Monday, March 2, 2015

Salt & Pepper Balls

It's been a couple weeks since I wrote a blog and honestly this is a lot harder then I ever thought. But while doing some "Man-scaping" this past weekend I discovered a very startling thing. As a former twink going through his "transition" to daddy world every new discovery can be very shocking. I work in a very different world compared to most "Americans" - The gay world is an over sexed, grindr filled, and filled with super ripped guys. Don't get me wrong I appreciate this part of our scene because its what fills venues on a weekly basics, but I am not over sexed, grindr filled and super ripped. So does this mean I don't fit in? 

It has taken me YEARS, let me just say that again YEARS to become comfortable as a gay bald man.  (honestly I am not as comfortable as I would like to be and every day is a step in the right direction). After hiding under a hat for many, many years I can finally look in the mirror and see a sexy shaved head man. I have been offered many times to get my hair line fixed but I don't see a point, my hair isn't who I am, nor defines me as a person. I just figured let it fall off... once less thing to do while getting ready. lol But then comes to this new discovery.... ugh! While doing some "man-spacing" I looked down to see 1 very bright white hair... "Salt & Pepper Balls". All I could think was crap-tastic universe.... I didn't even think it was possible for this to happen. When did the days of being a twink die so fast and "age" turns you into a daddy over night! As I trim frantically to hide the truth I think... I can't be the only person going through this or am I?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Story of 1 Dog, 2 Guys & a Pool

This last weekend Caleb and I decided it was time to finally fit the pool cover. But since he is in-love with time-lapse he captured the whole thing. Here is our life.... the Layla show.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Is binge watching the new cable?

As many of you know I moved a few months ago and a few months before that I made the tough choice of letting Dish Network go after almost a decade of service with them. I really didn't watch that much TV anymore (I think moving to a warmer climate helped that ALOT) and didn't see a point of paying Cox $70 a month for internet & Dish $140 for Tv. I mean thats $210 dollars a month...... now with a $60 internet bill, Hulu, Netflix, CBS app, and the Amazon Prime app I pay so much less! Needless to say I don't miss cable at all, but that isn't what this blog is about.

This last weekend I was laying in bed after a DJ set with the man watching my new addiction Sky Fall. I have never even seen the show nor heard of it before amazon tv but omg! haha I guess it was on TNT back in 2009, anyways we are hooked and in a week watched season 1, 2 & just started 3! So my question, is binge watching the new cable? I starting to think so! After a few months of not having cable and pretty much now just streaming everything I don't know if I would ever go back. The only thing I wish I had was faster internet. If you decided to leave your cable tv provider make sure you can get fast internet otherwise this might be a painful choice! I know kinda of a random topic but I think it is kinda crazy how far tv has come (since I remember my grandparent's tv with the wood case lol) and I think its exciting to see technology advance.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Meatless Meals? Spicy Veggie Soup

I have been seeing a lot of articles about Meatless Monday's or just meatless meals in general and it kinda got me thinking. Would I really miss the meat? I am not saying give it up because I don't know if I could live with out a good burger and bacon! But on those week night meals when you don't wanna wait for meat to defrost or eat a bagged meal. This creation came from a craving for spicy shrimp soup. For a few days I had this craving for it and I didn't have shrimp on hand but did have a bunch of veggies. After a few attempts I figured I would share:

Spicy Veggie Soup:

Step 1: Assemble

1 cup - chopped carrots
3 - celery stocks
1 - portabella mushroom
2 tbps - coconut oil (or butter)
1 Package - Premium Rice Noodles
1 tsp - turmerick
1 tsp - cumin
2 tbps - chili garlic sauce
2 tbps - soy sauce
1/2 tsp - sesame seed oil
1 tsp - pepper
3 garlic cloves
1/2 lemon
5 cups - water


Step 2: Chop!





















Step 3: Mushrooms + Coconut Oil - Cook for 5 minutes or until soft.




Step 4: Add Celery, Carrots & start to boil water.





















Step 5: When water is boiling place rice noodles into water & cook for 1 minute under directed time. Right after you add the noodles to the water add your spice blend including garlic too the pan. Half way through the cooking process of the noodles add chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, & stir.


 

Step 6: When the timer for the noodles goes off, kill the heat on both the veggies & the noodles. Your veggies should have a nice char on them but shouldn't be burnt. Give a stir and pour slowly into the noodle water. Squeeze the juice of your halved lemons and place lemons in soup while it cools.



Step 7: After about 5 minutes remove lemons and enjoy!

After the success of this dish it got me excited to experiment with other veggies. Right now I am working on something with cauliflower and when it's ready I will share!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Physical Fitness not the only goal....

In Dec I made a commitment to myself, my partner & my friends. A commitment that doesn't include fitness, travel, or even money. This commitment is about mental health. In 2015 I promised myself that I would be a little more selfish when it comes to working/gigs. As most people now I DJ a lot... weekly, every weekend and every holiday. DJs don't have vacation pay or sick pay... we work when we can and as much as we can. But after almost 7 years of DJings I decided it is time to take 1 Friday or Saturday back a month. To hang out with my friends, to do something spontaneous with my man or hell even be crazy and disappear to Palm Springs for a weekend.

In Dec the commitment started. I took 1 Friday off.... we sat at my house staring at each other, what to do, where do we go, omg this is so weird to not be working. Finally we came up with a plan... walk around my new neighborhood and find something to do. We went out for margs (2 pitchers later), we found ourself at a bowling alley. I haven't bowled since I lived in South Dakota! We are talking 9 years ago.... lets just say I didn't score above a 60 LOL. But the memories and the laughter were well worth it.

So when making your new year resolutions remember they aren't always about money, fitness and travel..... sometimes you need to take a moment from your busy/business life and appreciate what you have around you. Here is a little video:

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2nd Annual Hillcrest Top 25 Requested Videos of 2014

This goes with the audio recording of the Top 25 Requested videos taken by DJ Will Z - Mobile & Hillcrest Social. This is our 2nd annual countdown and we counted over 7,000 requests!! Happy New Year & Enjoy!

2nd Annual Hillcrest Top 25 Requested Videos of 2014:

25. Open Wide
24. We Run The Night
23. #Selfie
22. Wiggle
21. Timber
20. Toxic
19. Blank Space
18. Wobble
17. Summer
16. RAGE
15. Drunk in Love
14. Come on Over
13. Shake it Off
12. Born to Rage
11. G.U.Y.

10. Anaconda
9. Blow (beyonce)
8. Booty
7. Fancy
6. Jealous
5. Replay
4. Partition
3. Work Bitch
2. Break Free
1. Slow Down

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 the year that was....

2014 was a blur of excitement, achievement, exploration and self recognition. I think the easiest way to reflect on the past year is to break it down by seasons, starting with Winter!

Winter: #HIKEIT
I started 2014 off being newly engaged to my partner now of 8 years! Kinda of a crazy feeling... because as a kid I never thought I would ever have that chance. Oh amazing!! In Feb I had the chance to fly home with Caleb to MN where he got to finally experience "cold" (I mean -25 cold) and became godfather to my nephew. What a crazy feeling to lay in your childhood room with your nephew.. where has the time gone (but we can save that for another blog lol). During these months I also discovered a new passion for hiking. We bought a year pass for the so cal state parks and started hiking! I call them "Airplane Mode Sundays" and giving myself a mental break from social media/technology and just finding yourself in the woods is needed!

Spring: #22
Kicked off spring with a bang by having Spring breakers down from MN aka #22! I love having people down and exploring San Diego as if for the first time. Really gives you a sense of how lucky we are to live in this city! But it wouldn't be spring break with out some bing drinking and drunk trolley rides from downtown to la mesa. #22. As soon as the livers recovered it was time for a smokey camping trip for Caleb's bday! So the gay's packed up their lives and headed to the woods for some sleeping on the ground, cooking over a fire, and hiking. Nothing like laughing and bonding with your friends over a fire and not showering for 3 days... oh the memories (but we will leave those stories in the woods). This leaves us with my favorite month of Spring, May! My sister, nephew and her husband came down to visit for 10 days, then soon after was my bday & my mom came down. May was a month of family and adventure! I took my mom to Palm Springs for the 1st time in her life and showed her the "resort life" as we floated with drinks over my bday weekend. Really just perfect.....

Summer: #WERK
When I was a kid, Summer was nothing but relaxing at the lake in northern MN and working on your tan. Now, Summer, is my busiest months of the year for work. I kick off June with Out at The Fair (award winning event) & the OATF Pool Party. This years OATF was incredible!! We set out to prove that we can handle this type of event and blew peoples expectations away! 2015 OATF is only going to be that much better! Right after OATF I jumped on a plane and flew off to Key West for the 1st time in my life. Let's just say it left more then an impression on me.... finding myself on my own island (14 miles off the coast in the middle of the gulf) with just my partner and 2 friends was insane. Taking that moment in life to just light up, relax and enjoy what you have done already in the first 6 months. But as soon as the vacation ended it was time to get back to CA for a crazy month of July! Not even on the ground for 48 hours and back in a DJ booth for 4th of July.... then a week break before the biggest launch yet! Pride 2014 wasn't only amazing for my DJ career (16.5 hr DJ day Saturday of pride) it was time to release Hillcrest Social to the public with a parade viewing party at Flicks. Let's just say with the positive reaction we got something started that day.... something BIG! In between OATF and Out at the Races I had a chance to sneak home and help my sister move out of her apartment and start a new adventure in her life. It was kinda of amazing to show her no matter where I am you can count on me. Out at the Races or OATR was a huge learning process for me. Sad to say there were some horses that passed this season and some in the community took to Facebook to bash me in contrast fb posts about the Races, how this event is horrible, and how the lgbt community shouldn't support it.... with haters comes success. As I stood at OATR under a HUGE cabana, with our own private bar, betting booths, Todd Gloria, our own concession stands and a 3/4 full tent I thought what a success. But it wasn't done there...... there was still the DJ Steve Aoki concert where I danced and partied in a crowd of 17,000! I jumped and danced while he played FREAK & stared up to the sky thinking... this was incredible!

Fall: #THECHANGE
With only 3 weeks of planning and 2 weeks after the OATR I managed/planned the 1st ever DJ Stage at South Bay Pride in Chula Vista. I used part of the OATF team to booked 5 Djs from Hillcrest, 4 drag performances, 2 hosts and help run the stage for the day. The event was waterfront on San Diego Bay and a beautiful back drop of downtown. I had never been to South Bay Pride but I really enjoyed it and hope to do it again next year. After the excitement of Summer was whining down we went full force into Hillcrest Social and creating a brand that would excited and empower the LGBT community here in San Diego. Deciding the best way to gain users is to put in the foot work we got a few photographers to go out weekly and capture the nightlife in Hillcrest. Giving people a real feeling of connection with the app. Giving you not only a place to find whats going on, to be able to share your pictures, chat with people from all over, and help promote local talent (this section is gonna blow people away). But don't worry I still got to sneak in my Halloween party... the last big party in La Mesa before the move. But if you would have told me that night I would be moving soon after I would have told you, you were crazy! haha But it happened and I love it... worth the stress. To be able to start the new year and have a Christmas in a new place was a great feeling.

2014.... I gained some new friends this year and grew apart from some old ones. Nothing against the people who move out of your life, but it happens for a reason. For me personally I felt like I have a path, goals, ambition and can't keep letting the constant negativity pull me away from my goals. I am not jumping into 2015 with any crazy fitness goals because every time I try I end the next year looking the same lol. So instead I decided I want to walk 10,000 steps a day and lift something more then my DJ bag 3 times a week. I eat really healthy and pretty much have cut fast food out 95%... minus those taco shop nights. I want to blog more, share recipes, answer questions and just explore blogging more in the new year. I also want to fly some where international.... so I am on the hunt for a groupon. Here is to 2015, may the year be filled with joy, success and exploration for everyone! Happy New Years. #LastSelfieof2014