A soggy but satisfying Pride

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    Jun 25, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    Just got back from Stonewall Pride in Wilton Manors. We got soaked setting up, and for the first few hours. But thank gawd the 7 PM parade was dry, just a little mist a few times. Here's some pics.

    Below: An hour after we opened, still raining steadily, almost no one in attendance. All the vendor tents are on one side of Wilton Drive, to leave room for the parade later.

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    An hour later, still raining, though lighter at this moment, we were to get thunder and heavier rain again for nearly 2 hours more. This is RJ member Alby from Orlando, who's been down here before and wanted to see our Pride.

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    My partner seated, sharing the booth with the Pride Center of South Florida. We were selling raffle tickets for this bike, raising money for the SMART Ride, which also benefits the Pride Center this year. During one of the gusty downpours we lost some of those items behind the bike, showing my partner awarding a bike to past winners.

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    Here's Alby again, with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She walked in the parade, and I thought Alby would like a pic with her, this one indoors at the restaurant from which we watched some of the parade.

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    Jun 25, 2012 11:53 AM GMT
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    It was a very good experience coming down here to Wilton Manors from Orlando I personally enjoyed it. Im very glad the rain held up and went by and a lot of people showed up more in the afternoon after the rain passed :-) I thank Art for a good time at Pride. Its nice being exposed to different parts of the gay community and I value networking and meeting and making new friends in this trip :-) anyways back to orlando I go!
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    You're welcome! Of course you arrived a couple of hours after we did for setup, you only had to endure a few downpours. Remember the one where I had to close my umbrella from the rainy gusts, and get under some cover? But the parade, which they moved back an hour to avoid the chance of rain, fortunately got a pass, and we had a good crowd, even if it was getting dark by then.

    So glad you had a nice time, and I'll try to find that pin-on button you wanted, if Rosie's still has any.
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    We hope AD was to invite you to a Candle Light Supper while you were in town; he knows all the most very important people; just don't drink the cool aide.
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:03 PM GMT
    I wish I coulda been there. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI wish I coulda been there. icon_sad.gif

    Yeah, we wish you coulda been, too. icon_sad.gif

    Actually not our greatest Pride, anyway. Rain kept up on-and-off until almost 4, with some heavy downpours, gusts, and lightning. Good move making the parade twilight, and then moving it back another hour, which avoided the rain.

    And we didn't have a single band, nor did the Stonewall Knights gay motorcyclists lead it this year, not sure why. So a bit subdued and less varied than in past years.
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidI wish I coulda been there. icon_sad.gif

    Yeah, we wish you coulda been, too. icon_sad.gif

    Actually not our greatest Pride, anyway. Rain kept up on-and-off until almost 4, with some heavy downpours, gusts, and lightning. Good move making the parade twilight, and then moving it back another hour, which avoided the rain.

    And we didn't have a single band, nor did the Stonewall Knights gay motorcyclists lead it this year, not sure why. So a bit subdued and less varied than in past years.
    Knwing that the weather sucked makes me feel better about not being there. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:34 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidKnowing that the weather sucked makes me feel better about not being there. icon_lol.gif

    Well "C" & I didn't have a choice, staffing a booth again this year, but neither of us were in the parade for once. I was tempted to join a march group at the last moment, plenty with which I'm associated who would have had me.

    But I wanted to stay close to C the whole time, for reasons you understand, especially after he overdid things as usual. Plus I was kinda chaperoning RJer Alby from Orlando, didn't want to abandon him.

    So a rainy Pride, despite what the troublemaker SB was claiming, not being here himself but insisting he knew better because of what he interpreted from online weather sources about other south Florida cities. A piece of work, isn't he? icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidKnowing that the weather sucked makes me feel better about not being there. icon_lol.gif

    Well "C" & I didn't have a choice, staffing a booth again this year, but neither of us were in the parade for once. I was tempted to join a march group at the last moment, plenty with which I'm associated who would have had me. But I wanted to stay close to C the whole time, for reasons you understand, especially after he overdid things as usual. Plus I was kinda chaperoning RJer Alby from Orlando, didn't want to abandon him.
    Isn't chaperoning the same thing as cockblocking? He coulda gotten laid. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIsn't chaperoning the same thing as cockblocking? He coulda gotten laid. icon_razz.gif

    Maybe he did. We left him around 8, and told him about some events later that evening. One was Jonny McGovern ("Soccer Practice" gay video) at Boom, a dance bar you may know that caters to Alby's age group. And he's spending 2 nights at a gay resort near the beach, so who knows?
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidIsn't chaperoning the same thing as cockblocking? He coulda gotten laid. icon_razz.gif

    Maybe he did. We left him around 8, and told him about some events later that evening. One was Jonny McGovern ("Soccer Practice" gay video) at Boom, a dance bar that caters to Alby's age group. And he's spending 2 nights at a gay resort near the beach, so who knows?
    Too bad I couldn't be at that resort. He's kinda hot. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    Glad you had fun, guys.

    tru_blu_auzzie saidWe hope AD was to invite you to a Candle Light Supper while you were in town; he knows all the most very important people; just don't drink the cool aide.


    Hey, unlike you, at least he knows some real people. As in, he has friends that aren't imaginary.
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    showme saidGlad you had fun, guys.

    tru_blu_auzzie saidWe hope AD was to invite you to a Candle Light Supper while you were in town; he knows all the most very important people; just don't drink the cool aide.


    Hey, unlike you, at least he knows some real people. As in, he has friends that aren't imaginary.
    And, unlike the Tin Man from Oz, he actually has a heart. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    showme saidGlad you had fun, guys.

    Thanks, we did. Less in some ways than we have in the past at Pride, more in others. Alby coming down from Orlando again was a special treat, as was all the prominent people coming into the restaurant where my partner was seated in a picture window to watch the end of the parade. I put him there because I didn't want him standing outside on the curb.

    But unexpectedly, since we were at the end of the parade a hundred feet from where the floats turned off, the politicians all turned back at that point to work the crowd. I saw the County Sheriff first, who high-fived me, and I pointed out my partner in the window nearby. That prompted a silent Italian sign language act between them that was a hoot to see.

    Next Congresswoman Shultz walked back, and the Sheriff escorted her into the restaurant (though of different political parties they get along, and in fact he's attended functions for her, an example of local bipartisanship). She greeted my partner at his table, and that's when I took Alby inside and shot the pic above.

    Back outside I hugged a WM Commissioner (and former Mayor) and his wife just getting off the city float, and let them know the Congresswomen was inside. After they went in and met her they sat down with my partner for a half hour over drinks, freeing Alby & me to watch the rest of the parade from the street.

    I don't know where the Congresswoman went next, but it was the only time I've ever seen her at a public function with a bodyguard armed like a SWAT member. Usually she'll arrive driving her own car, with no entourage at all. He even walked in the parade behind her, though at a good distance, and even in the restaurant he tried to be unobtrusive.

    So anyway, meeting everyone made my partner happy, but today he's a bit tired, and I'm trying to discourage him from going out to dinner tonight. I've got 2 more hours to talk him out of it. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    I love your stories. I'm not sure quite why, but I do. icon_biggrin.gif

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    showme saidGlad you had fun, guys.

    Thanks, we did. Less in some ways than we have in the past at Pride, more in others. Alby coming down from Orlando again was a special treat, as was all the prominent people coming into the restaurant where my partner was seated in a picture window to watch the end of the parade. I put him there because I didn't want him standing outside on the curb.

    But unexpectedly, since we were at the end of the parade a hundred feet from where the floats turned off, the politicians all turned back at that point to work the crowd. I saw the County Sheriff first, who high-fived me, and I pointed out my partner in the window nearby. That prompted a silent Italian sign language act between them that was a riot to see.

    Next Congresswoman Shultz walked back, and the Sheriff escorted her into the restaurant (though of different political parties they get along, and in fact he's attended functions for her, an example of local bipartisanship). She greeted my partner at his table, and that's when I took Alby inside and shot the pic above.

    Back outside I hugged a WM Commissioner (and former Mayor) and his wife just getting off the city float, and let them know the Congresswomen was inside. After they went in and met her they sat down with my partner for a half hour over drinks, while Alby & I watched the rest of the parade from the street. I was glad my partner had company, so I could stay outside.

    I don't know where the Congresswoman went next, but it was the only time I've ever seen her at a public function with a bodyguard armed like a SWAT member. Usually she'll arrive driving her own car, with no entourage at all.

    So anyway, meeting everyone made my partner happy, but today he's a bit tired, and I'm trying to discourage him from going out to dinner tonight. I've got 2 more hours to talk him out of it. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    I can just here all the narrow minded, bible thumping screwballs loudly claiming that your soggy weather is God's punishment for celebrating your homosexuality out in public. I am sorry to see that your pride events had such lousy, shitty weather.
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    showme saidI love your stories. I'm not sure quite why, but I do. icon_biggrin.gif

    Thank you! I'll give my late Father credit for that, if I merit it. He loved to tell stories, and I always envied him for it, wished I could do the same thing one day. Unfortunately for me, my own sons never could sit still to listen to mine, like I could when a kid, so I never had a rapt audience like my Father did with me.

    It's why my stories are long, detailed and convoluted, because that's how his were, like little short stories, literally tales. At the same time, he would wickedly use his very serious & authoritative delivery to deliberately tell the most ridiculous nonsense in a totally believable way, his idea of a practical joke. For the longest time when I was very little, for example, he had me believing that the holes in Swiss cheese were created by trained white mice gnawing into the solid blocks. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    Dean_ saidanother sympathy bump for a Deco post with over 120 views and nobody really caring?
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    showme saidGlad you had fun, guys.

    tru_blu_auzzie saidWe hope AD was to invite you to a Candle Light Supper while you were in town; he knows all the most very important people; just don't drink the cool aide.


    Hey, unlike you, at least he knows some real people. As in, he has friends that aren't imaginary. giggles thats the way you need to imagine it, because of your issues. But you have never been to our home either, and even then you would want to remain blind to the truth.....But Ad has given us detailed accounts.


    And, unlike the Tin Man from Oz, he actually has a heart. icon_wink.gif


    double giggles. Tell that to his ex wives whom he deprived of Bona Fide Love, and the children he created!
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
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    I don't know where the Congresswoman went next, but it was the only time I've ever seen her at a public function with a bodyguard armed like a SWAT member. icon_confused.gif



    Did she know ahead of time Colonel Coo-Coo was gonna be in the house? That could explain the armed SWAT guy icon_wink.gif


    KIDDING!!!!!!!
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    Warning, mean girls alert!!!!

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    Jun 25, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    We need security whenever TBA attends an event to keep all his fans under control
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    Jun 25, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    tru_blu_auzzie said
    Tell that to his ex wives whom he deprived of Bona Fide Love, and the children he created!


    Gay people can't love their kids? Self-hating alert....
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    Jun 25, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said

    I don't know where the Congresswoman went next, but it was the only time I've ever seen her at a public function with a bodyguard armed like a SWAT member. icon_confused.gif



    Did she know ahead of time Colonel Coo-Coo was gonna be in the house? That could explain the armed SWAT guy icon_wink.gif


    KIDDING!!!!!!!
    I already know you don't really hate Art_Deco. Now I can haunt you with this fact until you e-hug him and tell him you actually enjoy the online debates with him. icon_biggrin.gif