What’s Spookin’ in OC

What is everyone doing for Halloween this year? Can’t decide? Here are two events that caught my attention:

homobowl_front2013c2_000Haunted Homobowl 2013

The Center Orange County is hosting this annual fundraising event on Friday, October 25 at 300 Anaheim Gardenwalk. Check out the details at their website here.

 

 

zombiewalkLong Beach Zombie Walk

Join the hordes of rotting corpses at the 6th Annual Zombie Festival on Saturday, October 26 in Downtown Long Beach. Unearth the details at their website here.

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Irvine is the safest city in America

irvine spectrumBusiness Insider, Inc. recently published a list of the 20 safest American cities with a population exceeding 200,000, listing Irvine, CA as the safest.

These were the safest cities in 2012:

1. Irvine, Calif. had a murder rate 80% below average; rape rate 86% below average; robbery rate 86% below average.

2. Fremont, Calif. had a murder rate 81% below average; rape rate 76% below average; robbery rate 47% below average.

3. Plano, Texas had a murder rate 92% below average; rape rate 28% below average; robbery rate 65% below average.

4. Madison, Wisc. had a murder rate 73% below average; unreported rape data; and robbery rate 11% below average.

5. Irving, Texas had a murder rate 72% below average; rape rate 55% below average; and robbery rate 47% below average.

6. Scottsdale, Ariz. has a murder rate 71% below average; rape rate 26% below average; and robbery rate 55% below average.

7. Boise, Idaho has a murder rate 90% below average; rape rate 35% above average; and robbery rate 73% below average.

8. Henderson, Nev. has a murder rate 68% below average, rape rate 13% below average; and robbery rate 43% below average.

9. Chandler, Ariz. has a murder rate 65% below average; rape rate 1% below average; and robbery rate 46% below average.

10. Chula Vista, Calif. has a murder rate 32% below average; rape rate 50% below average; and robbery rate 20% below average.

11. Hialeah, Fla. has a murder rate 63% below average; rape rate 36% below average; and robbery rate 2% below average.

12. Virginia Beach, Va. has a murder rate equal to average; rape rate 52% below average; and robbery rate 36% below average.

13. Garland, Texas has a murder rate 37% below average; rape rate 25% below average; and robbery rate 12% below average.

14. El Paso, Texas has a murder rate 28% below average; rape rate 2% above average; and robbery rate 39% below national average.

15. Fontana, Calif. has a murder rate 47% below average, rape rate 42% below average; and robbery rate 27% above average.

16. Oxnard, Calif. has a murder rate 5% below average; rape rate 85% below average; and robbery rate 32% above average.

17. Reno, Nev. has a murder rate 35% below average; rape rate 46% below average; and robbery rate 25% above average.

18. Chesapeake, Va. has a murder rate 12% above average; rape rate 41% below average; and robbery rate 22% below average.

19. Laredo, Texas has a murder rate 31% below average; rape rate 24% above average; and robbery rate 34% below average.

20. San Diego, Calif. has a murder rate 25% below average; rape rate 15% below average; and robbery rate 0.3% below average.

You can read the full story here

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OC has the best beaches in CA

The travel channel rated the top-10 best beaches in California, awarding OC 3 of the 10:

laguna#1: Laguna Beach

newport#5: Newport Beach

crystal cove#9: Crystal Cove State Park

What’s your favorite beach, and why?  Check out the full list at www.travelchannel.com

 

 

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OC Pride

ocprideOrange County LGBT Pride is scheduled for August 10th in downtown Santa Ana. Who’s going? Who’s showing their pride?

Check out their website at www.prideoc.com

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Long Beach Pride’s 30th Anniversary

OC has always looked at Long Beach as it’s adopted sister, so it’s no surprise we are excited about the upcoming Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade. Founded in 1984, this year marks the event’s 30th anniversary, so the festivities will be big big BIG!

Tickets for the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade start at $20 for a one-day pass, and children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult are free.

Check out their website for more info:  www.longbeachpride.com

long beach pride

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On the road again.

desert-road

I’m packing up my massage gear and taking it on the road with me for the next 6 days: Palm Springs on Tuesday, April 9th and the Las Vegas through April 16th.  I’ll be sure to sniff out anything new and gay while travelling and will post any findings worthy of mention. Be sure to hit me up if you’re going to be in either location while I am there, and take care of OC for me while I’m away!

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Speak Out: Lying about your age is gay!

lies

I have several online buddies who were all around my age when I met them 10 years ago, but when I log on to any social media site today I find they are 10 or more years younger than I am. My friends appear to have found the fountain of youth, and they clearly aren’t sharing it with me.

I don’t understand why men feel the need to lie about their age. Oh, I’ve heard all the arguments; from being discriminated against for being over a certain age threshold (the hard 40) to “most people think I look younger than I actually am” to the over-sung tune about the age stigma perpetuated by the entertainment industry. But aren’t you further perpetuating that stigma but lying about your age?

My take: It’s not masculine to lie about your age, plain and simple. Rather, it is something we expect from our mothers. And even for those guys who look amazing for their age: Wouldn’t you rather people compliment you for your real age? Let’s face it: You may look great for 50, but I doubt you look all that hot for the 40 you’re claiming to be. And when do you inform your would-be hook-up/date/whatever that you lied to them: After the engagement party?

I’ve never felt the need to lie about my age, other than having a fake ID when I was 18. I grew up in the Southern California back when we used baby oil rather than sunblock, so I’m not one of those fortunate guys who look young for their age. I turned 46 last month, but so what? I’ve lived a pretty reckless life and am proud – if not amazed – to have made it this far. Sure, there are guys on here who filter me out due to my age, but I’m happy not to have to deal with such shallow “men.”

What do you think about guys who lie about their age? Is it an excusable white-lie, or a deal-breaker?

 

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