October 4th, 2010

Keep Walking

Homecoming 2010 / Toys For Tots

I returned from Scotland just under two weeks ago, and the weather in NYC has been pretty awful, thanks to the nasty weather pattern hanging on the eastern seaboard. It's been chilly and wet nonstop for the most part. I can already feel my S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder a/k/a Winter Depression*) kicking in... Working nights away from sunlight does not help much.

* Typical symptoms of SAD include depression, lack of energy, increased need for sleep, a craving for sweets and weight gain. Symptoms begin in the fall, peak in the winter and usually resolve in the spring. Some individuals experience great bursts of energy and creativity in the spring or early summer. Susceptible individuals who work in buildings without windows may experience SAD-type symptoms at any time of year. Some people with SAD have mild or occasionally severe periods of mania during the spring or summer. If the symptoms are mild, no treatment may be necessary. If they are problematic, then a mood stabilizer such as Lithium might be considered.

Considering the vast amount of travel I did in August and September, October is a month with no travel plans at all. I need the break to re-ground.

Upcoming this weekend is New York Bear Den's monthly gathering on Sunday the 10th, followed by Empire City, M.C.'s anniversary dinner at Cafe' Loup. I've felt a real disconnect from the club the past two months with my travel calendar.

Harbor Masters & Entre Nous are having a 'joint run' in Ogunquit, Maine over the 22-24 October weekend, but due to work, I won't be able to attend this year... :-( The host hotel sounds fantastic! It's disappointing that I won't be able to attend as planned, but I'm sure they will have a great turn out without me.

Then there's the gay high holy day, Halloween. It's on a Sunday this year. I don't have any plans yet -- but I'm sure K.K. and I will find something to do.

A mate from Ottawa is coming to NYC to stay with us 11 November thru 14 November, then on the 15th, it's Carlin's birthday! 39 again sweetie? I depart on Carlin's birthday for Rochester, NY (yes, a Monday. Due to my work schedule, Mondays & Tuesdays are my travel days.) I'll be hanging out in Rochester for two annual events: Homecoming and the Rochester Rams' annual Rich Richard's Memorial Toy Drive. Both of these events are on Saturday, 20th November, so I took the day (er, night) off from work. I return to NYC on the 21st.

On 22nd November I depart NYC for London once more! This is very likely my last trip to London for the year. I will be there for one week, departing on the 30th November. I don't have any plans whilst in London at this time... Probably a show or two and some debauchery at The Hoist on Sunday night.

My buddy, Bob from the Rochester Rams (the cute bare-chested guy with dark glasses in the photo on the left), will then be coming to NYC for the Empire City Toys for Tots dinner & party, which will be 4th December 2010 at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, New York, NY. Details and tickets will be available shortly!

The 8th of December is the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon (for you youngsters, read this). John's 70th birthday would have been 9th October this year, if he were still alive. On numerous occasions, I've been to the annual pilgrimage to the Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park to remember John Lennon's influence on society and culture.

The memorial is often covered with flowers, candles in glasses, and other belongings left behind by Lennon fans. On Lennon's birthday (October 9) and on the anniversary of his death (December 8), people gather to sing songs and pay tribute, staying late into what is often a cold night.

One of the best-known fans of the site is Gary dos Santos, a Beatles fan who decorates the memorial in circles of different flowers and objects, often in the shape of a peace sign.

Impromptu memorial gatherings for other musicians, including Jerry Garcia and George Harrison, have occurred at the memorial. Many times, particularly in the summer and on the anniversaries of the other Beatles' birthdays, gatherings take place at the site. In the days following the September 11, 2001 attacks, candlelight vigils were held at the Imagine Circle to remember those killed.

If you were (are) a Beatles or John Lennon fan, do consider attending!