Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Time for a Poll -Who's Your Favorite Nanny? (Scroll down for the latest post)

Who is your favorite Nanny?
Only one day left - polling closes at midnight 1/31/07

Nana from Peter Pan
The Original Nanny - Mary Poppins
The Nanny Named Fran
Jude Law's Nanny - Sienna Miller
Nanny 911 Stella
Supernanny JoJo

Why can't they at least be stylish

Last evening The Boyfriend and went downtown for a performance of Twelve Angry Men. We arrived downtown very early, even after having a lite dinner and stopping at The Boyfriends office to pick up the tickets, so we decided to do some shopping.

Everything, everywhere is The Bears. On one of the buildings downtown they have the lights in a patter that says "Bear Down Bears", everything is Orange & Blue and even though it's minus windchill everyone seems to be in chipper moods.

Even though I'm not into the Super Bowl at all, I'm pretty excited anyway because George is coming up to watch the game with us. Actually that blew all of my plans because I was going to have an "Anti-Superbowl Party" and invite all my friends over to watch showtunes all day and do our hair and nails....there's always next year.

The Boyfriend said that they're holding a charity at his workplace on Friday, if you make a donation you can wear Jeans and something "Bears" related instead of the usual work drag, so he wanted to try and find something. I felt that since I was actually celebrating the SuperBowl this year I should try and find something as well.......

Thus our adventure began, first following signs through the store trying to find the Bears Garb, once we did find it (all the way on the other end of the store) the selection was rather poor and distasteful. Everything was drab gray or dark blue, no fun colors, everything was long sleeved or had a hood or was mesh all over and they wanted $55 for it. As we shuffled through the racks of clothes The Boyfriend looked up at me and said "Couldn't they at least have something stylish?"

Well it's obvious that they know who their market is.....and it isn't stylish gay boys. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to go and make something now!

I'm going to Disney World

I just booked my tickets this morning for a lovely vacation in Sunny (it had damn well be sunny) Orlando Florida!

My parents have a timeshare and typcically they go to Cancun for their vacation but this year they decided to stay in the states. So my sister (yes you read that correctly - my sister) and I are flying down to Orlando and spend the week with my parents.

I was looking at tickets for Disney World.....oh god, I'd better get a first born SOON so I can give them up to afford the tickets!

So.....any Orlando Readers out there?

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Searches, Searches and More Searches

Wow, the searches have been going crazy, look what has driven folks my way lately, the bold is what they searched for.

boil sponge to kill germs - I hope they killed those germs
ditsy bint naked - Ditsy is there something you're not telling us?
fran from nanny 911 - I hope they voted for their favorite Nanny
you that you'are having a boy when - When he rings the doorbell and says I'm here that's when you know you're having a boy.
target commercial you know i wanna get it wanna get it right now lyrics - I have no idea, but Gomad and Ms. Mac did win a prize for answering a contest about a song in a Target commercial.
someone who never wants to know your birthday - I always remember peoples birthdays, unless I forget.
what does it mean when you are in the bathroom talking about someone and then a towel falls down? - Uhm, where was the towel originally, around your waist or on your head?
nra and dog the bounty hunter - yeah the NRA keeps sending me an application, go figure.
boys micro-wave dog - we have NEVER tried to microwave the dog. We did see if he we would fit in the new grill though (btw, he does)
buckelroos - oh god, this was that bad documentary we saw about the making of this horrid porn last year at the GLBT Film Festival in Chicago
ask the fruitcake lady jay leno - Uhm, I don't have that on YouTube anymore they canceled my account
pushed to do something you don't want to - like what?

Going to South Beach

Well figuratively that is.....I'm sure you've all heard that The Bears are going to the Super Bowl thingybobber...blah blah blah. The only good thing is the George (of George & An-delicious fame) is coming up to Chicago to watch the game with us, I sure hope the bears score a home run, I would be so embarrassed if they went all that way and didn't score at least one basket!

So we're not going to South Beach to see The Bears but The Roommate and I have decided that we are going to be visiting the South Beach Diet program, we're both feeling the effects of living with a roommate that likes to cook. Moving in with someone is worse than the Freshman 15, it's like an eating contest everyday - "look what I can make", "oh no, look what I can make." And considering that he's of Italian descent he sorta wins most of the time.

With all of that we've decided that we need to eath more healthy and the only way to do that is if we're both on the program.

So has anyone done The South Beach Diet? We're not gonna go all hog wild on it, but we're going to follow it closely.


I am going to be in ORLANDO, FLORIDA towards the end of February on a family vacation with my parents and my sister.....I know a few bloggers in North Florida, but I don't think I know anyone in Central Florida, nows your chance to speak up! Of course if we meet, my parents will be flabbergasted!

Birthday Presents

My birthday is coming up soon, typically I'm not one to advertise it, but if there is some generous benefactor out there that wants to get me a fabulous birthday present, I'll take


It will drive The Roommate bonkers!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Reunion for Some

Last night the Chicago Spirit Brigade had their annual fund raiser at one of the bars in "Boystown"

We don't go down to Boystown as much as we used to, just because it's so darn far from where we live. So we got all spiffied up and hopped into a cab to whisk us away to the Gay Mecca!

The CSB Fund Raiser is a lot of fun and there's typically a lot of ROTC Girls that I know. Tickets were only $15 and it was open bar for 2 hours, I can drink $15 worth of booze in two hours! We planned on getting there right before 8 but ended up getting there about 8:30, so we had some catching up to do.

As I was standing at the bar, I look across and see this guy that looks familiar....not familiar in the "did I sleep with you" way but more like....I've seen him somewhere before....and then I realized who it was a fellow blogger. I got excited because I figured I had my first official sighting of a blogger in the wild! So I grab my cocktail and push my way to the other side of the bar and walk up to the guy and say "Do you have a blog?" He looks at me and says "A What?"

Oh shit, it wasn't who I thought it was.....thank god I wasn't trying to pick the guy up, how lame would that be for a pickup line? So I explain myself away saying "Oh sorry, I thought you were someone else...blah blah blah....ok, I gotta go now." I slink back to my friends and they ask me what happened, so being the fool that I am......I told them...and they officially said that "You are the craziest person I know."

Since my outing adventure didn't go so well, I decided to drown my sorrows in some booze. Fortunately I was at an open bar event standing right next to the bar! As I was waiting for the bartender this guy comes running up to this girl and says "You don't know me, but I think I know your name Leslie? I know everything that's going on with you."

There it was......a blogger sighting in the wild!

There's a New Grill In Town

The Grill - A Comic Book
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.
Check out the new comic book feature by clicking on the picture.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Then & Now

Inspired by Herb I thought I'd share a little Then & Now with you.

Where I grew up:

Where I live now:

Just a little bit different, so how about you?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

All about the sponge, yesterday and today

Yesterday there was a big media blitz that if you microwaved your sponge for 2 minutes in your microwave you would kill 99% of the germs and bacteria.  

No, they weren’t talking about The Today Sponge (like the one that Elaine was coveting), they were talking about a plain old household sponge, the one that’s probably sitting on the side of your kitchen sink right now.

See, we Americans are germaphobes.  Everywhere you turn we’re told that we need to kill the germs.  We use anti-bacterial this and anti-microbial that, and the news media gave us a new way to kill germs – and it doesn't cost a penny.

The big big news yesterday was all about the sponge.  It was on the radio, it was on the morning news, it was on the evening news, it was even in the paper.  Researchers at The University of Florida were telling America that if you want to get rid of 99% of the germs, bacteria AND spores in your sponge, just throw it in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Researcher’s at a major university took the time to study this and tell America about it, share their

Americans jumped on the bandwagon, finally they could unite against a common enemy, something that they could actually beat.  Sponges across the continent flew into microwaves, parents lifted up their children and while they pushed their noses up against the door they pressed 2, 0, 0 and START.  Squeals of delight arose from the crowd as the germs quickly died.  Death was in the air.  And then all hell broke loose!

First there were a few puffs of smoke and suddenly flames appeared out of nowhere!  Children leapt from their parents grasp and ran with their hands in the air and shrieking like banshees.  Mothers jumped for the door handle and fathers pounced for the plug, but it was too late.  The sponges exploded into flames faster than an overfilled deep fat fryer.

It was at that point that the Researchers from the University of Florida realized who they were dealing with – The General Public.  So doing the right thing, they got back in contact with the media and told them to add four words to the story – make – sure – it’s – wet!  

Who the fuck would put a dry sponge in a microwave and think it’s ok.  Oh that’s right – The American Public.

So now the amended story reads that you should place your wet sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes.  And you can read about it HERE

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Can't Keep Me Down

Even though YouTube maliciously deleted my account, they can't keep me down. I just went and created a new account!

So, if you're on YouTube, would you please go and add me as a subscription so that I can link you back again, since I was deleted so quickly I didn't have an opportunity to save everyone's YouTube Name.

My YouTube User Name is: WhatsABoyToDo so look me up!

So in honor of me getting back on the wagon, I present to you....a new video!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I Made Yogurt and It Didn't Kill Me

Whoo Hoo.....I made yougurt over the weekend and it didn't kill me. I'm a so happy (and surprised).

It was relatively easy as well. It took a while to do, but a lot of it was just watching until it got to the right temperature and then waiting. It takes a while so don't plan on it being done in an hour, I think in total it took about 8 hours for it to be complete.

The good thing is that now I've got a starter so I can make my own yogurt whenever I want, how great is that.

Now, not only do I make my own Granola but I make my own Yogurt.

For those who may be interested, here's the recipe:

Homemade Yogurt

1/2 Gallon of Milk (nothing less than 2%)
Candy Thermometer (if you don't have one, get one you need it)
1/2 cup Powdered Milk
1 small container of plain yogurt (like one of those dannon single serve ones)


In a big pot, with a nice thick bottom, bring the milk to a temp of 180 degrees, using your candy thermometer. Stir occassionally so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

Once it reaches 180 degrees, take it off the stove and let the temp drop to 112 degrees (you can put it in the fridge - or since it's winter I covered it and put it on the back porch), it took about 45 minutes for the temp to drop.

Get your containers ready, I used old Quart Yogurt Containers - they worked perfectly. Just make sure you have the lid that goes with them.

Put some water in your tea kettle and boil.

Once it's at 112 (but no lower than 90) add the powdered milk (it makes it nice and creamy plus it adds extra protein w/o the fat) and the Yogurt. The recipe I had said to add 4 tablespoons, but I put the whole container in since it wasn't much more. Make sure you get plain yogurt or vanilla at least, none of that fruit/fruit blend stuff - just plain! At this point add the Vanilla and/or Sugar, if you don't you will literally have PLAIN yogurt

Pour the warm mixture into the containers. Put the lids on the containers and place in a glass/metal baking pan. Grab a kitchen towel and wrap around the containers (to keep them warm) and put the whole thing in your oven. Grab that boiling water and pour into another baking dish, put that in the oven next to the yogurt.

Let it sit.

Go watch a movie.

Read a book, a whole book if you please.

Every now and then check on the yogurt and see if the oven is still warm, it should be around 100 degrees. I left the light on in the oven and periodically I would boil some more water and add it, I even turned the oven on twice for a few minutes to maintain the heat but I don't think that was necessary.

DO NOT STIR the yogurt, I know you'll be tempted, but don't do it. Just let it set. It'll take between 6-10 hours depending on the temperature - seriously!

Somewhere in that magic hour the yogurt will stiffen up and become...well Yogurt! Now you can put it in the refrigerator!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Hey Norcross, Georgia!

Welcome! How's it hanging?

I've been getting a lot of new readers lately (or at least that's what Statcounter tells me).

And they've all seem to be from the South, hey I used to live in Atlanta for 7 years so I'm sort of like a Southerner!

I hope everyone is enjoying catching up on what's been going on over the last few years!

Leave comments we love them!

Walking The Dog

No that's not an euphemism for something else (if it is, please leave me a comment because I don't know what it is.)

The Roommate has a dog, he's had The Dog for I think 10 or 11 years, quite some time. He's a good dog in general, well I mean he doesn't chew shoes or rip up carpet so I guess he's a great dog in that respect. When I moved in with The Roommate last year I knew that the package came with The Dog, the only thing I told The Roommate was that I was not a built in dog walker.

Growing up we had pets, we had several dogs and cats, but we lived in the country when the dog needed to go to the bathroom, it just went outside - by itself. As I'm sure you're well aware, that's not the way it is in the city. Dogs are a lot of work, you've got to walk them several times a day, the only advantage to that is you get a chance to scope out the neighborhood.

I used to have a friend that I would walk with on occassion and it was so funny because he would always know what was going on in the neighborhood - "Oh that car was there last night but I've never seen it before." "Those people like to leave their blinds open - and they shouldn't" I guess another advantage is that you have the opportunity to meet other dog owners.

The only problem is, The Dog is a Bitch (not literally, figuratively) it seems that whenever he's around another dog all he wants to do is beat up the dog, it's no wonder he has no friends!

I have found one great thing about walking the dog (I mean other than getting out in the fresh air that's only 12 degrees), he attracts boys! The only problem is, if the other guy has a dog then The Dog decides that he doesn't want to play nice and suddenly the cute boys are gone!

There is one thing though that I HATE, it's picking up his shit. It's not that I'm squeamish, I grew up on a cow farm for gods sake, I've shoveled steaming cowpies in the middle of winter! The only saving grace for that though was that I had the use of a shovel and I didn't have to touch the stuff....ugh there's just something about picking up dog shit that wants me to make me barf.

And please that little plastic grocery bag does nothing to mask the smell and the feel of warm poop, oh you just know the germs are getting through the plastic. But at the same time, I have a conscience and can't leave it sitting on the ground like some people.

I say to those people, if you don't want to pick up dog shit then why do you have a dog?

All I can say is - Thank God I'm gay and don't have children, if this is how I am with Dog Shit, imagine what it would be like with baby shit.....oh I can't even think about it!

So I was surfing around the web this weekend and I found the perfect contraption for people like me who are squeamish around poop that isn't their own!

Check out this little contraption, make sure you watch the animation in the beginning, it's funny because it makes no sense really. Also make sure you watch the little video of the poor dog using this thing, can you say uncomfortable?!? There are a few things I found confusing - I thought Asian people raised dogs to eat and to sell their fur to unsuspecting American Designers to use as rabbit fur; also, you have to line that thing up right or you're gonna have a much bigger mess, do you really wanna get THAT close to your dog!

I told The Roommate I bought a present for The Dog....he wasn't amused!

So do you think your dog would use this?

**UPDATE** Ok, you need to totally read the FAQ, I'm not making fun of it, but the translation is hilarious. It's apparent they didn't use a native english speaker to translate this.

Super Bowl Update

According to The Roommate and about 9 million other Chicago residents, myself excluded, apparently the Chicago Bears won their little game yesterday against the New Orleans Saints (wow, aren't you surprised I knew who they played?).

So I guess since they won the game yesterday now they get the chance to play in the Super Masters along with Tiger Woods - I don't quite understand that, but I'm sure it will work out somehow.

So now, not only can you count on me for your news about Britney Spears, but now I'll start giving you Sports Updates!

Hmmmm.....I think this is the only sports update you'll get, I'm gonna stick with Britney, because who wants to see Rex Grossman without his panties on....oh hey, I didn't think about that.

GO BEARS!!!!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Meeting The TBF's

Meeting The TBF's
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.
Look who I met for lunch!

Mr. AND Mrs. TBF we met at one of the local pubs here for a bite to eat.

The Big Finn did a great job of finishing his hamburger even though he had just finished breakfast a few hours earlier, he's such a trooper!

You may remember that last November I had the chance to meet up with TBF for some Mexican food and Margaritas! This time Mrs. TBF came along for the ride.

So now I'm able to say that I've met 6 bloggers in the real world. And the funny thing......none of them are in Chicago!?

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

Well it's actually more like lunch and well it's not like the movie at all...but a whole lot better.

I'm meeting Mr & Mrs TBF for lunch this afternoon.

Pictures to come!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ugly Betty - Rebecca Romjin

How in the world do you get "ro-main" out of Romjin? I want to say Rom-Gin, anywho....she's now on Ugly Betty.

She's the woman that's been conspiring with Wilhamina all this time.


I was looking forward to this episode because I knew that she was going to be exposed this evening, but I had no idea it would be this amazing. Can you believe that SHE is Daniel's brother, Alex Meade?!? OMG, that is like the best twist ever for a night-time show?

And now I'm watching Scrubs - which I never watch - and it's their "musical" version - this is too funny. I can't believe they just did a song about poo!

I'm a stanky whore

Yes you read that right, I'm a stanky ho, but still I'm not as stanky as that Britney Spears girl.

Did you hear that she got "dis-invited" from Vienna Opera Ball? Yeah all because that other skank Paris Hilton got there first and sprayed her scent.

So it makes me wonder, WHAT in the hell did Britney do to piss off Paris so badly? I could go into all kinds of speculation but I'd rather hear it from you.

Now tell me, What did Britney Do/Not Do to piss of Paris Hilton?

Oh yeah, I'm a stanky 'ho

I bet you thought I went off on a tangent there didn't you? Well I did.

So to get back to the original reason for this post, I'm a stanky ho.

When I get up in the morning and make my way to the bathroom the first thing I do is turn on the hot water so that it's nice and steamy when I jump in - and that usually takes a few minutes. Oh I used to love the shower in my old apartment, I had one of those big rain shower heads with fabulous water pressure and as soon as I turned on the hot water, it was STEAMING even though I was at the opposite end of the complex from the boiler - it was heavenly.

Now I've got a shower that has to run for 5 minutes to get hot water less than 20 feet from the hot water heater. This morning I went through my ritual and realized that the water wasn't getting warmer. In fact it was getting colder.

Oh shit, it's 6:30 in the morning, I do NOT want to have to deal with a hot water eater....well needless to say I didn't take a shower this morning before work and I feel like a stanky 'ho because of it.

I'm so glad I didn't do anything streanuous last night, like going to the gym, otherwise I would have had to call in sick!

I hate not taking a shower in the morning, my hair gets all funky and flat if I don't wash it everyday. I could never ever ever have corn-rows or dreadlocks, if I couldn't wash my hair everyday I would scratch myself to death.

So even though I'm a stanky 'ho and didn't take a shower at least I had my panties on.

Did you wear panties today?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

American Idol - The Auditions


Well let me start off by saying - the only time I watch American Idol with a vengence is during the audition shows at the begining of the season.

What in the HELL are these people thinking? I mean honestly do some of those people really think that they're talented? They must think it, they're saying it, and they look like the mean it when they say it, that's what's really scary.

I wonder if some of the people are doing it just for the fun of meeting Simon and getting booed out of the audition room, I mean that's what I would do. You know make it so outrageous that they would have to put you on the audition program....but for some reason I don't think that's the goal these people started out with.

I don't want to discourage anyone from following their dream, but some of the people they interview and show seriously think that they're the next American Idol....have they ever seen the show I wonder?

I know I don't have a good singing voice, and I don't delude myself into thinking that I do...but maybe next year when Idol comes I'll have to go try out, hey it can't hurt!

Show and Tell

We had a meeting at work today, a big meeting with our Marketing Group (actually we’re an offshoot of the Marketing Group so they decided to invite us).  The meeting was to brainstorm how we could make our internet presence better.  To give a better customer experience, so they wanted us to share our favorite websites and explain why we liked them.

We met in “the big room” which is this warehousey kind of room, exposed brick walls, exposed ceilings, you know – lofty.  I made the mistake of walking in the room with my boss and we found seats off to the side and the back……then the question was asked: “Did you bring a website to share?”  Uh oh…we were supposed to bring something to share, I thought that I would just be able to chime in with my opinions, I had to think of something quick!

People started lining up and sharing their websites…..Netflix…..Peapod…..REI, fairly pedestrian.  After each person finishes the audience starts asking questions – why do you like that?  Do you get this?  Do you get emails?  All the time my boss and I are making little asides to each other sort of joking, I was getting anxious because I knew it was going to be my turn pretty soon…..what website did I really enjoy?  What website made me come back again and again?  What website had a great interface that made me want to buy their products?  Oh I had the perfect site.

My boss goes and talks about Lands End, a few questions are asked and suddenly it’s my turn.  I proceed to the front of the room where the computer and the projector are sitting on a table, I pull up the chair and start entering the web address, I was so glad that my back was to the audience, because I was nervous at not being prepared.  I drew a breath and pressed enter.

Suddenly all the nervousness that I had bottled up was gone, I was flying through the website, showing off its features.  Explaining how it has this great reference engine showing you similar products to the one you’re looking at, very much like Amazon.  I was showing them how easy it was to look up movies, you can do it by title or actor or situation, I was killing it!  I was whipping through the products one after the other, explaining all of the different sections of the site.  The best part I explained that every time you place an order you get something free – I mean how great is that!  I finished up my “show” and turned around to start taking the questions I knew would be flowing in.

When I spun the chair around, I was faced with blank stares, a few people had their mouths hanging down and a few of the women were staring at their laps.  Oh no, what was wrong.  So I asked if anyone had any questions…..everyone was silent……so like an auctioneer I asked again…..and finally a third time….no response, so I got up and walked back to my seat.

When I arrived at my chair and sat down my boss looked me in the eyes and said “Uhm, I think we need to have a talk after the meeting.”  Oh this was just the break I was looking for, I knew she had seen my hidden potential and wanted to compliment me on my skills as a presenter, now I was excited.

Unfortunately the meeting ran long and when we left my boss told me that she had to run and get the train but she wanted to meet first thing tomorrow morning….I’m on pins and needles waiting for the morning to come.

So here’s the website (NSFW) that I shared, what do you think?

Ok, I’m kidding, I didn’t show that website, I showed this one instead, how boring!  But wouldn’t that first site have been GREAT to demo.

Britney Spears - An Update

I know that when you think of Britney Spears, you think of me. And that whenever you want an update on the skanks life the first thing you think of is coming here, I like that!

But I just read on MSNBC, and you know they're a powerful and trustworthy news organization, that Britney may be pregnant again!!!!

I don't know whether to believe it or there's nothing wrong with that but it's just funny that a few years ago she was saying how she was a virgin and that she was going to hold out til marriage and then in a short period of time she's gotten married twice and divorced twice, had two kids and showed her cooter at least on two occasions...what is up with Britney?

That girl NEEDS to keep her panties on!

Thus ends your Britney Spears Update!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Golden Globes

Did anyone watch the Golden Globes last night? I only flipped through and of course only caught the commercials....but did anyone see the new commercial for Orville Redenbacher Popcorn?

It was creepy....apparently they've finally been able to recreate a spokesman using computer was only a matter of time. The commerical is just a little off, I'd say it's about 90% right but there's just something that makes you cock your head, sort of like when a dog does, because it's just....not....right.

Here's a screen grab from the commercial:

There's also an article in USA Today

Monday, January 15, 2007

Is that a good place for that?

I can't help it, I like trash TV. I like watching Trading Spouses (meet your new mommy), Wife Swap (it's really not what you think it is), Super Nanny and Nanny 911.

Everytime I watch these programs I just praise whoever for making me gay. OMG, I can barely take care of myself, how could I take care of children, and of course you know I'd have the devil child. Surprisingly, my sister isn't married and doesn't have kids either, because she knows that if she ever has kids they will be the spawn of satan.

Sometimes when I watch these programs I feel so bad for these parents because their kids are just terrible......and out of control....but it's so great to see things change and especially for the better.

So I'm watching Trash TV Monday and in between Wife Swap and Nanny 911 there was a commercial for a pregnancy test. I mean - really - is that the best place to put that advertisement? Think about it, you find out how dysfunctional your family is during Wife Swap and then see how your kids are the spawn of can then find out if your lovely.

Was that really thought through that well?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

On The Way Out

On The Way Out
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.
It was a grey day today, a perfect time to visit the local cemetery!

Since Andrea and I both enjoy snapping photographs I thought a visit to our local cemetery would be a fun thing to do.

Graceland Cemetery is a fabulous old Chicago cemetery, I knew there'd be all sorts of creepy things to photograph. We had no problem finding willing subjects.

Well apparently my life is continuing it's spiral and this time I think it may be out of control. See, it all started because I drove my car instead of taking the train, I figured it would be much easier - plus it was cold out.

So we got to the cemetery and we started looking for a unique subject to caputre, we found it and I pulled to the far side of the road, figuring it would be easier to just park the car and then come back to it.

So we're taking some photos and this white car comes up towards us, it's got a security sticker on the side. The driver rolled down the window and said "Is that your car?" and pointed to my car. Yes it was. "Well you need to move it."

"I'm sorry sir?" I mean I wasn't blocking traffic, why did I need to move my car. Well instead of him explaining why I had to move my car he repeated, "You need to move that car."

So I asked him, why did I have to move it? I mean we weren't planning on leaving it there, we were only 20 feet away from it. Suddenly he raised his voice and said "Boy, I said Move That Car."

Oops, what'd I do now. I told him I'd move it, figuring that that would be enough to satisfy him.....but apparently when he saw that I wasn't jumping to it to get back to the car and move it, he hopped out of his car and approached Andi and I.

He started interrogating us and asking what we were doing there and why were we taking pictures. Oh shit! So we just explained that she was visiting and I lived here and we were just out taking some pictures.

Well Mr. Security Guard didn't like that so he told us that we needed to get in the car and get out of the cemetery, and I was NOT to come back!

WTF - YouTube has fucked up my life. First YouTube deleted my account, then I got kicked out of the grocery store, and then the movie theater. And now here I was getting kicked out of the cemetery!

What is going on with my where in the hell am I gonna be buried!?!?

Sadness and Happiness

Go Bears
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.
According to my roommate The Bears won a little football game today.

As I was returning from Midway Airport, where I had just deposited my weekend visitor, the city was aglow with The Bears Victory.

This was the best I could do as i was in traffic and I drive a stick shift.

The city was fabulous Bears and Seahawks colors everywhere. This is the Blue Cross/Blue Shield building shouting it out.. There was another building (That big Red one that everyone always says "How long has that been there?" that said "Go Bears" and had an outline of a bears head on it, and the triangle building up there had Go Bears on it.

Little tidbit about the Smurfit Stone Building (that diamond shaped one) remember the movie Adventures in Babysitting? Well that was the building that the main character was on the outside of in the movie.

But as I said, I was just returning from The Airport from dropping off Andrea. We had a fabulous time and you'll have to wait for her to post her "List of things overheard" I think it may even include "Why, do you have hairy feet?" The weather was icky but we still found some time to do a few things around the city. You'll have to check out our Flickr accounts and see what we came up with.

So on one hand there was all of this happiness because The Bears won but also sadness because the weekend was over.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


It's my Sister's Birthday today, she's 29 again!

Can you tell we're related?

The Power of Aisle Three

Dancing in the Aisle
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.
My guest arrived yesterday afternoon. We were picking up supplies (i.e. booze and cheesecake) at the local grocery store and the mood struck her to break into a jig.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Happy Birthday

Ok, even though I'm over YouTube, I don't feel like ranting about it. I totally remembered that I have Google Video.

So if it's your birthday, Happy Birthday!

Thanks for all of the hints at sites to try out, I haven't decided what I want to do yet.

John Patrick Shanleys - Doubt - A Review

The Boyfriend continue our descent into the Broadway in Chicago Series fetish. It really has been the best thing we've done for ourselves, not only do we get to see some great shows, but we get to see things we wouldn't typically see, this would be one of those plays.

Doubt at first had no interest to me, I had heard about Cherry Jones but hadn't heard much about Doubt other than it had won a few prizes.

Doubt is set in a 1964 Bronx Catholic School overseen by Sister Aolysious who thinks that Father O'Bryne has had an illicit relationship with one of the students, a male student. She has no proof other than a slight interaction that she saw between the priest and the student. She pulls one of her novice nuns into the conspiracy with her and draws information out of her and from the priest through her.

The performance was amazing, Cherry Jones was fabulous, you can see why she won the 2005 Tony Award for this role, the only thing that could have made the performance better would have been to see it in New York. Watching an actor portray a famous role is sort of like watching a great movie in the theater versus watching it on DVD.

Fortunately I've had the opportunity to see some great actors in person, I can now add Cherry Jones to this list. I've also had the opportunity to see Michael Crawford and Maria Friedman live in The Woman in White - in London, I've also seen Jennifer Holiday perform her role of Effie in Dreamgirls in person. Recently I got to see Charlotte d'Ambroise in the new version of A Chorus Line and Raul Esparza in John Doyle's Company.

There's just something about seeing that just makes it worth all that much more, if you've ever seen live performances you know what I mean.

Cherry Jones and the rest of the cast are spot on with their characters, except the young nun went in and out of her bronx accent several times, but not enough to really throw you off. Not like when we saw Saturday Night Fever in London - now talk about strange, a brit trying to do a bronx accent and not sound like a jew or a german.

If you've been thinking about doing something different, why not try a live performance.

This was a terrific show I would definitely give it 4 out of 5 stars, the only thing missing was a singing nun and a flying nun, those would have given it 5 stars!


I'm such a geek, I just figured out what IRL means. You know this Internet is a pretty darn interesting piece of equipment. We have information at our fingertips instantly, look where the Internet was 10 years ago. Here's what MSNBC looked like in 1997, here's 2002, what a change 5 years made and now look where we are 5 years later.

We've got YouTube and Flickr (which I didn't realize until a few weeks ago that you HAD to create an account to even look at pictures - that's sorta interesting) and we've got Blogs, and Blogs and Blogs and BLOGS and from there we've got Video Blogs and even Audio Blogs or Podcasts as their called.

The Internet has really made us a global community, 10 years ago I never would have imagined communicating on a regular basis with people all around the world just as simple as if they were just next door. That's pretty cool.

Its been great because I've actually had the opportunity to meet some of you, like That Ropey Old Bird, Ms. Mac and the person that only needs to be identified as TBF, and hopefully if this year works out properly I'll have the chance to meet a few more of you in person or In Real Life (IRL) like they say here on these interwebs.

That Ropey Old Bird, Andrea, who's been blogging forever, is coming into Chicago this weekend for a round of drinking and debauchery and I hope to introduce her to my newest Internet friend David of Loopy Fruit Audio Network. David has bypassed this whole blog thing completely and started his own Podcast with his friend Raul.

Raul and David, the Gaysian and Gay Caucasian as they are known on their show, are best of friends who met a few years ago in church of all places. If I weren't so afraid to go to church (i.e. see my Christmas Post for evidence of that) I'd start going to church to meet some friends like Raul and David.

David and I actually met IRL a few years ago through a monthly movie group that we both belong to. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I found out that David had braved it all and started doing a weekly blog with his friend. I checked him out and downloaded a few podcasts and figured it was time to "out myself" to him.

I'm always afraid to tell people IRL that I have a blog, because I'm afraid that they'll say "oh yeah, well what's the address?" For some reason I'm not really comfortable giving it out, do you readily give out your blog address to your friends IRL?

Well I came out to David and sent him my blog address, and he's been reading me over the last few weeks. I told him that I wanted to do an interview for my blog and introduce everyone to him, so we met at our local Dominick's on Saturday Night - yeah remember what happened that night!

I found out all kinds of things about David and if you listen to their podcast you'll find he's just as willing to share himself online as he is in real life, you know what I mean. We laughed and laughed for a little more than an hour, we talked about the gadgets he has and how he and Raul are having problems with the "Puff Factor" on their microphone, we told jokes (a few jokes I hadn't told in years), I think I asked him a few questions and I think I got a few answers. I recorded the entire session so I could refer back to it, but all I hear is us laughing.

So even though I promised an interview, it just didn't turn out like that. But it was fun to put the Podcasting David together with the IRL David and see where the two meet.

I'm not sure if you're a podcast listener, and even if you are, I would suggest checking out Raul and David at Loopy Fruit Audio Network, it's fun to learn about someone while actually listening to them tell their stories in person, it's sort of like The Common Mans Garrison Keillor.

Go check out the boys and if you love them, tell them I sent ya.......go ahead click on it:

Loopy Fruit Audio Network

And hopefully this weekend we'll be able to get two Bloggers and a Podcaster to meet IRL!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A Passing -Yvonne De Carlo

Yvonne De Carlo
9/1/1922 - 1/9/2007
You may be asking yourself - "Who is Yvonne De Carlo?" Well maybe this picture doesn't help, but I bet this one does:

Did you know that "The Munsters" was only on TV for 2 years, from 1964-1966, heck in those 2 years they did 70 episodes, which is a lot considering that most Sitcoms now only do between 20-25 episodes a year and get paid a whole heck of a lot more than Lily Munster ever got paid.

But dear Yvonne, we are sad to see you leave this earth but you will always live on as Lily.

A famous visitor

I received the following telegram earlier this week:

Important delegate arriving on Friday - stop
Dispatch chauffer to Midway Airport - stop
Prepare champagne and chocolate truffles - stop
Not the cheap stuff either - stop
Do not - repeat - do not alert paparazzi - stop

It wasn't signed? I wonder who's coming to town? I'd better get the toothbrush out and start cleaning the bathroom grout! Oh yeah and turn the heat up past 64.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Word of the Year

Did you know that there is an "Official Word of the Year?"

I didn't, but apparently there is, and this years word is PLUTOED.

To pluto is to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet.

And just in case you were thinking has nothing to do with doing it Doggy Style!

Notes on a Scandal - A Review

The Boyfriend and I went to see Notes on a Scandal last evening, we both love us some Dame Judi Dench and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to see her Dameness again.

What an interesting movie, we've seen some funky movies lately, last weekend we went to see Volver, wow you wanna talk about a fucked up movie that was it - but it was great.

Scandal is very interesting, bascially you think that the movie centers around Cate Blanchett's character having an affair with one of her students...but it's not like that at all.

Let's say it this way, several times during the movie someone would say something and The Boyfriend and I would turn and look at each other with a look of "Oh my god, does that mean what I think it means?"

There were a lot of close-ups of Judi Dench, and all of her wrinkles, which I think is amazing and beautiful. Unlike most actresses who never want to age, she is using her age to her advantage and doing a lovely job at it, I guess that's why she's a Dame eh?

Anyway, if you haven't seen this movie, I'm not going to tell you any more about it, because it will ruin it for you and I want you to have your own "Oh my god" moments.

But something interesting did we were leaving the theater (we went to an early show) As I was validating our parking ticket, we walked by a theater that was just starting to show Dreamgirls. We both really enjoyed that movie and thought that it would be wonderful to see Jennifer Hudson perform again, plus it had been years since I'd scammed a movie theater.

Well unfortunately the movie had already started so when we got into the theater we had to sit in the front...we weren't sitting there for five minutes when an usher came up to us and asked to see our tickets....can you believe it?

Well of course we didn't have tickets, so we tried to play it off that we didn't have tickets because we used Fandango and printed our tickets at home....but unfortunately we were told that the ticket checker would have printed out paper tickets and given them to us....we were brusquely escorted out of the theater and quickly shown the exit door.

Can you believe it? First YouTube, then the Grocery Store and then the Theater...I am so starting a gang. And if my sources are right, I may be getting a visitor from Ohio this weekend, we'll have our Gang formed by Sunday including a great name with corresponding gang colors and a snazzy jingle! So who wants to sign up?

Sunday, January 07, 2007

What else can happen

My life is spiraling down the drain, I feel it. What more can happen? On Friday I found out that I was banned from YouTube because of a silly video I uploaded and now after an incident last evening, I'm banned from the grocery store.

Yes, you heard me right, the Grocery Store.

I went to the grocery store last night to meet up with my friend David to conduct an interview with him about his new Podcast (look for that soon). I figured this would be a great place to meet because they have a cafe seating area AND a Starbucks! What could be better than that?

Well I'm not a coffee drinker, and I didn't feel like tea so I figured I would have a cocktail instead. I had an airplane bottle of run sitting on my bar so I threw it in my pocket along with a packet of this great new stuff I found called TrueLime, I'd buy the Pepsi from the cafe and make myself a Cuba Libre!!!!

Well, all was going as planned - I met up with David, he went to get a coffee, only to find out they were already closed (at 8:00 on a Saturday night). I moseyed over to the Cafe and got my cup from the guy behind the counter and made my way to the soda bubbler.

After I filled up the cup with the magic elixir I went back to the table and set up my interview equipment while I waited for David.

So I pulled out my mini-bottle of Bacardi and proceeded to pour it into my cup of carbonated nirvana.....unfortunately at that time the Manger of the store happened to be walking by and saw what I did.

He stopped and asked if I had just poured that booze into the recently acquired soda, well being the good boy that I am, I said "No, it wasn't bacardi, it was cherry flavoring" at which point the manager said "We have Wild Cherry Pepsi, why didn't you just get that." Well I didn't have an answer for the manager told me I could either leave the store or he could call the cops because they don't have a license to serve alcohol. I told him that they didn't serve it, I served myself, which apparently is illegal.

So the kind manager escorted me to the door and told me that I wasn't to come back in the store again.

So I think officially I can start a gang!

Where the f*ck am I going to get my food from now?

Friday, January 05, 2007

I finally got some street creed

You know at first I was really upset about this whole YouTube thing of canceling my account. Yeah what I uploaded was of a naked man but by and far if any of you would have seen it, I KNOW you would have laughed. Even if it were laughing because you know the pain that he went through was terrible but still you just had to watch it. It’s the same reason there’s traffic jams, it’s because of all of you fucking rubberneckers! Something so gruesome that you just HAVE to watch it. It was one of those types of videos, one you would have watched.

But honestly I have seen way way way way raunchier things on the Internet than this thing, I know you’ll back me up on this.

At first I was really pissed about it, I lost all of my videos, I lost the few I comments that I had, the few star ratings that I had, you know all of those important things to us peons of the internet, our little 15 minutes of fame. I mean I’ll never be a huge internet sensation like the Numa Numa guy (oh that poor guy, did you know he has a new video out, I’d give you the link but then, it’s on YouTube, find it yourself) but what little space I had on YouTube was precious to me. So fuck you YouTube for taking that away from me, I hope you’re happy.

I guess I was pissed because I have seen much worse crap on there, stuff that was way more offense, copyrighted stuff that wasn’t uploaded by the copyright holder and is typically the most watched video of the day.

But THEN I realized that something good had actually happened. I’ve always been a wussy, I never got into fights in school or kept up with the current trends. Typically by the time I actually “get into” something, it’s almost on it’s way out. Sort of like the Jeans I bought in New York, I just found out that they are now out of style – damn, why do I always have to be a day late and a dollar short?

But FINALLY I’m in the midst of the revolution… something that’s happening now…instead of being on the end of it, I’m joining in while it is in progress. Yes, I got kicked off of YouTube, and that really sucks, but it finally gives me a bit of Internet Street Creed. I’m right up there with the ravers, I’ve NEVER been kicked off of anything in my life, I’ve never been banned from a bar or kicked out of a club, so finally I know what it feels like. Officially, I think I am now qualified to either join an Internet Gang or start one myself, I’m not sure. I think I can only join a gang because I think you have to get kicked off of MySpace to be able to start your own gang. So does anyone have a gang that I can join, I’m a bad ass now, I got kicked off of YouTube, how many of you people can say that?

Watch for me on your nightly news! I’ll make sure to upload it…..Of course I don’t know where I’m going to host it, anyone else hosting videos NOT on YouTube?

YouTube deleted my account

Well, it took no time for Google to take over YouTube did it? I uploaded a funny video that my roommate downloaded of a dog chasing a guy....apparently it was marked as "inappropriate" by the YouTube community (I guess because the guy was naked) and even though the video was grainy and you could barely see anything it must have offended some Grandma somewhere.

So I sent an email to YouTube to ask why the canceled my account after only one "infraction" but I doubt that I'll hear from them.

I am SO Pissed Off Right Now!

Some People Just Aren't Board Game People

A few weeks ago some friends came over on a Saturday night for dinner, The Roommate and I both enjoy entertaining and cooking, so it wasn't anything out of the norm.

After a nice relaxing dinner with a bottle (or two) of wine, I thought - Hey what are we gonna do with the rest of the evening? I know - Let's play a board game.

So I went to the closet and pulled out my Vintage version of Clue and threw it on the table. I remember getting this board game sometime in the early 70's and we used to play it for hours, in fact it had probably been many many years since I had last opened the box, I think a few moths flew out when I opened it.

Well, let me just tell you, there's nothing more precious than looking at the faces of a few buzzed queens when you throw a board game down on the table. It was priceless.

First there were the glances of "I'm not going to make eye contact with you, so then we don't have to play." Then there were looks of "Oh my God, what IS she thinking?" then there were the looks of "Oh ho, I'd better hurry the fuck up if I want to be Miss White instead of that old codger Colonel Mustard - we all know he doesn't get any."

So the cards were dealt and over the screams of 4 queens the rules were read.....and re-read....and then nitpicked over "oh that's not how we used to play it" to "I don't understand how to use this score card" to "What am I supposed to do with this Card, I don't like it." Oh my fucking god!

The game playing starts and one of the boys is just not having it, he's flashing his cards around and not using his scorecard, which in turn gives one of the other boys a reason to misbehave.

Well let's just say that one of the boys left to go meet a "date" and within 2 minutes of him leaving, one of the other players somehow guessed exactly who did what in which room, even though he hadn't been using his score card.

Some queens were just never meant to play board games!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Pet Owners Beware

Do you own a pet? If you do, you'd better watch out....the last thing you want to happen is end up on the Internet in a don't say you weren't warned!

And we're off

To a great start for 2007.

The FTC has levied fines against 4 diet pill companies who can not "back up" their statements they make about their products and how effective they are.

Ever notice how at the bottom of those ads, in really tiny print that goes by way too quickly "These statements have not been endorsed by the FDA...."and that's about as far as I can read before they go barreling off the screen.

Here's the full story, I guess everyone is always trying to diet, I mean hell look at the food we eat. Everywhere you go it's Super Size this and Jumbo Size that and Extra Large Hungry Man portions.....if you want to lose weight the best thing you can do is learn portion control. Next time you dig into a bag of chips, take a look at how much a portion is, typically it's around an ounce, now who amongst us has not eaten a full bag of chips in one sitting? Ever notice that on a 20 ounce bottle of soda that it contains 2.5 servings, once you learn (and control) portion size you have a much better chance of losing weight instead of taking diet pills.

Oh yeah and just because the package says "0g Trans Fat" it does not mean there isn't any fat at all, just not any Trans Fat...a lot of companies, who have NEVER had Trans Fat in their product are now proudly labeling 0g Trans Fat trying to make people think they've done something wonderful.

Also on the diet front, apparently Dieting Passengers on the New York Subway are the cause of most of the delays. Interesting article can be seen HERE.

The best line of the article is:
"Not eating for three or four days, you are going to go down," Nelson said. "If you don't eat for 12 hours, you are going to get weak."

OMG, not eating for 3 or 4 days?!? Now I feel bad that I eat three meals a day (and snacks in between), which makes me realize that I need to join the gym this week! And no that's not a resolution, because resolutions just make me feel bad when I don't keep them!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Homemade Yogurt

Has anyone made their own yogurt at home?

When The Boyfriend and I went to New York in November we had a yogurt and fruit parfait from the deli across the street for breakfast each morning.

Prior to that I liked yogurt, but I never really searched for it, plus when I found out how much sugar was in yogurt (almost as much as a soda see HERE) I decided that I didn't want that much yogurt, even if it was good for you.

But these parfaits we got every morning were fabulous, layers of strawberries and banana's with granola and yogurt, yum yum yum.

So when we got back from New York I started making parfaits for breakfast, I even make my own granola! I know I'm such a hippie.

We've been going through plain yogurt like mad so I thought maybe I could even make that myself.....I've been looking at recipes online and it seems pretty simple, but I don't want to accidentally kill myself with a virulent strain of killer yogurt, so has anyone made yogurt and lived to tell about it?

Happy New Year!!!!

All Dolled Up
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.
Ok, so I’m a few days late, I’m sorry. But Happy New Year, plus it means a lot more now than it did three days ago!

I hope that you had a great time on New Year’s Eve and that you got the opportunity to do what you wanted and be with who you wanted to be with.

My roommate and I had decided to have a “small” New Year’s Eve party with just a handful of our friends, probably 10 to 15 at the most. We had a huge housewarming/Halloween party in October and we knew we didn’t want anything that big this time so we decided to keep the guest list small and quiet.

Well it was anything but, for a party that was only to be 10 people it ended up being almost 40!!!!!!

Check out the photos by clicking on the photo, I wish that you all could have joined us, we had a fabulous time and fortunately nothing was stolen like at our last party!

Yeah I know, I need to get my hair cut, it's getting huge. But then you know what they say in the South - "The Higher The Hair The Closer To God!"