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Wednesday 28 Nov 2007

I Say Be GAY!!

Last night I received a call from my bosom friend David Beal. David lives in Singapore, but we usually talk with one another once a week. (More if either one of us feel it important to give Real Time Updates). Many of my readers know of David and his adventures around the world. Recently, David acted as my Envoy to London on my last two visits there. If there were ever a kindred spirit in my life, it’s been him. He’s not only intelligent, outgoing and loved by many, but he is DAMN FINE to look at! (See Picture Above)

As David and I caught up on things he told me that he is always eager to read my blogs. I was touched to receive his praise, but honestly chalked it up to him being the usual supportive pal that he is. It was then the he said something that arrested my attention. “. . .after all, it’s still illegal here.” I asked him what he was talking about and he said, “Homosexuality of course”. I had NO idea that it was illegal to be gay in Singapore! It made me a bit sad for my friend. He is such a social butterfly and I began to worry about his well-being. Sure enough, David calmed my fears and concerns with his usual positive banter and outlook. He’s got good friends there and to top (Hee Hee) it off, he is seeing a very nice boy.

I took a moment this morning to research the Singapore law on homosexuality. Sure enough it is illegal! A ban on "gross indecency" is in place stating that male homosexuals can face a maximum of two years in prison for gay sex. This of course comes from a city state that has also made chewing gum illegal. (Source: www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-5471.html). What a sobering thought in today’s day and age! Many in the LGBT community are lucky to have what we do. Although we still have a way to go in procuring equal rights for all homosexual people, we can be very happy with the successes we’ve seen up to this point. I for one have great faith in my pal David’s ability to revolutionize Singapore’s gay community. In the meantime David, you are always welcome in Boystown!

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How excited am I to be meeting up later tonight with gal-pal Zach for wine, cheese, and fellowship! We’re going to wear our sweats (YES, I do have and wear them around the house) and enjoy a night in. I love a night in from the cold!!

REMINDER, Thursday night is the World of Chocolate event being thrown by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. (AFC). Fight HIV/AIDS and satisfy your sweet tooth at this tasty event! You can still purchase tickets online or at the door.

SHOUT OUT: My pal and soon to be doctor, Brian Douglas, Wednesday Night All-You-Can-Shove Pizza place, Pie Hole Pizza, ChicagoPride.com Cover Boy, Kevin, World’s Smallest Apartment Lord, Paul Kepner, Los Angeles Luv, Nickie Thorson, The Super Cute, David Charpentier, My next door neighbor, Adrianne, My Best friend, Boystown’s 20 Something, Justin Boltz, My Hometown Girl and 24Hour Fitness Guru, Marisa Mancke, My sweet Kindergarten teacher, Mrs.Gerzsenye and the ever tall (And cute) Ross!

Happy HUMP Day!
~Bill

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Monday 26 Nov 2007

I Ho, I Ho

. . . It's off to work we go! What a wonderful Holiday weekend! I just realized that I’ve been going since last Wednesday. I kinda need a break from the break.

I was quite the blessed guy to have my friend Matthew Barrett in town from NYC. It had been FOREVER since we’ve seen one another and it was great to catch up!

We enjoyed Black Wednesday at Minibar listening to the sounds of the very sweet DJ Phil DaBeatz!! We were also blessed to see my pal Tajma Hall at Hydrate hosting the Hydrag Revue. The fabulous Lady Vera Parker was also there!

Thanksgiving was spent in the kitchen with Isaiah at our pal Bill Healy’s place. This new Thanksgiving tradition was SO MUCH FUN! Isaiah was in charge of cooking the potatoes, green beans, and mixed vegetables and I was in charge of the bird, stuffing, and the gravy. There is no way that I can describe Isaiah’s cooking adequately. He made everything so tasty!

At one point one of our guests snapped a picture of Matthew, Isaiah and I in the kitchen. (See Picture) It was then that I realized that I was spending the holiday with two ex-boyfriends. That’s fun! Joining us on Thanksgiving were my pals Mike & Philip, Jeremy, Edward and Ben Hartman. We enjoyed some fabulous wines, ports, and fellowship!

The rest of the weekend was spent shopping, eating, more shopping, more eating, drinking, napping, eating and meeting some guy who’s first name was Fece. (Don’t ask!)

Early Sunday evening was spent recapping the weekend with Matthew and Doug Brandt at Pie Hole Pizza. I’ve got to say, Doug has the best deal in town! You can create your own pizza and enjoy the perfect atmosphere of a Chicago pizza place, right in the heart of Boystown. We had a great time! Of course we closed the evening with some Sunday FUN Day fellowship at Minibar as ChicagoPride.com and Minibar sponsored the sounds of DJ Chris Eterno! It has to be said that this is THE perfect way to end the weekend!

Now, I want to be sure and remind you all about this weeks World of Chocolate event being thrown by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. (AFC). This is always a fun event and THE best place to see and taste some of Chicago’s finest!

As I close out today’s blog, I have to say that my ex-boyfriend Christopher (See Picture Above) is on my mind. Perhaps it is because this has been a weekend filled with ex’s, or because we’ve not seen each other in a billion years. It could be because I saw a guy on the bus this morning that looked so much like him. What ever the reason, I’m sending out my thoughts and prayers to you Christopher!

SHOUT OUT: Photographer and purveyor of great Champaign, Edward, Boystown’s Boy Toy, Justin Boltz, My New Pal, Josh, My good friend Bill Healy, The men of my dreams this week, Nickie Thorson, The Super Cute, David Cruse Beal, and my very sweet neighbor, Mark. I’ve also got to give a shout out to my pal, the hard working Miss Foozie, World traveler, David Charpentier, WILDE bartender, Ryan Yoder, Boystown’s favorite hole, DJ Doug, My best friend, Isaiah, My gal-pal, Zach, and my dear friend Jer!


Happy Monday Everyone!!
~Bill

P.S.: I still need to find out if my server Justin at Halsted’s Bar & Grill is single!

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Sunday 25 Nov 2007

Sunday FUN Day!

I will be hosting this tonight at Minibar as ChicagoPride.com and Minibar sponsor the perfect sounds of DJ Chris Eterno!

This is THE perfect way to end the weekend! A great DJ, and hot bartenders! I know it’s a school night for some of you, but come on; you’re parents don’t have to find out!
Wednesday 21 Nov 2007

I'll Put The Stuffing In Jimmy!

Ah the holiday is upon us! I don’t know about you, but I love Thanksgiving! It just soaks us with the feeling of fall! This holiday my friend Matthew Barrett (See Picture) has come for a visit. Many of my readers will recall when Matthew and I dated in 2003. He is one special guy with one of the sweetest hearts out there! Rest assured, you will see us out and about this extended weekend!

I am sure that you will all join me for Black Wednesday at Minibar! The very cute DJ Phil DaBeatz will be doing his thing! I will also be attending Hydrag Revue hosted by my pal and yours Tajma Hall at Hydrate. I’ve been told that ChicagoPride.com celebrity bloger, Lady Vera Parker will be in the show too! Of course there might be a stop at Circuit to hear the sounds of DJ Alex Perez!

For Thanksgiving, I will be spending the day with my best friend Isaiah at our pal Bill Healy’s place. Bill has THE perfect kitchen to cook in and we’re going to use it! I am in charge of cooking the bird and Isaiah is covering everything else. I’m telling you, he is quite the cook! All you smart, cute, educated, old-soul boys should take note of my former! He’s quite the catch!

Joining us will be my pals Mike & Philip, Jeremy (See Picture! Yep he’s single. Stop emailing me about that!), Matthew Barrett and Chicago piano man Ben Hartman. I would imagine that we will enjoy the fellowship, food, and fabulous wines all day! YUM!!!

As a reminder: I will be hosting this Sunday night at Minibar as ChicagoPride.com and Minibar sponsor the perfect sounds of DJ Chris Eterno! (See Picture) This is THE perfect way to end the weekend! A great DJ, and hot bartenders! I know it’s a school night for some of you, but come on; you’re parents don’t have to find out!

THANK YOU! : I want to thank the folks at Halsted’s Bar & Grill (See Picture) for their great hospitality to me the other day. Tony, their GM sure knows how to make people feel right at home and of course bartender to the stars, John LaGuardia sure knows how to make the perfect cocktail! My server Justin was not only on top (hee hee) of things, but he was SO DAMN CUTE! (Note: We need to find out if he’s single!) I had the Marinated Grilled Chicken Tenders and they were SO tasty! With new staff and management I hope that you will all stop in and give them a try!

SHOUT OUT: Hydrate’s charming doorman Jimmy, (See Picture Above), Boystown’s Boy, Justin Boltz, My sweet kindergarten Teacher Mrs. G, My Pal Bill Healy, Chicago’s Pairs Hilton, Evan Or, The Super Cute, Dale Kozak, The very sweet, Troy Christopher, My dear friend Miss Foozie, My gal-Pal, Rayn Yoder (Good to see you yesterday gurl!) The best, best friend a guy could ask for, Isaiah, ChicagoPride.com bloger, Ryan Kolodziej, Superstar Zach, and my dear friend Christopher G.!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,
~Bill

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Monday 19 Nov 2007

A Hole Lot of Love!!

Grab a cup of coffee or an adult beverage! This is going to be a long blog today! With the visitation of my incredible parents this weekend, I was busier than normal.

The fun started on Thursday evening when I met my lovely Make A Difference parents for dinner at Conrelia’s. I can’t begin to tell you how nice that was. Cornelia’s has a great menu of tasty treats and bartender John makes one of the best cosmopolitans in the gayberhood!

Later that evening I served as guest judge for @tmosphere’s Gong Show! ChicagoPride.com and Gay Chicago Magazine combined forces to host this zany night! The highlight of the night for all of us was seeing Chicago’s very own Eric West (See Picture) perform a song as Kermit the Frog. (…whilst stripping down to his unmentionables) Needless to say he won! We were also blessed by the attendance of one Bruce Vilanch! (See Picture) DAMN! That man can party!

Friday was spent in fellowship with my awesome parents. I am sure that some of my blog/article readers are sick and tired of hearing me praise my folks, but in a day and age where many people lack hero’s these people are mine! It’s not just that I love them so much; its that I admire them individually and as a team! I challenge you to find hero’s in your life! (Okay, I will get off my soapbox.)

Saturday night was spent honoring my parents at a party hosted by my pal Bill Healy. Bill has a palatial home in the heart of Boystown with the standing order that I agree to fill it from time to time with parties. Bill and our pals Russell, Katrina and Jeff busted their buns to make one hell of a party for my parents. I am in great debt to them!

A special treat for me this weekend was an unexpected visit from my hometown pal, David Fasel! (See Picture) I have to say that I adore the times that David and I have spent with each other over the years. This visit bonded us more than ever before and I do believe that we might have a new resident in Boystown before too long. (The fact that he’s FINE has nothing to do with our time)

Sunday morning I hosted my parents for brunch at Angelina’s. I think of these Sunday morning brunches at Angelina’s as an extension of the Saturday night before. ALL of Boystown shows up! It’s amazing really, how everyone looks so good and eligible. In fact, my Mom continually commented on how all the cute gay guys had great hair. Now that I think about it, she’s right. We do have good hair representation in the community. (See: My future boyfriend Zach Efron)

Joining us for brunch was my best friend Isaiah and Chicago piano man, Ben Hartman. We had the best time recapping the weekend’s festivities and catching up with my folks. My good pal and ad man, Rob came in surrounded by the bevy of cute guys! With Rob was the charming Ted (In fur) and my gal-pal Zach. (It’s always a refreshing treat to see them both!)

I have to say, there was a guy among the group whom I believe I’ve met before, but I can’t recall his name. He is about 5’11 with beautiful jet-black hair and one of the best smiles I’ve seen in a long time! It was difficult to keep my attention on my marvelous table of guest. (Perhaps this will serve as my “Missed Connections” to perhaps meet him sometime) *blush* I do have to make special note about a chap who was sitting to my left. The VERY cute Daniel Silk (See Picture Above) was within lips distance. We were able to flirt and fellowship throughout the morning.

With a few hugs and kisses to my delightful parents we said goodbye until Christmas and off they went. I was able to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in fellowship with my bitch and a few episodes of Will & Grace on dvd.

Sunday night I hosted at Minibar as ChicagoPride.com and Minibar sponsor the perfect sounds of DJ Chris Eterno! I’ve got to hand it to owners John Dalton and Stu Zrin, they are always one step above charm and sophistication! They’ve developed THE perfect way to end the weekend! A great DJ, hot bartenders, (See Picture) and upbeat feelings! The night has been developed with the gay community in mind! Even if you don’t have Monday’s off, I would suggest that you make it part of your weekly ritual. A special thanks goes to Isaiah for volunteering to help out!

There it is! A perfect weekend if you ask me!

SHOUT OUT: Angelina’s waitress and good buddy, Brett, Minibar|Winebar bartender and pal, Kristopher (See Picture), Minibar|Winebar hottie, Jack, My Jewish Mother Harriet Wilson Ellis, Hydrate’s own, Jimmy, Girl about town, Justin Boltz, My kindergaurten Teacher Mrs. G, The world’s greatest best friend, Isaiah, ChicagoPride.com bloger, Eric Sosa, Chicago’s Yummy Make A Difference pizza place, Pie Hole Pizza, ChicagoPride.com’s Editor-at- Large, Jason Freeman, My New York Doll, Matthew Barrett, the Cast of Wicked, The very sweet Phil DaBeatz and the best parents in the world, my Mom and Dad!

Happy Monday!
~Bill

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