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forty to five

coat check

Up and out breakfastless Saturday morning to get downtown to drop Chad at work and to help xenohomo decorate the space for the evening’s Saints and Sinners Ball.

As cynically expected, the “army of people” for the task turned out being myself, Kevin and Dr. Drew (much need to non-blog rave about him) and his friend. More folks showed up in the afternoon at least to help out which was something of a relief.

We spent the bulk of our time climbing scaffolds and stringing Christmas tree lights… Gratifyingly tiring.

Heading home we debated going back for the event itself but decided let’s power-nap and see how we feel. Thankfully, post-snooze, we decided to clean up and head back down.

There was a real nice crowd… Mix between philanthropic west-countyites, sheer fringe crazy-drag queens, yuppie homos and folks from the “St. Louis Art Crowd”.

It was nice to get out to a social event like that and rub elbows with the city’s arty-to-do and the other flavors of homos out there besides the lumberjack/biker sub-set we tend to cling to.

We didn’t wind up leaving till 1:30am. While waiting for our coats I kicked myself in the ass a few times for forgetting my camera. I was interrupted by a mountain of coats resembling Chad that handed me my check ticket. A muffled voice yelled: “Here… there’s your damn blog content…. here take your coat.”

I of course took the ticket… my coat and exclaimed “I DON’T BLOG”

saints… and sinners

and over there we’ll put the burning effigy

Got to the office and Kevin exploded with energy and within two hours our storage area in the basement was cleared out and everything that’s to move with us was brought upstairs…

After a few phone calls, and a good spell jamming out to innocu-rock on hold with Sprint – we arranged for our land-line to be transfered and added as a second cell phone.

Out to Radio Shack to pick up an extra cell phone – most likely the ugliest one I’ve ever seen, but it was cheep and fills the need now. (Kevin promises we can fullfill my toy-lust once we stabilize after the move, catch up on bills and the phone I really want gets released in a blue-tooth friendly version (so it will work with iSync).

Lunch at Hard Rock and picked up babybear and headed down to meet xenohomo at… ironically, the building we’re moving the studio to…. Unknown to us, while we were spinning the deal to get the corner in our friend’s loft, Neel was negotiating with the building’s owners to have this year’s Saints and Sinner’s ball on one of their vacant floors.

Mardi Gras is a big deal in St. Louis – we’re second to New Orleans.
Every year The AIDS Foundation of St. Louis has a fundraising ball which coincides with the season. This year, Neel is the chairman for the event.

He asked if we’d help him out with decorations for the ball…. Leery of the previous years of being pro-bono’d to death by the bears – but genuinely wanting to help our friend out, we agreed to pitch in and lend a hand.

We walked through the space and Neel and Kevin talked about decorations, Chad listened quietly – and I took photos and had phony-sweet exchanges and glaring contests with the building’s rep, who… coincidentally also works for an ex-client. The last conversation I had with the woman was rather nasty and heated, probably because she thought I was being unreasonable because I was refusing to do projects until they paid their invoices which had aged beyond 9 months. We finally got paid – but we haven’t worked with them since… I miss the account, but then again – I don’t miss working and not getting paid.

She was shocked to see me there… She’s new to town and is probably still learning just how “small town” and incestuous St. Louis is.
It can make you… and break you…

We parted company and I gave her a wink, and a smug grin and told here “You’ll be seeing more of me”…

I can be a phony bitch when it’s called for.

I can be a blog-denying smart ass too.