The crew converged on downtown San Diego for a “LIVE From” webcast complete with $100K works of art…and a circumcision, of the fine art variety. Aaron & Ophelia took over Alexander Salazar’s Fine Art studio at 7th & Broadway and settled in among the paintings, sculptures and jewelry before getting down and dirty with hot topics including: Facebook and Twitter and being too busy to do either, circumcision (of course,) San Diego’s next Mayoral campaign, tattoos, sex both in and out of relationships, the recent Paintball attacks in and around Hillcrest, American Idol and this season’s TV hits & misses. The two finished up with some events including the Young Professionals Council‘s Burlesque at Thin, San Diego Magazine‘s 50 People to Watch party at FLUXX and Family Matter‘s Big Community Yard Sale coming up on March 26th. If you’re planning a spring cleaning, donate all your unwanted clothes, toys, accessories, electronics, etc. to help LGBT families. Read More
Yes, I’ve received your emails…and comments…and Facebook posts. And I agree, my blogs have been, let’s just say, lacking. While I admit to getting on Ophelia‘s tail about keeping up on her ‘blogging’ I, myself, have left my lil He Said blog space somewhat dusty. I promise it’s not without reasons, many of which you probably won’t care about. My absence of blogtivity these past few months on HSSS.TV isn’t because I haven’t been in front of the computer. Hashem knows that’s not the case. Try tearing me away from Facebook or Twitter and see what happens. But, that comes easy for me because social media is a huge part of my work. I’m online every day, all day. Now, add to that a twice-weekly talk show, PRing clients, other print & online writing gigs, being at The Center six days a week, working with Stonewall Citizens Patrol and countless other social & charity events and fundraisers, and well, Aaron’s just a busy boy. Realistically though, if I focused as much attention on this blog as I do sassing up my status updates, I wouldn’t be fielding the hate mail and the point of this post would be moot. So, perhaps an intervention is in order. Not in that A&E cameras following your every move for an ambush reality show sorta way. Just more a, “betch needs a tech-free vacation” way. Some call it going off-line for a while. I’m calling it an Inter(net)vention. Read More
Hard to believe it’s already November, the start of holiday season, with turkey day, Christhanukkwanzastice & New Year’s right around the bend. It’s also the time of year, each year, when we start caring a little more about one and other. We come together, united as a community – a human community – with admiration, compassion and a generous spirit for those less fortunate and privileged than ourselves. Gay, straight, trans, black, brown, handicapped, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, rich, poor…it doesn’t matter. This is the time of year when we tend to think about those things that unite us, not divide us. I love it, but I wish it wasn’t something so seasonal, like a change in the weather. That compassion, that caring, that humanity shouldn’t be sentiments we only choose to validate during the holidays. We should care every day. We should want to be better than we are, reach out and do good every day. It’s never too late to do the right thing. Think about that the next time you walk by a homeless man sitting on a sidewalk asking for change, or see a woman in line at the grocery store buying diapers and baby formula with food stamps, or stand next to a senior citizen ready to cross a busy intersection with bags too heavy to carry, or breeze past a donation container for the homebound elderly and ill on your way to buy yet another six pack and bag of chips. Read More
Aaron, Ophelia & crew hit up one of the best comfy breakfast and lunch spots in the gayborhood, Babbo Grande, for their weekly gab fest of news, views & choco-vino (yes, chocolate-infused red wine.) We talked about the new (again) San Diego-London non-stop flight, suicides & bullying in the LGBT community, San Diego Remembers Matthew Shepard vigil & rally and touched on TV that we mostly haven’t caught up on, except Sister Wives on TLC. Oh, and Ophelia didn’t spill any food on her blouse…promise.
Aaron, Ophelia, Producers Bo and Joey, and Producer Boyfriend Leo turned the Happiest Hour place in Hillcrest, Fiesta Cantina, into HSSS central for our whack-a-doodle chat of news, current events, hot topics & general goings on in the gayborhood. We talked Margaret Cho‘s “ChoDependent,” KPBS Hero honoree Carolina Ramos, San Diego Padres, Top Chef All Stars, J Lo and Steven Tyler on American Idol, Florida’s Gay adoption law, the blocked DADT Repeal vote by Republicans, Adams Avenue Street Fair, the California Gubernatorial race, VoteNaked2010.com and AIDS Walk San Diego. Don’t forget to look for us on stage in Balboa Park this Sunday before the walk! Read More