Karen Walker McCain’s VP Pick

(AP) August 29, 2008 – Karen Walker, formerly known as Jack’s sidekick on Will & Grace, was selected as Senator John McCain’s VP pick earlier today.  Since her failed talk show, Karen has been available for public service, most recently appearing with Roseanne Barr at a rally for William Shatner for LA County Commissioner.

Quite honestly, her selection is a game changer.  I feel like I’m watching ’80s soaps all over again…she is a pretty bible thumper gay-hating anti-abortion gun-loving wing nut.  And a former beauty queen.  Where’s Hillary when you need her?  Obama could have chosen Chelsea Clinton for VP and still have more political experience.

I’ll be there in 2009…

DAN’S NOTE:  This is a repeat post from a year ago today. It speaks for me again this year.  Enjoy!  And, by the way cheers to Moby – I hope you heal soon!

This is the weekend every year for the past ten when I’ve loaded up my vehicle with camping gear, ice chests, booze and groceries, faux fur costumes and 50 gallons of water for my yearly trek to Burning Man. I was out and about in the city yesterday and observed two guys getting gas for a Subaru loaded with similar gear and laden with PVC pipe. They were going to Burning Man.

You see, my entire camp opted out of going this year. Many of us have kids and other responsibilities that prohibit the yearly trek anyway. Our camp, The Sweet Spot, as fabulous as it is, takes months of preparation to pull off. Myself, I just needed a year off from the Man – with the move from Santa Fe and starting both a new job and relationship it fell to a lower place on the priority list. But, as I saw the burners preparing to leave yesterday, I got a bit vaklempt.

Burning Man has changed my life. I’ve discussed it here on my blog many times before and I’ll save you the gory details suffice to say that the experience of building a wonderful group of friends from the event and my personal growth from the insertion of these relationships in my life has made me a better man. I’m less judgmental than I used to be. I’m more open and less inhibited. I treasure the one week a year I can be anyone I want and/or do anything I feel.

I posted some pics from 2005 above. These were all taken at our camp during the course of the week last summer. We actually had the fire truck as one of our campmates owns it for a fire performance group in Oakland. Yes, that’s actually a dance floor and fire cannon on the top. We watched the Man burn from up there and it was the best vantage point ever. Yours truly bartended at our daily 5:30 pm (playa time) cocktail party – each day I appeared in a different costume as I created concoctions from dust-covered bottles of tequila, vodka, rum and mixers. Finally, you see my friends Victor and Steve jousting at one of our happy hours.

Since I won’t be on the playa (I’m going to Santa Fe over Labor Day instead), here are my top memories from last year’s shananigans:

  • Kissing a straight boy who had a peanut allergy – his lips swelled up profusely as I had eaten cashews earlier in the evening. He would have died had it not been for his surprised campmate getting him his medicine.
  • Mixing drinks in a leather harness and pouch (the photo does exist on this blog – you will have to find it).
  • Giving a lap dance to a cute guy who was sitting in a chair on a box in the middle of the dance floor at a gay dance club – he was wearing a fur-tini (a faux-fur bikini) and nothing else. It was the most erotic and uninhibited moment in my life, especially when I noticed 100 guys watching us.
  • Riding on a modified London double-decker bus art car around Black Rock City the first night I arrived – there were remnants of a full moon and the city sparkled.
  • Hanging out with the Canadians across the street – one of them, John, gave me his awesome “Where the Wild Things Are” T-shirt when he noticed the tattoo of Max on my shoulder.
  • Hanging out with my camp in our Moroccan geodesic dome – our lighting and comfortable decor in the dome made it stand out at night. You could actually see it from 1/2 mile away.
  • Standing atop the fire truck above everyone as the Man exploded and burned. Later that night, as we drove the truck around the playa, three firemen (real firemen who were HOT) boarded the truck for a ride as “Burning Down the House” came over the speakers. Of course, I asked them to dance – where else would I ever have the opportunity to dance on a firetruck with three firemen to that song?!?

Aaaah. I am a bit homesick but relieved that I won’t spend two months removing playa dust from everything I own. Until next year….

All of you going to Burning Man, have a fucking terrific time!

Where have I been?

Dear Blog:

Now that I have a mistress, I am sorry about blowing you off so much.  I am not ready for a divorce, yet.  I do have to say that blogging for a living is as much fun as I thought it would be.  And it pays more than you do, Dannation.org.  Therefore, I am unlocking the door to my dashboard, blowing off the dust, and spending some time with you.

What have I been up to?

  • Interviewing interesting people and writing about them — last week, I connected with a team sailing to Hawaii to raise awareness about the plastic soup floating around the Pacific.  The interesting thing is they are floating on a raft they constructed out of 15,000 empty plastic bottles.  I talked to them by satellite phone as they head closer to Hawaii.
  • I’ve lost 15 pounds.
  • I’m growing a beard — something I haven’t done in about 6 years.  It helps my confidence for some reason.
  • I went to a leather party on Wednesday.  Maybe that explains the beard.
  • I get my license back next month.
  • Louie almost died last week — he had gastric torque.  Basically, his stomach became severely twisted on a walk; the twisting cut off blood supply to his spleen and stomach.  To survive the injury, surgery must happen within 2 hours of the twisting or the dog will die in agonizing pain.  Thank God for Donnan – he happened to be home when Louie returned with the dogwalker and got him to the emergency vet within 30 minutes.  Thanks, Sweetie!
  • Louie is doing wonderfully now.
  • I’ve ridden my road bike for the first time in a year.  Sweet!

As you can see, my life has been quite full and happy.  Just wanted to let you know that I’m not ignoring you.

Until next week,


P.S. I really need to drive traffic up at TONIC News so be sure to check it out.  Thanks to Lewis, Jimmi,and everyone who has wandered over to check it out.  I am also looking for guest bloggers and a possible paid correspondent position ($50 per post) in the next month.  Let me know if you want to do either.


I overhear two leather guys in a bar.  One says to the other: “This leather bar has the nicest bathrooms in town.”

Just something I didn’t think I would hear at a leather bar…

Ever feel lost?

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to?
Do you know…?

Do you get
What you’re hoping for
When you look behind you
There’s no open door
What are you hoping for?
Do you know…?

Once we were standing still in time
Chasing the fantasies
That filled our minds
You knew how i loved you
But my spirit was free
Laughin’ at the questions
That you once asked of me

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to?
Do you know…?

Now looking back at all we’ve planned
We let so many dreams
Just slip through our hands
Why must we wait so long
Before we’ll see
How sad the answers
To those questions can be

Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to?
Do you know…?

Do you get
What you’re hoping for
When you look behind you
There’s no open door
What are you hoping for?
Do you know…?


How much longer do we have with this buffoon?  Embarassing…

Louie on doggie vacation

Donnan took Louie to Clear Lake for the weekend (just north of San Francisco).  It looks like he had a damn good time!  Thanks, Donnan, for the photos.

What I do when I’m bored

I not Alan Ilagan or BrettCajun, but I can post pics of myself on my blog, too!  Just a little fun with my MacBook on a Sunday.  If anyone could tell me how to fix the background issue in the first one, I appreciate it!

Happy Sunday!