Sunday, February 6, 2011
They say that life speeds up as you get older, right? Well, I must be old as hell because I can't keep up with the time that is passing. It's amazing to think I have lived in New York now for nearly four years! Since I first started blogging (then stopped, then started, then stopped again, then...well, you get the picture), Facebook has taken over, iPhones and iPads have become the craze, and Bieber fever has been caught...and that's just in my household. And now we're already in the second month of the New Year and that football super-something-or-other is happening. Guess it's all an opportunity to embrace that which we have...the present moment. And presently I'm checking the Facebook account on my iPhone to see if Justin Bieber has accepted my friend request...ah, time.
Posted by Steven at 3:09 AM
Friday, November 12, 2010
Okay, so it was time to get my nails done. No, no. Nothing fancy. No color or clear polish, but just a mani and pedi to keep sharp and attractive. I always go near my home, which doesn't have a large male-goes-to-get-nails-done population. I always find that the women look at me--since I'm the only guy in the salon--as if I'm intruding on their sacred territory. I get the need that women likely have to bond with each other in a male-free zone, but hello ladies, I'm a gay man. I'm your best friend! But on second thought, maybe they do know that I'm secretly begging them away from their terrifying color choice, knowing that it simply does not make them look any younger or clashes with absolutely everything they're wearing. Or maybe its when I walk in on a waxing room by mistake, thinking it's a bathroom...Okay, I definitely need to return to Chelsea to get my nails done. There are always more men in there than women...because it's Chelsea. Yet still the confused workers always ask, "You have nice girlfriend?" God bless them.
Posted by Steven at 7:04 PM
Saturday, November 6, 2010
On Monday, I had the fortune of attending a reading by David Sedaris. He was at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem. This is probably the third or fourth time I've seen him present his material, and this guy cracks me up! Always edgy, never shying away from his viewpoint, his writing is smart, witty, and sharp.
I'm trying to keep David in mind as I work my way through 50,000 words by the end of November for the NaNoWriMo challenge. It has been a really wild process of just writing without limit, without edit, without (sometimes) clear direction...very freeing. It is precisely why I wanted to take on the writing challenge--to get the creative juices flowing once again.
And who knows, maybe at the end of it all I'll be a best-selling novelist who tours the world sharing little snippets of his writing...Okay, work with me folks. This image is what is getting me through the 50,000 words!
Posted by Steven at 10:56 AM
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I just looked at my last post and it was in September of 2009. I mean, alot has happened in the span of a year. But, alas, I'm still living in NYC and traveling around. Since I just began the NaNoWriMo challenge (and just saw David Sedaris on Monday), I've recommitted myself to having fun with the written word, so I thought I'd check in. And maybe I'll even catch you up a bit on my great adventures. Hope everyone is doing well!
Posted by Steven at 9:27 PM
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Yesterday I went to get my hair cut since I am heading to Michigan tomorrow for work and a visit with the familia. I was greeted at the salon by a new hairstylist, Nick. Cute as a button and barely past his teens, Nick said that he was available to cut my hair since my regular stylist wasn't available.
As we began talking, I asked Nick how long he had been at the salon. He said that he was there for about a year, but took about 6 months off to travel. I laughed and told him that he was too young to be taking a sabbatical already. He stared at me as he had no idea what a sabbatical was. I explained it to him and then inquired, "So, six months. That's a lot of time. Where did you travel?" I knew a whole slew of fabulous places was likely to follow. Having done some traveling myself, I always find others' adventures and travel stories fascinating. "So where did you go?"
His answer: "New Jersey and Queens."
Posted by Steven at 7:47 PM
Monday, September 14, 2009
Ever have one of those days when everybody passing you on the street is looking at you, and you begin realizing you've still "got it" and start strutting around like you're hot stuff? Then you get home and realize people were actually staring at you because you left your fly open.
Posted by Steven at 10:00 PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Today, at the very moment I opened the door to my physical therapist's office, the Weather Girls were on the sound system, and the song was right at the point where they sing "It's raining men..." I have made some grand entrances before, but this couldn't have been timed more perfectly. The whole office team, some clients sitting in the waiting room, and I began laughing. It's good to smile before someone twists you in a pretzel for the sake of making you feel better.
Posted by Steven at 9:32 PM
No, it's not some crude and race-based reference to a recent sexual conquest. It's a cocktail made by mixing gin, cointreau, lemon juice, and egg whites, and we made them over the Labor Day weekend! All I can say is "pucker up" because this baby packs a sour punch to the taste buds, but is still quite tasty...and potent! If I knew white ladies were this good, I would have tried them much sooner. (Yes, still talking about the cocktail.)
Posted by Steven at 9:04 PM
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I have always secretly wanted to study dance. I ventured to take some dance classes during high school in the small, rural farming community where I grew up, but I felt I had to do so under the cover of night and while wearing huge sunglasses and a wig (okay, so maybe I actually enjoyed this part). The secrecy and the cost of taking private lessons finally caused me to end my dancing career before it ever began. (Insert moans of compassion here)
I tried again in college, where I perceived minds to be a bit more accepting, but ended up in a jazz class that was taught by a professional tuba player. That's right, you heard me. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. The regular jazz teacher was out on disability, so they hired a substitute who "liked to dance" but was more focused on her tuba career. In all fairness, she did have a background in dance. There I was, one of only two guys in the class (the other guy insisted on wearing a full-body unitard through the whole course even though the teacher kept insisting this was not really appropriate jazz attire). The class wasn't that fun and not taught very well. I again decided I wasn't going to go any further.
Well, fast forward about 20+ years and countless seasons of Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance and here I am, starting my fourth month of study at the Joffrey Ballet School here in NYC. That's right, I threw caution to the wind, grabbed my dance belt and headed off to dance class once again. It's been quite exhilarating and has revived the old feelings of how much I love dance. I'm still one of only a few men in the class, but I really don't care. I'm just enjoying myself. And there has only been one major mix up where, at the end of my first class, the teacher instructed us to curtsey to the piano player. Being the obedient and over-eager student although feeling a little strange, I assumed the pose. That's when the teacher started yelling, "Not the men! Not the men!" It was a damn good curtsey though, I must admit.
So where's the smash-hit movie and musical about MY life?