Missed connections – years apart

Missed ConnectionsIn the past few days, I’ve had a couple of missed connections return into my life after many years.

The first was a guy I talked about in a post on this blog, and in my brief life as a podcaster. We met at a bar and hit it off great. We were going to get together for a date, but one roadblock came up after another, and we never did go out. We did remain friends though, and he ended up in a relationship.

A couple of days ago, I found that old podcast file and listened to it again. First, I thought how glad I was that I didn’t continue as a podcaster— It really wasn’t my forte. But second, I got to wondering about this guy and what was up with him.

The next day… the VERY next day… he signed up for an audition with the chorus.

Now is the universe telling me something? I don’t know. But I’m interested to see what happens here.

The second missed connection was a guy I met on gay.com many years ago. He lived in Chicago and then moved to Hawaii for a while. I found him recently on a, ahem, gay-related site, and we chatted and texted back and forth for most of the day. We might be getting together soon.

What’s with all these years-apart missed connections coming back into my life? I’m intrigued by this latest universal intervention. We shall see how it all plays out.

Happy Halloween!

I’ve never been much for dressing up in costumes for Halloween, but it’s so much fun to see the creativity that goes on each year.

My friends Marc and Fausto of Feast of Fools invited our friend Michael Lehet to join them to dress up as pandas this year, and they are having quite a lot of fun with it.  They’ve been doing some really great videos this week on the Feast of Fools website while dressed in their panda outfits and makeup.  Here’s one of all three of them doing the “Panda Dance” to the song “Jung Hwa Ban Jum.” I have no idea what it really means, but it’s hysterical to watch.

And while I’m at this, if you would be so kind as to vote for the Feast of Fools gang for the annual Podcast Awards, I’d greatly appreciate it. They are up for Best GLBT Podcast and People’s Choice (Podcast of the Year) this year. They’ve won Best GLBT Podcast for the past two years, and I really want them to win BOTH awards this year!!! I’m an occasional guest on their show (here my most recent appearance), so this award would mean a lot to me as well. Vote every day, once a day!

And if pandas and podcasts aren’t your game.. here’s something you might enjoy: My nieces, Abby (the flower) and Emily (the kitty), dressed in their first Halloween costumes. If that doesn’t tug at your heartstrings for all that’s CUTE in the world, I don’t know what will!  Happy Halloween!

The night I could have died

In honor of the yearly Darwin Awards, which celebrates those who improve the species by accidentally removing themselves from it; and which is being discussed on today’s Feast of Fools show (in case you’re interested), I have a little Darwinesque story of my own to share:

About 15 years ago or so when I was still living at home in Kenosha, I was coming home from the bars in Chicago late at night and I-94 was pretty clear of traffic. I was just cruising along as I crossed the state line into Kenosha, minding my own business, when all of a sudden I could see tail lights approaching me at BREAKNECK speed.

They weren’t attached to car or a truck.  I would have noticed those much earlier and could have easily avoided them had this been the case.  But the reason why I didn’t notice them until the very last second was because they were attached to a relatively small motorcycle; and the cycle and its driver were stopped DEAD in the MIDDLE OF THE FRICKIN’ INTERSTATE, in my lane.

Now understand here that while I had been out all night, and I more than likely had a few drinks throughout the night; I had probably gone out for a late night breakfast at some diner afterward so I was pretty well sober by that time.  It was definitely late and I was tired, but I had all my wits about me.

I had to be going at least 65-70MPH and maybe 500-1000 feet away when I realized what it was coming toward me. I hit the brakes hard and swerved, spun around at least 4 times, and somehow, by the grace of whatever, I neither hit the idiot nor did I flip my car over. When the car finally stopped spinning, I ended up facing the opposite direction, and I could still see the asshole parked in the middle of the fucking street. After I composed myself, cussed the guy out for being such an idiot (with a certain death wish), I took a few deep breaths, I turned myself around and kept on driving.

Thankfully, as I said, there was next to NO traffic on the highway at the time. If there had been, there would have been a major pileup and I surely could have been crushed by something or other.

I wonder what the hell his problem was, anyway?

Happy New Year!

I’m back from my little holiday break– finally!

It wasn’t supposed to last this long, though. I was sick again over Christmas with a really terrible cold/flu/whatever. I think I caught it on Christmas Eve because the next day I woke up with a terrible sore throat and cough and was sneezing like mad. Merry Christmas to me!

Beth and Geoff, side viewBut that didn’t stop us from celebrating Christmas at my sister’s house. I loaded up my car, mom included, and drove to Round Lake. We had a really wonderful visit. Beth is (now) at 28 weeks and is, quite literally, huge. But it’s a good huge. She’s been keeping her own blog on MySpace where she has been recording her experiences with her pregnancy, and she wrote that when Mom entered the house, and Beth went to give her a hug, Mom hugged her belly first and said hello to the babies. “I have no problem with playing second fiddle to our babies,” she wrote. “These are my mom’s first grandchildren, so I completely understand her excitement.” I missed this because I was outside bringing things in, but I really wish I had seen it.

The gang at the start of the partyFor New Year’s Eve I went out to dinner with my friends, then to my friend Adam’s place for a crazy and awesome New Year’s Eve bash. I had a really great time. It was one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations I can recall in recent years. I consider myself lucky to have such great friends and a pretty darn good life. Click here to see the pictures I took that night. My friends are so crazy. 🙂

I’ve been playing with my new camera and taking some really fun pictures. A sampling of them are included with this post, but you can click over to my Flickr account and see more. I can’t wait to get out and take some really great new shots. I’m getting the hang of it pretty quickly, and I’d like to do more “semi-professional” photography in the future. We’ll see what 2008 has in store for me in that area!

Be sure to visit and listen to the Feast of Fools Podcast today and tomorrow– I taped two shows with them where we talked about my upcoming Hustle up the Hancock, New Year’s Eve, 2007 in review, and whatever else we could think of. It was a really fun time!

Me on New Year's EveFinally, I want to thank you for joining me here at the Launching Pad for another crazy year. 2007 was definitely a better year for me than 2006. There have been a lot of good things in the last year, and I feel like 2008 has a lot more of them in store.

So I hope the new year brings you all joy, prosperity, health, and exciting new things. And hopefully, since it’s an election year, things will go well in that department as well!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Channeling Mae West?

Marc, Me and FaustoSorry for the lack of posts this week.  I’ve been crazy busy at work, and when I haven’t been working there, I’ve been working at home on re-writing the Wikipedia page for my friends at Feast of Fools Podcast.  It’s been quite the challenge, seeing as how I’ve never written a Wikipedia page before, but I’ve learned a lot and (hopefully) tomorrow it will be up again. 

In the meantime, last night Fausto and Marc invited me over to record an episode of the Feast of Fools Podcast!  So if you want to hear me on todays show (where I do a mean impersonation of Mae West), click here and check it out!