Ok so as some of you might know, I've pushed back my retirement a week to Thursday, August 11 as one of my best pals, Shane Tate (who produces the annual Fire Island Bear Weekend in Cherry Grove- book your room now for 2017!), offered to throw me a 'retirement party' at his new weekly event BEERS AND BEARS at The Bear Den (Thursday nights from 6pm to Midnight). I'll be there that night from 7pm to 10pm (or maybe later, who knows, we'll see how long I last once the $3 Coors start flowing)
Anyone who's been with me for drinks knows that I can pack it away and God knows this may be the last time I get free drinks from friends, colleagues, fans, whatevers. :) By the way, there's no cover so it's a bargain. :) Wait, oh my God, I'm on the mark down table.. just like my 48 videos (on VHS, not quite reel to reel or stereoptican. I kid because I love)
I know what you're thinking - "you have had more going away parties than Cher".... I know that's what you're thinking because I had breakfast with my best friend today and that was almost word for word what he said too. He wasn't wild when I muttered back "bitch" to him with the famous patent pending Will Clark side eye (oh you know the look), but then, he's my best friend so if he can't say that to me and I can't say that to him, who can?
But, the thing is, he's kind of right. I thought I over-celebrated my birthday (yes, it's true, I celebrated 50 for 18 months) but seriously, this goodbye thing has been going on for like three years now. I'm not quite in Cher's league (I went to a "final tour" in LA in January 2000, by the way) but I guess if you're going to be compared to someone, I could do much worse than Cher. :)
Let's see, there was the 10th and Final Bad Boys on the Hudson on July 14th, 2013, Final Bingo on February 26, 2014, the final "Victory Lap" bingo on August 5th, 2015, and then my final emcee gig at Witti's birthday party on July 16th, 2016. That's lots of goodbyes. But oh well, each event and each piece of my life deserved a proper send off for closure's sake. I was just going to post some blogs and fade away until Shane stepped up for the Beers and Bears event. So, hell, what's one more? :)
In all seriousness, I appreciate that people still give a rat's ass enough to come out to these things. As I've said many times, I wouldn't have been doing all of this for the past 21 years if it weren't for the awesome people I've met along the way. No joke.
So, I will look forward to seeing you at 369 West 46th Street in NYC on Thursday, August 11th. There's no show, no guests, no fundraising, no this or that. Just hangin out, drinkin, and schmoozin because after all we've been through, it'll come down to me and you ... and our Coors. :)