Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday's HOT Guy...

We could hardly wait to share this Friday's HOT Guy with you... This week's "Guy" is 23-year-old actor Ryan Carnes... (We almost feel "wrong" about exploiting Ryan because he is simply so young...BUT he is on TV kissing boys every week, so I think he will think it's OK.)

You may know Ryan as "Justin" from ABC's "Desperate Housewives," which airs Sunday nights at 9 ET/8 CT. "Justin" is Bree Van De Kamp's gay son's BF...

Here's lookin' at you "Justin" (you're hot...)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Thursday Night Dance Party

It's Thursday, let's DANCE!

"Kev" will be back tomorrow with another Friday HOT Guy... Until then, LET'S SHAKE IT UP AND DANCE as we watch the Scissor Sisters perform, "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" from their latest CD, "Ta Dah!"

Until tomorrow...

Brakevin (it's like "Brangelina," except I like this better...)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Home Of The Rams...

Hey Everybody! It's, you guessed it, WEDNESDAY! Tonight is another very "SPECIAL" night here at "Kev's Corner..." As you know, "Kev" has been looking to expand staff (to take this monkey off his back for a day or two) and even approached a homeless man today on the street, inquired about his writing skills and asked what he was doing today (besides meth). OK, I am kidding... it looked like crack. (Actually, Atlanta is the methamphetamine capital of the world, which is a TRUE statistic.) Luckily, it has not come to that, because "Kev's" friend, Sara, has come to his rescue and taken the reigns for the evening!

It is only befitting that Sara be the FIRST guest blogger for so many reasons... "Kev" and Sara have been friends since the 2nd grade when they formed a friendship playing hop scotch in the school yard (and outside "Kev's" house on the sidewalk). Sara was "Kev's" FIRST girlfriend, and no, my dear, you did not turn me gay... If it weren't for Sara, "Kev" may not be driving today... The only class "Kev" EVER cheated in was, get this, Driver's Ed. (Thanks Sara, signs are hard.) Sara is SUPER smart (I don't know why she talks to me) and graduated #5 in our high school class of (approximately) 350. Sara referred "Kev" for the position that launched his career 12 years ago (no lie, THANKS A LOT for that Sara, I owe you...). And lest I forget, the first time "Kev" was ever drunk was courtesy of Sara. (No, I would not care for another Jagermeister...) Sara is like a big sister to me, although she is younger (she is 22, I am 25) because she has always been so wise, practical, yet fun and loving. Fun factoid... Sara was friends with "Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes ("Just Jack") while in high school! Sara is an accomplished pianist and cellist. Sara has three children, including her twin daughters who are now in the grade Sara and I were when we met... Finally, while my Grandmother named me "Kev" (well, Kevin...) (thanks again to my Grandma for that - hugs & kisses to you) and "Kev's" friend, Jean, named "Kev's Corner," it was Sara who said, "You're nuts. You should write a blog." Because I always do as I am told, thanks to Sara, "Kev's Corner" was created.

Without further adieu, please give a big warm "Kev's Corner" welcome to my good friend, "Sar..."

I have no idea why "Sar" volunteered to be guest blogger for "Kev." It is most likely to take advantage of the opportunity to talk about herself in the 3rd person. If nothing else Sar realizes that it is exhausting to try and figure out what sort of random thoughts might keep the interest of Kev's faithful readers. Then again, you get what you pay for, Kev.

Ack! screw the 3rd person thing; too hard.

As Kev and I (and others in our high school circle of friends) prepare for our class reunion next week, I have been pondering this question: Why are some of us thoroughly excited about this (really, almost pathetic) event, while others of us wouldn't go near the reunion with a 10-foot Ram's horn? (Yes, we were the "Home of the Rams!")

Is it because we in the Giddy Bunch were ridiculously popular, loving all and loved by all, and we can't wait to relive those warm fuzzy high school feelings? HARDLY.

Is it because we the Giddy Bunch are over-the-top fabulous now, and are proud of everything we've accomplished in the 20 years since we left those hallowed (smelly) halls? No, that can't be it, because although we Giddy Bunch are fabulous and accomplished, those in the Ram's Horn bunch (one of them in London, one of them in Dallas, one of them in Chicago, others elsewhere) are all equally, if not more, fabulous and accomplished.

Is it because those in the Ram's Horn bunch are of a higher caliber of individual, and do not feel the need to learn which cheerleaders got fat? Judging by the Ram's Horn traffic to the profiles section of our class website, I'd say that's probably not the case.

Is it because the high school years were just too painful for the Ram's Horns to relive? Well, I think that might be true in one case, but then again some in the Giddy bunch weren't exactly "Walking on Sunshine" back then. (extra points for my 80's music reference)

One recurring theme is "I see everyone from high school now that I want to see." But I'd say that's the case for those of us in the Giddy Bunch as well.

So, what is it that differentiates us? I really can't figure it out. Please respond and let Kev know how you feel, regardless of your high school reunion status.

Click I LOVED THE 80's! if you would like to download Katrina and the Waves's "Walking On Sunshine" ringtone for your cellular phone! (Because I couldn't find the video...)

"Kev's" Post Script:
First, to Sara, THANK YOU for your contribution. I can't wait to see you next week! I am already having dreams (unpleasant ones) about the upcoming reunion and am only participating because I was "wrangled" by a couple certain someones... I gotta ask though, who called us the Giddy Bunch? Was I in this group or the Ram Horns (cause I like that gang name better and would like to switch over to that team if possible. I am sure Shaun Longson is a Ram Horn... Shaun, for those of you who didn't know him, was this really HOT, blonde kid who, while in high school, had the body of a 25-year-old, and wore red underwear, which was progressive back then). I actually felt "blessed" to be included among the group of friends (the "Giddy Bunch" as Sara has proclaimed us) that I was and credit them for some of my own successes (like finishing high school and going to college... Peer pressure can be a good thing!)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Sometimes there are stories in the news that really make "Kev" chuckle...

(As reported by REUTERS, not "Kev")

LONDON (Sept. 26) - Jack Neal briefly became the proud owner of a pink convertible car after he managed to buy it for 9,000 pounds, or $17,000, on the Internet despite being only three years old.

A 3-year-old inadvertently bought this pink Nissan Figaro at a dealership near Worcestershire, England, online, for the equivalent of $17,000. The seller agreed to re-advertise.

Jack's mother told the BBC she had left her password for the eBay auction site in her computer and her son used the "buy it now" option to complete the purchase. "Jack's a whiz on the PC and just pressed all the right buttons," Rachel Neal said.

The seller of the second-hand car, a dealer from Worcestershire, central England, was amused by the bid and agreed not to force the sale through. "Luckily he saw the funny side and said he would re-advertise," Neal said.

Happy Birthday to Jesus, he is 38 today! OK, "Kev" is being silly again... Today is actor James Caviezel's 38th birthday. You remember this HOT guy, right? He played the lead role as "Jesus" in Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ."

"Kev" was very excited about another movie out at the same time as "Passion," perhaps you saw it, called "Starsky & Hutch." Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller reprised the roles of Sgt. David Starsky, "Starsky" and Sgt. Ken Hutchinson, "Hutch" in this riveting blockbuster.

Unfortunately, the day "Kev" went, this movie was SOLD OUT, although there were plenty of tickets available for "Passion." So instead of watching Starsky & Hutch tool around "Bay City" in their 1974 red and white Ford Torino, busting bad guys with the help of "snitch" "Huggy Bear" (played by Snoop Dogg), "Kev" watched the last 12 hours of Christ's life and crucifixion (played by our HOT birthday boy, James Caviezel).

This will never happen to "Kev" again... Thank you, Jesus, for Fandango!

("Kev" means no disrespect...Honest.)

Monday, September 25, 2006

A Ghost In The Fog

Welcome back, whoever you are. We are glad you're here!

"Kev" is a bit disappointed this evening... You see, "Kev" spent the last two hours creating a really "special" post because he knows content has been lacking lately and wanted to bring you, the reader, something extraordinary that was out-of-the park, "A+," Pulitzer Prize winning work. He knows you would have been rolling on the floor, grabbing for tissue, calling your mother, or just plain pissed off. (Actually, we don't know how to gauge the emotions of the reader - it's anyone's guess how you will interpret our writing.) The post was just that good... THEN, when adding the "final touch," (a picture of a rose) the screen went white and everything vanished like a ghost in the fog...

Here's a brief recap...

We are still looking for "guest" bloggers... We think we are close to landing a really GROOVY lady who is one of "Kev's" BEST friends EVER that he knows you will LOVE. If you are interested in taking over the reigns of the "Corner" for a day, let us know - we would LOVE to hear from you! (It is "super" fun talking about yourself in third person, behaving as if you have a staff that is working for you (I just fired and rehired mine while writing this sentence) and making up statistics left and right.)

Is everyone watching "The Amazing Race 10" on CBS? I love the show. It is on the edge of your seat exciting. "Will the handy capable (Sarah) make it up the wall or won't she?" I am rooting for her, but only because her BF, Peter, is the cutest on the show. I do have to say that Tom and Terry, the token 'mo's, are what "Kev" calls "All-The-Way-Gay." A little too much squealing and jumping up and down for me, but it looks like they are having a really good time...

How about "Extreme Makeover - Home Edition" with my good friend, Atlanta native, Ty Pennington? This show makes me cry every time and it is the same formula every week (you know, hard luck family, livin' in a shack, gets tricked out house with top of the line appliances...). I stopped watching the show last season but had this picture of Ty (and wasn't going to dare try reposting that rose...).

"Kev" wants to give a "SHOUT OUT" (again, "ghetto gay") to his 4-year-old "niece" who is the cutest child, ever. She is under the weather today... "Kev" called her this evening to see how she was feeling. She told me she (or her mother, one of "Kev's" BFF's) painted her toenails pink and then added "stars." So cute. Melts my heart every time I talk with her. I asked her if she thought I should paint my toenails pink and add stars and she said, "um, no." Please give L'il Kitty a big gay hug. Talking with her ALWAYS makes my day. I hope she will be feeling better soon...

Well friends, I can't remember the rest of what I spent the last two hours creating so I will simply say, good night, and "thanks" for stopping in. "Kev" WILL be back with something of substance later this week!

Until then...

Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday's HOT Guy...

This week's HOT Guy is the one and only Mr. Justin Timberlake... Or as I call him, my husband.

"Kev" literally spent HOURS this week collecting photos of HOT Guys, trying to determine who you would like to see... "Kev" also tried his darndest NOT to choose J.T., lest he be overexposed here at the "Corner."

However, "Kev" follows his instincts and couldn't resist featuring Justin, yet again. Plain and simple, Justin is HOT and, "me likey." The picture, coupled with the fact that his second hit single, "My Love," from his latest CD, "FutureSex/LoveSounds," was also released this week, earns Justin the dubious distinction as this week's HOT Guy...

Click I LOVE JUSTIN to hear "My Love."

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Who Would Kev Do?

Hey Kids! Welcome Back to "Kev's Corner!"

It's time for another installment of "Who Would "Kev" Do?" First, my apologies if this is a bit offensive to anyone... We, I mean, "I," mean no disrespect. You see, some people assume, incorrectly, that a gay man can't appreciate a beautiful woman. In addition to providing something for my straight male readers to look forward to once a week (again, there are one or two of you), this is an opportunity to dispel that myth and feature some HOT babes that "Kev" thinks are quite nice...

I have had a gay man "crush" on Jennifer Aniston since "Friends" debuted in 1994. I love everything about her, don't you? Cute. Classy. Funny. Elegant. To me, she is endearing and simply stunning. I would marry her.

I NEVER grow tired of "Friends," have all 10 seasons on DVD and watch an episode or two every night before bed. When the show ended, I was quite despondent. (Yes, I miss Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross.) (Remember epsiode 130 of Season 6 "The One Where Ross Got High," when Rachel put beef in the trifle? That was funny.)

While I won't list her film/television credits here (you can Google her), I will say that my FAVORITE episode of "South Park" was Episode 32, from Season 3, entitled, "Rain Forest Schmainforest." Jennifer was the voice of "Getting Gay With Kids" choir director, "Miss Stevens." As a punishment, the South Park kids are forced to participate in the "Getting Gay With Kids" choir and travel to Costa Rica where they perform a benefit concert and learn all about about the rain forest and its' crtical contribution to the earth's ecosystem. Cartman gives Miss Stevens a run for her money and in the end, she too hates the rain forest and thinks efforts to save it are over rated...(You can download this episode from iTunes).

In addition to this week's "Who Would Kev Do?" installment, we would like to mention that the reconstruction project (republishing of all past posts) will be complete this weekend! We hope that those of you who are new to the "Corner" will search through the archives and enjoy the "Corner" from start to finish. Some of the BEST posts are yet to be restored...

Finally, I want to say "thanks" for stopping in at "Kev's Corner"...The email I receive is positive and I will keep posting as long as people keep reading. (If I could serve you donuts and coffee as a "thank you" sort of a "reader appreciation day," I would...)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Black Thunder

They say if you love something, let it go...If it comes back to you, then it was meant to be. If it doesn't, well, I can't remember what happens if it doesn't? I think this is a Chinese proverb or something. It's sort of stupid if you think about it and I don't really understand it.

"Kev" is in "mourning" this evening... Today was a day of loss and new beginnings, so to speak...

"Kev" isn't referring to the lost love of a man (I am SO over Leo DiCaprio, although I CAN'T WAIT to see his new movie due out next month) but something far greater...The loss of a car...A really nice one...As some of you may know, "Kev" and friend Deborah went out shopping one day last March and both bought "matching" (wink wink) cars...Deborah got a new, sleek Honda Accord and "Kev" got a 2005 Mercedes C230 Kompressor...It was love at first sight. Our love affair (mine and the cars) was quite explosive, unlike anything I had ever known. Then, shortly into the relationship, things started to go wrong (like the stereo and then the sun roof). We tried to work through our rough patches, but then "Kev" learned the car needed new tires and a break job. The cup holder broke. "Kev" felt betrayed. The car was, really, high maintenance. The message board on the dash revealed something new everyday like, "Pull over NOW - I need OIL" or "I need new breaks - TODAY" "I am ready for SERVICE!" and "LOVE ME - You never spend enough time with ME (OK, I made that one up). I saw where this relationship was going and "Black Thunder" (I always name my car the color that it is and then the word "Thunder" because I like the word "Thunder" - it's mysterious, like my cars) was taking me to the cleaners (literally too...). The car changed "Kev" a bit..Yes, someone hit "Kev," while parked, and "Kev" went ballistic. "Kev" (this is when I like talking in third person, because "I" didn't do it, "Kev" did) called him a stupid mother-father and told him to learn how to drive. Had this happened in my previous car, also "Black Thunder," "Kev" would have said, "It's OK friend, these things happen. Lest you worry, let's swap insurance information. Today is a beautiful day." (Very civil, right?) Anyway, it was all getting to be too much so, "Kev" made the painful decision of parting ways with "Black Thunder"... If the Chinese proverb, that I don't understand, is true, perhaps I will wake up tomorrow and Black Thunder will be back in my parking spot.. Because I really did love that car...

So, tonight's post is dedicated to Black Thunder...I will miss you... And to Silver Thunder, my new 2006 sassy Accord, may the road rise up to meet us as we travel many a mile together...And may the road rise up to meet you too, in whatever you drive.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, September 18, 2006


Je suis désolée. Lo siento. Ik ben droevig. Sono spiacente. Perdóname...

This is "Kev's" very international way of (ripping off Madonna) and saying, "I'm sorry, forgive me" for not creating a post this evening...

Since adding the site meter on September 1, 2006, "Kev" has learned that people from several countries around the world are stopping in at the "Corner." (Isn't that EXCITING!)

"Kev" has had visitors from France, Germany, Spain, Canada, Brazil, Portugal, Italy, England, Ireland, Estonia and even Lithuania! So not only does "Kev" need to apologize in English, he needs to apologize in as many other languages as possible as well, because he is, after all, a polite American... Not pushy and self-centered like the popular myth many outside of the U.S. hold regarding Americans.

"Kev" hopes your Monday was a good, no, a GREAT one, wherever you may be reading this from. "Kev" will be back tomorrow with an all new post which promises to deliver.

Click HERE to hear "Sorry," one of "Kev's" favorite songs, from Madonna's "Confessions on a Dance Floor."

(The photo above has absolutely nothing to do with anything EXCEPT that "Kev" LOVES actor Neil Patrick Harris, whose sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," returns tonight on CBS at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, which is the REAL reason I have no time to write this evening...Blame Neil...)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Reconstructing Kev

Welcome back to the "Corner," friend... We hope you are well on this Saturday evening...

You may have noticed that some posts that were previously deleted are now reappearing here, in the monthly archives, of "Kev's Corner." Yes, we are working tirelessly to republish all posts that had been removed. "Kev" is working day and night to recreate the "Corner" since its' inception, or launch, on July 30, 2006. In addition, "Kev" has revised some posts and replaced some photos with others that we hope you will enjoy.

The "reconstruction" project is about 90% complete, so we hope you will revisit posts that were created in the past. Please note - the posts are not being recreated in date order, because, well, they just aren't, although they will ALL appear here, in date order, once reconstruction is finalized. Also, unfortunately, I am not able to recreate any comments that were provided on past posts, but feel free to leave your feedback again.

Yes, every "HOT Guy," including "Kev's" personal favorite, Reichen Lemhkuhl, will be back!

Please enjoy this photo of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which "Kev" thinks is beautiful.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Friday's HOT Guy...

¡Es viernes!, C'est vendredi!, Es ist Freitag!, É sexta-feira!, Simply stated, "It's FRIDAY!"

Some things in this world are universal...Everyone LOVES Friday and everyone LOVES a HOT Guy...

Today's "HOT Guy" is "Survivor: Palau's" Jeff Wilson... While "Kev" does not care for reality television, except for "Project Runway," "American Idol," "The Apprentice," "Big Brother," "Skating With The Stars," "Dancing With The Stars," "Cooking With The Stars," "Shopping With The Stars," "Sleeping With The Stars," "Growing Up Gotti," and, well, "Survivor" (I'm an addict, I admit it...) he couldn't pass up featuring Jeff as this week's HOT Guy...

Jeff is a 23-year-old personal trainer from Ventura, California and was the 6th castmate voted off the island in episode 3.

Watch the new season of "Survivor: Cook Islands," as the "tribes" are divided by racial lines, Thursdays at 8 p.m. (Eastern & Pacific) on CBS.

To Jeff, THANKS for being so damn HOT!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Who Would Kev Do?

It's Thursday everybody! One more day until, you guessed it, "Friday's HOT Guy..." We are not even sure who will be featured this week (it's a secret) and the suspense is killing us! We can't wait! Actually, "Kev" often does not choose the "Friday HOY Guy" until he sits down to post, so it's really anyone's guess.

Today, however, we (again, I) thought we would feature model Heidi Klum... Isn't she pretty? We realize that "Kev" has one or two "straight" male readers and we do not want these chaps to feel overlooked, left behind, or like the red-headed step children that they are here at "Kev's Gay Corner." So for you, our heterosexual male readers, whoever you are, we pledge to highlight "HOT Gal's" (but not on Fridays) that "Kev" would "do" (OK, just making a "funny" here) "date" or "marry" if he were straight...

Let me just say, I LOVE Heidi! She's a babe, right? (I also LOVE the get up she has going on and would like to borrow it one day.) I am addicted to "Project Runway" and love when Heidi says, "You're either in...or you're out..."

Please enjoy this photo of Heidi. Check your local listings for "Project Runway" on BRAVO.

"Kev" will be back on Friday with another "HOT Guy..."

Until then, bon soir friends...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bringing Sexy Back

Today is the day we have all been waiting for... Justin Timberlake's latest CD, "FutureSex/LoveSounds," featuring, "SexyBack," is now available in stores (scream)!

The photo above is, yes, "Kev" in the early '70's. You see, I have already posted a picture of Justin, so instead of "overexposing" him here at the "Corner," I thought I would just put one up of myself back when I was Justin's age.

(I can't wait to see how "sexy" Justin is at 40...Bitter? Maybe...)

Other news of the day...You may have heard that Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, who was just 20 years old, died over the weekend. It is always very sad to me when a young person loses their life. While I don't think Anna stops in here at "Kev's Corner," all of us here (OK, I am still the only one here) is very sorry to learn this news and our hearts, again, just mine, goes out to her...

"Kev" would like to "rant" a bit, something he really isn't comfortable doing (at least here at the "Corner"). I would like to announce that I no longer support P.E.T.A, "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" and would like back the $25.00 I have so generously donated over the past 25 years... OK, "Kev" has actually donated more than that to their cause, but nobody here needs to know "Kev's" business, except for "Kev's" accountant. These P.E.T.A. people are simply nuts. I liken them to Marshall Applewhite's "Heaven's Gate" cult. Remember them? They died, by committing suicide, while waiting for a spaceship to pick them up.

I was first "upset" with P.E.T.A. when they threw flour on Paris Hilton because she wore fur during a runway modeling gig. While "Kev" loves ALL living creatures, (especially blonde, muscular beach types), won't kill a bug and am opposed to any practice that causes harm and torture to any living thing, I do not like P.E.T.A.'s tactics.

Earlier this year P.E.T.A. bid on an auction for a dinner with singer Beyonce, and won, for the sole purpose of berating her for also wearing fur.

You may have heard yesterday that a P.E.T.A. representative issued the following statement about Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin...

"He made a career out of antagonizing frightened wild animals," says PETA's Dan Mathews, "which is a very dangerous message to send to kids." Mathews sniffs that Irwin's career wasn't particularly impressive – at least not to him: "If you compare him with a responsible conservationist like Jacques Cousteau, he looks like a cheap reality TV star."

This was the straw that broke the camel's back P.E.T.A!

Please, do not support P.E.T.A.! Divert any funds you would contribute to P.E.T.A. to community-based, no kill animal shelters in your area whose proceeds are used solely for the care and welfare of animals in need. Or send your money to "Kev" so he can buy Justin's new CD.

"Kev" will be back later in the week with "lighter" topics that aim to please...Until then, take care (and remember, P.E.T.A. = BAD, NOT sexy).

Monday, September 11, 2006

Trouble In Shangri-La...

HEY EVERYBODY! Welcome back to the "Corner!" I hope this post finds you well. "Kev" is writing to you from the beach, which is simply astounding. I would like to say I wish you were all here, but frankly the beach is already a little overcrowded, so I am glad you aren't. You should, however, visit the beach as often as you can, but let's coordinate so we aren't all here at the same time, unless we are planning a vacation together, which sounds fun to me, and in that case, I say, "LET'S GO TO THE B-E-A-C-H!" Tonight's sunset was beautiful...

Everyone knows that this is the 5th anniversary of 9/11. I have to say, I really struggled with what, if anything, to write about today. If you stopped in at the "Corner" a bit earlier, you would have read a different post. I didn't, however, feel right about trivializing this important day in history (simply by not addressing it), nor do I feel that I have anything prolific to impart on anyone who happens to stop in. What's a gay to do?

I don't think anyone will ever forget where they were on 9/11 or who they were with or what they were doing. Like this September 11th, "Kev" was traveling on business and was very very far away from home. I was traveling with a then new customer. Every 9/11, we email one another (there were 7 of us traveling together) just to say hello and to remember that time we spent together, watching the events unfold, and then winding our way back, in a van, from Dallas to San Francisco.

Stevie Nicks (you saw this coming, right?) was on tour in September 2001 promoting her "Trouble In Shangri-La" CD. When the World Trade Center was attacked, Stevie was nearby, sleeping, at the Waldorf-Astoria. When Stevie learned what had happened, instead of making her escape, she stayed and delivered sandwiches (ordered from Waldorf-Astoria room service) to rescue workers.

When I listen to, "Trouble In Shangri-La," which is also the title track of the CD Stevie was on tour promoting (which "Kev" saw 7 times), I still get goose bumps (very gay ones, I am sure) because the lyrics, although written before September 11th, seem to speak of the attack on New York's World Trade Center. Every time I hear this song, I think of the many people who lost their lives, as well as those who "walked away" and the overall sadness that loomed over our country at that time...

"But the promise has been broken
As you walk through the shadow of death
You try to see no evil
But you are heartbroken
You say, dear God, make it stop!

Before the dawn of separation
Brings up the wind
Rises around you
I hear there's trouble in Shangri-La
Pillars of color
Trouble in Shangri-La
I make accommodations for you

I guess we don't believe
That things could go that far
We all believe in people...
That we think believe in God
Somewhere in the night...
Someone feels the pain
The ones who walk away
Try to love again..."

"Kev" was fortunate NOT to have known a single person that perished as a result of 9/11. I hope this is the same for you, whomever you are.

From the beach, good night...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sunday Sermon

It's Sunday! Turn off the alarm clock, sleep in and skip church because all of the inspiration you will need this week is right here at "Kev's Corner" my friend...

Welcome to the first, and probably last, installment of "Kev's Sunday Sermon." "Kev" (again, that's me) has never been a deep thinking, advice-giving gay. When turned to for direction or a shoulder to lean on, "Kev" often says, "Do what YOU think is best," "You know what is right for YOU," "Tow the line," "What would YOU do if asked the same question," "Why are YOU asking ME." If you are like "Kev," you will do what you want anyway and not heed the advice you are given. And really, aren't all answers found from within? If these don't work, use the advice my Grandmother imparted on us, which has been in our family for generations, an heirloom of sorts, which is, "Wish in one hand" and, well, you know what to do in the other...

However, when the situation demands something with a little more depth and verve, and a simple one-liner won't cut it, it's time to channel the infinite wisdom of Pop's reigning matriarch, Madonna. (Which is also fitting since today is Sunday, and, well Madonna is a biblical figure as well...) Now pay attention kids because I am about to share an invaluable "secret" I learned as a young gay, which is the technique of quoting Madonna lyrics. I learned this while working on my Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Illinois (at Chicago)* and it was worth every cent in tuition, or as I say, "queen's ransom." It is ALWAYS effective and more often than not, your listener will not even know what you are doing. Madge (that's what they call her in England) has volumes of hits that address almost each and every situation you will ever encounter throughout the course of your life. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a manager of people, the Pope, or just a loser out on a Saturday night, this will work for you...

My personal favorite, inspirational, advice-giving song, is "Express Yourself" from the 1989 hit album, "Like A Prayer."

Here are some of the lyrics (with techniques you can, and should, use) -

You don't need diamond rings
Or eighteen karat gold (you can also switch this up with something you know the listener THINKS they need, like food or water)
Fancy cars that go very fast
You know they never last, no, no (believe me, THAT'S true..Mine has been in the shop 3 times since April, now the damn sun-roof won't close)
What you need is a big strong hand (or a puppy)
To lift you to your higher ground
Make you feel like a queen on a throne
Make him love you till you can't come down
(You'll never come down)

Long stem roses are the way to your heart (again, feel free to edit as needed - if you know the listener prefers daisies, then say daisies here)
But he needs to start with your head
Satin sheets are very romantic (this is a little dated - people don't sleep on satin sheets anymore - they're creepy - instead, say, "The Hotel Collection Sheets from Macy's are very romantic", and trust me, I have them and they are...)
What happens when you're not in bed
You deserve the best in life (really, YOU do...)
So if the time isn't right then move on (say this line twice for emphasis - it's very empowering)
Second best is never enough (throw in a curse word here, like "damn it" to really make the listener think you care)
You'll do much better baby on your own (then pat them on the head and say, "feel better?")

* "Kev" actually did not complete the Master's program at UIC and dropped out (i.e., was asked to leave) after just one semester although he was the best in his class at mastering this technique in the "Listen Like You Care" & "Words To Inspire Others" modules.

Madge is currently in Europe, promoting her latest album/CD, "Confessions On A Dance Floor" in her "Confessions" tour. (The U.S. leg of the tour has ended.) The CD is AWESOME.

To watch Madonna's "Express Yourself" video, click PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC GAY BOY (and practice the techniques you have learned so you can inspire yourself and others).

Finally, from all of us down here at the "Corner", we say, "Make it a G-R-E-A-T week," "Express Yourself (damn it)," and "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant..." OK - "Kev" stole that from Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson, who died in 1894 but I don't think he will mind.

"Kev's" Post Script:
For "comedic effect," "Kev" indicated that he "dropped out" or was "asked to leave" his Master's program. He actually completed one year, received, yes, this is true, straight A's, but left to pursue another career path...I felt the need to disclose the truth since my (very lovely) middle school teacher reads this and I did not want her to think she educated a dummy...

Saturday, September 09, 2006


Bonjour, guten Morgen, buenos días, доброе утро, Good Morning!

I wanted to share the article below, as reported by "People" magazine, which only elevates Brad, or as I affectionately call him, B-RAD, in my eyes. Enjoy...

Brad Pitt says that he and Angelina Jolie will get married – when all couples can legally wed.

"Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able," the actor tells Esquire magazine for its October issue. Of course, the couple are already living in domestic bliss with their three children, Shiloh, who was born in May, Maddox, 5, and Zahara, 1. Of the older two children, whom Jolie adopted and Pitt is in the process of legally adopting, the 42-year-old actor says the fact that they aren't his biological children doesn't set them apart from their sister, Shiloh. "They're as much of my blood as any natural born, and I'm theirs," Pitt tells the magazine, which hits newsstands Sept. 19. "That's all I can say about it. I can't live without them. So: Anyone considering (adoption), that's my vote."

And Pitt says he's a pretty laid back dad. "I try not to stifle them in any way," he says. "If it's not hurting anyone, I want them to be able to explore. Sometimes that means they're quite rambunctious." Still, Pitt, who's next film is the drama Babel, says communication is the key with kids: "I feel it's really important to have that time to sit and talk to them," he continues. "I really like that last minute before they fade off. And always give them a heads-up before you jerk them out of something. You need to tell them, like, 'You have three more minutes.'"

Friday, September 08, 2006

Friday's HOT Guy...

This week's "HOT Guy..." is actor Christian Slater...While I haven't seen ANY of his movies, he is one of my FAVORITE actors! (wink & giggle)

"Kev" did catch his performance as "McMurphy" in the stage version of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" last spring in London. (He was, well, "HOT" AND a little crazy.)

To learn more (or basically something) about Christian, visit his unofficial fan site by clicking HERE.

From all of us here at the "Corner," "HAPPY FRIDAY!" and to Christian, THANKS for being so damn HOT!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Welcome Back To The Corner!

Hello Friends & Strangers! Welcome back! We've missed you! After a two day "sabbatical," (yes, we learned a LOT while we were away, didn't we?) we are back online to reprise "Kev's Corner."
First, I must admit that I pulled the BLOG in haste when I thought it was the source resulting in a not-so-nice email to my Grandmother regarding her eBay items (which was so NOT cool, because she sells high quality merchandise). Turns out, the source of that email has been determined as a former online Scrabble player who ALWAYS lost to my Grandmother (a real, well, you can fill in a derogatory word of your choice, but I choose "wanker" because it's British, and, well, I love the British) and not a "Kev's Corner" reader... So this SOB is a real friggin' (insert your word here or use mine, which is again, "wanker").

The incident, however, has forced "Kev" to reflect on what is and isn't appropriate to share on a public BLOG and future posts will reflect that, i.e., I have removed my phone number and those of yours that I had posted... "Kev" has also decided that it may not be possible to share something witty, clever or note-worthy each and every day. It is a LOT of pressure, again, like being Miss America, and he simply does not have that kind of time. "Kev" has been asked, OK, warned, to stop "blogging" during office hours, although his coworkers LOVED "DinnerBack," "Kev's" rip off of Justin Timberlake's new hit, "SexyBack," especially when performed live with a few dance steps.

In closing, our goal is to make "Kev's Corner" a place you will want to stop in every now and again, just to "sit a spell," perhaps once a week. Use your good judgment - you wouldn't stop in at a neighbor's house unannounced every day, now would you? (And please...take off your shoes.)

Remember - your comments, content corrections and ideas are ALWAYS welcomed here at the "Corner".

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Mixed Fruit

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen! Welcome back to the "Corner!" Today's installment, titled, "Mixed Fruit" is a melange of topics floating about in "Kev's" head... No earth shattering revelations but that's what CNN, Discovery Channel and your local church are for, right?

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, this weekend is "Black Gay Pride 2006" here in Atlanta. "Kev" did his part last night to help in the celebration. By this I mean, I had several peach margaritas (which is my favorite drink, not just for Black Gay Pride 2006) and shouted "HAPPY BLACK PRIDE" to every African-American (gay/straight, I didn't care) that happened to cross my path. I also displayed the infamous "BLACK POWER" fist as a sign of solidarity. I uttered a couple of times, "I too have a dream" (except it is about meeting teen queen, Hilary Duff, because she is SO cute). Anyway, from the looks over at "Bulldogs" (a gay bar catering to African-American men) a good time was had by all...

Next up... The post about my Grandparents has generated the most "buzz..." Yes, my Grandmother is very special and it is for this reason that, with her permission, I would like to share some of her words of wisdom. Her words have helped shape "Kev" into the gay he is. Before I do that, I wanted to mention that we spoke on the phone this week and she informed me that she stopped making fudge after the last batch she sent me had a hair in it. She asked me why I didn't mention that on the blog (she is so SILLY).

Anyway, here are my Grandmother's words of wisdom for this week...

My mother always said, "wish in one hand and shit in the other - see which one gets the fullest!" But I never tried that because I'm not that dumb! I know which one would get the fullest! HA HA!

Thanks Grandma, that is VERY good advice. I won't shit in my hand either (Love ya!).

Finally, over the past several years, "Kev" has picked up the habit of renaming, or giving "pet" names to people who are near and dear to him (probably a sign of getting old). This started with my BFF, Donna, in Phoenix. While I will write about Donna soon (once I receive her signed release form), her name just does not encompass all that she is, so cute and full of moxie, so I changed it to "Kitten" (which is strange because I hate cats, I am allergic to them, they shed too much, and as my Grandfather told me, would eat you if they were big enough). Anyway, I have never liked nicknames for myself, including being called, believe it or not, "Kev." My Aunt Edith used to call me "Casper The Friendly Ghost" (she too was saying, "you're gay") although she does not recall calling me this. (She drinks a lot. She used to also say, "Kevin, Kevin, you stink to high Heaven" but that's before the age of 5 when I wasn't potty trained...) I think she also referred to me as "Tinky-Winky" the purple (gay) Tele-Tubby, but I cannot confirm this as of print time this afternoon. Oddly enough, I now LOOK like Casper, so perhaps she wasn't that far off. Anyway, last night I came home through the lobby and the concierge, who is always the most friendly, said, "Hey hey! It's Denny Terrio!" (Remember Denny Terrio from the '70's hit, "Dance Fever?") I said, "Hey, Tyrone. Why are you calling me Denny Terrio?" He said, "Oh, it's not just me. We ALL call you Denny Terrio." "Why?" I asked. (I don't even have hair and Denny Terrio had LOTS of hair. Apparently, there are cameras in the elevators that the concierge can view from the concierge desk and "Kev" has been caught with his iPod on more than one occasion. (It's a LONG ride to the top...) I told Tyrone, "HAPPY BLACK PRIDE" and walked away. I will have him fired in the morning.

Click HERE to hear the theme song from "Casper The Friendly Ghost" and enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Happy Black Gay Pride!

Greetings friends! Saturday is upon us once again. We hope the skies are blue wherever you are (unless you are in Europe, and in that case, the sun should have set on this day by now, and if it hasn't, you should be VERY concerned).

This weekend is "Black Gay Pride" here in Atlanta. I would like to give a "shout out" or "props" to my African-American brethren (although I don't have any, which is strange considering the demographics of this town, and given the fact that I am NOT a racist, although I have never dated a black guy either, although if Tyson calls, that might change). Anyway, my men of color, "Happy Pride!" Please drink responsibly and wear your condoms! AIDS is currently the #7 killer of black guys, right after homicide (or homocide, as I call it), which is a TRUE statistic. I am NOT poking fun at the drug dealers, pimps or ghetto fabulous "gangsta" thugs associated with the African-American culture.

Today is an anniversary of sorts here at "Kev's Corner." Yes, the post you are reading at this very moment (unless someone is reading it to you, and in that case, you would be listening to, unless you aren't paying attention, which is really sort of rude) is #30!

I have to say, I didn't think maintaining a blog would be as time consuming as it actually is. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce these posts, although it may not appear that way from the content. It is for this reason that "Kev" would like to turn over the reigns, if you will, to a guest "blogger" for a day or two, or even a week. You too can be "Kev" for a day (although you don't need to be bald). I know many of you who read "Kev's Corner" are FAR FUNNIER than "Kev" - you are all actually my "muses" and I know the other readers would enjoy getting to know you too. So if you are interested in posting your own "Friday's HOT Guy" (or gal), or talking about your high school crush, or even writing about your fabulous Grandparents or how you celebrated "Black Gay Pride 2006" (really, you can write about ANYTHING), now is your chance! "Kev" is currently accepting contributions. Of course, you will not be compensated except with a heart-felt "thank you" for getting this monkey off my back for a day or two...

"Kev" has also added a site meter (effective September 1, 2006) to track activity to the "Corner" (cause if no one is reading this, I am just a loser at a computer, wasting my time...). If you are curious about the sites stats, scroll to the bottom of the page to see how many visitors there have been to "Kev's Corner." ("Kev's" visits to the site are not tracked.)

To help us celebrate #30, click HERE, turn the volume WAY UP, and watch the Scissor Sisters perform "Filthy/Gorgeous" which is "Kev's" favorite... Lyrics provided below so you can sing along...

For maximum viewing pleasure, we suggest you expand to "full screen" mode by selecting the appropriate icon.

(You will need to select "Real Player" or "Windows Media")

Oh you're filthy
And I am gorgeous
When you're walking down the street
And a man tries to get your business
And the people that you meet
Want to open you up like Christmas
You gotta wrap your fuzzy with a big red bow and know some
bitch gonna treat me like a ho
I'm a classy honey kissy huggy lovey dovey ghetto princess
Cuz you're filthy (filthy)
Ooooh, and I'm gorgeous (gorgeous)
Cuz you're filthy (filthy_
Ooooh, and I'm gorgeous (gorgeous)
You're disgusting
Ooooh, and you're nasty
And you can grab me
Ooooh, cuz you're nasty
When you're runnin' from a trick
And you trip on a hit of acid
You gotta work for the man
But your biggest moneymakers' flaccid
You gotta keep your shit together
With your feet on the ground
There ain't no one gonna listen
If you haven't made a sound
You're an acid junkie college flunky dirty puppy daddy bastard
Cuz you're filthy (filthy)
Ooooh, and I'm gorgeous (gorgeous)
Cuz you're filthy (filthy)
Ooooh, and I'm gorgeous
You're disgusting
Ooooh, and you're nasty
And you can grab me
Ooooh cuz you're nasty

Friday, September 01, 2006

Friday's HOT Guy...

If you happened to stop in at "Kev's Corner" earlier today, you would have seen actor Robert Gant as this week's "HOT Guy." While Robert is awfully HOT, I just didn't have much to say about him (sorry Robert...). That being said, I have decided to write about what is really on my mind...

Next month, "Kev" will be attending his (hold onto your skirts) 20th high school reunion! I can't believe it either, especially because I am only 25-years-old...

Preparations have been in the works (no thanks to "Kev") for what seems like decades now and the big event is just weeks away. Nothing else has made me feel older than pondering this upcoming reunion. Again, I am just 25-years-old... As part of the celebration, a website was created where classmates can respond to questions and post pictures of themselves and their families. It has been a lot of fun reading everyone's responses. Although, let me tell you, most of the replies have been LAME, a lot of these people are NOT pretty and, well, their lives really have been less "FAB U LOUS than "Kev's", at least on paper. Yes, what I am saying is that most of them are Toby Keith loving losers, as they were 20 years ago. "Kev" is, of course, just JOKING (please don't sue me).

Anyhoo, here are SOME of "Kev's" responses to the questionnaire that appears on the reunion website (which will also appear in a commemorative book). Names have been abbreviated to avoid pissing anyone off...

My Marital Status Is: Single (unfortunately)

Colleges Attended: Elmhurst College and University of Illinois at Chicago

Degrees Received: BA in Social Work (VERY useful...NOT)

What Are Your Memories Of High School (i.e., secret crush, favorite teacher): I still have dreams, bad ones, that I can't find my locker or remember the combination and that my life is a perpetual "10th Hour" (which, for those of you who don't know, is a form of punishment via exercise). My "secret crush" Freshmen and Sophomore years was Kirsten P. (now Z.). She was beautiful. Golden locks and eyes like stars. My "secret crush" Junior and Senior years was Bob B.. He was beautiful. Golden locks and eyes like stars. *Disclaimer - I did not and do not know Bob B.. Any reference to my "secret crush" on Bob does not imply that he, like me, is a 'mo or that he in turn had a "secret crush" on me. Please don't beat me up or send me hate mail unless your mail includes a picture of Bob. My favorite teacher in high school was Monsieur Harding... He used to write me notes in French (that I still can't read).

Messages You Would Like To Post-
Anyone seen Bob?

You got it... This week's HOT Guy is high school "secret crush", Bob B. who was very SEXY. Bob was the captain of the football team AND the Homecoming King. "Kev" L-U-V-E-D him...

Finally, since I cannot post a link of my 1986 "tribute" song to Bob for you to hear, you know, the one that would play in my head when I would see him in the locker room, after gym class, or running laps around the school track, I am simply providing the lyrics (modified slightly). The song, like Bob, is quite beautiful...

You with the sad eyes
Don't be discouraged
Oh, I realize
It's hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small
But I see your true colors
Shining through (Bob)
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you (Bob)
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow (a big, gay rainbow)
Show me a smile then (Bob)
Don't be unhappy, can't remember
When I last saw you laughing (I think it was 20 years ago though)
If this world makes you crazy (Bob)
And you've taken all you can bare
You call me up (although an email or IM is OK too...)
Because you know I will be there (except I am traveling A LOT in September and October)
And I'll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you (Bob)
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow (a big gay rainbow)

Cyndi Lauper, "True Colors" (1986)
Additional lyrics provided courtesy of "Princess"
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