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The 16th Minute of Fame (X2)

Friday, February 18th, 2011

We’re coming to the home stretch of my overbooked-weekends start to 2011. I still have a weekend at Disneyland and a one day trip to Denver, after which I have a few uncommitted weekends. But first, there is this weekend’s trip to San Francisco. San Francisco is the site of two “15 minutes of fame” […]

Bears as Trendsetters – or are we in a post club world?

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Earlier this week I went to an event at the LGBT Center where Aaron (from a local internet TV show) interviewed my friends who do the 619BearCast podcast. Part of the discussion centered on the formation of bear culture and one person made a comment to the effect of “we’re moving into a post bear […]

Wither the run?

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I started this entry in November, when I went to the local SunBears Weekend one weekend and the bear bingo night at the community center the following week.  I read it over and decided that it should age a while to give me time to think about it; I revisited and revised it recently for […]

Tattoo and Tatdon’t

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

I read a few months ago that gay men are more than twice as likely as the general public to sport tattoos. The article said that one in three gay men have them; I would venture to guess that the percent is higher among the bear subculture. Whether it’s due to the bear maxim that […]

Becoming Mainstream

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

The barista who was making my partner John’s coffee at a shop in Tucson last weekend noticed his La Fiesta de lost Osos badge and asked about it. He explained that he was in town for a bear event and further explained that bears are a gay male subculture. She thought for a minute and […]

Profile posting on bear sites

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Sometimes when I’m on the bear sites, I see a profile and I just have to laugh; other times I nearly cry. So, here’s some of my observations – and remember: if we can’t laugh at ourselves, we are WAY too serious. Why is it that guys who say “Chat only, not looking for sex” […]

The Rules for a Reduced-Drama Life (#1)

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Looking back on the last few weeks, I saw or met several people who, for one reason or another, seemed to have a lot of ‘drama’ going on in their lives. I have also noticed that some people always seem to have some sort of crisis in their lives and often it is preventable. So, […]

Bear Attitude

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

You hear it all the time – “Bear is an attitude” – but no one seems willing to elaborate on what that means. So of course I’m going to try. Bear Attitude is about being comfortable with your body. There is a popular perception that Bears must be overweight. Bear attitude is less about being […]

Intro to Bear Culture blog

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

I recently realized that I’ve been a part of Bear culture for about 20 years. I’ve seen lots of changes for both better and worse and I decided that I want to relate some history and comment on what I see. I’m not setting any guidelines for this, and some posts will go through revisions […]