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On This Day (July 25th)

On My Birthday, All these things happened. I thought you might find them interesting too!

On This Day: Sunday July 25, 2010

This is the 206th day of the year, with 159 days remaining in 2010.

Feast day of St. Christopher, Saints Thea, Valentina and Paul, St. James the Greater, and St. Magnericus.
Spain: St. James Day.
Costa Rica: Guanacaste Day.
Puerto Rico: Constitution Day.
Tunisia: Republic Day.

1832 – The first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history occurred, on the Granite Railway near Quincy, Massachusetts.
1866 – Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army, the first officer to hold the rank.
1868 – The U.S. Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.
1898 – During the Spanish-American War, U.S. forces launched their invasion of Puerto Rico.
1909 – Louis Bleriot first crossed the English Channel in an airplane.
1917 – Margaretha Zelle, the Dutch spy known as Mata Hari, was sentenced to death.
1943 – Benito Mussolini was forced to resign as Dictator of Italy, bringing an end to the Fascist regime.
1952 – Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.
1956 – The Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm, 45 miles south of Nantucket Island; 51 people died.
1978 – Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England; she’d been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
1978 – Schnik was Born
1984 – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.
2000 – A New York-bound Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris shortly after takeoff, killing all 109 people on board and four people on the ground.
2004 – Lance Armstrong won a record sixth Tour de France bicycle race, in an amazing comeback after his bout with cancer.
2007 – Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India’s first woman president.
2007 – Jeremy Clarkson and James May become the first people to reach the magnetic North Pole in a car.

1844 – Thomas Eakins, American painter.
1937 – Colin Renfrew, British archaeologist.
1954 – Walter Payton, American football player.
1958 – Thurston Moore, American musician.
1967 – Matt LeBlanc, American actor.

1843 – Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and inventor.
1973 – Louis Stephen St. Laurent, 12th Prime Minister of Canada.
1997 – Ben Hogan, American golfer.
2003 – John Schlesinger, British film director.


10 Things

Some people say I don’t talk about myself enough. I know, really? Me? Shy away from talking about myself? Strange, right? So I thought, for all those people, I would write this post for my Birthday, cause Birthdays are supposed to be all about you, right?

These are the 10 things you may or may not know about me.

1: My Favorites:

Flower: Carnation

Gem: Ruby (which is also my birthstone)

Drink (Non-Alcoholic): Sprite

Drink (Alcoholic) “Illusion Water” (Vodka, Malibu, Sprite & Pineapple Juice.

Song: Walking on Sunshine/Katrina and the Waves

Number: 33

Flavors: Mint & Lemon

2: Non Favorites

Vegetable: Brussel Sprouts

Food: Seafood (If it comes from the sea, it don’t go in me)

Smell: Lavender

3: I’m not a big fan of marriage, but if I were to get married, I would want to do it here… (Can you name the place?)

4: When I was growing up, I wanted to be a Chef or a Journalist. Now I think I just love to Eat and Cook, and then tell people about it.
Decadent Desert

5: I came out of the closet when I was 15. My School was the First in Portland Public Schools to have a GSA-type club. It was really nothing more than a place where we kids could congregate and be accepted.My School also had “Cross Dress Day” as one of our “Spirit Days”. See:

Cross Dress Day

6: There is two teachers that really had a super substantial impact on my life, growing up. I think teachers like these are never appreciated enough. One is the reason I love to learn, the other cared enough about me to get me through my High School years. Frank Graham was my science teacher in Middle School. He was everything you would expect in a nutty science teacher. Sadly he was killed in a car accident in 2001. Lorena Dupree was a teacher I had in High School for many Food/Cooking classes. When I ran away from home at 16, she’s the one who tracked me down (though my friends) and convinced me that I should go back home and get down to brass tacks. I do not know where she is now.
New Bike Racks at Franklin High
(The above photo courtesy of Matt Picio, Used under Creative Commons License)

7: In 2002-2003 I ran for and won the title of Mr. Gay Oregon. A fund-raising title that requires travel and leadership in the state. During my year, my Miss and I raised over 15k for various charities. Here’s a picture of me then:
Many Faces Of Me
I was also the cover of the “Community News”, A newspaper in Salem, Oregon for their “Pride” issue.
Community news cover
8: I used to perform in the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the Clinton Street Cabaret. It is the longest continuously-running live/shadow performance cast of the movie in the United States.
Xmas Rocky Horror

9: I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life, I can’t imagine not living here. It’s beautiful. I love the rain, I’m not a fan of the heat or the sun. (Weird since i’m a Leo and was born in the summer, right?) I’ve only travelled to a handful of the United States (WA, OR, CA, UT, NV, ID, MN, WC) and only been out of the country to Canada. Though, I absolutely love Canada, the people there are so wonderful and friendly. I would miss the PacNW too much to leave.
SE cityscape

10: I have some of the best friends in the world. Ones that fill me up when I’m running on empty, ones that make me smile when I’m brewing storm clouds. They’re all very special to me. But I have one friend, who has known me the longest, who knows me probably better than myself. I end this with an interesting story: In 6th grade, my friend Gina (Who was just barely my friend at the time, were walking home and we came to the place where we traditionally parted ways since she had to walk a little farther to get home. She had this “White Out” pen that she had been threatening me with, so I stole it from her and wrote “Hi Gina” on a stop sign pole. She didn’t want her name on the pole, so she made it into “Hi Al” (Quite a talent). Now tonight, on my way home, I ended up driving by my old house and came across that stop sign so I had to stop. It’s been 18 years since that day and I had to check, I was extremely curious… To my surprise, it was still there:
It seems, Friendship, much like white out, is forever. It may fade but it never goes away.

Thanks for reading this far. I know it was a pretty wordy post and I hope you enjoyed learning just a little more about me. Here’s another picture, just for your endurance.


Birthday Music

Every year for my birthday I burn a new CD of songs. This is really scientific, I put a CD in the computer and I ask the computer to shuffle songs from my entire music library to it. This year, this is what is came up with.

1: Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

2: As Heaven Is Wide – Garbage

3: Party All the Time – Black Eyed Peas

4: Fix Me Now – Garbage

5: Nothing’s Going To Stop Us Now – Jefferson Starship

6: Lyudi Invalidy – tATu

7: So Happy I Could Die – Lady Gaga

8: The Cheap Seats – Alabama

9: Tik Tok – Ke$ha

10: Nothin’ At All – Heart

11: You Gotta Get A Gimmick – Bette Midler

12: Strict Machine – GoldFrapp

13: I Like It – Enrique Iglesias

14: Bullet Proof – La Roux

15: La Vie En Rose – Michael Buble

16: Drivin With My High Heels On – Weird Al

17: Rockstar –  Hannah Montana

18: Tell Me Where It Hurts – Garbage

19: In My Head – Jason Derulo

And there it is. If you haven’t heard any of these songs, I suggest you check them out. 🙂

Tomorrow is my birthday. Hooray.

Happy Birthday Bridget…

First, Let me get the pleasantries out of the way:


Some of you may know my Friend Bridget from Twitter: (@BridgetChumbley) or from her Fantastic Blog: “One Word At A Time” (www.bridgetchumbley.com) But I’ve gotten to know (and love) Bridget in many ways outside of Twitter. Of course, I met Bridget, because she puts up with my friend Dale Chumbley (I know, who has the strength to deal with this guy? ) She does, and she does it with grace and humor, which is just about the best way, I think.

While her many roles in life: Wife, Mother, Author, Real Estate Assistant, Taxi Driver, Follower, and Teacher all take so much time, energy and effort, there’s one that comes pretty effortlessly with her and one of my favorites; Friend. Bridget has become one of my dearest friends over the short year I’ve grown to know her and just the quick passing of messages on Twitter, or random pie ups are fantastic, we pass very often like ships in the night. So I wanted to do something a little special for her for her birthday. Though I am fairly certain by doing this, she’ll think I hate her.

Happy 29th Birthday Bridget, I hope it’s special.

bagofbeanies (The Above Photo Courtesy of Aunt Owwee used under Creative Commons Licensing)

Friends! A random night at Pie with Dale & Bridget.

Wizard Of Oz Slots Bridget and I share a certain passion. This slot, suggested by her in Vegas, was only kind to me once. I was disappointed. 😦
No Pictures, please Bridget hates pictures, just as much as I think she hates me right now. 🙂

….And this one, I think this picture is super fantastic. Look at the joy, she’s actually smiling.


If you’re on twitter – Please wish her a Happy Birthday, She surely deserves it. As a fellow Leo, I know she’ll secretly love it. 🙂

And… Here’s a little birthday song, Just for you – Play it all day long. You deserve it.

Holy Crap – Dale Is 40!

Hey there!

My Friend Dale is turning forty today. Although i’ve been teasing him quite mercilessly about turning forty, it’s not without some great deal of merit. Oddly enough, Dale and I are connected through the work that I do, however, that’s not how we met.

Dale and I met through Twitter, which to some is the scourge of the universe, but to me it’s quite fun. Some of you may have heard the story of how I met Dale, but for those who haven’t, here you are.

One night last year, shortly after I created my account on Twitter. I found some interesting people to follow, and some very old and dear friends. It so happened that the night I was in “beautiful” downtown Salem, I was checking Twitter and saw that some of my friends were using the phrase “Seriously” an awful lot. In fact, one person I was following, thanks to another friend, had posted. “I’m Seriously, excited about Seriously using Seriously.” Which incited my reply of “You have to be seriously careful of hurting Seriously’s feelings by overusing Seriously” And the conversation of wit and whimsy began.

While this is a much shorter version of the interaction that night as Seriously was used more than should be humanly allowed. I have,  because of that small strange situation, gained a friend, and a second (or third, or fourth) family (known on Twitter as #ChumbleyFam) Through and by the benefit of Dale’s friendship, I’ve met his wife Bridget (Who is quite humorous and thoughtful) and his children. Connections that I value quite dearly and have benefited greatly from their friendship.

So if you have a second today, make sure to wish Dale a Happy Fortieth!

Dale, I hope today is special!