Posts tagged ‘Recreation’

July 22, 2011

Actor Michael Cyril Creighton from the Web Sitcom Jack in a Box, is 1 Cup Uproarious, A Dash Smarts & A Splash of Sass: Interview

by Accidental Bear

 

This Jack in a Box is FDA approved. Michael Cyril Creighton who plays Jack in the web sitcom, harnesses the powerful health benefits of laughter and humor, and squeezes them into bite size videos. I insist on calling Micheal Creighton, Doctor, seeing that laughter studies so far have shown that laughter can help relieve pain, bring greater joy, and even increase immunity. Michael’s has extensive acting career under his belt; find details here. No, not dirty pics, his impressive resume.

READ INTERVIEW AFTER THE JUMP

July 15, 2011

Hey Couch Potato: 10 extreme Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors

by Accidental Bear

young guy boarding down the side of a volcanoWhen good weather arrives, it’s time to head outside. But what if you’re tired of the same old, tame old wilderness pursuits like hiking, biking and tent camping? Well, hold on to your hats (and boots and backpacks, too). Here are some bold open-air diversions — like sky diving, at left —  that let you enjoy nature to the extreme. Just don’t try them without proper training, robust equipment and plenty of “leave no trace” respect for the places you pass through. (Text: Sidney Stevens)

Volcano boarding, Canyon swing lining, Canopy camping, Extreme caving & More

(Via www.mnn.com)

June 7, 2011

X-Men Born This Way (Acoustic Parody)

by Accidental Bear

Doesn’t matter if you love men or X-M-E-N!

We saw X-men First Class over the weekend and it inspired us to write this song in parody of Born This Way by Lady Gaga. It’s rough at the moment but if it gets a good response we’ll try to make a full version of the song

June 6, 2011

Scouts Get Prepared for More Gay Recruits

by Accidental Bear

“It’s OK to be gay and a Scout!”

BE PREPARED – for equality. In a landmark decision, the Scouts are looking to welcome more gay recruits and leaders.
Britain’s best-known youth organisation is keen to dispel the myth that homosexuals cannot join the organisation and as part of this it has produced a document entitled ‘It’s OK to be gay and a Scout!’ READ MORE
May 9, 2011

Tokyo’s Cat Cafes: Patrons Pay To Sip Tea And Stroke Resident Cats

by Accidental Bear

This might threaten to take the cat lady out of her house, cat cafes, who knew? Their origin is in Japan, which makes perfect sense with the popularity of Hello kitty there. No, cats are not on the menu at cat cafes, but they inhabit these cafes. “In an increasingly childless and aging nation, cat cafes fill a void. The more fortunate Japanese are the middle-aged couples who cradle Dachshunds like grandchildren at car dealerships and the young women who hand feed their Maltese puppies on park benches. For those who live with long work hours, no-pet apartments and work-related travel, there are cat cafes.” -AB

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via huffingtonpost.com

TOKYO — I followed the instructions of the watchful cashier and took off my shoes, sanitized my hands, placed my bag in a locker and dangled an ID card (“customer #18″) from a lanyard around my neck. The cashier then gave me a once over and a shallow bow, and I padded quietly into the sitting room of the cafe.

“She’s the prettiest girl we have at our cafe. Everybody wants to touch her, but we ask that customers only do so if she doesn’t resist you,” a waitress told me.

She didn’t resist. And since I was paying for the privilege, I leaned in and stroked her cheek. She was as lovely as the waitress had promised: a big-eyed, silky soft, compliant 2-year-old Russian Blue cat.

I was at Calico, one of Tokyo’s increasingly popular cat cafes, where customers seeking human and feline companionship pay to sip tea and stroke one of the 20-odd resident cats, representing 17 different breeds. READ MORE

May 6, 2011

Summer’s Here. Break Out Your Short-shorts and Watermelon Lip Gloss, Road Trip!

by Accidental Bear

Break out your short shorts, watermelon lip gloss, fanny packs and roller skates, summer here. I have one thing to say, Road Trip! You never need to leave the west coast to fill a scrap book full of breath taking photographs and memories of unforgettable adventures. Break out on a road trip or yourself this summer. See the redwoods, Big Sur or a quick trip up to the Russian River to reclaim your lungs and reward them with good old fashion fresh air. Do remember what that is? Hell, we don’t judge here, you can trick your way up or down the coast truck stop to truck stop, but Out Traveler Magazine maps out some more productive routes for you. Check them out HERE

April 21, 2011

Watch a Teaser for Whisker Wars, the Competitive Beard-Grooming Show

by Accidental Bear

Watch a Teaser for Whisker Wars, the Competitive Beard-Grooming Show.
Much, much more hairy details to come!!!

February 17, 2011

Bad Kitty Kitty , Bad Klepto Kitty ( caught on video)

by Accidental Bear

I am a big fan of the feline. I have 2 of my own that I’m extremely attached to ( i’ll cut you!). They like to hide piles of things including paper clips, pencils. dollars and scraps of paper under the kitchen rug. But this kitty named Dusty from the other side of the tracks, San Mateo, takes it to another level. Bad kitty kitty, those are undies not yours! You will NOT be coming over for kitty sleep over!

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Extra! Cat Burglar Story Legitimized by NPR.org Users! (Yes there’s video)

I foolishly passed on this story a couple of days ago, only to find that it is now the most e-mailed web item on NPR.org.

So here ya go, everyone:

The famous KGO “cat burglar” video, about a San Mateo cat named Dusty who steals things.

And since I’m turning this into an enterprise story, here’s the original segment on Dusty from the show Animal Planet:

February 12, 2011

Its All About the Shoes (and naked guy)

by Accidental Bear

Im going to rethink my storage boxes from childhood. My smurfs and monkey stuffed animals with velcro hands (the better to hug you with) can obviously, after seeing these photos go to better use. Coming soon, ME strutting down the sidewalk with smurfs braided into my pubes and stuffed monkeys tied to my feet for shoes!

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CHASE HOSTLER by THOMAS SYNNAMON

Via www.yvymag.com

Well-known personality in the New York gay sceneChase Hostler is captured by Thomas Synnamon for Rock Victorious‘ hand-made jewelry.

January 20, 2011

Bruno and Solomon 2 GAY Kitties Will Marry

by Accidental Bear

A SPECIAL BOND RECOGNIZED

January 14, 2011, 11:39AM MT
By Dorothy Scanlan, Best Friends Network volunteer
Public invited to attend January 20 celebration to recognize Bruno and Solomon’s ceremony

Sometimes, a relationship is so very special that it must be recognized in some way. Such is the case with Bruno and Solomon, two resident cats at Ollie’s Place in New York City.

Ollie’s Place, in the heart of Manhattan, was founded in 2004. According to its literature, Ollie’s Place was a first in its type of rescue and adoption. The cat adoption center allows people to interact with the cats in a cage-free environment enabling the cats to be more socialized and potential adopters to establish a relationship. In any given month, Ollie’s Place is home to twenty to 25 cats. Most of the cats are rescued ferals, also known as community cats, but some have been surrendered by their people. The need to rescue homeless cats is always great, so they are searching for a larger space so they can accommodate more.

Bruno and Solomon (pictured) are two of the center’s long-term residents. They moved into the same little apartment at Ollie’s Place several years ago after a rough period of homelessness. They originally met on Coney Island.

“Bruno, a shy and timid gray and white tabby, bonded with Solomon, a ginger and white alpha male who has acted as Bruno’s protector and confident,” writes volunteer Kat Herskovits. “Solomon would have been adopted years ago as his outgoing and affectionate ways charm everyone he meets. But Solomon and Bruno’s mutual caring and affection has made it difficult, if not impossible, for them to be separated.”

Herskovits, who works for an Internet marketing company, volunteers every Wednesday evening at Ollie’s Place.

Volunteers play with and socialize the cats. Her favorite stories are those where she has witnessed cats “develop and blossom.” Her reward is the “person who sees them for who they are and for what they were meant to be.”

“Bruno and Solomon showed up at about the same time,” Herskovits said. “Bruno was shy, quiet, and afraid. Solomon was outgoing, and he started protecting Bruno. They instantly bonded in a way that was unusual. It is a beautiful thing to see.”

“Everyone was worried that Solomon would be adopted first,” Herskovits continued. And everyone knew that these two cats must be placed together.

That’s when the staff and volunteers of Ollie’s Place decided to make Bruno & Solomon’s relationship permanent. So, on January 20, 2011, Bruno and Solomon “will be joined forever in a feline marriage ceremony.” The ceremony will be private. However, this happy event is meant to be shared.

READ MORE

January 17, 2011

Ah-ah, Not so fast. That’s Not Trash

by Accidental Bear

Ok, lets see, one avocado pit, some potato peels, left over corn bread ……

ABRA CADABRA

Texan builds artful, sustainable homes out of trash

by http://www.mnn.com/

Texas home builder Dan Phillips transforms trash into artful treasures, creating intricate floor mosaics with wood scraps, kitchen counters from ivory-colored bones and roofs out of license plates.

  • The fantastical houses which spring from his imagination are made almost entirely with materials which would otherwise have ended up in a garbage dump.
“People have been doing this for hundreds of thousands of years: using whatever is available to build shelter,” Phillips said. “If you ponder what could be used, then building materials are everywhere.”
Phillips founded Phoenix Commotion 12 years ago with the aim of creating a new model for sustainable, affordable housing.
The 13 homes he has built so far would fit better in an art museum than the residential streets of Huntsville, a conservative town of about 35,000 people best known for housing Texas’s death row. ” MORE
December 23, 2010

Essentials for Holiday Road Trippin’

by Accidental Bear

Some of the “best” movie memories I have are road trip movies : Vacation, Easy Rider, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Thelma and Louise and Smokey and the Bandit. I am embarking on a southern road trip tomorrow morning , San Francisco —> Santa Barbara —-> Los Angeles —> Palm Springs and I am coming up of a list of things NOT to do, miss or forget.

We now have Jetson like devices iphones and GPS systems so it should be impossible to get lost, right? Road trips excite me, tap into my still teenager encased soul wrapped in my fuzzy exterior. The open road, the unknown. Of course in this 38 year old body I have more restraints than my teenager at heart- care free -throw caution into the window soul.

Road tripping over the Holidays adds another layer of pre-caution. Do you run into the truck stop on highway whatever to take an emergency number 2 without covering up and securing presents piled up in back seat from lurking eyes? Desperate times, desperate measures, BE WARNED. You hear stories about junkies crashing a car window for a cigarette butt they see in car ash tray ( I made that up). Thankfully I will not be contending with snow storms so I can remove car tires chains, sleeping bag like coats, leg warmers ( just kidding..maybe) off the ” to bring list”.

Be safe, be as smart as you can, be wary of hitchhikers and only pick up if they are drop dead gorgeous and you are horny ( just kidding… maybe). Don’t fight with the driver , avoid fast foods that will loosen your stools ( for real), put down all you electronic vices and stare out the window, soak it all in and have fun because soon you’ll be back in morning traffic on a conference call heading to work.

TAKE PICTURES!



Here are six tips for feeling safe and sane on the road:

1. Don’t advertise your travels. Avoid leaving road maps in plain sight inside your parked car; instead, try to look like a local, even if your license plate isn’t. If your vehicle is laden with luggage, and especially if you have gear stowed on the roof, park where you can see it from a restaurant or store. At night, take everything that is in plain view with you into your motel room.

2. Look like you know where you’re going. When sightseeing, avoid standing on street corners wearing a befuddled expression while staring at a guidebook or map. Get a few bearings before you venture out of the car.

3. Get an upstairs room. At roadside motels, consider getting a room on the second floor so you can scan the parking lot before heading down to your car. (Personally, I prefer first-floor rooms, so I don’t have to lug my gear up the stairs.)

4. Consider the refund policy. If you stop at an inexpensive mom and pop motel, and there is a sign at the check-in counter that says, “No Refunds for Early Check-Out,” consider moving on. I speak from experience when I say that is likely that the establishment has some unsavory condition that you won’t detect until you’re covered with bug bites or awakened in the night by noises too loud to ignore. At the very least, ask to see the room before you pay.

5. Use the truck stopsTravel and truck centers are some of the safest places to stop and rest. They have 24-hour security and professional drivers who are used to staying aware and protective of their vehicles. The only drawback is that they aren’t very quiet. You’ll have to get used to the “big-rig lullaby,” because most drivers leave their engines running even when parked for the night.

6. Chat up the locals. Get local information whenever you can. Coffee shops, hair salons and taverns are all good places to chat casually with residents. Also pick up a local paper or watch the local television news. Being aware of local current events will not only help you have more fun, it can also keep you safe. Participate in the Great American RoadTrip Forum before you leave town to gain a local’s perspective about the places you will be driving through.

Road trips are meant to be adventurous and fun. Channel the energy you’re spending on that worst-case scenario into some sensible precautions, and you will have a safe, sane and enjoyable trip. http://www.studenttraveler.com

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Photo by Jeff Booth



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