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Contents 8 WTF!?! 10 Scene@ 11 Campagnolo Opening Event 12 Men Seeking Men 14 Brent Star 16 WTF!?! Tidbits 20 Photo Feature: Fresh Accessories for Spring 28 Scene@ 30 Drag Races 34 Top 10 Tracks 36 Scene@ 38 BarTab Map 40 The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County 42 Safe Space | Protect Your Monster 44 Photo Feature: Resurrected Prince 50 BarTab Calendar 52 Scene@ 54 Classifieds 55 Comics: Bitter Girl | A Couple of Guys 56 La Nota Rosa 58 Adult Classifieds 60 FairyScopes 62 Bitch Session
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Five Types of Guys to Avoid Dating The Newly ‘Out’ Guy
I was admittedly one of these guys back in the day. In high school, I was totally convinced I was straight (or could make myself straight), when in reality I was a Britney-loving, Abercrombie-&-Fitch-catalog-reading, theatre-performing queen. Once I finally officially ‘came out’ at 18, it was an entirely new world for me. Up until then, I’d never had sexual interaction with another male, so I naturally went through my slut phase until I finally found myself in my first relationship with a guy. I’ll just put it blatantly: I was a psycho. It really was the first relationship I’d had as myself without having to put up a front, so it was like dating for the first time all over again, so I essentially went back to a high school dating mentality. The relationship lasted a year and a half, so it wasn’t a complete loss, but it taught me that I could never handle anyone like myself as I was at 18. I’ve also seen this same thing happen to friends, who thought it’d be fun to date the hot new piece on the gay scene, and in turn realized that the hot new piece is good for a lay, but he needs to circle through a few boyfriends before it can be determined whether or not he’s dating material.
by Lucas Witherspoon
hroughout my sordid and lascivious existence, I’ve encountered my fair share of guys, some of which eventually lead to relationships. I’m not big on relationships by any means, but sometimes you find yourself falling into one, which in turn has helped me conclude the five types of guys I will never find myself dating again (unless I get drunk and find myself dating them for two weeks until they annoy me enough to bring me tell them they’re obnoxious and driving me towards alcoholism… it’s happened more than once). Heed my warnings.
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The Former Fatty
Here’s the thing: in my experience, people who have lost weight still have a fat mentality. What I mean is, as I’ve often found, they’re still insecure, which they either display by acting really emotionally insecure like their old fat self, or by acting like a complete douche to make up for all the years of insecurity they previously felt (and, some would argue, still do, if they feel the need to be a prick). In the same way that a newly thin person has to get used to their unfamiliar svelte body, they have to adjust their mentality to match – it’s the same way when thin people get fat, they kind of just don’t know what to do with themselves. [Editor’s Note: Way to be fat-phobic, Lucas]
The Barely Legal Twink
Plenty of people love their twinks, and some people refuse to date anything but twinks. Speaking as someone who’s dated a number of them, I can tell you now that the barely legal twinks are the worst. Their dating mentality isn’t much different than the newly ‘out’ guy, but the difference is that the new guy could be 18 or 43. People choose to come out whenever they want to. The barely legal twinks are at that stage in life where they’re experiencing a sense of independence, but also haven’t completely come out of their high school mentality. I love my twink friends, but goddamn, I don’t know how I kept up with all the drama back in my twink days. Once you get a little older, you (hopefully) realize how stupid all of these petty arguments you had with people back in the day were, which is a part of maturing. When you’re someone who’s matured past that dating a barely legal twink still stuck in that frame of mind, it’s not only annoying, but just exhausting. I’m 24. I just don’t have the energy to deal with that bullshit that I did at 18.
This is the category I have the hardest time with. I’ve said in the past that if you look like you just came off of a 10-day heroin binge, you stand a really good chance with me, and I wasn’t even kidding (which is ironic considering I’m really not a drug person myself). It’s not the addiction itself that’s attractive, but I guess, rather, it’s about the sense of grit associated with it. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not attracted to the homeless heroin addict passed out in the gutter; I only go for heroin chic, people who actually know what the hell they’re doing. Every time I’ve found myself in one of these relationships, though, it was with the knowledge that a functional relationship would never be possible because, obviously, they’re addicts, and most people eventually find themselves wanting a stable relationship.
Little Monsters It’s self-explanatory.
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Campagnolo Opening Event
by Maximillian Corwell
idtown has seen its fair share of ups and downs with local businesses the last few years, but Midtown residents have been gearing up for the opening of Campagnolo, the newest restaurant to take over the former Bistro 980 and Nonna Mia space on Piedmont Ave. The opening date is upon us, and owner Maureen Kalmanson is dedicating her opening night to be a fundraiser for the community, specifically for AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA). The public is welcome to attend the Campagnolo opening benefit for ARCA, which takes place on Saturday, April 7th from 6 to 10p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.
The space has had a dramatic renovation from its previous tenants, with sprawling wood floors, opened up dining area, quaint bar, and tables and booths with a view of the open kitchen, this has the makings of a space that can cater to anybody looking for a casual evening or to host a large party. The opening night event will not be a traditional sit down evening, but more so a preview of what is to come. Chef Daniel Chance, who draws his menu inspiration from all parts of Italy and its Mediterranean neighbors, will be serving up complimentary appetizers to guests so they can nosh while sipping cocktails from the cash bar. The restaurant will officially open for sit down service Monday, April 9th. 980 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 davidatlantaâ€ƒ|â€ƒ11â€ƒ
Time to pull out those bikini briefs!
(Oops, but are you in shape?)
on’t act new, you KNOW beach season is in 5 minutes, and before you know it, everyone will be showcasing their new bikini briefs with their 6 packs, 8 packs, 9 and 12 packs… plus muscles from head to toe, plump booty cheeks…well you get the point, it’s about to be competition out there! And it’s not too late for you to hit the gym and get that body READY! I’m a member of Colony Square Athletic Club, you know, the hot 24 hour gym with lots of boys everywhere…. S W E AT I N G … a n d PUMPING that iron! It’s been my gym for the past four years and I must say I’m in waaaay better shape than I was before I started going there! Look honey, I’m doing Pensacola, FL again this year, so my goal is for me to be able to wear THE skimpiest petite bikini briefs of them all as I sashay down all that sand not giving a damn about how my stomach look because I KNOW it will be shaped right this year! The reason I’m writing about this VERY GAY FRIENDLY gym is not just because of how long I’ve been there but I just wanted to let you know that they’ve recently revamped it to make sure you can get your body looking fabulous and not to mention, HELLO, do it for health reasons! The purpose of “revamping” the gym is to keep folks motivated to actually CONTINUE
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to stay in shape and healthy by becoming Atlanta’s elite personal training center. This includes a personal training mega studio, expanding their weight room (no worries, no one is in there filming a porn video) and of course they still offer the free parking and 24 hour steam room (sorry, no porn there either. Believe me, I checked). I gotta tell you, before they offered new classes such as yoga and the one I’m about to go to, AFTER BURN (which I hear is like boot camp, YIKES!) I used to take their “body pump” class on and off for four years that was taught by the fabulous Marjorie (along with Princess Charles). As of today, I have started my new journey with working with one of their personal one-on-one trainers...(sounds like I will have to do a photo shoot to show the results). Look, I’m not trying to sell you a used car or girl scout cookies. I’m just excited that I’ve finally gotten around to taking my health more seriously…not to mention a chance to shape up for my competition! #Cue the song EYE OF THE TIGER from Rocky! 5, 6, 7, 8-HOOOH! (for more info: http://www. colonyathletic.com/)
Next week: Part 2 of Charlie Brown! Until next week, DON’T read the girls, instead read The Brent Star Report!
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WTF!?!? Tidbits Publicist and Kim Kardashian BFF Jonathan Cheban spoke to Us
Weekly about Jon Hamm’s comments, in which he called her “a fucking idiot,” saying, “Put Jon Hamm in a mall, and more people will go up to the people working at the Burger King than they will to him. Bring Kim to a mall and there will be a riot.” Believe it or not, some people on the Hollywood scene got there because they have talent and a legitimate desire to perform a craft, such as Jon Hamm. But, if Kim gains satisfaction from being recognized by mall commoners and Burger King patrons, more power to her. Speaking of which, Kim Kardashian is pressing charges against a woman who flour
bombed her on a red carpet… as if she’s not used to being covered in white substances.
Lindsay Lohan allegedly sideswiped some guy named Thaer Kamal when she was out in L.A. the other night, and now he’s demanding $100,000 from her OR ELSE. At first, Kamal’s attorney threatened to give the tape to police (which would have fucked up her probation), but now Kamal has decided to take his level of skeeze up a notch by shopping the tape around to the media. Two problems: no one else who saw the incident in question can attest to the fact that they saw Kamal being hit by Lilo’s car, and Kamal is currently being investigated for eight cases of insurance fraud. What makes this bitch think he can scam someone who’s been scamming the legal system for years? Take a seat. As expected, The Hunger Games broke box office records, raking in $214.25 million internationally ($155 million domestically), making it the third biggest opening of all time behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and The Dark Knight. To be honest, I had no idea what The Hunger Games was about until the movie started receiving hype. Up until now, I’d just assumed it was Kirstie Alley’s autobiography.
Kim Zolciak announced to Life & Style (naturally) that she’s pregnant once again. Last May, she and husband, Kroy Biermann, gave birth to a son, Kroy Jagger. That means that as we speak, Kourtney Kardashian, Snooki, and Kim Zolciak are all pregnant. The case for end times in 2012 is getting stronger by the day.
Someone arrest Dean McDermott immediately on grounds of bestiality! His equine wife is, yet again, knocked up with their fourth child. She’s getting very close to breaching Kate Gosselin territory. by Lucas Witherspoon
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Let the Drag Races begin!
by Elijah Sarkesian
hen it comes to Easter, there are a number of things that come to mind. Jesus Christ. Bunnies. Chicks. Eggs. Candy. Drag races. Wait…drag races? If you’re in Atlanta, yes – drag races. One of Atlanta’s biggest Easter traditions starts up again this Sunday, April 8, when The Armorettes hold their annual Easter Drag Race at Burkhart’s. For those of you who don’t know, The Armorettes are one of Atlanta’s most notable drag performance groups. The group, originally founded in 1979, is known not only for their campy entertainment, but also for their fundraising prowess, primarily in support of HIV/AIDS-related organizations. These days, The Armorettes perform mainly at Burkhart’s, where this year’s Easter Drag Races will take place, as well as monthly at the Heretic. This year, the event will be preceded by an Easter Bonnet Runway Competition hosted by MISTER, where The Armorettes and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will serve as judges. I could tell you more about the Easter Drag Races myself, but wouldn’t it be
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more enlightening coming from a member of the Armorettes? Well, I caught up with Armorettes member Ally “Queered Al” Yankadic, who shed a little light on the history of the Drag Races, as well as what you can expect this year.
Elijah: So for our readers, what exactly are the Drag Races? Ally: That’s a good question. How can I describe this? Basically, it’s a big annual event that we like to put on that’s something more than just a show. [For us,] it’s a chance for more crowd interaction and participation. It’s a series of games ranging from blindfolded musical chairs to Easter egg hunts on a drag queen’s body. It could be anything. There are games with prizes and the chance to come out and have a good time and, you know, enjoy an afternoon of fun on a holiday where, in a number of cases, people don’t go home to see their families. It’s not traditionally a gay holiday. It’s a chance to get out and have a good time.
E: As for the Drag Races themselves, what does that entail? A: Yes. Basically, it’s an all-day event. Registration starts at 2:00 pm, and at 4:00 pm the event actually starts, which is a series of games. In addition, the one game
that’s always there is the Drag Race itself, in which contestants have to run from one end of the area to the other, and as they run to each side, kind of like in a sprint mode, they have to get into various stages of drag. So they’ll put on a dress. They’ll put on a bra and boobs. They’ll put on lipstick, and then they’ll put on heels, and after they put on the heels, they’re all set, and they’ll have to walk like a lady back across the finish line.
E: The Armorettes are also performing at the Drag Races, correct? A: Once all that’s done, which usually ends around 7:00 pm or so – there’s about three hours outside, then from 7:00 to 8:00, there’ll be an intermission show of a hunk underwear auction, and David and Brushstrokes are sponsoring that. Meanwhile, we’ll be resting for a bit. At 8:00, or around that time, we will start with our normal show back inside and putting on the full drag show for everyone’s enjoyment. There’s also some numbers while we’re outside. There’ll be a few numbers outside in the parking lot. Mostly, it’s a good mix of fun and games.
E: How long have the races been going on?
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A: The Armorettes have been around since 1979, and nobody’s sure exactly when the first drag races were. Some people think it was actually in 1979, and some people
think it was slightly later. But probably for at least 30 years. It started as a result of, back then, there was a lot more disenfranchisement of the gay community, as far as being able to participate in the holidays. Easter holiday was one. It…just seemed like a good excuse to go out and drink with your friends.
E: Who does this event benefit? A: Well, everything actually goes to The Armorettes’ PWA fund, which is People Living With AIDS. At the end of every year, at our anniversary show, we give away the funds that were raised throughout the year from all of our shows. Last year, the beneficiaries were Heartsong Southeast, AID Gwinnett and MISTER, and we gave away almost $30,000 to those organizations. We just raise money throughout the year and give it away at the end of the year. With certain shows, with certain fundraisers, it goes to specific charities, but in this case, at the end of the year, it’ll go into the main pot and be distributed to those charities that are deemed beneficiaries for the 2012 spot. The Armorettes’ Easter Drag Races are on Sunday, April 8, at Burkhart’s (1492 Piedmont Avenue NE). The event begins at 4pm. Registration opens at 2pm. MISTER’s Easter Bonnet Runway Competition is on Saturday, April 7, at MISTER’s headquarters (60 11th Street NE). The event begins at 5pm.
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of Darkland County
THE PLOT In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1967, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next forty years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him – or tear the McCandless family apart forever.
by Joseph Brownell
hey say save the best for last and as the 2011-2012 Alliance Theater season comes to an end, the buzz surrounding the hotly anticipated Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, may prove to be ring true again. Ghost Brothers has been in the works for over a decade and is a labor of love from horror mastermind Stephen King and music legend John Mellencamp. The production features direction by Alliance Artistic Director Susan v. Booth and musical direction from the legendary T-Bone Burnett. Described as a “riveting Southern gothic musical fraught with mystery, tragedy, and ghosts of the past, along with a roots and blues-tinged score,” the excitement leading up to the world premiere is palpable throughout the Atlanta theater community. Hometown connections permeate the cast of Ghost Brothers. Tony-award winning (and Atlanta native) stage performer Shuler Hensley leads an all-star cast that also includes Georgia native Justin Guarini, who you may remember as the runner –up from Season 1 of American Idol. David magazine caught up with Shuler and Justin to ask them about the excitement surrounding Ghost Brothers and how it feels to be home.
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Welcome home! Even though you’re a Marietta native, you’ve never really performed at great length in Atlanta. How does it feel to be home? Being home feels like I have come full circle in my career and I can now be a part of my “home town” artistic community! To be able to participate in the development of an original theatrical piece like this is so rewarding Among your stage roles you’ve performed in Young Frankenstein as well as playing the Phantom from Phantom of the Opera. Each of these characters have been played by others (whether film or stage). Since this is the world premiere of Ghost Brothers, has working on this production been a different experience? If so, how? There is always an excitement when you help to create an original character. To truly bring it to “life” for the first time, is both inspiring and intimidating in a good way!! It’s a collaborative effort that I have enjoyed immensely! Is it weird to think that others will look to you if this production goes on for years and years as the actor who originated the role? My goal as a performer is simple: Be truthful and real. If that is conveyed in the character, than I have succeeded. It goes above and beyond just originating the role Can you tell our readers about your character Joe? Joe is the character that has kept a secret for 40 years. He witnessed a tragic event and must
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Justin Guarini [L] and Shuler Hensley [far R] prepare for the show. somehow try to tell the truth about what happened so that it is not repeated. What happens to a person and a family when the truth is kept a secret? What’s been the biggest challenge of Ghost Brothers? The biggest challenge has also been the biggest thrill!! To work with all these legends from different art forms and to come together to create a musical that is a unique story. Stephen and John are above all things, Great storytellers!!! And that is at the heart of the whole piece.
You’re a Georgia native (born in Columbus) but moved away when you were young. Before Ghost Brothers had you spent much time in Georgia/ Atlanta? I’ve spent every Summer here from the ages of 5 to 18. My Dad (Eldrin Bell) would drag me all over Georgia and the world (via Hartsfield-Jackson). I’m sure it’s brought up in every interview but you were runner-up on the inaugural season of American Idol. How has Idol helped or hurt your career? How has it not helped, really... I had spent all my life practicing and learning to be an entertainer by that point...then I was able to show my wares (so to speak!) in front of 30 million people a night. Powerful, and a blessing for sure. You’ve found success on the stage most recently performing in American Idiot. I would think that this type of success- outside of the sometimes cruel world of recording contracts- would be more fulfilling. Given a choice where would you be? The stage or a recording studio?
I live for the stage. I actually feel more comfortable on a stage entertaining people than I do walking around on the street. Strange but true. Music will always be my first love though, and being able to perform in musicals is the best of both worlds. Tell us a little bit about your character and what attracted you to the role/production? Drake McCandless is a small-town famous musician with dreams of hitting the big time country scene. Plagued by prior bad decisions and poor timing, he struggles through the story to find some footing in an ever deteriorating personal situation. His dysfunctional family only provides fuel for his internal and destructive fire. In some ways, I’ve felt his pain, and never really had an outlet to express it (save in a song or two). On stage I really get to play out his and, in turn, some of my own childish frustration and desire to “act out” over my perceived injustices. Kelly Clarkson was just here recently performing at The Fox Theater. Were you in attendance? I was actually out of town at the time visiting my family. She’s my girl though! Besides From Justin to Kelly (insert sarcasm), what has been your most difficult role and why? This current role has actually proven to be the most challenging, so far. Maintaining a slow-burn trending toward blind rage takes careful plotting and pacing throughout the show. I love it though, and am happy to be tired at the end of the day. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County opens at Alliance Theater Wednesday April 4th and run through May 13th. For tickets and more information visit www.alliancetheater.org
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His viral load is undetectable… condom? Q: My partner has been HIV positive for six years. He has an undetectable viral load, is healthy and HOT! We have been together almost a year and I really love him. In the past we have always used a condom during sex but I want to try something different. Is it true that he can’t infect me if he is undetectable? A: No. Being undetectable does not mean the virus is not present at all. It just means it is present in amounts too small for the test to detect. So there is still a risk that you will be infected. Risk is risk no matter what word is in front of it. You and your partner should still use a condom during sex. Amber Reid, LAPC, Team Lead/ Sex Coaching Are you in a relationship with a partner of a different (sero-discordant) HIV status and want to talk more about it? Try the Magnet Program! Contact Amber: Amber.Reid@PositiveImpact-Atl.org or 678-365-4300 ext 138. MISTER offers free HIV testing and STD screenings Monday through Saturday at our new location in Midtown at 60 Eleventh Street just across from the Federal Building and one block over from the Midtown MARTA station.
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ue es realmente importante en la vida… porque las personas algunas veces fingen ser nuestras amistades porque pretenden estar a nuestro lado y apoyarnos en todo lo que hacemos, vivimos, creamos… hasta que punto todo era falso, segun le dan a uno por su lado para estar bien con nosotros… y eso para que? Al final cual era el proposito, porque lo hacian… porque enganar a alguien asi, fingiendo una amistad que nunca existio y que en realidad era odio, envidia hacia el dizque amigo en cuestion. Me pregunto cuando nacio ese sentimiento de envidia… esa negatividad, o es que siempre habia estado ahi y las personas a veces somos tan ciegas o estamos super occupadisimos en nuestros projectos y con nuestra vida, que no nos ponemos alerta de esta negatividad de las personas a nuestro alrededor que se hacian llamar nuestros amigos o hermanos para hacer el caso mas complicado… Donde quedo esa dizque hermandad esa lealtad… Aunque haiga sido falso siempre va a haber momentos buenos y malos en todas las relaciones, pero luego quizas lo bueno se va, esos momentos se borran de la mente de el amigo en cuestion. Solo queda el rencor o enojo alojado en su mente… lo cual es super terrible… la vida en si es muy dificil y mas para algunas personas que estamos en este pais como immigrantes, como para todavia toparnos y darle todo la confianza a personas y luego terminar desilucionados por estas mismas… y al final que los movia para que fingian una amistad o un aprecio? La verdadera amistad no se acaba en un segundo, todos cometemos errores, como seres humanos que somos, y no debemos de juzgar a la ligera… y menos a los amigos, por eso somos amigos porque nos conocemos y nos debemos aceptar tal y cual somos… la gente no cambia relativamente… mejoramos nos adaptamos a las situaciones de la vida… lo cual es lo normal.
Debemos seguir el curso de nuestras vidas y no tratar de hacer mal a nadie ni a nada... La malicia destruye en cualquier forma, podemos decir que el que obra mal mal le va, pero al final quien asegura eso? A veces solo es un dicho que no se quien lo invento quizas como consuelo para las personas necesitadas en ese momento de unas palabras de aliento… Y si al final les fuera mal, eso que? No deberiamos vivir asi, esperando que alguien que nos hizo algo mal lo page, eso ya no importa – que es lo que tiene que pagar? No deberiamos estar interesados en eso… lo mejor seria que la persona viera y recapacitara y asi mejoraria su calidad de vida… Eso es lo que nos define como personas, debemos de vivir hacer nuestras cosas para bien de uno y de los demas… no todo es dinero, el dinero no lo es todo…
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ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Slow down and breathe. Worry and trying too hard only help mishaps pile into catastrophes. Take it easy and double check everything. Ask those who rush you, “Do you want it done fast or done right? TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Feeling fun and flirty is great, but don’t let that exuberance eat a hole in your wallet! Dream about being rich and stay mindful of the economies needed to get you there.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): In a strong position to change your key relationships, you can be a healer in your home and/ or community. Empathy is the key. It’s necessary, but not enough to listen and let others do the talking. Take initiative and work! CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Even if some moms are psycho bitches from hell, yours probably only punished you to help you be a better person. Those hard childhood lessons can prove helpful now at work even if by negative example. Or maybe the real work is forgiving your parents.
GEMINI (May 21- June 20): With your ruler Mercury turning direct, start cleaning up the problems you’ve been tripping over. Don’t be distracted by fun, frolic and other good f-words. Focus! You need to get work back on track. Fun times will come soon enough.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Who are your real friends? What relationships are you nurturing? Be careful not to spend too much time just having fun with people who won’t be there when the chips are down. Times are tough. You need a posse you can count on.
CANCER (June 21- July 22): The real world is getting strenuous and the comforts of home beckon. Recharging your batteries is essential, but don’t make that an excuse for hiding from responsibilities. Knowing the difference will just spoil it for you.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Mercury turning direct helps you to clean up recent snafus, but don’t get too cocky! Not everyone shares your priorities, and your eagerness to fix things can create more problems than it will solve. Slow down and listen!
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Charity and support should be offered for their own sake. If your ego is involved people will notice that more than any kindness. Sloppy, romantic idealism can interfere with your logic, but broaden your appreciation for the arts. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Start cleaning up problems in relationships. List all the mistakes, misunderstandings and miscommunications of the last three weeks and make whatever corrections and apologies you can. Don’t sign any contracts or make commitments yet. Get everything in order first. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Your mind is hungry for new ideas the way a kid is hungry for junk food. Go ahead: indulge in cheap sentiment, nostalgia and sodden clichés. That could open your sympathies to others. Real intellectual stimulation can wait. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Your frustration with co-workers is likely to boil over. Compensating by being too nice, trying to be popular rather than effective, will backfire horribly. A frank exchange of ideas may be rough, but helpful. Let someone else take charge of that.
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Why do people get mad when you tell them to “shut the fuck up”? No really, SHUT THE FUCK UP!
Summer is going to be brutal! Being flamboyant is completely ok. It takes more balls being you, versus being a fake masculine man. Atlanta’s most eligible bachelors? Please. If you were so eligible, you wouldn’t still be a bachelor at 40+. What a joke.
Its just yoga, you’re not curing cancer. Why is EVERYONE on Grindr or Scruff “happily partnered”? Get off and let the single girls have a chance, selfish.
Dear tops, Please control your orgasms. Sincerely, unsatisfied bottoms. Only bad relationships with difficult people are “a lot of work.”
Would somebody please tell the Kardashians that they will NEVER be the Kennedys!
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No Disrespect. But have u seen the Best Bachelor of Atlanta contestants? If this is the Best Atlanta has to offer... We are F*CKED! No wonder everyone moves away and hates it here!
You’d be cuter if you didn’t smoke. You repeat yourself... a lot.
Are there any masculine scruffy guys in the south that don’t emulate the mannerisms of Paula Deen?? Just a Yank’s observation.
I wish we could put the cast of Twilight in The Hunger Games, watch them get picked off one at a time. You are “only looking for a relationship” yet your profile photo shows off your cock.
Maybe if you stopped taking photos of yourself in the gym you would actually get some results?
MDNA sucks. There, I said it. You can take the boy out of the cheap clothes from K-Mart, but you can’t take the insecure asshole out him with it. You can’t always get your way, and to be hostile isn’t going to make me change my mind.