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October 21st, 2004

Return from Rochester

As I stated in my last entry, I was on my way to Rochester for Kelley and Lani's wedding. I arrived safe, around 21:00. After the 6.5 hour drive, I needed a drink, so I stopped in to the Bachelor Forum for a quick one to take the edge off... Quick it was! I was outta there in about 10 minutes and on my way to Bruce's!

I arrived safe at Bruce's home about 21:30 -- after catching up on current local events, we watched some TV and crashed -- Friday morning I was working in my old location in Greece, NY. It was nice to see all my workmates and friends. Even my pal Jim Dziak came in with his wife, two kids and newborn son "Hank." How very cool! That afternoon, we had a three-department Oktoberfest party across the street!

Friday night, Bruce and I went to Kelley's wedding. It was beautiful! Both families were there (Kelley's and Lani's), which is so nice to see nowadays! I even got to see Jake who was a lot bigger than the last time I saw him! Kids grow like weeds, eh? For those of you who don't know Kelley, she's the only female that could get me to "change teams" -- we're like peaches & cream together. She's one of my closest friends, and has always been there for me. I was so happy to see her tying the knot with someone that truely loves and respects her.

Following the wedding, Bruce and I headed to Tara's for karaoke night! We both got time to do two songs each. I got to sing "Amazed" by Lone Star, to which I got quite a round of applause! I've been wanting to do this song for some time, but was afraid of the high notes. I guess I did well! I also sang my old standby "Elenore Rigby" by Godhead. It was a little harder than the crowd at Tara's was used to! A good time was had by all... Bruce sang "Towing The Line" and another song, which I forget the name of right now. We took off when it got a bit to busy for us. We went back to Bruce's home and walked to Casey Jones, a neighbourhood bar three blocks from Bruce's house. Although a straight bar, this place was fun! We hung out until last call! Bruce even tried to refuse a beer at 2:08, mark that date down in your calendars!

Saturday was upon us; after a brief visit with my parents, Bruce and I headed to Wegmans (a grocery store in New York) to buy all sorts of munchies for an impromptu party at his home prior to barnight. We bought enough food for about 30 people, only about 10 showed up... Oh well, it was a nice idea. The quality of the people that actually came outweighed the quantity. Bruce's roommate, Dave, who is the new Rochester Rams' pledge was the first to leave for Barnight -- he had a busy night of work ahead of him. Bruce, Steve and I were the last to leave. We needed to make a few purchases on the way to the bar anyways!



After picking up seven Baby Ruths, and a personal item for Bruce (he he he), we arrived at the bar! Bruce and Steve were frolicing around in the car so much that Steve made a mess in his jeans and didn't want to come into the bar. Such a shy boy! I entered right away to say hello to my club brothers before it got too busy -- good thing too, as within an hour, you could not get to the bar due to the crowd. I guess you're wondering what the Baby Ruths bars were for, huh? Well let me tell you... Taking a Baby Ruth and rolling it around in my hand (inside the wrapper) until it was soft -- then laying down an Empty Closet newspaper (the local Rochester, conservative gay/lesbian newspaper) on the floor, squeeze out the Baby Ruth onto it (looking like a nasty turd.) Then I would call over the pledge to clean up the mess -- with his mouth. The crowd, most of whom didn't know any better, were just a tad grossed out! -- Mission accomplished. Now repeat it six more times in other locations! He he he!!

Bruce and I ended up leaving early, as there were far too many people the bar. It just wasn't fun anymore with three times the occupancy limit in the place, and 2/3rds of them not even being "leathermen." *SIGH* If I were still a full member of the Rams, I would not allow that to happen... I would put a velvet rope outside, and when the bar was full (based on occupancy) would deny entry until other people left! Then to make it pretty clear to the fluff-queens that this was a leather bar, I would select leathermen to enter from the queue, just as they do in New York City at popular clubs, leaving the disco-bunnies outside. Its a sad state of affairs when the real leathermen leave the bar because it's overrun by these non-leather fags in their A/X clothing and Nike sneakers.




On Sunday morning, while drinking my morning coffee and reading my e-mail opened a letter from Paul Rose that stated that Jeff Arnold (photo on the left) has passed away from a heart attack on October 15th. Jeff, the current treasurer of Empire City Motorcycle Club, and I were friends for many years. I was really heartbroken to hear the sad news. Jeff was a major cornerstone of E.C.M.C. and was one of their most active members. If you have ever gone to ECMC's Toys for Tots (held the first weekend of December each year), Jeff was the person you bought your tickets from, and you saw him at the party running around making sure everything ran smoothly. He will be missed my many, especially his lover Paul.

I quietly drove home that afternoon...





I've been auto-redialing 617-482-4SOX over and over again for the last HOUR, trying to get World Series tickets... Busy, busy, busy, "all circuits are busy", busy, busy... SIGH!!! I'll keep trying...

"A limited number of tickets for Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 of the 2004 World Series, which will be played at Fenway Park, will be available by telephone only (while supplies last) beginning at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, October 21).

Fans who registered and were selected in the random online drawing for the opportunity to purchase tickets for the World Series were notified via e-mail today. The post-season ticket purchasing program is presented by PC Connection.

Fans may call touch-tone ticketing at (617) 482-4SOX beginning at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, October 21). Fans with disabilities may call (877) RED-SOX9 beginning at 3 p.m. tomorrow to purchase accessible seating (while supplies last). The Red Sox' TTY number is (617) 226-6644.

No tickets will be sold at the Fenway Park ticket office."



Red Sox series tickets red hot

Red Sox series tickets red hot

Long-suffering fans of upset American League champs scramble for chance to attend fall classic.


October 21, 2004: 3:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - There was no eBay the last time there were Red Sox World Series tickets available. But there is now.

And Thursday morning the online auction site was flooded with the team's long-suffering fans vying to pay top dollar for the right to be there when the fall classic opens Saturday night.

The Red Sox completed an unprecedented comeback from a three-game deficit in the American League Championship Series to knock off the rival New York Yankees late Wednesday.

One pair of front-row box seats for game one of the World Series sold for $5,300 in an auction completed Thursday morning on eBay. Todd Luongo, a 35-year-old Boston-area native, now a technology sales rep in the Washington D.C. area, was the winning bidder. He'll be seeing the Sox in the series for the first time.

"One of my earliest Red Sox memories was '75, and my dad got two tickets for Game 6, the Carlton Fisk home run game, and Game 7," he told CNN/Money.

"I begged him to take me, but I was only six years old and he wanted to take his father. He told me, 'Next time I'll take you.' When they got back to the series in '86, I was a teenager and couldn't afford the tickets. I know the price I paid was ridiculous, but this is my big splurge for the year. I'm not going to regret it."

Some sellers were asking as much as $15,995 for four bleacher seats or $25,000 for four box seats.

The Red Sox last played in the World Series in 1986, and have not won a championship since 1918.

Besides the team's long drought, demand for tickets is driven by the fact that Fenway is the major league's smallest stadium, holding just 36,298. Demand for tickets was great enough that the Red Sox sold out every regular season game this season.


At StubHub, another online ticket marketplace, sellers were asking as much as $7,000 each for two tickets. The biggest single sale at StubHub so far has been $13,000 for a eight tickets. The average price of the tickets being sold so far on StubHub has reached $1,500 a seat, said Anthony Rodio, vice president of marketing for the service.

"For any ticket marketplace or ticket broker, the complete fantasy World Series would be Cubs against Red Sox," he said. "But having the Red Sox going 7 games against the Yankees, then having the Sox in the World Series means this will be a very good year for us."

The face-value price for World Series tickets is $190 for box seats. Massachusetts law prevents tickets from being sold for more than $2 above face value and transaction costs. In addition, season ticketholders are prevented by their agreement with the team from reselling the tickets, Rodio said.

"Just like if you drive 62 mph, you're in violation of the law if you sell it at these prices," he admitted.

The Boston Globe reported last month that in an effort to crack down on scalping, the Red Sox had staged a sting operation, buying tickets on the street, from brokers and from online ticket sites and then penalizing five season ticket holders caught selling tickets. The team decided to revoke the season ticket holders' right to buy postseason tickets rather than close their accounts as a penalty because it was a first-time offense for the five.

Red Sox team spokespersons were unavailable for comment Thursday.

The Red Sox will open against either the St. Louis Cardinals or the Houston Astros, who play a deciding game seven in the National League Championship Series Thursday night. The Astros have never been in the World Series in the club's 43-year history, while the Cardinals have not been in the series since 1987.



... "your call did not go through."

It's HOUR 3 and I think they're sold out... The voice message changed to "Your call did not go through, please try your call again. 13-6-T."

Crap!!!

I guess I'll go to the gym and work out my frustrations on the weights...



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