Off to New York (AGAIN)!

It’s been a rough week. We launched two new websites at work 2 weeks ago and have been fixing them ever since. I am sitting at SFO right now awaiting my redeye flight to Kennedy. I am meeting our CEO (who has a place there) as my company will be on Fox & Friends and the Today Show on Friday.

I won’t be on camera, but just offstage. It’s a quick trip, as I need to board a flight on Friday night to head back for my DUI class on Saturday. (Yippie!).

Happy Earth Day Week! My company is in the “green” space and when you wonder where I’ve been for months, I’ve been trying to save the world and make a nest egg.

Watch Today and figure out what my company is and I’ll give you free products.

The gays love blogs

Gays and lesbians report higher blog use

SUMMARY: More than half of gay adults read blogs, and almost a quarter write their own.

Fifty-one percent of gay and lesbian adults who use the Internet regularly read blogs, while just 36 percent of heterosexuals do, according to a Harris Interactive and Witeck-Combs Communications poll conducted in March. A nationwide survey of 2,733 adults shows that 27 percent of LGBT Web users have posted a comment on a blog in the last month, in contrast with 13 percent of heterosexuals. Additionally, 21 percent of gays and lesbians said they written their own blog in the last month, compared with 7 percent of their straight counterparts.

Nearly one in five LGBT responders said that they feel more positive towards ads on blogs as opposed to 8 percent of heterosexual adults. That shows a 2 percent drop among gays from a similar survey done in November 2006.

“Studies consistently show that gays and lesbians are leaders in online usage, are very keen to find relevant and timely information, and feel more strongly about staying on top of latest trends,” Wes Combs, president of Witeck-Combs Communications, said in a press release on Monday. “Blogs are fast shaping the media landscape, and it is one medium that marketers and advertisers can?t afford to ignore, especially when it comes to reaching gay and lesbian influencers, voters and consumers.”

As far as blog subject matter, 28 percent of LGBT respondents said that they read news blogs, 26 percent read entertainment blogs and 23 percent follow political blogs. In comparison, 19 percent of heterosexual Web users read news sites, 11 percent read entertainment blogs and 14 percent read political blogs. (The Advocate)

My nose and the cute boy sitting 6 inches from me right now

So, I’m on the train at the moment, speeding down the Peninsula. I am next to the window in a 4-seat facing configuration — so directly diagonal to me, the cutest straight boy with luscious lips. I made a snarky remark when the conductor announced that we should not put our feet on the seats — “Does that mean I can put my feet in your lap?” He laughed. And stared.

Then I remembered why he was staring at my face. I have a bulbous staph infection on my nose that derived from an inflamed pimple inside my nose. Yesterday morning found me at the local urgent care with the doctor cutting the inside of my left nostril open to drain the infection. Three antibiotics and a shot in the ass later, it feels better but my resemblance to Karl Malden after a fist to the face is still there.

Oh – wait, he’s standing up to get off at San Carlos. Nice designer jeans and nice ass. He’s smiling, stared at my nose one more time, and half waved goodbye.

I’d better keep this laptop over my crotch for one more stop.

A meme

My friend Rey sent me this meme.  Jeeeez Louise, I haven’t done one of these in eons!  It reminds me of my early blogging days when we would all do these every other day.  It’s a magnificent way to get to know each other!

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1. What time did you get up this morning?   7:50 a.m.
2. Diamonds or pearls?    Pearl necklace?
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?   “Into the Wild”
4.  What is your favorite TV show(s)?   American Idol, “24,” SNL, Mary Tyler Moore
5.  What do you usually have for breakfast?   Latte and muffin (or other pastry) – hey, I never said I wasn’t a big gurl!
6.  What is your middle name?   Nope – but it begins with “P” and has an “e,” “n,” and “s” in it – but no “i”
7.  What food do you dislike?   Turnip
8.  What is your favorite CD at the moment?  “Xanadu On Broadway Soundtrack” (I never said I wasn’t a theater queen, either)
9.  What time is it right now?   8:54 p.m. PT
10. Favorite Sandwich?    Turkey, bacon, avacado
11. What characteristic do you despise?   Hmmmm….arrogance.
12.  Favorite item of clothing?   My Morningwood Basketball Team t-shirt — it’s so old and faded, it’s like wearing velvet.
13.  If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?  Greece
14.  Where would you retire to?   Santa Fe and the Maine Coast
15.  What was your most memorable birthday?  The one when my mother and step-dad were in a carbon monoxide poisoning.  (Debbie Downer trumpets play here)
16.  Furthest place you are sending this?   Ur-anus.
17.  Person you expect to send it back?   Who knows?
18.  Morning person or a night person?   Definitely NIGHT!
19.  What is your shoe size?    10
20.  Pets?    A 6-year old lab named Louie – he’s all over this blog.
21.  Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with us?  Read my previous post.
22.  What did you want to be when you were little?   Johnny Carson.
23.  How are you today?  The best ever…
24.  What is your favorite flower?   Lily
25.  What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?  The day after tomorrow
26.  What are you listening to right now?   Traffic on my street
27.  What was the last thing that you ate?  Chicken Burrito
28.  Do you wish on stars?  Can’t see them here.
29.  If you were a crayon, what color would you be?  Chartreuse
30.  How is the weather right now?    Spring is here – close to 75 today!
31.  Last person you spoke to on the phone?   My best friend Nick – he and his wife had a baby boy on Tuesday.
32.  Favorite soft drink?    Diet Coke
33.  Favorite restaurant?   Fringale, 4th Street, San Francisco
34.  What was your favorite toy as a child?   My “Linus” blanket
35.  Summer or Winter?   Summer NIghts
36.  Chocolate or vanilla?    I’m on a diet
37.  Coffee or Tea?     Coffee
38.  Do you want your friends to email you back?    I’m not emailing it out!  So no worries.
39.  When was the last time you cried?   February.
40.  What is under your bed?   A bag with lots of naughty toys.  And doghair.
41.  What did you do last night?   Met Nick Natoma at Midnight Sun.
42.  What are you afraid of?    Dying in a fire.
43.  Salty or Sweet?    Chartreuse.
44.  How many keys on your key ring?  7
45.  How many years at your current job?   6 months — seems like 6 years
46.  Favorite day of the Week?    Fridays
47.  Do you make friends easily?   Too easily… almost to a fault. (I left Rey’s answer here – it applies to me, too.
48.  How many people will you send this to?   No one
49.  How many will respond?  None
50.  Do you like finding out all this stuff about your friends?  You didn’t ask boxer or briefs!!!

The State of California Finds You Guilty…

I had previously written about my DUI case on this blog at the end of January when it happened, but quickly removed it at the suggestion of my lawyer.  Well, I went to court on Tuesday and was sentenced: a hefty fine, 3 months of alcohol classes, and 48 hours in jail.

Yes – jail.  I am applying for a trash pickup program to try to avoid jail time, but part of me wants to see what it’s like.  I’m scheduled to report on May 24.  I have no issues with my sentence.  I broke the law, could have killed somebody, and made a stupid decision.  I guess there’s not much to do but pay the piper and move on.

My court experience was interesting — a cute little old lady sat next to me on the bench outside the courtroom before my hearing.  We shared the same lawyer.

“I was not drinking and driving!” she proclaimed.

“Hopefully, you’ll get off” I reassured her.

20 minutes later, after our plea hearing and consultation with our lawyers, we entered the courtroom and she was called first.

“In violation of California Health Code xxxx (something?), the State of California finds you guilty of possession of narcotics, driving with a suspended sentence, possession of more than one ounce of marijuana, and resisting arrest.  How do you plead?”

“No contest,” she said in an exasperated voice.

“You are hereby sentenced to 48 days in county jail, with a credit of 5 days for time already served.”

She returned and sat next to me.

“I told you I wasn’t drinking and driving!” she reminded me.  “I have to set a good example for my teenage kids.”

Jesus – I had walked into an episode of “Weeds.”

Now back to my own case – it’s over.  I’m glad.  I have been completely stressed about it.  A DUI has been a huge financial hit, humiliating, and I know I never want to go through this again.

I am not going to lecture here about the dangers of drinking and driving.  We all know it’s bad.  Just don’t decide to get behind the wheel because it’s only 3 blocks.  If you don’t kill somebody, you may end up with your hands cuffed behind your back and thrown in the slammer.  As hot as it sounds, it is not.

I just hope I don’t leave jail with “BITCH” tattooed on my forehead.

“You’ll have to take my guns from my cold, dead hands”

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Charlton Heston died yesterday. A lifelong proponent of gun rights, he once said “You’ll have to take my guns from my cold, dead hands!” Above is an infamous clip from “Planet of the Apes.” Of course, Heston also played Al Murdoch and Karen Black’s luvah in one of my fave films, “Airport 1975.”

OK, time to take your guns…

Today’s Gratuitous Pic of Darin

I was surfing the net just now (after a hilarious SNL with Christoper Walken), and found this wonderful photo of Darin.  This was taken when she lived in Hawaii.

Seriously, I want you to guess this hip ’50s to ’70s actress and dancer.  Winner gets a Luella Barkley tee from me (and my company).  Leave your guesses in comments.

Models Inc.

It’s been a long week. At work, we have two web relaunches happening over the weekend and lots of other stuff going on, so I am ready to get off the train (I’m somewhere around Burlingame) and get in my jammies. No crazy Friday night for me!

So, in the spirit of working hard, I wanted to share a photo from a shoot I organized for our new websites last week. Chad Fox graciously agreed to photograph these cute boys for us, and the results are terrific! If you live in San Francisco and ever go to Badlands, you will recognize Sam, Chris, and Joseph (all work or have worked with Donnan).

The product my company produces is the tee each boy is wearing. On average, 40% of the revenue goes to support some cause somewhere in the world. If you’d like to get your hands on one, please email me at DanNationBlog@gmail.com and I’ll tell you how.  By the way, this line is created especially for us by the London “It Girl” Luella.

I plan to count my models to help me go to sleep!