Sunday, May 27, 2007

Blogger sighting in the Wild!

Bloggers On the Street
Originally uploaded by Michael_L
My friend Sam and I planned a "girls night out" on Saturday Night, it started with a bottle of fabulous red wine at his house and then proceeded to one of the local neighborhood gay bars.

As we were waiting to cross the street, we started up a conversation with a couple of characters. You know the type, the ones you can joke with right the banter goes on for a few minutes when Sam decides to introduce himself.

One of the guys (the one standing next to me) introduces himself to Sam as Dop....dop....dop...I've heard that somewhere before.

OH MY GOD! A Blogger Spotting in the wild!

It was Dop from My View from the Jeep I pointed my finger at him and said "I know who you are." At which point it was suddenly deer in headlights syndrome.

I left him off the hook rather quickly and introduced myself, considering we already "knew" each other I felt a hug was more appropriate than a handshake! Dop pointed out that his Boyfriend - Kevin of Sweet Tartuffery was crossing the street.

Two Bloggers at once? What are the odds.

They were on their way to a party and we were on our way to making our own party so we exchanged words for a few minutes, snapped some evidence photographs and sped on our ways.

I am glad to say that every Bloggerite or Flickrite I've met yet has been the best experience.

Now I get to add two more to my list, I'm so excited!

Friday, May 25, 2007

I promise I will post

Oh my, where have I been?

After a mentally exhausting trip to Atlanta last week with The Boyfriend to catch up/check in with some friends I've been uninspired to write this week.

On top of that half of my team at work was at a conference in Florida this week (and I got to stay home and man the ship) it's been a busy week.

Fortunately a three-day week awaits us and I'm looking forward to taking full advantage of it.

The Boyfriend called earlier this week and said that he had a surprise for us. Robin Thicke will be entertaining us along with 1000 of our not so close friends. For some reason I have his album ripped on my work computer - but not on my iPod?!? I listened to it today for the first time, he sings like a girl.

So I owe you a few stories - in fact I've finished Parts II & III of my Adventure to Cleveland that happened almost a full moon ago - god I'm behind!

So I apologize for not posting, I will attempt to be better.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Being a TV Weatherman just turned sucky!

Do you watch local news or national news?

I hardly ever watch CNN or FOX NEWS, I just find it to be droll, it's so "corporate" whereas the local channels are little more "casual Friday" Especially Channel 9 - WGN in the Morning. The News team is crack ups, there's the really cute Larry Potash, the hilarious Robin Baumgarten who comes across as one of those people that you could hang out with on a Saturday afternoon drinking Margarita's and chasing boys, there's the hottie frat boy Sportscaster Pat Tomasulo (all I can say is that the picture on his bio page doesn't do him justice at all.) I don't even like Sports but I'll watch it when he reads it. There's the "He's Gotta be Gay" Entertainment Report Dean Richards, he's got a great voice and you know he would just camp it up! I saw him at Costco once, it wasn't until after I cruised him that I realized who he was....oops... Finally there's the Weather Man....the uber hottie Paul Konrad....oh daddy!

It's fun to watch them because they have fun doing the show, they do a very professional job but you can tell they're having fun while they do it. Roseanne Tellez used to be on channel 9 and she was hilarious, but then she got a job with Channel 2 and suddenly she can't laugh any's sad to see.

Back to the Weatherman, the whole crew likes to have fun doing the show and lots of times they'll play around with Paul while he's doing the weather on the Greenscreen wall. You know things like projecting a big bug or things like that, just funny things.

Well this evening I was watching the 6:00 News and Tom Skilling was doing the weather....only he was in front of a big plasma screen, he wasn't in front of the greenscreen.

I just hope to goodness that Paul Konrad stands up and tells them he's not gonna use the plasma for the morning show.......they'll ruin what fun it was to actually grow up and be a Weatherman on TV. I mean why else would you grow up to do the Weather, although it is a great job - you can be really wrong and people still like you. I wish I could be right 50% of the time at work and my boss would be cool with it.....hey........that's what I wanna be when I grow up...A Weatherman!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

43 Things

43, have you ever gone there? It's actually a pretty cool site. You can create a list of 43 things that you want to do and then it shows you the number of other people who are interested in doing the same thing.

For example on my 43 Things page I have that I want to Skydive and there are almost 6000 other people who want to do the same thing. You can use the site either as a compass to see if you're going the road alone or to build up a support group to help you complete your goals.

In this rag tag world, it's sort of a nice twist on the wild crazy life that we all lead. So this evening I was clicking through 43 Things, basically that's al you do, just look at someone's list and click onto the next list and the next list.

Each item on your list starts with the words "I Want To....." to give you that motivation that you're not doing it alone and that it's something that you want to do. So you read everyone's as my mother would call them "Iawanna Lists" when I came across "I Want to:

Is that not hilarious! I just started to laugh, but then I felt like the only person laughing in the middle of church when the Priest does communion.

One of the interesting things on 43 Things is that it sort of suggests things that you might be interested in doing, very much like on Amazon when it says "You looked at this saw you might be interested in this book "Saws for Dummies or How not to cut off your hands"

So a little bit further down the page it shares this information about people who have the same thing on their list:
So people who want to "fuck more" want to save more money to pay their bills so they can sleep more....hmmmmm...that sorta makes sense because it might be Rent Week and a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do, right?

Then just a bit further down the page was this little helper:

Of course they're making more money, it's Rent Week and Pedicure Weekend.

But People have suggested that "fuck more" is really the same as Starting a Vacation Fund? What does that mean? I don't understand that?

The BEST PART OF THE WHOLE THING was the button at the top of the page:

You only get to choose one.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Goodbye Gilmore Girls

Well they say bad things happen in threes.....two of the three have just happened:

1. The former Reverend Jerry Falwell was surprised when he died today and nothing happened.

2. The Series Finale of the Gilmore Girls was this evening.

We only need to wait for the shoe to drop one more time.

Why is the NRA calling me?

Work is only 2 miles from home, so The Roomate and I typically come home for lunch, it's a great convenience - plus it gives us a break from The Office grind.

While we were having lunch today, the phone during business hours the only people that call the home number are solicitors. We don't even bother going for the phone, but I did glance at the Caller ID.

It was the NRA calling. It actually said "NRA - 703-656-9940"

I was duly intrigued....why oh why would the NRA be calling a homosexual that lives in the middle of third largest city in the country? So of course I had to "make them work for their money."

ME: Hello (in the worst voice that I can make)
NRA: Hello?

M: Hello? Hello?
NRA: Hello is Michael Lxxx there?

M: Who?
NRA: Michael Lxxxx?

M: Who?
NRA: Michael Lxxx?

M: Oh, you mean Michael. Who is this?
NRA: This is the NRA Ma'am. (Why does everyone call me ma'am on the phone, do I really sound THAT GAY?)

M: NRA, you mean the National Rifle Association?
NRA: Yes ma'am

M: You mean the organization that thinks it's ok for people to own ak-47's?
NRA: Well ma'am we support a persons right to bear arms.

M: Oh you mean we're at war? Did those damn Brittish invade us again?
NRA: What?

So, before he could actually figure out what's going on, I started talking REALLY FAST.

M: Oh you're the NRA that thinks it's ok to own Assault Weapons, what for deer hunting? Have you ever been deer huntin'? You don't need an assault weapon for that you know. You can pretty much just walk up to 'em and shoot 'em in the head. You don't need an assault weapon for that now do ya?
NRA: What...?

M: Oh wait, who were you looking for?
NRA: Michael Lxxxxx

M: Oh....well you've got the wrong place, we don't think people should own guns.
NRA: ((click))

Well it's their own fault, they called me I didn't call them.

My Visual DNA

Jerry Falwell - is Dead!

I'm sure you've all heard the news by now, Jerry Falwell of the "Moral Majority" died.

I only have one question...and this is same question I posed when the Pope died a few years ago:

What did he do when he died and nothing happened?

Did his spirit say "Oh shit, this isn't what I expected at all? I was wrong the whole time."

Monday, May 14, 2007

Say it ain't so Ty Pennington

So apprently I am the LAST to know, as usual, but Ty Pennington of ABC's Extreme Home Makeover was arrested last weekend on suspicion of DUI.

Say it ain't so were drinking and driving? In this day and age? Couldn't you call a cab? Or even more so, couldn't you have called a Car Service.

There is no reason that you should be drinking and driving.

Mickey Mouse is rolling over in his grave and I'm sure there are a lot of pissed off people at ABC/Disney.

So now it makes me wonder, when I see you yelling and screaming on Extreme Home Makeover - are you sober? It has always seemed strange, and annoying, to me that you run around with a megaphone screaming at people. I tell you, if you did that to me, I'd punch you in the nose!

But really Ty. Next time you get all boozy, call a cab!

You can read all about it HERE

Sunday, May 13, 2007

And you thought Paris Hilton was a photo whore?

My image editing software tells me how many pictures I have on my'll never guess how many?

35,021 total pictures

Here's the breakdown, by year:
1998 - 10
1999 - 5
2000 - 26
2001 - 25
2002 - 88
2003 - 5303
2004 - 2532
2005 - 10,776
2006 - 9250
2007 ytd - 7459

I got my first digital camera in 1998, it was a Sony Mavica - you know the one with the 3.5" floppy disk, it was bigger than a brick and such a bitch to carry around, but hey, you could take your picture and put it right in your computer. How much more instant satisfaction could you get?

Basically it sucked and I never used it.

In 2003 I got my first digital camera, as part of a Digital Camcorder, it was just a few months later that I realized I liked taking pictures more than I did video and bought my first Olympus the metal clad Stylus 300. As Andi would say "I heart that camera"

Earlier this year, after my Stylus was getting on it's last legs, I knew that I would have to soon consider buying a new camera, so I started testing.

I went through 3 different cameras before I found the one I wanted, I tried Olympus again - didn't like the pictures, I tried a Kodak with a 12x zoom - I lurved it, but it was way to big to fit in my pocket, so I finally found the Sony, which I love, it has some great features and takes fabulous pictures.

Oh yeah and I bought a "big" camera, a DSLR, as well an Olympus E-500 - which I am totally totally in love with.

So if this year keeps on the same track as I've gone so far, I may surpass 20,000 pictures this year!

How many pictures do you have on your computer?

Happy Mother's Day

Two Sexy Ladies
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.
My Mother would be mortified if she ever knew that I was posting this on the Intertubes for everyone in the world to see, so please don't tell her.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom. You're a wild and crazy kind of woman and I'm glad that you're my Mom!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mother's out there!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

I'm home safe and sound!

Chicago Botanical Garden 058
Originally uploaded by Michael_L.

Ok, I know you've been worrying about me all day, but I'm home safe and sound. A meeting with another blogger.....uhm....err....I mean Flickrer (that just doesn't sound right) went off without a hitch!

I've met my share of Bloggers, in fact I'm getting pretty good at it now, but it's an entirely different thing meeting a Flickrer in person, there's just so much pressure!

A few weeks back a local Meetup Group organized a trip to the Botanical Gardens so I sent the email to a friend of mine who is interested in Photography and a guy from Flickr that lives in the neighborhood who I've emailed with before about organizing photo outing figuring this would be the perfect outing.

Unfortunately due to scheduling on everyone's part we didn't go then so earlier this week I emailed the guys and asked who wanted to go. It ended up that my friend couldn't go, but my new Flickr friend did.

So I picked him up at 8:00 am and we spent the morning walking around the Chicago Botanical Gardens taking pictures of flowers, rocks, statues and penises like these. We laughed and joked and he showed me how to use my camera, we had a blast of a time and it made me realize that Flickr Folk are just like Blogger Folk, only they speak in pictures and we speak in words.

So go out and meet your Flickr friends, it's ok, they're not as bad as we thought they were.

We had such a good time we promised we'd have to get together again soon to take more pictures.

You can check out my pictures HERE and you can check out his HERE

Oh yeah, I forgot. He lives in a complex where my friend Alex used to live and he knows him...and the other guy that was supposed to go with us is Alex's current boyfriend, how funny would that have been? And he used to live in the building I live in now (not the same unit) back when this was a scary crack neighborhood.

Albert Brooks

For some reason I like Albert Brooks, you know the comedic actor? He was in Taxi and Defending your Life with Meryl Streep, my favorite line from that movie is when they go to the Past Lives Pavilion and Meryl sees that she was a princess, blah blah blah and she asks Albert what he was he says “Lunch.” That’s funny.

Whenever I mention that I like Albert Brooks people say “Really?” you know with that scrunched up face that looks like they just bit into a lemon? I thought he was hilarious in Mother with Debbie Reynolds, again my favorite line: on the phone “Oh, I have another call let me get it. --- click --- hello? It’s still me Mother, oh ok, hold on ----click ---- hello, it’s still me mother, oh hold on --- click --- Hello? Mother, why do you pay for this feature?” Oh classic…classic.

But I’m sitting here at the kitchen table, surfing the web and watching this OLD Albert Brooks movie (he’s got to be in his early 30’s) and it is atrocious. I don’t even know what the hell is going on, but Super Dave Osborne was just on selling him running gear – and it was painful.

Now I know why people give me that scrunched up face when I say that I like Albert Brooks….it’s because they saw these old Albert Brooks movies that were just terrible.

I’m glad to see that he has grown as an Comedic Actor, because if this movie was my first introduction to him, I would probably be one of those people that schrunches up his face at the mention of Albert Brooks.

Oh yeah I looked up the movie, it was Modern Romance oh god that was painful!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I'm all nervous

Originally uploaded by mhansenfoto.
Isn't this a beautiful picture? Well I didn't take it.

I'm meeting up with the guy who took this picture Saturday morning to go to the Botanical Gardens and take some pictures.

I'm a little nervous about meeting someone from the Internet, I hear there's all kinds of weirdo's and stuff out there...and really that's the last thing I need.

No, seriously though, I bought a new camera and I really want to learn how to use it I had such a fabulous time a few weeks ago with Andrea and George that I want keep at it.

So if I don't show up Sunday to post, send out the dogs!

The Trip to Cleveland - Part I: The History of MegaBus

Several weeks ago, Andi-licious and I were talking about the lack of seeing each other since last year. We got a little crazy last year, in that we saw each other every month from August through October - it was Fabulous! But we hadn't seen each other in a while and we knew that a trip would soon be in our future.

Since I hadn't been to the great state of Ohio lately, I said that I would be the guinea pig and take Megabus to Cleveland. We have been talking about taking Megabus ever since we found out that you can get fares for as low as $1.00 + a $0.50 booking fee. We were intrigued yet repulsed at the same time - I mean after all, it's a trip to Cleveland.....on a bus.....for under $2.00. Expectations were, how shall I say, not that high.

I told Andrea that I loved her, and I love and adventure, but a girl can only commit to so much, and that committment didn't consist of a roundtrip $3.00 fare on Megabus - I would instead fly home, in style via, Southwest Airlines.

The dates were decided and tickets were procured, I ended up having to pay $15.50 for my bus trip and $65 for the return flight. Which in the grand scheme of things is pretty cheap for a weekend out of town.

As the date was drawing near I started to get nervous about the upcoming trip...had I made the wrong choice? Would our bus be blown over by a strong wind as we are crossing a bridge and we'd all end up in the bottom of the Mississippi? Would I be able to hold my water for 6 hours? What in the hell would I do for 6 hours?

Well I packed my bags and made sure I had snacks to eat and a bottle of water in case we crased on a deserted island somewhere, and several hours of diversions that included a book (The Magician's Assistant - I LOVED it), a couple of handheld games (Deal or No Deal) and just in case.....a Xanax.

I figured that if the trip were unbearable I could take the xanax, pass out for a few hours and magically appear in Ohio, just like when Dorothy landed in OZ - the only difference is I already have the ruby slippers.

I had to meet the Megabus downtown and fortunately my office is right next door to a Metra stop so I was able to get downtown in a matter of minutes, I found where Megabus was picking up and joined the throngs of others milling around on the sidewalk.

Megabus is cheap because they pick you up/drop you off at places that are not necessarily transportation hubs (i.e. we stopped in Toledo and dropped people off at the Mall) and therefore don't have to pay for that. I found the lady in charge, she checked my reciept and said the bus should be there momentarily. While I was waiting a few buses came and left - Cincinnati and Columbus, I was growing anxious.

Finally the bus arrived, it was a nice bus. It looked clean on the outside and it appeared to be in very good shape, I walked around and kicked the tires and asked the bus driver if he had made sure to top off the gas tank and when the last time he had flushed the radiator and coolant system - for some reason he just gave me a blank stare and took my ticket.......hmmmmmm

I found my seat, about halfway back and one seat removed from the little video monitor that I was hoping they were going to show a movie on - just not that freaking Happy Feet please dear God - I'm totally over that movie and I never even saw it!

I got settled in and made sure that I sat on the outside seat, just to let everyone know that I comfortable with them even thinking about sitting beside me for 6 hours.

After everyone got on the bus, the driver shut the door and we pulled out.......ok, now, there's no turning back...........

What will happen next?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

World's Deadliest Catch

Is anyone else a little sad that World's Deadliest Catch is over?

What was your favorite part of the season?

Loopy Fruit Strikes Again!!!!

Those boys at Loopy Fruit are at it again.

You may recall a few weeks ago The Loopy Fruit Boys asked me to join them in their weekly podcast, if you haven't listened to it yet, please take a few minutes and download the audio program HERE. I promise that you WILL laugh at least once during the program. Plus you'll also get the chance of a lifetime to hear my real voice - that should be worth the price of admission alone.

Last week The Boyfriend received the phone call from David - The Gay Caucasian about scheduling his appearance. So this past Saturday afternoon The Boyfriend treked over to the recording studio, put on a pair of headphones and chatted with the boys.

Jump over HERE and download the latest Loopy Fruit podcast with David - The Gay Caucasian, Raul - The Gaysian and The Boyfriend!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Rachel from Friends was a Ho!

I never watched Friends that much when it was "On The Air." I watched it enough to know who was who and who was funny and what was funny (Fat Monica is hilarious) but I never really followed the storyline from week to week.

I never realized it until an episode the other night when Rachel was starting to date Joey that I reazlied how much of a Ho she really was. Rachel slept with almost every male character on that show except for Gunther and Chandler...oh yeah and Tom Selleck.....although I would have slept with him if I were her.

Rachel slept with the Paolo the guy upstairs, she slept with Ross, she slept with the Secretary Guy.

I always thought that Rachel was the good one, but in actuality she was the Ho and Monica really WAS the good one!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Thank You Sir, may I have another!

A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer says, " I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir."

The driver says, "Gee, officer I had it on cruise control at 60, perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating."

Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: "Now don't be silly dear, you know that this car doesn't have cruise control."

As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls, "Can't you please keep your mouth shut for once?"

The wife smiles demurely and says, "You should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did."

As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth, "Damit, woman, can't you keep your mouth shut?"

The officer frowns and says, "And I notice that you're not wearing your seat belt, sir. That's an automatic $75 fine."

The driver says, "Yeah, well, you see officer, I had it on, but took it
Off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket."

The wife says, "Now, dear, you know very well that you didn't have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you're driving."

And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket the driver turns to his wife and barks, "WHY DON'T YOU PLEASE SHUT UP??"

The officer looks over at the woman and asks, "Does your husband always talk to you this way, Ma'am?"

"Only when he's been drinking."