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Wednesday 14 Nov 2007

Wait! My Parents Will Hear!

Today feels like fall outside. It’s not too cold, and not too warm. I would have to say that fall in Chicago (See Picture) is one of my most favorite times of the year! The colors are magnificent and the smell of the leaves intoxicating. I guess I am a romantic at heart!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have my wonderful Parents (See Picture) coming to town tomorrow. As many of you will remember my parents are truly a pleasure! They are beyond caring; wonderfully smart; and they have some terrific stories to tell!

I think most people hope that they won’t turn out like their parents. I am just the opposite. When I was a kid, I was always called Jonie (My mothers name; pronounced “Johnny") junior. I always loved being called that simply because it meant that I was like my Mom. Now, I think that my friends would probably say I am just like my Father, something I am equally pleased about. I guess when I look at my life, I feel like I’ve been blessed with the best of both in my life. Honestly, if I could be half as good as they are, I would be very happy.

You will be able to see my parents this Thursday night at Conrelia’s. Saturday night we are hoping to stop by Minibar|Winebar for a cocktail and Sunday morning we will be having brunch at Angelina’s. I do hope you will come up and introduce yourselves to these Make A Difference people!

TONIGHT: Be sure to stop by Pie Hole Pizza in boystown for their All-You-Can-Shove Wednesday night!

THURSDAY night I hope you will all join us at Atmosphere as ChicagoPride.com and Gay Chicago Magazine present the ATMOSPHERE GONG SHOW! (See Picture) Yours truly is serving as guest judge so I hope that all of you will come and enter in the show!

SHOUT OUT: Belmont Ultimate Exposure boy, Stephen, Minibar|Winebar Doormen, Nikolaus (See Picture Above), John, and Todd, Los Angeles luv, Nick, Chicago Boytoy, Justin Boltz, Faithful blog reader Holley, Denver buddy (The incredibly attractive) CHAD, New ChicagoPride.com celebrity bloger, Lady Vera Parker, Chicago Dance Hottie, Luke Manly, My Cute Next Door Neighbor, Adrianne, Sandra's Mom, Kristy Riedel, DJ Scotty Thomson, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Evan Trad, and the hardest working Producer in the world, ChicagoPride.com’s Editor Steve

Happy Hump Day!
~Bill

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Your parents seem amazing! I, too, am blessed with a fine set of parentals. Mine don't show up on a red carpet though! lol
Posted by DJDoug on Wed, 11/14/2007 1:40 PM
bill bill bill...how did i get so lucky as to meet a great guy like you????...hehehe...enjoy ur time with ur parents!
Posted by lilzuzu87 on Wed, 11/14/2007 2:17 PM
hehehe. Ahhh the parents.. Gotta love em.. Is that just a random picture you threw in there of Nick?
Posted by Russell on Wed, 11/14/2007 3:37 PM
Hey Bill, can't wait to meet your parents! Will they be joining us at @mosphere for some gong show goodies tomorrow?
Posted by CPMatt on Wed, 11/14/2007 4:10 PM
i love your shout outs bill :)
Posted by ChicCoyote on Wed, 11/14/2007 10:54 PM
I thought I was reading Justin's blog, and I was like, what's the deal with the cute boys? This sounds more like Bill...
Posted by CPJason on Thu, 11/15/2007 10:06 PM
Monday 12 Nov 2007

I'm Staying In With My Bitch!

What a weird weekend! It wasn't a bad one by any means, just not what I would call active.

Friday evening was what I would call a normal evening. I met up with my good pal Jeremy (See Picture) at Sidetrack. It's always good to catch up with Jer. We spent time avoiding stalking guys who were staring at us and took time to stare at a few guys of our own. There are some good looking chaps in Boystown!

From there we went to Minibar|Winebar where we spent time loving the lovely Linda Little on the Winebar side. She truly is the icon of Boystown! My good pal and everyone's favorite ad man, Rob came in. Always the magnate for the cute guys, Rob brought the energy level of Jeremy and me up 110%! With Rob was the terribly cute Ted. (See Picture Above) Ted and I are new friends on Facebook and had no idea that we'd run into one another this weekend. We sure had a blast!

Out of nowhere I was groped by my gal-pal Ryan Yoder. (See Picture) With a kiss that would make Karen Walker from Will and Grace blush, all of Winebar must have been wondering what our story was. As many of you know Ryan is no longer working at the fabulous Lakeview Broadcasting Co. He will be "Serving the straights" at Lakeview's new night spot, Wilde. More to come on that I'm sure!

So, after a nice evening of fellowship with the hotties, I started the trek home. (Ya, that's not far unless you've really got to go to the bathroom) On my way out the door I was stopped by my cute next door neighbor Mark. (See Picture) We had never really met but are MySpace pals. Turns out he lives in my building! Mark couldn't have been any nicer!

Saturday and Sunday were spent in total relaxation. Other than to have my favorite breakfast with my best friend and to walk the bitch, I stayed in and enjoyed some videos and relaxation. I do cherish those alone times! Now that I think about it, I may be mentally preparing for the arrival of my wonderful Parents this week. More on those two later.

Be sure to remember the Reeling Film Festival is taking place all this week! With great films and celebrity appearances including Bruce Vilanch and RuPaul!

SHOUT OUT: Homo's Are A Hoot Super Star, Derek, New Chicago resident, Kevin Shannon, Former roommate, Clydee, New Boystown Girls, The Emily's, Chicago cutie, Kale, My Singapore Envoy, David Cruse Beal (Thanks for the Real Time Update!), Here Royal Highness, Lady Vera Parker, and Twenty Something, Justin Boltz. By the way, CONGRATULATIONS go to Zach on getting a new job!

Cheers to a quick Monday and a wonderful week!
~Bill

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Thursday 8 Nov 2007

I Can’t Whine About Hump Day!

As if the weekend in Boystown doesn’t provide enough fun and fellowship, I was the lucky guy to be able to enjoy a nice week night out! Living in Boystown sometimes makes staying in difficult. Most of the time, I am a good boy and stay in on a school night.

However, on Wednesday I was invited by my pal John Dalton to a merlot wine tasting at Minibar|Winebar. They do these every once in a while to choose their next rotation of wines they will serve.

We tried 17 wines in all and boy were there some tasty ones! My personal favorite was the R. Collection label! It was so rich and woody with light notes of cherry. I found out later that it won as one of the top ranking wines!

In my group (See Picture) of wine tasters was Jessica, the charming hostess from Chicago’s own RL. (Ralph Lauren’s fabulous restaurant off Michigan Avenue) Also in my group was RL Manager, Charlie! Clearly, we had some educated palates!

On my way out of Minibar|Winebar, I ran into their doorman, Todd. (See Picture Above) Could this guy be any cuter!? He always dresses to the nine’s (Referring to gold of 99.9999999 percent purity) and is always the kindest person!

As I walked the streets of Halsted, I stopped by Pie Hole Pizza to grab a slice and say hello. The owner, DJ Doug Brandt (See Picture) is always the excited guy! I felt like Norm from Cheers when I walked in.

In a resent interview with BOI Magazine Doug talks about Pie Hole’s relationship and work with the Youth Pride Center downtown. In fact, Doug told me that he has members of the Center working for him at Pie Hole. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with that level of commitment! It’s no wonder why Pie Hole Pizza is Boystown’s favorite pizza join. (Of course the All-You-Can-Shove Wednesday nights are reason alone!)

As a quick reminder, the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Reeling (See Picture), kicks off tonight at the Chicago History Museum with a party at 6:00 p.m. (Click here for ticket information) In addition to being sponsored by the gang at Stoli, this evening highlights the Midwestern premier of "Shelter", a story of two surfers that plunge into the deep waters of first love. One of the stars of the film, Brad Rowe, will be making an appearance at the film.

Check out the Reeling Film Festival homepage for ticket and party info as well as a list of the celebrity appearances which includes Bruce Vilanch and RuPaul!

SHOUT OUT: Minibar|Winebar pal, Alex, My hometown former roommate, Ben Brittingham, Kansas doctor to be, Brian Douglass, Chicago cutie, Dale Kozak, Boystown’s Paris Hilton, Evan O. , Former Hydrate Manager and damn cute guy, Greg, Chicago Pretty Boy, (Who has a cold) Zach, and former Minibar|Winebar cocktail waitress, Tom.

Cheers to a continued fun week!
~Bill

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Monday 5 Nov 2007

Hello Singapore! Come in please!

What a splendid weekend! I think it was made more so for me as I didn’t have any events that I needed to be at. I really love what I do, but I also enjoy a free weekend from time to time!

My weekend started on the right foot by meeting up with Chicago model Zach. (See Picture Above) For those of you out and about last week for Halloween’r you will remember Zach’s out fit. (Or lack there of) You can bet that you will see more of Zach in the coming year!!

I can’t tell you how nice it was to be able to chill on a Friday night! I stepped into Minibar|Winebar for a few cocktails and ran into a bunch of my pals there. With a little ring from my cell phone I was off to Cocktail to meet up with some friends. I’ve got to hand it to Geno,(the owner) he knows how to pick his dancers! Whew! My evening ended on a lovely note when my pal Bill Healy joined me for an adult beverage. He’s been on vacation for 2 weeks and we had lots to catch up on! We were like two girls!

Saturdays are always a pleasure for me! No matter how late I go to sleep, I always wake up early for breakfast with Isaiah. Its something we started years ago. It may be my favorite time of the week! Isaiah had an appointment with hair stylist to the stars, Andru at Chicago Male Salon. Andru, who also cuts my hair, couldn’t be any more cute! He always has a new look. Wait until you see his new platinum hair!


Later Saturday night I went to meet Matt Richards for a night out and about. I have to say, Matt is one impressive guy! He’s got a great heart, smart mind and well….he’s cute! While Matt was running a bit late I had the pleasure to chit-chat with Minibar|Winebar co-owner, Stu Zrin. I’ve always had great respect for my friend Stu, but I was reminded just how smart he is and how much he loves the Boystown community! I am glad to call him my friend!

As Stu and I enjoyed a bit of fellowship we had the pleasure to run into cute Saturday resident DJ Roush! (See Picture) Not only does he bring some awesome music to Boystown, but this perfectly tan boy has the best response given to the question; “Where did you get that tan?” “Tancoon”! Clearly DJ Roush knows the bible verse “Why be white and pasty when you can be tan and tasty”! Amen!

After some fun at Minibar}Winebar, Matt and I headed up to Lakeview Broadcasting Co.. It’s always a pleasure to run into Steven the cute owner. LBC gives a great experience! I am always blessed to run into gal pal Heather while I'm there! (See Picture) There is nothing about this girl that I don’t like. Truth is if I weren’t gay I would be all over that! She is smart, caring, fun and so beautiful!

From LBC Matt headed home and Heather and I went to hang with the straights at John Barleycorn. It’s always wonderful to run into Barleycorn Mananger JR Cranston and bartender Kyle. OH MY WORD, we closed the place down! I placed Heather in a cab and started my walk home to Boystown.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about my bosom friend David Beal. (See Picture) Currently the very cute David lives in Singapore, but he’s had the pleasure of living all over the world. I tend to live vicariously through him! I pulled out the CVS long distance card and rang him up. It was about five in the evening where he was and we had the pleasure of catching up for fifteen minutes or so. David is not only one of my best friends, but he is one impressive fairy! Some day soon, he will be here in Boystown for a visit. You will all have to meet him!

Sunday was spent with my bitch Buffy. She always makes me feel good. For a seventeen year old dog, she sure has some spunk!

Shout Out's: PIE HOLE Pizza,(The best late night love a guy can get!) A special thank you goes to Chicago cutie Kale for the great conversation and adult beverage, My ex-boyfriend Jesse (I miss seeing ya around pal!), Derek Britton on the move, Hometown hottie Dylan heading to Africa, Seattle pal Joshua, Ryan "I used to work at LBC" Yoder, The Emilys, and Hydrate Doorman Jimmy (Who I forgive for calling me daddy. Eeeew!)

I hope that you all had a nice weekend! For those of you in Boystown this week, bundle up! It’s gonna be chilly!

~Billy
Thursday 1 Nov 2007

57 Drunks In Boystown!

What a Halloween’r in Boystown! Thousands of people came out and about to celebrate! To be honest, I was rather surprised at the amount. It gets bigger every year and yesterdays weather sure made that better.

With Miss Foozie on the stage and thousands of “interesting” costumes, Boystown celebrated one of its gayest holidays! Editor Steve and I hosted the ChicagoPride.com booth. My friend Tom (See Picture) stopped by dressed as an angel. YA HE WAS! Whew!

We were joined later by CP President, Matthew and ChicagoPride.com’s Advice Columnist Princess Darby . New ChicagoPride.com contributor John Moore and his partner stopped by to say hello too! Of course Boystown Boytoy Justin Boltz and his gang (See Picture) stopped by to say hello as well.

My best friend Isaiah and I played the game “Costume or Real life?” this Halloween season. It’s the game where you try to determine if the dressed up person is in a costume or is this, their real look. Well Editor Steve and I were playing that from the VIP seats of the booth. OH MY GOD there were some interesting looks out there!

From the Booth I stopped by Roscoe’s to say hello to owner Jim Ludwig. You would have thought it was a Saturday night in there! From there I went to Minibar|Winebar to drop a few bucks in the donation bucket. They were raising money for the Chicago Fire Department. I love when people take fun and use it to Make A Difference! As always, the hard working staff of M|W were looking great and having fun!

I decided to take a poll while I toured Boystown. I asked 57 (Fifty-Seven) drunken people if in fact they had to work the next day. ALL of them said they did! Amazing!

With Pie Hole Pizza in my hand I went home to my Bitch (See picture) and called it a night. I had to be up early for work. :-)

Shout Outs to: Boystown cutie (Sadly moving to LA) Zach. My first Chicago friend, Jeremy The Beautiful and charming Kinsey! World Traveler Ben Jorian, Home Hostess JR & Kyle and Minibar|Winebar hotties Kristopher, Alex and the normal one of the night Nikolaus.

Cheers!
~Bill

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