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2012: The Year in Instagram (Q1)

by Jamie Sanford on December 21, 2012

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January

Shopping while Will waits for me to try things on.

The first of many trips to The Met.

Inventoried camera and found my Polaroids!

I also showcased my solution to not having prescription sunglasses.

February

First drag show of 2012.

Lincoln Center during Fashion Week. It was freezing!

Got to spend time with Mariel though, and her husband Jeff. I miss her and wish we could hang out more often.

I was steadily building a fort at the office with product samples.

Bacon lip balm was a TERRIBLE idea. Ew.

Dinner with Will and his parents at Plataforma Churrascuria. If you are looking for a delicious meal in midtown NYC, go there.

I definitely don’t have pants that say “nice.”

March

I love my deer so much. Also, RuPaul’s Drag race on the TV.

I hadn’t been to 41 Madison in a while, but had to start my traditional run of Flatiron photos.

Another trip to the Met.

One week in March, 3 visits to 41 Madison.

Dad came to visit, and did I take a picture of him and I? No. But I did take a pretty picture of the blooms while he and I were at the zoo.

March marked the start of my documentation of my fortune cookies.

Quarter 2 coming soon.

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Instagram Roundup #15

by Jamie Sanford on November 14, 2012

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Catching up on these posts. Almost ready to get back to only posting these on Wednesday.

Fall is my favorite time of year to take pictures. I snapped this outside of my office. This was before the hurricane and then the nor’easter.

We watched a baby giraffe birth live online. The giraffe mom looked confused at first, and we were worried too since the baby looked like it might not be alive.

It all turned out OK.

Fortune.

Another fall picture, before the storms.

I did black nails with coppery glitter I found at a shady beauty store. It was the stinkiest polish ever. Results were pretty though.

In a bit of foreshadowing, I found this picture of me in a scrapbook I was looking at during the power outage. I’m wearing Ye Olde garb because I was going to be on public access to talk about Heritage Park. I then met these 2 drag queens who had a public access show, and I can’t remember their names, although they start with R.

In my baby book, which I also looked at while having no power, I found Cabbage Patch Kids party hats and napkins from one of my birthday parties.

Really hoping that this happens for Ben. I still need to see Argo.

Christmas porn!

Even though I hadn’t worked for the past 6 business days, I still took my scheduled vacation day on Election Day. We went to the Tick Tock Diner for brunch.

I know this isn’t surprising to anyone.

Congratulations Mr. President!

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Paris is Burning (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 10, 2011

62. Paris is Burning (Not available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon)

I can’t find a trailer for Paris is Burning, so here’s a taste of the film.

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Paris is Burning is a documentary that showcases the drag ball scene/culture in New York City in the late 1980s. Drag balls were not just limited to the traditional drag queens, but included all sorts of categories in which one could walk.  Much like a runway – one would come to the event to compete in a category and would walk the runway, competing with one another.

Intertwined with footage from the drag balls are interviews with active members of the ball scene, including leaders as well as up-and-coming “children” in the different houses.  Some of the most interesting stories are like that of Venus Xtravaganza, pictured above, who is transgendered, transitioning from male to female.  Many of the people in the ball scene had developed their own families within their houses after many of them were disowned by their family for being gay or transgendered.

Terms still popular today are defined throughout the movie – you will learn about realness, reading and shade.

If you’ve read this blog for more than a minute, you might figure out that I am a big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and am a proud fag hag.  Many references will be cleared up for you if you watch Paris is Burning.  I got the DVD from Netflix and would recommend watching the movie again with the commentary track, because it’s a lot of fun.

Paris is Burning is available on DVD from Amazon for $26.99.

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Small Town Gay Bar (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 6, 2011

60. Small Town Gay Bar (Available to stream via Netflix and Amazon)

Unfortunately, a trailer for Small Town Gay Bar doesn’t seem to be available online.  But, there’s an intro video featuring director Malcolm Ingram and executive producer Kevin Smith.  The video is NSFW and might be totally offensive, depending on your sensibilities.

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Small Town Gay Bar is a documentary talking about the past and present history of 2 bars in Mississippi that cater to a more open-minded set—gay bars.  Directed by Malcolm Ingram, the movie opens discussing Rumors, a small bar in Lee County, Mississippi.  The bar owner explains that the bar is open to anyone who wants to come in and have a good time.  We meet Alicia/Jim, receptionist by day and drag queen by night, and get to hear from many of the patrons of Rumors, and how it’s a place for them to have an outlet where they won’t be persecuted for being who they are.

The second bar featured in the film is called Different Seasons, and is opening after an unfortunate closing of its previous iteration, Crossroads.  We see the owners talking about it, and then get to watch as the bar opens to great success, and the obvious joy from people who don’t have another outlet in their area.

I really love this movie a lot, I have seen it a few times on television and watched it again for this project via Netflix.  I proudly wear the label of “fag hag,” and frequent gay bars with my friends regularly.  The bars I go to are the most chill places, where everyone is into what they’re into and no one is there to judge. (Plus, the music is always excellent.) I live in an area where there isn’t a lack of gay bars, so Small Town Gay Bar has that much more impact – because most of the people heading out to the bar on Friday night have been quietly hiding themselves all week at their jobs or wherever.  In addition to the lack of outlets, more interviews with folks over at the straight bar nearby Rumors shows an incredible level of judgment and intolerance, and paints an incredibly negative picture of the support for inequality that is alive and well in some areas of the South.

If you have Netflix, you have no reason not to watch this movie.  It’s fantastic.

Small Town Gay Bar is available on DVD from Amazon for $13.49.

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Sights and Sounds #23

by Jamie Sanford on June 13, 2011


Sights and Sounds #23

29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE

I loved this video. Honoring your creativity is important!

RuPaul is wearing this dress that is sort of my dream “Vegas Wedding” dress, but I do not have those legs or body.  Damn drag queens looking way hotter than me.

Oh come on! That’s the cutest thing ever! Also, that baby cub needs a name.

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Did I mention I like to dance? (You want to watch this.)

These are “Knock You Naked” Brownies.  The name and this picture have me sold, check out the recipe here on The Pioneer Woman.

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