I'm a nice boy, really I am!

Wow…

My first few postings are really… ranty!

I guess I really needed to vent a few emotions here and there. Now that I’ve got that out of my system, maybe I can do more fun stuff. 🙂

Oh no!

I smileyed! I told myself I wouldn’t do that here, but dammit, I couldn’t help it! Please, someone, make me stop before I go too far with the smileys!!!

Well it’s dress rehearsal tonight with the Chorus. We sounded damn good last night, but we can sound even better. I really can’t wait until we do this show. It’s going to be tremendous.

Gotta run. Call is at 6:30 and it’s almost 5:30. Driving from downtown to the Athenaeum is always a joy. Whee!

Oh and wish me luck on meeting a cute German boy. Whoo hoo! 😉

Aaaaugh! 🙂

Oh well. 😛

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What's everyone so afraid of?

BREAKING NEWS! Ridge Warns of ‘Credible’ al-Qaida Plot

Oh great, more terror news.

It seems to me that every time the Department of Homeland Security issues a bulletin about possible al Qaida plots or strikes, the only ones getting all worked up is the Department of Homeland Security.

Aren’t these the same people that told us, way back when, that we should just go about or daily lives and not let ourselves get too worried about terror plots and the like? This increased paranoia is neither healthy nor productive.

I have never seen an administration manufacture more hysteria than this one. They raise the terror level to ORANGE if someone’s shoes don’t fit right. They lower it back to YELLOW when they drop a few pounds. Everything’s a crisis. Everything is a potential terrorist plot.

Sure, I am worried about another strike. I think it’s wholly possible. And it’s our own fault.

Instead of dealing with what happened on September 11 the right way, we have set ourselves up for strikes from more sides than we could have possibly imagined. We’ve ruffled feathers and angered nations. We have gone on the offensive where we had no reason to. We’ve become even more of a bully than ever before, and that, along with our excessive lifestyles and abuse of power and money, is what got us into trouble in the first place.

Whatever happened to humility? Are we destined to be, now and forever, the nation that slaps the hand instead of the nation that holds the hand?

Yeah, I’m scared. I’m scared of the life that the children of my friends and family will have to lead. I’m scared of the decisions this administration is making. If I can be at all hopeful, it is that the next administration will be able to quell some of my fears.

But that doesn’t stop the fact that damage has already been done. Things will never be the same. I’ve accepted that as truth, but I don’t like it.

Is this REALLY July?

59 Degrees.

Is this really July? I can’t get over how chilly it’s been. Where’s the heat? Where’s the humidity? Where’s the shirtless men running around everywhere? I need a vacation.

Oh yeah, that’s right– I’m taking one. OK granted it’s in Montreal, Canada, where who knows how cold it will be (I’m no genius at Geography or atmospheric changes in temperature) but it sure will be nice to get away from HERE for a while.

Plus, a nice long break from work would really be nice as well. I haven’t taken too many vacations in the time I’ve been at Jenner & Block (3 years this past April.)

This is what we call “Hell Week” in the Chorus. They ain’t lying. By the way, have you got your tickets yet?

Off to shower.

Welcome!

Well here we go.

Thanks to my friend Jake, I am off and blogging away! (Thanks, Jake!)

I trust that if you’re reading this, you read my profile and all that, so I won’t go into the specifics of who I am, what I do, etc. But if you haven’t, take a gander at my profile and you’ll get all that info.

Actually, this isn’t the first time I’ve done something like this. I had a “blog” of sorts when I first moved to Chicago in 1997.

It’s actually funny, because I recently just found all the old HTML files from that old website I used to have online. To think I actually sat down and created all the layouts and designed logos and everything. Could I do that again now? Probably. Do I want to? Hell no. Too much work. This is much easier. All the designs and everything are already done. All I have to do is type, and frankly, I think I do that pretty well.

Now that I’ve started this, I might just post those old “Diary” pages here, just for fun. Actually, they paint quite an interesting picture of how far I’ve come since I moved to Chicago. It was 1997. I was 26 years old, I had moved out of my parent’s house for the very first time, and I was officially “on my own.” How scary was that? I look at the things I wrote there and I realize how incredibly naieve and “green” I was about a LOT of things. Thank goodness I’m jaded and bitter like everyone else in this fair city. OK, maybe I’m not quite that bad, but hey, I am still single after 7 years… Hmm.

What is the point of a Blog anyway? And who decided it should be called Blog? As if chopping the letters “W” and “E” and smashing the rest of the letters together would make it somehow “hip” or “cool.” (I love “Quotes” can’t you “tell?”)

I suppose it’s a great way of getting to know how someone thinks and feels– and for that matter, how they write about it! It’s also a great way for me to vent my frustrations and feelings about situations that happen in my everyday life. It essentially is an online journal.

My original Journal was inspired by someone who I consider to be one of the pioneers of the “Blog”. His name is Justin Clouse, and he currently lives in San Diego, CA. Although it seems he isn’t posting to his diary anymore, he kept it going strong from 1995 until late in 2003. You can check his site out here.

It’s getting late and I have a long day tomorrow. I’m rehearsing with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus for their Pride show this weekend. I hope you’ll be there… if not, click here and buy some tickets, will ya?

I’ll do more posting soon. See ya then!