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HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN
You know the old saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well, I would reword that phrase for this year: “April it snows, May nothing grows!” I don’t know about your lawns and landscaping, but most of my trees that had already begun to bloom have retreated and now it is like starting over. One event that I attended April 13, the Union Hill Open House benefit for AIDS Walk ’07 took a bit of a hit because of the frigid weather. As usual, the homes were fabulous and the food was delicious. I also want to give special thanks to Katie Heschmeyer and her committee who did a superb job of once again hosting a house party for this event and raising so much money in spite of the adverse weather conditions. I look forward to the Union Hill parties each year as the event continually evolves and adds more parties and homes on tour. Everyone who attended managed to make their way to the Cadillac Building for the silent auction, more food and spirits and a wonderful jazz band. I understand from the event organizers that the money raised this year exceeded last year’s total in spite of the inclement weather. Great job, everyone.
My friend John from Des Moines brought his latest boy toy Chas to town for the weekend, and they really made a hit. I decided to take in Saturday Trash Bag Bingo at Missie B’s, hosted by Billy and Michael. Well, every time I turned around, John was yelling “Bingo!” and claiming another trash bag prize! I don’t know whether the game was fixed, but I do know that Michael, that lovely hostess, was quite taken by my two friends from out of town. Those boys certainly know how ! to have a good time, and we all ended up at Outa Bounds Sports Bar, where we proceeded to drink the place dry of bloody marys and Miller Beer.
Saturday, April 21, proved to be one of the most fun-filled days of the month. I first attended a special show put on by the KC Pioneers Leather Club for a “run” that took place over the weekend. Words cannot explain what marvelous entertainment was in store for me at this show, so I will let my pictures do the talking. This theme was a fashion show of sorts. These girls give new meaning to the words pretty and talented. The four contestants had to answer questions from the audience, display their talent and advertise certain unmentionables from a leather catalog. In the finale, three of the four contestants were eliminated, one of them because she was pregnant, so she gave birth on stage to a baby Bush doll. You can find other pictures of this momentous occasion elsewhere in Camp.
After my blood pressure returned to the semi-normal range, I headed down to bar Natasha to witness yet another AIDS Walk fundraiser, the Double Deuce Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament. Again the turnout was rather low due to the weather, but this time it was the wonderful weather that kept everyone outdoors. In spite of the rather sparse turnout, more than $2,000 was raised for AIDS Walk ’07. Speaking of AIDS Walk, by the time this newspaper reaches our distributors on Friday, we will be just one day away from the walk. I encourage anyone reading this column to venture out at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, to Theis Park to walk with your brothers and sisters for this great cause. I will be walking with the illustrious Team GE, led by Eric B and over 150 strong. I will also be carrying a banner with the name of my ex, Willie M, who died of AIDS in the early ’90s and who has been sorely missed ever since.
The weekend ended with a bang, back again at Missie B’s for its 13th anniversary celebration. The place was packed for the 7 p.m. tribute show, a Disney-themed extravaganza. Prizes were awarded to the favorite bartenders and many awards were given out by Jan and Flo to those bar patrons most deserving in categories such as “the person most likely to enter the Betty Ford Clinic” and “bartender most likely to be arrested with a 12-year-old.” The show was marvelous and here is a picture of two of Kansas City’s stellar performers, Sandy K and Lexus C. dressed as Geisha girls for their number (see photo). During the course of the evening, Michael B, owner of Missie B’s,. addressed the audience and put any rumors to rest concerning the bar closing. He said that indeed the building had been sold, but that the bar would be able to continue for many years to come. You can imagine what a relief that was for us regulars who have considered Missie B’s our second home for these 13 years.
FUTURE HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN
Good Samaritan Project will hold its annual fundraiser Corks and Canvas from 7 to 10 p.m. April 27 at the Boulevard Brewing Company on Southwest Blvd. This promises to be a lavish event featuring spectacular art by local and regional artists, fine wines and fabulous hors d’oeuvres. If the April 20 patron party is any indication, this will be a sellout event, so make your reservations now at www.gspkc.org or 816-561-8784.
On May 18, look for the Camp Newspaper Pride Guide to be available at all our local distributors. Camp is again the media sponsor for Gay Pride and Street Blast so be sure and pick up your copy to find out when the various events take place and when your favorite performer takes to the stage. Flo and her team have really outdone themselves this year with the likes of Chaka Khan and Martha Wash as headliners. I, myself, will be front row when those delicious brothers, Jacob and Joshua Miller with the group Nemesis take! center stage. There will be many new surprises in store for festival-goers this year, including hot-air balloons and an expanded children’s corner, according to Flo.
Please show your support over the next month and a half for the many benefit shows, beer busts, etc., being held on behalf of Gay Pride. It is not cheap bringing in such world-class entertainment as Chaka Khan and Martha Wash and then allowing free admission for everyone attending. We must support the Gay Pride Committee and their tireless efforts to allow all of the LGBT and allied community in Kansas City to continue to celebrate our pride in a first-class way every year. Thanks for reading, and I will see you around town.
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.