Saturday, February 28, 2009

Shemar Moore

I'm glad to see that somebody still has it going on --- on the set of "Criminal Minds." Glad to see he's still working. Yummers!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Who's Dat Boy

The first time I ever bought porn --- gay porn --- was traumatic. That particular adventure has been chronicled in Rob Kirby's "Book of Boy Trouble 2 - Born to Trouble." It wasn't so much traumatic, but part of life's little challenges. Or at least, what I perceived to be a challenge. The porn in question? "Who's Dat Boy" with Ty Jones. It was the first time I'd ever seen a black gay man in porn. Now, it was tacky, tacky, tacky (unbelievably BEYOND tacky) interracial porn, but Ty Jones was a gorgeous black brotha. I completely didn't expect to run into it --- and it took me a few days to buy it. Of course, it was horrible. When Rob approached me to do a real life adventure for Boy Trouble, I kind of scoffed. "Click-Download" is what I came up with. You want to see the whole story? Buy it!!! Not only buy it, but read it and enjoy all of the other wonderful artists on board. You'll also witness me with four different hairstyles throughout my entire life. (The 80s were a wretched period for fashion!) Here's a small, small sample. Rob's favorite scene is the last panel.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


I had always known about Doctor Who. When I was a child, it was a British cult favorite that had been on one of the public channels with no commercials you weren't supposed to watch without donating. It was in black and white. It had a very odd looking man (sometimes a different man) with big curly hair and big striped scarf. The show which had been around since 1963 was most recognizable for its very cheesy special effects. I never watched it because not only did it look bad --- I was freaked out by that creepy, hippy pot music theme song.

By time I had become obsessed with British television, the BBC had reintroduced Doctor Who. I was mildly interested, but never seemed to jump in. It seemed like there was a lot going on and that I'd missed waaay too much. Plus, Rose (I commonly referred to as "the blonde woman" at the time ...) had left the show and now Martha ("the black woman") had become the new companion --- and there was already a "new Doctor." I felt like I had missed too much.

So ... when the BBC created the Doctor Who spin off, Torchwood (an anagram, we all know by now, of the words "Doctor Who"), I was intrigued. I could start fresh! There was a man proclaiming in downtown Cardiff,"The 21st century is when everything changes."
I was hooked! The Torchwood Institute, led by the sexy dark-haired, suspenders and trench coat wearing, Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), caught aliens and gathered alien technology. Something big was coming. In the very first episode, we witness the quiet, but authoritative operations of Torchwood through the eyes of newcomer, beautiful, doe-eyed officer, Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles). She meets Captain Jack and the rest of this underground organization, Torchwood: Susie Costello (Indira Varma), Toshiko "Tosh" Sato (Naoko Mori, Saffy's little friend, "Sarah" from Ab Fab), Dr. Owen Harper (Burn Gorman) and Ianto Jones (pronounced "yen-toe" and played by Gareth David-Lloyd). Gwen is instantly swept into adventures including a glove that could bring murder vitcims back to life for a matter of minutes, a floating sexual alien that reduced its male prey to dust at the height of orgasm, murderous faeries, a mind reading pendant and eventually an alien so vast and evil that anyone who fell within his shadow would drop dead. The biggest alien mystery of them all is Jack himself. A total enigma, unbelievably harsh at times, overtly sexual and aggressive at others, but honestly gentle and caring at the heart of it all, Jack is a man who can't die --- and doesn't know why --- who once, apparently, used to travel with The Doctor. Torchwood is set in a different more realistic world (on Earth) than Doctor Who. Threats are real and not as much cosmic. Their drama is more Earth-bound. One of the best scenes ever was Gwen's reaction to a particular death (I can't tell you who) involving time travel and the "end of days." It was the best acting ever and I think I replayed it over and over again on my DVR just for the tears alone. (Eve Myles ROCKS!!!) It also helped that Captain Jack was carrying on an affair with one of his male team members, Ianto. Openly! Male to male kissing!!! Forreal. And by the end of season one, I was no longer thinking of Naoko Mori as "Sarah from Ab Fab" anymore ... but my beloved "Tosh."
By time season 2 came along, I was OBSESSED. So, I worked backwards. I wasn't able to watch Doctor Who from beginning to end because I was catching it on the BBC and ignoring it on the SciFi Channel (which was airing season 4). I think I saw most of season 3 before season 2, caught parts of season 4, then completed 1 and 2 --- all of season 4 --- it was a mess. But, it was some of the best stuff I'd ever seen! I was originally supposed to talk solely about The Doctor, but I fell in love with Torchwood first. So, here's Torchwood. By the end of season 2, nobody is who you thought they were. The stakes are higher and the show just gets better and better. At this point, season 3 - "Children of the Earth" is on its way.

Torchwood with help from The Doctor's companion, Martha Jones!
Gwen Cooper is considered the "heart" of the group. Just like Rose with The Doctor, Gwen teaches Jack that there's a better way. Sometimes people are people and not just aliens. Her cop skills lend itself nicely to the Torchwood investigations. Her life often becomes complicated when she can't tell her fiance, Rhys that she catches aliens, almost dies more than enough on the job and has saved the world multiple times during her frequent, relationship-disrupting disappearances.
Gwen and Jack, then Ianto

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mrs. Michelle Obama

It's no secret that I'm a Federal Government employee. Yeah, I'm a Fed. (There was a moment of hissing at a reading in New York last year for Juicy Mother 2 when it was announced.) But, it's my day gig. I gotta eat. And, I like spending money. So, I work at the Department of the Interior with Indian Affairs. Yesterday, my co-workers and I were honored with a visit from Mrs. Michelle Obama. Yes, the First Lady of the United States. Wife of Barack, our first black President. Mother of those two beautiful little girls, Malia and Sasha. The event was closed to the public. And, contractors. And, friends. And, family. So, I figured I'd better take advantage of this opportunity. And to believe that I actually toyed with the possibility of not going because I didn't want to wait two mere hours in the hallway (with my loud-ass, excited co-workers) to see her. But, since I didn't make it to the Mall on Inauguration Day, I figured this would be the only chance and the closest I would ever get to seeing The President or his wife, the First Lady. Unless there was a motorcade. And, let's face it, you can't see anything, they won't let you cross the street and you just end up coming back late from lunch. But, in spite of the noise, the wait was worth every minute. I never felt more honored to have been part of the audience. Mrs. Obama, beautiful and elegant as ever, wonderful and extremely humble, was an honor and a sight to behold. Our office even presented her with a ceremonial tribal blanket and performed several songs in her honor.
I have actually never felt more proud to be a part of Indian Affairs. I tend to hate my job periodically like everybody else. I believe that government building is on top of a Hellmouth. (For those of you who don't know what a "Hellmouth" is --- check out Buffy The Vampire Slayer. There was one under Sunnydale, --- which drew evil --- which Buffy fought. Rumor is there's one in Cleveland. There might be one under your place of employment. You never know. Get your crucifix.) Anyway, I am so happy that I was able to be among the mere 600-some people allowed in the main auditorium which televised this historic event throughout the country. Our country's First Lady thanked us for our service and honored a number of long time employees. Michelle Obama, I love you! You made me remember that we still have work to do and that the work we do in Indian Country is important. I'm proud to be a part of the team.

More Pictures of Mrs. Obama!!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009