Saturday, August 30, 2008

Happy Labor Day

Hope everybody have a good Labor Day weekend. Since I have always been vague on what the hell is Labor Day besides having a day off from work, I did a search online. This is what Wikipedia writes about Labor Day.

"Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union (of New York City) sought to create 'a day off for the working citizens'.
Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894. All fifty states have made Labor Day a state holiday.
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer."

For more details on Labor Day, click HERE.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Am I Alpha or Beta?

I read this article in Instinct magazine by Keith W. Swain, PsyD. This article is titled "superhero seeks sidekick" on the August 2008 edition. The article is described as about gay men, biology and how to make and sustain a successful relationship. Of course I was hooked into reading it. The article talks about 2 kinds of men in general. The Alpha Male and the Beta Male. The Alpha male is typically the one who takes care of financial needs in the relationship, he likes to "rescue" his partners from problems, typically has shorter 2nd finger than 4th, has typically youthful faces and physically smaller framed. And of course the Beta male are the "opposite" of the Alpha male attributes. Wow I was blown away by this. Specially the physical attributes. The article goes on to say that if you are an Alpha gay male, you should find Beta gay male for relationship to have a more compatible coexistence cause two Alpha gay males will just butt heads eventually. The author goes on to say that generally male tend of be Alpha in the relationship and female tends to be Beta that is why more Hetero relationship works better than most gay man relationship. Very interesting.

This leads me to think if I am Alpha or Beta. Based on the article, I am more Alpha than Beta. This made me think about my past relationship with Todd. And in that relationship, I was clearly the Beta. And in my second long term relationship with Ed, I was more the Alpha. So perhaps I am truly versatile with it comes to my role in the relationship... But which do I prefer? I think right now, I would rather be the Alpha male.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Plastic surgery gone bad...

I found this interesting website called awful plastic surgery. Pretty interesting to see the subtle transformation of some of the celebrities. Some are pretty obvious. Some just simply gone bad. You got a puffy collagen lip, bad nose job, skeletal like cheek implants, gigantic boob jobs and Michael Jackson. Here are some pics I downloaded from this site. You can check it yourself.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Olympic

I should have done a blog on a day to day basis but decided to just write one long blog about the Olympic. This is the first time I have watched so much Olympic in TV. Partly because it was held in Beijing China and I am Chinese in heritage. Plus I was just in Beijing last year so seeing the city in TV brings back memories.

-The Opening Ceremony was just stupendous. It was breathtaking and just spectacular. To think how many people they used to stage those shows and performances was just mind boggling. Well, China has 1/8 of the Worlds population so finding enough people was an easy feat. I loved the drummers, the tai chi in white performers, the pretty girls in Chinese costumes, the ancient printing press routine, globe with men running around it and that Chinese ex-gymnast "running" along the wall to light the torch. China surely left an impression that is hard to match and beat. We will have to wait for London's Opening Ceremony in 2012!
-Michael Phelps was sensational. Totally an amazing athlete and truly deserving to be labeled as the world's greatest Olympian. 8 gold medals in one Olympic game plus the others he earned from the previous two. Truly a marvel! That relay win over France was surely breathtaking to watch. After all the "talk" of Bernard that they will smash the Americans, it was most gratifying to have them defeated. And what was more ironic, it was Bernard himself who choked and lost to Lezak. He had the lead when he started his relay and lost it. And that win on the Butterfly by Phelps by literally a finger nail was spectacular. Great job Michael! Can't wait to see him mesmerized us again with his brilliance. Then he will surely give the Londeners a reason to say "Brilliant"! And let us not forget that 41 year old American swimmer Dara Torres. To win Silver at 41 and looking great like her. She was just as fantastic.
-Men Gymnastic was always nice to watch. Those perfect physique by those hunky gymnast was reason enough for me to watch even if the Americans were losing. Good thing they won Bronze in the Team Competition and Jonathan Horton got Silver in the High bar. Good job Akexander Artemev on the Pummel horse after his first two teammates totally blew it. That saved them from getting knocked off the podium. Also, what was up with the Japanese gymnast. They all seemed to have long hair and bushy armpits. The hairstyle reflect some of the hairstyle of young Japanese men I know here in Chicago. I guess it is popular to have those long almost unkept hair in Japan. Not quite long like Fabio but more like they forgot to get a haircut in 2 months. And the black bushy pits in contrast to their fair skin was just so distracting. And good job China for winning a lot of Gold.
-Women Gymnastic was very exciting to watch. Seeing Nastia Luikin and Shawn Johnson beat the Chinese in the All Around event was very good. I mean the Chinese did deserve to win the Team competition cause they performed better routines than the American but having the Gold and Silver for the All Around competition go to the Americans abated Chinese pride and dominance for a while. In fact I will go as much as saying that I did not want the Chinese Women Gymnastic to win so much. Why? Cause in my opinion they cheated by sending under-aged girls. Come on, it does not take a rocket scientist to see that some of those girls are NOT 16. Specially He Kexin. She looks barely 14! And what is sad about this, the Chinese will get away with it. Since the government controls everything, they can easily falsify passport, government records and birth certificate to say the girls are 16. And Chinese media can not expose this as a story cause the government controls them too! And if they are truly 16, what is going on with stuff the western reporters dug up in the internet and old news story saying the girls to be younger than 16. And these evidences in the net got mysteriously deleted the next day. Coincidence? I think NOT. If there is a smoke, there is a fire. Amen!
-Volleyball was good to the Americans. Both men and women got the Gold in Beach Volleyball and the Men got Gold in indoor volleyball while the women just got outplayed by Brazil to get Silver. And I must say those men volleyball players are tall good looking men. Yum! It was really good that the American men got the Gold cause their coach had a family tragedy in China earlier during the games.
-Track and field was not my fave to watch on TV. But I still left the tube on while I did stuff in the house. It was nice that American Bryan Clay won the gold in decathalon. woohoo for America. And what was up with the American men and women runners dropping the baton in their respective relay runs? I must say the highlight of track and field was that Usain Bolt guy from Jamaica. The only man who can outrun him would be that fictional superhero "flash".
-Diving was totally dominated by China. They would have had a Gold medal sweep in all the events if not for Matthew Mitcham of Australia who won in the 10m dive event. After each dive when he got out of the water and waved at the camera, I thought he was very gay in mannerism. Lo and behold, a day later I read in the net that he is indeed openly out gay diver. Talk about my gaydar being that accurate. Good for Matthew for being out and proud and also fabulous at diving!
-The closing ceremony was just as spectacular. Good job again China. Love the memory tower and the drummers (again). One thing that left me disappointed was the performance by the British. What was that? It was such a let down compared to the spectacle China put on. David Beckham, Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page on a Bus? Other than David, I don't even know those people. BTW, it was really nice to see the athletes from different nations mingling and just having fun.

(all pics from yahoo olympic page)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

gay Rodeo

This weekend August 22-24 is the windy city 2008 rodeo. It is held at the Six Guns Ranch and Arena in Crete, IL. Rodeo events includes calf roping on foot, chute dogging, mounted breakaway roping, team roping, bareback bronc riding, goat dressing, pole bending, steer riding, barrel racing, steer deco, bull riding, flag racing and wild drag racing. I am sure one can think of funny scenario with some of the event names. And yes, the wild drag racing involves a guy in drag costume riding a steer! A steer by the way is a male bovine castrated before sexual maturity. For more information, you can check out the Illinois Gay Rodeo Association website.

Pics are from last years rodeo. Taken from page of evanembee.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The 3 J of USA men's gymnastic

I can't decide who I fancy the most amongst the 3 J of the USA men's gymnastic Olympic team who by the way won Bronze in the Team competition. Congrats! The 3 J are Joey Haggerty, Jonathan Horton and Justin Spring. Here are some of their pics from Yahoo page.