Monday, November 28, 2005

Simon Webbe



Um, yum!

http://www.simonwebbe.net/

Clarification --> Start spreading the news...

OK, just to unmuddy the water, since I have been asked quite a number of times now, I am not leaving London for good in March.  I am just taking a trip to New York to see friends & play, then to Miami to see family & relax.  I'll be back in my fair city 02 April.
 
Leave London...  for Miami! <Ha!>  That's rich...  ;-P
 
Cheers,
Shaun

 
On 11/25/05, Shaun Coley <scoley@gmail.com> wrote:
...I'm leaving in four months...  ;P
 
It's a bit early, yes, but I wanted to use AA miles so I just got my ticket for NYC/Miami in March for (of course) the BP.  It's a little too early for a roll-call, but I wanted to let people know I will be in NYC March 24-29, so hopefully I will get to see lots of friends then.  I'll be in South Beach after that since it's where my family lives, but no one goes out in South Beach anymore so I plan on using that as family & recovery time.
 
Cheers,
Shaun/SWG

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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK



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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK

Friday, November 25, 2005

Start spreading the news...

...I'm leaving in four months...  ;P
 
It's a bit early, yes, but I wanted to use AA miles so I just got my ticket for NYC/Miami in March for (of course) the BP.  It's a little too early for a roll-call, but I wanted to let people know I will be in NYC March 24-29, so hopefully I will get to see lots of friends then.  I'll be in South Beach after that since it's where my family lives, but no one goes out in South Beach anymore so I plan on using that as family & recovery time.
 
Cheers,
Shaun/SWG

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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Re: Gay Paree!

On 11/22/05, BP wrote:
The more I hear about Europe, the more I want to stay
here. :) I could hardly deal with the three hour
change to SF, so I dread my first trip East. I
suppose I'll survive, but I guess I'll need to plan a
down day both going and coming...

Thanks for the updates!



Europe's wonderful. It certainly lacks "quality of life" in the American sense (ease, convenience and wealth) but it more than makes up for it with joie de vivre -- architecture, culture, life priorities, liberal politics. I like having seen the benefits of both models and to have an American sense of responsibility, but as far as what I want out of life, sign me up for the European Way.

Shaun

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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Gay Paree!

Just got back from my first trip abroad as a Londoner - to where else? Paris! I popped over on the Eurostar on Saturday and spent four days there with some friends from New York. It's the first time I'd been there since I lived there in 1993, so I wasn't sure at all what it'd be like.

Paris was the first place I lived away from my hometown of Las Vegas (population then: 800,000). I suddenly found myself homeless in a much larger city in a foreign country where I didn't speak the language and I can remember how overwhelming it was. So I was a bit surprised by how underwhelmed I was on this trip. But I have to clarify that, I don't mean it in a bad way at all. I am in a much different stage in my life now, I've lived away from home for a long time in San Francisco, New York, London, and even Fairbanks, Alaska for good measure. There's no reason Paris should have been too much the way it was then. But since this was the emotion I had paired with Paris in my mind, it was odd, but nice, for it to have dissipated.

When I first arrived I was continually frustrated by the Gallic Way. Getting from Eurostar to the 5 line on the Métro wasn't as easy as following signs for "5 vers Place d'Italie" like I remember from living there and all the guidebooks assure you it is. Then trying to navigate the République station with its maze of exits and finally getting the right one only to have to dodge the famous dog poo that coats the sidewalks of Paris didn't warm me to the city.

I soon learned this was because we were staying more than "a few short steps" from the Marais and up in a less desirable area than we'd supposed. Once we walked our not ridiculous (just not expected) 20 minutes to the Marais things were much better. We could look at the architecture instead of where we were stepping, the bars were full of people that are beautiful in that way only French people can be (and, OK, a lot of them were just down right HAWT) and we were soon enjoying ourselves. This feeling became even more ingrained after we had a proper dinner with good wine one night and once we went to the Left Bank, where I spent most of my time in 1993, so suddenly I was seeing and feeling the Paris I remembered.

We kept to the usual schedule - dinner, drinks, out, good night's sleep, sights the next afternoon, then start it all over again. Made a classic, though informed, mistake. As a rule, never buy Coke in Paris - it's obscenely overpriced. However, one of my most reliable hangover cures is a breakfast (or lunch, as it were) of eggs, fries and a Coke. So after a big night we went to eat and three of us decided to brave it and get a glass of Coke with breakfast. I knew I'd be paying too much, but the elixir was needed. Then the bill came. The Cokes were €6,50 (£4.46, $7.68) EACH. In hindsight we deserved it. We knew not to do it, but we did it anyway, and we paid the price for our exuberance.

All in all a great trip, but I am glad to be back in London and back home. And that's the coolest part - it truly did feel like coming back home.

Cheers,
Shaun
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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK

Friday, November 18, 2005

Kiki! Kiki! Kiki!

"Putting the terror back into cabaret, Kiki & Herb return to London to premiere an updated version of Jesus Wept, their obie award winning show."  Dec 13 & 14.

I'm going to Kiki!  I'm going to Kiki!  In London!  Does anything happen in New York anymore?  ;P

Xo,
Shaun

(BTW, Sean you're going as well, Dec. 14, so mark it in your agenda.)

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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

31 & 1/365th

I had a great bday... champagne and a fabulous dinner with fabulous friends.

Natasha, Kip, Ant, Marc, Dale, thank you for making the night wonderful.

Mom, Dad, Lara, Lisa, thank you for the perfect gift.

All those I talked to after three bottles of champagne and two bottles of wine, thank you for not making fun of me to my face (or ear, as it were).

Patrick, thanks for your thoughts.

Niels, thanks for being kind.

McGirr, can't wait to celebrate with you in two days! And Todd and Kathy in four!

Off to walk through The City on a lovely, crisp, post-bday London morning.

Xo,
Shaun
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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK

Sunday, November 13, 2005

30 & 364/365ths

As I've been spending my last night of 30 relaxing and watching The Simpsons, I've thought about a few things.  So, in no particular order, ten things I've learned, accepted or had reaffirmed in my 30th year:

- Size does matter, but usually not for more than an hour, so you better have something else to fall back on.
- The lack of universal health care in a Western country should be considered a human rights violation.
- I can never have shaggy hair.
- Based on the difference between 20 and 30, I am really looking forward to my 30s.
- Always be aware that the only one you can always count on is yourself, so make sure you're always able to take care of yourself.
- Bush really is that bad.
- Now that I've had one with good vodka, I understand what all the hoopla over martinis is all about.
- Being around negative people is really, really draining.  Being negative is even worse.
- Yes, I do miss my friends.
- I need new underwear & socks.

Cheers,
Shaun

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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Zone Four

Me: Where do you live?

Mr. X: Morden

Me: <blank stare>

Mr. X: It's in zone four.

Me: Oh pashaw. There's no such thing as zone four. That's just something parents made up to scare their children, like the boogie man, or New Jersey.


I have faithfully carried my geocentricity from The Center of the Universe to this side of the pond. I wonder how many potential friends and lovers I have alienated with my comments. Ah well, if they're going to insist on talking about such rubbish I want nothing to do with them.

Shaun
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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Early to bed, early to rise... Mona Lisa with breakfast?

Hmmm... just over a week out from my trip to Paris Chirac is threatening to pull out a law that hasn't been used since 1955 during the Algerian independence movement to enact a curfew. Guess we'll be safe in our hotel all night, so nothing to worry about with the riots!


Maybe we'll just have to take the high speed rail to Amsterdam or Brussels...

Cautiously optimistic,
Shaun/SWG

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Shaun Coley
scoley@gmail.com
London, UK