Sunday, September 2nd, 2001: We just got back last night form the
most INCREDIBLE few days In Miami Beach! WOW! There is SO much news to tell
you about! I guess the best thing to do is start at the beginning!
The drive out of the Keys was it's usual nightmare! We just barely had time, after checking in to the hotel, to get showered and changed and head to the theater!
The Jackie Gleason Theater is a great venue and of course we had perfect seats. The "premiere" tickets were great! 4 rows back from the front, and we were treated like special guests. After a glass or two of champagne in the lobby before the show, we were escorted to our seats, and noticed that there were 5 or 6 empty seats right next to us, but the rest in this special section were already filled. I couldn't imagine that someone would purchase the seats and not show up!
Well, my wondering was over when the 'entourage' arrived. First, a REALLY cute bodyguard guy.... Two.... um, how shall I put this....unusual guys ,dressed like rejected Village People. and the other seats were taken up by.... Rosie O'Donnell and Gloria Estefan!
OH MY GAWD! I don't mean to be a drama queen here, but we sat RIGHT NEXT to Rosie and Gloria for the show. They were great! This was Margaret Cho's opening night for her new tour, and they came to celebrate with her. She was incredible! I have not laughed so hard in a long, long time! We were both in tears for most of the evening we laughed so much. She's fresh, she's honest and "in your face" and she is funny as hell! If you have the chance, check and see if the tour is coming to your city, or even close and get your ass to see it! I guarantee your sides will hurt from the laughter.
Unfortunately, NO cameras of any kind were allowed in the theater, as is often the case. I had brought mine anyway, just in case. But when a young kid approached Rosie for an autograph and the cute bodyguard stepped in right away and told him, "Rosie doesn't want to be bothered tonight" I figured I wouldn't push my luck. After the show, their entire group went immediately backstage, so I didn't have a chance afterwards to grab a shot either.
It was a wonderful evening!
We got back from the show late, so we turned in from a long day of traveling and excitement. We stayed at the Bal Harbour Sheraton! What an beautiful hotel! We had a gorgeous room and the resort was very well designed, with waterfalls and koi ponds and beautiful pool area and beach front. There's pictures on the SOBE page of some of the ponds and koi. It is a beautiful resort!
We spent most of Friday shopping, and pretending to be fabulously wealthy people browsing through stores like Gucci, Versace and Cartier! Saturday night we went to South Beach and had dinner at a fantastic sushi restaurant. The sushimi was out of this world! It literally melted in your mouth! After dinner and some walking around, we spent the rest of the evening dancing and having a great time, watching the hot men at a club called Score. It was GREAT!
Saturday, after checkout we headed back down to Sobe for lunch and more people
watching. There's a lot of "peoples" to watch and enjoyed a nice lunch at
a very famous little sidewalk cafe, as all the pretty men and boyz strolled
by. I took a ton of pictures and you can find them here on a special
We walked along the beach for a bit and Rodney actually let me take his picture
a few times! Finally, you'll get the chance to see him.
This really was the most fantastic weekend, made even more special because I spent it with someone I care about very much! We really enjoy every moment together. Rodney truly is a sweetheart and it's just possible, no actually it's a fact, I've found someone who's a much of a hopeless romantic as I am.
My gawd! It's September already!?!? Time flies................Life......is GREAT!
Needless to say, If you've seen me on cam without my shirt, I'm a smooth
boy now! I'm getting used to it. I've lost some weight since I first shaved
myself those 3 years ago and I guess it's not SO bad, Rodney likes it a lot,
so for me....that's enough reason to keep it just the way it is......sorry
to all you hairy guy fans, but for now....I'm stayin' a smoothie!.....
If you are a person of reason, you'll understand why it's so important to try, and the big word here being TRY and educate the people we run into in our daily lives, who "just don't get it!" I saved the conversation, exactly as it took place, with one exception. I edited out a word he used that I would never put anywhere on this site... EVER! I also edited his screen name. It's only fair. He does not know I'm putting this on the site, but no one will know who this is, and I put it here NOT to embarrass him, but to enlighten those who choose to read it. This guy is NOT an isolated case. It just really scares the hell out of me to think that someone, already a member of 2 minority groups, being latin and gay, would be capable of this kind of thought process. Several times during the conversation, I said to myself, "he's just busting my ass, He really can't feel like this" ....Unfortunately, I believe I was wrong ....he really does.
Here's the conversation
Okay, on to more intelligent things... I've received many emails from people
just saying hello, and a lot of my friends from other countries have written
to express their concerns for all Americans. It's been great to hear from
them. For someone who's never been in this country before and has no idea
of how removed someone can be, must really wonder if we're all hiding in
our homes. At least that's the feeling I get from some of the emails I've
received. Included in one of them, was a candle lighting that is to
take place tonight at 10:30 EST. to show that our spirits still burn bright.
I'll be taking part tonight and if you read this in time, I hope you'll do
Here's the email:
> Light a Candle for Unity!
> Though terrorists may have struck out at us as Americans, let us
> together and show our unity.
> Let us show that though our arm may have been hurt,
> they can not dim the heart of America which rages
> bright. On Thursday September 13, 2001 at 10:30 pm
> EST, walk out your door and light a candle or lantern
> to show the world that our spirit burns bright. Gather
> with loved ones or gather with neighbors but let our
> light burn in the night to show that we are united and that we remain
> Please pass this on to anyone you know..print it up
> and pass it to neighbors who may not have internet
> access, post it to message boards, clubs, news
> stations, anywhere and everywhere there is a PROUD American!
I sent it out to a bunch of people on my email list and received replies
from a lot of them including these two I thought I'd share with you. One
was simply a picture that I had not seen before, but it is truly incredible!
Here's the shot.
....and here's most of the content of one of the others:
"Hi buddy, thanks for the e-mail. I am at work tonight, but will be with
every one of you in spirit. I put the American flag out by the mailbox to
show everyone who drives by that we are very proud to be Americans and we
want all to know. It is heartbreaking to stand by and see what is happening
to our brothers and sisters. Our nurse Kate said her nephew who worked in
one of the towers is still missing. Todd has already been called by his Reserve
unit and been put on standby in case we go to war. He is a military policeman,
so there's a good chance he'll go. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers,
along with all those who are suffering. Hugs to you, Cheryl"
Our hugs go back out to you and yours and Kate and her nephew, and each and every one.
I was trying so hard to find something else going on in our lives right now to write about, something to take my mind off of things. But you know....
Nothing else really seems very important at this moment....
In fact as I sit here and type this, the incredibly LOUD sound of Harley's
and all kinds of motorcycles can be heard rumbling outside. Now understand,
I'm on the top floor of our condo development. These places are VERY well
insulated for sound. Nevertheless, you just can't believe how damned LOUD
those bike are! It goes way beyond all reason sometimes, I understand the
purpose of having them loud, but come on! Enough is enough! I'm not the world
biggest biker fan, I mean I admire them, some of these bikes are incredible!
And before you start emailing me about all the trouble makers etc that ride
them. I have several friends, especially back in Connecticut, who are Harley
owners and bikers and I can tell you from first hand experience, that among
these guys and gals you'll find doctors, lawyers, CEOs, and lot's of folks
from very respectable walks of life. They are always there when a cause needs
help, and always there to raise moneys and whatever might be needed. In fact
this weekend here in Key West for the Poker Run, a TON of fund raising is
happening to help out in the crisis our country is currently involved in.
Rodney and I are probably going to go out this afternoon or evening and check
out all the bikes lined up and down Duval Street. It' always and incredible
site, even if you're not a big fan, and even if it IS mostly at the "straight"
end of Duval Street! <smile> I'll have the camera with me and get some
shots I'll post here later on this weekend.
Oh Gawd! I almost forgot! The funniest thing happened to me last night! I'm at Bourbon Street, Rodney has excused himself to the men's room and I'm standing at the bar waiting for him to return. I feel someone come up behind me and grab my ass! Then, reach around and grab me by the waist and "snuggle" up to my ear and neck and say "I don't know who you are, but you have the most incredible ass I've ever seen"
I, of course, instantly thought it must be one of my friends fooling around, I haven't seen who this guy is yet, so I said, "You MUST be blind!" and "Which one of my sicko friends IS this?!" Well, I turned around with his arms wrapped around my waist and found myself staring in to the eyes of the most ADORABLE guy!! Build like a brick shit house, if you'll pardon the expression. That's just about when I realized....I'd never seen this guy in my LIFE! Damn!!! He was serious! <blush> Well, after a little recovery time, I thanked him for his HUGE "blah-blah" compliment, and at just about that time Rodney returns from the men's room! <blush more!> He came up behind me, (as my waist was now freed up!) and put his arms around me, and the guy got the idea that we were a couple.
We did the usual polite "nice to meet you"'s and he went his way, and I went mine. Whew! Although as we left the bar later, he was behind us and grabbed my ass one more time! Oh MY!
Wow! This has turned into one HELL of a lengthy journal entry! I just have a few little things to add then I'm out for the day. I spent far more time than I should today sitting in front of the television watching CNN, but if you're like me, you just can't tear yourself away. I force myself to now and then and recommend you do the same, once in a while. It just can't be healthy to jam your brain with that much for that long.
I received an email from a friend in Nashville, I met through this website
who, in addition to being a great guy, also runs an internet radio station.
JD is his name, his partner is Duane and you'll find his stuff here:
MUSIC CITY WORLD OF DANCE MUSIC CITY JUKEBOX and finally the camera site THE HAZEL NUT WEB CAM
I think I've about typed myself out for the moment. Just a quick reminder, I've added a link to sites you can send donations to help in the recovery efforts.
If you're so inclined, you'll find it at the top left side of the main page of Jay Sheldon Dot Com! Thanks for everything you're doing and continue to do. Tell someone you love them, every day every chance you get! Enjoy your weekend. I'l talk to you soon!
It's a two-hour live, commercial-free, simulcast to raise funds for a long-term
relief effort for Americans who have directly suffered from last week's terrorist
attack. The most amazing thing about it, along with the incredible list of
celebs that will be a part of it is that it will be simulcast on:
ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as BET, Comedy Central, Court TV, Discovery, E!, Fox Family, FX, HBO, Lifetime, MTV, PAX, PBS, SHOWTIME, Sundance Channel, Telemundo, TLC, TNN, TNT, The WB, Univision, UPN, Country Music Television (CMT), Fox Sports Net, Hallmark Channel, Turner South, USA Network and VH1.
Incredible! The kind of team effort that's going into a broadcast of this type! What a great way to further show the "Spirit of America" to have all these networks who normally compete minute by minute for viewers, to come together in this way. The show will air Friday, September 21, 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific), 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Central) and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Mountain). It will also be webcast live on the internet at http://www.tributetoheroes.org. Please spend the time to watch and give what you can.
Stars from across the worlds of film, music and television have generously volunteered their time and talents in this historic fundraising event. Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias, Limp Bizkit, Sting and U2 are the latest celebrities to join the talent roster, which includes the previously announced (in alphabetical order): Bon Jovi, Amy Brenneman, Mariah Carey, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Sheryl Crow, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, The Dixie Chicks, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Calista Flockhart, Dennis Franz, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, Wyclef Jean, Billy Joel, Jane Kaczmarek, Alicia Keys, Willie Nelson, Conan O'Brien, Tom Petty, Ray Romano, Julia Roberts, Paul Simon, Will Smith, Jimmy Smits, Bruce Springsteen, Sela Ward, Robin Williams, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.
I watched Rosie the other day and she was saying that people like her, who make disgustingly huge amounts of money, should give huge amounts of money and people like, I assume, you and me, should give what we can, until it hurts. I just read that she gave a million dollars to the relief effort! This was her own personal money, not from her foundation "For All Kids", THAT is REALLY putting your money where your mouth is! Damn! Very commendable! Please do all that you can.
This show and all related graphics are Copyright
© 2001 Joint Network Benefit
Back to my life for a minute. I have been putting off talking about this,
because it bugs the HELL out of me, and upsets me a LOT, however, in my
continuing quest to be up front and honest here... in just a couple of weeks,
less than two to be exact, the love of my life is returning to Malaysia for
his sister's wedding. He'll be gone for 23 days
.......ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!! There I got THAT out of my system. No,
actually I did not. I know I'm going to be a wreck when he leaves and everyday
until he returns. You have NO idea how difficult it's going to be to watch
that plane take off from Key West and watch him fly away. I suppose the
difference is, that I know he'll be back. But with the current problems in
the world and all, not to be a drama queen here, but I suppose we can't even
really 100% count on that either. We're just hoping that whatever state of
war this country is in at the time of his return, they'll let him back in.
We will, of course be able to be in daily touch via this wonderful thing
called the internet. but it still won't be the same as having him here, to
hug and hold tightly. I will be doing that in my dreams every minute of every
day until he returns.
If I'm a bit "off" during October...I'm sure you'll understand. I'll just have to take my mind off things by doing some big planning for his return....which by the way will be just a few short days before Fantasy Fest!
Wish him (and me) luck and keep him in your prayers for safe flights and a swift return. By the way, thanks to every one who writes now and then both to myself AND to Rodney. As always, it's great to keep hearing from people and the places you all are looking into the site from! It's truly amazing how small the world can be at times!
Until later.... tell the ones you love, how much you do, often and every day!
Late breaking news:
Please consider signing this petition asking President Bush to condemn the statement of his supporters, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. They were quoted as stating the recent bombings in New York and Washington, D. C. are God's retribution wrecked upon the United States.
Please go to
add your name and pass it on!
Yeah, I know, ....but it's been busy enough that I haven't even had time to get the laundry done!
First things first. I received a call earlier this week from my sister Penny
and her husband Jim from Port St. Luce, Florida. I've kept in touch with
her from time to time, but haven't actually seen them in what turns out to
be over 10 years! It's unbelievable how fast time goes by. It's also unbelievable
how your mind "freezes" time. She and Jim had decided to come to Key West
for a min-vacation with their 2 kids, James and Katie (I hope I spelled that
right!) The last time I saw Katie she was an infant and I have never seen
Rodney got them a great deal on a beautiful room at the Sheraton Suites, and they arrived on Thursday. I was there to meet them when they got to the hotel, and while I recognized them right away, it is incredible, how people you haven't seen in years look nothing like you expect, yet underneath the changes that time take on us, you can still see the person you remember. It was great to see them again after all this time. Penny and Jim both look wonderful. Katie and James are the cutest kids. We all went out to dinner at a typical Key West restaurant, and afterwards came back to our place for drinks and to spend some time catching up. Here's a shot of all of us. Jim had actually lived in the Keys for a short time, a number of years ago, so it wasn't his first time here, but Penny and the kids had never seen the Keys before. We gave them the nickel tour and they spend the next couple of days wandering around the island and sightseeing. Unfortunately, we're right in the middle of one of the FEW times we get several days of rain in a row, so they decided to cut their vacation short and head back today. I had the chance to see them off before they left. I KNOW it won't be another 10 years before I see them again. It was so nice to get back in touch with a part of my family after all this time. Especially after the recent events, it helps to kind of "ground" you.
Penny had brought me a little "present" when she got here. About a thousand years ago when I was a kid, my mom used to have huge pictures of all five of us framed along a stairway in our house. The pictures were from when we were about 6 months old through about 10 or so. I had thought they were lost forever. Well, Penny apparently had found them in the basement of mom's old house, moldy and musty and "rescued" them and has kept them all these years. My little "gift" was all of those pictures of me!! ...from all those years ago!. I'm still getting them "digitized" and I'll have them posted here in a little while so you can all have a good laugh at my expense! Amazing! Those pictures brought back so many memories. Thank you SO much Penny. You'll never know how much they mean to me!
As you know Rodney is leaving for Malaysia for his sister's wedding for 23
days, beginning this coming Wednesday. I'm doing my best to keep a "stiff
upper lip" about it, but it isn't easy....REALLY not easy! I love him so
much and now, to have to be apart for such a long time. I'm trying to find
things during that time to keep myself busy. Last night we had a going away
party with a bunch of friends from his work. It was great! Rodney and I made
some delicious finger foods that were a hit. Especially Rodney's Teriyaki
Chicken.A bunch of wine and champagne completed the party and everyone had
a great time. It was nice to have everyone here and now that I think about
it, it's the first party I've had here at the house. I really had a great
time and I'm sure we'll have more once Rodney returns. I hope you were able
to catch a part of it on the webcam. I am in the process of replacing that
Living room cam. I'm really not happy with the quality of the picture out
there, so you can look for some BIG improvements in that shot soon!
Here's a few shots from the bash! (click on the thumbnail and a larger shot will open in a separate window)
Bertrand, Connie, Troy & Joe, Rodney, playing the good host, and the shy one you can barely see, is Kenia
One more little tidbit that came across the desk this week. I keep in touch with my brother, Michael, probably more than any other of my family. We're very close and talk often. He lives in Seattle, is a sweetheart of a guy, and is also gay. I'm not sure I've written much about him here. He actually came out to the family before I did and made my path a bit easier for me when it was "my time". Well, he is an incredible "showman" and when he lived in North Carolina did an act with a character he created called "Cookie LaRue" She was pure gum-smacking, beehive hairdo, trailer trash, who lived for nothing else but the next 'blue light special' at K-mart. Leopard patterned skin-tight leotards and big red ball earrings, The act was absolutely hilarious. After he moved to Seattle, they actually called him back for a "command performance". While he was in Seattle, he hooked up with a group called the "OOPS" players and performed with them for a while.
I was checking how my site showed up in the search engines the other day and doing some site research, looking at how my links rated, etc. and I found a link to a page which hit on Michael Sheldon. Well, low and behold THERE is my brother in a publicity shot for the "OOPS players Hall of Fame! Here's the page and here's the picture!
Great to see you Michael! Much success as always!
If you guys EVER get a chance and the OOPS players are in your town, GO SEE
THEM! They're coming to Key West and I'm not going to miss the show! I'll
let you know!
Oh, one more quick thing before I close for today. The month is ending tomorrow of course,and beginning next month, I'm going to change the format of this journal a bit.
A number of people have written and suggested I put the latest updates in the beginning of the journal as the month goes along so when you look for the latest entries, they're right at the top of the page. Great idea and October 1st, I'll be doing the journal that way. Always interested in what you think and suggestion for the site! Keep 'em coming!
That's about it for now, I have so much to do to plan some fun for Rodney and I before he.....you know.....(drama queen!)
I'll talk to you soon. Tell someone you love them today and give them a hug.
More to come