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Gay Man’s New Year’s Resolutions 2014

2014It comes a time each year when every Hopeful Hattie or Wishful Wanda will make resolution to change thine ways for a new year. Perhaps one desires a different way of this while others may float of optimism for that. Well my little chickadees, the time is now. Gay men may resolute one thing when a straight man may have other vehicle. Nonetheless, the path is clear in the end. Change. Here’s my thoughts for a gay man’s resolution in the new year of 2014. Read them wisely and grab your favorite Sharpie to take notes. Totes.

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What is Happening in Palm Springs Now

Palm SpringsI’ve lived in Palm Springs for almost 12 years and now consider my home. As many know, I came from Los Angeles in ’02 and never looked back. Well… I looked back on the great times I had in West Hollywood but knew it was time for me to move on and settle down with my husband in Palm Springs leaving behind a crazy day in the life. The Coachella Valley is currently seeing a boom in visitors because of Labor Day Weekend and there’s been strong weather elements from thundershower warnings to humidity you could cut with a knife. This summer’s finale has become quite the guessing game of what’s next when it comes to Mother Nature!

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Scott Cullens Speaks Man to Man – The Interview!

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Drumroll, please… Here’s the interview you’ve been waiting for! I’ve truly heard your desperate cries to find out everything there is to know about reality star and Palm Springs personality, hunkalicious Scott Cullens. I just happen to have direct access to the man himself and in-between shooting his new reality program Grand Designs for A&E, I was able to get him to sit down and reflect on a wonderful life well lived. We know each other well enough to be aware of one another’s sick and twisted mindset and humor which I believe draws us together. I knew Master Cullens’ answers would be fierce. But of all the celebrity interviews I’ve done and there’s blessedly been a few from RuPaul Dolls and soap opera stars, Scott gave me more heart and soul  than I had even imagined him offering.

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I see Scott on a daily basis at World Gym Palm Springs pumping iron, cutting abs with his trainer Eddie and sweating the house down on our cardio playground. Cullens is religious about his workouts and worships the time he spends at the gym. His body is unbelievable. He is always in his look and I’ve never seen him look bad. From carrying a pink backpack over his bowling ball sized shoulders to overseeing his own company, Palm Pacific Construction, creating masterpieces in beautiful homes across the Valley, Scott Cullens is one of a kind. Unique, complex and a brilliant example of the way gay culture is often revered today, here’s Scott on striving for perfection as a Gym Barbarian, his time with Barbara Walters on The View and what type of man really turns him on.

Steven Michael – Let me start off by saying in my most reassuring Samantha Jones voice to Carrie Bradshaw before she became “runway roadkill” during Margaret Cho’s fashion show in Sex and the City, “You’re a model.” An inside joke, indeed. Can you give us a brief history of where you grew up and what your childhood was like?

Scott Cullens – “The best way for you to visualize my childhood in Kansas and Missouri is to think of Honey Boo Boo but with less class. My parents were in high school when they had me so we grew up together. I remember our airbrushed van – naked ladies with gigantic tits, shag carpeting on the floor, ceiling and walls with a wet bar and moon roof. We entered the van in car shows and I took the trophies to show and tell. I worked very hard pumping gas, mowing lawns, picking up aluminum cans so I could keep up with the kids at school with new Nikes and terry cloth shirts. It wasn’t a dream childhood, but I had parents that loved me.”

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Wow, Scott. I had no idea you came with such vivid history. I grew up in the Bible Belt and definitely have those stories that would amaze. Were you big and strong as a teenager and when did your aspirations for the ultimate physical brawn come into play with your psyche?

 

“I did have the brawn as a teenager. I went to high school with Brad Pitt. Yes, he may have become an international mega super celebrity, however, I won ‘Best Body’ in high school. He might have the fame but I have the ‘Best Body’ award. Remind me to dig it out for you from Mom’s basement. I was a swimmer in high school and was well liked by the girls. However, you weren’t allowed to be popular unless you played football or were a cheerleader. Thank God for those girls liking me or I would have been an outcast.”

Ooh, child. I do not miss high school. I was very involved in clubs, band and even a cheerleader but knew there was a life outside of it waiting for me. What do you personally feel is the biggest misconception about you?

“The biggest misconception about me is that it’s easy for me to stay in this shape. There is a fat guy screaming to get out of me. I workout like a fiend every day, hour of cardio, hour and half of weights. I try to watch my diet but I’m drawn to junk food.”

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Yes, I love to eat. And can bust up a Little Debbie something-something. What’s your new A&E show Grand Designs going to feature? That’s the title, right? Are you the main focus or are you part of an ensemble? When does it air?

 

“I would love to give you lots of information about my new television show on A&E but we are only in the 2nd week of filming and I’m contractually unable to discuss the details until we get closer to airing. I can tell you it is a home building and design show that is already popular in other countries. They are following me building a new luxury home in Palm Springs over the next several months from start to finish. I’m very excited and fortunate to be a part of this project. I will of course find it appropriate to take off my shirt at many inappropriate times during filming.”

Well naturally, Gypsy Rose Lee. Your fans would have it no other way. What do you find the most fascinating part of shooting reality TV? And the biggest misconception about filming?

“Reality TV is like porn, a lot of starting and stopping. It is not really flowing like you see it in the finished product. It’s always difficult to remember to repeat the question you are asked by the director in your responses or the viewer has no idea what you are talking about.”

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I have always believed that reality stars are pawns for the editors. Bruce Villanch once said to do and re-do what the directors want in reality television or they’ll fuck you in editing. Which best describes your workout regime? Joan Crawford’s Mommie Dearest intensity or a Navy Seals hardcore beat down? Describe your workouts and do you eat exactly what you should for the perfect physique?

“My workouts are definitely Navy Seal hardcore beat down. To get ready for the camera, I prepare several weeks in advance with a daily routine of 1-2 hours of weight training, 1 hour of medium intensity cardio, and a couple of 1 hour abs-only trainer-guided sessions each week. My diet during prep consists of white fish, lemon, 1/2 cup of vegetables and 1/2 cup rice, water 5 x per day.”

 

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That actually sounds good to me right now. The food not the regime. Well, whatever you do works really well. We’re friends naturally on Facebook and I see the comments people leave for you and your breathtaking images, basically paying homage for a job well done. Of course, I must bring you down to earth by witty quips of my humor and I see some of your other confidants do as well. It comes from a place of love. How does it make you feel when you read the comments of admiration? Because I’ll be first to say it, “Bitch you look good.”

“Everyone enjoys the good feeling of a compliment. The best compliment for myself is maintaining my body and health at my age. Yep, I’m 48 in March 2013.”

 

Just hit the 45-year-young mark myself. How do you deal with haters and do you find they are out there watching you waiting for you to have a bad hair day, so to speak?

“When I did my first television show, I was unprepared for the haters. The blogs and fan mail was 90% nice but the other 10% were not just mean, they were blood-thirsty, venomous, hateful messages. It really got to me for a bit. But then I realized that not a single one of those people know me or have even met me. That much energy put into hate must surely be about something wounded within them and I stopped taking it personally.”

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Shady people love to hide behind their anonymous keyboards and spew their hatred. Plus, the way one person can read what someone else types can also get things very twisted regardless of the intent. It is really nice when someone surprises you with a compliment. Especially on a day when we’re possibly not loving ourselves. Can you recount your story of being on The View after your episode on Obsessed was first aired? You told me personally about Barbara Walters’ assertive ways backstage and how it all went down. Care to share?

 

“My interview on The View was a fantastic experience. I was afraid of Elizabeth Hasselbeck because of her conservative stance on everything. However, she called out my name when she saw me before the show and introduced herself. After a while, I realized I may not agree with a single word out of her mouth but she is a nice woman and I respect her. Whoopi was the nicest and gave me a bear hug and whispered in my ear that my bravery on coming out with severe OCD helped a lot of people and she was proud of me. Barbra Walters was asked specifically not to bring up a scene in the show involving a tampon. The producer said it was too much for morning audiences. I was sitting one foot from her as she agreed not to speak about it. Then WHAM! She side swipes me with a question about the tampon scene. I came back with the solid quip, “I understand how scaring the gay guy with a tampon is hilarious, I get it,” and that ended the entire segment.”

“She later tracked me down after the show and asked me a half dozen questions about my relationship and OCD. I called her Barbara and I think she wanted a Ms. Walters. Oooops. Two weeks later I was contacted by the Oprah show and booked for September 11th that year with Whitney Houston. You don’t think I was nervous? Well, a few days later, after I’m sure a thorough Google search involving naked pictures and my Big Muscle profile, I was uninvited. I told ABC and The View about the pictures online and they didn’t care. My story is still interesting and helpful whether you’ve seen my dick online or not. Whatevs.”

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Whatevs, indeed. I remember you telling me the story after you had returned from New York and I was wanting to hear it again. Thanks for sharing. I had been in Nashville when it aired and I was packing to return home in the hotel room watching you thinking, Whoa! Speaking of Obsessed, were you happy with how you were portrayed overall? How does it feel seeing yourself on the television?

“When I was first contacted for the show Obsessed, I said, ‘Hell no!’ I carried around these crazy thoughts and behaviors in my head my entire life and I was not going to be ridiculed on national television by discussing them openly. But my therapist said that if I could help one kid that was afflicted like I was, would it be worth it? So I agreed. Overall, I was happy that the show reached millions of people and I received hundreds of emails and messages from people that went to seek help from a professional or the best letters were from teenagers who told their parents they suffered from the same thing that guy on television does. I was trapped in my room at age eight because I had so many rituals I had to perform to get out. It’s torture.”

“The show really focused in on my obsession with germs but that really was a masterful edit because my real affliction is counting and where I walk or don’t walk. What I touch or don’t touch. It’s really an inexplicable affliction but the best way to explain it is there are these strange thoughts that enter an OCD-afflicted person’s head which then causes anxiety. The anxiety seems to be temporarily abated by performing a senseless ritual. I have had many many years of therapy and lead a life that most would not even notice any of my rituals. I work hard to keep the anxiety low and not perform the rituals. Stress makes it worse. Being happy seems to be the best medicine for the affliction.”

Scott, your honestly astounds me. I could really go on more about what you’ve just said but you summed it up brilliantly. Sometimes I find myself getting slightly OCD on a situation but nothing like you described. Thanks for sharing that. I haven’t seen The Adonis Factor but did catch a few clips. Was there any backlash from how open you and many of the subjects were about looking good being a key to happiness, popularity and success?

 

“I know several of the guys in The Adonis Factor received a lot of backlash after the movie aired. I was as honest as I could be about circuit parties, drug use, steroid use, Botox, and all of the things that are a part of being in the ‘gay scene.’ I think my total honest approach garnered me a lot of fans and support for my role in the movie. I really did not get a single mean or hateful message. They were all very positive.”

What do you do on your time off? How does Scott let his hair down?

“I love to travel when I have the time. I usually book my trips for the entire year ahead of time that way I can force myself to take a work break. I went to Buenos Aires, Puerto Vallarta and Belize last year.”

 

I love traveling, too. It’s difficult to find time to get away. Would you like to share you story of sobriety and when that began? Is it difficult going to the big circuit events and not partaking in the party favors like many are?

 

“I have been sober from drugs and alcohol for almost nine years now. I went to the Betty Ford Center after a single moment of clarity one summer day in 2004. I had just lost the last of the money I had at the casino. I was out of drugs and I started brushing my teeth and they just started falling out of my mouth in little pieces. I was unrecognizable in the mirror. I am one of the few people who have been fortunate enough to go to the darkest place broken in a million pieces and find a way to take the best pieces and create the man I had always hoped to be. Each morning and each night I recite, out loud, all the things I am grateful for. The list keeps growing even though I am am content with what God has given me so far. I am truly blessed to be able to say that I am impeccable with my word, respect others, and try to be the best guy I can be every day.”

 

“I still love to dance and go to the circuit parties. The obsession with drugs and alcohol was lifted and I am not affected by the presence of them at the parties. Many of my friends are partaking at these parties but they are not addicts like me and I am in no seat of judgment. I am just one of the few that are blessed enough that those environments do not entice me to use and I can still go and have more fun than I ever did high.”

 

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What do you feel is the biggest challenge for today’s gay community and thoughts on how to combat it and survive through it?

“One of the biggest challenges for today’s gay community is drug abuse. The drugs have been there for those of us who could not handle the feelings of ‘less than’ or fear. Crystal Meth seems to be the worst culprit and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t tried it to just know that it is not worth the experience. I have no judgments about drug use, but I do have judgments about drug abuse when it has a negative impact on the individual and our community. I’m grateful I have the frame of reference I do. Sex and parties are so much more fun sober, for me.”

Are you doing now what you had set out to do when you were younger? If not, how have things changed from what you once wanted for yourself?

 

“I had intentions of being a doctor. I finished pre-medical training and did some externships after college. My life today may not have been exactly what the plan was when I was younger but I can honestly say its better than I had ever hoped.”

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If you weren’t living here in Palm Springs, where would you be? If you didn’t have the successful construction business, what would you be doing?

“I cannot understand why everyone in the world doesn’t want to live in California. I’ve lived in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. I could live anywhere as long as it is within the State of California. I used to own several private training gyms in Los Angeles. We had mostly a celebrity clientele like Herb Ritts, Brad Pitt, Rachel Hunter, K.D. Lang and Monica Lewinsky. I’ve changed my career several times in my life and always found success. If you love digging ditches and are passionate about digging ditches, then you will find a lot of success digging ditches. Find a passion and it always turns into success.”

What is you biggest passion?

“My biggest passion currently is building and design. You can go to www.PalmPacificConstruction.com and see my work. I’m very proud of what I do.”

 

What can people expect from you as a good friend and what do you expect from the people in your close circle?

“I expect loyalty, honesty and money from my friends. They can expect loyalty, honesty and that I’ll spend the money.”

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As far as romance goes, what kind of man do you look for? And are you seeing anyone serious right now?

“I am a serial monogamous dater. I like pretty boys and I do not have the best track record as far as tenure but I do not regret any of my relationships. My first boyfriend 20 years ago is still my best friend today. I am currently seeing someone. We have only been dating for a couple months but maybe #14 is my lucky number!”

What do you want your legacy to be?

“I want my legacy to be that I was the most generous person everyone knew, with my time, my ear, my heart or my money.”

 

What/Who truly inspires you to be greater than you are?

“Anyone who speaks with passion and conviction in spite of public opinion will always get my attention whether I agree or not.”

Any advice for today’s LGBTQ youth?

“For today’s LGBTQ youth I would say to be authentic, dream big and take pride in the fact that you are perfect, whole and complete just the way God made you.”

 

I personally thanked Scott for joining in the conversation here on my website and he replied saying, “I loved your questions. It took me to a very insightful place last night.” I loved hearing that because I am honest in saying this has been not only one of the best interviews I’ve done here but also one of my all-time favorites! Once I find out more details about Scott’s new reality show, you’ll hear about it here! Thanks to the photographers for their amazing art.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF PALM SPRINGS PRIDE 2012

Of course, these are my fabulous highlights and may not be exactly the same as yours. But I suppose that’s why you’re reading mine to see what my eyes hath seen over the weekend of PS Pride 2012 here in the Coachella Valley. Curiosity killed the cat, so “Meow!” and away we go!

It all started on Friday where we saw the sexy visitors and muscles flowing throughout World Gym. We always run a weekend pass and it is THE place to be seen over the weekend when getting your pump on for Pride or any major weekend, for that matter. “Witness our fitness,” I always say. Having the best seat in the house up front at the Concierge Desk offers us visions of stunners and their stories and personality that ensue. Ah, I love our guests. They always entertain me year after year. I just passed my 8th year anniversary at the gym which is amazing to say. I’ve seen quite the bevy of beauty that parade through daily. We have Gay Pride every single day of the year walking around our track in our comfortable bubble known as World Gym Palm Springs.

Saturday was our performance with local indie/electro rocker Mac Valentine at the PS Pride Festival Grounds on the Rainbow Stage. Shaun danced and sassed with us and I was thrilled to have him onboard because I could have verbalized the choreography and he probably could have done it verbatim he’s that good. We were lucky to have Shaun on Mac’s team. I was so damn proud of Mac. He has a natural desire to dance that he’s never really explored until now and has great rhythm. He ate almost all of the choreography that I threw at him. I was impressed after our first rehearsal.

Of all the productions I’ve choreographed (and there’s been a few!) this was one of the overall best. From Mac’s dedication by rehearsing on his own, the fun moves and steps, to the energy we three had and by leaving all on the stage we couldn’t have asked for much more. Well, although the stage was quite wide about 35′ it was only about 5′ deep with band equipment on it. It was as if someone opened a beautiful silver food truck and said, “Perform.” It was an odd shape but we made it work dodging wires, speaker monitors and a drum set.

The best part of it was seeing our friends in the audience. Saturday is not the bigger of the two days at the festival so we didn’t really know if we’d get support to come out and applaud. We had the biggest crowd which wasn’t packed by any means but it wasn’t about that. It was about Mac pushing outside his comfort zone, for people to see what I do with my choreography and to celebrate our pride at such a crucial and tense moment during these last minutes of the elections. It was a great first performance for Mac Valentine and High Velocity.

For those who did stay and support us through the slight schedule delay and hang for our performance, it means more than words can say here. You know who you are and please know from me personally that it was priceless being a true showgirl for you dressed in Nasty Pig Thug Punk Realness. We didn’t hold back. And as they say, we left it all on the floor. Of course, it was really fierce when I tried to walk offstage earlier than I should have and had one more chorus to nail. I flashed a big smile, gave a Whoops! and jumped in on counts 3,4 and kept going on.

Afterwards we walked the vast grounds a bit with John, Rob and Tim Courtney before heading home. I figured I’d need a Vicodin since somehow I got my leg up past my head on a fan kick during “Dancing On My Own” and decided beforehand to kick now – worry later. My flexibility is not as it once was but it was nice to see that I can get it up there when I need to. Pun intended. It was great getting into the studio again since I’ll begin rehearsal for Mr. All American Gent 2013 very soon. Overall, we had one amazing day!

Later on we made it to Michael Crisp and Kenny’s home for their Anti-Bullying Education Charity Event which assists teachers attend important seminars and workshops that due to budget cuts could risk not attending. Their home seemed to hold every “who’s who” in the Valley for the weekend. We enjoyed the fabulous company of others for over an hour while having their “Booze and Nuts.” Luckily we ran into a few good friends that we don’t see very often and of course gave big smooches to the hosts, the delicious duo Michael and Kenny. The donation of $20 at the door was well worth such a great cause since I too was greatly bullied in school. It would have been nice that someone cared then to learn how to deal with it. Their website cescal.org gives all the details and how you too can help!

Sunday brought on Daylight Savings Time so we were up quite early. Once we got downtown for the parade we found reasonable parking and decided on having brunch at Jake’s before strolling down to meet the boys. The energy was thick with LGBTQ pride even through the disgusted discussions of the local endorsement for Romney from the Desert Sun Newspaper. What a slap in the face on the day of Gay Pride. Talks of boycotts have ensued on Facebook and on the boulevard today. I’m so over politics.

With our walk we ran into many good buddies and I even had a few shout outs about a job well done yesterday. It felt good being onstage once again. The parade is always fun but tiring. The numerous lulls are ridiculous and when there’s no music piped through anywhere during said lulls it becomes almost a joke for some sort of entertainment. The line at Starbucks was CRAZY and I really felt for the staff. However, they were having fun paying it no mind. Reminded me of our staff.

There were plenty of eye-catching sights but after seeing Delorian Chase – Miss Gay California United States – acting a fool down the parade route, then nailing the splits in a fabric gown on Palm Canyon Blvd. I simply had to post the video. She stole the show. The sunshine was blazing down and it was about time to find some air-condition and shade. We followed up behind the cheerleaders before finding the the car and home.

One amazing weekend. It was fun being involved and getting out into town to be social. It looks like the weather changes drastically by Friday so it was a great send-off into the holidays. We’re spending Christmas at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and I already have visions of three sugar plums in a slot machine dancing in my head. And as Stevie Nicks croons so stunningly I Can’t Wait, I Can’t Wait.

COLT STUDIOS LEGEND WADE NEFF INTERVIEW

Film legends come and go during our time but hairy and hung muscle stud Wade Neff worked for the COLT Studio Group for a good number of years and still brings in the fans through his scorching photos, sexy movies and hunky iconic pictures! With the help of search engines and a brilliant webMaster I am able to see where Internet traffic comes from, which keywords work and what people cruising my domain are looking to find. WADE NEFF – COLT MAN. There, I said it… Luckily I know Wade well and have gotten together with him to find out what is happening with Colt Studios’ iconic superstar. I knew it would be something wonderful I could give back to his fans and my readers. Generous and approachable, this is Wade in his own words. Read on…

Steven Michael – Wade, share your excitement and hopes for your official move to Palm Springs.

Wade Neff – “We’re not [officially] moving to Palm Springs, just visiting once a month for a week. I am semi-retired only. I have no plans when I get there other than go to gym and rest.”

That sounds like a real good plan! How does it feel to still have the recognition of being Wade Neff, COLT Icon? I have a good number of people come to my website in search of Wade Neff. I knew they’d love an updated Q/A with you.

“Being Wade Neff is sometimes tuff and other times fun. I like my privacy most but I don’t like to be rude either. Still being reconized as Wade is hard to believe for it was over ten years ago I started with COLT Studios.”

Fans want to know what it is about you that would surprise them if they knew this about Wade… My gay bear friends simply worship you! And in this ever-changing gay culture that’s a great thing!

“As far as telling my fans a secret! NO. I have to have some private time and secrets to myself. But if you really must know something, I like girls, too!”

HOT! Loving that. How are you dealing with the amazing aging process we are all trying to handle with grace?

“Aging sucks. I think a face lift is in order. Just have to save up the cash to do it. Ha-Ha! I go to the gym five days a week and have a trainer to keep me in line. But the face is the hard part that always shows age on everyone.”

Have you always felt comfortable in your strong daddy role? That’s how it’s perceived from our side.

“Having a strong daddy look is cool with me. I like it ! BUT I don’t have time or money for young 25-year-olds asking to be looked after or money that’s for sure.”

Biggest physical Turn-On of a man, meaning are you an “Ass Man” or do you like beautiful eyes, or…?

“I like a guy in his mid to late 40s, 6’5″ and very muscular with a big crotch. A big crotch turns me on.”

Yes, Mr. Neff. You’ve shamelessly mentioned that to me before. Biggest character Turn-Off of a man? For instance I really don’t appreciate men who can’t look at me in the eyes. Shows lack of confidence… Thoughts?

“Turn-Off … Men of any age that think they are god’s gift to other men. WTF?! Or guys that just want money or to be looked after.”

What do you want to be when you grow up?

“When I grow up! Well, I want to be a rich healthy man that is happy with my life.”

When you have time to put your feet up and relax, what’s happening? A strong drink or beer? Nice foot rub from yours truly? Describe your downtime…

“Downtime is in Hawaii on the beach talking to no one and after having a few Mai Tai’s with my partner.”

That sounds fabulous! What attracts you to Palm Springs enough to move here?

“I like Palm Springs because it’s close to Vancouver and affordable. Plus, the weather is great!”

And you’ve been with your partner for how long now? How do you make it work for so long? Will he be here with you?

“We have been together for eighteen years. It’s still good and will be for many more years. I will be training at World Gym in Palm Springs so I’ll see you there. Yes, I’ll be with my partner and we’ll maybe even hire a trainer!”

Thanks Wade! Hope to see you around the Tool Shed for a beer sometime. Always a pleasure, my friend. Can’t wait to see the new tattoo in person! Send us photos soon and stay in touch! Woofers! Your grateful fans and I thank you! xo

MEETING BOBBIE EAKES

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I had the honor of meeting the lady Bobbie Eakes in person at Spencer’s Restaurant for Bob Smith’s 50th birthday shindig. Ah, the party was done very well with just the right amount of everything. It was great to be out for the evening considering we had zero plans on doing anything! Since having Bobbie on the blog for the Picture Me Happy event at ACE, I had heard only wonderful things about her from people in the know and fans of her work on television. “She’s iconic,” a friend cooed over the phone. One of the volunteers of the charity event said of Bobbie, “She was a class act the entire time.” I agree! I fell in love with her in person.

Lorrie, one of our spin instructors at World Gym, called me over just as we were arriving to the party at Spencer’s and introduced me her friend Bobbie when I immediately replied, “Eakes?!” Bobbie smiled answering back, “Yes.” I hugged her and introduced myself as the blogger that interviewed her for the Splash into Summer Bash. “I recognize your face now, for sure. I love your blog,” Ms. Eakes flattered back which always wins me over. Compliments are well appreciated especially from such a pretty lady.

We chatted a bit and she told me a few stories of crazy fandom overseas where crowds and paparazzi hounded her and how insane it became. I got a few juicy tales of when she was competing in Miss America and how the experience really opened the door that led to her first television gig. She was so approachable and down to earth. Bobbie stood casually and discussed Europe with Jacques while I mingled the room. Meeting Bobbie Eakes was a true highlight of the night. I’m so glad we went to celebrate with Bob for his milestone birthday and enjoy the evening with good friends.

HOTTEST GAY FASHION RIGHT NOW

Working at what I describe in word as THE premiere fitness facility in the valley, World Gym Palm Springs, gives ample opportunity to watch the fierce models work the shiny runway with its red trim which is better known as the track that circles the machines in the middle of the gym. I see some who wear the hell out of their clothes like nobody’s business (Translation: Bitch, whurq!) and others who really, really shouldn’t be gigged-up in what they’ve chosen on a given day (Translation: O, girl. No.)

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 Nonetheless, gay fashions come and go. And I’ve seen many trends hit hard and then taper off like a pair of perfectly frayed jeans. What’s the hottest gay fashion happening right now? From what I can tell, it’s ALL about soccer socks! I noticed them in San Francisco during Folsom Street Fair at Mr S-Leather and a few guys at the gym have adopted the style for their very own, as well. On muscular legs they look sexy but it’s not for everyone. I prefer a pair of solid black or white with stripes. Classic! But bright colors are fun on the right personality. Thoughts?

IN PALM SPRINGS TODAY

If you’re unaware of the local news and happenings in Palm Springs and the true goings on this weekend, then you’ve either prepared for the onslaught of Easter weekend traffic or glorified the moment of the annual White Party and everything it entails. I just finished a long week of busy-ness at my employment business World Gym Palm Springs. Every year we plan for the flood of circuit boys, twinks, men, partiers, wanna-bees and hope for the best. Being gay owned and operated, we are the premiere fitness facility in the desert especially when the circuit squirrels come in for the annual eXtravaganza.

PALM SPRINGS IN PICTURES!

I’ll be the first to offer that occasionally our out of town brothers who come in for Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party travel in packs of threes and fours and will every once in a while come through with a taste of attitude that leaves bitterness in many mouth as we all read. Luckily, this being my seventh White Party working at World Gym, I really didn’t have too much to handle along those lines but we were so busy I began shutting down in the last hour and couldn’t wait to leave for the weekend.  The men were gorgeous! Some so spectacular that they hurt my eyes. I try to look away because why should I stand in the line of many admirers they’ve dealt with before? Far be it from me to add to their heavy load of being worshipped for their stunning looks. Ouch. Kidding (of course) – Totes!

Now seriously, all jokes aside. Overall the men were great to have in and we love seeing them every year! Many return guests so we’re doing something right! I tend to just run the show and make the cattle-call event flow as well as can done between my hours of 8:30-4:30. Inked-up cutie Johnny Hazzard breezed through looking adorable always. Former IML Gary Iriza brazenly brought in a dozen Krispy Kremes for me and the staff. Sugar rushes for all! Former house of Halston and Oprah Winfrey gown designer Bradley Bayoud swaggered in around 3 p.m. while Scott Cullens and new beau got their pump on across the cardio deck. Bootylicious, B-A-C-K!

MODERN PALM SPRINGS!

But as I said, was THRILLED to be able to leave it behind for a few days. Of course, here I am typing quickest ever to be able to scoot in for a pump myself and a lunch with friends in town before the crowds rush through before pool parties at host hotel Renaissance and the Big Muscle party Desert Tea at the new Saguaro Hotel. The Husband and I are hanging very low this year and not doing anything much but visiting with a few friends and then a private moment tomorrow evening with Michael Crisp and a few hundred of his closest friends at his place. Worship him!

I did the events last year on a generous media pass and am able to know exactly what I’m missing out on and what I am most definitely not. With Easter weekend running along side the weekend blowout, there are many more people in town for the holiday weekend. Please drive safely and look both ways! You never know who’s around you! Rehydrate and Celebrate! NJOI!. X.

WHITE PARTY 2012 PALM SPRINGS

“I can’t believe White Party is already here!” I overheard someone say the other day at the gym. He continued, “I’m not at my ideal swimsuit weight yet. How can I cope with the gorgeous untouchables that arrive soon?!” His honest but hopeful friend replied, “Eh, hope it takes a turn and brings on the cooler side of things and find yourself some impressive layers. If that does’t happen and it’s gorgeous all around you,  get ready to drink a lot.”

I, too, can not believe it time for Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party. Soon the beautiful ones will be prancing up and down the track of World Gym on our weekend pass strutting it out and causing a stir with their ways. Love them. No, seriously. My fingers are not crossed behind my back. Smiling through the pain. Actually, with the exception of a few of them, most everyone is cool and knows I don’t deal with it. It meaning attitude. This will be my 7th year working at the LGBTQ infused fitness experience, World Gym. The children come through! Translation: No, no kids. “Children” meaning the circuit squirrels. Ah, those were the days. I remember them very well… somehow.

World famous DJs invade turntables and fill dance floors with hungry party goers. Fierce performers like the recently announced Mary J Blige take to the microphone and turn the masses out with big musical hits! Palm Springs reaps not only needed revenue but introduces the city to newcomers and revisits with our regulars alike. It’s a great thing for the city and for those wanting the Palm Springs White Party experience. For the true circuit follower, this is a must stop on the party train! See you here soon… April 6-9! Good luck with reservations! It’s right around the corner.

OUR PALM SPRINGS LIFE

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OUR PALM SPRINGS LIFE

These winter months have offered us almost every weather pattern possible. From the devastating wind storm that tore through Coachella in January to the cold snap in the premiere of February to our wave of regular warmth that has arrived, seasons change, indeed. It’s always good to keep a few layers near but always know the heat can boil you out of your clothes at any given time.

TOM JUDSON STARS ON STAGE IN PALM SPRINGS

On March 24 at 8 p.m., cabaret star Tom Judson will be at Azul showcasing his newest effort The Tom Judson Show singing songs he’s selected and retooled to celebrate spring. Tom describes his one man show as something reminiscent of the sparkling entertainers once found in Manhattan’s most loved supper clubs. As Tom utilizes the vocal chops and skills that landed him on Broadway and in many touring productions, he croons away dressed in a gorgeous tuxedo singing songbook standards and rare gems Mr. Judson sees well-fitting for this arena. His growing group of fans eat him up in every city and town he plays in as he shares anecdotes and stories of celebrity encounters past!

If Tom Judson looks familiar to you then maybe it’s because not only is he a phenomenal performer and stage actor, Tom is also know as Gus Mattox – GayVN Award winning adult film star and inked-up daddy stud to his masses of fans that lust and love his work for the adult  industry and studios. I met him once through a wonderful friend Clark at World Gym who introduced us and suggested I plug him, err, the show “The Tom Judson Show.” Tom was delicious as Gus and glad to see he has been able to return to his talented roots with a life after porn.

I’ve been checking out clips on YouTube of Mr. Judson and know Palm Springs is in for a real treat of entertainment when this man arrives to town on the 24th at 8 p.m. The show is included with a prix fixe dinner, or there is $10 music charge. His blog tells all! Check it at thetomjudsonshow.blogspot.com. And tell him you appreciate what he does!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WORLD GYM PALM SPRINGS

Speaking of World Gym! Happy Anniversary, members! As we celebrate nine wonderful years in this community I’m reminded of where we started and how we’ve grown into the premiere fitness facility for the Coachella Valley and our visitors, alike. As other gyms have closed their doors and basically pushed their members and trainers into our doors, we couldn’t be happier – or busier! We must be doing a lot of something really right!

I’ve worked there for over seven years now and when I tell you it’s still a treat to walk into a place of employment and enjoy the job that you do veery well. Our members are colorful and diverse. The staff is helpful and entertaining. Our intent is to provide fitness to the fabulous! And now we’re heading into another decade still offering an amazing environment for those craving it! Come join us! And ask for me…

THE DINAH 2012 DELIVERS LESBIANS TO PALM SPRINGS

Hey Ladies! The Riviera is calling your name March 28 through April 1 for Palm Springs’ pride and joy, The Dinah. Get your beach-ready body into a bikini and high heels, and find a good electrolysist or waxer and tend to your fuzzy mimosa down south. Just saying. However, if your style is more along the lines of sleeveless tees, cargos and Birkenstocks, pack accordingly. The weather can be tricky in the Coachella so bring choices for every scenario. A fun flannel or sexy thermal will do just fine.

This year’s “vag-travaganza” promises to be scissoring with excitement and entertainment including musical performances, pool parties and rocking until the wee hours of morning. Event performers and celebrities include Chaka Khan, Jessica Sutta (of Pussycat Dolls fame) and CeCe Penniston singing many hits including Finally, to mention a few. For all the dirt, dish and detail – check out thedinah.com and Club Skirts. The Dinah always brings in a great group of gals who want only to feel comfortable  celebrating their lifestyle and selves while thankfully driving needed revenue into our city. Everybody wins!

Just a heads up, though. For those hardcore circuit goers, please note that former weekend competitor Girl Bar has smartly branched off and will be holding their Girl Bar Dinah Shore Weekend in Sin City this year April 27 – 29. This gives the ladies even more girl-on-girl action happening across the nation. Rock on, sisters! Party hearty and celebrate life, I say. Whurq!

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