Friday, December 26, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #312] San Fransissyco!

Hey all,

Made it to the City by the Bay!  Went out last night after arriving 20 minutes later than originally planned.  Russ's bag hasn't arrived yet, so he's a bit miffed.  He was originally on Virgin America, but it was long delayed, so he paid to come on my flight while his bag stayed on the Virgin plane.  There's confusion now reuniting it with him on this side of the flight.

Went out - a bit questioning about the changes in the Castro bars since I was here last (are The CafĂ© and The Bar on Castro ethnic bars now, or are Thursdays different?  Who closed Detour?  I'm going to kill 'em!)

Happy to be back in SF, missing people left in Vegas already.

Cheers,
Shaun

Shaun H. Coley
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London, UK

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #311] Happy Chriskwanzikka!

I hope you're all enjoying your holiday season, whatever you happen to call it.  I will be celebrating by doing a tour of the Castro bars this evening - I can't think of a better way!

Cheers,
Shaun

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #310] Xmas: A four-part story

Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols's son, Joshua Nichols, lives in Vegas.  John Wayne Bobbit moved here after he achieved penisless fame.  Dana Plato also committed suicide here.

The first leg of my flight here was London-Dallas.  I was overcome with preconceptions and prejudices about the people I would be sharing the plane with, but then I reminded myself that no, these were the kind of people who travelled - they were not the gun-toting, deer-hunting, Bush-lovin' 'Murkans of general Texas.  The guy sitting across the aisle from me had an empty Coke bottle at the beginning of the flight.  He proceeded to fill it with his chewing tobacco spit over the course of the 10.5 hours we shared space together.

I called a bouncer an immigrant last night!  I don't know why - all he did was ask for my ID.  I didn't mean to say it, it just fell out of my mouth.  My friends excused me by saying I've been in London too long, which was a diversion in intent, but I think is actually true.  Living in the world city that is London, immigrant has taken on a completely different sense for me - it's certainly not an insult.  His response was "I am not Mexican".  I think that's more offensive.

They tried to get me to pay $20 to go into 8.5 (a gay bar) last night!  It was circus night or some such idiocy.  Locals get in for free, out-of-towners pay $20.  My reaction was "$20 for out-of-towners and free for locals?  I know what people who live here look like, you have it backwards."  Russ ended up getting Schnookums and I in via a drag queen he knew, but still - twenty gay damn dollars for Angles & Lace?!  I would sooner go to All Bar One.

Two more days till SF.  I think my body is rejecting Vegas.

These are my Christmas gifts to you all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gKq5f-EcOc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZEOweeoaE

Cheers,
Shaun

Shaun H. Coley
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Monday, December 22, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #309] Viva Lost Wages

Friends married?  Check.  Massive amounts of alcohol consumed?  Check.  Dancing pole used, embarrassing pulling story*, Taco Bell consumed?  Check, check, check.  Vegas is coming along swimmingly!

It's been great seeing many friends here, and that will continue throughout the rest of the visit, and to show Natasha and Chris my home town.  I've already bumped up against my tolerance limit, though, and there's more than three full days left before SF.  I'll be OK - still many friends to see, including a mini high school reunion tomorrow at one of Vegas's trashiest bars, the Double Down Saloon ("Home of the fabled ass juice, birthplace of the bacon martini" - this is a place I've got to see!).

Had a bit of a stressful and dramatic Saturday night out.  After the wedding and post-nuptual festivities, Russ and I went to gay intersecion.  After about just an hour there we got a call from my Mom - she had just called an ambulance to take my Dad to the hospital.  He'd been having chest pains/breathing difficulties for about a week and they hit hard that night.  He's all right and been relesaed after being kept overnight.  Tests confirmed it wasn't a heart attack, but he's going to have to see a doctor as soon as he gets back to Miami to monitor the situation.

So, crazy start to my American adventure!  Off now to pick my folks up from visiting a friend.  Hope all your pre-Xmas days are going well.

Cheers from the Mojave Desert,
Shaun

*Not mine


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #307] Yahooey! Yippey-skippy! Cheers! Faboo!

I? Am on holiday! Hoorah! Just the last tidbits to do here (drinks, packing, finding my passport [I kid, I kid!]) and then it's off tomorrow morning to Vegas via Dallas. (I wonder which will be a tougher immigration as an tattooed, homosexual, American in exile: Texas or Israel...) Three hours there (fingers crossed) and then it's a tiny (half-continent) hop to Sin City and Mexican food. (Oh yeah, Natasha, where/what is the restaurant again?)

Vegas will be chock-a-block with family, friends and festivities - I am quite looking forward to it. (Looking forward to Vegas! Who'd'a thunk?) Then nine glorious days in Northern California to boost the local wine economy and see homosexuals in their native habitat.

Anyway, I will be getting one of those cheap phones from Target, so I will send out a contact update once I am back in Amurka (I think I'll get a Mississippi area code or something ridiculous. No! Alaska! Palin Power!), but until then, if you need to reach me, my secretary Russ will be glad to take your calls at 702-###-####.

OK, off to pack! See many of you tomorrow!

Cheers cheers cheers,
Shaun

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #306] Wine tasting pics & Lost

Hey all,

Just downloaded pics from our last night of wine tasting class, so thought I'd share.

1. DSC00032 - Our table: Kimb'uh & Garret on the left, the back of Lottie's head, Simon & Clare on the right
2. DSC00033 - The spread (We were the only ones who ever brought stuff, and it got more elaborate each week; we definitely had the most fun.)
3. DSC00034 - Garret & Kimb'uh
4. DSC00035 - Me and Lottie toasting
5. DSC00036 - Simon & Clare nibbling
6. DSC00037 - Me pouring £60 champers
7. DSC00039 - The aftermath
8. DSC00041 - And for good measure, Wimpy's new burger - have you ever seen anything more disgusting that you are expected to eat?!

And, unrelated, finally saw season four of Lost - woah!

Off to America in 58h55, not that I am counting; looking so forward to Natasha's & Chris's wedding, its enshrining festivities and nine glorious days in Northern California. The last few months have been a bit bumpy - I am ready for some release!

Cheers,
Shaun



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London, UK

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #305] New flatmate

My new flatmate is due to arrive within the hour.  And I am so hung over.  I fell like a big piece of poo.  Ah well.  Best not to have any pretences - he should get used to me like this, eh?

Cheers?
Shaun

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Monday, December 08, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #304] Georgian

I have been corrected that E'burgh is Georgian, not Edwardian.  Just goes to show you, you can't believe everything you read on the internet!

Shaun

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #303] Edinburgh

Lesson learned: do not go to a museum of optical illusions when you are hung over; weary heads and fragile stomachs do not appreciate the deceptions.

So, as you can guess, my weekend in Scotland was focused on the usual targets of my holidays: booze, boys and bed. I saw the inside of most of Edinburgh's gay bars and the bits of the city you can see between where I slept and getting to and from said bars. I tried to do a little walking around with my host Tomasz, seeing the castle from the outside and Princess Street for some shops. But it was pretty cold and sober for me, so we stopped that and got back to the drinking pretty quickly.

I have to admit, I left Edinburgh feeling a little bit disappointed. There's nothing wrong with it - it's a plainly nice, orderly, agreeable Edwardian city. It's just that from the way people go on about it, you'd think that Nirvana had been founded just East of the Pennines. I'm not sure just what I was expecting, but somehow I just thought there'd be more there there. My friend showed me a good time, though; in fact, I think I may have had more fun, since I am more amenable to Dolly Parton and tracks from Hairspray than he. Two Jack & Cokes were £6 and I got to see Diana Vickers voted off of X Factor. Sweet!

Two pics attached - me squinting atop the hill where the castle is and some earring holders. I was waiting by them while Tomasz bought a secret Santa gift and could not believe how many women came by and commented on how "lovely" they were. It was a very misogynistic moment.

Unrelated: if you haven't done so yet, watch "Paris, je t'aime". There are a few stories in it that I could've done without, but there are more good ones than bad, a couple that are great, and one that just really got me.

Also unrelated, Jim Halpert is perfect.

Oh, and no, I didn't get to ask any Scotsmen if they wear underwear under their kilts. Maybe in Glasgow...

Cheers,
Shaun



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Friday, December 05, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #302] En route

I am currently on the train to Edinburgh and online.  I am well chuffed.  Trains rock.  We need some of these in America.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #300] Haggis & Kilts

Just a quick note -- I am off to Britain's second nation tomorrow, a nation whose national dish is pig intestines stuffed with sheep's heart, liver and lungs, and the men wear skirts: Scotland.

After two or three thwarted trips across my Northern border, I am finally, fingers crossed, going to make it.  I have the 17.00 train from King's Cross and a happy, four-hour ride in which I will need to pay attention to no one but Jim Halpert, Bodie and Jack Shephard.  I may just stay on the train and ride it back and (Firth of) forth (da dum dum) a few times.

Nah, my lovely Polish friend who lives there (he was attracted by the haute cuisine) has quite an evening planned for me, so my liver and I are ready for it.

Looking very forward to a pre-break to my American extravaganza* from 19 Dec - 04 Jan.  That one's gonna be a doozey.  2008's going out with a bang**.

Have a great weekend all,
Shaun

*Vegas/SF people, get in touch with me so we can make plans!


**And 2009 will be starting with a trip to Middlesbrough.  I?  Know how to travel.


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