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Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday Musing: Rich Herschenfeld

Wikipedia Says: Mensch (Yiddish: מענטש mentsh, German: Mensch, for human being) means "a person of integrity and honor"[1]. The opposite of a Mensch is an Unmensch (meaning: an utterly cruel or evil person). According to Leo Rosten, the Yiddish maven and author of The Joys of Yiddish, mensch is "someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being “a real mensch” is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous"[2].

In Yiddish (from which the word has migrated into American English), mensch roughly means "a good person." A "mensch" is a particularly good person, like "a stand-up guy," a person with the qualities one would hope for in a dear friend or trusted colleague. Mentschlekhkeyt (Yiddish: מענטשלעכקייט, , German: Menschlichkeit) are the properties which make one a mensch.

During the Age of Enlightenment in Germany, the term "Humanität" in the philosophical sense of humanity, was used for "a better human being" or Humanism. The concept goes back to Cicero's Humanitas and was literally translated into the German word Menschlichkeit and further refined into "mentsh" in Yiddish language use.

Richie is most definitely worthy of a mere "Happy Birthday" today. He and his wife, who are expecting what promises to be a very beautiful baby girl come November, should have been on the red carpet in Los Angeles yesterday. Better they should be celebrating on the man's home turf which includes Prohibition -- some people's home away from home -- which he and partner Ian Duke are very adept at running in addition to hiring some of the best -- and very talented wait staff on the Upper West Side.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Operator, Information, Connect Me With the Man: Sunday Songs

With Senator Kennedy's memorials and eulogies, especially the President's much has been made of his faith. He did have one even as the "Liberal Lion." His was based on fairness and giving. He is, after all, the author of the Ryan White Act to provide funds for AIDS services. He was a divorced Catholic who supported reproductive rights and rights for gay people, but a Catholic nonetheless. He was devout in that he sincerely believed in elevating the marginalized.

We have been held hostage by simplistic and ignorant religious outloooks for far too long. That doesn't mean that everyone must adhere to Mr. Kennedy's every thought. No one should be that dogmatic. We do need to abandon the narrow concept of what God is. No one has a direct line. There are some very basic tenets to Christianity if only Christians knew what they are.

Not too long ago (Spring 2008) the very religious Jimmy Carter spoke out about it in promoting a book written on that very subject/

Q; You’re a Christian, but you don’t have a problem with gay men and lesbians as many other Christians do. Why?

I’m a worshipper of Jesus Christ, who never mentioned homosexuals in any way—certainly not in a deleterious fashion. And when it has been mentioned in the New Testament, it’s been combined with things like selfishness or something like that. So I’ve never looked upon it as any sort of reason to condemn a person. I think it’s an inherent characteristic just like other things that we do with our lives.

Go here for Mr. Carter's illuminating interview in The Advocate.

Hence, the Manhattan Transfer's joyous music about getting in touch with Jesus.

Todd Rundgren is also here to answer that call with "Hello, It's Me," because if there was a Jesus, he probably looked something like Todd ... he should have been at least that intelligent.

For good measure, Brenda Holloway's version of the great Smokey Robinson song, "Operator" rounds out the trio with emphasis on the idea that if you're going to call someone make sure they're there to accept the charges.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Your Midnight Snack Beefcake:

Great stuff here.

Saturday Beefcake Hors d'œuvre: Hugh Plummer

Hugh's resume can be found on Model Mayhem. He is based in the United Kingdom, therefore, it seems like an opportunity to plug a preferred gin--Hendrick's:

Hendrick’s is an iconoclastically produced small batch gin distilled in Ayrshire, Scotland. Our unusual distillation process combined with our oddly delicious set of infusions yields a one-of-a-kind gin that is passionately loved by a tiny yet growing handful of individuals all over the world. No other gin tastes like it because no other gin is made like it.

It is ridiculously good--Mr. Plummer seems to be as well.

Saturday Israeli Beefcake: Avi Dar

Once again following DNA's lead (There are worse things!). Here's one hearty Israeli meal. Both recipes were pilfered from the internet, but given something of a Column of Life treatment.

Grilled Flank Steak

Flank Steak, one kilo or two pounds
Peperoncino (Red Pepper) crushed, teaspoon or so
Espresso Coffee, ground, two teaspoons
Mustard, dry, one half teaspoon
Coriander, ground, one half teaspoon,
Black Pepper and Sea Salt

1. Combine the ingredients
2. Rub over the flank steak.
3. Grill about ten minutes each side
4. Slice and serve

Avi's pictorial presence reminds the cook about what rubbing beef is all about.

Israeli Couscous Salad

Chicken or Vegetable broth, two cups
Israeli Couscous, one cup
Extra Virgin olive oil
Sea salt, Ground Pepper
Black Beans, cooked, 500 grams/one pound
Red Bell Pepper, chopped, three quarter cup
Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped, three quarter cup
Red Onion, chopped, one quarter cup
Scallions, three, chopped
Cilantro, chopped, one half cup
Peperoncino, one half teaspoon
Crystallized Fructose, one tablespoon
Lemon or Lime, juice from one large, ripe specimen

1. Bring broth or water to boil. Add couscous, one teaspoon olive oil and salt.
2. Simmer until tender to the bite.
3. Drain and cool couscous.
4. Combine couscous with black beans, peppers, onion, scallion, cilantro and crushed peperoncino.
5. Whisk together remaining ingredients and combine with couscous mixture.

Avi is proof positive that some Greek gods have moved to Israel. Well, it may not have been an exodus exactly. There are still some in Greece (and elsewhere, no doubt). Still, after much experience on the subject, one needs to ask what is it with the Israeli gene pool. No wonder they could part the Red Sea. Seems as if they'd be able part anything, so to speak.

Good Morning Beefcake with Jakub Stefano

Time to really get up now.

A real eye opener, if ever there was one.

Well, the exceptional Jakub has been here before. Well, if DNA can fall for him again, so can we.

Saturday Beefcake Angel of the Morning: Ryan Kwanten

OK,no one is sure what young Ryan was thinking, but what the hay! It's right up there with Jason Stackhouse impersonating Bacchus.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Might: Jimmy Madden's Bike Stop

Summer will not be over by any means although it may be the weekend after Labor Day. The Bike Stop is an old stalwart of the gay scene in Center City Philly. Come on out. Sunday, September 13 -- 4-8pm "Bear-A-Oke" A joint fund-raiser for DAB the AIDs Bear and Philadelphia's Mazzoni Center. The Bike Stop is at 206 S. Quince St.(right around the corner from the Forrest Theater. Sing for your supper and get a bear hug while you're at it. Call: 212.938.2045 PayPal Donations accepted. Call for email account.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gay Thursday: One Life to Live's David A Gregory

The show's thoroughly enjoyable and completely gratuitous scene when Ford drenches himself in water a la Hugh Jackman clearly panders to its new standing as the gayest of all Daytime shows. In case anyone was wondering where Mr. Gregory popped up before, check out the Airborne commercial.

More about him here at the QTC Blogzine.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Wednesday Word: Kristoff St. John & Real Health

Main Entry: health
Pronunciation: \ˈhelth also ˈheltth\
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlth, from hāl
Date: before 12th century
1 a : the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain b : the general condition of the body
2 a : flourishing condition : well-being b : general condition or state
3 : a toast to someone's health or prosperity

Emmy Award winning New York native Kristoff St. John has been an integral part of The Young and the Restless as Neil Winters for more than a few years. In 1992, St. John won his first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. In 2008, Mr. St. John won his second Emmy, as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Over the years, he has also won numerous NAACP Image Awards. Mr. St. John is an avid supporter of animal rights an active member of PETA. An active spokesman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Mr. St. John, graciously answered the invitation to become part of POZ's fund raiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles last year. Mr. St. John was a noteworthy and valuable addition to this effort. We are keeping our fingers crossed that he'll find the time to join us again this year. His nice guy reputation preceded him last year and we were not at all disappointed.

Inside the fall issue of Real Health:

 Michael Fairman interviews The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John, who has an ex wife and a good friend with type 1 diabetes. As the Emmy winner explains, diabetes affects more than those diagnosed with the disease.
 Kellee Terrell explores the wisdom of HIV prevention messages aimed solely at women. Men also play a critical role in stopping the spread of the virus, she writes, and that shouldn’t be minimized or negated.
 Gerrie E. Summers rounds up advice on how to defend your hair against popular styling techniques that damage your already-stressed tresses.
 Trenton Straube reports on a study debunking the myth that men on the down low are responsible for the rising rates of HIV among African-American women.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday Talent II: Michael Lowry

Back when Liza Colby wanted Dr. Jake Martin to father her child on All My Children, there was no discussion regarding the wherefore. At the time the character inhabited the fetching frame of Michael Lowry. Every womb bearing individual would certainly have made the same choice. As a matter of fact many non-womb bearing types would have paid for the honor to attempt that conception.

Now that One Life to Live has become the most watchable Daytime serial drama, the show has upped the ante with the addition of Mr. Lowry as Ross Rayburn. Recent episodes have burned with anticipation of the character's arrival by the intense scenes between Tea Delgado (Florencia Lozano) and Elijah Clark (Matt Walton). Lozano and Walton got something going on with their connection. Walton has been memorable in his supporting role.

What makes it more memorable is that we can't wait to be treated to Mr. Lowry's return as Ross because of what transpires between Tea and Elijah. This is the third time Michael Lowry has been the subject of Column's Tuesday feature. Go here to see what we said the last time.

What if Ross and Elijah were actually brothers in addition to lawyer and client?

Tuesday Talent I: POZ at Prohibition

Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday Muse: The Phases of the Moon

Much ado is made about full moons and the mayhem that ensues surrounding them. Full moons are actually that period of growth that brings everything to the fore and not necessarily evil. It is the dark of the moon that is deceitful and not the time for setting things in motion.

As moonconnection.com explains: "...the new moon occurs when the moon is positioned between the earth and sun. The three objects are in approximate alignment (why "approximate" is explained below). The entire illuminated portion of the moon is on the back side of the moon, the half that we cannot see.

At a full moon, the earth, moon, and sun are in approximate alignment, just as the new moon, but the moon is on the opposite side of the earth, so the entire sunlit part of the moon is facing us. The shadowed portion is entirely hidden from view.

The first quarter and third quarter moons (both often called a "half moon"), happen when the moon is at a 90 degree angle with respect to the earth and sun. So we are seeing exactly half of the moon illuminated and half in shadow.

Once you understand those four key moon phases, the phases between should be fairly easy to visualize, as the illuminated portion gradually transitions between them.

An easy way to remember and understand those "between" lunar phase names is by breaking out and defining 4 words: crescent, gibbous, waxing, and waning. The word crescent refers to the phases where the moon is less that half illuminated. The word gibbous refers to phases where the moon is more than half illuminated. Waxing essentially means "growing" or expanding in illumination, and waning means "shrinking" or decreasing in illumination.

Thus you can simply combine the two words to create the phase name, as follows:

After the new moon, the sunlit portion is increasing, but less than half, so it is waxing crescent. After the first quarter, the sunlit portion is still increasing, but now it is more than half, so it is waxing gibbous. After the full moon (maximum illumination), the light continually decreases. So the waning gibbous phase occurs next. Following the third quarter is the waning crescent, which wanes until the light is completely gone..."

The crux of the matter is that the light is completely gone. In witchcraft and other similar belief systems it is that lack of light that creates deceit. Books and their covers are very disparate during this phase. So, dear friends, look forward to the full moon, because the light is shed on so many things that have reached their peak. As the moon wanes, it is good for the processes of healing and separating the chaff from the wheat. We're now in the first quarter and it's a good time for preparation for good things that come down the line.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Songs: True Love Ways, Just You & I

True Love Ways
(Buddy Holly)

Yes you know why
Why you and I
Will by and by
Know true love ways.

Sometimes we'll sigh
Sometimes we'll cry
And we'll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways.

Throughout the days
Our true love ways
Will bring us joy to share
With those who really care.

Sometimes we'll sigh
Sometimes we'll cry
And we'll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways.

Throughout the days
Our true love ways
Will bring us joy to share
With those who really care.

Sometimes we'll sigh
Sometimes we'll cry
And we'll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways.

Non gender specific love song for the gay brethren. "We can conquer the world."

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Goodnight Beefcake: John Pizzo

Hey, if anyone should tuck you in let it be John Pizzo. If the folks over at DNA had any sense, John would be the mate of the month.

Main Course Beefcake: Bring Back the Mayo!

Remember in the previous post, when you were instructed to forget the mayo for once. Well, bring it back. This recipe is from Gourmet August 2009. Tonnato sauce is traditionally used for cold veal roast and is classic Italian summertime eating.

This sauce was touted as a summertime no-cook for pasta. Un po' di fantasia!

1 (6-to 8-ounces) can light tuna packed in olive oil (preferably Italian)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup drained capers, divided
4 flat anchovy fillets
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
5 ounces baby arugula (12 cups)

Accompaniment: 1 pound thin linguine, cooked and drained, reserving 1 cup cooking water

Preparation: Purée tuna with oil from can, mayonnaise, olive oil, 3 tablespoon capers, anchovies, lemon juice, and water in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Coarsely chop remaining tablespoon capers. Toss hot linguine with sauce, arugula, and capers. Thin with some of cooking water.

This was also found on Epicurious.com Andrea Albin is the creator.

There are also photos here of a wonderful creature of whom nature is the creator. One more morsel for us to nurture.

Speaking of fantasia, or even una favola, we've brought back Rafael, Dylan Rosser's discovery from last spring.

Saturday Beefcake Salad

Insalata di Fagioli e Tonno

Forget the mayo for once. This comes from the September issue of Food & Wine. It is an excellent variation on the classic Italian dish.

Tuna & White Bean Salad with Herb-Caper Pesto

Garlic, one clove
Parsley, flat leaf, one half cup packed
Basil leaves, one quarter cup
Oregano leaves, one and a half tablespoons
Capers, one quarter cup, drained
Pine Nuts, two tablespoons
Olive Oil, extra virgin, one quarter cup
Lemon Juice, fresh, one teaspoon
Coarse salt, Ground Black Pepper
Imported Italian Tuna, twenty one ounces, packed in olive oil, drained
Cannellini beans, cooked, one pound/500 grams
Belgian Endive, thin slices, crosswise

1. Process the garlic, basil, parsley and oregano until coarsely chopped and blended.
2. Add capers and pine nuts, pulse until coarsely chopped.
3. Add olive oil and lemon juice until pesto comes together, but still chunky. Salt. Pepper.
4. Break up the tuna in a large bowl, add beans and endive.
5. Toss everything with the pesto until evenly coated.

Today's Woman tells us: Cannellini beans are loaded with nutrients your body needs. They help reduce cholesterol, prevent headaches and give you energy to spare. They are a traditional Italian bean, (a haricot bean which is the edible pod or seed of any of several beans, especially the kidney bean)It has an indescribable nutty flavor. They are very versatile beans and are used interchangeably with other white beans in recipes.

Versatility is the spice of life.

It's A Beautiful Beefcake Morning

Forget the navel. There are so many other things to contemplate.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Might: Andrew Christian

POZevent has had the good fortune of having Andrew Christian on board as a sponsor ... Now we have the very good fortune of having him at our event in Hollywood!

From his website:

With his movie star good looks and out of the box designs, fashion God Andrew Christian quickly set himself apart from the other prominent designers of his generation. Born and raised in Fresno, CA Andrew moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue a career in fashion. Though he gained experience working briefly for other companies at first, Andrew always knew he’d have his own brand and an outlet to create his unique vision. Just out of high-school, Andrew launched his brand Andrew Christian.

What started as a dream has manifested into a sensation complete with a world wide promotional campaign to introduce the new Andrew Christian Women's Line of underwear. Andrew Christian will also be carried in stores across the world including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Guam, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates. For the latest buzz on the Andrew Christian clothing line and events, check out the official site. This charming young man also lent his presence to the Fashion Show, where he stood out in many positive ways. He has a FaceBook presence. Who wouldn't want to be his friend. Come greet this creative genius and support AIDS Walk Los Angeles on October 15.