To Karl With Love

If they made this t-shirt for men, I would be the first in line to buy it. To say I love it… is an understatement. To quote Racheal Zoe “It’s BANANAS!” As it stands, I may buy the women’s version, cut off the front and sew it onto a men’s shirts. (kidding) Those of you who know me well, you know that I have a huge distaste for logos. The Polo pony is barely digestible. I don’t want to be your advertising. However, it’s different when the logo is for a company or (in this case) designer I cherish. Karl Lagerfeld is one of my all time favorite designers. (With the death of Alexander McQueen last year he was moved up to first place.) This shirt is from his new collection for Macys which debuts this week. Please Karl…create a men’s line! Preferably with this image on a heather gray men’s tee.

*Karl Lagerfeld is the head designer for Chanel and Fendi along with his own personal label.


Hurricane Tips

Hurricane Irene is heading toward the Northeast and here are some helpful tips to help you through the storm:

Turn up your fridge and make it as cold as possible. If you loose power your food will stay colder longer.

During a storm it’s very easy for a tree or branch to fall and cause major damage to your car. If you don’t have a garage try a leaving it in a near by parking lot to avoid falling debris.

Everyone stocks up on batteries during a storm. Why? You can use them for flashlights… and what else? Your tv remote uses batteries but with the power outage kills that need.

I personally hate to read, but a power outage is a good time to finish up on any summer reading.

Secure your trash cans. They will be the first items to take flight or roll down the road during strong winds.

If you end up with damage to your home or vehicle consider calling your insurance company. Also consider when you call. If the damage is minor or cosmetic consider waiting a week or two to report the damage. Insurance companies are going to be flooded with claims in the days to come. Holding for an hour (or more) is not unheard of after a major storm. When the damage is weather related, reporting the a claim a week later won’t have any effect on it’s results. If you have damage that can’t wait check to see if you can report claims online. My employer even has a mobile app for the iPhone. It will be much faster then calling (me) on the phone.

9/11 Memorial

On September 12, 2011 the 9/11 Memorial Opens to the public. Unfortunatly I haven’t followed the progress of the memorial over the past ten years. I knew there was a competition to find the winning design but I never took the time to find out what the designs actually were. For some reason I was under the impression that another large skyscraper was being built in place of the Twin Towers. A building that exemplified the idea that “from the ashes a pheonix will rise.” My assumption was wrong and I am pleasantly surprised with the finished project.

The winning design is two large fountains in the foot print of each tower. Not what I expected, but in the best possible way. Surrounding each foundtain are the names of the victims who died. I think it’s a wonderful moving tribute that also looks amazing. New York is full of tall buildings that stretch high into the sky and I love that the planners went in the opposite direction. Other then avoiding a man hole or puddle, how often do you look down in the city? Anything worth looking at is usually above your head. I’ve always been a fan of contrast and the soft green trees and peacful fountains are a perfect contrast to the steel and concrete buildings that surround the area. The next time I am in New York I’ll have to try and take a side trip to see the memorial in person.


Goodbye Andy Gasp

It took 23 days, but Andy Gasp now has 100 friends on Facebook. When I set up his profile I wanted to see how easy it would be for a total stranger to start a life on Facebook. Armed with a picture of an unknown bear hotty I gave Andy a basic back story. He was born and raised in Columbus, OH because it sounded neutral and had a hint of middle America. Also my former employer Bath and Body Works is located there. He moved to New York to study fashion design at Parson’s and now works for Hermes. You’ll remember Hermes as the snooty French store that was having a private party and would not let Oprah in. When it came to his interest I tried to create an intellectual-hiptser vibe. The two books listed Stone Butch Blues and The Bluest Eye are two of the last novels I read in college. Two of the last novels I’ve read in general. Music ranged from Sonic Youth and Radiohead (hispter) to Robyn and Sara Bareilles (intellectual). His favorite tv personality is Gordon Elliot, who he has a cruch on. That post came from eating dinner at the bar of the Trumbel Kitchen. Our bartender was asking if it was strange that she liked him. She was turned on by his anger.

Andy aka Jim
Other interesting points: Two people that accepted Andy’s request had de-friended me (Joe) months before. Three guys tried to chat him up through private message. I only answered one with a polite ‘thanks you.’ (It was hotty Matt the bartender’s ex-boyfriend for those of you local to CT) He got de-friended once by a guy who recognized one of the photos as his friend Jim. He also supposedly reported Andy to Facebook but I have yet to see or hear anything about it. The main picture I found on It was a snap of Alexander Wang w/ two models from Fashion Night Out in New York. “Andy” just happened to be a cute guy in the background. Special thanks needs to go to Chris Haese for providing the extra photos. Good job.
Where will Andy go? What will Andy do? He’ll just fade away when he moves to Paris for his new promotion. I’m not going to do a big ‘reveal’ and expose the hoax. I’m not trying to piss people off or make them feel foolish. The profile will be de-activated for now. Maybe down the line I’ll start it up again and spy on you.

Make Me Over

I’m a result driven person. If you don’t like the result, change the behavior. That’s why I’ve been trying to change myself for several years now.
Problem: I’ve been unsuccessful in relationships
Solution: Fix whatever I’m doing something wrong.
It’s no one else’s fault. There are many things I’d like to change about myself and over the past couple years I’ve been trying to work on them. One of the major hurdles is figuring out what exactly I’m doing wrong. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Who knew an unconcious effort to avoid kissing would make such an impact? So Here are some of the things on my personality make over list:
I love style and I’ll never give that up. However, I’ve gotten a lot better at being style appropriate for the given situation. Being a bear with fashion sense isn’t always a positive in my community. Yes people find it fun, amusing, and cute. But it’s cute in the way your infant brother is cute, not I want to have sex with you cute. My old joke is

“No one fucks a guy wearing a fancy cardigan.”

For the most part a lot of bears are turned off by anything overly stylish. I’m generalizing, but they tend to like a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy. It doesn’t help that I like to talk about cloths and accessories too. The bear conversation basics are sci-fi/fantasy, technology, video Games, and men. The latest fall collections are not a popular topic. So I made a goal to be stylish yet simple in specific situations. Know when to wear the feather boa and sequin jumper and when to wear the black cocktail dress.
My grade so far: A
You get what you expect out of life. I have low expectation therefore I have low results. I get it. So one of my newer goals is to change my expectations and boost my self esteem. Become an optimist instead of a pessimist. Yes that glass is half full! This one is going to take a lot of work though. As I said before, I’m a result driven person. My past results and experiences have lead me to believe that I’ll most likely be alone for a long time. There hasn’t been much to lead me to believe otherwise. However, expecting it creates it. Now I just need to change my head. If I expect a man to come into my life then there is a better possibility that it will happen. And hopefully when he does I’ll be smart enough to recognize it.
My grade so far: D
Over Thinking
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I over think everything. I tend to analyze a situation from every possible angle. Next I usually assign strong meaning to otherwise meaningless behaviors. Example: I once got it stuck in my head that all I wanted was for a man to wish me a Happy Birthday on Facebook. If I ever meant anything to him, he’d wish me a Happy Birthday on Facebook. It’s so small and simple how can he not wish me a Happy Birthday on Facebook. (You can see where this is headed…) Suffice it to say that he did not wish me a Happy Birthday on Facebook and my world fell apart. I look back on the whole thing as a learning experience. How was he supposed to know that’s what I wanted when I didn’t say anything. Plus people’s lives get in the way and not everyone is on Facebook every second of everyday. Sometimes it may just be a simple mistake without any deeper meaning. Sometimes a rose is just a rose.
My grade so far: B

Andy Update

I thought now woudl be a good time for an update from Andy. He’s up to 70 friends on Facebook. Only about 10 of you are in on the joke. 🙂

My goal is to up get to 100. Then he’ll disappear.


Digital Dating

With Smart phones becoming more and more common, dating has become almost completely electronic. Here are some quick tips to remember when you’re trying to get on and get off. (If you’re unfamiliar with any of these apps look up the following: Growlr, Scruff, Grindr, Recon, Jack’d, BoyAhoy, Bendr, Manhunt etc.)

If you are on a dating app there is no excuse for not having a picture. Their phone has a camera! What smart phone doesn’t have a camera these days?

When you’re visiting a big city for the night/weekend it can be a perfect opportunity for some new cock and ass. However, you’ll spend ALL day on every hook up site trying to set something up with no success. The second you leave the city, your Scruff, Growlr, and Manhunt accounts will blow up with dozens of offers.

Has there ever been an Android app that they made an Apple version of? (rather then vice versa)

Is it worth being polite online? Someone messages you on Growlr. You don’t find them attractive and they are 2200 miles away. If you are polite and respond like a nice person, you get stuck in a never ending conversation with someone you don’t like.

If you’ve ever opened up a sex/dating app and thought “Wow, OMG who are all these hot guys around me?” Double check because you’re probably under the Global menu.

It’s surprising how many unsolicited dick pics you’ll get from 21 year olds around the world.

I would look at a lot more profiles if the person could not see me looking at their profile.