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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

For a complete listing of events happening today in the community, check the ChicagoPride.com Event Calendar
 
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Thursday 17 Jul 2008

I’m Too Sexy!

Call in gay to work kids!:
Tonight marks that final “I’m Too Sexy” event. ChicagoPride.com welcomes 103.5 KISS FM to Minibar!

Come to Minibar at 9PM ready to win some great PRIZES! KISS FM midday DJ Nina Chantele (See Picture) (Note: I just love her big boobie squishy hugs!) co-hosts with yours truly! DJ Phil DaBeatz (See Picture) will be bringing the sounds!

Smirnoff, (Note: Remember to drink responsibly) has gone above and beyond the call of duty in sponsoring these events! I am personally jazzed at their commitment to the LGBT community. Make no mistake about it, you will see more involvement with Smirnoff in the future!

Guys Night Out!:
Saturday night, I’m honored to be asked to attend the bachelor party of my friend handsome Ryan Vanderbilt. Many of you will remember back in February when Ryan and my dear friend Sandra Riedel announced their engagement! (See Picture) This truly has been a fun event to be a part of.

Although Ryan’s friend Chris is planning this testosterone event, I have made arrangements with Boystown’s favorite, "Gay Manager of a Straight Venue", JR Cranston to have our group spend some time in VIP treatment at John Barleycorn. It should be a blast.

Ladies Night Out!:
Next week my besti Isaiah and I are hosting Sandra’s Bachelorette Party. I can’t go into too many details just yet, but I can tell you that I’ve arranged some amazing perks for the evening. I guess being the Mayor of Boystown has its privileges!

SHOUT OUTS: My bosom friend, David Cruse Beal (Note: You will all get the chance to meet him on July 30th), Advisor Edward, (Where have you “bean?”), Happy Birthday this Friday to my friend, Mark Liberson, My workout partner, Mike Rippe, My pal DJ Phil, Your friends and mine, H. Walker, Ken Bogard MBA and Chris Bryan, My friend, Ronnie Kroell, Almost my neighbor, the fine, Clay Hinkle, (See Picture) My old bitch Buffy and on my heart & mind a lot this week, Greg!

Cheers!!
~Bill
Friday 11 Jul 2008

193 Days of Bush

Celebration:
Wonderfully, as of this writing we only have 193 days of that nut case George Bush in office. That alone is reason enough to celebrate the weekend!

Sightings:
On my way to the bus Thursday morning I had the marvelous pleasure of running into Boystown Icon, Linda Little! Who needs coffee when you can have a jolt from that high-energy gal! With L.L. was none other than Tommy Segal of Kaufman/Segal Design. Tommy is truly a wonderful gal-pal to Linda and deserves some deserved praise for how he dotes on her!

It’s Raining Men:
Sadly, the I’m Too Sexy event was rained out big time, but gladly the gang from KISS FM, Smirnoff, (Note: Remember to drink responsibly) and ChicagoPride.com were at Charlie’s enjoying each others fellowship. With us was Charlie’s own resident hottie, Dakota. (See Picture Above) Honestly, this terribly kind boy could get me to do just about anything. I heart him!

I was especially happy to meet FFC Halsted personal trainer Ira who stopped by to meet KISS FM DJ/Diva, Nina Chantele! What a nice man! Thanks also to Jason Maldonado and Thomas of Lady Vera Parker fame, for stopping by! (Remember: drink responsibly)

An honorable mention must be said to ChicagoPride.com’s Mike Livingston for coming by last night. Even though he tends to spill more than Amy Winehouse drinks, he sure is a pleasure to have around and always goes out of his way to pitch in!

FABULOUS Foozie:
This Saturday, Miss Foozie (See Picture) is hosting her FABULOUS Variety Show!

Join Miss Foozie and her gifted friends Paula SinClaire, Regina Upright, Tina Torch, DiDa Ritz, and Chicago Mariah for a fun night of acts, tricks, and talents never seen! There’s even a special Appearance by: MikeMail ManKosko

Also, Pie Hole Pizza will be providing free tasty pizza!

SHOUT OUTS: Soon to call Boystown his home, Cute Clay Hinkle, My dear bosom friend, David Cruse Beal , Advisor Edward, Ex, Matthew, The missed ex, Jesse Rubly, From KISS FM, Nicole, My friend, Ronnie, NYC pal, Smeagol, My dear old friend, Christopher Gertsch, Pals Bill Healy, and Jeremy Ehrhart, On my mind, Greg, and my bitch Buffy.

Farewell Fairies!
~Bill
Monday 7 Jul 2008

Sabbath

Time Off:
It was nice it was to just enjoy time with Friends and my bitch Buffy! There were no promos, agendas, or events that I had to go to. (Sans one ChicagoPride.com meeting on Sunday)

What’s My Name:
I can’t tell you how many times in a week I get asked the question “What’s my name?” I think it’s pretty clear that I meet a lot of people with what I do, but I do not have the gift of remembering names. Sadly, I never have.

Earlier in the weekend someone was offended that I didn’t remember meeting him at an event in March. (Note: No need to test me on this as I will most likely respond from this point on with a kind smile and a joke at your expense.) It’s honestly not the best way to get someone to want to remember your name.

My Friend Justin Meyers always re-introduces himself to me. I’ve known him for some time now and he still does that. In fact, when I saw him from the ChicagoPride.com/KISS FM/Smirnoff float during the Gay Pride Parade I could see him saying his name. That’s the way to do it! :-)

Give Me A Beatz:
Any time that I get around DJ Phil DaBeatz I always smile. Let’s face it, the guy just has the gifting to brighten any room he comes in to. Truthfully, I don’t think people know Phil well enough to know that he is more than the great music and entertainment guy about town. He’s got a great heart and a sweet disposition. I’m very proud to call him my pal!

We caught up over a few drinks at Boystown favorite Cornelia’s. I broke health protocols by allowing Bartender John to make me a cosmopolitan. I’ve said it before; I will say it again, the man makes the perfect cosmopolitan and always has the perfect pour as well. (Never over the rim of the glass and never too little beverage) Phil and I enjoyed our tasty fellowship while listening to the sounds of Chicago Piano Man, Ben Hartman

A Shot In The Arm:
Walking down Halsted Phil and I stopped in to Cocktail. As always it was nice to see Bartenders Val and David! We walked in with a greeting worthy of Norm at Cheers, so I suggested a shot was in order. Clearly Val has been learning from our Lesbian sisters as my shot was wonderfully strong. (Side Note: Don’t ya just love the Closet!)

A Harvest of Friends:
As DJ Phil was preparing for his Saturday night residency at Minibar|Winebar, Former Roommate Clyde walked in with his “Friend”. It was great to catch up with Clydee and look at cute guys! Ben Hartman joined us after he was done playing for the evening and then the life of the party, Bill Healy showed up. It had been FOREVER since I’ve seen him! With Bill was our pal Russell Daugherty. He and Clyde seemed to hit it off as the rest of us caught up. The night was made perfect in the arrival of my best friend Isaiah. Anyone who’s been reading my blog for a protracted period of time knows how much I just adore being around Isaiah! He’s just the perfect best friend to have!

Sightings:
On the scene that night, Evan Or and his boyfriend Charles Kerl. Evan Trad and his cute friends also came up to say hello!

I was especially blessed to have Doctor Jason Layman come up and say hello. Jason, you were very kind in what you said to me. I really appreciate it!

I’m Too Sexy Tour at Charlie’s:
This Thursday, ChicagoPride.com welcomes 103.5 KISS FM to Charlie’s with the "I'm Too Sexy" tour! (See Picture) Call in gay to work kids!

Come to Charlie’s at 9PM ready to strut your stuff for some great PRIZES! KISS FM midday DJ Nina Chantele co-hosts with yours truly. Click here for more information.

This Saturday:
Your pal and mine, Miss Foozie will be hosting her FABULOUS Variety Show! (See Picture Above) This show promises to be one for the record books as all of Chicago’s LGBT rich and famous will be there! Come hangout with me!

SHOUT OUTS: My bosom friend, David Cruse Beal (Who will be here soon!), My heart, Greg, The sweet, Jeff Vander Meade, The DAMN FINE, Clay Hinkle, The missed, Hunter B., Long time pal, Billy Berger, Doctor Jason Layman, Facebook Friend, Jimmy Walsh, Advisor Edward (You were missed last week!), Jeremy Ehrhart, and my Chicago family member, my bitch Buffy.

Cheers Queers!!
~Bill

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Tuesday 1 Jul 2008

Pride of the Past!

I’m Too Sexy:
Thursday night ChicagoPride.com, 103.5 KISS FM and Smirnoff * who reminds you to drink responsibly hosted the pre-pride "I'm Too Sexy" event at Hydrate. We had such a blast! My dear friend Ronnie Kroell from Bravo’s “Make Me A Supermodel” joined KISS FM midday DJ Nina Chantele and I in the hosting duties. We even had a surprise guest star in everyone’s favorite, Miss Foozie. Honestly, that lady could make a paper bag and a phone book fun!

I really want to give a special thank you too all the folks at 103.5 KISS FM and Smirnoff for all their hard work and sponsorship of these “I’m Too Sexy” events! Trust me folks, they are giving back BIG TIME into the LGBT community.

I’m Too Drexy:
For those of you who were listening to
103.5 KISS FM with Drex, & Mel-T you were probably able to hear a familiar voice. ME! Heavens did we have some fun! We spent a few minutes talking about Pride, the parade put on by Richard Pfeiffer and his team at PRIDE Chicago and the great news that Drex was going to be on the KISS FM/ChicagoPride.com/Smirnoff float!

Pride Fest:
Pride Fest on Saturday was a great success! Although there were a few bad weather moments it made for some cozy opportunities with new friends underneath the tent. Thanks to JT, Kevin Anthony, Jordan, Jason, Hunter, GoPride.com’s, Michael Livingston and ChicagoPride.com’s Editor-at-Large, Jason Freeman for all their help and support. Thanks also to ChicagoPride.com’s executive team, Steve, Daniel, Matthew, and Brian, for setting up and tearing down the booth.

Pride:
Ronnie Kroell and I were on the KISS FM/ChicagoPride.com/Smirnoff float! (See Picture Above) Joining us in the debauchery were some seriously cute boys including my best friend Isaiah and friends Olin, Brian, Steve and my gal-pal, Jake Conrad.

Sadly there was an interruption in the parade when one of the floats ran over a spectator. It seems this individual thought they could run between the truck and the trailer it was pulling and since they were going so slow. This incident held the parade for 45 minutes but we all managed to have fun and dance the time away!

Having KISS FM’s morning DJ, Drex on the float was a real treat! Whenever there was a lull in the noise of the crowd he would yell out “George Bush can kiss my ____”. That got them wound up! Having Drex’s cute producer, Jason on the float was fine with all of us too! This is how we “Do’s It” bitches!

It was SO nice to see friends in the crowd! I saw Advisor Edward, Bill Healy, Russell Daugherty, Jim Halsted, and Freddy Allen & his partner Lance. I also caught the eye of Kirk Williamson From Nightspots. I was so happy to see my dear friends Jeremy Ehrhart, Virginia Jones, and Adrianne Holt! (Gosh, I’ve missed seeing her!)

After Pride:
When we reached the parades end, we all collapsed and regrouped. I have to say that Drex went above and beyond in his work on the float. Don’t let the scepter fool ya! He even lost his voice so Paul, the station manager called in to make arrangements for Drex to have the day off on Monday.

Jake and Isaiah went home and Steve, Olin, Brian, Ronnie, and I went up the street to ChicagoPride.com’s after-parade party at Cesar’s on Broadway. We had such a great time recapping the fun of the parade and enjoying some “Killer Margarita’s”! A special thank you goes to Israel and his entire staff for their great service and tasty food!

From there we all went to Firefly to enjoy some libations. There we ran into super cute Kirk McNamara! He is such a dear person and has one petite bottom. (Wink) With Kirk was Cocktail bartender David and uber cute Jeff Conway. I also met Chicago newcomer, Adam Ballard. Talk about a quality guy! We had so much to talk about and I especially related to his old soul! That type is too rare these days. Watch out boys, he’s a cutie too!

We all moved down to Minibar|Winebar for more libations and to listen to my buddy DJ Phil DaBeatz. How much do I love that guy! He’s so damn gifted at getting the room happy and alive! Of course the staff at M|W worked their butts off. Boystown Icon, Linda Litte was there to show her pride!

Around 9:30 I realized that it was time for Billy to move on home to a comfy couch and a furry Bitch. With a pit-stop at Boystown favorite, Pie Hole Pizza, (I know, I broke the low-cal food for the weekend) I ventured on home. Over all, it was a fun Pride!

SHOUT OUTS:
Today’s shout out goes to all the amazing people in this world who support their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-gendered daughters, brothers, parents, sons, friends, and co-workers! Without all of the support we get in and too the community our Pride wouldn’t be as evident!

Best wishes!
~Bill

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