Friday, August 25, 2006

Dog Days of August

Oh, how I love the month of August! It's always so slow on real news that editors and staff in newsrooms would clench on anything to fill out the space in order to sell back-to-school supplies. Let's review the news, shall we!

JonBenet Ramsey, who's been dead for longer than she was alive, is once again a tabloid queen.
Tom Cruise, who hasn't pumped any couches lately, is the most talked about Hollywood star this week.
Kansas housewives are feared to be on verge of a sex craze due to the "morining-after" contraceptive pill Plan B now available without a prescription.
Science teachers scrambling to alter planetary lessons to eliminate Pluto.
Republicans think Hillary Clinton is a bitch.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

I Want My Survivor!

The next installment of "Survivor" will divide competing "tribes" based on races: white, black, Latino, and Asians. It's obviously a ratings driven gimmick, and it is working! Some people are intrigued, some people are outraged, and best of all, it got people talking about a reality show in its 13rd installment.

Prior to this gimmick, I had already given up on this show. Now I'm going add this program to my TiVo Season Pass. I'm looking forward to discussions on races and race relations. I'm looking to see people who meet the racial stereotypes as well as those who defy stereotypes. Let's bring out the race card!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Boys of Summer 2006

Summer 2006 Newsmakers

Match the photos and the statements below:

1. I allegedly got drunk and told the world how I felt about Jewish people.

2. I allegedly scammed a laundry mat for a free wash.

3. I allegedly came out as a homophobic gay man.

4. I allegedly cheated after an accomplish´┐╝ment that was too good to be true.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Most Played Songs, No. 51-60

Well, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" is still the most played song on my iTunes. The rest of my top 10 is full of Mariah and Vietnamese Pop. Below the dominant songs offer a little more depth to my music taste. Here is the top 51-60

51. After All - Cher
52. The Dance - Garth Brooks
53. One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
54. Save the Best for Last - Vanessa Williams
55. Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
56. Unashamed - Whitney Houston
57. All I Ask of You (from "The Phantom of the Opera")- Barbra Streisand
58. I Am What I Am (from "La Cage Aux Folles")- Linda Eder
59. Whenever You Call - Mariah Carey
60. Everything's Coming Roses (from "Gypsy") - Ethel Merman

Yep, we have a little rock, and little country, and a lot of divas and showtunes! These songs have between 32 and 34 plays, so I expect this selection to be changing more frequently than the top 10.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Hopping on the Cole Train

Hoping on the Cole Train
Originally uploaded by reflexblue.
These Phillies fans are insane! They made the $12 ticket worth every penny.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Montreal OutGames 2006: Wish I Were There!

I was pretty much on the edge last week. Perhaps it was work-related stress. Perhaps it was due to an early August heatwave. My latest theory is that my body was telling me that I should have been in Montreal competing in the first ever World OutGames! I'm glad I went to the Chicago Gay Games in July, but I've been feeling like I'm missing out for not being in Montreal with some of my athletic friends. I'm gay! I'm out! I'm game! I should have been there running a marathon, swimming 200 and 400 meter breaststrokes, doing a triathlon, and playing soccer. I don't believe in the concept of heaven, but that's music to my big ears! I may be sweaty and smelly and exhausted doing all these events but I would certainly have a great time.

Photo from (click on the photo for full coverage of the OutGames!)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Working Hard and Looking Good!

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Originally uploaded by reflexblue.
Week of July 31 to August 6

I gave my body a week off after the Chicago Gay Games marathon. Now it's time to get back on the road, in the pool, and in the gym. Not only that I have a marathon in 10 weeks, I want to keep my toned body for as long as I can.

Monday: 5-mile CC fun run; chest
Tuesday - Swim
Wednesday - 4-mile morning run to Art Museum; evening: shouders, swim @ 12th St. pool
Thursday - Swim
Friday - 8-mile morning run on Kelly Drive
Saturday - 5-mile run in Long's Park of Lancaster County

Reggie White Was a Big Fat Homophobe!

On the day when Reggie White is being inducted the the NFL Hall of Fame, and some sports writers compared White to Mother Teresa, let's not forget that Reggie White was a big fat homophobe!

As the "Minister of Defense", Reggie White used fame and the name of God to spew out his hatred toward homosexuals, and alienated fair-minded sports fans, gays and straights alike. White was a fierce defensive player wearing No. 92. for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. Off the field he used his faith to incite hate crimes against gay people.
Here are two great columns about the truth about Reggie White from and the Washington Blade.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Ass Up! Confessions of a Wannabe Swimmer, Part 3

Originally uploaded by reflexblue.
I'm still swimming, and slowly improving. I can swim freestyle from one end to the other end of a 25-yard pool, take a 20-second break, and keep going. I do rotate my shoulders and hips, but probably not as much as I should. I can breath on both sides now, which is a new trick I'm very excited about.
One thing that is suprisingly difficult for me to do in the pool is to keep my chest down and my ass up so that my body stays parallel to the water. As I swim, I tell myself "Ass Up!"
I'm still having a lot of fun!

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Cheers for Queers!

DC Philly United @ Chicago Gay Games
July 2006