I took a walk over my lunch break and it was beautiful. The city is so crowded, so many lives happening and I know I’m one of the fortunate ones. I am having a hard time concentrating on anything in the good daydreaming way but also a little in the bad, anxious way. Summer is nicer than winter but I don’t know when I’ll ever feel on top of things. Even though it doesn’t get any better than this, probably.
I get stressed a lot, but I just had a moment where I realized how lucky I am to have this weird job where I can contribute to helping people, mostly do things I find interesting and take home enough money to have a good life. A good life with good friends, a great family and the best boyfriend. I haven’t even had my coffee yet, y’all. Anyway I thought I should memorialize this moment cuz you know life feels like shit sometimes and what’s the point of that? We only get one life.
Nothing like wearing the most revealing shirt to the gym than you’ve worn in ages on the same day the in-house health check at work proves with science that you’re overweight and pumping more cholesterol through your body than a KFC fryer in veins that have the urgency of bassett hound.Maybe I don’t have my self-disparaging health metaphors down yet. It’s high blood pressure.
Custom shirt by Panhandle Pete (not his real name) at the Golden Seashell in #PanamaCityBeach #Seacrest
Classic - deleted my notes I spent an hour taking yesterday. Stop using Microsoft paint for notes mike!
I love that first look at my work inbox after going on vacation because it’s a good reminder how essentially inconsequential everything I do at my job is. Stress be gone!
Kelsey and I grew up in Pittsburgh next door neighbors to another set of twins, Danny and Derek. A few years older than us, they were our idols as kids - passionate, funny and creative.
After pursuing a career in LA, Dan moved back to Pittsburgh, went to school, and opened a salon with his partner, Rohn, that proved to be hugely successful - Studio Raw.
I’ve followed his and Rohn’s exploits on Facebook for the past year. They created a hilarious mocumentary reality show about the salon, Raw Boys, and I savored every episode. I am so happy that Danny’s amazingness has found a huge, wildly appreciative audience.
In mid-March, Rohn passed away from a totally unexpected heart attack, out of nowhere. He and Dan were passionate philanthropists, hosting fundraisers for organizations across the ‘Burgh. They were slated to host a huge cystic fibrosis fundraiser a few days after Rohn’s death. Dan still followed through with his host responsibilities, mere days after his longtime partner’s death.
One of the organizations that Rohn was passionate about was CORE - the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. Rohn had recently raised nearly $10,000 for the organization, just before his death. About a week after Rohn’s death, Dan and Rohn’s family were being interviewed by CORE to intake Rohn’s organs. At the end of the interview, they were asked if Rohn had been in a homosexual relationship. Dan answered that Rohn had been in a committed, 8-year relationship at the time of his death. The interview ended and Rohn’s organs were rejected by the very group he had raised thousands of dollars for.
Dan has launched a huge campaign to change the FDA’s ruling on accepting the organs of gay men and women after death. Please support #teamrohn and sign Change.org’s petition, or check out KDKA or the Huffington Post’s articles on the subject.