Friday, January 07, 2011

Reading is sexy

"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don't have books, don't fuck them" - John Waters

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Deviant Dining

Tonight was Deviant Dining at the Lounge, our pot luck, dinner event for our members and their guests. It's a social happening that we have run monthly without fail since we opened three years and two months ago.

Twenty eight people came out for by far the most superior meal ever compiled at this event. The food was all such amazing quality and in such grand quantities -- I was stuffed. Everyone attending went out of their way to either make something original or they stopped for yummy take out.

Doors open at 6:30 and dinner is served at 7. So most people are on their way home by 8:30. When 9 rolled around people were still sitting around lost in deep conversation that by the time they all left it was a 3 hour meal.

Thanks to everyone who came out to dine, to talk and to be social.

Every event that happens at the Lounge is an "opportunity".

An opportunity to be known, to be seen, to be introduced, to be asked, to invite, to check him out, to check her out, to gain confidence, to not be alone, to be a part of something, to conspire, to expand your horizons, to see something new, to move your boundaries, to face yourself, to be you, to be known.

Unless you give the Lounge a try, you'll just never know for yourself why it is so special to so many people.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Vows for 2011

Resolutions are something I think about each year and that's been a constant since I was about 10 years old.

When I was younger, one resolution I made every year that I also failed, was "Grow my nails out and stop biting them". I made that vow every single year, and within days was chewing on my fingernails again sadly. It took me till I was an adult, to stop this bad habit.

When I was a teenager I had a resolution for a number of years, to " be married". That lasted but a couple of years before I grew up enough to realize that I wanted partners, not "a" partner.

As a young adult, my more mature resolutions revolved around making amends with my family of origin. I tried, only to learn the lesson that there is a reason for most family break downs and sometimes that means relationships are not salvageable.

In my late twenties my resolutions were to be a good single parent, find enough work to pay my bills, and for us to live well rounded lives. Success was ours wearily.

In my early thirties my goals were around activism, personal pride and internal strength. I surpassed my expectations.

The last few years, my resolutions have encompassed creating new life, recreating our family unit, building an empire, and developing the skills sets necessary to survive and thrive professionally and personally.

2011 is the year of health.
2011 is the year of wealth.
2011 is the year of community.