Monthly Archives: January 2012

Joey’s Birthday Cake

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My friend Joey had a birthday last night and this was his cake. I am totally thinking about getting this as a tattoo.

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Sex and the Politician

I have to start this post off by stating that I really do not care about the sex lives of our politicians. Unless having sex with a hooker or sexting pics of your penis can compromise our national politics, I really don’t care. What I do care about is where our politicians stand on certain issues.

Currently, there is a lot of buzz around Newt Gingrich’s murky marital past. He has been married three times, had affairs and allegedly asked one of his wives to have an open relationship. While these stories make for great reading, I don’t see how this is relevant to the task at hand. The Republicans are trying to pick a presidential candidate. If Newt owed $300,000 in back taxes, that would be relevant. If Newt is continually overdrawing his bank account, that is relevant. Getting divorced, having an affair and the various other sex scandals are just not relevant. Continue reading

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White Horse Bar

The White Horse bar is one of my favorite place to hang out these days. This is a great place to go with friends and socialize. The bar has great music, a large dance floor and a big smoking area. The drinks are good and the staff is wonderful. They have two pool tables, a fire pit, pinball games and rotating DJs.

The thing that I love the most about the White Horse bar (aside from the staff of course) is that I can have a conversation with friends in one room and then walk into the back and dance when the right song comes on. With a lot of clubs, you only get one or the other: The bar where you can socialize and hear each other talk or the bar with the pounding music and a dance floor. The White Horse has both, which makes it a great place for most any group of friends.

“The White Horse Inn still stands at the corner of 66th Street and Telegraph in Oakland. Built in 1936, it’s the oldest continuously operating gay and lesbian bar in the Bay Area and possibly the second oldest in the United States (the Doubleheader in Seattle, opened in 1934, is likely the oldest). But like so much of pre-1960s gay life, most of what we know about the bar is based upon rumors, conjecture, and fuzzy memories. If there are any old photographs of the tavern or its patrons, they were tucked away years ago in a photo album, hidden from family or neighbors.”

For more information, check out their site here.

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Welcome to the New Year and the New Blog

I started blogging many years ago. Most of my blogs would start off well, but then fizzle over a couple of months. I kept starting new blogs, though, because I knew that I had a voice and a vision to share. Last year, this all changed and I find myself trying to outdo myself in the new year.

Last year, Mike Martinez contacted me about contributing to Queer Oakland. He wanted me to take the reins and run the blog like a pack of wild dogs. While I never got the full pack going, I did manage to get some puppies out there. Over the year I had good weeks and bad weeks with Queer Oakland, but in the end I found myself being a better communicator. For this, I would like to thank Mike even as the doors were closed on Queer Oakland.

I also spent much of last year working on Back to Me and Queer Landia. In hindsight, I wish I would have focused more attention on these two as ultimately, they are the tools for my vision in the coming year. Queer Landia gives me a place to share my moderate views on politics, queerdom and many other topics. I look forward to seeing where this blog will go this year. Back to Me gave me a place to share my random thoughts and appreciation for sexy men and humor. This year this will expand as my blog grows. Continue reading

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Defining the New: Out

Out

(according to dictionary.com)

adverb

1. away from, or not in, the normal or usual place, position, state, etc.: out of alphabetical order; to go out to dinner.
2. away from one’s home, country, work, etc., as specified: to go out of town.
3. in or into the outdoors: to go out for a walk.
4. to a state of exhaustion, extinction, or depletion: to pump a well out.
5. to the end or conclusion; to a final decisionΒ or resolution: to say it all out.
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Defining the New: Wyrd

Wyrd

(according to dictionary.com)

noun
1. fate personified

2. any one of the three Weird Sisters

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Defining the New: Bound

Bound

(according to dictionary.com)

adjective
1. simple past tense and past participle of bind.
2. tied; in bonds: a bound prisoner.
3. made fast as if by a band or bond: She is bound to her family.
4. secured within a cover, as a book.
5. under a legal or moral obligation: He is bound by the terms of the contract.
6. destined; sure; certain: It is bound to happen.

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The Good, The Bad and The New

The old year is gone and the new year is under way. This new year brings some bad news, some good news and something new. I will start off with the bad news, since many of my faithful readers already know this. As of mid-December, Queer Oakland has been shut down. For a variety of reasons, this was the best decision for all of us involved. I will miss Queer Oakland, but I was never able to get the spark built into a fire.

The good news is that I will have more time for this blog as well as Queer Landia. Trying to manage my blog, Queer Oakland and continue to contribute to Queer Landia was draining me. Each of the blogs had a different focus which was pulling me into to too many different directions. Focusing on two blogs will help me to bring better posts (and more posts, oddly enough) to you. I hope you stick around to see the new.

And the new. Wait. Did I actually tell y’all about the new? Crap. I didn’t mean to. That was supposed to be a surprise. Well, I guess the cat is out of the bag, but I won’t give you much. I will tell you that words have more meaning than just their definitions. I will also tell you that I am really excited (and considering buying a tablet to help with this “new”).

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