With New Year's Eve upon us, I decided to whip up a quick one hour set today. That, and with dinner tonight with friends, they always expect new music. Check it out HERE. As I always say, dance music should take you on a journey - hitting a high note at some point. This mix is no exception. About 30 minutes in, it goes full throttle with the Gaga and Beyoncé. So enjoy! Happy New Year and be safe everyone!
It's Fake, But So True
The Power of HGH
If you've ever wondered what Human Growth Hormone can do for you, just check out Sylvester Stallone at 65. Pretty much explains it all.
DJ Earworm's United State of Pop 2011
DJ Earworm has made a name for himself with his year end mash-ups that capture the biggest pop tunes of the past year. Creative. Inspiring. Job well done. Check it out below.
Hello Bren Foster (aka Quinn)
Well that didn't take long. His name is Bren Foster and he plays the role of Quinn on Days of our Lives.. Interesting enough, it appears he's bulked up since his headshot below was snapped. I enjoy both.
New Days Hottie Alert
While doing cardio today, I spotted some hot guys on the screen next to me. Turns out Days of our Lives was on the tube. So of course, I quickly turned my channel to get a closer look. I recognized two of the cast members with their shirts off, but not the third. So I'm now on the hunt to learn the name of the one smoking up the yoga room. Stay tuned.
Looks like Santa won't bring you anything on Christmas if you're a whore. So, lesson learned: don't be a whore.
Merry Christmas Eve
Scenes from one of my favorite Christmas movies - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Nothing like a Griswold holiday.
Jumping 4 Joy
McDonald's stock crossed the magical $100 mark today - hitting $100.15! This is, of course, the highest the stock has ever been. So as you can imagine, we're happy (as are other stock holders). Thank you to everyone who continues to eat and treat themselves to McDonald's!
Grindr Around the Holidays
If you aren't familiar with Grindr, it's a free gay iPhone application that lets you find local gay, bi and curious guys based on your location. So when the holidays roll around, it's always fun to hear the gays comment about their options on Facebook when returning home. I especially like my friend Paul's post this evening (yes, it's a bit mean but I'm only passing along what's already been posted). Take a look at the photo and the comments below.
Paul: "Western PA Grindr. Hit it!"
Chris: "Does hie live under the bridge?"
Riley: "He's a Ken doll compared to the northern MI options."
Issuing an Apology
The following letter was issued by the gay and lesbian community of Minnesota to Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. In short, a great response to inappropriate behavior on the part of someone who blames the LGBT community for the "demise of marriage."
An Open Apology to Amy Koch on Behalf of All Gay and Lesbian Minnesotans
Dear Ms. Koch,
On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community's successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage. We are ashamed of ourselves for causing you to have what the media refers to as an "illicit affair" with your staffer, and we also extend our deepest apologies to him and to his wife. These recent events have made it quite clear that our gay and lesbian tactics have gone too far, affecting even the most respectful of our society.
We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry. And we are doubly remorseful in knowing that many will see this as a form of sexual harassment of a subordinate.
It is now clear to us that if we were not so self-focused and myopic, we would have been able to see that the time you wasted diligently writing legislation that would forever seal the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, could have been more usefully spent reshaping the legal definition of "adultery."
Forgive us. As you know, we are not church-going people, so we are unable to fully appreciate that "gay marriage" is incompatible with Christian values, despite the fact that those values carry a biblical tradition of adultery such as yours. We applaud you for keeping that tradition going.
And finally, shame on us for thinking that marriage is a private affair, and that our marriage would have little impact on anyone's family. We now see that marriage is more than that. It is an agreement with society. We should listen to the Minnesota Family Council when it tells us that marriage is about being public, which explains why marriages are public ceremonies. Never did we realize that it is exactly because of this societal agreement that the entire world is looking at you in shame and disappointment instead of minding its own business.
From the bottom of our hearts, we ask that you please accept our apology.
Thank you. John Medeiros Minneapolis MN
Check out Starz newly released trailer for the upcoming season of Spartacus. See if you agree, but it seems as though new series star Liam McIntyre has been transformed into the late Andy Whitfield who passed away last year from cancer. All of which makes it a bit hard to appreciate the hotness of McIntyre.
While in Australia, Chris also spotted Tobey McGuire. I take that back. Kyle actually pointed him out. Chris wouldn't know if Madonna was standing in front of him. Apparently Mr. McGuire is in Sydney filming "The Great Gatsby."
While on a work break in Sydney with our friend Kyle, Chris spotted this big beefy blonde guy (photo courtesy of Mr. Cho). I was hoping he was shirtless. But I can still appreciate his physique as his arms are about to rip through his sleeves.
A View Outside My Window
I arrived in Toronto tonight at 5 p.m. and I depart tomorrow night at 5 p.m. Quick trip in and out. And the only view of downtown will be from my window as I've worked since my landing. But at least it's pretty!
Good 2 C Him Again
I've seen (and commented on) this guy in banner ads running along my Yahoo! account. So of course I was happy to seem him on the Ellen Show without his shirt. Just as delicious.
Take That Tebow
Tim Tebow over the past couple of weeks has stated God's on his side. The hot quarterback, but big homophobe, finally realized God loves others as well as Tom Brady and the Patriots kicked the Jesus out of Tebow's Denver Broncos. Perhaps now Tebow will realize religion shouldn't be used as a way to elevate success - or his hatred towards other human beings.
On another note, how hot is the photo? Seems to be they're headed for a romantic embrace!
More Triangle Sally
Kristin Wiig can do no wrong. Really. She's a comic genius. Check out Triangle Sally below.
Nicole Premiere's "Pretty"
I've given up on watching the US version of X Factor. The bickering, awkward talent and stiff host just don't make for appointment television. So instead of devoting time and energy to absorbing it every week, I occasionally record the results show for the performances. Last night, Nicole Scherzinger finally took the stage.
But surprisingly, she didn't sing her number one hit in the UK,"Don't Hold Your Breath." She opted for a new single, "Pretty." More Ryan Tedder R&B pop than RedOne dance, "Pretty" is Nicole's third, fourth or fifth attempt at a successful solo career stateside. And judging from the web's chatter, she might finally have settled into a sound America is willing to pay for.
I'm still a big fan of her singles from "Killer Love" including "Don't," "Wet," "Right Here" and "Yes." So I'm a bit perplexed how "Pretty" will sit among them on the US release. But another killer melody added into the mix can't hurt pushing more records. Now what can we do about her ever growing annoying personality?
Check out Nicole's performance of "Pretty" below.
I'll never understand why old men find it necessary to shave while standing naked in the gym locker room - their balls pressed up against the granite countertops. Put some cotton between you and the facilities please. I'm just sayin'.
Most of the banner ads that appear on my Yahoo! account seem to be fitness related. Makes sense. But what caught my eye about the ad above is the claim that he weighs only 170 pounds. How short is he?
Sounds like he catered to the radio programmers for his first single off his second release. Not a bad start.
Silly and Kinda True
What the Hell's the Difference?
A gay veteran talks to Mitt Romney about gay rights. Too bad Romney couldn't answer, "What the hell's the difference?"
Ding Dong Noah!
If you're wondering who opens the door in the latest Tommy advertisement for the holidays, his name is Noah Mills. And he can answer my door anytime!
Can I Get an Invite?
I'd like to get invited to Tommy's Disco Par-tay. Especially if the two lads who open the door will be there. Love the claps. The cowbell. And the blonde lady with attitude.
Favorites from NYC
Outside of my new fave NYC spot - The Standard
A treasure on our table inside Standard Grill
Our meal after the show - Empanada Mama
The curtain inside Priscilla. What a show!
A great view of Priscialla's Entrance
Times Square at dusk
We stumbled upon the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Shopping of course - shoes for Spring!
Steve Jones on Ellen
I'm not a big fan of Steve Jones as host of the US X Factor. But when you take him out of the Fox reality show, once again I'm reminded of why I've made note of him since 2008 when I first spotted him on E4 in the UK. Check out his shirtless appearance on Ellen below.
A Classic Mary Katherine Gallagher Christmas
Check out Molly Shannon's character's holiday skit. Click HERE to view. Unfortunately, I couldn't embed the video! Whatev YouTube.
Still Coming Together
The lower level continues to evolve. After the floors were heated, we opted for the red sofa cover. But this past week, I decided to return to the stripes to compliment the sheepskin rug. And with the addition of the gray pillows (that really ground the sofa with their rich color that plays off the olive walls), I feel as though it's really coming together. Now if only we could find a vintage, round, sunburst mirror for the space between the windows the space would almost be complete for our movie nights and guests.
Windy City Live Needs 2 Blow Away
I've never watched ABC's new Windy City Live. The show premiered this fall in place of departing Oprah. But this morning, I caught the chat fest by accident. In one word, "horrible." Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner are former news anchors - and you can tell. Their banter is dry and it's difficult to watch. All of which makes you realize how good a show can be when the hosts connect (think Regis and Kelly or Hoda and Kathy).
So Close B
My friend Tom forwarded me an article today that made note of Beyonce and Jay-Z's visit to Andersonville last Thursday. The power couple, along with two friends, went to grab some pizza from Great Lake before a concert that night. And just like everyone else on this planet, the four had to wait (because you ALWAYS have to wait at this mega popular and tiny pizza place).
So they hung out next door at Scandinavian restaurant Vincent. Maybe I should start going out to dinner more often! But then again, of all the restaurants in Chicago, I'd never expect them to be up in our neck of the woods.
Looking Back: Thanksgiving Friday
I don't know what it is about Murphy's eyes, but in every picture he looks possessed.
Just a Random Saturday Night
Too bad the iPhone doesn't take better pictures. I actually like this photo of my friend Neil and I - sans the blurry however.
And So It Goes
Our Orkin guy AJ paid us a visit Friday to refill the rat traps he set both inside and outside the garage. I asked him how it looked. His reply, "Not good. Bait was all gone. We've got a big problem..." Not what I wanted to hear. I suppose it explains why I found this dead baby rat under the dog's pillow on the back porch.
Get the Party Started
Winter Party is just three months away. So why not get the party started with the latest by this latin Diva remixed by Mr. Cruz. Compared to Ralphi's version (also a scorcher), this version keeps more of the latin beat. Get it HERE.
Gets My Booty Swingin'
I love this commercial for the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas - especially the song featured. Booty Swing by Parov Stelar is not only the perfect soundtrack to the quirky featured elevator episodes but my new favorite style of music - electro swing! If only I could go into the studio tomorrow to record a dance track. I'd totally use the song as inspiration. Check out Stelar's latest full release HERE.
Goodbye Polar Bears
It amazes me everyday how some people are easily influenced. Today, Coke announced they were dumping their charity effort of changing the icon Coca-Cola can to a white "polar bear" version. Apparently many were confused - thinking it was diet. Some even complained the soda inside "tasted different." So much for Coke's good intentions.
Meloni 2 Get Fanged?
It's rumored that Chris Meloni is circling a part on True Blood's 5th season. I might have been more excited if I hadn't just seen him on TV looking rough and ragged. Hopefully he'll pull it back together before any episodes are filmed. Because when he looks good, you really want to sink your teeth into him.
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