I remember watching the first season of the Real World way back in the day. Then it was only known as The Real World. Not The Real World:New York. That would come later as the show would grow up. And I guess the time has come for many of us to grow up and move on. Well except those RW alumi who make a living off of being just that:RW Alumi.
Anyway, I just sat down at the computer. I turned on NY1, our local 24hr news channel, and who do I see? Mr Kevin Powell.
Do you remember him? He was portrayed as the 'angry black man' of that initial first season.
I will say I didn't find him as angry as just trying to educate in the wrong manner. One of those loud people who would rather break eggs instead of carrying them softly.
Well, who cares right, that was like 20 years ago, right?
The definition of integrity is as follows. The adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
So here are the rules of integrity. simplified of course. and i plan on following them to the best of my ability.
1. Don't deny your feelings but don't wallow in them. Find an effective straightforward and non-blameful way to communicate feelings. If you're scared or angry. say so. not a big deal.
2. Tell the whole truth. make yourself safe for people to tell the truth too.
3. Be selective in making commitments and scrupulous about keeping them. Don't break commitments unless no other alternatives exist and then carefully communicate about the broken commitment to all relevant people.
4. Take responsibility for any enterprise in which you're involved and ask for each participant to do the same. I found this piece on a blog I read called "about a boy and his briefs"
I have been meaning to give a little credit to a nice woman I met on the M102.
Now anyone who knows me when I am out will tell you I probably have my ipod on and going strong. Same can be said for the few times I am riding the bus. This day I decided to take the M102 from my house up to 87th street to hit the volleyball courts behind the MET.
The bus comes. it is one of those super long buses with two sections with the accordian middles for wide turns. I get on, sit down and just relax. Bus is filling up but still enough open seats for people to sit alone and also those single sits are mostly open too.
Next stop here comes Helen.
Now I have my music in in shorts and tee shirt with my backpack. She comes all the way to the back section where I am sitting, stands in front of me and asks, "Would you mind telling me when we get to 67th street?"
She sits in the open seats behind me and even though I was just about to put my headphones back in she started a conv…
You can see just how blue the sky was all weekend in all the pictures. I will be writing about most of these pics soon but thought I would put this up to stir some questions. Hope your Memorial Day 2008 was as good as mine. For those not from the US; Memorial Day a day when we honor the memory of lsot service men and women from our military.
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Head to Home Depot in Queens to get a propane tank. Strange that in you can have a grill for your deck in Manhattan but since 9/11 you can not buy a propane tank in Manhattan. You have to leave the island, buy it, bring it back to the island and then get it filled. Ridiculous.
Do some laundry; an every other day kinda thing with me.
Write back many emails for people who I have been missing from. You know I hate being on the phone.
Start taking pictures again with the 5mp camera I am using until I can find camera I really want. No more settling because I see a great price.
Pray that the sun comes and stays out this week. A sun that feels like it is just above the clouds and makes me sweat as I am walking to the park to wander and play volleyball.
See 'The Chronicles of Narnia; Prince Caspian' by the weekend. I swore I would see it on an off day when it wouldn't be full of parents and their kids.
Okay, so it would never happen but I do love this picture. It is funny that for a movie that will do such great business the promotion is immense. I know people have plans to see it already in groups and have to see it by that Monday. I might be one of them, actually I would wait until Wednesday to go to a less crowded theatre.
Oh, come on, like u didn't see that coming. I am a bad, bad person, but come on I needed a laugh after crying at the drop of a hat all week. Actually it wasn't a laugh but a big wince and major inner ouch.
You know when something just falls in your lap that just seems too easy? Yeah, I had one of those moments Wednesday night as I was just walking down 9th avenue.
So there I was with Ren and Brett just laughing and being a bit silly when I look to the street. There he was. Ben Bailey. Host and resident hottie of Cash Cab. In his cab. Parked just off the curb. Available light lit and ready to go.
I bent down and looked him dead in the face and smiled. Boy does he have a smile.
I told Ren and Brett immediately and the funny this is I didn't want to do it.
We talked about it for half a block and I kept looking back and he was just sitting there waiting.
Besides not wanting to be sitting there all sweaty after playing and being in a sweatshirt and gym shorts I also knew that I would not be able to concentrate and would just be A Big Gay Mess. And to those of u who know me and read that last line, "SHUT UP."
The concentration part would be just because I would be looking…
This past Sunday as I walked down the street with Nestor and Giancarlo, eyeing the men as usual, we were in the Lincoln Center area when I spotted him.
Clear as day, it took me but a two second from half a block away to realize there was Smallville's main man, Tom Welling.
He looked me dead in the face and being a NYer I gave him that knowing glance and looked away. At this point he was but 4 feet from me.
I have to say he is incredible in person and big. Height wise that is.
I waited a few seconds and directed both Nestor and Gian to where he was but neither saw his face just his back. Gian started to say that it probably wasn't him but Gian has been with me long enough to know I can spot celebrity a mile away.
My mind always goes to; I wonder where he was going? But then ABC is up the street and of course just the Upper West Side in general.
Ah, my one tween/twenty-something drama/reality show is back for their spring/summer season and I am so ready. I miss the vapidness of this show. So easy to watch and enjoy with only the slightest bit of guilt.
So I am not really an American Idol fan, really I will watch the last show just to see the difference between the winner and the runner-up. But with all the hype behind the David Hernandez stripper-gate and the Danny Noriega kinda craziness I thought it was time to tune in.
I actually caught this youtube.com clip the other night while strolling through the Youtube app on the iPod Touch. Love that function.
I thought this kid was truly amazing, plus I absolutely love that song. One of my favorites of all time.
And I have to say, he was the only person I really liked on the whole show. Talented bunch but David Archuleta was just unbelievable.
Okay, so last nights Beatles song was a little tough for him and he may have forgotten 2-3 words but there is so much talent there it can not be reigned in. The clip below is from his performance the previous week doing Imagine by John Lennon. I hear even Yoko Ono called in after his performance.
There is word that Star Jones and Al Parker are headed to court. Divorce court.
A source said, “They hadn’t been seeing eye to eye for months and had already spent a great deal of time apart. Finally, Star decided it was over. She told Al at the end of January that he had 30 days to get his act together or ‘get out.’”
So is that 'get out' or 'come out'? But then again don't most people in NYC think he is an out gay man?
It is amazing how in one weekend you can see some good bad movies and also some bad good movies and love them all.
First up: Alexander. Colin Farrell with various wigs and Angelina Jolie as his mom who is just a bitch beyond belief. Good action sequences though. But the acting was so over the top, but then again wasn't everything back then just so over the top that it was probably on the button.
Second up: Snakes On A Plane. So finally I saw this movie. The idea is so beyond belief but was entertaining just to see who would make it and who wouldn't. Effects could have been a touch better at times but I thought it was an entertaining ride up until they brought the plane down. Sorry but that is the one thing in the movie that was totally beyond belief for me.
And last but not least: Miami Vice. Yes, Colin twice in one weekend. Sad to say that it was literally the tv show just on the big screen. Colin just making faces and Jamie Fox just doing what Tubbs did on the tv show; si…
Sorry for this really bad picture but I don't take my camera with me to dark clubs, I am not a paparazzi. I had no idea there would be a sighting to be telling people about.
Actually it has been a whole day and this is the first time I have mentioned it at all.
Went to HIRO Ballroom last night for Cuckoo and I knew it would be slow since fashion week was over and it was literally 12 degrees outside.
Got inside and it wasn't the usual walk right in that we get. We had to stop and do two stamps and then we got in and the buzz was that Mrs Victoria Beckham was in the house.
Not more than 20 minutes later, right after we decided to leave our spot in front of DJ Honey to walk around there was the announcement that she was there and poof she was on stage, right were I was moments before. I was annoyed. Now I was upstairs and looking from the second floor stairs but I did manage to grab my phone and take a few shots. They all look the same and are really bad but if u look you can see …
I actually turned on the Grammy's just in time to see Tina Turner finish one number and introduce Beyonce to do their duet of "Proud Mary".
Now I do like Beyonce but I have more Tina Turner on my iPod than I have Beyonce...
Mama schooled Beyonce out there in front of everyone. Just gave me that MC Hammer "Can't Touch This" feel. 69 and kicking, maybe not as high as 30 years ago but still rocking and making the crowds go nuts.
Beyonce is the New and Tina is the STILL HERE. Loved it all.
I could watch this on a loop in the corner of my computer screen and never tire of it. Think they just popped it up on TMZ a bit ago and just made me smile. So, even though I am sure you have seen it a million times, I wanted to share it with you too.
With this spurt, make that a spew, of reality shows that are hitting the air in the wake of the writers strike I have to admit I have watched some.
Lets take it from the top: The Biggest Loser. I started watching this in a marathon they had last month and now I am kinda hooked. This is the kind of reality show I can get behind because people are competing to make their lives better. Healthier, happier and last of all wealthier. And I have to say it isn't like they are winning that much money. I especially love this couples idea; we all need encouragement when making changes.
The Moment of Truth. Bryan and I watched this last week after returning from volleyball. I had sworn I would watch it once and not more than that, but I think I might have to watch the second week since they only got through one person and had just started another person. And I have to say the second person who would return in the next episode was much more interesting than the first. Hair plugs, gambling pro…
So this morning as I am going through my usual array of blogs and websites I see one that is a daily read and it sent a chill through me.
And it wasn't anything good.
We all know about the death of Heath Ledger yesterday afternoon, that is a given. We know he was found in a Soho apartment in NYC. We know there was a big investigation. We know the body has to be moved by the coroner's office.
But do we need to see two, not one, but two pictures of the body bag on the gurney being wheeled out of the building to the van?
My whipped iced dairy drink brings the attentions of many males to my place of residence and/or employment, and they declare that its quality far surpasses that of yours. Absolutely, it far surpasses yours. I could convey to you the proverbial recipe, but I would have to demand compensation. Now that is how I would have sung the song....actually found this online but thought it was just too cute so I had to post it.
Just turned on the news and this was the breaking news coming from lower Manhattan.
They say suspected drug overdose but not sure.
Two in a week, creepy.
Update: NEW YORK - Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan residence in a possible drug-related death, police said. He was 28.
According to WNBC, Ledger was found with pills strewn all around him.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the Manhattan apartment believed to be his home. The housekeeper, who went to let Ledger know the masseuse was there, found him unconscious at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET, according to the New York Times. After receiving no response from the actor after shaking him, they called authorities.
So I was chatting with Schawn recently when I found out what is clearly the gayest thing about me: my ipod play list.
Now I have 8 playlists but one is super cute and the other is just pure gay and I love it.
The super cute on; Disney. Part of Your World Colors of the Wind A Whole New World (both versions) One Jump Ahead Reflections (Christina A.)And how can u not love a bunch of disney songs from the last 10-15 years or so. Mostly Aladdin and a little bit of Mulan, Pocahantas and Little Mermaid.
The super gay one; Runway.
I Got It From My Mama Amazing Get Me Bodied Supermodel Sexyback (Dirty version) Whatever U Like Way I Am Freedom '90 Free Your Mind Faster Kill Pussycat (Britney Murphy/Paul Oakenfold) Vogue Shut Up & Drive Good Luck Lady Marmelade Beep Hey Mr. DJ Clumsy Wait a Minute Don't Stop the Music When I Get You Alone Gimme More
No, they are not all hard stomping songs but there is enough attitude there to get me from Murray Hill to Columbus Circle, down to Chelsea and back without missing …
I got to the movie theater by 6:40 on the L train. That is the quickest I have gotten anywhere going across town in this city.
We got in, the movie started like a minute or two beforehand. We hadn't missed anything it was clear.
Not going into any kind of details, since it literally comes out in a few hours, but I will say I liked the idea. Now if it was me in the situation I don't know if I would do what the characters did but you can't fault them in under the circumstances.
My one HUGE problem with the movie was the locations they used. They went from being on Spring Street to being at 59th street in what seems lik…
The last few days your face just looks so confused. I have been laughing everytime I see you walking in the desert, carrying a sword or watching those 'strange' natives dance.I think it best you come home before you get us into more trouble.Besides I believe they have already said no to what you asked for.
So depending on where you are when you read this post it maybe something new or something old and dated to you.
A couple of weeks ago I saw one of those Dyson commercials, but this time it was not for one of their uber-cool vacuums but for a ‘revolutionary’ hand drying system.
Everything with them is a system.
Commercial was fast and I wasn’t on the tv with the dvr when I saw it so it came and went, but I did get the gist of the idea.
Cool. Yeah, it seemed cool.
About a week after I was walking around just after the holidays when I had the urge to stop into a public restroom. I was near Time Warner Center so I figured where better to stop because after I could get a coffee.
So I pop up to the 2nd floor to use the men’s room when as I walk in , low and behold, on the wall is the Dyson Airblade.
I hurry and do what needs to be done and get to washing my hands. I couldn’t wait to try this out.
And it works just as promised. It worked so well that I used it twice.
Last week, yes it is another last week event, I was walking through the West Village heading up Hudson Street. I reached an area known for the tour buses to take a break and let off their gawkers for a walk around and of course for some cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery.
Funny to me how New Yorkers pretty much let celebs live among us and don't really pay that much attention, but can you imagine living so close to one of these stops that you practically feel you have to run home.
Well this particular day I was practically run down my a Ms Julianne Moore as she was trying to cross the street before she was recognized. But really, how can you not recognize her. She is as fabulous in person as she is on film.
Just a little taste of NY for you guys. Nothing spectacular, just life on the street.
I stumbled upon this fact as I was reading one of my favorite blog/sites out of France, OhLaLa Mag.
Apparently Oh La La Mag is hosting the online voting competition to decide the winners. You can log on daily and vote for your favorite. Well, I should say every 24hours. The best part is there is no need to register at all.
So stop on in, check out the site and then click the banner at the top to take you to the page of contestants, or you can just click here and I will do it for you.
Good Luck Barry, not that you will need it.
On another note, my friend Josh who I have known for a quite a few years now is currently the runner-up for Mr Gay USA. But as we all know, should the winner be unable to complete his/her duties the runner-up will take his/her place.
Not saying I am hoping for a scandal to his Mr Ga…
This past Sunday, January the 6th, was the bi-annual Gotham Volleyball Season tournament.
It is basically the culmination of the entire season with your placement at the end of the season determining your seed/placement in who and when your team played.
My team had won the season with a record of 10-2; so we were the first seed and played the last place team.
We won our first match in 2 games. All matches are best 2 out of 3.
We won our second match in 2 games.
We won our third match in 3 games, I think we fell asleep a little in the match and just needed to wake up.
In our last match, which were the finals, repeated our second match as they won their way back through the losers bracket to play us.
We won that match in 3 games.
Not sure how much fun it is when you are expected to win. This is the same as last season but I do have to say my team this season was a lot more fun, even though people assumed that with the level that had returned it would be all drama and screaming.
Early December I had edited down a photo from my Facebook/Blog/Podcast friend, Trunk Guy. I, of course, asked before I did it not wanting any creative licensing problems.
Here is the cropped photo: Here is the real photo beforehand: Then last week or so, after the holidays I thought it was time to take down the pretty photo and start with something fresh and a little darker for the rest of the holidays.
Here is the current header for my blog: Here is the original I took about a week and a half ago: I started doing this last summer and I think I will keep changing the header, gives me a purpose when out looking at shots but usually I can take pictures and then find the header within later on.