There are times when it is odd being the gay-man-out at parties. It's not a bad thing at all, but living in the bubble that is New York City you get a bit too assuming that the rest of the people out there are as comfortable and "whatever" about your sissydom that almost all straight Manhattanites..
And where are the other homos who are here to back my gay ass up? Hmmmmmmmmm?
Today was spent in Sienna - a beautiful town built onto a semi-circular hillside where St. Catherine lived. After she died, her head was put on display for all to see and remains there today. A bit creepy, but amazing at the same time. Oh, and her finger was on display as well.
I'm on the bus as I write this on our way to San Gimignano. I can't with how beautiful this all is...
Ciao (for now).
UPDATE: So San Gimignano was even more breathtaking and beautiful than Sienna. I took so many pictures of the countryside that you could see for miles and miles and miles...
Oh, and I bought some art from one of the shops and found out the artist was a mere 27. They're both very pop art illustrations depicting the big bad wolf encountering red riding hood dressed as granny and one of the grandmother coming out of the wolf's stomach. Bah-dah-bop-bah-baaah-I'm-lovin'-it.
After 24 hours of traveling from NYC to Milan by plane, from Milan to Florence to Bucine by trainan and from deserted Bucine station to the villa by van, I am finally here. It was WELL worth it, lemme tell ya'.
To say that it is brethtaking is an understatement. Since I arrive after dark, I really didn't get to take in exactly where I was - on a hill overlooking vineyards and homes throughout Tuscany. When I wioke up and looked out my window I got it. The pic to the right is a view from my bedroom window (it's a bit dark, but that's because it's overcast today.)
Why is it that when I was at the post office today and saw there was no one waiting in line (?!?) I tried to think of a reason to go stand in it....even though I was just there to drop off a few bills.
Obviously it's just one of those things that one doesn't see very often in NYC and not taking advantage of it would seem downright ignorant.
I've been meaning to post about my new toy: the Numark iDJ2. It fuckin' rocks!!! It has pitch control, looping, stutter, bass/treble/mid controls, can support up to 4 devices, etc. I can now spin anywhere and all I have to bring this super light mixer and my iPod with me.
My back and shoulders are gonna be sooooo pleased.
Here is what I'm currently feeling, serving, giving you right now:
* Go rent/buy Perfume (The Story of Murderer) on DVD. It's gorgeous, it's fascinating and I can't believe I didn't see it when it was at the theater. Best if you watch it on a large, flat screen, hi-def TV to get the full beauty and intensity of the film. And I have a new crush on Ben Whishaw.
* I saw Across The Universe this weekend and love-love-loved it. If you want to watch a beautiful movie with non-offensive versions of actors singing Beatles songs (um...Dana Fuchs singing "Helter Sketer" -- couldja?!?) then this is the film is a must-see.
* New fave shows on TV so far: Pushing Daisies (so flippin' cute), Dirty Sexy Money (how could I not love this?), and Big Shots (again with the funny...). I'm sure there'll be more as I'm a slave to television. Can't someone get me a job as a professional TV watcher??
This past Saturday (Sept. 29th) my daughter Madeline Ashton celebrated her 2nd birthday. She was a bit scurrrred to transition from puppy to teenager but is handling it well.
I don't know where all the time went. Why it seems like just yesterday she was barking to get me to play with her, throwing Bunny Wigglesworth across the room for her to retrieve. Wait...that was yesterday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADDY!!! Daddy's got a surprise waiting for you out in the driveway...