Behind The Cast: Donovan’s October Highlights

Earlier this week, I updated our press kit and reread our site bio. I realized I don’t talk about my personal life nearly as much as I promised in the write-up. With that in mind, I’ll make more of a concerted effort to change that. Starting this month, I’ll do a quick picture review of a few highlights from the previous month. Check out my inaugural monthly recap below.


Unlike our American compatriots, above the 49th parallel we celebrate Thanksgiving in October and not November. For the first time, Brian and I decided to host our first Thanksgiving dinner for friends who weren’t away for the long weekend. Everyone brought a dish while Brian made his first turkey. Sufficed to say the evening was filled with great conversation, reminiscing and plenty bottles of wine. You can probably recognize a few writers in the pic. An amazing night with amazing friends.

The day after our first annual Friendsgiving, I spent Thanksgiving dinner over at my parents place.. Sunshine, more turkey and rice. Absolute perfection.

Pumpkin Patch

Longtime readers of the site know that I babysit my niece every Wednesday. I absolutely adore her and vice versa. Of course her Uncle Do had to accompany her to pick the perfect pumpkins. Check out the wheelbarrow full of scavenging on the top left.

Oktoberfest In Leavenworth

I’ve never been to Germany, believe it or not. Plenty of other European countries yes, but never the land of Fraus and Fräuleins. I really have to remedy that situation. So when I heard there was an Oktoberfest in my neck of my woods, I simply had to check it out. With Brian and a couple of friends in tow, off to Leavenworth we went.

Leavenworth is this adorable quaint town in Washington fashioned after a Bavarian village. Even the 7 Eleven and nation-wide gas stations are forced to sport the town-approved font. From drinking copious amounts of local brew to trying on tacky furry hats, we did it all. We even played a round of putt putt where myself and my friend Robby tied. Sadly for our respective partners they both lacked any real golf prowess.

TopMan Vancouver Opening

I first fell in love with Topman on my first visit to London years ago. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with the British retailer. Thankfully for my closet, but unfortunately for my wallet, Topshop & Topman opened their biggest international flagship in Vancouver. With over 33,000-square feet, the store boasts their signature Brit swagger in a polished sleek space at The Bay on Granville. It’s so beautiful it rivals their flagship store on Oxford Circus in London. I’ve received nothing but compliments on my new threads.

I attended the early shopping preview with writer Nic and my artist friend Matt Schwenk (leopard cap). You should definitely check out his work. He’s truly a master in his craft. Early HZ writer Jonny, was also there sipping on champs with us as he was supporting his BF who co-manages the store.

After the daytime fun, we enjoyed the official opening party at Club 560. As you can see in the picture above, we worked it out on the step and repeat. The night was filled with great music, an amazing set by band Metric and tasty snacks. There was even a walk-off on the dance floor with several of our friends. It was so fierce, Miss Jay Alexander and Tyra Banks would’ve been jealbots.

Seattle – Adios Josh

October brought many highs but one very memorable low. One of our good friends Josh, packed up and left Seattle for a new life in Los Angeles. While I’ll miss hanging out with him in the Pacific Northwest, I can’t wait for our new adventures in LaLa Land. Nic, Adam and our upcoming fashion writer Carson drove down to the Emerald City to bid adieu.

Whistler – First Snowfall

After an amazing one night in Seattle, Carson, Nic and myself wanted to keep the good times rolling. En route back home to Vancouver, we decided to keep driving to Whistler to congratulate the love of my life (Brian) on his amazing time on his race. My BF killed it. As luck would have it, Whistler saw its first snowfall that night. We definitely danced the night away.

Loden Hotel Anniversary Party

One of Vancouver’s finest boutique hotels celebrated their anniversary with an unforgettable party. They blocked off three floors in their hotel with special cocktails and finger foods in each room. Based on the picture below, you can see I gravitated to the champagne rooftop. What can I say, I love me some bubbly.

Can you believe, I look exactly like my caricature, but Brian looks nothing like his. I’m truly shocked. Most likely, Brian kept fidgeting during his time to sit still.

Halloween Festivities

Admittedly, Halloween is my least favorite holiday. The pressure of it all trying to find a costume. But without fail, I always seem to have a great time and scrounge up a Halloween costume. This year, Brian, Nic and myself decided to go as Zombie lumberjacks. Correction, Nic and myself did. Brian didn’t want to wear white makeup on his face for fear of his skin breaking out. LOL. And I ended up looking like Asian Hitler due to the stick-on mustache. Check out a few pics from that night. Longtime readers might recognize former cast member Landon going as the Silver Surfer.


Some of you might be surprised to know I’m part of a gay curling league- Pacific Rim Curling League (PRCL). Normally, Brian is our skip but he decided to take a year off. Now, we that we have an adorable girl as our skip, our team name is ‘Three Men and a Little Lady’. How cute is that right?

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  • hizi

    So is Leavenworth the city of the most gorgeous men??? I mean the picture of the Oktoberfest with those 3 HANDSOME men?! And I’m stuck in Austria…there IS something wrong!!! xD


  • bruin

    so happy and grateful you brought this back. i feel like the personal posts have exponentially decreased so this one’s a breath of fresh air (original content of website). now patrick and redd’s turn ha

  • Thanksgiving was so fun. I wish it came more than once a year!