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The Event of 2013!

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The beginning of summer.  The time of year when your AC thermostat lowers while your electric bill rises.  The start of beach season and sunbathing.  And that time of year when Pride & Passion, arguably one of thee top events in town takes place.

The 8th Annual Pride & Passion was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Tampa Museum of Art, which this wonderful event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for each year.  In the four years that I have attended Pride & Passion, it has rapidly become one of Tampa’s signature fashion events known for its pomp, flash and extravagant entertainment and decor.  This year’s event was no exception and easily tops previous celebrations in grandeur and eminence.

This year’s Pride & Passion also happens to be the first that I sat as the Public Relations, Marketing & Host Chair.  So it was fulfilling to not only attend this kick-ass party but to also help plan this event with the rest of the fabulous Steering Committee members.  If you missed out on this year’s festivities or have (gasp) never attended a Pride & Passion, mark your calendars for May 2014 and make plans to be there!

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Photography by Radko Keleman
Select Photography by Todd Montgomery & Ruslana.Studio
Noticeable Photography by Okie Tilo’s cellphone

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…and in dedication to my fan that became the it-prop of Pride & Passion 2013:

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You’re Not Alone

KVBS Bday 2013 Okie KristinKristin, my best friend that I’ve known the longest, celebrated her 33rd birthday at CHEAP in Tampa last Friday with her most favorite friends.  And in honor of her palindrome birthday, I present three FUN FACTS about me and Mrs. Schmidt:

#1:  POP DIVA CONCERTS & OUR FRIENDSHIP DO NOT MIX WELL…

Britney Spears’ Oops… I Did It Again Tour 2000:  A huge fight over post-its an hour before Brit Brit’s Oops… I Did It Again show nearly derailed our plans to see the Mouseketeer.

Janet Jackson’s All For You Tour 2001:  Our first time seeing Janet Jackson became my first time seeing Janet Jackson, because Kristin and I once again got in a huge fight over Sandy Frink.  (Side note: 10 years later, we finally saw Janet together at her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal show.)

Madonna’s Re-Invention Tour 2004:  We drove to Sebring, Florida to be the first in line to purchase tickets to what would’ve been her first Madonna concert, but I wound up taking someone else because Kristin and I got in a silly fight over who’s the Rhoda and who’s the Mary.  (Side note: Last year, we finally saw Madonna together at her MDNA show in Chicago.)

KVBS Bday 2013 Kristin Cake

#2:  KRISTIN AND I HAVE MATCHING TATTOOS…  and matching tramp stamps to boot!  Sue me.  I was 21-years-old.  I was in in Ybor City with her, and we both randomly made the decision after knocking back a few Jack Daniels’ drinks.  I always told myself that I would never ever get a tattoo unless it was original, designed by moi and had personal meaning.  So the Japanese symbol for “God” may not be original nor was it designed by me, but it does carry a lot of personal meaning because Kristin and I are both trashy and tramp stamped branded with it.

#3:  MINE AND KRISTIN’S THEME SONG IS…  no not that one Madonna song.  And no, it’s not a song by Britney Spears.

Every great friendship has that one song that when randomly heard or played manages to make you instantly think of the other person.  For some reason, Olive’s “You’re Not Alone” (below) is our song.  I do not exactly know how or remember when it was decided that “You’re Not Alone” would be blessed as the one-song soundtrack to our 22-year-old friendship.  Yet everytime I hear that 90’s electronic-trance-pop masterpiece, I immediately think of Kristin.  (And no we both weren’t sporting JNCO pants and sucking on lollipops when this song became our anthem in the 90’s.)




Happy Birthday Kristin!  Click on image below to enlarge photo:

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Congratulations, Happy Holidays & Farewell

Congratulations, Cheers, Farewell… it seems that the trend this year was for every celebratory event to conclude with a goodbye.  (Click here.)  I have always disliked saying goodbye and try to make the situation as short, sweet and to-the-point as possible.  Last weekend was yet another weekend filled with commemorative celebrations followed by a goodbye.

I know a handful of people who have been in school since what seems like 48 B.C.  When I first met Bryan 7-8 years ago, I thought that he too would be one of those people I refer to as a lifetime student: a person who takes one class every other semester and swears to the high heavens and Madonna that graduation is the ultimate goal.  Well what do you know?  Last weekend, Bryan graduated from USF with not just his Bachelors but his Masters degree and threw a party to celebrate.   So congratulations to Bryan for busting his ass and working so hard to accomplish his goal, for proving me wrong in my very initial assumption and for putting up with Jocelyn’s 40-balloons graduation gift.

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After recouping from Bryan’s Greygoose-filled evening the night before, I had a Holiday Dinner with friends to attend at Texas de Brazil the next day.  My good friends Cheri and Mike were in town from Los Angeles for just one day, and maximized their brief time in Tampa by inviting their closest friends to dinner.  Every year, my best friends and I throw a Holiday Party / Gift Exchange.  Given everyone’s crazy schedules this year, Cheri & Mike’s dinner doubled as this year’s Gift Exchange.  As always, it was wonderful to see Cheri and Mike again, to consume 931 lbs of meat at Texas de Brazil and to remind yourself how friends can also become your family.  Happy Holidays and cheers to Cheri, Mike and everyone and anyone else who is reading this!

Cheri Group

Cheri Boys

Cheri Girls

Cheri Okie

Cheri Jocelyn

Cheri Billy

Cheri Linley

Cheri Robby

Cheri Jaime

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The celebratory weekend concluded on a bittersweet note with my friends Jamal and Lorena leaving Tampa and moving to Los Angeles.  I first met Lorena through mutual friends three years ago, and since then we’ve traveled together, lived with one another (best roommate ever), worked together, shared a toy poodle (and the best dog ever) named Zoe and devoured chili dogs and taters in the middle of my living room floor at 4am.  Although I will miss her and Jamal dearly, its encouraging to know that my annual trip to California is right around the corner.  So for now, farewell to Lorena and Jamal.

Okie Lorena Jamal Okie Lorena

 



I willl conclude this entry with a lyric video for the song “I Am Yours” by the band Churchill.  Right now, the band is right on the brink of taking off with their hypnotic and catchy current single “Change” but this particular song has been receiving much more love on my iPod and Spotify.

Congratulations… Cheers… and Goodbye… but Hello to new music!

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The MDNA Tour: Miami

“Start saving your pennies now. People spend $300 on crazy things all the time, things like handbags.  So work all year, scrape the money together and come to my show. I’m worth it.”
Madonna defending her MDNA Tour’s $1,500.00 VIP Floor Ticket Price
to Newsweek magazine earlier this year

MDNA Nicole

Nicole and I have been friends for almost a decade.  She is the friend that constantly makes you laugh with her infectious silliness.  She is the friend that always remains drama-free and loyal.  She is also that nutty friend that scraped up almost one-thousand-dollars for a ticket to see our lifelong idol, Madonna in concert.

Whenever Madonna goes on tour, Nicole is my go-to gal pal and touring buddy.  Reason 1:  Like me, she’s been a huge Madonna fan since she can remember.  Reason 2:  She and I get along so fabulously when traveling.  Reason 3:  Just like myself (and Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), she too admits that she is I-N-S-A-N-E… but only when it comes to seeing Madonna LIVE.

In 2006, we drove to Miami together to see M’s Confessions Tour.  Two years later, we flew to Chicago for M-Dolla’s Sticky & Sweet Tour.  And this past November, we found ourselves back in Miami for two nights of Madge’s latest MDNA Tour opus.  (For my review of the MDNA Tour when I first saw it in Chicago this past September, CLICK HERE.)

MDNA 2 MDNA 1 MDNA 3 MDNA 4The above photos were all taken on Nicole’s cellphone from our 3rd Row seats

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Miami but the concert and our time in South Beach were an obvious blast, mainly because it was an experience shared with many of our friends from Tampa.

MDNA Michelle Jocelyn

Girls Gone Wild (literally… and I do have incriminating photos) Jocelyn and Michelle sat right beside us on night 1 of the tour, and one row over on night 2.  (Fun Fact:  Like my friend Kristin before her in Chicago, Jocelyn cried her eyes out during the closing song of the tour… only Jocelyn had seen the show a good 5 or 6 times before this show already!)

MDNA Brian Angela

Bryan and his Madonna Tour gal-pal Angela were staying down the street from our hotel on Collins Avenue, and were the cheerleading pep squad to mine and Nicole’s football jocks.

MDNA Group

We got to hang out with  Tony and Jose at the MDNA VIP Party and at both afterparties at Hyde and Grand Central.  By the way, the VIP Party was pretty amazing and totally worth the price: a buffet of catered food, hosted beer and wine bar, a heavily stocked gift bag, photo backdrop stations.

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Jacksonville friends David and Adam gave Nicole and I their seats for night 1 because they won Golden Triangle Pit Tickets.  My other friends Paul and Zach won Pit Tickets for night 2.  Meanwhile, mine and Nicole’s Twitter feed resembled that of an overeager-beaver stalker in our failed, multiple-Tweet attempt to persuade Guy Oseary (M’s manager) to handpick us to join our friends in the Golden Triangle Pit.  We may not have secured those Golden Triangle Pit tickets, but Nicole and I may have inevitably secured Twitter restraining orders from any of our followers during those two days.

My friend Jason pretty much told me that my birthday celebration this year was being stretched out like turkey meat: birthday dinner party, Square One event, Miami trip, Madonna concert, etc.  Well… Jason was 100% correct.  I sho’ nuff did milk this year’s bday for all that I could yank, tug, pull, push and shove.  When you’ve had as wonderful of a year as I did in 2012, going all out for your big birthday at the end of the year is the final topping:  the icing on one delicious ass cake!  I could not have asked for a better birthdayweek celebration than I had and experienced this year.

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To my dear friend Nicole, start saving those pennies for the next tour because we will be sitting front-row center baby, right next to Gloria Estefan!


Girl Gone Wild by Madonna

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Scandal in Chicago

If you’re expecting to read some salacious, criminal account of my past weekend in Chicago solely based on the title of this post, then you surely are setting yourself up for major disappointment.  I was actually referring to producer Shonda Rimes’ new series, Scandal on ABC that I watched the entire amazing first season of while in Chicago this past weekend.  More about that later.

Chicago, Chicago, Chicago.  Oh Windy City, you and I have been in love since we first met six years ago.  (I actually met you seven years ago, but my overnight layover at O’Hare does not count.)  I’ve been there during most of my best friends’ virgin trips to you, and you have since yet to disappoint.

Last weekend was Mike Hammonds, Bryan and Carlos’ first times in Chi-town.

ROOF at the top of theWit downtown is a must for any Chicagoer

Sterling made the prediction when I first landed that this Chicago trip would be on par with the 50 Shades of Grey weekend of my second trip there.  A blog about that weekend could appropriately be called Scandal in Chicago without any reference to the ABC show.  However, this trip proved to be low-key, yet still a ton of fun.

I have a tendency to become useless and lazy while in Chicago.  Perhaps because I have been up there so many times?  Maybe because I’m on vacation, and partying while on vacation will require another vacation from that vacation?  Whatever the reason, I once flew up to Chicago on a Friday night, sat on Neil’s couch, watched a movie, ordered Thai food delivery, enjoyed a nap, only to repeat the same routine the next day and the day after that.  I literally flew up to Chicago to sleep and watch movies, and didn’t once leave the couch the entire weekend!

So okay, yes, I watched the entire first season of Scandal while in Chicago.  (I was never a fan of any Shonda Rimes’ show, but this one seems to perfectly blend the quirk and humor of her other series with the suspense and intrigue that Scandal begs to evoke.)  And okay, yes Mike Hammonds had to ban me and Neil from starting any other new television shows on HULU, but at least Sterling didn’t have to drag me out of the house like she usually does.

Chicago Summer 2012 Trip “Accomplishments”:

I got to hang out with her and got to know Adam better.  I only had to deal with Firecrotch Rob’s insults and jealousy for day and a half, and had Mike Hammonds around for Rob to make fun of and vice versa

I was able to see former Tampa residents Chase, Kaley, Ian, Carlos and of course Nathan who are all doing wonderful since moving on up (literally).  (Johnna, you’re on my hit list for next time.)

My soulmate Gina brought my tastebuds to an orgasmic climax with her frittata breakfast while making me listen to her favorite K-pop bands.   (READ about how I first met Gina & why I flew to Chicago for the first time HERE.)

From Bathhouse to Bathsalt Bryan

I was finally able to embark on my first trip with Mike Hammonds after being friends with him since vampire hunter Lincoln was in office.  I was also able to be a part of Bryan and Carlos’ annual “Pride in another city” experience.

Most importantly, I was able to spend time with my very dear friend Neil who is the centerpiece of this amazing spread of kick-ass friends and wonderful people we all are fortunate to have in our lives.

Until the next Chicago trip…

Jocelyn…  Mike and I may have temporarily turned into zombies up in Chicago!

Mine and Gina’s Summer Anthem:

“Mr. Simple” by Super Junior

Mine and Neil’s Summer Anthem:

“Zero Gravity” by Kerli



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The Big Easy & Back!

I’m at the stage of my life where the typical hype before any type of monumental life event fails to exist anymore.  I hadn’t seen my very good friend Neil or Jason since… I cannot even remember.  I had never been to the annual Southern Decadence celebrations in New Orleans ever.  I had been feeling burnt out with work, friends, life and everything in between, so suddenly embarking on a new vacation with two of the only people who can read me like a book failed to phase me.  What on Earth was going on?

When you get older in life, it seems like you automatically sign a contract with time to rush by faster than ever before.  Back in my 20’s, a trip such as the one I took over Labor Day weekend would have been met with “butterflies in my stomach” tossing & turning with anticipation and excitement for at least 3 days prior.  However, I didn’t even flinch a thought of the reality of this trip until I needed to secure: (1) a ride to and from the airport (I love you Nicolas) and (2) luggage to borrow since the handle on my carry-on decided to break (I love you Jocelyn).

Let’s just say this about celebrating my first Southern Decadence in New Orleans with Neil and Jason and Tanner… I could not have needed more of a gust of fresh, new air than what that weekend brought upon me.  I smiled.  I laughed.  I laughed even more.  I laughed until my stomach hurt.  I laughed so much that I should have a six-pack.  Neil has always been a constant source of amazement in my life, and Jason Moriarty… the same guy who I could viciously turn sour on at the drop of a hat, became someone that I hold dear in my heart.  I never considered someone as a “best friend.”  I’ve always been fortunate in life to have a plethora of “very close & good friends,” and Jason has definitely ascended to that category.

The Vacation Trio

Neil lives in Chicago but works in St. Louis.  Jason and Tanner live and work in NYC.  Every Memorial Day, we made a pact to meet one another in Chicago.  Every Labor Day, we made another pact to meet again in New Orleans.  The thought of spending time with those two negates the first half of this post, because I will be holding a countdown in absolute excitement until my next weekend that I am able to spend with them.

Coming back from New Orleans could not have been more difficult.  Every trip, I crave and obsess over coming back home… being back in my bed… being back in all that is familiar… returning to what has become my home.  Something was completely different with this trip.  I found myself dreading coming back home.  Why was I still living in Tampa?  Why did I continue making Tampa my home if returning home was nothing more but upset?  These questions clouded my mind, and stayed with me for a good two days after landing.

What could’ve and should’ve homogenized into a full-blown month-long depression instead vanished after this past weekend…

I truly do have the best friends here in Tampa, and feel like I am FINALLY with others who are in the same, exact boat as me.  I am 31-years-old and making the most out of every single breathing minute of life.  Whether enjoying a spontaneous $100.00 steak dinner with friends on a Friday night, or getting obnoxiously intoxicated the next evening and suffering for it the entire next day… it is all worth it.

I love my friends as much I love life.  As Tom Cruise told Renee Zellweger in Jerry Maguire, they, my friends, “…complete me.”


Until the 4th Annual FangBanger True Blood Finale Party…

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Can We Get Together? [02.17.2009]

Originally posted on MySpace on February 17, 2009:

Two of my most favorite people in the entire galaxy are arriving in town this weekend… Gina & Neil!

It’s been two years since my soulmate Gina was last in Tampa. I actually met her on Myspace through a random message [READ: How I Met Chicago Gina] and anyone who knows me knows how important she is to me and how that random meeting created such life-changing moments [READ: What’s Meant To Be]. It is tradition that I celebrate Gina’s birthday with her no matter where the location… her 30th at Celebrity & SmartBar in Chicago [READ: Gina’s Dirty Thirty Bday]… her 31st at Vince’s place & Boom Boom Room in Chicago [READ: Reciting my Bday Poem to Gina VIDEO]… her 32nd at Avalon in Los Angeles… and now her 33rd here in Tampa, Florida!

Neil was Gina’s roommate during their med school days, and instantly became one of my most nearest and dearest friends. He continually goes out of his way for me and any of my friends… be it housing an apartment full of drunks [READ: 2008 Market Days Weekend]… allowing my friends and I to crash at his place while he is away and working all weekend [READ: Janet Jackson Rock Witchu Tour]… or just plain spending the entire weekend watching movies and eating food with one another [READ: Chicago Lovers VIDEO].

So come out this weekend to play!!! I’M READY!

Friday, February 20th
Steam @ Honey Pot

Saturday, February 21st
8pm: Gina’s Bday Dinner @ L’Olivier (Centro Ybor)
I have Grace’s wedding that afternoon, but I will be out afterwards
followed by GBar

Sunday, February 22nd
12pm: Buddhist Temple
8pm: Travis France’s Bday @ Streetcar Charlie’s

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Abre Los Ojos [05.16.2006]

Originally posted on MySpace on May 16, 2006:

It started on Sunday when my right eye started to dry out and sting on the way home from Miami. When I woke yesterday morning, my entire eye was crimson red, leaking tears uncontrollably, and stinging even more. This morning, I woke up barely able to open my right eye due to: (1) the layer of crust that formed overnight sealing it shut, and (2) the overwhelming burning sensation whenever I tried to open it. After spending the entire day today at my doctor and opthamologist’s offices, I was told that there seems to be a rip in my cornea. (Eww gross I know!) My eyeball was dyed blue, I was presribed some medicated eyedrops and eye-lotion, and will have “blurred vision” the rest of the day and tomorrow. I’ll let you guys know what the hell is going on when I go back in the morning. The doctor said that he cannot give me a definitive answer of what’s going to happen next until the inflammation has died down. (FYI: I have a history of problems with this particular eye for 2 years now.)

So it looks like I’ll be out of commission the rest of the day. Although, how funny would it be if I went up to Valentine’s tonight, doped up on Percocet and sporting an eyepatch? Would you guys still love me if I only had one eye? 🙂 I’ll keep you all posted.

Love,

Ray Charles

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The Toronto Invasion [03.01.2006]

Originally posted on MySpace on March 1, 2006:

QUESTION:  What do Okie, Katina, Cheri, Nick, Gina & Steven all have in common?…

 

HERE’S A HINT…

 

HERE’S ANOTHER HINT…

 

ON MARCH 24th, 2006… the six of us will find out!

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Birthday Love [11.13.2005]

Originally posted on MySpace on November 13, 2005

I want to thank everyone who came out last night to help me turn “21” again. You all got dressed up, complimented the “bulge”, showed the love, and I am very very very grateful to have people like every single one of you in my life. I cherish my friends as much as I do family, so THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You all mean the world to me.

First and foremost, Cheri “Godiva & Cream” Rose… I want to personally thank you for rounding everyone up since I was a half-hour late to my own party, and for handling the ‘thousand-dollar / one-check’ bullshit at the Bamboo Club last night. It would have been a huge huge huge disaster if you did not step up to the plate and take charge. TI-83 Calculator, Office Max chart tablets and all… now the birthday planning is all over. I’m a bit sad. But at least we have the Toronto Part 2 trip to look forward to next year. I love you my little Godiva accountant.

Personal shout-outs (in alphabetical order due to the sensitive divas on my list who will undoubtedly complain why their name wasn’t at the top.) Forgive me if I left anyone out. ?

ADAM… I promise to act civilized next time that we are all at dinner. Hope my “they’re gonna watch Laguna Beach on TIVO and fuck” comment wasn’t too outta-hand.

AMY… I clean your pool in my undies. You show up to Blue Martini and buy me drinks. What a deal! I love working for you!

AL3X… I am working on my “Top 20” mainly to make room for you. I just cannot fathom surviving the work day without being on the phone with you. I am glad that we are becoming better friends.

BECKY… Holy Shit! The biggest shocker of the night. YOU standing in line at Blue Martini to see little ol’ me. To say I was happily stunned would be a staggering understatement. To have the sweetest girl in the world call me the sweetest guy is just the sweetest thing!

BETH… Betty Rubble… Even though I’ve been seeing more of you lately, I didn’t know that you would be out last night. I’m glad that you were.

BILLY JOLIE… I love you. You’ve been nothing but good to me since I met you, and it doesn’t hurt that you laugh at all of my retarded corny jokes. You put up with my drunken, outta-control ways and let me talk about Laguna Beach when I never watched a single episode. Ha! I can’t wait for our next dinner outing.

BRAD… the chauffeur of the drunks… eating Chicken Chow Mein in the Hard Rock parking garage… I would not have wanted to do it with anyone else! You’re one of the most reliable people I know. See you on Thursday.

BRYAN… don’t think that I didn’t notice your look of shock everytime my tongue was in someone else’s mouth. At least you were included. The reward for coming out last night.

CHRIS… you got all dolled up and I was impressed. Surprised, but impressed nonetheless.

DONNA… What can I say? You (along with Jared) have been the two consistent staples at my birthday functions. And you were the only one who went to BOTH birthday dinners this year. But I’m not surprised being that anywhere there’s food, you’re not far behind. I love you. Now quit calling me!

DOUG… The bottle of wine. The shots. The only way to properly thank you would be with some “Doug hug lovin” at the table. No handshakes, Doug gets love too.

DOUGLAS… Thank you for telling me to “shut the hell up” when I was whining about having to be up early in the morning on Tuesday as an excuse NOT to go to Bricktown on Monday nights. It reminded me to just suck it up and party all night long.

ELISE… If I hear that you were leaning on couches at Slim Pickens, our relationship is over. I will tell everyone the truth about you being 30. Love… Ooohhh Okie!

ERIC PELLY… Please send me any and all photos so that I may approve of them before posting them in bulletins or sending to others. I have a feeling that I looked like a hot, sweaty, drunken mess. LOL I swear that I have no idea what was taken. I just remember being drunk and having a flash go off in my face several times.

FABIAN… Thanks for the bday chat while I was getting dressed, and for reminding me to appreciate what I’ve got and not focus on what I don’t.

FERNANDO… ”Blue Martini is hit or miss.”

GENE… Mr. Damage Control… I’m craving La Terra Sita. We should go again soon.

GINA… You picked out the most amazing outfit for me last night. You created the coolest birthday flyer. You wrote the funniest and most heartfelt birthday speech. I know that we’ve said this numerous times to one another, but I appreciate EVERYTHING that you have done for me. Remember, if you have to suck, GET A SIZE UP! I love you. Shut up!

GWYNNE… The first night I met you, you were severely trashed. The second night that we meet, I was severely trashed. Next time, let’s be trashed TOGETHER.

HILARY… Being at the Beer & Wine Fest @ EPCOT would’ve stopped others from coming out last night, but NOT you. No wonder Harry is so in love with you. Too bad I’m stealing you from his slutty hands.

JARED… You are a Okie Birthday Survivor, meaning you’ve outlasted everyone (with the exception of Donna) in coming to these birthday functions of mine. We’ve known one another since we were 11 years old, and here we are at the age of 26 – I mean – 21 and we’ve managed to never lose touch.

JEN + JESSE… I hope that Meatball enjoyed having the couch all to himself last night.

JESSE… You’re becoming a regular staple lately, and I’m happy for it. I know that you weren’t feeling up to par, so you sitting at the table when I showed up did not go unnoticed.

JUSTIN… JW… Even Mise-En-Place work clothes won’t stop ya from coming to the Blue Martini!

JOHN PAUL… We are sooo over! You went to Flirt. You did not go to the Casino afterwards as planned. You cheated on me. It’s okay… I will forgive you and I still got nothing but love for you. Let’s be bad influences on one another sometime soon and stay out when we BOTH have to get up early in the morning.

JESSICA… I seriously wanted to order that dish I told you last night at the Bamboo Club, too bad only the Blood Mary version was available… So I had to settle for a make-out session. You were the first for the night… be honored! Ha ha! We need to continue seeing more of one another.

JON LA MAY + SCOTT… my resident celebrity friend… Everybody Loves Jon La May! I needed my Jon La May-fix b/c AIM and phone calls just weren’t doing it for me any more. Tell Scott that it was nice to meet him, and bring him out to the next dinner function. I will make sure to send you a PERSONAL INVITE in a very early fashion.

KATINA… Don’t ever scare me again by making me think that you’re NOT gonna show up. Ask Gina, I nearly had a heart attack. How I could not have you of all people at my birthday last night? The night may not have ended to your liking, but it was fun before all that drama went down. I love you.

K3LLY… I know that the dress code and the venues weren’t exactly your cup of tea, so you just showing up and being there showed the love. I will go out of my way to have you around. I hope you know that.

KISHA… Who needs a titty lick? 🙂

KRISTEN… I may have been drunk when I met you at Eric’s Bday at Czar a couple months ago, but I remembered your name and face. I’m impressed.

LAURA… I made out with the Pastor’s daughter! Thanks for the sloppy bday present.

LINLEY… I love you! To be greeted by you with a big-warm hug and a bottle of wine was the perfect way to start the night off. Two nights in a row of Linley and I’m loving it. Loved the outfit by the way!

MELINA… the fucking trooper… No excuses, you were exhausted and worked until 1AM yet still showed up to the club. But I do have to point out that you were wrong on one thing that you predicted… I REMEMBERED seeing you, talking to you, hugging you… all in my drunken haze.

NICK… the night just was not the same without you there. I need to send you Gina’s speech that has a whole verse dedicated to you. Hilarious shit I tell ya.

RALPH… it appears that I am always seeing you across a dinner table while we both are stuffing our faces. And we shall carry on that tradition at Thanksgiving dinner this year.

ROGER + ALISON… truth be told, I didn’t think you would make it out Roger. And when you did, it made my night 10 times better. You’re a true friend. Kiss Alison for me!

SAMMIE… I loved my card from you and Elise, even though it pointed out that I’m an old man who’s losing his hearing. Ha ha! Straight from a wedding to a birthday party just to support me. I wanna ride in your new car to dimsum soon. I love you. Call me. Shut up!

STEPHANIE “MADONNA”… Thanks for the Jack & Ginger beautiful. I got to see my sexy blonde bombshell again. It’s been too long… let’s not let that happen again.

STEPHANIE + ROB… Mr. and Mrs. Brown… Stephanie, thanks for dancing it up with me. You were the ONLY person last night who went to the bar and ordered me a water.

STEPHANIE SAK… My Asian counterpart. You consistently groped me last night, felt me up, shoved your tongue in my mouth, bit my bottom lip, insulted me, rubbed some smelly lotion all over my head and face outside the club… and I LIKED IT!

STERLING… We made out. We drank up a storm. We danced dirty. I think that we may need our own exorcism soon. I love you Miss Thang! We’ll dance to the Killers soon.

STEVEN, CODY, JOSH + SHANDEE… When Steven says it’s shot time, IT’S SHOT TIME! Shandee so could’ve gotten in at Blue Martini b/c they just let some of us walk right in without showing our ID’s or paying for cover. I was happy to meet the Jacksonville crew, and that you were able to flaunt your new shirt. We’ll order PUSSY CONTROL shots (did I say that loud enough) at the next dinner. (Bring some Aderol too!)

STEVE-O… Your camera seems to NOT love me anymore due to the unflattering photos taken last night. Either that or I was just too wasted to look handsome and classy. You said you were honored to be there last night, well it was an honor to have you.

Thank You again everybody!

Love Always,

Okie

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