Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Costumes and Björn Again

Today, I won "Best Costume (Boy)" at work at our Annual Halloween Party. That's two years in a row! This year, as you can see, I was a Sailor Boy. For the curious, I won a "Glowing Ice Cube" which is what I'm holding up. (You shake it, it glows, you stick it in a glass. Cool.)

Afterwards, I met up with Henry and we saw Björn Again at the Bowery Ballroom! You've never heard of them? They're the ABBA tribute band that travels the world, pretending they're ABBA, complete with costumes, corny choreography and fake Swedish accents!






Aside from this obnoxious group of five who were high and drunk and were basically a public nuisance, it was the BEST time. They sang all the hits: "Waterloo", "S.O.S.", "Take a Chance on Me", "Super Trouper", "Dancing Queen" (of course), and a bunch of others. If you like ABBA, check out Björn Again's site, and check to see if they're coming to your town. If you don't like ABBA, I feel very, very sorry for you.

Sunday, October 29, 2000

Orlando with Henry

Henry and I just got back from Walt Disney World, and we had such a blast! We flew down Thursday night on JetBlue. After settling in, we hit the bars, which were pretty friendly but also pretty suburban.

We spent some time at the Parliament House, which was definitely a trip. It's not just a club -- but a full-out gay resort with several bars, an attached hotel and a pool.

I'm considering staying there when I visit next. If any of you have any past experience you'd like to share, or any tips on what I should check out next time I'm in Orlando, send me an email!

Me at Epcot, 2000








On Friday, we hit Epcot. I hadn't been in five years, and there were quite a number of changes because of Disney's Millennium Celebration. We spent most of the day in Future World.

Ooh, ooh! The boy in the Wonders of Life improv group (the "Anacomical Players") was a real cutie (see below). Funny guy with the cutest voice (you had to be there), who was spinning plates while balancing on a plank that was supported by a tin can. I made sure to make eye contact with, and then he pulled me onstage! (As Henry said, "He totally made a beeline right to you!!") He's the boy in the gray. I'm lying on my back, making a "table" with three other guys -- we're not being supported by anything, but our legs.



That evening, we pretty much ran through the countries of the World Showcase. I was pretty weary by 9 PM, but as soon as we stepped foot on Pleasure Island, I got my second wind.

Pleasure Island is in the Downtown Disney area. It consists of shops, several outdoor bars and eight nightclubs. It's Mardi Gras and New Year's Eve every night -- with drinking out on the street, a countdown to midnight and fireworks! It was AWESOME... my favorite part was the dancing boys they had every half-hour on stages all over the island.



I met this guy, Carl, there at a club called Mannequins -- which played mostly house and had a circular dance floor that spun. Although Carl (who actually worked at Disney in Information Technology) was nice, Henry and I lost him in the crowd when we bolted to check out the midnight fireworks. C'est la vie.



Saturday was Magic Kingdom day. Space Mountain kicked ass, the boy that led the Jungle Cruise was pretty cute, and nothing beats It's a Small World for camp value (it truly is quite the psychedelic mind-fuck, if you ask me), but overall the Magic Kingdom was way crowded and wasn't as fun as I remember it. BUT, that night, we journeyed back to Downtown Disney to catch Cirque du Soleil! What an amazing show... I'd never seen them before, it was such a beautifully executed show of dance and color and acrobatics. There were trapeze artists, tightrope walkers, amazing stunts done on trampoline. Words simply can't do it justice -- if you ever have the opportunity to see them, DO IT!

On Sunday, we were a bit Disney'ed out, so we headed over to Sea World. My favorite part was "The Shamu Spectacular" -- particularly, the beautiful boys who train Shamu and the other killer whales.

After dinner, it was time to head back to the airport. *sigh* Earlier that day, I was enjoying a sunny 83° day, wearing shorts and a tank top. I had to fly back to a cold and windy 33° night in New York. I'm ready to go away again! Any of you want a house guest? (You have to live somewhere warmer than New York.) =)

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Billy Elliot

Billy ElliottI just had a very nice date with Gary tonight. We saw Billy Elliot at the Angelika. I really enjoyed it—a very charming film from the UK, about a 11 year-old boy who begins to discover a talent for dance, that he must keep secret from his coal-miner family.

It opens nationally on November 3, so check it out if you can.

Sunday, October 22, 2000

99 Stories & Mahjong

Damn it... I hope no one notices my funny walk today.

Anyway, today, I went to a read-through of my friend Julia's play, 99 Stories, at the New York Theatre Workshop. It was about a young woman who, upon discovering that she's pregnant, moves back in with her Korean mother in California, and stumbles across a dark past she had forgotten. I found it moving and emotional, and also quite witty.

One of the actors, Judson something-or-other, was quite cute. When Henry, Derek, Ken and I were exiting the theatre, I mentioned his name (loudly, of course), and there he was sitting right there by the door. D'oh!

After the show, Henry, Heather and Derek met up at my place for mah jong, because Henry's loft is under construction. We spent the evening laughing hysterically (as usual), because of a certain, um, sexual aide I received for my birthday. (Thanks for the dildo, Tryxter!) :-)

We found many more uses for it, including an intercom, an in-studio overhead microphone and a general pointing device. It's actually quite handy!



Oh, and here's a picture of us during a dance break. That's when we put on disco music really loud, and just let loose because we've been sitting for too long.

Here, Henry's demonstrating The Posse's version of The Hustle. (The rest of the world calls it the Bunny Hop.) :-)

Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Birthday!

Today's my birthday! Alyson, Matt and Henry took me out for Chinese food (yum!) in the Village, and then we went out for cocktails.

I'm glad so many of you enjoyed watching my party on Saturday. I also wanted to thank you for your wonderful cards, gifts and well wishes -- in particular:
  • Todd, Washington D.C. (you rock my world, mi amor) ;-)
  • Rick, Pittsburgh
  • Brad, Chicago
  • Randy, Baltimore
  • Henry, Chicago
  • Bill, California
  • Sal, Philadelphia
  • David, San Francisco
  • David, San Jose
  • Will, San Francisco
  • Paul, Melbourne
  • Spike, Glasgow
  • Chad, Florida
  • Rico, Phoenix
  • Dave, Fort Lauderdale
  • David, Ontario

Sunday, October 15, 2000

The Party

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me... Well, actually it's on Tuesday, but tonight was my party! I had a great time, but it's so hard to have fun and get a good buzz going, when you're worrying about food, receiving guests, telling the cats to get down!, and saying Hi to everyone, all at the same time. It reached that oh-so-crucial "critical mass" around midnight: the apartment was packed and there was almost too much going on at once. My living room, kitchen and dining room were all pretty much filled. The festivities ended around 2:30, and Alex and I went to Excelsior for a nightcap.

I just finished up cleaning a little bit, but mostly everything's done thanks to John and Liz. As for the booty I took in, here's a condensed list (in no particular order):
  • a subscription to National Geographic
  • a book on Audrey Hepburn
  • a Ouija™ board
  • Armistead Maupin's new book, The Night Listener
  • a toothbrush with a hunky boy (whose underwear mysteriously disappears when you turn the toothbrush upside down)
  • DVD's, DVD's and more DVD's
  • a Tarot deck
  • a "life-like 6" cock... with balls!"
  • a lesson on my apartment's Feng Shui =)
And for posterity's sake, here's a list of who came. Guys, thanks for the laughs, the hugs, the flowers and the beer that's overtaken my fridge. I'm gonna have to have another party just to get rid of it all!

The Posse: Henry, Derek (thanks for supplying the cake!), Heather, Julia

  • Carlos and Joe
  • Patrick
  • John L.
  • Judy (and Ami)
  • Julie (and Kerry)
  • Alex F.
  • Alyson and Matt
  • John
  • Liz
  • Paul and Jeff
  • Marc and Ian
  • Alex C.
  • Mark S.
  • Ken
  • Tony
  • Etan

... and several others whose names escape me.

Feel free to send me a nasty, hateful e-mail if I unintentionally left you off the list.

Saturday, October 14, 2000

Heather's Birthday

Last night, we celebrated Heather's birthday! Actually, she and I share the same birthday, but since she won't be in town next week, we all got together last night. We met at Orchard Bar in the East Village for cocktails, and then it was off to Village Karaoke for some off-key madness!

You rent out this party room type of thing, and program the songs you want directly into through a remote. We crammed something like 15 people in this little space and sang our little hearts out. My favorite part: Heather and I performing You Light Up My Life as a duet, between Cher and... Cher.

I have to get my apartment ready for my own birthday party, which is tonight, so I have to keep this one short.

More soon,
Deej