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Since my May 18 column, I have been a busy beaver (pardon the expression)! May 17 marked the No Place Like Home luncheon at the Crown Center Hotel ballroom, a fund raiser for Save Inc., which helps find affordable housing for people with HIV/AIDS. The ballroom was filled with invited guests of the many hosts. My hosts, Larry R and Lewis G, graciously welcomed us to dine on a surprisingly good banquet lunch (banquet food is usually not my favorite), followed by a welcome address by Mark Anderson, director of Save Inc. Two Save Inc. residents gave a heart-rending talk on how their lives have been turned around by the organization, and a poignant video followed that outlined the programs and projects under the umbrella of Save. My thanks to my gracious hosts for inviting me and the speakers for enlightening me at an educational and worthwhile fund raiser. Also that evening, I was invited to a fashionable cocktail party given by the “Gay Travelers,” Donald Pile and Ray Williams, at the Writers Place, just off Valentine Road.
The next day, May 18, found me, my sister, her partner and my best friend Evie attending a concert given by the one and only Marilyn Maye, hosted by bar Natasha. Believe me, this Kansas City native can still belt out a song with the best of them. Being a devoted fan of Marilyn’s who remembers her beginning performances at the old Colony Steakhouse in the Ambassador Hotel, it was wonderful to experience her performance in a room that seemed to be “made for Maye.” JD and Missy, I hope you are listening and will invite Marilyn back again and again! The next evening it was time to dust off that white wine bottle I had been saving since the last round of Christmas open houses, and head on over to Marbelle and David’s home for their annual wine party. As usual, I ate way too much food and indulged in too much wine tasting, followed by a trek down the street to Missie B’s for a nightcap.
The following weekend, Memorial Day weekend, saw me, my boyfriend Jason, my sister Andy and her partner Helen and best friend Evie flying to Denver for the International Gay Bowling Tournament. The weather was perfect, the hotel we stayed at was grand, the food we ate was superb, but the bowling … I need to remember that my puny average of 141 pins per game will not win me any trophies, just a sore back! Two bowlers scored perfect 300 games, and one poor individual bowled a 299! We managed a side trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and the views were spectacular, with snow still in abundance. There was a beautiful lake where we had a bite to eat on the way to Black Hawk, Colo., to finish the trip with some gambling. This was another mistake for me and Jason as we lost, but my sister-in-law, Helen, managed to win $4,500 -- on a penny machine, no less! Needless to say, we made her pay for the drinks that evening. Speaking of that evening, we attended a wonderful drag show put on by the Demented Divas. These girls glittered up their mustaches and goatees and entertained us for over two hours. If you are ever in Denver on a Tuesday night, stop at the Clock Tower on 16th Street and catch their act. You won’t be disappointed.
GAY PRIDE 2007
The weekend of June 1-3 saw all of us celebrating our gay pride with Street Blast on Friday night and then the festival on Saturday and Sunday. In the words of the event’s chairperson, Flo, it was “flawless, my dear, simply flawless.” One small wrinkle occurred at Street Blast when the sky opened up and things got rather wet. Everyone scattered to find shelter until Flo took to the stage and had the DJ play Martha Wash’s “It’s Raining Men.” The crowd went wild, and everyone was dancing in the rain and having a gay old time. Leave it to Flo to find a way to make a rainy situation into a party. The festival on Saturday and Sunday went off without a hitch. The weather was almost perfect, even the families who brought their children had a great time. I hope that you were able to make it out to the Liberty Memorial to experience this event for yourselves, because there is nothing during the year that can top it. Here is a picture of those delicious boys called Nemesis, who entertained us not only with their voices, but also their gorgeous good looks (see photo). I cannot give enough praise to John Koop and his Pride committee for providing what has to be the best Pride ever for Kansas City. Entertainment the likes of Chaka Khan and Martha Wash headlined the Saturday and Sunday night lineup, but all the entertainment was wonderful, including the Heartland Men’s Chorus and the Freedom Band. The Rev. Kurt Kriger even performed a commitment ceremony for over 40 couples on Sunday. I was impressed with the way the quilt was displayed in a setting surrounded by lush evergreens and artwork. It really makes one realize that we have come a long way from the Stonewall riots.
FUTURE HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16, for the Good Samaritan Project fund raiser, A Gourmet Dinner Under the Tuscan Moon to be held at the Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Brookside. You can order tickets at www.gspkc.org. The KC Waves will hold their second annual swimsuit fashion show at bar Natasha on Friday, June 22, and if this year’s event is anything like last year’s, you all are in for some serious eye candy. Also on tap for this month is a fund raiser for the KC Pride Democratic Club on June 29 at Side Kicks Saloon. On July 21, the first-ever Zoey Awards presentation and show will be held at the Athenaeum Club on Linwood Boulevard. This event will be a fund raiser for the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association, so let’s all support Zoe Kelly, the reigning Miss MGRA. Tickets are $20 at Mama’s Restaurant on 39th Street, or you can call 816-863-4974 to order.
Again, I cannot say enough about the fabulous weekend of Gay Pride this year. What a perfect opportunity to see old friends, meet new friends and do a little networking. Camp Newspaper is privileged to be a major sponsor of this event and also the Pride Guide. In this capacity, we handed out more than 5,000 copies of Camp over the weekend, in addition to the 5,000 distributed in advance of Pride. Attendance was estimated at over 50,000 people for the three days, breaking all attendance records for this event. All of the Pride weekend activities were absolutely free. I understand that Chaka Khan cost more than $100,000 to bring in for a half-hour stint on Saturday night. So please support your Pride committee’s efforts to raise money for next year’s event by attending the fund raisers throughout the year. Till next time…
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
Make time for exercise each dayPhoto by Victor Freitas on Unsplash
Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
Marathon runnersPhoto by Miguel A. Amutio on Unsplash
John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
Full MoonPhoto by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash
Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
This health and fitness article is brought to you by that guy who’s sneaky like a black hole and bright like a nebula. My name is Ron Blake and I can be found playing with my telescope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
This article of motivation is brought to you by a guy who knows a good thing when he sees it. That guy of good vision is Ron Blake, and he can be spotted on that bright horizon at email@example.com.