Flashing back to 2011, it was sort of the best of times, the worst of times - we had amazing guests and great crowds, there was DJ Chris Padilla who spun for us - he was supposed to come in for a few weeks to bridge a gap after DJ Baker left and he ended up staying for nearly a year and a half. That's total dedication to our great causes.
It was also during this year that I broke up with my then boyfriend of several years. Pieces was also being threatened with eviction when the lease was up and trying to find a new location was proving difficult. And then there was a huge argument that I had with a close friend and to this day we are still on the outs. (I'm sure I was factually correct, but I didn't handle it all that great... but then I was sort of at the point in my life where I'd realized that I needed to take care of myself a little better than I had been - and that sort of manifested itself in me having wafer thin patience for a lot of the bullshit that I had previously been able to swallow).
Anyway, on a happier note, we had some AMAZING first time guests including Colton Ford, Inaya Day, Athena Reich, Joe Zaso, Lance Navarro, Lailah Lancing, Wendy Ho, Skye Woods, Kennedy Carter, Flotilla, author Justin Luke (who would become one of my favorite guests - always had great stories!), Johnny Hazzard, Justin Utley, Candy Samples and various Cockyboys models. And, perhaps most importantly, Witti Repartee. Who, as you know from previous blog posts has become very important in my life and will be my last guest at Final Bingo this Wednesday, February 26.
Plus, after booking Ilene Kristen in 2010 I lobbied hard to get Florencia Lozano on the show. At the time she was on "One Life to Live" as it was in it's final few months. Her character, Tea, had been on the show for a long time, left and then returned. At one point she inadvertantly pushed another character out of a second story window and gave a blood curdling scream. So, being the pushy guy that I can be, I goaded her into doing it for us by recreating the scene by miming falling off the stage. She did it and we laughed and then talked story (basically admitting the writers had no idea what they were doing with the still at that time under wraps return of the real Todd Manning) and through a tangled conversation offering to be her evil twin if they ever bring one on the show for her. So now I am Florencia Lozano's Eeeeevil Twin.
I also booked Another World star Colleen Zenk on the show. It was a leather group raising money for a food bank in New Jersey... and to be honest, I was nervous at the pairing, what could a soap star have to say to leathermen and leatherwomen? But the date worked for everyone and I kind of took a big chance.. and what happened was a kind of miracle.. it turned out that when the rep from the leather group started talking about the liquid nutrition supplies that the bank needed, Colleen chimed in that when she'd been battling oral cancer, she had had to depend on that same liquid nutrition supply. It was a kind of beautiful moment as the lightbulb went on for both the leatherfolk and Colleen. And I did a little look up and said "how about that?"
My favorite part of that was then how the leather guys presented Colleen with a title: Ms. Leather Soap. So awesome! :)