Sunday, June 29, 2008

San Francisco Gay Pride 2008

Above: Check out the sea of people last night at the street party on Castro.

Well, it's here. Gay Pride 2008 in San Francisco! Gay Pride in SF is probably the biggest in the country and I am not a crowd lover. I don’t enjoy being in large crowds fighting my way through people and being in the middle of chaos. I prefer small gatherings and tame events. So, I was very reluctant to go out and enjoy Gay Pride this year, but I went out.

Above: The boys on the streets of San Francisco.

Paul and I first stopped at our friend Jeff's house for an early afternoon brunch party. Mama Gubitosi was a gracious host and had great food and strong mimosas. Most everyone there was from our circle of friends, so it was great to see everyone as always. I was already glad I was out and about. I am most comfortable surrounded by familiar faces.
Above: Jay, Jase and Mark showing Jeff's Britney Spears feet - while Cody and Joe look on.

Above: Jay rubbing Jeff's dirty feet on Paul.

Above: I love this candid photo of everyone hanging out - love Cody's face.

From Jeff's, we all went our own separate ways, Jase, Paul and I headed over to Kyser's "29th" birthday party at Phillip's pad. It was a hot mess at Kyser's party, there were people hanging off the ceiling, girls wailing and hole-less blow up dolls roaming around the place. We had a bit of fun there and then we snuck out! ZOOM!

Above: Me with the birthday boy, Kyser.

Above: Kyser, Phillip and Paul.

Above: Kyser getting his groove on.

Above: Kyle, Steve and Kyser - I love this photo of Kyser looking like he's worshiping the Lord.

Above: Kyser enjoying his blow-up doll with his sexy girlfriend.

After that, I was ready to go home BUT we kept going. Jase went home for a catnap and we ended up in the Castro at a small party in a hair salon with our friend Joe and his friend Darrin. We raided the food and had some tasty meatballs. From there we went to a bar called Moby Dick and we ran into Zach's teacher! HA! I was going to get a picture with all of us having fun at the bar, but the teacher was uncomfortable enough with us there, he kept saying to his friends - their son is in my class! HA! It was comical. I should have got a picture!!! Damn.

Above: Me acting crazy with a tame Ryan!

Above: I love this shot of Ryan and Paul in the Castro madness.

After that event, we headed to one of my favorite restaurant in the city, Home. I love this place! Paul and I met Ryan there and we were expecting a long wait, but we were seated within 10 minutes. When we were being seated I noticed a familiar face sitting in back of us and I looked twice to make sure I was seeing whom I thought I was seeing....yup, it was Perez Hilton! Again, for some reason I get all excited for D-list celbs, like Tiffany a few weeks ago, and I shout, "Oh My God It's Perez Hilton!" I could see the small grin on his face as if he was thinking "I have fans!" He was eating some delicious looking dessert. Anyway, I was not letting him leave without getting a photo with him. When he got up to leave, after he flipped the bill for over 10 people, I called out "Perez" and he graciously came over and took a photo with me. How nice!:-) For those of you who don't know who Perez Hilton is - he is a self-made millionaire who became famous and rich off of a little blog that picked on celebrities. His blog brings in over 4 million hits a day and he also landed a reality show.

Above: Perez loves to add little white spots on peoples photos - hence the mysterious white stuff in the photos.

Above: Oh my - lovin' spoonful!

Above: Perez Hilton being stalked, I love the Members Only jacket!

Above: Perez and Me.

After my excitement of meeting Perez, we all headed back to Moby's for a few drinks but before we went to the bar we did some sight seeing. We walked around the street party for a while and saw many interesting sights so I snapped several photos of what I thing sums up what Gay Pride is all about!

Above: This woman was hilarious, she told me her name was Steph and I laughed my ass off.
I had no idea that boobs could get that big!

Above: Some young gay guy getting his groove on in the street.

Above: A great night shot of the Castro party.

Above: Three girls who were having fun playing dress-up.

Above: This young girl was doing some fancy arm dancing.

My last stop was at our friend Eric's house where he was having a karaoke birthday bash, you know how those Asians love their karaoke! So we enjoyed the off-tune sounds of many singers singing their hearts out. By this time it was close to 10pm and my dogs were barking, I was done and I headed home. Paul stayed out with our friends and I walked up the steep hills of San Francisco towards Noe Valley.

Above: The second birthday boy of the day, Eric sings with Joe.

Above: Karaoke fun!

I stopped to take a few pictures of the amazing crowd and thought what a great time to be a young gay guy. I have to say that I do get crabby about gay pride and all the craziness that goes on, but I will say this I had a huge smile on my face when I looked back at all of my "brothers" an "sisters" having a blast - how fearless we all have become. I am fearless right now and I love it.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Fun Friday!

Above: Happy Zach!

Zach's school was without power today, so he had a day off from school - as Paul said , this day off is the closest thing to a "snow day" for a San Francisco kid!

Above: Although Zach was out of school today, he sure looked studious!


Above: Zach looking for Goldbug.

We had a fun day today going shopping for new books, toys, a movie AND a yummy big fat doughnut! Gosh, I wish I was a kid again!

Above: YUMMY!

Above: The group of books we bought!

Above: Last bite!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Switch Hitter's Ball

Above: Me being interviewed by the host(ess).

Several months ago, I committed to doing a drag performance for the annual softball leagues Switch Hitters' Ball. The Switch Hitters' Ball is an annual fundraiser where a member of each softball team is nominated to do a drag number, some choose to do it and others don't. I had never done drag and thought, "How hard could it be?" As the day started approaching closer and closer, I was getting more and more nervous about actually pulling of a drag number. One of my biggest fears is performing or getting up in front of a large crowd, I don't know what it is but I get butterflies and my palms get sweaty.

Above: You can see how nervous I am by my body language.

Above: The crowd waiting for the show to go on.

I had decided if I was going to do a drag number I wanted it to be a song I loved and I wanted a song where I could emulate the singer and pay tribute to them in some way. I know many of you think that singer would be Madonna, but I decided to go with a more current upcoming diva by the name of Rihanna that had, oh a little song last year called "Umbrella." I went online and bought a black wig that looked like Rihanna's hair and an official Rihanna umbrella from her Totes collection.

Above: Rihanna promoting her line of umbrellas.

The Switch Hitters' Ball was on Saturday night and the Wednesday prior to the event, I did not even have the music mixed, I had less than half my outfit purchased, and I had not even practiced my routine once. I was feeling anxious about the whole thing and I pretty much was going to bail. I did verbally say to a few people that I was not going through with it. By Friday, I felt pretty bad about committing to performing and then backing out. Last year’s winner and my close friend, Jase, talked me down off the ledge and the day of the event we went shopping for an outfit. The shopping part was interesting; I had never bought woman's clothes before. I bought tiny little booty shorts and decided to take a white men's dress shirt and tie the front in a knot. Jase and I then found this really cool lace skirt and a vinyl short jacket almost immediately in a costume shop near Haight-Ashbury. The girls in the store were a ton of fun helping me out and they were getting a kick out of us gathering items for the event. After picking out a few other small accessories we were good to go and I was feeling more confident about the performance, except for one small detail.....I needed shoes!

Above: Rihanna promoting her song Umbrella.

I have size ten feet and I needed to find high heel shoes that I could fit in. I needed a woman's size 12! We looked all over and almost gave up when we decided to go to Target... our last option. We ran into the shoe department and saw the largest size was only a size 11 - but I saw a pair with 3 inch heels that might work. I tried them on but there was no way I could walk in them - I don't know how women do it! So then I found a smaller heeled shoe and BAM - they fit like a glove. Now, picture this... I am in Target trying on woman's shoes with my friend Jase prancing up and down the aisle to see if I can walk in them, young families were looking at me horrified and covering their children's eyes. It was pretty embarrassing, but I needed a pair of heels!

Above: Richard and Joe.

Above: Michael and Kyle.

Above: Ryan and Will.

Above: Kevin lost his wig!

Above: Casey anxiously awaits the start of the show.

Jase was also performing at the Switch Hitters' Ball. As last year's winner, he came back to show everyone how it's done. We arrived a bit early to start getting ready and I couldn't believe how much time it takes to get ready to do drag. We had to put on all this makeup and fix the wigs and make sure the outfit was perfect - it was insane. Now, before everyone did their act, each performer had to get out on stage to show themselves AS men before they transformed themselves into women! There were only THREE of us doing a solo number and I was shocked... out of over 40 softball teams, only three of us had the balls to get up on stage in front of a few hundred people and put on a show. There were other people that did group performances as well, but only three brave souls were going to take the stage alone... and I was one of them!

Above: Jase putting my face on.

Above: Holy hot Tranny mess!

Above: Now I know how Britney Spears feels!

Above: Right before the show starts.

I didn't have high hopes for actually pulling off looking good, but I was going to give it a great effort. Jase helped me apply the makeup and then I just went to town and really embodied Rihanna. After all was said and done, I looked at myself in the mirror and I was shocked! I had pulled off the look, but now I had to pull off the performance. After getting confident about getting on stage, it turned out that one of the other performers was also doing the same song!! I was so pissed. So, I decided if there are two of us doing the same song that I wanted to go out first.

Above: Cody telling me the news about someone else also doing Umbrella.

Above: Scandalous.

Above: Weren't they in the Sopranos? Pauly Walnuts? Sylvio?

Above: Kurt, Jeff and Yan. Sexy Bitches.

Above: Deep Throat!

Above: Russ and Kevin. MUAH!

After Jase performed "When I Grow Up" by the Pussycat Dolls to introduce this year’s contestants, I was ready to take the stage. As I started to go on stage, the DJ told me the CD that I gave him with my music on it was not playing; the CD ended up being corrupt! SHIT! SO I had no music. So I was scrambling to think how I could get my music. Even though there was someone else performing the same song, I couldn't use the person's personal mix that he had made for the show. So thankfully, Jase had the song on his iPod and the DJ pulled the song from there.

Above: The incredible host!

Above: When I grow up I wanna be a star!

Above: When I grow up I wanna have boobies.

Above: Gordon controlling the lights.

Above: She grew up and she is seven feet tall.

Once everything was ready to go, I just went for it. I took the stage and just thought about the music. All I could see were bright lights and I just put on a show. It was a blast! Everything went off without a hitch, for the most part, and the crowd went wild. It was pretty awesome and I felt pretty amazing that I followed through with it, conquered one of my fears, and succeeded at doing drag for the first time.

Above: Me starting my performance....

Above: Look at those legs!

Above: The crowd watching.

Above: Fierce! I am in mid-air!

Above: Ella Ella, eh eh eh eh ....

Above: Picking up my tips!

Above: Whore! Mildred Fierce was my stage name.

After the show was over, there was some controversy over judging. I was clearly the crowd favorite, but a few of the judges on the panel were close friends of one of the other contestants. My softball team had won two years in a row and I think there were a few bitter judges who did not want a trifecta. I knew that was going to happen, but I wasn't trying to win the damn thing, I just wanted to see if I could pull it off. The crowd was in an uproar that I didn't win and even a few of the other judges were irate about it, but I was still happy. I felt I was a winner for just having the balls to get on stage. This was probably some of the most fun that I have ever had and I would do it again for sure.

The three biggest critics that I had - who I knew would give me honest feedback - were Kyser, Ryan, and Paul. All three of them were extremely impressed and excited about my performance. Thanks guys for supporting and pushing me to do this over the past several weeks!

Above: The the judges eyes...

Above: LeAnn Rimes!

Above: The Pups!

Pretty much everyone on my softball team was there to support me and it was great to have the Pups rooting for me. I have some amazing friends in my life. After all was said and done - I did win $50.00 AND I got $80.00 in tips. So that's $130.00 for doing a four-minute drag performance. I think I might quit my day job for this!

Above: Holy hot messes. Jase, Kyser and Me.

Above: Holy hot messes round II. Jase, Kyser and Me.

Above: Rhianna out!