Monday, June 25, 2012

Heatwave COP24/7

Whew are we having a early heatwave? I'd say so and not only is hot on the outside, its starting to sizzle as well here at COP 24/7. So its hot here, there and damn near everywhere. Get out your church fans, sarsaparilla's, mint julep's, sprinkler systems, pools or tubs as we try to find some relief from the heat. In the meantime, we are still firing on all cylinders and then some. Its more of what we hope that you stop by for...let's go get em!

PRIDE in the City

It's O-V-A! Pride in Little Rock came and went and from what I'm still hearing some of you didn't know that it was passing you by. Anyway thanks to all who stepped up to produce what they thought that the "community" wanted or needed as a means to celebrate pride. I did get a chance to catch a few of the activities and events. For the most part they were "well attended" however, it depends on who you ask. There were lots of photos that flowed on Facebook and mucho talk about who was where and what they were doing. What the hell was life like before Facebook amazes me, since you can read almost "everything" about whomever is posting about themselves. Its an obsession that the younger set and some old timers as well can't do without. All across the bar you can see the phone gadgets lit up in the darkness while individuals tap away the latest news or updates. I've even seen bartenders seemingly more interested in their laptops than there patrons. A couple of times I've had to interrupt these "keyboard manics" to say hey "what does it take to get a drink around here!" It all seems so too much for me. Especially since having a decent conversation with anyone has almost become impossible for several reasons including the phone business but more so because folks are so pre-occupied with their gadgets that they don't seem to know how to say "hello."  Even during a few of the pride activities there were "immediate" photos that got uploaded to highlight either how much fun we were having or not having. After a week of karaoke, a toga party and shows, the week ended with one last show of turnabouts featuring those who don't usually "do drag" rolled out Sunday night. The evening also was graced by Norma Kristie in a cameo appearance to demonstrate that she can still command the spotlight and audience. All in all the week was a mix of old and new with a healthy dose of longing for more. So much for 2012 and until next year...

COP 24/7 and Dab's the AIDS Bear

I knew that one day my prince would find me and roll right up on me to wisk me away to his fairy tale land where we would rule the manor and eat at lavish banquets. Well not quite, but I did get a holla from Dab's the AIDS Bear while I was hanging at the Conway Pride event a few weeks ago. I didn't know much about Mr. Dab but after a quick intro I found out that he has a sweet history that needs to be shared. I hope that each of you will reach out and share Dab with someone special in your life or consider sharing your donation dollars with a local community based organization.

 Dab the AIDS Bear Project is an organization that works in collaboration with Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Floria.

Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides the fiscal sponsorship for fundraising activities conducted by Dab the AIDS Bear Project. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Through HIV awareness, education and prevention we work to empower our fellow Americans about HIV and AIDS. We are helping to bridge the gap from government funding to provide life saving HIV medications and emergency services for people with HIV and AIDS.

We receive only private donations. Our AIDS Service Organizations do not need another competitor for the few Ryan White and ADAP government funds available.

We greatly appreciate your donations!
Our contact information

By standard mail:
DAB the AIDS BEAR Project
1386 NE 32nd Street
Oakland Park, FL 33334

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