Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A good place

I just had my parents my two aunts and an uncle over for a huge Taco dinner (which was super tasty). They came to pick up my very broken sofa as my new one is coming on Thursday.

They were loud, hungry, thirsty and overall fairly pleasant. They left a little while ago. Leaving no sign of their presence but some good laughs and a slightly emptier beer fridge.

It was raining for a little bit (first one this year!) and there is a cool breeze coming through my window that smells sweet and the birds are chirping.

Its quiet in my condo and I can't help but feel something truly sublime just happened.

The Flaming Chef

Things have finally warmed up in edmonton. It was plus 18 yesterday and I was definitly feeling the urge to go sit and drink on a patio. Alas Edmonton restaurants do not usually open their patios until sometime in may.

As a plan B i decided to do a little BBQ pork on my balcony. Last fall the roomie and I found this little charcoal BBQ set at Jysk. Now much is to be said for Jysk's low prices and horrifically bad quality. Really i see them as the wal-mart of the ikea set (except less evil of course). I picked up a bag of charcoal and some lighter fluid ready to get cooking.

The first time i tried the thing a couple of weeks ago it took over 2 hours to cook 3 chicken breasts. The charcoal took forever to get going. So this time i thought that more lighter fluid = easier and faster cooking.

What i didn't know is i should have be more worried about the more lighter fluid + inexperienced cook = fireball of death equation.

Not 3 seconds after i told the roomie's boyfriend that "i dont think this BBQ thing is a good idea" i went to see that the flame was out so i went and lifted up the lid. The fireball that engulfed my arm and the lid im sure could have been seen down the block.

Like seriously who fucking cooks like this anymore!??! I would have been better slamming a couple of rocks together and praying to some heathen deity. Damn thing burnt my favorite hoodie. Not to mention it made the whole place smell like burning chemicals. This isnt the 16 hundreds so why the heck are they even selling these things to people anymore?

Needless to say I am now in the market for a small propane grill.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The long road home part 2

Condolezza my car is back home thanks to some heroic efforts by Nick to get it back to me. The other guys car is still there and he is not returning my calls. I am a bit worried about that.

I still feel a little out of it. I got very lucky so i shouldn't complain.

This brings up a lot of questions about long distance relationships for me. Greg has been coming up to visit almost every weekend for the last 6 months. The amount of resources and time he is investing in coming up here is pretty intense. Not to mention the dangers involved in commuting on the busiest highway during the Alberta winter. I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if something happened to him.

Long distance relationships (even one that's only 1.5 hours away) are work.

I don't know if i am worth it.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The long road home

I went down to Red Deer this weekend despite many people telling me that roads were too poor to drive on. The drive down was intense whiteout conditions along many parts of the highway but I made it safe and sound. Had a great night at a hilarious redneck bar watching the UFC fight. Lots of hot burly oil workers who were totally shitfaced.
I met Greg's family today and it went really well. His parents were super nice.

The ride home sucked. The roads were horrendous the worst I have ever driven on. Just outside of Nisku the car in the lane to my right started to loose control and spin into my lane. In order to avoid it i ended up spinning out of control and into the ditch. I also tapped another car into the ditch. This was my first accident ever. The other car is fine just a little bit of paint transfer.

The roads were so bad that the RCMP put on a tow truck ban in order to prevent people from getting hurt trying the pull one of the hundreds of cars out of the ditch. So me and the guy i hit had to cab it back into the city. That ended up costing me 100 bucks.

I am feeling pretty miserable right now.
here are some pics from the trip back.







Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MisKRFTed

I am huge fan of MSTRKRFT. They are indisputably one of the best dance music duos ever. I have been waiting for their new CD like a virgin waits for prom night.

The new single BOUNCE Featuring NORE kinda sucks. They went in the opposite direction I wanted them to. I hope the rest of the disk is better. I will leave you with one of the best MSTRKFT remixes instead of their new single:

Monday, April 14, 2008

Warning: Do not lick strange things

I dont know why but I fucking love this video and song. If i ever did a drag show i would totally rock this song out. Not that would ever happen but if it did
Im just saying...
Don't judge me :P

Friday, April 11, 2008

You can dress them up but...

As I was dropping my car off in the parking lot in the back alley behind my condo i stopped to allow this uber hot well dressed guy cross the street into the alley.

He was 6'2 stocky with a shaved head. Dressed in a very expensive charcoal grey suit. He was coming from a mini mall area that backed onto the road I was on. Of course I ogled and eye fucked him for a bit. He was super hot.

I turned into my alley and followed him as he walked passed 2 small walkup apartments and then promptly walked up to the third and started pissing on the wall.

I was in disbelief as i passed by and parked my car 1 building down and across. I for the life of me can't figure out why he chose that spot to take a leak it was more out in the open than any of the other buildings there was no cover and someone could have walked out the apartment door at any moment. Why didn't he just use the facilities at one of the many fast food places in the mini mall that he came from??

People are weird

Thursday, April 10, 2008

When one Miracle isn't enough

Some of you have been asking me what ever happened to my co-worker from my A Christmas Miracle post. Unfortunately her husband passed away late last week 6 months to the day that he first went in complaining of dizzyness.

It has been weighing heavy on my mind the hell my co-worker has been going through these last 6 months. She is such a strong lady and i admire her endlessly for the poise and strength she has shown watching and caring for the love of her life as he slipped away. At the funeral she looked almost relieved.

She told me something a few weeks ago when she was taking a break from care taking. After asking how she was doing she looked me straight in the eye and told me to live life to the fullest and treasure the good moments because they are what will get you through the bad ones. Its something that is commonly said when someone has passed away but the way she said it the pain in her eyes really struck me to the core. So go out and kiss someone you love today and do something you never have before. Time is shorter than we all expect.

I hope that if I am ever placed in her position that I show half the character she did.

Thats the worst kind of fame

I hate to admit it to myself or anyone else but I know I am a bit of a famewhore. I think its a natural part of the human condition to want to be known.

In Alberta we have a free gay publication called GayCalgary. It reports on all that is gay in the area. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the mag. I have been in it four or five times in the event photos section.

On the one hand I love that I am in a magazine. The famewhore in me eats that shit up.

On the other hand they have never posted a flattering photo of me ever. Usually they come around after the beer has been flowing for a few hours to catch me at my least attractive. Attractiveness and drunkenness usually run on an inverse scale to each other. Or the catch me at a really bad angle making it look like i am 50 pounds heavier or a small asian twink.
This wouldn't be a problem if every gay I knew didn't read the damn mag.

I knew they were going to be at BEEF! so i had been planning ahead. One of the reasons I was working out was to look fierce for the pictures. Little did I know my face had different plans of the non fierce kind.

Seriously what the fuck is that face! I look like a stroke victim.

I suppose there is always next party. No booze till after the pics!!!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Move Over Sally Kern meet Tom Lukiwski another homophobic asshole

Down in the states Sally Kern's ridiculous offensive tragically ignorant remarks about homosexuality have been causing an uproar.

As of yesterday Canada has it's own Sally. Tom Lukiwski a Saskatchewan progressive conservative member of Parliament has been exposed on a 1991 tape saying that:
"Well, let me put it to you this way. There's A's and there's B's. The A's are guys like me. The B's are homosexual faggots with dirt on their fingernails that transmit diseases,"
Tom has apologised twice however to me these apologies ring hollow and forced. This is a man trying to save his political career. Now some would defend Tom by saying that the remarks were made in 1991 and may not reflect him as a person today. I would argue that as the general manager of the provincial Progressive Conservative party at the time the man was already in politics as such he should be held to his statements and should resign immediately as member of Parliament.

If he has said such hateful things about French or any other minority group he would have been run out of Parliament already.

Tom Lukiwski Should resign for his anti gay statements.

Check out the CBC website for the video and more information.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Rain on the parade

Tuesday marked my 1 year in the condo. I had planned to put together a funny "welcome to my home" style tour of my place with multiple costume changes and hilarious dubbing. In preparation for the big show I had been putting up artwork and closet doors.
Monday night I went to put up some shelving in my bedroom closet.

This is what i found behind my Rubbermaid filing cabinet:I took these pictures after I cut out the moldy drywall and bleached the whole area. You can see the discolouration on my formerly pristine bamboo flooring. The leak was small no more than a drip but it managed to do a ton of damage.

It has taken 4 days (of not being able to shower) to get the plumber in to fix the faulty section of pipe.

Monday overall was not a very good day. My folks came over to help fix my couch that a certain renowned gay playwright broke after sitting on it (in his defence Ryan did some damage a few months before). After opening up the couch we found out it was built with the same quality of wood that they make packing crates with but thinner. Needless to say the whole frame was cracked in about 8 places and the particle board sides were splintered and separating. It only figures that the company that sold me the couch is out of business. So mom and I went to Leon's and got a new couch that will ship in 2 to 8 weeks (thank god for having an ok credit rating). I managed to catch a bit of a flu on Monday night as well.

So the tour will have to wait for now these two pics of my bedroom that looks like a crazy packrat is living in it (its amazing how much crap fits in a closet), will have to do.

Welcome to my home: Warts and all