A Clockwork Orange

Taylor Woodrow Homes, a home developer headquartered in Florida and with its California division located in Irvine, has gone Halo-happy with its entry in Homeaid Orange County's Project Playhouse. (HomeAid is the organization that puts human faces on local developers through events that raise money to provide housing to the needy. Project Playhouse is one of those events, where local developers build extravagant playhouses that rich folks outbid one another on so they little princesses and fontleroys can own the greatest playhouses in the land, to raise money for transitional housing for the homeless, who would live in one of those playhouses if given the chance.) Well, Taylor Woodrow's playhouse is called Angels in the Dugout and, thanks to dťcor donated by the Angels Foundation, the pad comes complete with a plasma TV screen in the locker room and stadium seating and floodlights on the roof. The developer also announced that it has committed to matching up to $50,000 raised through Project Playhouse for the HomeAid Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund, which will build transitional housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Angels in the Dugout will be raffled off on Oct. 22; it's currently on display at Fashion Island. Bring along a needy family to check it out and sigh.

Posted Sept. 12, 11:40 a.m.

The deadline for the submissions detailed below has been extended to Jan. 15, 2006, as per Ms. Davies.

In the wake of the Governator's vow to veto the latest civil rights legislation ensuring the same rights to happiness--or, in this case, marriage, which, come to think of it, happiness and marriage are oxymoronic, but anyway . . . --former Weekly calendar editor Stacy Davies sent out the following, and we encourage you all to participate:

My friends--

Many of you were recipients of my email yesterday urging you, as gay citizens, to write your personal stories with pictures and fax them to Maria Shriver. Apparently, we may be too late. The morning papers say the governor will veto the bill as a tribute to "the will of the people." I believe the next will of the people will be that he return to private citizenry.

But take heart. I have an idea. I am going to get a book published. A "coffee table" book, if you will. So put your apathy aside for the moment and read on.

I want all of you, gay and straight alike, to write your personal stories. If you are gay, write about your life, if you are straight, write about a gay person you love. Don't worry if you aren't a "writer" that has no bearing. Send your stories and up to three pictures to me.

This will be a book of us--our lives, our humanity, our existence, that no one will be able to deny. It may take courage on your part, especially if you are gay, to have your picture in a book and let everyone know you. But it is of the utmost importance that your face be seen, that you are known. Of course, no pertinent, trackable, information will be given out in the book, not even last names.

I will edit the stories and make them shine (if they don't already!) I will also have my pro photographer friends help me with the pictures. And I will take the entire manuscript to a gay press and have the book published. I am already compiling a list of top book publishers as well as smaller presses.

If this project speaks to you, if you feel it is important, please contribute. The more people, the more diverse, the more the stereotypes they try to pin on us will fall away. You have my word that this book will be elegant and moving. With your personal stories, how could it be otherwise?

Call for Submissions
Project: We the People, Too: Putting a Face on Gay Americans.

Tell your story as a Gay American--your regular, "boring" old existence, your sorrows, your loves, your accomplishments, your children. You can be humorous, angry, sad, hopeful, contented, just be real and be yourself.
These do not have to be coming out stories, but that's fine too. We want to focus on how Gay Americans are just like other Americans, and deserve the same rights. If you are a straight person, perhaps you know a gay person who has touched your live, or who, sadly, took his or her own life because of societal pressure. This book will be honest and real, but also uplifting.

Submissions should be a maximum of 1000 words, and include up to 3 photos. The more detailed your stories the better. No last names or addresses will be printed in the book. If additional or other pictures are needed for your submission, we will contact you.

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2005.


Posted Sept. 9, 5:45 p.m.

Just when you thought it was safe to start feeling safe again, along comes urban theorist/prolific author/UCI Irvine adjunct professor/Arellano buddy Mike Davis to scare the beejeebus outta us again. His latest rant, as reported in our big momma paper Village Voice, is death by birides, also known as the avian flu (a great '80s new wave band). In his new book, The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu, Davis explains how swelling slums (a bitchen '70s Dutch surf band) and the industrial poultry model (a'90s British techno band; they're just so-so) make conditions ripe for a plague. "You've literally urbanized chicken populations," says Davis. "And these huge population concentrations increase the speed of evolution of viruses, just like large concentrations of humans do." He adds, "Slum populations are growing at the rate of 25 million people a year. We're talking enormous, unprecedented concentrations of poverty, and public-health researchers and infectious-disease researchers are still racing to catch up with this phenomenon." The Voice has Davis saying researchers "have been screaming at the top of their lungs about this since 1997." Yet in the U.S., flu plans are tantamount to neglecting the levees and gutting FEMA. Now doesn't that make you feel a lot better?

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