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Miami, Minnesota, and Dallas: How I spent my 20’s

A view of Bank of America Tower from the Omni in downtown Dallas.

This week I undertook the humbling task of reviewing all of my blog entries. 

This blog stretches back to my freshman year of college, so there are a lot of great (and not-so-great) memories archived in these pages.

Here’s a look at how I spent the last decade or so, from Miami to Minneapolis, and then down to Texas.

Miami Beach

We start in Miami — there were long days in the library, bad drag shows, and misadventures in Little Havana.

Then there was the move to Minnesota, where I started law school and lived in a frat house during my first semester. Continue reading “Miami, Minnesota, and Dallas: How I spent my 20’s” »

Oak Lawn

The busker

The street dancer's platform shoes.

The street performers in Oak Lawn vary — from real musicians and performers to people in the middle of drug-induced episodes.

We recently came across a fabulous Michael Jackson-like performer who reminded me of Disco Stu from South Beach

Disco Stu was this fabulous greasy-haired busker who was well-known on Lincoln Road. He had bedazzled platform shoes and an old boombox that blasted oldies. I saw him almost every weekend in college. Continue reading “The busker” »

memories Oak Lawn

Moving out of the gayborhood

Lightning above the Trinity River in Dallas

I finally moved out of the gayborhood.

This move was yet another tedious experience in which I was confronted by dog hair balls, poor purchasing choices, and clothes that no longer fit.

One unexpected aspect of this move was the rain — I was leaving Ilume Park with a carload of stuff when the sky just collapsed all around me.

Here’s what it looked like in a video posted by a local weatherman:

A video of a "rain foot" over downtown Dallas.

A video of a “rain foot” over downtown Dallas.

The technical term is a “rain foot” or downburst, but it really felt like the hurricanes that I left in Miami.

I then made the great life choice of getting on the Tollway during the downpour. Several of the low points in the highway were flooded and traffic was reduced to a single lane. One guy driving a beamer attempted to blast through the flood waters and got stuck. I made it to the new apartment however. Continue reading “Moving out of the gayborhood” »

Dallas

Inwood Village

The Inwood theatre in Dallas, Texas

After two years in Dallas, there are still many neighborhoods that I either have not been to, or haven’t meaningfully explored.

University Park is one of those places. Despite being just on the other side of Highland Park, I rarely venture to this independent Dallas neighborhood.

So accidentally coming across Inwood Village recently felt like a special surprise even though some of my neighbors shop there on a weekly basis. (Inwood Village is a shopping center in Dallas immediately outside of University Park.)
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Sliding into Summer (and bar prep!)

Downtown Dallas near the Omni Hotel

Summertime is nigh.

Rising temperatures and tornado outbreaks mean that springtime is almost over in Dallas.

My days are zipping by quickly with extremely early work mornings and a demanding bar prep schedule, but I’m still making time to walk the dogs and hit up the usual gayborhood spots with friends.

Cassie Nova hosting a drag show at S4 nightclub in Dallas.

Cassie Nova hosting a drag show at S4 nightclub in Dallas.

Gunter and Ingrid on a dog walk in the Perry Heights section of the gayborhood.

Gunter and Ingrid on a dog walk in the Perry Heights section of the gayborhood.

Comparing our shoes at an Oak Lawn happy hour.

Comparing our shoes at an Oak Lawn happy hour.

Gunter, the chiweenie on our balcony one morning.

Gunter, the chiweenie on our balcony one morning.

Back to studying

I’m sitting for the July bar exam here in Dallas, which means that I’m undergoing the bar prep experience that many of my old classmates did years ago.

Back at Thomson Reuters, my positions were J.D.-preferred, so getting licensed was never a priority. Continue reading “Sliding into Summer (and bar prep!)” »