Thursday, June 28, 2007

Further proof that people need to be told the obvious

This was on the CBC website today. Damn just as i was going to smoke while lighting candles and playing with matches in bed. There goes my plans for Friday night!

Tips to prevent mattress fires

1. Don't smoke in bed.
2. Keep burning candles and portable heaters away from bedding and anything else that can ignite.
3. Keep matches, lighters, and burning candles out of the reach of children.
Source: Health Canada

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Textbook Gong show

Well i partied like a rockstar on Friday for Jorge's birthday. We used to call him the Beer santa or evil dad so i should have been better prepared for the gong show that went down. I can tell I am getting old as I paid for it for 2 days after. It was so bad i actually had to go get mc donalds which is something i have not had in like 4 months. It was soo bad and soo good at the same time.

This technically happened b4 the bday party. Check out Anna's weirdly dilated eye!

The birthday boy and Erin and I. Its a wuv fest!


Me feeding Jorge his birthday shot



Thursday, June 21, 2007

Queer Images: Edmonton's GLBT Film Fest

I went to the Queer Images: Edmonton's GLBT Film Fest yesterday at the citadel theater. It was a great time. I have never really gotten to do a lot of gay events that didn't involve drinking. It was definitely a different crowd than the bar stars. The friend that i was with called them the intellectual gays which seemed fairly appropriate. I definitely need to go to more events like that.

Movie reviews:
Rock Pockets
- Cute and funny short film by a cute and funny guy ( just wish he would shave off the hipster mustache).

Barman
- It was funny, vapid movie about vapid, straight boys working at one of the hottest gay bars in Australia

Body Talk
- A brilliant hilarious short about picking up at a lesbian bar. With closed captioning for the lesbian impaired.

Small town gay bar
- A film about the truly epic struggles of running gay bars in the bible belt of the united states. The film was hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time. It really is a great piece. My only complaint is that it could have used some editing as it went on for about 10 min too long and had some sloppy cuts.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Teh gays come out to play: Pride 2007

This last weekend was the kick off to the Edmonton Pride week. I know there is a ton of debate going on in the gay community about whether pride and the parade should be revamped changed and toned down. Some have been wondering if there is even a place for it at all anymore and others (i like to call them the bitter gays) seem to hate everything it stands for.

I recently had a straight friend as me why it was that we should get a pride parade. Why was it so important and why he shouldn't get a parade too. After my immediate "every day is straight pride day" response i was left without any other reason. The question kind of caught me off guard and kind of made me re-evaluate what pride meant to me. Yes its a great party and a great show and thats all he was seeing from it. I remember my first pride parade, I was nervous and didn't know what to expect, pride had just started being officially sanctioned by city hall and things in this backwards little city of ours were starting to liberalize. The parade was short and after the last float the watchers along the sidelines followed behind it as the parade made its route to city hall.

I remember walking hand in hand with my bf at the time. I remember the rain and how it still didn't manage to ruin the drag queen's hair and makeup as the stalked up and down the route posing fiercely for anyone who wanted a picture. I remember the small band very cold but very cheerful leather enthusiasts. I also remember the sad lonely group of about 10 protesters trying to get us to repent (there were only 3 this year, hows that for progress!!). I think a for a casual straight observer this is pretty much the extent of what they see blinded by the glitter and chains.

What I remember most however is seeing thousands of us proud and strong united walking down jasper ave following the parade. Filling the street between the towering buildings we marched together laughing dancing and holding hand for the world to see. For the first time in a very long time I had felt like I was normal in being abnormal, that I was part of a community and that I was safe. This is why pride is important and shouldn't be toned down or eliminated. It is also why a most straight people don't get why we need one.

This was my third pride and by far the best one so far it seems to be getting bigger every year here. The Parkies came with me this year which was fun as I had never had them all there before. There was some rain but nothing tragic and for the most part the weather was great as was the company.

Here are some pictures of the event.







Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Convocation 2007 I am offically done

This should have been posted last Thursday but I needed time to upload my pics.

It is really nice being done. Even nicer to know i wont have to stand in line at the university of
Alberta bookstore anymore.

I missed my first convocation for Psychology I went this year more for my Mom and Dad than for myself. I guess I was against how impersonal and random the whole process was. You don't even get your degree on stage you get it the night before from the bookstore. Basically it just them announcing your name and then you shaking some hands on stage.

In the end however I am really glad I went. The speech by Indira was worth the 2 hours or boredom. It was all about having courage and taking chances to achieve greatness. She is such a great speaker and a good person, she even bothers to remember your name. Hunter Harrison the CEO for CN received an honorary degree at the event. This was kind of cool as Hunter is mentioned in pretty much every single management class for his unique management style and the success that it has caused for CN. Hunter himself was a bit of a disappointment. His speech was ok but it seemed like he was feeling uncomfortable or out of his element. Still cool to see him.

Ran into my ex Phil. I was nice we got along better than we have in years. He even introduced me to his parents (who were far less scary than i pictured them when we were dating). I also managed to bump into a few other people from business which was awesome.

After my Mom took me and my bro to Ikea for shopping fun while we waited for my Dad (who could not come because he had meetings all day at work). We all went for supper to Mikado, an awesome sushi place and I pigged out.

Here are some pics from the event.



Monday, June 18, 2007

"guilty feet got no rhythm" Gossip style

The new song by the gossip effin rocks. An unrecognizable remake of "careless whisper" by George Michael. Sooo damn hot I love it. This video sucks just listen to the muzak!

Big things have been happening. Updates are a comin!

Monday, June 11, 2007

leslie feist i love you

Let me count the ways...
1234



who doesn't love a kitschy dance number with multi-coloured outfits. If only Emily Haine's videos could be this unpretentious. As a bonus here is the video for my fav new song "My moon my man".



I love her!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Heaven has arrived

My folks bought me a TV today for convocation. Just when i thought things couldn't get any better i saw this. How did i not know about this sooner!! A festival of beer in my own town!!?!?

Consider me there.
Like soon!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Sweaty nuts, amongst other things

As most of you living in Alberta well know it has been god damn hot lately. The past 2 years i have been in a basement enjoying the relative coolness of being underground. The condo is the polar opposite of the basement. It have never had such trouble sleeping in my whole life, its like one unending fever dream.

I bought a slightly used air conditioner from a co-workers brother for 600. I can't help but feel a little ripped off as it does not make the bedrooms and cooler. Im hoping since it was on all day today that tonight will be better

Bad influences

My roommate may indeed be the devil. Or some evil spirt sent to this world to get me to go out drinking on a Monday night not even 28 hours after we had both promised we would give our bodies a break till Friday.

I am sooo weak :P

Monday, June 04, 2007

A not so slow decent into alchoholism

Things have been interesting.
There were a lot of firsts for me last week.
I am finally feeling better.
The condo is starting to look liveable.
I wish my cell would ring.
The condo is so hot. I was never this hot in the Dominican or even at my parents old place. Last night was particularly brutal with no breeze at all coming through the place.
I am so excited about buying an air conditioner today I may be mildly aroused.
I don't know anything about the 4 foot by 3 foot people sized hole in the wall in a particular gay bar in town. In fact I know nothing about what your talking about so stop asking.

I had a margarita party for some old friends who I have been neglecting during the renovations. The party was a girly drink drunk party and i have to admit i make kick ass margaritas which made up for my lame daiquiris. The party kind of capped off a week that was high on debauchery of all sorts.

This has led me to the conclusion that I need to slow down a bit and save my resources up for the impending gay pride debauchery.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Men can be such pigs

Against my better judgment I went with Ryan to Boots last night. For those of you who don't know boots is a slightly seedy gay establishment that tends to cater towards older clientel (which is a nice way to say its an old guy bar). Im not a huge fan of the place but i figured I could use the night out.

We ended up having a great time with Darcy and his roomate Dicky but that is not the reason I am blogging.

As I am standing at the urinal this large old man comes in and says this:
"Well at least that is one thing..."
His statement hung in the air. Me being the ever polite person I am says: "Oh?"
He grunts then replies: "At least I don't have to die to see what rigor mortise feels like"
Not liking where this is going i pee harder and attempt to get out of there, before I manage to finish he says: "You know because I am feeling a little stiff"
Thats when I realize he isn't peeing and I rapidly tucked in my junk and got the hell out of there.

Seriously that is the grossest most inappropriate pickup line ever. Old men can be so disgusting.