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Wednesday 12 Dec 2007

Here's Red In Your Eye!

Before I get into bloging, I do hope that all of my Chicago readers picked up a copy of the Red Eye on Monday. (See Picture Above) They interviewed yours truly for a piece on Boystown. It was a good plug for ChicagoPride.com! A special thank you goes to Editor Steve and PJ Gray for their great counsel and research on the story!

What a weird week! As many of you know, I've been fighting a nasty cold that then went right into a cough. For an asthmatic like me, that can be a dangerous combination! Thankfully I'm pretty self-aware when it comes to the whole breathing thing. I bet most would be. I do have to do a shameless plug for the wonder working Airborne vitamin! Seriously, these wonder working tablets are worth ten times their weight in gold. My Mom turned me on to them. For lack of a better description, they are like a vitamin enema! I will also say this they are the perfect cure for a hangover! Just take it before you go to bed and you'll be good to go!

Feeling 85% better I braved the cold Boystown air to attend the Fruday night Grand Opening private party held by the newly opened Scarlet. The owners spared no expense in giving the VIP treatment to 200 of it's favorite clients. On hand was your pal and mine, Nightspots Magazine guru Kirk Williamson. I know that many see Kirk as "That Guy From The Magazine" but I'm proud to call him my friend. He is such a sweet spirit! Also in attendance was Chicago's own Eric West. I want to make sure you know just how kind and caring he is. EVERY time I see him he reaches out to me in genuine care to ask how I'm doing. One thing that Erik (Brian to me) does in his life is personal training. Every time I see him at my gym, he goes out of his way to encourage me. For this asthmatic, that is major appreciated! Eric, Kirk and I got into a great conversation about our private lives outside of the spotlight. We all agreed that we enjoy both. I felt a great kindred spirit with these boys and truly enjoyed our mutual admiration society!

With joy in my step, I needed to head up to the Lakeshore Theater to see Amy & Freddy perform their holiday show How The Diva Stole Christmas 2. With camera man Brendan-John in tow we arrived just in time to have some private fellowship with the comedy pair. Now, I've know Amy and Freddy for a long time and each time I see them it's like the first. That girl sure knows how to light up a room! (See Picture) Sure, she has great talent and is easily one of the funniest people I've ever known, but what I like about Amy the most is that she is uber real. What you see is what you get. I can't tell you how much I appreciate her honestly. She's a great friend! Freddy is beyond words! (See Picture) I'm not sure I've ever met anyone with such a tender heart! He just radiates love, acceptance and joy! It's no wonder that he and his partner Lance have such a blessed life! Freddy is a wonderful friend!

With a wonderful photo shoot in the back of Lakeshore Theater I had the honor of introducing my friends to the audience. OH MY WORD was that fun! Even more fun was the show itself! I've got to tell you, I've never laughed so hard! True, some of the songs are more naughty than nice, but that makes it so zany! I could have never guessed that I would see Freddy Allen, the gay poster child himself singing about Santa farting! I died! (Said in the best Jack McFarland style)

While there I ran into Fag-Friendly state Representative Sarah Feigenholtz (See Picture) celebrating her birthday. She and I had a blast reuniting. I also had the joy of running into my pal Terri Yaki and her wonderfully charming husband All-The-Way-Ray! No matter what mood I'm in, that couple always makes me smile! Seriously, "How The Diva Stole Christmas 2" is a must see! Not only is it the perfect date, but it puts just the right edge on the HO-liday season!

From there camera guy, Brenden-John and I went back to Scarlet since I promised that I'd come back after the show. There I was reunited with a ton of people including Mike Liska (The man who first called me the Mayor of Boystown) and Hadley Rue (the man who plays in Boystown! *wink*). With spotlights in the air, Scarlet really threw a great party.

I went on to my favorite home-away-from-home, Minibar|Winebar where I spent some time loving the lovely Linda Little on the Winebar side. She truly is the icon of Boystown! We sure had a blast! From there it was off to home with my bitch. I knew Saturday would be a busy fun day!

Saturday morning started out as it always does with a stop at my cleaners, Diamond Cleaners and breakfast with Isaiah. This is always my favorite time of the week. I so enjoy our tradition. This Saturday was even more special as we are celebrating Isaiah's birthday. Although it isn't officially on the 8th but rather the 9th of December, we made a full day of it with eating, drinking, shopping, drinking, eating, and drinking. By now most of you are more than aware of how special Isaiah is to me. Many focus on the apparently “bizarre” fact that we dated for as long as we did and still remain friends. I see more that he is family to me and one important part of my life! He's the best, best friend one could ask for!

Saturday evening a number of us, including Bill Healy, Sandra & Ryan and Advisor Edward converged on JBar downtown for the birthday festivities. JBar is attached to the James Hotel and is one fun venue. From there we were off to Isaiah’s favorite Boystown night spot, Minibar|Winebar, courtesy of a stretch limo provided by Advisor Edward. Whilst there we ran into my pal and Minibar bartender Alex and Doorman John.

Sunday was spent in pure un-adulterated relaxation. I’ve come to really enjoy days like that! I was the lucky boy to have dinner with my great pal, Jeremy Ehrhart at Boystown’s Pie Hole Pizza. Honestly, I never have a bad experience there and it’s so damn tasty! We stopped in to get some Foozie loving at Roscoe’s Male Call and enjoy some fun guy watching. Fellowship with Jeremy is always the best!

Minibar’s Sunday FUN Day was SO much fun last night! Having DJ Chris Eterno and DJ Phil DaBeatz dueling was really amazing! I really enjoy great music like that! Of course the beautiful Minibar staff, Kristopher, Shon and Dexter (See Picture) ALWAYS make my night! Be sure to not miss out on next weeks FUN Day!

Is it just me or did a lot of my Chicago readers slip on the ice this weekend!? (Like me, twice)

SHOUT OUT: Former roommate, Clydee, My Singapore Envoy, David Cruse Beal (Thanks for the Real Time Updates!), Boystown Icon, Linda Little, Hydrate Doorman and expert hugger, Jimmy, Emily front man, Nikolaus, Photographer, Brenden-John, and my pal and Chicago Entertainer, Teri Yaki!


Cheers to a great week!
~Bill

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Monday 3 Dec 2007

The Pleasure of Cozy Pizza!

What a fabulous weekend! To be honest, I really had a quiet one, but there were moments of social bliss. It has to be said, I love the moments where I can relax at home with no agenda and a warm bowl of soup. This was that kind of weekend!

Friday evening I went on a date with my Bitch and a few episodes of Will & Grace at Chet Bill. I guess all the reminiscing with Josh on Thursday about our favorite episodes put me in the mood. I’m sure if people could have seen me laughing by myself and enjoying the evening they would have thought I was weird. (More weird)

Saturday started out as it always does with breakfast with Isaiah. I think this is my favorite meal of the week. We go to the same location every Saturday and sit in the section with our favorite waitress, Tatiana. After a leisurely breakfast, we went up to Trader Joe’s to stock up on Grocery’s. I don’t know about you, but I love that place! They've got a great selection and good prices. I was even able to get a Christmas tree there. (Well, more like a Rosemary plant that kind of looks like a mini tree. HOW GAY!) Saying goodbye to Isaiah I unpacked my loot and tucked myself into an afternoon of lunch and fellowship with my dog as the snow came down outside. It was perfect.

Saturday night started with my pal and first close friend in Chicago, Jeremy. I met up with he and his pal Austin at Halsted’s Bar & Grill. I had a bowl of potato soup (My favorite kind). Now that I think about it, I was continuing my cozy Saturday by that choice. From there, Jeremy and I headed off to see our friend Paul Kepner at the World’s Smallest Apartment (320 square feet). Paul was throwing his annual holiday party. It’ pretty amazing how many people you can fit into that place. The faux fireplace made it even cozier!

I ran into my pal Bill Healy there and we continued the evening at Minibar where superstar DJ Phil DaBeatz (aka DJ Roush) was doing his thing. I just love this guy! Every time we chat I am more and more impressed with him. He’s got a great heart and a good head on his shoulders! (NOTE: Phil, I promise you, we’ll do dinner soon!)

Bill Healy wanted to go check out a cute guy that he knows at Boystown’s new night spot, Scarlet. I’m so glad that we went because we were able to run into my pals Edward and Drew! I just love to fellowship with them! They are BEYOND smart and always get me thinking. We had a PERFECT time! I got back to Minibar just before they closed for the night (I know, I was out late) to say hello to my pal Alex. (See Picture) It is always a pleasure to see him and catch up a bit! (NOTE: He’s straight people! Get it out of your head that you can “change” him. It isn’t gonna happen!)

Sunday I pulled a father and woke up early. My father does that all the time. No matter what time we go to sleep, it’s up early the next day. I envy one’s ability to sleep in! I had yet another perfect day of DVD’s, Dog, and Delectable eats. (Don’t ya just love cheese!?!?!) As the evening came near, I joined Edward, Drew and Chicago piano man, Ben Hartman for dinner. From there is was off to SUNDAY FUN DAY at Minibar. We have so much fun on Sundays! There is a general great mood in the room as DJ Chris Eterno spins and everyone recaps the weekend’s events. Joining me was Isaiah, Edward, Drew, Ben, Tommy, Fece, and new Chicago resident, Seattle Josh. (I've now got to lable my Josh's since I know more than one.) Josh is from my hometown of Seattle and has been here for a little over two months now.

Since it was a school night for me, I had to make myself leave at midnight. On my way out I was pleased to run into my great pal, and WILDE bartender, Ryan Yoder. (See Picture) I’m telling you, that boy just lights up any room! (Love ya Yo!).

Saying goodbye to everyone I stepped out of Minibar to make the short trek home. Right behind me was my friend Ross. (See Picture Above) We went right into great conversation and fellowship as we always do. He invited me to join him for a few slices of pizza at Pie Hole Pizza. Arriving there, we ran into Lady Vera Parker incognito behind the counter. What an added bonus!

Ross and I had such a nice time catching up and chatting. He was kind enough to share with me his story of coming out to his parents. I was able to see just how sweet he really is through his story! We sat there feeling all warm and fuzzy in the realization that we are both loved by our parents! Saying good night I headed off home for the evening to my bitch and bed. Altogether a lovely, COZY weekend!

SHOUT OUT’s: Happy Birthday to Cocktail owner, Geno, My gal-pal, Zach, Boystown Icon, Linda Little, Saturday Minibar Resident DJ, Phil DaBeatz, 4PLUS1's Ronnie Kroell, Minibar owners John & Stu, and Josh, the very sweet guy from Nashville, Tennessee.

Happy Monday Y’all!
~Bill

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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!

Before I forget, be sure to leave a comment below. Anyone can leave a comment. I love to see who’s reading my blog and to hear your thoughts! :-)

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!

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