by Brad Benedict
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Fishin' for Funds
The Fish Bowl on Exchange Place is having a benefit drag show on Apr. 5, 2002 to raise money for assisting local players in the APA National Singles Pool Championship. With Tasha Sinclair, Erica Rodriguez, Monique Clairborne and others leading the way, this one should prove to be a good show.
In case you haven't checked out The Fish Bowl, you really need to do so soon. Jamie and Michelle are doing a great job, and I can vouch for the sincerity these two have in support of the Gay and Lesbian programs. This is a very nice place to spend some time. The drinks are great. The friendships are lasting. And the memories made here will last a lifetime.
Little John went with me last week to dine at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and we stopped in to see how things were going. Jennifer was there again. I had met her on my previous visit, and I find her to be so very happy and carefree, a really nice human being. She and Amie made a nice couple for my camera to present to you. I also found Sandra to be exceptionally nice. She appears so cordial and friendly that you realize immediately that you have met a very special person.
Make time to pay The Fish Bowl a visit. It's where the Hide-A-Way used to be located, and the new bar staff/managers want everyone to know that they would appreciate your patronage. Just because it's a girls' bar is no sign that they don't want men around. They are open to welcoming all people and all races and want you to know how pleased they will be to have you visit them. Do it soon.
Funding the Lords
The Great Celebration Raffle of 2002 is well under way, and it's all for a good cause too. All funds will go toward the 20th anniversary bal masque scheduled by the Lords of Leather for their 2003 extravaganza. This special raffle commemorating the Lords of Leather's anniversary has some great prizes.
First prize is two round trip coach airfares on Delta Airlines within the continental U.S. How's that for something super nice? Tickets are $5 each and are available from any LOL member with the drawing coming up on May 11, 2002. Hurry and get your tickets. Believe it or not, they are going not only as individual tickets but many are purchasing entire books of tickets. Wow!
Second price is a luxury sailboat excursion on Lake Pontchartrain for six adults, and the third prize is a $500 shopping spree at Acadia Frame and Art in old Red Stick. Tickets are available locally at Hibiscus Bookstore.
And be sure to check out the LOL Web site. They have a new and sexy little Web master that most of you know as Little John. This talented youngster is redesigning things, so if you don't get in right away, keep trying. And I mean into the Web site, darlings! Goodness, where are you minds? That site is www.lordsofleather.com.
Get with it and get ready to have some fun. It's all a part of the three mighty Ls, namely leather, love and laughter. Hooray for the LOLers! And if you want to know more about this great group of guys, go to any member, and they will give you the real scoop.
Oh, and by the way, Timm Holt of Cowpokes is the captain of Bal Masque XX, and it's already on the design table with most of the costumes scheduled to be completed by May. Timm is a go-getter, and he's not letting any moss grow under his feet. With the help of the Hibiscus book baron (who just happens to be the ball lieutenant, or what most balls consider as the co-captain) and current Lord King Todd Cole, this is going to be an outstanding finale to the 2003 ball season. The theme is outstanding, and whoever is voted in as the new royalty will really be proud to wear their titles. I'll tell you more later.
And something else I need to tell you. Everyone is still talking about that auction held last month at Cowpokes. Honestly, it was a really big fund-raiser, and the quality of some of the antiques was outstanding. I always think junk when I hear about auctions and garage sales, but this one turned out to be an antique-collector's delight. I'm sorry if you missed this one. Oh, well, better luck next time. By now you should know that when the Lords do it, they do it up just right.
Funding For Fun
George's has always been the place to be when you want to pass on the funds to some talented strippers or great bartenders. This past week was no exception. There was Tues. night and Fri. night and Sat. night, and if it weren't for the stupid laws here in dear old EBR, there could have been a Sun. variety.
However, there are other reasons for going to George's. The drinks are nice, and there's a lot of eye candy on both sides of the bar. Michael is the outstanding one in my estimation, and I do have favorites. Everyone does. It's called personality, charm, goodness, beauty, and a bunch of other nice traits all rolled into a single package. Michael has been at George's for quite a while, and by the time you read this he will have celebrated another birthday. This little guy is in his twenties but he could easily pass for the upper teens. Congratulations, Michael. I hope you have a great one this year. You are an Apr. charmer, and you know what they say about Apr. You are not a diamond in the rough but a very special gem of magnificent proportions. Happy birthday, sweetie.
Richard is still looking great. His diet has brought him back to the size he was when I first had the hots for him. Now that we are both older, there ain't no sparks left to kindle. Oh, well, that's life. However, I hear that even though there's snow on the mountain, lots of fire can be found down below. Hmmmm.
Fun With the Funds
James and Kyle constantly amaze me with their outstanding endeavors. They have really taken bar work to a new dimension. Their two-dollar store has now grown into a multi-complex of facilities. Like Dolly Parton said in Steel Magnolias, they done gone and become a chain. I think it's great.
I've purchased lots of items from them, and I've also occasionally enjoyed their drinks. I'm not much of a drinker so I'm usually in the store area. Of course, I'm talking about the Time Zone on Main St., across from Hibiscus Bookstore. They always have something going on over there, and now and then, you can smell the Bar-B-Que all over the neighborhood. Special occasions deserve special treats, and the treat is just paying a visit to this establishment.
They've created a little beehive of activity with all their goodies. Whether it's Gay or straight, their customers are probably the most diversified of any around town. Day or night, they are at it. It would seem that their work never ends, and it probably doesn't. I've never followed them around on Sun., but I can see the sales techniques working elsewhere, probably down in Prairieville.
Great show, guys. Good luck in all your endeavors.
Funds & Fun at Icon
Icon's Wed. shows are always special. With Goldie Lishiss in charge, you know you are going to have a great time. This is a third of 30% Mo' Hoochie, one of the best and most entertaining trios in the business. They've never disappointed me, but then neither has Goldie when she is solo. The babe has got it, and I love the rear end. Absolutely fabulous.
I had to make certain I saw Sweet William. Besides being under the weather for nearly three weeks, I've had major car problems. I saw him earlier in the day and thought I'd better let him know that I wasn't always so scatterbrained. He caught me earlier when I was about to throw up my hands and head for home. No one wanted to be near me, and I didn't want anyone near me either. Car trouble is the worst, but then the sick period, the TV going out, deadlines for columns, and all the other things I do just all came tumbling down on me at the same time.
I had to make sure Cory understood this too. After all, with new door help around Icon, the entire place took on a new welcoming attitude. I've always enjoyed my visits to Icon, but it does interfere with my beauty sleep when I have to get up so early in the morning.
I am very glad I made it out last Wed. I hadn't seen Carrione Synclaire in such a long time, and it was like old home week around Icon. Carrione has another big title under the belt, and I also ran into the gorgeous Mercedes Starr and her other half.
In addition to them, Sam showed up, and I hadn't seen him for years. It's so strange when you see a face and can't remember the name but know the individual so well. It was especially a pleasure to see the sexy Ryan and James, and Anthony and Bridget made it from George's over to Icon right after Michael (my chauffeur for the evening) and I arrived.
Well, from Icon it was home and a period of rest. Thank goodness for hump days. The holiday weekend was definitely welcomed. Hope everyone can report back with some happy Easter experiences.
There will be a big rush party for the Mystic Krewe of Royalty on Apr. 14 at the home of Effie Marie's gorgeous pad on Bungalow Lane. Contact any member for more information on this event. This should be a nice get-together, and I can tell you for sure that it's a fun group to join. This is Debbie's big year, so get out and support these guys and gals. They may be the youngest krewe but they certainly are aiming to be the best. With Debbie on board, it has to be good.
Be sure to plan on making the big Studio 54 party at Icon on Fri., April 12. You will enjoy disco, divas and lots of great dancing. Maybe that sexy bar baron Johnny C will make the scene. I haven't seen him for quite some time.
And Steven, darling. Where, oh where, are you? I thought I would see you at the LOL ball, but without the pyrotechnics, I guess you had other plans.
And a special thanks for that special offer from the dynamic Kenny of Acadiana. Of course the answer was yes, darling. Have I ever turned you down? Please don't tell Garland.
I do owe a lot to Michael, Little John and TTT for taking such good care of me during my trying period. And my buddy Gerry treated me to such a wonderful dinner at that nice Lebanese restaurant on Corporate near Jefferson. Gerry is one of those rare jewels, and I treasure his friendship.
Well, it's late, and I have lots more work ahead of me, like XXX movie reviews, XXX card approvals, and other things like that. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. I do love my work, but I guess you all already knew that.
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