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Monday 17 Mar 2008

You Can’t Beatz Four In The Morning!

Brian Douglass:
It was so nice having my friend Brian Douglass in town for the weekend. He’s one true friend and I loved spending time with him. We met up at Joy’s for dinner. I’ll tell you, with this new health regimen I’ve been observing I’ve not had Thai food for about six weeks. DAMN, do I love some Thai food, and Joy’s always does a great job! It was nice to catch up with Brian!

Inspiration:
I woke up at the dawn of crack (That’s earlier than the crack of dawn.) and was inspired to get a workout in before my Saturday morning breakfast with Isaiah. Heaven’s that seems to be the time to go! The club was empty and what few people that were there were lady’s. I got in a good workout and then strutted off to breakfast.

My weekly breakfast with Isaiah is a time that I truly treasure! He is such an impressive person and really represents family to me as I’ve known him a long time. In a day and age where so many people fail to impress, he is one quality guy!

A productive day of spring cleaning, book reading and hanging out with my bitch ensued. Gosh, do I adore my old dog!

What’s with all the green:
At the behest of my friend John, I attempted to wear something green on Saturday night. Trust me when I say that this was hard! It’s not that I don’t appreciate all my Irish pals; I just don’t like doing what everyone else is doing. I can be a bit stubborn at times. Alas, I had a great Turnbull and Assure tie that my sainted father bought for me with little green dots all over it.

Hostess with the mostess Bill Healy had a “small” gathering of guys over at his house in honor of Brian Douglass. I met some wonderful people there and also enjoyed the fellowship of one of my best pals, Jeremy Ehrhart. INTERESTING what you can learn about a person you’ve known for years! Isn’t it Jer! (*blush*) Of course what Bill Healy party would go so smoothly without the gentle direction and hard work of his roommate Russell! I can’t say enough how kind and sweet Russell is! He’s a good pal to my friend Bill and is always so caring to all he meets!

From Bill’s palatial home I went to meet up with John M. and his damn hot friend Briana at Minibar|Winebar. John generously bought me a glass or two of wine and we enjoyed some fellowship. Of course many who were out and about were already quite drunk, including the wasted chap who was all over John and looking to take him home. COMEDY! It’s funny how that type of stupidity can make a cute boy ugly. Oh well, we’ve all been there I guess. :-)

We enjoyed the music of DJ Phil DaBeatz and seeing our pals Ryan Andrew and Kevin Anthony (See Picture) I was able to recruit Ryan to snap a picture of John and me. (See Picture Above) Oh my word, it really turned out well. We look so damn charming don’t we! I also ran into Advisor Edward. Have I ever mentioned how nice it is to fellowship with him!? You all should meet this kind man!

From Minibar we all went next door to Sidetrack. We ran into so many people there, including my cute friend Evan Trad and my dear pal, Steven Rollins. Any chance that I get to see Steve is such a treat. He is too damn sweet! After a long day of fellowship with Briana I got cute John in a cab headed home and I returned to Minibar.

Lesbians, drinks and Beatz! Oh My!:
Spending some time with Straight Bartender Alex is always a great thing. Now, before you get your minds in the gutter, Alex is a pal of mine and I am not trying to “turn” him. I’ve been lucky to call Alex my friend for quite a while and it was nice to catch up! Out of nowhere I hear the music die and see the lights come up. Did I actually close Minibar!?!?! How scandalous am I!

DJ Phil DaBeatz invited me to join him at the Closet. Not having been there in a long time, I agreed. Have you ever stopped to listen to Phil?! The man is truly more than the music! I’m delighted to see our friendship growing and really like spending time with him! Sweet lord Bartender Karen sure knows how to mix an adult beverage! Oh my! With fun fellowship and meeting new friends, I realized that it was 4:00 a.m. and time for Billy to go home! COMEDY!

Sunday Gay Church:
I met up with John, Briana and DJ Phil at Angelina’s. Brett was our server and we had a great time people watching and hanging out!

This Week:
There are always fun things going on during the week. I’ve been asked to present an award to Roscoe’s this week and the 2007 Pressie Award’s show. I’ll be sure and let you know how that night goes! I love me some Roscoe’s!

SHOUT OUTS: The very kind, Dale Kozak, My ex, Matthew, Chicago Piano Man Ben Hartman, my bosom friend, David Cruse Beal, Difference Maker, Trey Gonzales, My pal Lady Vera Parker and finally my bitch, Buffy!

Have a wonderful week!
~Bill


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Saturday 15 Mar 2008

Trust Me. . .It’s BIG!

Last Night:
I was the lucky guy to be able to share the evening with John M. from Michigan. John moved here a while ago, but we just met last week through Isaiah. Okay so here is John’s deal: He’s really ambitious and, he’s super eager to meet everyone. We were able to start out night off with Donald Trump and his fabulous new lounge on the 16th floor of the Trump hotel & Tower. The very cute Rachel was our cocktail server and had lots to say about the new venue. I think that John and I will be going back there lots! Did I mention that he’s kinda cute?

Trey’s Big Give:
My friend Trey Gonzales who was surprised on Oprah’s Big Give show with $10,000 cash and a Challenge to make that grow for his charity of Interfaith House, a non-profit organization dedicated to permanently breaking the cycle of homelessness in Chicago. They provide housing, medical care, counseling, and employment training to their residents. They also supply the tools to help individuals rebuild their lives and rejoin society.

I can’t tell you how inspiring it was to hear from their Executive Director, Jennifer Nelson! Clearly this lady is passionate about what she does! Jennifer kept us all in stitches as she told us about the needs of Interfaith House. It was especially gratifying to see all the wonderful people who came out to support Trey’s Challenge! THANKS to all of you ChicagoPride.com patrons who attended. I was really encouraged by your warm wishes! It was wonderful to meet Michael Cook, President and CEO of Howard Brown! He couldn’t have been more kind to me!

I think the biggest joy of my night was hearing people talk about how they wanted to get involved in “Giving Big” to our community. My pal Charlie Gurion told me how eager he was to get involved. I think all night John and I were talking about his getting involved in some new areas in his life. Events like these tend to bring that desire to focus. I get so excited to see people from all walks of life eager to Make A Difference!

John and I had Sax:
Well, after a marvelous night like that, John and I were feeling pretty good and one thing led to the other and well. . . we. . . um. . .had to have some Sax! (Hotel that is!) My pal Mario Green invited me to the Grand opening party of the Hotel Sax. Sweet lord there were so many people there! It was a blast. I loved the expression on John’s face when he sat down at a massage station! He was there for about 10 minutes. I ran into my pal Darshan Patel and Megan Potter too! It’s always nice to enjoy some libations and fellowship with pals!

Beatz:
I was able to pry John away from being molested by a stranger and we headed back up to Boystown to see DJ Phil DaBeatz on his inaugural night at Minibar|Winebar’s Mystique. Like an eager beaver, John was greeting people and getting numbers as I said hello to friends. I would like to say for the record that my friend and cocktail waitress, Vince Lane (Who’s name I adore) is one sweet person who always goes out of his way to take care of me. I heart him more than friends! Of course the whole Minibar gang makes me feel so welcome. Shon, I have to say that you’re kinda hot!

Enjoying a glass of white while talking with John and my pal Johnny Reilly made for the perfect close to my evening. I wanted to get up to Mary’s Attic to see my pal Lady Vera Parker perform, but I wasn’t able to make that trek. I know there will be other shows!

This Weekend:
John and I talked about meeting up over the weekend and one of my best friends Brian Douglass will be here! There are a billion Events and Places to go to!


SHOUT OUTS: Scott & Brandon, My best friend, Isaiah, Boystown Party Guy, Hadley Rue, Sweet Dale Kozak, The Hostess with the Mostess, Bill Healy, Advisor Edward, Everyone’s favorite DJ, Phil DaBeatz, Serving you and me in the military, Josh from Seattle, My ex, Matthew, The very cute, Clay Hinkle, My Fu_k Buddy, Tommy Holl, My good pal Ben Hartman, Topsey whoever in the world you are! My friend, John Dalton, My Parents, the damn cute Jim Bonfield and my bosom friend, David Cruse Beal!

Happy Weekend Bit_hes!
~Bill


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Thursday 13 Mar 2008

Hey DaBeatz. . .My Pants Are Falling!

I don’t even know where to begin about my evening Tuesday night!

Happy Anniversary:
With great pleasure I attended Atmosphere’s 6 year anniversary party! Atmosphere owner, Charlie Brown (See Picture) called me personally to invite me and I was happy to attend! Joining me to make the evening perfect was none other than DJ Phil DaBeatz. I can’t tell you how warm and refreshing it was to get to know Phil. We’ve been trying to go out for the longest time and have never been able to before now. Clearly Phil is a kindred spirit and a welcome friendship to my life.

Friends, Romans, and Countrymen:
We had THE best time running into long time pals and new friends! We were delighted to see our pal and Boystown Icon, Linda Little entertaining friends and sipping libations. I just love seeing Linda out and about. I was happy to be introduced to David Daju Producer extraordinaire of Corkscrew Media Group. I’ve always heard nice things about David and he sure was nice to me! He even snapped a picture of Phil & me. (See Picture)

It was a pleasure to run into my old pal, Franco La Marca whom I’ve not seen in forever and ChicagoPride.com Blogger, DJ Oscar. It’s always a special treat to bump into the communities dear friend, and ChicagoPride.com Blogger, Kirk Williamson of Nightspots Magazine! The moment we see each other we seem to always have a ton to talk about and catch up on! I was especially entranced by his BAB! (Big A_s Belt)! It had a lovely little kitty on it too! (See Picture Above) The comedy of it all was the story that I told Phil earlier in the night about my trousers falling down as I was walking on Halsted. Imagine yours truly readjusting his belt for all to see whilst walking the streets of Boystown! COMEDY! I could have used a BAB right about then!

How Do You Do Foo:
With joy in our hearts Phil and I said goodbye to everyone and headed down to see Miss Foozie (See Picture) at Cocktail. Its always nice to see Foozie and catch up. (Although it’s still time for us to do dinner again Foo!) I was additionally blessed with the wonderful treat to run into Advisor Edward! He truly is a good pal and a WONDERFUL conversationalist. (Even though he refers to the male anatomy as a “Ding Dong”)

Of course what would Tuesday night at Cocktail be without Rob and his pals invading the place! Clearly Rob is someone of good politics and humor! Speaking of politics, my favorite future President of the United States, and ChicagoPride.com Blogger, Zach arrived with Rob and join in on the conversation. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see a nice looking young man who is smart, ambitious, and eager to Make A Difference Blog! I have great confidence in his future! Be sure to check out his blog sometime!

JR:
Heading back to Minibar|Winebar to say goodnight to our pals, Phil and I ran into one of my best friends, and Wrigleyville John Barleycorn Manager, JR Cranston. (See Picture) What a great surprise! JR is truly one of my very favorite people! He’s more than a friend. . . He’s family and I just love him! It was also a pleasure to see Geisha Geisha Star Kyle Hustedt! What a genuine person!

Clearly, I had a GREAT night!

THURSDAY:
Hopefully I will be able to get up to Hamburger Mary’s and it’s upstairs venue Mary’s Attic to see the cast of the "Paper Dolls" drag show do their thing! My dear pal Lady Vera Parker is the special guest this week. What an entertainer she is! I just love that she is taking over the city with her love!! *Grin*

Remember, my dear friend Brian Douglass will be here this weekend! You’ll see us out and about, so be sure to say hello!

SHOUT OUTS: Congratulations to my friend Trey Gonzales who was surprised LIVE on Monday’s Oprah’s Big Give show with $10,000 cash and a Challenge! Please read more about how you can help Make A Difference!

Love!
~Bill


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Tuesday 11 Mar 2008

Grab A Towel I’m Coming!

What a fun-filled weekend! It was beyond what I predicted and hoped for!

Friday:

What a wonderful treat to run into Advisor Edward and his boss Drew at Cornelia’s! I should have known that I’d run into them! We caught up over a glass of white. As you all know, I’m on a major lifestyle adjustment and have omitted the high calorie (Yummy) Cosmopolitan from my life. The charm of Cornelia’s Bartender John was over flowing when he gave me my wine in a martini glass. Now that’s service! My dinner guest Ryan Andrew joined us in our fellowship. I always love seeing the generations mix over a glass of happy!

What an impressive person Ryan is! We were celebrating his one year anniversary of moving to Chicago from Portland, OR. Clearly he has a heart to Make A Difference and I think you will see more of him in the community in the future! Our pal Kevin Anthony joined us and the revelry continued. I adore the opportunity to get to know people better! Kevin is undoubtedly more substantial than his pretty face! I like him a lot. (“As a friend” as Foozie would say.)

From Cornelia’s we went to Boystown newcomer Scarlet for a cocktail. What a pleasure it was to run into my bus buddy, Stephen Gallagher and his very sweet friend, David Fitzgerald. With fun fellowship going on, Kevin, Ryan and I decided to snap a photo of us. (See Picture Above) What a cute threesome we are! *blush* From there we headed off to close the evening at Minibar|Winebar and enjoy the sounds of DJ Oscar.

Saturday:

I’m pretty sure that I look forward to Saturday mornings with my Best Friend Isaiah more than any time in my week! We have breakfast and catch up on all the latest gossip and stories of the previous week. He is such a good friend to me and I really appreciate his love, care, and support!

Afterwards I had to stop putting off my household chores of cleaning and just do my laundry. Look, nobody wants to do laundry, but it’s got to be done. I was the lucky boy to be able to have a crappy day outside; as that prevented people in my building from wanting to do their laundry. (Side Note: I wouldn’t have minded if hot neighbor, Mark were doing his laundry!) With my book on the history of Chicago in hand I got in some great reading in while I waited for my clothes to get done. Out of nowhere I received a picture text from my dear friend Jon (Pronounced Yon) in Honolulu. I can’t go into details, but I can say that when he sends me texts like that, it rocks my world and makes me miss him a lot! If we only lived in the same city!

Later on I had dinner with my dear friends Sandra Riedel and husband to be Ryan Vanderbilt at Angelina’s. It was the perfect time of catching up and fellowship. Our next stop was to attend the birthday party of Minibar Hot Bartender, Shon and my pal DJ Phil DaBeatz! I have to say it was off the hook! Everyone had a great time! My dear wife-to-be, Lakeview Broadcasting Co. beauty, Heather, came by for a glass of Veuve Clicquot. I can’t tell you how refreshing she is to talk with! SO SMART!

Joining us was Isaiah and his work pal John M.. Turns out that John and I are Facebook friends. Opps! I didn’t recall that. It must have been because his profile pictures were hot. *Blush*. Also joining us was my newly single pal Kirk Bobst. Happily John and Kirk hit it off! :-) Stopping by the fun were my pals, boyfriends Mike Rippe and Philip Trampe. They were hosting their (Very Cute) friend Clay from Los Angeles. We all had a blast chit-chatting. As I was prepairing to go home for the night I was hailed by Boystown party guy, Hadley Rue. He wanted to have me join him for a shot. You’ve gotta appreciate when someone does that! On my way out I was blessed to run into my pal, Minibar bartender Alex and his lovely date Kinsey. Sadly, I wish I were able to have had more time with them as it’s always a good time!

Sunday:

Brunch at Angelina’s is always an experience! It was packed! Attractive Hostess Chris Downey (Whom I call Agador Spartacus, since he does THE BEST imitation of that Bird Cage character) took quick care of getting a table for me and my guests, Mike, Philip and Clay. Our server was none other than my gal-pal Brett Lehmann! Needless to say the comedy was flowing! It was great to fellowship over strongly made drinks (By my lesbian lover, bartender Amy Gaw) with the boys and to get to know Clay better! Seriously, he couldn’t have been any cuter! He had this adorable hat on. (See Picture) It was great to see my pals Ted, Rob, and Alex Rodham Cox visiting from Miami.

With the wretched time change affecting everyone I headed home for a little Sunday FUN Day fellowship with my old dog Buff. It was like I was in a lackadaisical zone and couldn’t stay awake. We enjoyed a movie or two.

This Week:

My friends at Atmosphere are celebrating their 6 year anniversary! They are having a private party to thank some folks for their patronage. Imagine my reaction when my friend, and Atmosphere owner, Charlie Brown called me personally to invite me! I was really touched! Thankfully I am double blessed to have DJ Phil DaBeatz go as my date! I will let you all know how the party goes!

Also this week my dear friend Brian Douglass (See Picture) will be coming to town! I can’t tell you what a treasure he is to me! He is smart, charming, and beyond caring! To think it all started when I saw his cute a_s on the L-train all those years ago. I spoke with Brian last night and told him I’d be mentioning his arrival in my blog. He told me to tell all of you “. . . I’m coming and they better grab a towel.” I’m not sure what that means, but Brian is hot and can say whatever he wants. You will see us out and about this next weekend! Be sure to say hello!

SHOUT OUTS: ChicagoPride.com American Idol correspondent Jim Verraros, My Best Friend Isaiah, My bosom friend, David Cruse Beal, My ex, Jesse, My pal, Ronnie Kroell, My ex, Matthew, Josh from Seattle and my Mom and Dad!

Have a great week!

~Bill

 

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Friday 7 Mar 2008

Three Cheers for the Weekend!

With a chilly weekend upon us, I revel in the warmth of fun ahead.

Alpha:
With all my cardio and weight lifting this week, I’m treating myself out tonight with one of my favorite Boystown Boys, Ryan Andrew. (See Picture Above!) With so many events going on in the gayberhood we’ve got tons of places to choose from. I do enjoy stopping by Cornelia’s for a glass of wine (Hello Low Cal!) to start my evening off right! I’m thinking that I will pay a visit to Boystown newcomer Scarlet and long time favorite, Cocktail! Come to think of it, I might want to go up and see my friends at Atmosphere. They are about to celebrate their 6 year anniversary! Kudos go out to their owner and my friend, Charlie Brown! Of course I’m tempted to run by Pie Hole Pizza at some point. Although not part of my food regimen DJ Doug Brandt is ALWAYS coming up with a new tasty treat!

Pre Marital Counseling:
I am super excited to be having dinner this weekend with gal pal extraordinaire Sandra Riedel and her charming husband to be Ryan Vanderbilt! I’ve known Sandra for years and have always appreciated my fellowship with her and her Mom Kristy! With the addition of Mister Vanderbilt, I’ve been even more blessed! He’s just so damn nice and a “good egg”! (Def: A natural metaphor, when a person who had at first sight seemed OK turned out to be wrong, to call him or her a "bad egg", while someone who proved to be honest and helpful was a “good egg”.)

Hip Hip Hooray!:
What a thrill for me to be invited this Saturday to the Birthday party of the year in honor of my boys, Hot Bartender, Shon (See Picture) and DJ Phil DaBeatz! (See Picture) at Minibar! I’ve been told that the VIP guest list alone is pretty outrageous; including straight Minibar|Winebar hottie, Alex, (See Picture) Boystown Icon, Linda Little, (See Picture) New Chicago Socialite Brad Hammer and yours truly!

Omega: I always love closing out my weekends with a little Sunday FUN Day fellowship! My damn old dog Buff and I usually enjoy a movie or two during the day and of course I will be heading to the Garden of Eden at Minibar with superstar DJ Chris Eterno. I really enjoy Sunday nights because of this weekly revelry! It’s great re-cap, awesome music, and the hottest bartenders in town! You just can’t loose!

SHOUT OUTS: Sister Trisha, Wilde Bartender and pal, Ryan Yoder, LA Hottie and friend, Nick Thorsen, Single boy, Kirk Bobst, DJ Oscar, ChicagoPride.com American Idol correspondent Jim Verraros, My Best Friend Isaiah, Interior guru, Bobby Trendy, NightSpots Blogger, Kirk, My ex, Christopher Lee Gertsch, My bosom friend, David Cruse Beal, LA Diva, Jonathan Chang, ChicagoPride.com President Matthew and of course BedFellow, Jason P. Freeman, Famous Boystown boy and my pal, Ronnie, Drag Diva, Lady Vera Parker, My ex, Matthew Barrett, Minibar|Winebar Bartender and my pal, Alex, My good friends Rippe & Philip, Gym Bunny, Advisor Edward, Lakeview Broadcasting Co. beauty, Heather, and Andru, my Chicago Male Salon hair designer!

Cheers Damn it!
~Bill

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