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Kansas City sent a contingent of more than 50 athletes and performers to participate in the Gay Games in Chicago July15-22, 2006. Here’s a recap from one of the athletes and Team Kansas City Leader, Dan Melton.
Opening ceremonies were for the most part amazing: After four hours of making out in front of Phelps-like protestors, Team Kansas City ran into a jam–packed Soldier Field to the roar of thousands of fans from across the world. Our team shirt was a total hit!. The highlight of the opening ceremonies was when 11,000 athletes held up brightly colored lights in lines that formed the rainbow while Billy Porter and others sang amazingly. While the ceremony was long, the team hung in there to watch Dan, Zach, Anne and Jody perform in the largest gay marching band ever assembled. Mid performance, a streaker ran down the middle showing all and the crowd blew up! The night ended with the lighting of the “gaymes” torch and a wonderful fireworks show again in the colors of the rainbow...
Band and Chorus
Anne, Jody, Zach, and Dan joined 250 other instrumentalists from around the globe to play in some astonishing venues. The Team Band practiced nearly 25 hours before the official rehearsal in Soldiers Field. We played four numbers and created three formations .... the crowd went wild. Then, on Tuesday night, we played in the space-ship-themed Jay Pritzker Pavilion (designed by Frank Gehry) in Millennium Park. The sound was amazing! It was truly an experience that the four of us will never forget. A bunch of Team KC members also sang in the chorus, which with the band opened the ceremonies. Throughout, the chorus backed up famous singers. On Wednesday night, they followed a local Chicago group at the same stage in Millenium Park and again blew away the crowd, who hung in there with them loving it till 11pm! We looked forward to closing ceremonies when KC’s very own Joe Nadeau of the HMC served as a main conductor.
Guy, Randy, Josh, Brock, Randy, Chris, Joel, and others competed in a whirlwind number of events. On Monday, Josh, Randy, and Guy woke up at 4:45am to make the 10k, which ran along Chicago’s beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. All four repeated the same routine on Wednesday for the 5k. They all finished and made Top Ten in their age groups—not too shabby considering there were more than 600 runners. Who said KC was the fattest city? Pair their perfomance with Joel and Brock, who won silver medals for relays and Kansas City should be named as one of the fastest gay cities.
On Friday, Joel and Brock competed against each other in the 100m dash. The gun smoked, and both lept to an early lead. At 90 m, Joel pulled out by barely a hair to win Gold. Not bad for KC, gold and silver in the most competitive track event. Beyond the 100 m, Joel and Brock brought home some 14 medals in other events.....go boys!
About 20 of us swam at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. The meet was at night- great for our bar-loving crowd. Nap all day and swim all night! Despite the drinking, dancing, and fun, our team nabbed a record number of medals....three of our women and one of our men got three medals each! Highlights included our mixed 100-119 relay which won a gold and a silver with a mix between Jerry, Jessi, Carlos, Jen and David. Anthony broke two Missouri Valley records and set his personal best in three events in which he also won medals. Jessi, Anna Lea and Jen tore up their individual events winning a combined 15 medals.
On Thursday night, the team participated in the Pink Flamingo which is basically a drag cabaret on water. Ten teams competed for the top five prizes (1, 2, 3, best choreography and best costume). The event was sold out and filmed by CBS! Being that KC Wave generally brings the most women to the meet (at least percentage wise), we decided to throw a drag king as opposed to a drag queen pink flamingo. We dressed up like country drag kings and did three great dnace and synchro routines....lol...unfortunately the gay men didn't get it AND they comprised 3/4 of the judges panel. Oh well, we did well for a 12 person flamingo compared to the giant 30+ person routines put together by DC or West Hollywood.
Bowling, Cycling, Triathlon and
Dave bowled hard through out the week, barely missing the finals. He placed 7th out of 80+ people....his right hand is tired! Liz won gold in her cycling event, totally whipping up on the female competition. Sue pinned all her matches in wrestling, making her trip well worth the gold. Chris ran, swan and biked an amazing triathlon beating her competitors for the gold.
Imagine 20,000 queers packed into Wrigley Field...and you might get why the gaymes were so amazing. We totally took over one of the most recognized sporting venues in the world for 3 hours of total gaydom. It was fantastic. All of us walked in together (but don’t touch the grass!), right over the pitchers mound and through first base to seats three deep off the field.
We jammed with Eric Hyman, Cyndi Laupher and other great stars. Two of the hits were the DC cowboys and Ant. We expected to see cheerleaders run across the field for the cowboy act...but instead we were treated to fifteen men in tight pants, black tanks and big buckles line dancing to some very hot numbers...and then, a few beats later, the comic Ant had us rolling on the ground for a number of great hits: “I don’t get this competition....take wrestling, I pin you...I win....you pin me...I win....where’s the loser?” We all shed a little tear as the torch passed on to Germany for 2010. Off to Boystown and Andersonville we went....parties abounded, people to meet and an entire city thanking us for stopping in to celebrate one of the most amazing weeks.
This trip has been totally awesome. I cant speak for everyone, but from Team KC to all of you in Kansas City.....Germany in 2010...don’t miss out on what will be the best time of your life. And Josh, all my love, I wouldn’t want to share it with anyone else.
Go Team Toto!
Swimmer, Tenor Sax Instrumentalist,
Proud Kansas Citian
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.
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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.
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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!
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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.