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Sentences: Redux

Gentle readers, the subject of one of my earliest short stories, my third grade teacher, Mrs. Shireman, has found my story about her here on JMG, through some self-googling. We’ve had a delightful and delighted email exchange, and with her gracious permission, I am reposting the story today, almost 40 years after its setting, rural North Carolina, 1967. Today Mrs. …

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Two Great Do’s

The woman on the left was the absolute best find of our Open House New York picture excursion. She was on duty at the Main Library and Father Tony and I almost dropped our cameras in awe and amazement at her elaborate Cyclonesque hair-do. She graciously smiled and twirled while we snapped away. On the right is a pic of …

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Open Thread Thursday

Decades ago, I used to dream of opening my own gay bar. I had it all planned out in my head. I envisioned a little local saloon, downtown Fort Lauderdale, somewhere on the beachside of the Intracoastal. I had it all mapped out, the floorplan, the decor, the music, the beers on tap. But the one thing I could never …

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Short Day

Midtown has erupted into sirens. A plane has crashed into a high-rise. Appears to be my apartment block. Well, guess I’ll be heading home early today. UPDATE: The building is at 72nd & York, at least 1000 feet from mine. The fire looks quite bad. At this time of day, the only people likely to be home in that building …

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(Sally Field Joke Here)

You are kind and obedient, my virtual army of lovers. Embiggen the pic for the list of gay blogs most liked by Advocate readers. Many of my own personal favorites are on there: Andrew Sullivan, Towleroad, BlogActive, Keith Boykin, all of which are down there on my blogroll. Thanks very much to our own Foxy for providing the scan. (Post …

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Manhunters Beware

A gay Brooklyn man is on life-support with probable permanent brain damage, after being lured to Plumb Beach for sex by four straight young men who contacted him on what police are calling a “popular internet chat line”. Michael Sandy, 29, fled his attackers by running onto the Belt Highway where he was struck by a car, which left the …

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Evil Old Queen.

Thanks to everybody for all the birthday wishes yesterday. I celebrated by dragging my enfeebled, liver-spotted carcass into bed at 8PM, falling asleep before they even found the body on Law & Order. Celebration was made, however, on Sunday night, on my usual round of beer busts, where multiple shots of Jager were handed to me over the course of …

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Morning View – MetLife Tower

Built on Madison Square in 1909, the 51-story MetLife Tower ruled as the world’s tallest building until the Woolworth Tower went up downtown four years later. The MetLife completed a multi-year renovation in 2002 and today you’d swear it had gone up yesterday, not 97 years ago. My late aunt once had an office behind one of the clockfaces, screwing …

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Best. Title. Ever.

I don’t think I’ve ever merely posted about someone else’s blogpost title before, but Little Tom’s header for his story about apartment renovation? I’m stilling laughing 12 hours later. Spackle, Neely, spackle!

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Aaron IM’s A Thoughtful Question

Aaron: Okay…so if a Splash bartender leaves his job and starts doing porn, does that mean that his status in the gay world has gone up or gone down? Joe: Hmm, I’d say that would be a lateral move. Aaron: OK. Joe: Unless he bottoms in the porn. In which case, down. Aaron: He does. Is that so wrong? Joe: …

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It Was Inevitable

Christopher Street, Sunday 5pm, outside The Hangar bar…..Twink 1: What’s that Ty’s place like? Twink 2: Ugh. A total Foley bar. Twink 1: Ew.

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Birthplace Of The “Club Kid”

Completing the dismal hat trick of three consecutive posts about the demise of NYC landmarks, here’s a shot I took yesterday of the Church Of The Holy Communion, Chelsea’s grim bit of gothic revival more famously known as The Limelight, the nightclub that brought us the legendary Disco 2000 parties, Michael Alig, DJ Keoki and a dismembered drug dealer here …

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Tower Toppled

In what many music industry insiders consider the final nail in the music retail coffin, Tower Records was liquidated on Friday after a couple of years of operating in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. All stores immediately put up their “Going Out Of Business” signs, including New York’s Broadway store, pictured above. This leaves only Virgin Records, with 20 stores nationwide, as …

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Country Bluegrass & Blues

Landmark punk venue CBGB’s is in its final week of existence. Downtown drugstores are already lamenting lost eyeliner revenues. Yesterday we found a line of baby punks sitting outside, waiting for a show. I asked them who they were waiting for. “Agnostic fucking Front, dude!” Punkers say “dude” now, apparently.

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Brock Does Manhattan

Everybody say hello to Brock…aka Tank Montreal (find him on BMB yourself), a friend of the Farmboyz visiting from Canadia. Note to self: get thee to Canadia. Here’s an interesting side of Tank Montreal.

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Great Jones

At the risk of making a tiny, busy place even busier, I must recommend the Lower East Side/Noho joint, Great Jones Cafe, as my new favorite brunching spot. The Farmboyz have taken me there twice now, and this hole-in-the-wall rocks. Cajun-inspired menu, only about 7 items. And hot Bloody Marys. This shack seats about twenty, so c’mon and bring your …

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People! Please!

The Farmboyz and I attended the annual Mr. Eagle pageant last night. I’ve been to plenty of these things and I had predicted that at some point the MC would have a big-girl breakdown and start screaming at the crowd for not paying attention. I even gave a little pre-show, “People! This is your Mr. Powerhouse! Please show some respect!” …

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Morning View – Flatiron Building

Most people like to take pictures of the Flatiron Building, one of NYC’s first sky scrappers, from the front, to emphasize its uniquely thin profile, but I think the side view is pretty grand too, don’t you? The Flatiron was built in 1902 and one legend is that it generated the jazz-era slang expression “23 skidoo!”. The story goes that …

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I Love Sky Scrappers!

From the lobby of the Masonic Temple, where their Manhattan photo essay contained numerous amusing misspellings. More Open House New York photos are coming.

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