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Wednesday 13 Feb 2008

She Said Yes!!

And The Winner Is:
What joy and bliss it was to be invited to participate in the engagement party of one of my favorite pair of friends Sandra Riedel and Ryan Vanderbilt!

I’ve been a lucky boy over the last year or so to watch these two fall in love. Although it can get downright schmoopy from time to time, they are a blast to be around and see.

Being that I was friends with Sandra first, I can look back and say that I’ve never seen her more happy. Ryan is every bit the gentleman and is always out to care for Sandra. She truly lucked out getting him.

In Ryan’s case, Sandra is a one in a trillion catch! I’m sure not a day goes by where he doesn’t pinch himself. (Knowing the two of them, they are in to pinching as a form of foreplay.)

In any event, Sandra and Ryan reminded me that love is very much alive and well and should be celebrated! The outward act of their engagement shows the inward action of their commitment! An inspiration to be sure!

Congratulations you two!
 
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Saturday 9 Feb 2008

The Mayor of Boystown meets Janet & Perez!

Greetings from sunny Los Angeles! I’m sorry to rub in the warmth of the place, but it is nice to enjoy temps in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s!

Thursday night my hometown crush and friend Dylan Glocker and I were hosted by none other than former Chicago socialite Nick Thorsen in West Hollywood. Nick, who moved here almost 2 years ago certainly has gotten to know the city. Dare I say it, but I see him becoming the Mayor of WeHo in not time flat! It had been FAR TOO LONG since I’ve seen Nick, so we had ourselves a little reunion of sorts right in front of the Century Plaza Hotel where I’m staying as a guest of WestHollywood.com

Nick drove us to ARENA where we were hosted by the most generous socialite extraordinaire Jonathan Chang. Jonathan could not have been any nicer in introducing me to new friends throughout the night. Of course is was a real treat to meet Jonathan’s best friend, Bobby Trendy, of Anna Nichole fame. I have to say, Bobby was quite cute in person and a real joy to chat with. Even more surprising was that he came up to me to introduce himself. He said that he read about me in some magazine here in LA. Heavens, aren't I just the cat’s meow. (Ha Ha Ha)

It was a pleasure to run into ChicagoPride.com’s own pretty boy Anthony Faj. He too lives here now and as always, looks AMAZING! Running in to the very popular Rent Boy Extraordinaire, Brandon Baker was a treat as well. He and I seem to know all the same people. He was very nice!

With an action packed night of meeting people and enjoying the sights of the club, I motioned to Nick that I thought we had better go. We both had to be up early and the time was approaching 12:30. (I of course was still on Boystown time) as Nick escorted me out of the club we ran into Perez Hilton who was entertaining the crowd of underage kids below. (Arena has 2 levels. The bottom is for 18+ and the top for 21+) I greeted Perez and he went on to pretend that people were there to see him. Really everyone was there to see the rumored “Special Guest”. Out of nowhere, she arrived. It was like all time stood still. Her cute figure and small frame were exactly what I’d seen on t.v. It was none other than Janet Jackson. The place went crazy! Talk about the right place at the right time! (I was able to get a greeting on her shoulder) I don’t know what was better, seeing Janet or holding on to Dylan's hand for dear life as the mass of people rushed us. (NOTE: Dylan is seriously one of the cutest guys on the planet! More pictures to come later. Sadly they confiscated all cameras since “Ms. Jackson” was going to be there. I guess Perez wanted all the professional ones for himself.)

Talk about cloud nine! I’m sure that the rest of my adventures here in LA will pale in comparison to this, but I had to tell you all.

More to come from LA and my activities with the gang at WestHollywood.com!
Wednesday 6 Feb 2008

The Mayor of Boystown to visit Los Angeles

By: ChicagoPride.com

Chicago’s Boystown Community Leader to visit West Hollywood

Chicago, IL
- ChicagoPride.com, the number one online resource for Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, announced that Bill Pritchard, known around the world as the Mayor of Boystown, will be making a stop in Los Angels, February 7-11, 2008, to meet and greet local community leaders, businesses and West Hollywood night spots.

Pritchard, the Senior Vice President of Community Affairs, for ChicagoPride.com, is also scheduled to meet with and promote for locally owned and operated, WestHollywood.com, the ultimate online guide to the LGBT community in Los Angeles.

“Having Bill visit us at is a great chance to see and hear the state of the LGBT community nationally,” said John McHugh-Dennis WestHollywood.com President. “His high energy and enthusiasm will be a welcome addition to West Hollywood’s already vibrant community!

“Bill is a philanthropist, an outspoken voice on LGBT rights, and one of my very best friends,” said Nick Thorsen, Production Coordinator for the Amazing Race on CBS and Intervention on A & E. “You’ll be able to see us out and about in West Hollywood starting Thursday evening at ARENA, care of socialite extraordinaire Jonathan Chang.”


About ChicagoPride.com
ChicagoPride.com is the leading web-based resource serving Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The ChicagoPride.com Web site, consistently ranked in the top 1% of all Web sites (Amazon.com/Alexa Data), features event calendars, a popular matchmaker, special interest columns, and a comprehensive phone directory emphasizing local gay and lesbian dining and nightlife. Utilizing real-time data and exclusive web tools, ChicagoPride.com allows organizations and advertisers to better develop marketing strategies to reach Chicago's LGBT community.
Saturday 2 Feb 2008

Tight-Ends & Wide Receivers!

Boystown’s Boy!
I can’t tell you how much I enjoy seeing my friend Ronnie Kroell on BRAVO’s hit show, Make Me A Supermodel! Many of us gather Thursday’s at Minibar|Winebar to catch the show. What’s nice to see is that Ronnie is being true to himself and those of us that love him by being himself. His quirky smile; outrageous laugh; and love for good looking straight guys has propelled him to a very popular spot on the show. Of course, I was VERY SURPRISED to see him kissing a girl! (See Picture Above!) I want to take this moment to wish him a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on February 1st.

The Weekend
This weekend is filled with some wonderful EVENTS including the Equality Illinois Gala (AKA: Gay Prom) taking place on Saturday. For those of you not going to that, you can always see my pal Ben Hartman at Cornelia’s or my buddy DJ Phil Da Beatz at Minibar|Winebar!

Super Bowl
Sunday FUN Day at Minibar|Winebar is going to be off the hook! They will be showing the game and follow that up with DJ Chris Eterno. With every tight-end and wide receiver in Boystown joining in the fun, it promises to be a blast!

SHOUT OUTS: My dear Friend, David Cruse Beal, the newly returned Advisor Edward and his boss Dr. Drew, Ronnie, Relaxation task master, DJ Phil, My High school best friend, Jill Anderson Green, Hydrate Doorman, Jimmy, Best Friend Isaiah, Pie Hole Drag Delivery Diva, Lady Vera Parker, New ChicagoPride.com Blogger, Kirk from NightSpots, Myrtle Beach’s own, Jesse Rubly, My gal pal and Wilde's own, Ryan Yoder, Ben & Jen Brittingham, and my first Chicago best friend, Jeremy

Cheers!
~Bill

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Thursday 17 Jan 2008

Make Me A Supermodel

I hope you will all join me tonight as my pal Ronnie Kroell competes on the new BRAVO reality show Make Me A Supermodel.

The fun starts at 9PM at Minibar|Chicago

~Bill

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