Category: Gay Men

FlameCon2, Part II…


Exactly seven days ago, on Sunday, August 28, 2016, I had the honor and pleasure of attending the second and final day of FlameCon2, which was the second annual Queer Comic Con.

You can read my blog post about the very first FlameCon by visiting:

 

 

https://thisgaymanslife.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/flamecon/

 

 

And so, I was on my way to Manhattan, to go to Brooklyn.  Specifically, the New York Marriott at The Brooklyn Bridge.  In the meantime, in spite of being a fanatic for punctuality, I was late.  Well, I did not need to be there at a certain time, per se, but the hours for the last day were from 11:30AM-4PM, so it was not like I was going to be there for several hours.

Last Saturday night, I began chatting with someone on the Growlr app, and he told me that THE Chris Claremont was going to be part of a panel discussion entitled “PRIDE and the X-Men,” and when I had learned that he wrote Uncanny X-Men for seventeen years, I knew that was a panel discussion to attend.

And I would have, except that I arrived after 2PM (did I mention the panel discussion was from 2-3PM?), and by the time I arrived, the room was closed.

Actually, I do not recall the exact phrasing the volunteer used, but she said that I would be unable to enter; I eventually learned that any additional people in Room B might be a safety hazard.  Now, that I can certainly understand, especially as someone who used to work in supermarkets.

It certainly gave me the opportunity to catch my breath, wipe the sweat from my forehead, and have a light breakfast and certainly sitting down!

After catching my breath, eating, and relaxing, I looked at the Thomson Reuters Convene app, that FlameCon/GeeksOUT! recommended downloading on one’s smartphone (which was a very good recommendation, by the way), and saw a great panel discussion entitled “Agism in the Geekosphere & Fandoms That Span Generations.”

 

 

App

 

 

Little did I realize that attending this panel discussion would make the entire con for me!  And I cannot deny, I LOVED the fact that I was first in line to attend this particular panel discussion.

Originally, the panelists consisted of:

 

 

Mags Visaggio

https://www.tumblr.com/search/mags%20visaggio

Laura Antoniou

http://lantoniou.com/

Nayland Blake

Matthew Waterhouse

http://www.matthewwaterhouse.com/

Cecilia Tan

http://www.ceciliatan.com/

 

 

However, Nayland Blake announced early on that Mags Visaggio had an emergency and was unable to be a part of the panel discussion, as originally scheduled.  I must confess, I have not followed up to see if she is OK, but I hope and pray that she is OK.

In the meantime, as much as I enjoyed all the panelists, it was listening to THE Laura Antoniou talk about her growing up, sharing her anecdotes, and her treasures of old ‘zines and scripts that touched my heart and moved me to tears.  What she shared moved me to feeling nostalgic, in spite of the fact that the experiences she shared when she was younger were not experiences that I had experienced when I was younger, but they touched my heart, all the same.

Every panelist, from Nayland Blake, to Laura Antoniou, to Matthew Waterhouse, to THE Cecilia Tan, were a joy.  Truly, I received more than double my money’s worth with that one panel discussion.  I was also happy to discover that all the attendees of this panel discussion received a ten per cent discount on any purchase at the Circlet Press table.  Circlet Press, “Erotica for Geeks” was founded by THE Cecilia Tan.

I must acknowledge that, although I took notes during this panel discussion, as well, I have not looked at them.  Then again, my penmanship when I participate in panel discussions and workshops seems akin to Ancient Sumerian, these days!

I was truly very happy and floating on a cloud peace and light-heartedness after attending this particular panel discussion, and was looking forward to going to the Circlet Press table, and as I was about to leave said table, I had the opportunity to meet and speak personally with THE Laura Antoniou!

Once I finish up some of the books that I AM reading (as well as rereading), I shall begin reading her novel, The Killer Wore Leather.  Yes, I AM very excited to read it.  It has been a while since I have read some good LGBT books; of course, I only read good or very good LGBT books, but I digress!

In closing, here is a video that I made and uploaded a few moments ago, where I show off the programme for FlameCon2:

 

 

 

 

 

And I love how in the background you can see THE Terry Blas’s venerated vision of Buffy Summers, and yes, she DOES fight like a girl!

You can also view the Facebook Event page by visiting:

https://www.facebook.com/events/315671141941358/

Also, you can learn more about FlameCon by visiting their Website:

Home

And you can learn more about GeeksOUT! by visiting their Website:

http://geeksout.org/

Thank you, FlameCon.  Thank you, GeeksOUT!  And good night!

 

 

Reflections on Orlando…


Shortly after 2 AM on Sunday, June 12, 2016, a man who was named Omar Mateen unleashed a tirade of bullets in the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida.  As a result, at least according to various news reports, 49 people were killed, and 53 were injured.

Also, several news sources have been referred to this as the “worst mass shooting in American History.”

Since that time, I have felt a great deal of emotions: anger, sadness, despair, frustration, hope, disgust, and more.  In fact, because of these conflicting emotions, and my professional schedule, it has taken me more than two weeks to write this particular blog post.

I felt sucked in to politics, and those that truly know me know that I AM very anti-politics.

However, I felt led to write something in a brand new notebook I purchased at the Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan, NYC.

This is what I wrote on Monday, June 13, 2016, 12:31AM:

 

“I have come to realize that the massacre/blood bath/tragedy at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida is living proof that ‘marriage equality’ is not the cure-all that a lot of my fellow LGBTQIA+ Community members thought it would be.”

 

Indeed.

I was also led to make a YouTube video about my feelings about the attack, which you can watch by clicking on:

 

 

 

 

At this point, it has been more than three weeks since the attack, and in many States in the United States, and many countries around the world, June is the premier LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.

Nonetheless, I AM crystal clear that there is more to this story, more to this incident, and more going on, behind the scenes.

Ultimately, now more than ever, anyone who preaches hatred, racism, prejudice, racial profiling, misdirection, incitement, etc., is going to find that their support is being destroyed.

There is no shortage of additional information available regarding this incident.  Which also makes me a bit sad, but I digress.

Now more than ever, ALL the world has seen the price ALL of us pay for bigotry, hatred, prejudice, racial profiling, ignorance, mindlessness, unkindness, insensitivity, indifference, absolutes, blame, “he said/she said/they are,” etc.

I also wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, “Senna.”  Thank you for who you are and for what you give the world.

Finally, let me also share the following posts from “BosGuy.”  They are:

 

What LGBTQ hate mail feels like

 

Love Wins: One Orlando brunch fundraiser

I saw this on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and it truly touched my heart. Thank you, Grace Church Van Horst, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
I saw this on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and it truly touched my heart. Thank you, Grace Church Van Vorst, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Here is some additional information about Grace Church Van Horst in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Here is some additional information about Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, New Jersey.
It is amazing to me that people in Perth, Australia held a candlelight vigil for those slain in the targeted massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida, United States. For more info about the event, you can visit: http://www.outinperth.com/perth-candlelight-vigil-orlando-wednesday/
It is amazing to me that people in Perth, Australia held a candlelight vigil for those slain in the targeted massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida, United States. For more info about the event, you can visit: http://www.outinperth.com/perth-candlelight-vigil-orlando-wednesday/

Back at the Mountain, Part I…


Good morning, my fellow LGBT

people, and our straight allies, and a Happy Thursday to all of you!

Right now, I AM on the patio at Rainbow Mountain Resort, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, basking in having the patio all to myself.  A little while ago, I saw the sexy pool cleaner getting the pool ready for tomorrow, as well as the weekend’s Memorial Day festivities.

My vacation has been lovely, thus far.  In fact, last night, was “couples night!”  My life partner and I visited one of my clients, and her wife, and we had a lovely dinner that my client cooked.  It was wonderful; which having sampled her cooking in the past, was fantastic.

It felt good to spend time with another couple, for a change of pace.  Altogether, it was  a Lesbian couple, a Gay Male couple, the daughter of the Lesbian couple, a dog, and several cats, not to mention inchworms, trees, rocks, birds, spiders, and plenty of Celestial Beings.  (after all, the Lesbians, their daughter, my life partner and I are also Witches, so plenty of Magick was in attendance, as well).

Today is going to be a fun-filled day, and my life partner and I certainly want to enjoy the rest of the day, and having the place all to ourselves, although some other guests have already begun arriving.  The Mountain’s “Cherry House” has been occupied for the past two days or so.

For those of you who have yet to have the Rainbow Mountain Experience, I cannot over-recommend it.  This is my fifth time, my life partner’s second time, and our first time here for a week.

For more info, you can visit:

 

 

http://rainbowmountain.com/

 

 

In the meantime, you can watch this video that I recorded to accompany this particular blog post.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Back at the Mountain, Day 3…


Yes, this post is quite late, but the since I returned from my beautiful vacation at Rainbow Mountain Resort, I have been, as one of my clients would say, “mega busy.”

However, I wanted to finish writing about my recent experiences at Rainbow Mountain Resort, especially as it was my third time there, although my first time visiting by myself.

It was an especially rainy day on Saturday, September 12, 2015.  It rained heavily, then lightly, then heavily again.

Personally, I had no issue with it, although it did lead me to change the Magickal plans I had that evening.

The staff member who had availed himself of a private, one-hour Reading with me the day before, agreed to take me to a nearby Metaphysical store.  Of course, “nearby” is a relative term.  In a mountainous region like East Stroudsburg/Mount Pocono, down the road means a few miles away!

When I arrived, I discovered that the store was not a Metaphysical store, but a botanica!

A botanica is a store that could be described as a Latin-American Metaphysical store (what some commonly call “New Age” stores) but with herbs, as in “botanicals.”

Also, this was the first time that I was in this part of Pennsylvania and heard Spanish spoken.  I AM accustomed to hearing Spanish being spoken in my area, as well as in NYC, but in mountainous Pennsylvania, not at all!

It was a lovely surprise, and I was also happy to learn the owners are Puerto Rican.  Although I AM Cuban and not Puerto Rican, I AM aware of a lovely Latin American song that refers to Cuba and Puerto Rico as “the wings of the same bird.”

Well, I was so happy to meet the lovely owners, and find some wonderful products, such as incense, pendants, and the like.

What fascinated me was a product (you can call it a potion, if you wish) that was a vibrant red color with some flower petals in it.  I instinctively knew it was a “love potion,” but was surprised that Goddess (or, Spirit, if you prefer) was Divinely Guiding me to purchase it.  I very rarely use such products, even when I was longing for romantic love, and certainly nothing that smelled so sweet.

However, I was being obedient to the Divine Guidance that I received, and as such, I purchased it.

Of course, I was also very happy to be Re-Minded that so many people, including Latin Americans are moving to Pennsylvania.  Indeed, the prices of real estate is much lower than, say, Manhattan, although, if you forget something at the grocery store, you know you shall need to get into your car and drive a good twenty minutes (on a good day) or half-an-hour to forty-five minutes (on a not-so-good day), but I digress.

After I returned to my room at Rainbow Mountain Resort, I spent some time enjoying my Goddess-Graced Goodies, and relaxed.  Offhand, I do not recall if this was before dinner or after dinner, but I think it was before dinner.  And I was especially thankful to the staff member who had not only availed himself of my Psychic Services, but told me about this place during his Reading with me.

I enjoyed the rest of my evening, and then, something happened…

 

I shall share that in “Back at the Mountain, Day 4…”

Before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog followers.  They are: “Violet Black” and “scrappy1205.”  Thank you for honoring who you are and what you do, and for contributing to others.  May you receive great insight and great PRIDE in following “This Gay Man’s Life…”

And for those of you already following or reading (without following ) “This Gay Man’s Life…”  thank you for honoring who you are and what you do, and for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.

Thank you, and good night.

The lobby in Rainbow Mountain Resort.
The lobby in Rainbow Mountain Resort.

Back at the Mountain, Day 2…


My second day at Rainbow Mountain Resort was this past Friday, September 11, 2015.

Before I go any further, let me Lovingly Re-Mind all of you that in spite of being a very Divinely Protected person, I know better than to tax my Psychic Shields.  Being in NYC, especially Manhattan, particularly Lower Manhattan on September 11 is an opportunity for any Empathic individual to become catatonic.

And frankly, there are too many people who count on this Psychic Witch to be grounded, centered, balanced, focused and, MENTALLY WHOLE.

That was the very reason I left for Rainbow Mountain Resort on Thursday, September 10, as opposed to Friday, September 11, 2015.

My second day back at “the Mountain” was Divinely Restorative.  I knew that I wanted to have a nature walk after I woke up (well, you know, woke up, showered, got dressed, etc.), which was a wonderful one.  My doctor would be very happy with how much walking I did.

After that, I took a sauna, which in spite of being here twice before, I had yet to use the sauna.  I had used a sauna once or twice before, but it had been a few years.  If felt good and felt very cleansing, both physically and emotionally.

Then, I availed myself of the hot tub.  I love the hot tub here.  It is big, and very comfortable.  And although there was a party of one (yes, I had it all to myself) it was no less relaxing.

After that, I went back to my room, showered, dressed for dinner, then spent time with some good books and my journals.  I think I took a nap, too.

And, it was exactly what I needed.  Although I was quite far from NYC on September 11, I was not oblivious to what people were going through.

As always, for those of you who want to inquire about staying at Rainbow Mountain Resort, please visit:

 

http://rainbowmountain.com/

 

And if you stay there, let them know you found out about them from Robert Alvarez, the Psychic Witch.

And yes, I AM keeping this one short and sweet, especially given what time it is.

For now, thank you for honoring who you are and what you do, and for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.

And, with that, good night/morning!

This is the welcoming view to all who come to Rainbow Mountain Resort, the Lodge Porch.
This is the welcoming view to all who come to Rainbow Mountain Resort, the Lodge Porch.

Back at the Mountain, Day 1…


Those that truly know me know that I AM a fanatic about punctuality.

However, although I fully intended to take the 1PM Martz Trailways bus departing from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, NYC, I missed it by five minutes.

So, I took the 1:45PM bus, which was totally OK with me.

And it was a good thing I began walking to the gate at around 1:30PM, because there were already between ten to fifteen people in line.

Once the bus was in motion, I felt much more relaxed.

The bus arrived on time at the Stroudsburg/Delaware Water Gap station.  I took a few moments to freshen up, then called a cab.

After waiting twenty minutes, I called another cab company.  That one arrived much sooner, and then I was on my way to Rainbow Mountain Resort.

Once I arrived at the Mountain, I completed the business of paying in full for my reservation, then went up to my Dorm Room (yes, they are called Dorm Rooms now; I do not recall the previous name for this batch of rooms), unpacked, then took a few moments to savor the bed, the air conditioner, the ceiling fan, etc.

I rarely, if ever, complain about the weather, but the high temperatures and humidity in my area these last few weeks have been brutal.

Even as I write these lines, the air conditioner is on (at the “Hi Cool” setting), and the ceiling fan is on, and the maximum speed.  And make no mistake, it felt so fucking good!

My first day was a day to settle in, and to enjoy being away.  No to mention have a fantastic dinner.

Since my arrival, I have been referring to Chef Pam as a Living Goddess of Culinary Delights.

I have a confession to make: when I was making the reservation, I asked the reservations clerk if Chef Pam still worked here, and he assured me that she does.

Of course, let us say for the sake of argument, that I had not believed him; I would have known she still works here, with the first bite of my appetizer.

I AM sure some of you want to know what I had for dinner on evening of Thursday, September 10, 2015.  However, I feel that I would be teasing and torturing you if I told you.  I did, share the details with one of my personal heroes, and he began having a very loud, high-pitched orgasm.  And this man is quite butch!

Truly, I AM having a wonderful time, and soon, I shall write and publish “Back at the Mountain, Day 2…”

Thank you, good night, and good morning, too.

One of the gorgeous views, available to all those who stay at Rainbow Mountain Resort.
One of the gorgeous views, available to all those who stay at Rainbow Mountain Resort.