My Favorite Dallas TV Shows

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I’ve discovered Dallas TV shows.

Apparently there was a boom of filming here about 3 years ago, which makes me wonder whether I moved to Dallas after it was a fad.

Am I late to the party?

Is Dallas no longer a thing?

There is something endlessly fascinating about seeing your city on TV.

I had this experience while living in Miami, but not so much in Minneapolis. (When was the last major Minneapolis TV show? Mary Tyler Moore? Rehab Addict?)

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The film version of Miami is exaggerated and ridiculous.

A consistent error is that movies and TV shows tend to compress all of South Florida into one miniature city. Characters will often go from South Beach to Palm Beach within minutes, despite the 75 mile gap in real life. Also, traffic doesn’t appear to exist on the TV version of Miami. This often makes the shows too distracting to watch.

One thing that filmmakers get right about Miami is the collection of bizarre characters. You can’t make that shit up. Continue reading “My Favorite Dallas TV Shows” »

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What I learned from my first paid blog post

Nestle Crunch Cocktails

So my campaign for Nestlé® Crunch® is wrapping up, and a few people have asked me about the background story.

Why do a campaign at all?

This blog is officially a decade old, and I’ve used it to generate revenue in the past. Although my intention was never to become a full-time blogger, generating cash from the blog means that it is a financially self-sustaining hobby.

Also, revenue from the blog is a great quality assurance tool.

You know that you are (probably) producing something of value if someone is willing to pay to do it.

Cal Newport explores this “playing for money” concept in “So Good They Can’t Ignore You,” if anyone is interested. The gist is if you want to get better at your hobby, get paid for it.

This blog previously generated revenue solely from Google Ads, but that became increasingly unprofitable around 2014. Now, affiliate marketing is the best low-level source of revenue for most personal blogs. Continue reading “What I learned from my first paid blog post” »

Oak Lawn

Dallas Pride 2015

Alyssa Edwards at iLume Dallas

Dallas Pride was this weekend and things were interesting.

All the typical things happened –  there were drag queens, ridiculous outfits, sloppy messes, and brawling lesbians.

Unlike Minneapolis gay pride or Chicago gay pride, I got to experience this parade as a resident. My building is right in the heart of the metroplex’s gay district, so I didn’t have any of the typical logistics to worry about.

My building also threw a block party for residents with a drag stage and open bar. My neighbors and I spent most of our time watching from our gated-off VIP section on the parade route.

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Dancing at the iLume Block Party at Dallas Pride.

Shots from Strangers

In addition to the open bar, there were also these guys from a local HIV resource center walking around handing out jello shots. I think they overestimated the number of party attendees, so they ended up giving 10+ shots to each person.
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Just Sayin, Life

Why you need a face pic to chat


“Dating” apps are a fact of life for most single gay men.

Although these apps can be entertaining, they are mostly just reminders about how terrible people are.

There are many creeps, bots, and boogeymen on gay dating apps, but the most confusing character is the guy who is genuinely confused about why people won’t chat with him before receiving a face picture.

I normally just block these clowns, but sometimes I do some #gaysplaining: Continue reading “Why you need a face pic to chat” »

Just Sayin, Life

White Stonewall


Stonewall comes out tomorrow and people are pissed.

My Facebook feed has been full of complaints about the Stonewall movie ever since the trailer came out.

The most common objection to the film (or at least the trailer) is that it focuses on the fictional story of an attractive, square-jawed blonde guy.

This is supposedly problematic because the real heroes of Stonewall were a diverse collection of drag queens, lesbians, transgender individuals, and ethnic/racial minorities.

But here we have these diverse historical figures relegated to bit roles while we focus on a classically handsome white male.

My response? Of course it stars a white guy.

Hollywood is dominated by white males. That’s how we get ridiculous moments like Matt Damon explaining diversity to Effie Brown on Project Greenlight. (Effie is also the only person in the room who isn’t a white male.) Continue reading “White Stonewall” »