That's right. I went to a drag show.  If you've read any of the posts from years ago, you may have noticed that I'm not a fan of drag shows.  I've often found them to be degrading and insulting to the trans community.  Of course, I was watching drag shows done by college students...specifically the college students at UWEC.  Needless to say those weren't very good.

The show I saw on Saturday night was performed by a group of professionals that put on these shows regularly.  There wasn't an offensive aspect of them at all.  For the first time, I was able to see the statement that drag shows were intended to make.  I had a good time.  A few years ago...I don't think you'd hear me say that.

This show was a little different.  It was a drag king show.  For those of you that don't know, a drag king is a female identified person that dresses as a male identified person.  As with any drag show, the goal is to make fun of stereotypes while entertaining the viewers.  The performances were fun and I laughed a lot.  I have two friends that are directly involved with the group, and they were also thrilled to see me there.  I believe the statement made when I came in the door was "YOU FINALLY CAME!!!".  Haha.

I was invited to go to the show by my friend Tracy, of whom is awesome.  She's nerdtastic like I am.  She knew so many people there.  I'm not very connected to the community here at all.  I felt a little awkward, but turns out I know many of the performers.  I shot the video for the wedding of my two friends that are members.  So I saw a lot of the performers there.  I doubt they'd remember me though.  One or two did, which was nice. :)

After the show, Tracy decided to go to the after party.  So I went with.  I haven't been out to a bar in ages.  Aside from the usual cloud of smoke, it was fun.  In fact, I ran into a friend there.  Kate, a girl I met on myspace about a year and a half ago, was also there.  Oddly, despite us living near each other and being friends for so long, we'd never actually met in person before.  It was really cool getting to say hi and talk for once.  Turns out we have good in person chemistry.  It's always the worst when you have a friend from online, and in person you have nothing to say.  She'd like to get coffee sometime.  I'll take her up on that.  It'd be nice to have another friend to hang out with in the area.

The other random thing that happened...the drag group has a person shooting video of the events with a Sony HDV prosumer grade camera.  It's a V1U type variety.  I've used them before.  I was eyeing it up, and later on I said hi to the camera girl.  We chatted and she gave me her business card.  Later, she was at the after party, and we got to talking.  She seemed really nice.  We chatted a lot about the biz and what kind of work we do.  It was a good conversation, and I think she likes me.  She told me to e-mail or call.  So I will.  Though it'll be difficult if she is interested.  As I pointed out in an earlier post...I'm not really dating.

I've started work on the next podcast.  I set up a more standard format as suggested by my friend Mike.  I think it'll work very well.  I also have started brainstorming future podcasts. I'm thinking it'll be fun to start doing series of podcasts on one subject. one episode, expand on the concept the next, and complete the issue on the third.  There's so much to talk about, and it's hard to pick each one.

Oh I have to write about this since it's so karmic.  I tend to make myself nice meals on the weekends.  I figure, I have the time, I'm relaxed, and well...I need good food once in a while, right?  So Saturday I set out to make myself some szechuan beef and chicken.  I found a great recipe online and went out and got the few ingredients I needed.  It took me about two hours to prepare with the mincing of the ginger root, garlic, chopping up all the vegetables, slicing up the meat, etc.  It was one of the best meals I've ever made though.  I had to have a kleenex box on the table with me because my nose was running due to the spiciness.  Holy crap was it awesome.

Sunday night I decided to make myself a Chicken ranch pizza since I don't make those often.  I started making the crust dough in my bread machine, and for once, it wasn't turning out very well.  The recipe was short on water.  That was an omen right there.  I used the dough anyway.  I prepared the pizza like I always do, but this time, it got very overcooked.  What a waste! I ate the food anyway, but it wasn't the most fantastic thing ever.  What a contrast between Saturday and Sunday!

I've been fighting with Scarlet lately.  She's been being naughty.  I can't seem to get her to stay out of the couch.  She climbs inside thinking its a play area, and she chews on parts of it.  She's surrounded by all the mechanicals of the couch too.  So it's not very safe in there.  She's not quite associating getting put in the bathroom by herself with what she did yet.  I think I may have to get some animal repellent and put it in the couch on a rag or something.  I need to somehow associate negativity with it.  If you have other suggestions, let me know.

I've had a lot of ideas lately for site designs.  I get very frustrated trying to see them into fruition.  My perfectionism holds me back as usual.  I can't get it to look exactly as I see it in my head, and due to that, I get discouraged.  I'll press on though.  It'll just take me longer.  I know what colors I'm going to use for my site design.  It's going to be a much brighter palette than is there now.  I think once I get it done, I'll feel a lot better.

OK. I better leave it here.  This post is almost as long as "Twitterpated".  Sorry's still not 1337 words long.  I'm short by a couple hundred.  Maybe next time. :)