Archive for December, 2010

Snapshot XXXL & First Bearron.com T-Shirt – 12.31.10

Although it took some time to get the design right and the shirt produced, I finally have my BRIAN WILSON STOLE MY LOOK T-SHIRT.

Let me know if you are interested in getting one of your own. It’s currently a one of a kind, however more can be made.

Unfortunately they aren’t free — but we can work something out.

First Bearron.com T-Shirt - One of a kind, unless you want one. It will cost you :)


WiFi on planes should free – Virgin finds a consenting partner

Free WiFi would put the glamor back in travel

As I’m making my way through the holiday skies, it’s nice to be connected to the Internet for free through Jan. 2 on Virgin.

So why don’t the uglier, lamer, and less equipped airlines also find a consenting partner and do the same?

As the video screens on planes, like United, get smaller and smaller as devices get bigger and bigger, I can’t help but notice the 10 inch screens three rows up staring at my iPad with envy.

To easily overcome their lack of flair, these subclass airline experiences could be easily improved.

I say Virgin, and all self respecting airlines, should have ongoing partnerships to make WiFi a free service.

It shouldn’t be that hard that hard to find a consenting partner.

Safe word: WiFi


Snapshot XXXL – 12.30.10

After reading my post gummy bear brass knuckle bling, not available in ring size 13 the makers of the gummy bear brass knuckles let me know they do in fact make size 13 on special request.

I got mine in the mail a few weeks ago and decided to show them off.  You can order a whole slew of gummy bear bling in lucite.

Rocking my Gummy Bear Bling in Size 13


Three Canadian Essentials and Club FiveSixty New Years Eve

I’m heading up North for the New Year and couldn’t make the trek without paying homage to three essentials. Molson, Mounties, and Pamela Anderson.

 

Molson -- while I won't be drinking it -- the bond between beer and Canadians Cannot Be Denied

If I had the chance, who knows

When I have the chance, I'll be sure to report back

For New  Years Eve, we will be hitting Club FiveSixty. A full report will be coming. In the meantime here is the flier. So far, it’s looking good.

And for NYE you can find me here


Reader Struggles with Knee Jerk Reaction to Saving Historical Gay Bars – What Are Your Thoughts on Passive Gay Culture?

My post on the Death of Beloved SF Institution: The Eagle resulted in a number of emails and comments. While the end for the Eagle may or may not be near, a dialogue this post sparked is worth sharing.

Read the following and let me know your thoughts on the evolution of gay culture.

From Riley, regarding my post on the death of the Eagle:
I struggle with the knee jerk reaction to “save historical gay bars”– our “gay culture” is radically changing- morphing into something we don’t seem to be guiding – so we jump to save the past versus sweating to build a future– many people criticize our ‘passive gay culture’ as compared to generations before– but it’s not a simple discussion:  it’s complex and includes big topics such as our relevance/potency as a RACE of people to the rest of the people/races on this planet!

So  much of our history is steeped in bar culture (which has been slowly  dying and proving an antiquated model for social interaction/ transcendence): just as the clubs/nightclubs have become nearly non-existent in SF, it seems the bar culture is facing the same fate.

Perhaps the question we should be asking ourselves is what new concepts/constructs do we need to BUILD for the modern queer race.

What is the evolution of the bar? I believe this also ties into the dialogue of what is the relevance of “gay community” centers…

I’m not sure locking myself to a bulldozer going nose to beak with the Eagle is activism. I’m more interested in rallying every young LGBTQ  (etc, etc) individual to interview/document the stories/struggles/history of his or her eldest queer friend–now that’s saving our history!!!

The SF Eagle is a place of Sunday ‘worship’ (yes a double entendre). It’s a place of brotherhood and transcendence for many men (from raw laughter, to raw sex, to stimulant inspired highs). I am thankful it exists, thankful for its history; thankful of its influences on me, and for the many, many, many memories it holds. And for the many who have held me there.

The beauty/liberation of our bar culture is tempered with the destructive nature of bars in general. For the many people we lose to abuse, we still don’t seem to have created an option– a new forum/model.

Some say the Internet/technology and online sex killed nightlife/dance clubs-and now killing the bar scene–some say it was/is drugs that kills the scene– some say its because gay bars have become so body/age/race specific — Darlings, WE kill the optimism by misusing the tools — so don’t blame the tools- we simply need to figure out how to  use the tools to build a better solution.

“Gay bar” owners have a larger pressure than a str8 bar owner… They inherit a responsibility to the queer cultural as their businesses are frequently the PRIMARY hubs for queer culture (which historically use to be sanctuaries/havens, now really just venues with ties to a historic past). Look at Lonestar, the difficulty of those boys navigating through honoring the past/present/future generations.  They struggle at great expense to innovate new ways to mix the segregated gay community” – pay homage to the past while welcoming the future.

Perhaps there is a poem/hidden message in the story/potential fate of  the SF Eagle (a gay American icon).

I personally know Stanley (the architect with the proposed schematic),  he is a wise, talented, potent and influential architect- and he is an  openly gay man. He is a credit and trophy to our race. His ideas/aesthetic have added to the evolution of SF. He is an ACTIVIST in my  opinion because his actions are conscious contributions to find/create  better ways of living verses talking about contributing (as so many others do). I have not discussed the Eagle site with him- but I guarantee he has something interesting to say.

Hmmmmm? The potential replacement of the old ‘dirty’ Eagle with a stark minimalist/contemporary community dwelling (likely with gay/straight tenants living side by side) designed by a widely celebrated  ‘gay /South African architect’ — is this a poignant commentary of our  own queer gentrification?

I miss the era when gay culture contributed beauty–  when the angst  of our struggle/oppression was expressed through influential/inspiring  aesthetics.

Perhaps as we grow closer to the prize of  “acceptance”/”integration” we will lose more and more of what bonded us together – pain/angst… Desperation for expression of self.

I’m eager to see what this gorgeous thing we once called “gay culture” is going to evolve into if into anything, I know I have to let go of my  definitions of what it has been- my nostalgia is part of my personal  identity. But keepsakes get heavy— the young queers of today are living in a world I never thought I’d see in my lifetime- And they  appear to be packing very lite baggage. I hope they can help develop new tools or better ways to use the old ones.

Metamorphosis Uncertain


Snapshot XXXL – 12.29.10

SF B.J.


Snapshot XXXL – 12.28.10

Boloon


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