Folsom weekend update

I’ve had time to recover from the busy Folsom Street Fair weekend. Yes, it’s not just a Sunday afternoon walk South of Market anymore. It’s actually a whole week of events.

We had our friend Jeff in town from Los Angeles, and we went out to Lookout for some drinks Friday night to kick things off. We had dinner after at Barracuda, the Latin American Japanese sushi-bar fusion restaurant. Always love that place, and they make a lot of mean cocktails. Which is why after stuffing myself with delicious sashimis and sushi rolls (including being daring enough for the ones with the habanero hot sauce!) and washing them down with a couple of martini specials I opted to stay home rather than go out with my hubby and Jeff to the Powerhouse later. They reported the next day that it was packed and fun at the same time.

Saturday Jeff dragged me to the gym and I followed his workout routine, and my calves and abs are still feeling the burn from that. I think his are as well – because even though he does the same routine weekly, the SF gym’s machines are different than he was used to. I’m sure he got some new muscles broken in.

BigMuscle had an area for photos to be taken - John and Matt

BigMuscle had an area for photos to be taken - John and Matt

Jeff and I went to the BigMuscle.com cocktail party at the DNA Lounge that afternoon. Rick went to play a challenge tennis match instead (which he won by the way). So Rick missed the ultra-hot crowd of locals and visitors. A crowd that included Moby of the Moby Files; Adam of This Boy Elroy and his boyfriend Brad, and Frank of Urswine Addiction. It was great to meet the bloggers, and Moby is healing nicely, despite my near-miss bearhug. Adam by the way does not look at all geeky in person. He has muscles for days.

We got to the party in full-swing and both the bars (upstairs and down) were jammed with people trying to get drinks. Jeff had a bad time at the cocktail party because of the long wait initially for drinks. And being an impatient person he wanted drinks now. Since we had to wait a while to get a drinks, he ordered our group two cocktails at once. We had to wander around with hands full, which made the meeting and greeting awkward.

Jeff was taking a lot of photos – but I have to wait until the end of the week to get them. I will be sure to post when I get them.

I also ran into my friend Raynard from LA at the DNA Lounge. He was having a great time on the dance floor, and introduced me to other friends of his from San Diego and the southland. I had a great time because between Raynard, Jeff and a few other friends at the party, I was able to get introduced to just about anybody – proving once again it’s a very small gay world.

I didn’t recognize many pornstars – although Jake Deckard was there as was Kyle King. I’m sure many more went unrecognized or were in VIP rooms. But I’m only counting the stars, not the one or two film models. I would bet that a non-trivial percentage of the hotties there had been on film.

Jeff and I left a little before the end at 6pm. Rick got home almost at the same time from tennis, so we got the good news about his victory.

No one was going to Magnitude but Jeff and I planned to do Aftershock by itself, sleeping until 4am then heading to the club at 715 Harrison. Which takes us to Sunday…and more to follow on Aftershock, house parties before the Street Fair, the Fair itself and Real Bad.

Good evening, Miss South Carolina

I will give no further explanation. And, by the way, I won’t deign to actually watch this. But found this on the Daily Dish and it is a doozy.

COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? Allow them to spend more, and put more money into the economy, instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, we’re ill about this position that we have been put in. Where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh, it’s got to be about job creation, too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade — we have got to see trade as opportunity, not as, uh, competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation.

What’s the difference between Obama and Bush?

About five days, apparently.

Headlines this afternoon tout the “bipartisan” agreement on the Bush bailout, which will not include any changes to bankruptcy laws to help those being foreclosed, nor any economic stimulus – other than the hundreds of billions for the bankers.

What did the demos get?  Well – they plan to withhold some of the desired funds until the Administration ‘certifies’ that they are needed.   Wow!  I trust them, don’t you?

From Forbes.com:

“It’s not based on any particular data point,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”

I feel disappointed, a bit betrayed that when put to the test, the team I was counting on not only collapsed, it joined the other side.  Now I’m worried this will affect turnout here in California – if progressives are unenthusiastic about Obama, No on 8 will have a harder time.

Oil price scandal to erupt?

It’s now coming to light that the sudden oil price spike this week, coming right after last week’s downdraft, was caused by actions allowed by the CFTC to prevent the unwinding of speculative positions held by defunct Lehman Brothers.  Analysts now poring through the contracts and positions estimate that if the Bush administration did not bail out Lehman’s positions and those of remaining firms which need to unwind now,  oil prices would drop precipitously.

In other words,  now that we know the real extent of the speculative futures positions of these giant investment houses, we see that their actions are what have pushed up commodities prices and damaged our economy.  And sent additional billions to OPEC and Russia.  Thanks Dubya!

Full Forbes article here.

Folsom Street Fair – the 25th Anniversary edition

Gold’s gym on Brannon is getting the in-town for Folsom crowd now.  Which means tourists for sure, and also a gaggle of porn models, and a few genuine stars, who are after all on what is for them a business trip.  Perhaps with benefits LOL.

Today I was doing my weight workout, which I alternate with cardio days.  As I was doing my tricep pushdowns, after the first set I looked up to see Francois Sagat standing on the other side of the equipment, also doing his tris.  I of course decided to be all nonchalant and pretend I didn’t know who he was – very hip to leave the stars alone.  Within seconds, the first of several people came up to him to start a conversation – only to run into his very limited English or his ability to act as if he had very limited English.

And if his English is truly limited, one wonders who picked out his workout Tee-shirt, sporting across the chest the slogan “Bury the Bone / in da South,”  a souvenir from a bar in Alabama.

We are now officially Trashcanistan

My husband made the comment to me over our recession-dinner of Trader Joe’s frozen foods tonight, that we used to hear about situations in other countries, usually emerging countries,  countries in central Asia or Africa, that left us amazed and tut-tutting about how those things don’t happen in civilized nations like ours.

Think Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos robbing the Phillippines.

Think Kim Jong-Il robbing North Korea; and the Russian post-communist robber-barons.

So, with the people’s wealth now going to stuff the holes in the pockets of Wall Street investment bankers while the democratic leadership in Congress sits back and nods their heads in agreement that there is a ‘crisis’;  well –

Welcome to Trashcanistan! Get ready for the announcement of a new currency, the ‘dubya,’ which will replace the the dollar at a rate of 1 to 1000 soon. And stop pestering Obama about health insurance and education and less imortant priorities than bailing out Wall Street.  After all, it’s a crisis!

Where’s Obama’s leadership?

I have to admit I feel disappointed at Barack Obama’s performance so far during this economic “crisis.”  And yes those are sarcastic quotes on crisis.  Because it amounts to the Bush administration and Wall Street billionaires now demanding to be pampered through the mess they have caused with their own excesses.

A trillion-dollar bailout?  Sounds like the price of the mess in Iraq.

So, why is Barack Obama not leading the Congress in developing a real crisis management plan, one that, oh I don’t know, gives the people of the nation one or two or, gee a lot, of control and collateral for their trillion(s)?

Instead, he has stated he doesn’t want to release a plan because he doesn’t want to politicize the issue.

Earth to Obama:  you are a Senator, a member of Congress.  Get your ass to Washington and make sure the democractic leadership is reminded that Congress works for and reports to the people – not the President, or the Secretary of Wall Street excess.  Let’s not let the Bush administration dump a trillion-dollar choke-hold on the nation favoring the same people that got us into the mess.

Sorry for the rant.  Wanted to get it off my chest.