Alex, put your dress on… you’re moving to India!
A couple of days ago while site seeing during a business trip to Mumbai, India I witnessed my first authentic Indian Tranny. I have to admit that I was a bit shocked since out of the 5 trips I’ve now made to India, I had never once seen a Tranny- nor would I have expected to given the gay climate of the country. As shocked as I was I actually had to turn to my local friend and confirm that I was indeed seeing a man, dressed as a woman begging for money (those queens are always lookin’ for coin… right Alex?! Just kiddin’ Lady- you know I love ya!). My friend of course confirmed that I was indeed seeing what I thought I was seeing, so I started to pepper him with questions.
At first I was surprised to see all this because it was literally the middle of the day and I worried for their safety. My friend indicated, however, that there isn’t any real violence against these Gurls and they have a pretty tight-knit community- so that’s a good thing. The most shocking thing I learned though (and I can’t believe how awesome this is)- is that there are some groups in India who consider it good luck for a Tranny to come to your home and bless your newly born children! Seriously, they actually have people at the hospital that will let the Ladies know where to go and who to visit after a child is born… totally random, but kinda awesome, hey?
Dublin is a blast of a city. I don’t care who you are- if you’re fun, like to drink and have a good time, you’ll have a great time in Dublin.
I was there a few weeks ago and to share my favourite spots & experiences for anyone who’s going to be headed across the pond. There’s the obvious things you have to do in Dublin, like visiting the Guinness factory but I’ve opted to focus on the less obvious things like hotel choice, site-seeing in the countryside and food.
The Morrisson Hotel is smack dab in the middle of the downtown core of Dublin. Located on Lower Ormond Quay you can see the river directly from your window in many of the rooms and it’s basically the first thing you see as you exit the building. With a bridge only a few feet away, you immediately find yourself in Temple Bar- which is a hub for great places to eat, live music and Irish culture. Add to it that four of the best gay clubs/bars in the city are all within a 5-minute walk and you’re basically set.I highly recommend this hotel if you’re staying in the city. It’s boutique, it’s central, the staff is super friendly and you’ll never be closer to everywhere you want to be in Dublin.
I haven’t allowed myself to vent frustrations via a “this crap bothers me article” in a while, so I thought it was high time I let it all out. Plus, with all the travel I’ve been doing I’ve had numerous opportunities for people do to shit that bugs me… so I decided to share the latest top 5 things people do that bug me:
Dun Dun Dun…. The Finale.
I have to start off by saying this is the least excited I’ve been for a finale in the history of the show. I think I’m suffering from SYTYCD Overload or something- which I never really thought could happen, but it has. Too much, too soon- especially those of us up here in Canada who have been blasted with Season 5 for the US, Season 2 for Canada and then immediately Season 6 for the US again.
At any rate, our finale opens with the Top 20 dancing to Scared Of Me (Radio Edit) by Fedde el Grand feat. Mitch Crown. This was a GREAT number and even more so because Jakob has the balls to wear those skin tight sparkling pants. I love this kid more and more every day. Kudos to you Jakob, Ku-dos! The routine as a whole was actually done really well- great way to start off the show.
After reviewing all the performances of last night, the show then launched into performances of previous performance night routines, starting with the 3-Hip Hop dancers (Kevin, Russell & Legacy) performing their routine from Week 1 of the Top 20. The routine is set to “Beggin’ (District 78 Remix)” by Madcon I’m still not mad about this routine.
It’s very strange that we’re at the finale already, and that’s not even to mention the fact that there are randomly SIX dancers this season instead of the customary 4. I absolutely agree with both the comments on previous posts about how this season was rushed and poorly done. The random changes to how the show functioned and everything made it absolutely obvious that the studio was just doing it to keep up ratings. Tsk tsk.
Kathryn & Ryan
That said, the show started off with a bang as a SHIRTLESS Ryan (finally) dances a Samba with Kathryn to Magalenha by Sergio Mendes. It was a great routine and regardless of how well I thought it was danced (or not) the fact that Ryan danced with his shirt off made me rewind it and watch a second time. I wish he’d worn ballroom shoes for the routine rather than bare feet- but that’s just being nit-picky. Kathryn did a great job, especially with no Ballroom training and overall I truly enjoyed the routine (and staring at Ryan’s 1/2 naked body all during the comments- great camera work people).
So getting drunk before watching the show and writing the article went so well last night, I decided to do the same thing again tonight! I jest, but only a little. My friend Amit came over with his Mom’s famous (and rightfully so) butter chicken and we decided to watch the Glee finale & SYTYCD. Three tall Gin & Tonic’s later, and here we are…
The show opened with the Top 8 performing a number to the Samantha Ronson Remix of Pon de Floor by Major Lazer feat VYBZ Kartel (who the hell is that anyway?!). The routine was absolutely Sonya and we knew it before Cat even announced it, and in usual fashion- it was absolute amaze-balls. Ellenore & Jakob were the obvious focal points due to the fact that they are clearly the most skilled dancers, but the whole routine was awesome.
** editors note via Amit: Samantha Ronson REALLY needs to eat a hamburger.**… So true my friend, so true.
This week I’ve decided to try something new… getting drunk before watching the show and writing my article. You’ll have to let me know how it goes!
I kid, but only in the sense that I decided to just randomly get drunk. Rather, I’ve just returned home from attending a party for an organization that my friend Patrick is on the board for: The Paprika Festival. It was a great night with a silent auction (where I won some fabulous dance concert tickets), great music and friends.
Anyway, I digress. So here we are with the final 8! Unfortunately Ashleigh injured her shoulder and won’t be dancing tonight, we technically we’re watching the Top 7- but I still suspect she’ll be safe for the week.
Ryan & Kathryn
Our first couple to hit the floor are Ryan and Kathryn dancing the infamous Disco routine to a Samantha Ronson remix of Last Dance by Donna Summer. Ryan’s obviously the best guy for this routine, and were it not for the absolutely HEINOUS pants he was wearing, I would’ve been totally on board. That said, there were a few sync issues (Ryan was faster with his throwbacks than Kathryn was) and they obviously cut the lift the basket lift because they couldn’t get it- but overall I felt like they did a good job. It was at least fun to watch… but those pants… Sick.
Tonight’s show started off with the Top 10 dancing to It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me by Billy Joel. I say it was the Top 10, but it’s more like Jakob danced the number and the other 9 supported him- which was good because the routine itself was pretty lame, so at least it gave me something fun to watch.
We were then treated to a montage of last night’s performances and I was reminded all over again at how amazing Jakob & Ellenore were and just how shitty some of the other numbers were. We also got a peak back at the solos and holy Mother… Ellenore is absolutely brilliant. A bit weird, but absolutely brilliant.
I then had to bust it to the washroom because Dominic Sandoval from season 3 popped on to showed America that he’s sold out to become a spokesperson for none other than… K-Mart. Seriously? Seriously. Barf.