enough how much I like RL! It’s worth every dime! Our server Caroline Jung was such a sweet southern delight to be around. Of course GM Rich was on hand greeting everyone by name. (Seriously, he never forgets a person’s name!) RL bartender Russell arrived just in time to add to the sardonic wit and charm that he does to any conversation. We had a perfect time!

Moving up to my flat in Boystown, David and I prepared ourselves for a fun evening with Matt F. and my besti Isaiah We all met up for eats and libations at Winebar. Isaiah always looks great! Boystown Icon, Linda Litte hosted us looking ever so summery (I’m not sure if that’s even a word. Is it Mom?) in her dress.

After enjoying a bit of the cheese plate, we were off in Matt’s cute Mini Cooper to catch a show at Baton Show Lounge. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but it was my first time. Boy was it fun! It was a great honor to meet the famous Chili Pepper! She made Matt her bitch (Not in reference to the dog) and we spent tons of dollars on the dames!

Traveling back to Boystown we enjoyed some fellowship at Sidetrack and Minibar. I promised David that at some point we would enjoy a slice of pizza at Pie Hole Pizza. By that time Isaiah and cute Matt left for the night and we were joined by Teacher Jim and my gal-pal Jake Conrad and his very pretty friend from out of town. It was the perfect way to close the day with David.

Revelry:
David and I awoke early and enjoyed spending time together. We stepped over to Caribou Coffee on Broadway where we caught up on the latest gossip. From there we stopped by my favorite Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine shop. I could die there! They have every kind of cheese! Owner Greg O’Neill greeted me and told me about some scrumptious new cheeses that were available. We got some tasty sandwiches and eats and headed home to partake.

With my bitch Buffy in hand I walked David outside to catch a cab to the airport. I’m not one for goodbye’s but this one was especially difficult. He’s such a dear friend!

Fellowship Therapy:
Later in the day on Thursday, I joined Advisor Edward for a few glasses of white at Jack’s on Halsted. Of course Bartender Drew took great care of us. It was great to catch up with Advisor Edward!

We stepped up the street to Minibar where I was meeting up with Pink Banana’s Matt Skallerud who was in town for a few days. Talk about a kindred spirit! (Grin) With Matt was International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Global Ambassador Tom Nibbio He was terribly nice and a joy to introduce to folks.

Matt F. and his friends Cher (Seriously. . .not that one) and John join up to fellowship. DAMN Matt looked good! Also joining in the fellowship was none other than boystown’s newest resident Clay Hinkle and my pal Phillip Trampe. I also ran into John M. who was out with co-workers for a few drinky-pooh’s. My friend DJ Phil DaBeatz was in great form making the music. He just knows how to do it! (Be sure to read the interview with DJ Phil; right here on ChicagoPride.com)

Heavens did we enjoy the evening like it was a Saturday! At one point I heard DJ Phil shout, “Oh no he’s not” as Matt and I enjoyed a kiss. What’s wrong with you people? I like to kiss guys like you do! (Laugh Out Loud)

Saying good night to everyone, (Including another kiss or two with Matt) I headed back to my flat; stopping bye to say hello to all my pals at Pie Hole Pizza. What a fun happens there on Thursday nights!

I Do!:
This weekend has some fun times ahead! I will be participating in the wedding of my friends Sandra and Ryan. Having the whole thing planed by my besti Isaiah makes for a good bet that it will be an awesome time! I’m sure I will be out and about as well!

SHOUT OUTS:
My new neighbor, the damn fine, Clay Hinkle and his equally attractive brother Brett, The wonderful Staff at Minibar who took GREAT care of me on Thursday, The adorable luv, Greg, and my very old bitch Buffy

Cheers!!
~Bill

For a complete listing of events happening today in Boystown and Beyond, check the ChicagoPride.com Event Calendar
Monday 28 Jul 2008

Giddy With The Girls

A date with Amy & Freddy:
This Thursday night I went with the very cute Matt to see Amy & Freddy perform at the Lakeshore Theater. It was one of their best shows yet! I don’t know what I enjoyed more; watching them or watching Matt watch them for the first time. He was laughing SO much. It’s always such a pleasure to be around Amy & Freddy! I even ran into my longtime pal Scott Parachek! That made it feel even more like old times!

Matt and I walked from the theater to Jack’s on Halsted where we enjoyed a drink. (Thanks for buying Matt!) It was the perfect atmosphere as we were the only ones there. Thanks to Bartender Drew for allowing us to stay while he closed things down for the day. :-) Matt and I closed our evening by enjoying an episode of Will & Grace. It was a perfect night!

Straight:
Friday evening, Former Roommate Clyde and I met up for some libations. We ran into Jason Lee who was out and about meeting people. How kind was he to give me a lovely gift bag full of goodies! Clydee and I went to meet up with cute Matt and his straight brother at John Barleycorn. Matt wanted to show his brother who was in from out of town, a good time! I’ll tell you what; the folks at John Barleycorn ALWAYS go out of their way to treat me right! (A special thank you to Kyle Hustedt of course!) We had a blast. I even got to meet Matt’s best girlfriend, Cher.

We went from there to Hydrate hear my pal DJ Rodney Becker who was spinning with DJ Brett Locascio. I could listen to Rodney for hours. It was especially nice to hangout more with Matt. He’s really a very sweet person. Sadly since I had a very busy following day, I had to call it an early night. Saying goodbye to everyone; I saved my last goodbye for Matt.

Matt then insisted on walking me home. Oh My God! How charming is that! He gave no consideration to having to wait in the line outside again when he returned. He just took my hand and away we went. I happen to think that may have been my favorite part of the night. With a hug good night we said goodbye. As I darted up the steps to my door I heard Matt say “Wait! I want another hug!” Well, twist my arm! With another hug I was smiling up the steps to my door.

Hey Ladies!:
Saturday night my best friend Isaiah and I hosted our dear friend Sandra Riedel’s Bachelorette Party. What a fun night that was!

Our evening started with dinner and drinks at RL. Seriously, I believe this is my favorite restaurant in the whole city! The ambiance, service, and food are always perfect! My table was blessed with a bottle of Champaign from RL’s Charlie Gitto. He’s too damn nice to me! Attending dinner was none other than the guest of honor Sandra and Isaiah, (See Picture Above) but also Sandra’s mother, Kristy and aunt Heidi. We had the best time!

The Park Hyatt’s Nomi was our next stop. All the girls met us there and we enjoyed getting to know one another. Isaiah put together these lovely gift bags for all the girls with items we bought a few days before. They were a big hit! From there we all went to Le Passage where we were treated like royalty! Our server Dana (Who was hot, by the way!) went above and beyond the call for us! She even brought us shots! If you haven’t been to Le Passage in a while; let me suggest you make it your destination sometime! (Note: I want to give a very special thank you to Le Passage’s Erica Drogoszewski and owner, Matt Linder who arranged everything for me!)

Resident DJ
I headed up to Minibar to meet up with Saturday night resident DJ Phil DaBeatz. We made plans to introduce him to Hydrate’s new monthly resident DJ Scotty Thomson. All the usual suspects were around at Minibar including GoPride.com’s Enterprise Brand Manager Mike Livingston and his hot Italian visitor, Alex.

It was great to run into (Tonsil free) John M. whom I hadn’t seen in forever. Of course socialite Hunter B. Lyon was holding court with all of his cute friends. I also ran in to my favorite Boystown couple, Mike Rippe (Who looks hot with short buzzed hair) and Philip Trampe! With everyone in tow we headed to Hydrate to see Scotty! It was a blast! I love to watch/listen to him work!

I have to say, it is always weird to head home as the sun is coming up. It makes me feel a bit on the cheap side. Wonderfully my old bitch Buffy was alive and well when I arrived. (Laugh Out Loud)

Envoy
My bosom friend and Singapore Envoy, David Cruse Beal (See Picture) will in town for 24 hours this Wednesday. We will be enjoying all that Boystown has to offer. If you happen to be out on a school night; do come up and introduce yourself! He’s BEYOND worth it!

SHOUT OUTS: My almost my neighbor, the damn cute, Clay Hinkle and his equally hot brother Brett, All the Girls at the bachelorett party, The awesome Staff at John Barleycorn, Advisor, Edward, The wonderful Staff at Le Passage, The adorable Greg, and my very old bitch Buffy

Cheers!!
~Bill

PS: Be sure to check out the great article by Jason P. Freeman about my friend DJ Phil DaBeatz!
Monday 21 Jul 2008

What’s Sleep!?!?!

Men Will Be Men!:

Saturday night, I attended the bachelor party of Ryan Vanderbilt. Ryan’s friend Chris Amico planed everything, and did a great job! I’ve never seen a “Shot Ski” before, but I can’t say that it was a bad idea. I can’t think of a better way to have four of your best pals take a shot at the same time. Of course Ryan almost barfed at the taste of Jager. (I would too!)

My besti Isaiah and I were a bit out of our element with all these straight guys, but were warmly welcomed. I have to say, I’ve never watched Australian Rules Football before. I am now a big fan! Not one of those guys was ugly and Isaiah and I couldn’t take our eyes of those short shorts! Thanks to my dear pal JR Cranston at John Barleycorn for the wonderful treatment! He has THE BEST staff in Wrigleyville!

Boys, Boys, Boys!:

Texting me throughout the evening was socialite Hunter B. Lyon. He was out with all his cronies at Minibar|Winebar and invited me to join up. Lord knows I needed a bit of the Gayberhood after the testosterone filled bachelor party. (Laugh Out Loud)

With Hunter were (The very cute) Paul Accardi and Andrew Luecke. Of course Saturday night resident DJ Phil DaBeatz was on fire with his music! It was a lot of fun. New friend, Adam Ballard stopped by to join the fun. In tow was cutie Kirk-o. He’s just a nice guy!

Greeting me with a warm hug was none other than Doctor Jason L. He always goes out of his way to be kind. I was glad to see that he and Kirk hit it off so well. (Pinky to the mouth) Joining in the fun were cute brothers Mike and Steve Rollins. I also ran into my pal and GoPride.com’s Enterprise Brand Manager Mike Livingston and his hot Italian visitor. (Yep, DJ Phil and I were enjoying that!)

Mikey (Name withheld to protect his closet status) showed up and joined us all as we migrated to Hydrate, where we ran in to none other than Boystown favorite, Victory!

Amy & Freddy:

This Thursday night, my dear friends Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen (See Picture) will be performing at the Lakeshore Theater

I’ve known my friend Amy for 7 years now. She is always so full of energy and zeal. I’ve always said, as talented as she is in music; she is just as equally talented in being funny. She kills me every time! Freddy is the PERFECT sidekick to Amy and always gives a great show! I just adore that guy! (Don’t worry Lance!)

Hey Ladies!:

Saturday Isaiah and I will be hosting Sandra Riedel’s Bachelorette Party. With stops at the Park Hyatt’s Nomi and Chicago’s favorite Le Passage. If you want to enjoy something different on a Saturday evening, join the girls and me!

Scotty The Hottie

Thanks to the wisdom of Hydrate owner, Mark Lieberson, my buddy DJ Scotty Thomson (See Picture) will be spinning this Saturday evening at Hydrate. Those of you who’ve been reading my blog know how much I love my music. Like my pal Chicago’s DJ Rodney Becker; (Who will be spinning along with DJ Brett Locascio at Hydrate on Friday evening) Scotty brings in the goods! I could listen to him for hours.

Next Week

If you’re around me for a night out and about, you will probably hear me talking about my Parents; my best friend; giving back to your community; or my bosom friend David (See Picture Above) in Singapore. David is from my hometown of Seattle and is such a dear kindred friend. We’ve fellowshipped all over the world together and have made some serious memories! You will all get the chance to meet him next Wednesday, July 30th. He’s in town for literally 24 hours. This handsome boy who resembles a British royal is worth you coming out to say hello. (Note: Time & location to be announced shortly)

SHOUT OUTS: The cute, adorable, hard working, Greg, My Advisor, Edward and his boss Dr. Drew, Missing this weekend, Bill Healy, The very generous, H. Walker, My almost my neighbor, the damn cute, Clay Hinkle, Gal-Pal, Jake Conrad, Boystown’s charming couples, Freddy & Lance and Mike & Philip, My pals, Brian Douglass, Kyle Hustedt, Alex C and JR Cranston, and my very old bitch Buffy

Happy Week!

~Bill

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