It seems like New Years last year went by without any notice for me. I made no resolutions and thanks to all the fun I had at the Rich’s, I don’t really remember much of the celebration haha.
To be honest I’ve never really been someone that relied on New Years resolutions in order to make good changes in my life. In my mind it’s really just an opportunity to set yourself up for failure that’s so expected, when it happens there is no consequence. With a failure rate of 92%, it should come as no surprise that I don’t put much credence in them.
That being said, I am making a conscious effort to do a few things different in 2016 that I failed miserably in accomplishing in 2015. Continue reading →
I can't help but want to watch the Will Smith movie, Independence Day every Fourth of July. Just say'n.
Some how I managed to miss all the fireworks this Independence Day weekend. No worries, I had a great time with my friends drinking wine, listening to music and chowing down. David, Alex and I headed out to Les Bourgeois for their BBQ, live music, wine and awesome view of the river.
There were a ton of people there, not an open table in sight. Luckily this really nice, really redneck, family gave us some room at their table.
One thing I love about Les Bourgeois is the dramatic shifts in populations there. One moment someone is in heels and a sun dress and the next it's a guy in his rugby outfit. You just never know what you're going to get. All you really do know is there will be a lot of people there enjoying a lot of wine and some of the best food Mid-Missouri has to offer. Seriously good food.
Unfortunately it started raining, and then it stopped and then it started again… Yeah, so we went back to Columbia, before the fireworks show started. I got dinner at Flat Branch and then we headed to Tropical Liqueurs.
There we met up, by accident, with some friends both old and new. I have lived in Columbia for seven years and I still seem to meet new people regularly. That's pretty awesome.
Off to the condo where we watched a horrendous "scary" movie called The Fourth Kind.
Despite the lame movie, the Third of July turned out to be one of the best Fourth of Julys I've had in a long time. Good friends can do that.
On second thought… all the more reason to be sad about so many of my friends moving away!
Coincidentally it was also Corey’s girlfriend, and all around amazing person, Alexandra’s (@alexandrabrandt) birthday! Songs were sung, dances were danced, drinks were poured and a fantastic time was had.
Halloween is Fun!
Oh and my costume was Chase. I even drew his tattoo on myself! Everyone was pretty impressed with that, mostly me though. I have like zero drawing skills. Just went through the numerous photos I have of Chase from his Scouts days. While several people thought it was a real tattoo, only one person accused me of tastelessly copying another person’s tattoo… Seriously? LoL
Chase's tattoo as drawn by me on me 😀
And while I have to admit, I was a pretty convincing Chase… I think Corey wins for best costume-with-attitude. I present to you Dwight Schrute.
Corey as Dwight Schrute from The Office and Schrute Farms
For the rest of the photos I’ll just do a slide show. Enjoy!
So I’ve finally made it home, after a month and a half out of the state and away from my home and friends, I’m back.
And it feels great! Last night I went out with some friends for dinner (including tweeps @Chadd65203, @akikooda and @beauaero), bumped into even more friends (@coreyschmidt, @alexandrabrant) at the restaurant and had just a wonderful time. It’s funny, how much Ryan and I complain about Columbia only for me to ultimately miss it when I leave town for a bit.
I might have been breaking FAA rules by keeping my phone on (in airplane mode!) while we took our final decent into Memphis International Airport. The view as we touched down reminded me of one of my favorite We Are Voices songs…
So I turned it into a video using my iPhone 3GS, iMovie and their amazing album, What Makes Us So Alive? which you can get by clicking that link to iTunes. They play some great concerts too, in fact I’ll be at their August 23 show at the Cherry Street Artisan, right here in Columbia Missouri.
My dear friend Karen aka @ok2baprincess always refers to her “boys” as the important guys in her life, her closest male friends.
Being a gay male, you’d think that I have a lot of really close gay friends, like you see on television. Well, TV lies. I do have a few great gay friends but really… in Columbia, besides my amazing incredible beautiful wonderful boyfriend… I only have two or three super close gay friends.
I won’t name them… you know who you are.
So, when I say “my boys” I mean the guys in Columbia that for any particular amount of time were of the most importance to me. In particular we’ve got Chase and Corey ( @clettenberg and @coreyschmidt respectively). They are of the awesome band, Scouts (check them out at http://scoutsmusic.com or on their MySpace).
The band recently moved outta town, off to Kansas City Missouri, you know, where all the big bands really make it… Well… hopefully that’ll be the case for them.
Ever since, my life has been a little empty. I miss the late night bad decisions they helped me make, the trips to the tattoo parlors where I drunkenly asked for full sleeves and various body piercings. There’s the incredibly open conversations about sex, relationships and emotions that I don’t think I could have with any other friend. I miss Chase’s insults on my clothing, taste in music, taste in television, taste in movies, taste in… well my taste period. I miss the apparent battle between Chase and Corey for who could wear the gayest outfit, the tightest jeans, the deepest v-necks.
I miss their concerts, taking their pictures, shooting the shit with the band and just generally experiencing all the good, and bad, that we all went through together. Breakups, new relationships, shit jobs, shit classes, you get the point.
I miss the random trips to St. Louis to hang with Chase’s insane(ly awesome) cousin and the completely EPIC beer pong tournaments at Corey’s apartment.
Bottom line, I miss my boys. And Chase coming into town the other day, seeing a movie with him and Karen at RagTag Cinema just brought back all those positive memories.
Soon I’ll be moving to California, well in about a year. There I will be reunited with all of my old wonderful friends. Meanwhile, I have a few of those really special friends in Columbia; as time passes and external forces push us away, again I will look fondly at the times we had together.
So here’s a cheers to my best brotastic friends, even if they abandoned me here in the great abyss that is Mid Missouri.
Went to Scout’s last concert here in Columbia on Friday. They played with An Horse and Appleseed Cast at Mojo’s.
The concert was great, love hearing their new stuff, though I do miss some of their old songs… Glad I have the CD I guess. I didn’t take too many pictures there, seems like since I have like 12gb of Scouts pictures, any more would just be ridiculous.
Here are a few I did take though.
Chase recovers from a Brumski! LoL
This time, and for his very first time, Josh (@brooding_soul) joined me for the Scouts concert. It was great having him come with me and hanging out later. What a fun night.