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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday Word II: That's What Friends Are For

Look for updates re: Bacharach to the Future, December 1, 2008

Main Entry:
1friend Listen to the pronunciation of 1friend
Middle English frend, from Old English frēond; akin to Old High German friunt friend, Old English frēon to love, frēo free
before 12th century

1 a: one attached to another by affection or esteem b: acquaintance2 a: one that is not hostile b: one that is of the same nation, party, or group3: one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)4: a favored companion

Wednesday Word: Trick or Treat--Get Some Nuts

There was a silly advert with Mr T making fun of a sissy boy running down the street. It was pulled because it might be offensive to gay people. Was it, really? Well, the answer to that is yes and no. Now, if they want to make a good commercial and sell a lot of candy ...

Main Entry: 2treat
Function: noun
Date: 1651
1 a: an entertainment given without expense to those invited b: the act of providing another with free food, drink, or entertainment
2: an especially unexpected source of joy, delight, or amusement

Main Entry: 1trick
Pronunciation: \ˈtrik\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English trikke, from Anglo-French *trik, from trikier to deceive, cheat, from Vulgar Latin *triccare, alteration of Latin tricari to behave evasively, shuffle, from tricae complications, trifles
Date: 15th century

5 a: a turn of duty at the helm usually lasting for two hours b: shift 4b(1) c: a trip taken as part of one's employment d: a sexual act performed by a prostitute ; also : john 2

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday Talent: He Likes Lasagne

Well, anyone who likes lasagna has the vote of the entire Column of Life staff. Well, it's not as if Cheyenne Jackson is running for President, but he is completely desired for Bacharach to the Future, the Love Out Loud musical planned tribute for World AIDS Day. We are keeping our hopes up and it is hoped that he is paying attention.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday Music: One of Us

Here are your weekly songs. Even the youngest of baby boomers of the era when Johnny Mathis hit his peak knew he was gay. He was the most visible gay man of that era. He was a man who did not aspire to be anything than what he was--an accomplished singer. There were few who could deliver the goods as well as this sweet crooner.

From Hole-in-the-Head Blogspot:

The amazing thing about Johnny Mathis is that he survived in the entertainment business for 50 years being black, a homosexual and a tenor. I was surprised to hear that in 1982 he officially came out of the gay closet and for his honesty was greeted with death threats ... Throughout his career he seemed to never deny who he was, but sort of floated above it, giving out clues to his lifestyle on his album covers.

Back then there was a great photo on a fan mag of Johnny with George Chakiris. How thoroughly satisfying was the thought of the two of them together. If you had to be an adolescent in the era of coitus homosexual interruptus that was a fantasy that got you through many a rough night.

It was surprising that he was the object of death threats when he came out in 1982, because it was one of those non-surprising revelations. Go figure.

What is most interesting in retrospect is to note that "Chances Are," probably his biggest hit back then, is generic regarding the object of the singer's affection. There is no gender specific pronoun.

Chances are 'cause I wear a silly grin
The moment you come into view,
Chances are you think that I'm in love with you.
Just because my composure sort of slips
The moment that your lips meet mine,
Chances are you think my heart's your Valentine.


In the magic of moonlight,
When I sigh, "Hold me close, dear,"
Chances are you believe the stars
That fill the skies are in my eyes.

Guess you feel you'll always be
The one and only one for me
And, if you think you could,
Well, chances are your chances are awfully good.

In the magic of moonlight,
When I sigh, "Hold me close, dear,"
Chances are you believe the stars
That fill the skies are in my eyes.

Guess you feel you'll always be
The one and only one for me
And, if you think you could,
Well, chances are your chances are awfully good.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

For our Datalounge Friends

We are paying attention and this is fun:

Simon on Sunday

Simon Baker was originally showcased on these shores in LA Confidential with fellow Australians, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. He was last seen by most people in the Devil Wears Prada. He is coming to weekly television again in what promises to be a rather well done series, The Mentalist.

Thank you, CBS. Seems like a gratuitous picture is in order. He turns 39 this week on the 30th.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Goodnight, Sweet Beefcake

Beefcake Dessert: Sweet Daddy

Something rich ...

And dark ...

Something you come back for again and again

Saturday Beefcake: Something to Sink Your Teeth Into

This is the main course, something[s] hearty and satisfying

Saturday Beefcake: an Extra Serving

Saturday Beefcake: Primo Piatto

Il primo piatto in Italian cuisine is, more often than not, pasta. In an elaborate full course repast, it follows the antipasto. It took some getting used to from both native Italian restaurants and American tourists. It is a smaller portion that leads the way to the entree, the main course, il secondo piatto. Most Americans think of pasta as a main course. Il primo, which can also be rice or soup, prepares the palate for the rest of the meal. Perhaps that's why it tends to be more carbohydrate laden than the others. The following would make a great primo for four people. And here are some primo guys to help serve it up, a couple of whom are ready to serve in some interesting tennis gear.

Turkey Fried Rice

Olive/Canola Oil Combo, three tablespoons
Garlic, three cloves, crushed
Brown Rice, steamed, one pound, cooled
Turkey Sausage, Italian Style, sweet or hot, about a half pound, cut into small pieces
Eggs, three scrambled, cut into small pieces
Green Beans, about a cup, snapped into small pieces
Scallions, one bunch, chopped
Carrots, two medium, chopped, sauteed in one tablespoon olive oil
Mushroom Soy Sauce
Parsley, for garnish

1. Heat the garlic in the oil in a large deep skillet.
2. Once the garlic achieves a state of characteristic aroma, add the steamed rice and turn steadily for ten to fifteen minutes until it's shiny.
3. Add turkey sausage, eggs, green beans and carrots, mix for about three minutes.
4. Pepper to taste. Add soy sauce to taste, if desired.
5. Garnish with parsley and scallions. Serve. (not a tennis serve)

Saturdy Beefcake: Afternoon Snack -- Chris D

It's no wonder that this man is getting most of the votes for Mate o' the Month over at DNA's site. We like him so much we're posting his pic again.

Saturday Beefcake: What's For Lunch?

And, if you're going to invite someone over, it should be someone as religious as this young man:

Cabbage Roll Ups

Onion, one medium, diced
Garlic CLoves, two, chopped
Oil, canola/olive mixture, two tablespoons
Tomato paste, one small can
Pomi Marinara Sauce, half a container
Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped, one tablespoon
Kosher Salt, at least one quarter teaspoon
Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Oregano, to taste
Honey, to taste
Cabbage, one medium, outer layer removed, cleaned and steamed
Cheddar Cheese, grated, six tablespoons
Brown Rice, two cups, cooked
Egg, one
Curry Powder, one teaspoon

1. Saute onion in oil until golden. Set aside.
2. Combine the marinara and paste with three tablespoons of water, salt, pepper, oregano and honey in a saucepan. Blend in two tablespoons of the onion and garlic. Cover. Simmer.
3. Mix parsley, rice, egg, two tablespoons of the sauce with the remaining garlic and onion. Add cheese, salt and curry.
4. Spread out the cabbage leaves and fill with the rice mixture. Roll up. Secure with toohpicks.
5. Simmer in the sauce ten to fifteen minutes.

Saturday Morning Beefcake: Reichen

He does all the right things and it's a good thing that he's here. A very good way to start the day.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Night Might: Miami

A National Forum on HIV/AIDS for Health Professionals
Who Provide Care for Latinos

July 28-29th, 2008
Miami Beach Resort & Spa - Miami, FL

The goal of this activity is to update the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of healthcare providers who care for patients with HIV/AIDS. This activity is also designed for healthcare media, federal and state legislators, AIDS service organization officers, social workers, peer counselors, church leadership and corrections healthcare personnel. The objectives are to familiarize participants with the epidemiology of HIV in the United States, current guidelines and cutting edge clinical modalities for the management of HIV, current research encompassing drug abuse and its connection to the HIV epidemic, social and psychiatric concerns of the HIV-infected patient, policy initiatives, trends and political issues which impact all HIV-infected patients.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Gay Thursday: Potpourri

From Today’s Metro Things That Make You Go, “Hmmmmm”

Surprising news of the week: *Star* magazine is reporting that Matthew Broderick cheated on his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, several times with a 25-year-old redhead.
The mag says the adulterous affair began when Broderick met the girl in a bar and began texting her. It allegedly became physical quickly. And the worst part? When Parker was off in L.A. filming the ultimate woman empowerment film of 2008, *Sex and the City: The Movie,* Broderick would make late-night visits to the woman’s apartment. Ouch.
This is super sad (we always thought Parker and Broderick had a good relationship in the world of celebrity coupledom). However, the upside is that at least this news will put to rest all of those “Broderick is gay” rumors. (Dorothy Robinson)

Seems that Ms. Robinson has a lot to learn. Still, that last sentence gives one pause.

Silence Equals Death

(Yamy Zimmer from the same issue of Metro)

New York. Health care providers want to help patients prevent HIV infection through testing and other services, but their job is tougher when patients are mum on their sexual behavior. A Health Department survey released yesterday of 452 men who had sex with other men within the past year found that 39 percent had kept their doctors in the dark. The study showed that men who disclose having sex with men were twice as likely as those who did not to have been tested for HIV — 63 percent versus 36 percent.
“Because of the fear and discrimination that still surround coming out, we are missing opportunities to stop the spread of HIV,” said Monica Sweeney of the Health Department.
The disclosure rates broke down differently among races: 60 percent of blacks did not tell their doctors, compared to 48 percent Hispanics and 47 percent Asians. Only 19 percent of whites kept quiet about their sexual behavior.

The more things change, the more they are the same.

Date: 23-Jul-2008 from DNA, that gayest of magazines from Australia

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Barack Obama is the clear front-runner amongst gay American voters as their favoured candidate for the November presidential election.

Obama is leading most national polls as the favoured candidate, however not many polls have him leading Republican Senator John McCain by the margin that he is amongst gay voters.

Over 60 percent of gay registered voters are throwing their support behind Senator Obama, while only 14 percent are backing 71-year-old McCain.

The Harris Interactive poll shows that 90 percent of black voters are planning on voting for Obama, while Latino voters are on par with the gays when it comes to support for Obama.

Obama is seen as being more supportive of gay rights issues. While not supporting gay 'marriage' per se like McCain, he does support civil unions. McCain campaigned against domestic partnership benefits in his own home state of Arizona.

Obama is also in favour of repealing the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy of the American military, which McCain is not.

Did you know that Stephen Colbert is from South Carolina, that very gay State?

DNA provided its on line readers with the above in response to Colbert's very funny response to the "South Carolina is so gay" ad campaign that the governor forced out of existence. Precious.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday Word: Scott Styles, All Grown Up

It's not Rocket Science, but who cares

Main Entry: 1adult
Pronunciation: \ə-ˈdəlt, ˈa-ˌdəlt\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin adultus, past participle of adolescere to grow up, from ad- + -olescere (from alescere to grow) — more at old
Date: 1531
1 : fully developed and mature : grown-up
2 : of, relating to, intended for, or befitting adults
3 : dealing in or with explicitly sexual material

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday Talent: Timothy Adams

A little over a year and a half ago we said this here:

Timothy Adams made quite a splash on Sunset Beach when he created the character of Casey. One Life to Live did bring him on as Ron Walsh in the recent past much to many a viewer's applause, but he was seen seldom and too briefly. There was much ado around here when he showed up on Rescue Me as Probie's very interested roommate. With all due respect to the Bard, it was much ado about nothing. The story which might have been ground breaking became a joke, while many hurried up to wait for what amounted to a dry hump. Rescue Me might have at least taken advantage of showing off his corporeal attributes in a show where doing so is not unknown, as a matter of fact, One Life to Live didn't either, another show where doing so is not unheard of. However, last October when the plot on Law & Order: SVU required him to do so, there was a barrage of unique visitors to his fansite created by BGR Design so large that it brought the site down. That Mr. Adams stole the hearts of this WebLog a long time ago is no secret to those familiar with the inner mechanisms of the Column of Life. As he approaches the milestone of his fourth decade this year the de-briefing of Timothy Adams is called for and in honour of that we display the much sought after video that brought down his site and which makes him a major contender for top honours in de-briefing. Also displayed are other screen caps and photos -- the face and body that launched unique visitors in the thousands.

One of the projects put together in conjunction with BGR Design by the vast Column of Life staff, was a fan site dedicated to Timothy Adams. it is very easy to see why. In the process we discovered that Mr. Adams is somewhat skittish when it comes to fans. No wonder. This comment came to us today via the site:

Subject: Comments on timothyadams.net

Name: Tom

Message: Why are you such a cheeseball? Honestly, you've got an amazing body, but there must be other things you can do besides strip on The View, strip on Law & Order and generally take your clothes off...isn't there? It's just pretty degrading. You are one of those gay Himbos that replaced the jiggle queens of the 70s & 80s (Suzanne Summers, Pam Anderson, etc). Really, try to act with your shirt on dude.

I'm sure you won't let this message be seen...

Well, it looks like Tom didn't realize that there was no indication that this would get to Tim. It's an unofficial fan site. It is thoroughly unfair to "diagnose" Tim's problem as being a "gay himbo," if that indeed were accurate. As you can see in our post from January 2007, a lot, if not most of Tim's acting work does not involve taking his shirt off unfortunately. He didn't do it at all on One Life to Live. Also, he is a fitness model -- that's what they do and if you've got it, as they say, flaunt it. Did you ever watch OZ, Tom?

Timothy, don't ever change. Tom, here's a quarter, call someone who cares.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday Musing: Lambeth, The Apostolic Succession, and Much Ado About Nothing

One would think that African Anglican Bishops would have much more to be concerned about other than excluding women and gay people from the Episcopacy. Many of them are boycotting the gathering of the Anglican/Episcopalian Bishops in Lambeth in the UK.

The million people who are afflicted with AIDS in Uganda don't care. If a God there is and if a God cared that there were evil homosexuals in the world, the world would have exploded ages ago. OK?

Apostolic Succession has to do with consecration of sacraments and the passing on of that from Bishop to Bishop going all the way back to Jesus and his gang of twelve. There was something in there about loving one's fellow human being, too, wasn't there?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Songs: Hal Knows Where Love Lives

From mkoc.com:

....."We're here to save our own world and to enlighten our fellow human beings on the possibility of a peaceful existence." Hal is a man who not only speaks philosophically, he lives by his words. Hal has an inner peace that many strive for and never find. If you want to experience his sense of well being...see him in concert. He has the unique ability to share his inner tranquility whether he's rockin' or croonin'.

Ketchum's homepage


E - E11 - E - E11

E E11 E E11
Up every morning just to keep a job
E E11 E E11
Gotta fight my way through the husslin' mob
E E11 E E11
Sounds of the city poundin' in my brain
While another day goes down the drain
But it's a five o'clock world when the whistle blows
No one owns a piece of my time
And there's a five o'clock me inside my clothes
A B E - E11 - E - E11
Thinkin'that the world looks fine, yeah (yodel)

E E11 E E11
Tradin' my time for the pay I get
E E11 E E11
Livin' on the money that I ain't made yet
E E11 E E11
Gotta keep going, gotta make my way
E E11 E
But I live for the end of the day

Cause it's a five o'clock world when the whistle blows
No one owns a piece of my time
And there's a long haired girl who waits, I know
A B E - E11 - E - E11
To ease my troubled mind, yeah (yodel)

E E11 E E11
In the shelter of her arms everythings okay
E E11 E E11
She talks and the world goes slippin' away
E E11 E E11
I know the reason I can still go on
E E11 E
When every other reason is gone

Cause in my five o'clock world she waits for me
Nothing else matters at all
Cause everytime my baby smiles at me
A B E - E11 - E - E11
I know that its all worthwhile, yeah (yodel)

Certainly one of the brighter talents of Country Music's resurgence of the early nineties with the album Past the Point of Rescue. Here are three songs from that album celebrating working class values in a year when they may truly count for something. Ketchum's version of "Five O'Clock World" almost becomes the definitive one.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday Beefcake: Matthew

If you've returned for more, this is your just dessert:

Now, isn't that refreshing?

Saturday Beefcake Evening Meal

Michael takes us on a culinary journey. Almost every Italian household had an evening dedicated to veal cutlets, a very simple and tasty slice of meat with a history initiating in Milano Cotoletta alla Milanese, brought to Austria, when Lombardia was part of that empire, where it became Wiener Schnitzel. Michael called this version something different. It is, nevertheless, a version of the classic dish using turkey scallops. We have changed the name to maintain its lineage.

Tacchino alla Milanese
(Michael Chiarello for Progresso Foods)

Turkey Breast, one, boneless, skinless, one and a half pounds
Sea Salt
Black pepper freshly ground
Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs one and a half cups
Parmigiano, grated, three quarter cup
Flat Leaf Parsley two tablespoons
Flour, all-purpose, one half cup unbleached
Eggs, two
Olive oil for frying
Arugula, four ounces, eight cups or so
Extra-virgin olive oil
Fresh lemon juice
Lemon, quartered

1. Cut turkey breast diagonally into one half inch thick slices. Between sheets of plastic wrap, pound turkey to one eighth inch thickness with meat mallet or rolling pin.
2. Sprinkle with dash salt and dash pepper; press seasonings into turkey with fingers.
3. In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, grated parmigiano (a few teaspoons), parsley, one teaspoon salt and dash pepper.
4. Add one tablespoon olive oil; work with fingers to moisten the crumbs lightly. Spread mixture on dinner plate.
5. Spread flour on another dinner plate. In shallow bowl or pie plate, beat eggs slightly with fork.
6. Dip turkey slices into flour to coat both sides; shake off any excess flour. Dip into eggs, letting any excess drip back into bowl.
7. Coat completely with bread crumb mixture, pressing crumbs in place; place on tray. Cover; refrigerate until ready to fry.
8. Heat twelve inch skillet over high heat. Add one quarter inch of olive oil for frying; heat to almost smoking. Add as many turkey slices as skillet will hold; do not crowd.
9. Cook about two minutes or until bottom is golden. Turn slices; cook about thirty seconds longer.
10. With tongs, remove turkey as each slice is done, allowing any excess oil to drain back into skillet; place on several thicknesses of paper towels. Repeat with the remaining turkey slices.
11. Place arugula in large bowl. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil to coat leaves lightly. Add squeeze of lemon juice, additional salt and pepper; toss, taste and adjust the seasoning.
12. Divide turkey evenly among dinner plates, placing in center of plate. Mound salad evenly on top of turkey. Sprinkle grated parmigiano on top of each salad. Garnish plate with lemon quarter. Serve immediately.

To help enjoy this repast are pictures of Tyler, stolen from DNA magazine, like so many featured here. Who knows if Tyler is Milanese or not. He certainly is no turkey, but he does seem quite tasty.

Time For a Saturday Beefcake Lunch

Saltimbocca of Zucchini
(Michael Chiarello for Progresso Foods)

Zucchini, six medium, one kilo/two pounds
Sea Salt
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Prosciutto, eight thin slices
Sage, fresh leaves from one bunch
Fontina cheese, thin slices, five ounces
Eggs, two
Italian Style Bread Crumbs, Progresso, three quarter cup
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, four tablespoons
Flat Leaf Parsley, four and a half teaspoons finely chopped
Parmigiano, two tablespoons freshly grated
Lemon, one, cut into wedges

1. Cut zucchini lengthwise into thin one quarter inch (or so) thick slices to make sixteen slices. Place slices in pairs on paper towels; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
2. Arrange prosciutto slices on half of the zucchini slices so none hangs over edges.
3. Place two sage leaves on top. Place cheese slices over sage so none hangs over edges.
4. Place remaining zucchini slices on top of each stack. Cover with paper towels; press firmly to extract moisture and firm the zucchini.
5. In shallow bowl or pie plate, beat eggs slightly with fork. In another shallow bowl or pie plate, mix bread crumbs, additional salt and pepper. Holding zucchini stack firmly with both hands, dip each stack into eggs, then roll in bread crumb mixture to coat evenly.
6. In twelve inch skillet, heat two tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat.
7. Add about half of the zucchini stacks; cook about two minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet to plate; keep warm. Repeat with remaining zucchini stacks, adding more oil by tablespoons, if needed.
8. To hot skillet, add remaining sage leaves; cook briefly until crisp. Arrange several crisped leaves on top of each saltimbocca. Sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese; serve with lemon wedges.

This is Chiarello's Summertime version of the traditional Italian veal dish which translated means, "jumps into the mouth." Never was there a dish more aptly named for this weekly feature with three appropriate photos.