There are a few stereotypical things that every gay man should know about. These things include certain musical artists such as Barbara Streisand and Bette Midler, how to mix a fantastic cocktail, and a number of movies that should be part of every homo’s “I’ve-seen-that” repertoire. Whether you’re gay or straight, if you haven’t seen any or all of the movies on this list, you’re missing out on something great.
Originally this post started as a collection of my top 5 gay-themed movie recommendations and my top 5 recommendations for non-gay movie essentials. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep either list to just 5… and after reaching over 1,000 words not even 1/2 way through, I decided to break it up into three articles: Top Gay-Themed Comedies, Top Gay-Themed Dramas and Top Non-Gay Movie Essentials. So… let’s start with the comedies- listed in no particular order, click the title to watch the trailer!
Earlier this week, eBay Canada released information about a survey they commissioned that shows the majority of Canadians want to lead a greener lifestyle but feel significant challenges in doing so.
The study, which surveyed over 1500 adult Canadians indicated some pretty interesting statistics that, to me, indicate many people don’t realize how simple it can be to start leading a more sustainable lifestyle.
First, a whopping 84% of Canadians believe green products to be more expensive and 64% wish they had more green options when it comes to buying and selling. Likewise 47% wish they had more green shopping options and 2 out of 5 Canadians feel overwhelmed with the amount of green information available.
That last part is definitely understandable. It’s extremely easy to get overwhelmed when you stop and think about all the different ways to become “greener”. The important thing here, however, is to take baby steps. You don’t have to give up everything you know and love, just start with the little things and build from there. Leading a greener lifestyle shouldn’t make you feel crazy, it should make you feel proud of all the small things you do each day to cut down on waste.
The Olympics were an interesting time for me. On one hand it was amazing to see Vancouver take the world’s centre stage for 2 weeks. To see all these places I used to call part of my “home” and listen to my friends’ stories about how awesome the Heineken House was, or any number of amazing experiences they were able to have.
On the other hand, while I was super excited for my friends to be experiencing such an amazing event first-hand, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t an element of pain associated with all the things I just mentioned as well. A sort of “I’m supposed to be there!” kind of feeling that tainted the Olympic experience for me… or at least it did at first.
Thankfully that painful feeling got less and less intense as the days wore on and I enjoyed the Olympics, both on TV and vicariously through my friends, more and more. But it was the Closing Ceremonies when they did the spot on how Canada will own you that something finally hit me… I belong to Canada.
Every once in a while you come across one of those things that you just have to have. Unfortunately it seems to happen to me a lot more frequently than others- just look at my shoe or electronics collections. But then there are those times when you see something, have to have it, get it and then have to write about how freakin’ awesome it is. My new Saddleback Leather bag is exactly one of those things. They ain’t cheap, but they’re damn sure worth it.
An American company, Saddleback Leather was started by a guy named Dave and is currently based out of Texas. I don’t know Dave from Adam, but just by checking out the company’s website and going through the order process I’ve gained a sense of familiarity with he and his company. If you check out the website, (which incendetally is the ONLY place you can buy these bags), you quickly come to realize that the company is one of those who doesn’t believe in corporate propaganda, likes to speak plain language and is in business because they have a quality product to sell for a good reason.
Their purpose? “To put it simply, Saddleback’s goal is this: To make excessively high quality, tough and cool looking leather pieces for a few people that will last a really long time.” So long, in fact, that their bags come with a 100 year warranty!
Last week I announced my participation in the People With Aids/Toronto Friends for Life Bike Rally, a 660 Kilometre bike ride from Toronto to Montreal (sponsor me!). I mentioned then that my first step was to buy a bike, which started with educating myself and searching for the right one. I had no idea it was going to be so confusing!
My friend Brennon and I went out last Saturday afternoon tromping all over Toronto (literally) to about 6 different shops to learn about the different bikes they carried, sizing, equipment and prices. It was an exhausting day, but we learned a TON. That said, it wasn’t until my visit yesterday to Toronto’s Hello Velo bike shop that I was able to put all the pieces together and find the perfect bike for me.
During our research everyone talked to us about sizing, making sure you have the correct fit, making sure the equipment and accessories you buy fit you properly, etc… but there always seemed to be something missing to tie it all together. I didn’t have a basis from which to choose the bike I wanted other than “well, that one looks pretty…” and so was constantly worried that I was going to choose a bike that was fundamentally not made for my body type. Luckily, my friend Mike referred me to his friend Paul at Hello Velo and everything came together.
Last weekend I committed to biking 660 kilometres in 6 days and raising at least $2200.00 to support HIV/AIDS awareness through the Friends for Life Bike Rally. The rally, put on by the PWA (People With AIDS) organization, runs July 25th – 30th and rides from Toronto, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec. Approximately 400 riders participate annually with hundreds of other volunteers and non-riding fundraisers who last year raised about 1.2 million dollars to help support the various services, programs and events PWA provides.
People With AIDS is an organization that exists to promote the health and well-being of all people living with HIV/AIDS by providing accessible, direct and practical support services. They are the largest direct service provider for people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada and have a long list of very impressive achievements.
Over the course of the last few years the notion of “home” has really changed for me. Being that I’m originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, I always sort of considered it my “home” since I spent my formative years there, and most of my family still lives there.
Five years ago I uprooted my life and moved to Vancouver and then just last August I did it again when I moved to Toronto. Both of these experiences have challenged the concept of “home” that I’ve held for so long. What really constitutes “home”?
When I moved to Vancouver back at the end of 2004, Salt Lake City was still “home” to me. I held on to that notion for a good 4 of the 5 years that I was living there and for some reason, I was just never truly happy during that time. It wasn’t until I realized it was THAT that was making me so unhappy. Actively choosing to live in a place while maintaining the idea that my “home” was elsewhere prevented me from putting down any roots. I didn’t get involved with any hobbies, I wouldn’t let myself really connect with people that I dated and ultimately I felt very transient for that whole period of time.
Last night I experienced something new and unexpected. I saw vagina, in the flesh, for probably the third time in my whole life.
I’m still in the Philippines on a business trip until next week and last night I went out with some friends. We started the night at a club called Encore (formerly known as Embassy), which is a straight club. I’d been there before, but it was PACKED and I was slightly unprepared for the crush of people because bars simply don’t get that crowded in North America (something to do with fire code, I think…)
After a couple of hours bopping our heads to the hip hop sounds being blasted by the DJ (who was actually really good), we hopped in the car and headed over to Manila’s original “red light district” to an establishment titled “The Asian Emporium”.
The name probably should have given me a little more of a hint as to what to expect, but going in all I really knew was that I was at a “titty bar” and should expect to see some tits. That was the understatement of the century.