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RcktMan's Launching PadCast: Episodes

Before I begin… no, I’m not joining a cult or getting all “Dungeons and Dragons” on you. I just couldn’t think of a unifying theme for today’s show, and the first thing I saw on iTunes was “Magic to Do” from Pippin and “Magic” by Olivia Newton-John. So that’s the show’s title ...
Will I lose my dignity?
Will someone care?
Will I wake tomorrow
From this nightmare?

– Rent, Jonathan Larson, 1996

Watching the new TV show “Brothers and Sisters” tonight, I realized a few things about myself– things that I didn’t necessarily like, and things that I’m glad I was able to ...
And every one of us has to face that day;
Do you cross the bridge, or do you fade away?
And every one of us that ever came to play
Has to cross the bridge or fade away….

Life throws crossroads and bridges at us all the time. Sometimes we make the wrong choices… and sometimes we make the right choices. ...
Wow… PadCast Number Twenty!

I guess I did make it after all. Whee!!!!



Now on to more important things…

Today’s PadCast touches on these very important topics:

Jobs
Coincidences
Creeps
Pussies
You’ll find out what I mean when you hear the show.

And make sure you stick around afterward ...
Tom Cruise is crazy. Osama bin Laden is Nuts. Whitney Houston is a purple banana.

Let's put 'em in the truck.

OK OK ... I'm trying too hard to replicate the lyrics of Prince's famous song "Let's Go Crazy." But it's still true.

Crazy people are out there... and some of them are getting their due. ...
Wow! I think this is three PadCasts in one month. What’s wrong with me?

Well… I’ve been working a lot on getting the PadCast to the “next level” as they say… and with the help of a fellow podcaster named JayT, I’ve fixed things and gotten things back on track. I met JayT this past weekend ...
OK, lest you think today’s PadCast is going to be all depressing and weepy and “woe is me”, think again. I was actually quite chipper when I recorded it. Maybe I was just tired (considering how late it was), or maybe I’m just sick and tired of being mopey.

The main reason I chose the title ...
Wow. What a crazy week.

Between the going out almost every single night to the oppressive heat to the countless hot gay men (and girls) from countries far and wide invading this city, there’s no doubt that Chicago was the gayest place on Earth.

But now it’s over. And life, somehow, has to return ...
To celebrate the 2nd Birthday of RcktMan’s Launching Pad, and to thank everyone for everything in the last few days… a special treat! A PadCast!

Join me as I talk about the convergence of thousands of gays upon the city of Chicago this weekend for the Gay Games– including one known for his hot ...
Yeah I know… is that dead horse dead yet? Well hey, it’s my blog/podcast, so sue me.

A final (I PROMISE) recap of New York, the cruise that died, and a bit more talk about Father’s Day and our idiot president, which I know you’ll enjoy.

That and a visit from Screech just to make things cute.

All ...
I’m baaaack!

The title of this “Pad-Cast” is twofold– a return from my self-imposed podcasting “holiday”, and a nod to the obivous– the three-day-weekend of the Memorial Day holiday.

Clever ain’t I?

I got back from the beach today and just decided it was time to dust off the microphone ...
In all acutality, the show is OVER. But what an amazing show it was!! I’m not talking about my podcast– I’m talking about The Ten Commandments: The Musical. What a great show it turned out to be — and so much fun!

But all good things must come to an end, unfortunately. Except I’m kinda hoping ...
You know how you’re at brunch with your friends, and there’s smooth, sexy jazz music playing in the background; and while you spend most of the time eating and shoveling delicious food in your mouth, you spend the rest of the time trying to solve the problems of the world?

That’s sort of what ...
My stormy disposition from yesterday, coupled with yet another huge thunderstorm to tear through Chicago, make up the subject of today’s podcast.

I’ll be the first to admit– I was in quite a mood yesterday. I’m still in a bit of that mood today. I’m not sure quite what caused it.

So I went ...
A trip to Borders this weekend brought me down memory lane when I purchased a book called “Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz”. I’ve always identified with Charlie Brown, the main Peanuts character, and considered myself to be a lot like him– often teased, maligned and the butt of people’s ...
When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to slip on my father’s shoes and clomp around the house pretending I was him. I also used to like to take his pipes and pretend I was smoking them.
I think there’s even a picture or two of me in boxes in my parent’s closet documenting these ...
So just to start things off… he didn’t call.

But I DID call him. Thank you very much. So that was one text message and one phone call on my part… and NOTHING on his part.

Men suck.

Anyway… I’ve been gone for a while so in today’s podcast, I talk about the fact that men suck (sorry men!), ...
A photograph. An old shirt. A song. The sound of a voice. The scent of perfume or cologne.

Memory is an incredibly powerful thing, and the older we get, the harder it is to access those deposits of information at will.

Sometimes it takes one of the triggers mentioned above to make the memory jog itself, ...
It’s not just the name of a great song. It’s been my mantra for this entire week.

No, Mother Mary did not come to me and whisper words of wisdom… I just found myself saying “let it be” many times over the past week for various situations. From kidney stones to chorus shows to work woes and ...
Tax time. Man I hate it.

And it’s not just because it’s a yearly ritual and something you HAVE to do every year– it’s because for the last few years, instead of getting a refund (like I USED TO back in the GOOD OLD DAYS), I have to pay MORE to our blessed government.

So I did my taxes today… ...
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