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Getting to Know: Corps Member Wes Mason #4442

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Hometown: Deerfield, MA

Where the coffeeaholic now resides: Central Square

What’s your caffeinated brew of choice? I can remember the moment when I had my first espresso while in Rome during my senior year of high school. I thought it was amazing. Latte is now a standard. Sip Café [in Boston’s Post Office Square] is probably my favorite coffee spot in the city.  

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have a sleep disorder where I’m tired all the time, which works quite nicely with my love of napping.

That explains all the coffee. Does alcohol also get you charged? I’m not a super big drinker. Very rarely do I get anywhere near anything approaching sloppy. I’m the lady of the Corps.

What’s your day job? I manage IT Support and Services for a startup that does mobile app marketing.

As a self-proclaimed nerd, how do you geek out? Over the last two years, I’ve watched all episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. I also just finished the book Dune, which makes me a big nerd (and simultaneously a terrible one for not having read it until now). I’m a fan of classical music from the Renaissance and Medieval periods. The polyphony and the hauntingly beautiful dissonances are exquisite.

Do you sing solo? Yes, when I’m alone. I’m not awesome at karaoke because of my range. Most male singers in pop music are tenors and I’m in the bass range. Actually, Annie Lennox’s voice works pretty well for me.

You’re 6’7”. Have you ever dated anyone taller than you? I went on a date with a guy who was 6’8”, which was a little weird, but also kind of awesome. I love cuddling with someone around the same height as me; it makes it decidedly less awkward when I want to be the little spoon. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s pretty great.

Favorite animal? I feel like my spirit animal is a baby giraffe. It goes back to being tall and a little awkward, which I’m hoping is endearing. I also like penguins.

What key qualities do you look for in a friend? They should to be good at communicating, though comfortable with silence.  A healthy amount of nerdiness is important, as is social aptitude – and also an appreciation for Arrested Development.

What’s one of your guilty pleasures? Given the opportunity, I can eat an entire bag of salt and vinegar potato chips in a single sitting. I should also never, under any circumstances, be left alone with a jar of Nutella.

Delicious. When you’re not keeping Frito-Lay in business, how else do you unwind? Napping, running, yoga, board gaming, cycling.

How avid a cyclist are you? On weekends, I typically bike from 20 to 60 miles. 

Why did you join the Corps? On one hand, it was an opportunity to meet new people. On the other hand, while I certainly had gay friends before moving to Boston, I never had a solid group of gays and the experience of having sustained gay space. Once I experienced it, I realized how important it was to me. I heard about TWC and loved that the core of its mission is to make comfortable spaces in more places; it’s important for gay people to have those opportunities.

 How would you describe your fellow Corps mates? They have this boundless energy. They’re a loving, caring, crazy group of people.

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Wes savored his Sip coffee [shameless plug #1] while being interviewed by Corps alum Fred Durso #4042, who blogs at freddurso.wordpress.com [shameless plug #2].

Shit Gays Should Know

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This is huge: today, September 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Furthermore, if you talk like a pirate at Krispy Kreme, you will get a free doughnut.  And if you wear at least three of eight officially recognized pirate accessories, you get a dozen free doughnuts.  Sadly, most of the Krispy Kreme shops in New England closed in 2006, and the offer isn’t valid in Connecticut, but TWCers in Philadelphia and elsewhere can take advantage of this delicious offer.  Ahoy, mateys!

Have a story, event, or fried confectionery that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

The Weekly Pineapple: Boston

Sweater weather is here, and it’s the third weekend of September, which means it’s time for FTC!  Here’s what else you shouldn’t miss in Boston this weekend:

  • Thursday: Icona Pop is fresh, hot, and their newest video pays homage to drag ball culture.  We couldn’t be more enthused.  Catch them if you can before tickets sell out.  9pm, Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, tickets from $20.

  • Friday: This week kicks off the Big E, the fair of the Easter States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  Here you’ll find everything you didn’t think existed above the Mason-Dixon line, at least not on this scale: a carnival, horse show, cheese and wine competitions, and, of course, fried everything.  10am-10pm through September 29, West Springfield, tickets from $15.

  • Saturday: This month Flannel Takeover Company will be wreaking havoc on a bar downtown in what promises to be our biggest event yet.  Make sure you’re on the list to find out the venue. 9pm-2am, Downtown Boston, $5.

  • Sunday: Over 200 artists open their studios at once in this year’s South End Open Studios.  High rollers can purchase artwork, but everyone can enjoy in-house demonstrations and talks with the artists.  Plus, it finishes in time for you to watch Neil Patrick Harris host this year’s Emmys.  Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm, South End, Boston, free.

Have a story, event, or fried dough that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

Shit Gays Should Know

You probably already know about Laverne Cox, the transgender actress who plays Sophia Burset on Orange Is The New Black.  But do you know about these other trans* people who are tearing up the entertainment scene?  You should.  

Have a story, event, or role model that you’d like to share? Drop us a line atblog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

Five Things You Shouldn’t Have Missed (And One You Should’ve)

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Another week starts, and TWC is here to make sure you know what to talk about at the water cooler.  Here’s everything you should know:

  • Your phone is about to get a makeover: Apple releases iOS 7 on Wednesday.  Pre-roders for the iPhone 5S, meanwhile, will open at 3am EST on Friday.

  • Lisa Frank, the mythical name behind an entire generation of rainbow stickers and teddy bear binders, is a real person!  And she’s a self-described lunatic.  

  • Harry Potter isn’t over: Warner Brothers has announced that J.K. Rowling will be screenwriting a new movie based on the book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

  • Nina Davuluri is crowned the first Indian-American Miss America.  Just don’t look at what the twitterverse is saying.  

  • Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County has been ordered to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but it’s not clear what will happen to those already married.

And pretty much everyone has been posting this.  Over and over and over.

Have a story, event, or unicorn folder that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

 

The Foxwoods Takeover

When I find out TWC launched their second annual Foxwoods takeover and Kathy Griffin is performing AGAIN, I’m all

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So I was getting ready to go to the Foxwoods takeover pre-party, and I couldn’t help but think…

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But then I show up and everyone has their glitter guns blazing, so we pretty much become friends immediately

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At first I’m like, “OMG, I wish I were going with a friend,” but then I see how many people are traveling solo at the pre-party and I’m all

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A few days before the big weekend, everyone starts using the group chat that TWC sent out and I’m getting really excited

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Until finally the day is here, and I fly out of bed, ready to go on an adventure

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I get to South Station on Saturday afternoon and look around for everyone

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Until I get on the bus, see all my new friends from the pre-party, and someone hands me a beer and a survival kit 

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I heard that last year Kathy Griffin gave a shout-out to TWC, so on the bus we all take selfies to tweet at her

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When we get to Foxwoods, we check into the nicest hotel in the resort, the MGM Grand…

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And after putting our bags in our room, we head down to meet the troops at the first bar

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After a few drinks I grab all my new friends and head over to the dinner buffet, included in the trip

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And then we head to another bar to pre-game for the Kathy Griffin show

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Then we head to see Kathy at the MGM Grand Theater, which is basically downstairs from our hotel rooms

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Kathy performs.  Glitter rains down from the sky.

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After laughing so hard that we get a serious ab workout, we head to our rooms to change

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And then head to Shrine, Foxwoods’ hottest nightclub, where we dance and drink the rest of the night away

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Finally, I’m exhausted, and I head up to bed

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In the morning I wake up and head down to breakfast to talk about everything that happened the night before

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And then we get back on the bus for another party ride back to Boston

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Just kidding.  It’s actually a lot more like

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November 9th & 10th. Join the rest of the troops here.

Best Place To… Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day

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So, September 18 (next Wednesday, if you have trouble counting) is National Cheeseburger Day, so of course we had to announce the best cheeseburger in Boston.  The problem?  After sampling several hundred cheeseburgers, we couldn’t decide on the best one.  Also, we were so full that we couldn’t even type.  So, we asked our esteemed Corps members about their favorite burgers, and here are their answers:

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Antigoni says, “Coming from a foodie, and ridiculous burger fiend, I’d say Ten Tables cheeseburger takes the cake. Local grass-fed beef, cheddar, caramelized onions, house sauce…farm fresh egg just oozing out. All on a pretty little bun. Tears. Oh, and they have Beerger Mondays.  Oh, and the spicy jalapeno cheeseburger from Tasty Burger at 2:30am after GQB in Fenway.”

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Andrew says, “R.F. O’Sullivan’s in Somerville has over 25 burgers with amazing toppings, and all burgers are made with freshly ground sirloin.  The place has a bunch of accolades too, and has been featured on Phantom Gourmet.”

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Coco says, “Uburger at the Curry Center at Northeastern University makes the best burger on campus (and in the area).  Just make sure you have a significant amount of time, because it will take a solid 10-15 minutes to get your burger.  Fun stuff: a burger on a salad. I know I like my salads to come with burgers on them.”

Have a story, event, or favorite cheeseburger that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

 

The Weekly Pineapple

The weekend starts tonight this week with a hopsy Wednesday Bonus!  Check out what’s in store for Boston:

  • Wednesday Bonus: Backlash Beer is turning 2, and they’re celebrating with (surprise!) beer!  Be the first to try their new Outbreak Imperial IPA or just sample their other great ales and food pairings.  7-10pm, Tommy Doyle’s Harvard Square, 96 Winthrop St., Cambridge, free.

  • Thursday: New York may have cancelled Fashion Night Out, but Boston is keeping up the traditions with Back Bay Night Out tomorrow.  Businesses on Newbury Street, Boylston Street, Copley Place, and the Prudential Center will have special deals, tastings, and gifts. 5pm, Back Bay, Boston, free.

  • Friday: Tango aficionados and hopeless romantics should head over to Weeks Bridge, where the Tango Society of Boston gives tango lessons and demonstrations under the name Tango by Moonlight. 7-11pm, Weeks Bridge, Cambridge, free.

  • Saturday: As if you didn’t have enough reasons to visit the Taza Chocolate Factory, every Saturday in September they’re having a pop-up pastry shop featuring local celebrity chefs.  This weekend’s guest will be Nicole Rhode of Flour Bakery.  Chocolate and pastries?  We don’t think it could get any better.  10:30am-1pm, 561 Windsor St., Somerville, free.

  • Sunday: Explore three awesome cities in a few short hours on the Red Line Ride, a crawl through some awesome neighborhoods with giveaways, food, music, and more food.  It’s not like you don’t spend half your weekend on the red line, anyways, right? 12pm, Downtown Crossing, Boston, free.

Have a story, event, or Argentinian dance that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.