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December 9, 2005

you must now do everything electronically

I've been crushed by peer pressure to make a goddamn Amazon.com wish list, since it's now the ONLY way to do anything related to gifts and we are no longer allowed to be spontaneous, drop hints or questions among friends, or to surprise anyone, like back in the olden days. We have to now log on to an online service and select from a list in order to celebrate the Holidays.

Be sure to go to Amazon.com through our rugby website, that way our team gets a small donation from Amazon. Go here, click on the Amazon.com graphic, then find my wish list. My birthday is December 28. Here's much of the list:

- Vasque Men's Sundowner GTX hiking boots (Burgundy) 9 1/2 wide
- Confessions on a Dance Floor - Madonna CD
- Newborn Friend - Seal (REMIXES) [RARE]
- Xanadu movie DVD
- A new soup pot
- Dyson vacuum cleaner

Today we had the morning off due to local DC snow hysteria, even though most of it was melted off the roads by the time I got up in the morning. Oh well, it kept people off the roads in the morning, the greatest danger in this area during snow times is from other people hysterically insisting on driving.

Some good news this week hearing that the DC Council voted 12-1 to give preliminary approval to a bill that would ban smoking in all bars, taverns, and nightclubs except cigar bars by January 2007. Pro-smoking nightlife mogul Mark Lee fears “Gay and lesbian nightlife establishments have indicated that, if this bill were to become law, the affects on those businesses would be dramatic and devastating.” Yet somehow New York, Rehoboth and San Francisco bars seem to be doing just fine. I can't wait for the day when every bar will be just as breathable as the yet-to-be-devastated club Halo. Sean, are you devastated by the fact that you work in a smoke-free bar that seems to be doing just fine without cigarette smoke?

Posted by jimbo at December 9, 2005 1:40 PM


I don't think you will regret that list, since it looks like in two hours you scored pretty much everything but the boots (dude, you're getting a Dyson!) Or did you not actually get around to filling it out? (Or does someone share your birthday?)

Posted by: einerlei at December 9, 2005 3:47 PM

Yes, but all my favorite fag bars in NYC don't enforce the ban (and I don't even smoke).

Posted by: David at December 9, 2005 5:32 PM

Actually, New York bars took a pretty big hit for the first year the ban was in effect. They did eventually bounce back.

Posted by: sam at December 9, 2005 6:04 PM

Where the 'mos gonna run to? Montgomery County? Nope - no smoking there

Virginia? - Honey I don't think Freddie's is going to be the new hotspot for cigarette homos...

PG County? - No comment. :-P

Prince William - Well you can smoke I am sure but you'll probably get bashed...

So I guess that leaves Philly or smoking outside on the curb, which one most gays gonna pick? Survey says, CURB just like everywhere else... Mark Lee needs to get a clue or get a smoking related ailment, then maybe he'll change his tune...

Posted by: TOS at December 9, 2005 9:55 PM

My take is a little different. Smoking is a definite deal breaker with me - I don't care how hot the guy is - and I'd rather find that out up front in a bar and then be able to ignore him rather than invest the effort, actually maybe like the guy, and then find out the bad news later on when it's too late and I've already committed myself. I say smoke 'em out right up front and let them show their true colors in the bars.

Posted by: Andy at December 10, 2005 9:08 AM

What? Your DVD collection doesn't already include Xanadu? I am shocked, Jimbo! When I grow up I want to paint super large record album covers for a living! I love that movie.

Posted by: fstclss at December 10, 2005 10:36 AM

Actually, Sam...I believe you are wrong. From the stories that I have read, bars and restaurants in NYC in fact had flat revenues post the smoking ban, as measured by their sales tax revenues from before and after the ban. It had zero effect.

And two things:

1) The first night I went to SF's Powerhouse, the day after their ban went into effect, the entire bar smelled like coffee. Well, coffee AND Crisco.

2) My smoking friends seemed to score MUCH more frequently after the ban. You see, they'd be outside the bar, away from the loud music, away from their friends, sharing that special bond that smokers share, even among strangers, and sometimes...well, they just never came back in. Hmm.

Posted by: Joe.My.God. at December 10, 2005 11:54 AM

TOS hit it on the head; DC is the island of misfits and they have nowhere else to go, especially the gay ones.

Posted by: copperred at December 10, 2005 12:07 PM