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Monday, October 6th, 2008
10:48 am
Have you ever had a really upsetting conversation or circumstance that made you so sad that you wanted to go home and get all emo, turning off your bedroom lights and writing poetry in the dark . . . and putting on eyeliner?*

Sometimes when that happens, the universe or God or whoever sends along people who love you and intercept you on that walk home from the Walgreen's (where you had to pick up the eyeliner).

Those people are kind to you, put their arms around you, and walk with you for a while, reminding you that despite the eyeliner, you're not completely and utterly alone.

Those people are friends.

I'm grateful to be blessed with people like that.

*not in that order, of course . . . you'd have to be daft to try applying eyeliner in the dark!

Current Mood: thankful
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
11:17 am
Pink Thursday?
Celebratory drinks in the 'Stro tonight!

Who's in?

(And don't give me any of that 'school night' mess!)
10:00 am
Gay marriage in California
This is a monumental moment for our rights.

I'm blissfully happy.

Now I just have to find some bum to marry.

Monday, March 17th, 2008
10:36 am
Holy cow.

The pub crawl was a big success, I think.

It's actually hard to say . . .

The end of the evening is pretty hazy.

But the group of guys who came out were big fun, and the blur of different venues made it seem like we weren't really drinking that much.

Or, at least that's how I felt before I woke up this morning.

I'm out of Berocca .


Current Mood: Hungover
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
6:15 pm
zOMG, how is it that I haven't announced the grand opening of the salon yet?

I've been working with lovely Dave in opening Union Square's hottest new salon. It's called MNKYTHMP Salon Spa Escape, and it's turned out so well. Dave has just done a phenomenal job putting this all together.

When you get a moment, please stop on by and take a gander.

By the way, please let the world know about the funky spelling. It's neither Monkey Thump nor Monkeythump.

MNKYTHMP . . . don't get it twisted.

12:55 pm
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl
Hello, all,

I'm delurking to announce the Third Annual St. Patrick's Day Castro Pub Crawl . . . hope tons of people can be there. If you'd like to be added to the Evite, please let me know.

Here's the text of the Evite:

It is that time of year again . . . time to GO GREEN!

Pull out your Emerald attire and come get Lucky at the third Annual St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl!

So that none of you lose your jobs, we'll be celebrating on Sunday afternoon (March 16) at 2:00 p.m. We will have a slightly different schedule than last year, due to the rejiggering of a couple of watering holes, so make sure to consult the list of bars below.

The Bacchanal starts at the Men's Room at 2:00pm and ends at the Pilsner Inn at 9:00pm (or whenever we get there). We will dedicate 30 minutes to each bar which is plenty of time to throw down a beer and/or a shot, kiss an Irishman (several will be provided for your use) and then move to the next venue. Festive attire is greatly encouraged! The schedule is as follows:

Men's Room at 2:00
Moby Dick at 2:30
Midnight Sun at 3:00
The Mix at 3:30
Badlands at 4:00
Edge at 4:30
Bar on Castro at 5:00
Debbie O'Shea's (440 Castro) at 5:30
Twin Peaks at 6:00
The Cafe at 6:30
Jet at 7:00
Lookout Bar (formerly Metro) at 7:30
Metro Bar at 8:00
Transfer at 8:30
Pilsner Inn at 9:00

If you cannot make it from the beginning, consult the list to know exactly where to find us. We can't promise we'll stick religiously to the schedule, but we'll do our best. If you have trouble finding us, just go to the next closest venue, stand out on the sidewalk, and listen for a rowdy green horde.

Also, please send this evite out to anyone we may have missed in this evite. We want to make sure that everyone feels Irish on Sunday . . . or at least feels up an Irish.

Hope to see you then!!
Tony and Michael

Current Mood: industrious
Thursday, May 31st, 2007
1:20 pm
Back home
So, the Hawaii trip was just amazing!

Josh and Jeff, our friends who live in Honolulu, were absolutely fantastic tour guides, and they led us to some great out-of-the-way restaurants.

The food was absolutely fantastic, I thought. We did avoid all the typical tourist restaurants on the strip, and

I had loco moco for the first time, and after I found that I had avoided the instant heart attack that I thought would follow, I was truly satisfied.

We ended up renting a car for the entire trip, and it was well worth it. We ended up driving all across the island, and we ate several plate lunches that were truly tasty.

Thanks to all those who forwarded advice. I can't wait to go back!
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
10:58 am
Hawaii Food Suggestions?
So, I'm off tomorrow for my first trip to Hawaii, and I'm pretty excited, though I'll be without the BF for a week.

We're staying in Waikiki. Can anyone suggest some must-visit food places?

(The anecdotal evidence suggests that there aren't that many great restaurants in Honolulu, but I'll bet you know better . . .)

I and my belly thank you in advance for any good advice you might offer.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
11:45 pm
So, I've taken the plunge and bought a Wii.

My console number is 1929 1080 9620 8564, and I haven't taken any time to input anyone else's info, though I'm itching to do so.

I'm 100% the noob on this system, but I'm hoping to learn some stuff, so if anyone has any pearls of wisdom to share, please edumacate me.

Right now, my little avatar Tonii is walking around my Mii Plaza alone. Anyone wanna come over and interact with him?

Current Mood: sleepy
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
8:38 pm
Time for an update
Hello, all,

I haven't posted a substantive post for quite some time (not that any of my ramblings might be considered substantive), so I thought I'd take advantage of a rainy early Saturday evening to catch all three of my readers up on the goings-on.

Ever since that huge comprehensive exam in August, which I found out I passed by the skin of my teeth?, I have barely cracked a book. My next steps in my program are to take the final three comprehensive exams, which means I have to propose a list of books to be tested on and a paper to be written.

One of my colleagues has already proposed his exams, and another will do so soon. I'm a slug.

BUT, I told myself while I wouldn't do a whole lot of dilly-dallying, I also wouldn't pressure myself to finish as quickly as my colleagues who aren't working full-time jobs.

So, I met with another colleague, and she and I decided to help each other be accountable by starting to prepare our lists and the notes/outlines of the books . . . so, I'm about 150 books or so away from being fully prepared.

That seems like a big hill to climb.

Anyway, the BF and I are doing well. He's truly a good egg, and I'm liking him quite a bit. We've had some interesting milestone moments, and we certainly aren't without our fair share of histrionics, but "L" bombs have been dropped, and commitments have been made. I'm happy with this man, and he's doing a pretty good job of pretending to be happy with me. The London trip was very good for us, I think; I have this notion that if you snag a cute man with whom you can travel successfully, that's a good sign. And R was great and fun/low maintenance to travel with. So, there ya go.

Okay, that appears to be all that's going on that's worth sharing . . . that's not a lot, actually. I clearly need to start knitting.
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
1:28 pm
Happy Birthday!!
My very best birthday wishes go out to the lovely hotelbearsf. May this year bring you the best of all good things.

Friday, January 5th, 2007
12:56 pm
Well, we're back from London, and we had a fantastic time.

New Year's Eve at XXL was a blast, and we did all the obvious touristy things, including hitting King's Arms, Compton's, Bar Code, RVT, Crash, and South Central, as you do.

This was the first visit for the BF, and he completely LOVED London. Methinks he might be ready to relocate.


I slept most of the day yesterday, and I'm back to the grind today, which I hope will include drinkies at L'Edge later . . . who's in?

Current Mood: tired, but happy
Monday, September 18th, 2006
11:04 am
The Birthday Post
Those of you who know me well know me well enough to know that I'm far too shallow to post anything truly introspective or innovative, so I won't prattle on about how it feels to be, gulp, 37. That's the kind of stuff that I reserve for times when I'm plastered, and anyone who has seen me in that state has had to endure that from me at least once.

So I'll just say other stuff.

I wanted to thank all of you who helped me celebrate on Saturday. What a great group of people were there; what a great energy pulsed in that room!
Mark, Ben, Bill, and Pasquale transformed Mark's party palace into something truly fab! (Pictures are forthcoming, and I'll post a link when they're available.) Also, thanks to my sweetie, what's-his-name, for providing the cake and also bringing the sexy back . . . and front.

OMG, this post is beginning to sound like I'm signing someone's yearbook. Ugh.

Yesterday and today I've thought of about 30 people who should've been invited who were accidentally left off the evite list; if you're one of those people, I'm really sorry about that. I sent Mark what I thought was a complete list from a previous party, and only after the fact did I realize that several really wonderful people were omitted. I'll do better next time, I promise.

One other thing I was thinking about. I think it's worth noting here (at the risk of being overly introspective without a cocktail in my hand) that I feel very, very blessed. I am so fortunate to live in a good place and have good friends who truly care about me. I know that such things are rare gifts, and I never want to take them for granted.

All of that could go away tomorrow, and I don't want to miss an opportunity to express my gratitude . . .

Current Mood: super-happy
Thursday, September 7th, 2006
3:49 pm
Good news!
So, I got an email this morning notifying me that I passed my comprehensive exam!


I'm actually really relieved, because I was feeling very worried about that monster.

Current Mood: relieved
Thursday, August 31st, 2006
11:06 am
Holy crap that was a nightmare. They emailed the test to us at 9:00 a.m. yesterday, and we were supposed to turn it in by 9:00 a.m. this morning.

The test was completely open book and I could use any resource available, but it was still the hardest test I've ever taken. How is that freakin' possible in this age of instant access to terabytes of information?

Like an idiot, I decided to come into the office today.

I need sleep and/or caffeine. STAT.

Current Mood: groggy
Monday, August 28th, 2006
10:35 am
Study hell
I go through this elaborate routine of procrastination when I have something really, really important to do. Normally, I'll clean my house, do laundry, and find other ways to forestall doing what truly needs to be done.

Today, my apartment is still a mess, and I'm substituting the procrastinatorial cleaning with crafting a mini-blog.

Wednesday is my second comprehensive exam, and it's covering Methods of Ethics, Human Rights, and Theories of Justice. If anyone has any handy dandy thoughts on any of these topics, please feel free to email them to me tout de suite. At this stage, I'll take what I can get.

I hope everyone is well.

Current Mood: over-caffienated
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
7:10 am
New eyes, day one
When I woke up this morning, I was hoping that it'd be a bit like Dorothy waking up and walking outside in Munchkinland.

But, when Rex called me at 6:00 a.m. (!!), the world was still super blurry.

They've told me to be prepared for a couple of days of blurriness, but that I should expect dramatic improvement in the first 24 hours.

So far, so good. When I took my roomie's dogs out for a walk today, it was pretty cool.

There are still little blurry halos around lights and stuff, but it's really no worse than walking around right after you've been crying . . . not that it's ever happened to me personally.


So, I go to a post-op appointment at 8:30, and then back to the office. Isn't that insane?

OMG, now I have to get a new LJ user icon sans lunettes. Hmm.

Current Mood: chill
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
8:46 am
Four layers of unkeratinised, stratified squamous epithelial tissue later . . .
So, you know how some people define insanity as "trying the same thing over and over again but expecting a different outcome" or something like that, yes?

Well, though many have always suspected this of me, I conclusively proved my own insanity last night at Goat Hill Pizza.

I was there at the invitation of lovely rampagebear, and we were accompanied by the always charming kevin_v5, Davey Gravey, Rocky and Blair. A really wonderful group of boys to dine with, actually.

Anyway, as you probably know, Goat Hill does what Steve calls "Pizza Dim Sum," in which the servers are constantly bringing around pizzas and serving them to everyone. The pizza was pretty good, but what it lacked in quality was more than made up for in sheer volume. I ate more than my diet should allow (so it's back to salad today!), but here's the insane part . . . I'm notorious (in my own mind) for always burning the roof of my mouth whenever I eat pizza . . . I never seem to be able to wait, and I'm always telling myself, "it won't happen this time . . . just dive right in!"

Well, I repeated this little self-defeating dining strategy over and over again last night, and this morning, the roof of my mouth feels like an archaeological dig.

On the bright side, because of all the lost layers of skin, my oral cavity is much, much larger; not only does this make my voice richer and more resonant, but now more things will fit in there.

So, silver linings . . .

In other news, today is the day of my Laser Vision correction surgery . . . I'm a bit nervous about it . . . anyone want to tell me how easy and successful it was and how I shouldn't be worried at all?

Current Mood: energetic
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
2:20 pm
Pride and other stuff
Wow, so that was an amazing Pride weekend . . . I've just now recovered enough to post about it.

Here's how it went.Collapse )
Thursday, June 8th, 2006
1:24 am
London Notes
Greetings from London.

I arrived on Saturday, just in time to attend my first MegaWoof . . . awesome.

The weather here is actually pretty balmy . . . warmest vacay I've ever spent in London.

And I've discovered Catherine Tate, which is a more-potty mouthed version of Little Britian. I watched several episodes of it on the plane trip over, and I caught the rest of it on Video on Demand. Wow, really, really funny. Check out some clips of her on YouTube.

Oh, and here's a strange revelation: apparently gay men who look like me (read: fat, bearded, Anglo-Saxon types) are the hot ticket if you're a skinny 22 year old from either Spain or Italy.

No one sent me a memo, not that I'm complaining.

Back to SF on Monday.
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