Friday, May 26, 2006

Fabulous Friday, Dolphin Diving, Tornado Warning, Gay Rugby, HIV from Apes, X-MEN III, Off Camping

I am off to the campsite in the morning blogger friends, which means we can share another FABULOUS Friday together. Love going out on the SkiDoo or Jet Ski?? eeeeeeee!! Tacky buzzer, that is SOOOO yesterday. Check out the newest in water fun....Innespace.com, offers the Dolphin Watercraft. It is an aquatic vessel shaped like a dolphin. The high performance submersible watercraft uses forward momentum coupled with variable pitch which allows it to perform freestyle tricks, like a dolphin. The dolphin watercraft is constructed of fiberglass and Kevlar over a urethane foam core and can achieve speeds up to 30 mph on the surface and 20 mph below the surface. Though, the company’s one-seater model is only used for demonstration purposes but Innespace will be soon up with its new two-seater model, which is expected to be available by next summer. How much do I wanna have one of these babies!!

For about 15 minutes last night, there was potential here at the Gay Guru to have a very UNfabulous Friday. For my first time living in Ohio, I was minding my own business, working on some 'puter stuff, when I hear the air raid sirens go off. A tornado alert was activated all over the county where I live. I got off the computer, turned on the TV and sure enough, trusty NBC weathermen were talking about what to do, what to do. Now mind you, our local weatherman dont get much work here unless it snows a lot, so rain and wind is a big deal for them. I am pretty sure I saw Tom Cruise in a scene from "War of the Worlds", on one of the weather monitors behind my weatherguy. Usually I take my weather guys here in NE Ohio with a grain of salt, sure there was 1 tornado over 20 years ago, but I was not about to go into panic mode. I called Mama Guru, (her and papa guru never watch local programming, and cant hear well,) and sure enough when they hit the mute to take my call heard the sirens and I got them down into their basement just in case. (Don't fret too much, if you are from the West, like I am, I always thought going to the basement, meant flopping over those big outside doors into the ground. In NE Ohio here, it means going downstairs to the family room, extra kitchen, tool room and wet bar.) I then called str8 mate Jay, who was more in the path of the "possible" hurricane than I was, so if he wasnt blowing away, I wasnt going to worry too much. His g/f was at work and he was home alone, so he was bummed his condo didnt have a basement, but what the heck, we both went outside, (I know, we are morons,) and didnt see anything and just kept chatting till the warning passed 25 minutes later. No big deal, a lot of rain and lightning and a bit of wind, but we missed the tornado. I guess a small one hit some farms about 20 minutes from us. Anyway, drama over, but were you scared for me just a little....lol.
In the news today, New York City, the city where the memory of the 2001 terror attacks lingers most painfully, will for the first time this weekend host a rugby tournament honoring Sept. 11 hero Mark Bingham, an openly gay man and avid rugby player who died on United Flight 93. The Bingham Cup is open to gay rugby teams and pays tribute to Bingham, who is believed to have been one of the passengers who fought the hijackers on Flight 93, forcing the plane to crash in rural Pennsylvania instead of Washington, D.C. "Mark's legacy was that he showed a lot of people that a gay man can be a good athlete in a rough contact sport like rugby and that a gay man can also be heroic," said Scott Glaessgen, a member of the New York team, the Gotham Knights, who met Bingham through their shared interest in the sport. The Bingham Cup comes at a time of heightened interest into what happened aboard Flight 93, which was dramatized in the recently released "United 93." The film portrays the gut-wrenching story of the flight that crashed in a Pennsylvania field after Bingham and other passengers rallied against their hijackers and tried to recapture control of the jet.

And in a big "Take That", to the God police that blamed AIDS on us gays, twenty-five years after the first AIDS cases emerged, scientists have confirmed that the HIV virus plaguing humans really did originate in wild chimpanzees, in a corner of Cameroon. "We're 25 years into this pandemic," Hahn said. "We don't have a cure. We don't have a vaccine. But we know where it came from. At least we can make a check mark on one of those." It was not known how prevalent the virus was in chimps in the wild, or how genetically or geographically diverse it was, complicating efforts to pin down the jump from animal to man. Hahn's team tested chimp feces for SIV antibodies, finding them in a subspecies called Pan troglodytes troglodytes in southern Cameroon. The first human known to be infected with HIV was a man from Kinshasa in the nearby country of Congo who had his blood stored in 1959 as part of a medical study, decades before scientists knew the AIDS virus existed. Presumably, someone in rural Cameroon was bitten by a chimp or was cut while butchering one and became infected with the ape virus. That person passed it to someone else.

Mark Bingham



I went to the very first 10am showing of X-MEN III this morning. It was not all I was hoping for, but it was not a bad movie either. First off, I guess I am not as big a geek as I think I am for having to see the movie like first thing when it comes out. The theatre was packed, and you should have heard these mostly heterosexual boys whooping and whollering for the previews for "Ghost Rider", with Nicholas Cage, and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend", with Uma Thurman and Owen Wilson. There are some devoted comic guys out there. While I am sure that most of these guys were there to see Jean Gray/Phoenix/Famke Janssen, and Storm/Halle Berry, it was a great moment when Magneto/Ian McKellen, makes a snarky comment about "homosapiens", it was classic and you could hear a pin drop. I wont spoil the movie for anyone, the effects were great, there were mutants a plenty, my only beefs I guess was it having only about an hour forty-five run time and how many roles were relegated to short or extended cameos. With out giving anything away, hottie Ben Foster as Angel, only showed up for 4 VERY brief scenes. If you are a fan, you will enjoy the story and the effects. I was just expecting a bit more.

Well all you blogger friends, I hope you get 3 days off this weekend and have a FABULOUS time, starting today with Fab Friday. I will probably be taking off to the campground tomorrow morning and staying at least one night if not 2. Unfortunately I do not have a laptop, so I probably will not be posting anything on Saturday and possibly Sunday. While I am gone, take time to check out old postings, get over to the website and fill out a "hot date or couple of the week" form, send a question to "ask the guru", and sign up for our Email mailing list, so you can be notified on site updates, contests, breaking information, etc. Also take the time to put yourself on my Frappr Map, just click on the top left part to add your name and addy to my map. Enjoy bloggers, will talk again soon.........GG


A little traveling music for my Camping Trip by Kenny Chesney

3 comments:

WAT

Did your post POST twice??!!

Wow, I want one of dem dolphin contraptions for Xmas. Thanks for educating me on Mark Bingham. I had no idea he was a fellow brother (gay). Funny how human we all are regardless of the labels placed on us by society.

And of course, I cannot wait to see the new "X-Men" film.

Mikey

Why did that dolphine remind me of Ross!!

I'm jealous I want to try Jetsking(?) sometime and some other extreame sports.

roque

What did you think of X3?

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