It’s been a few days since I blogged – apologies again! I’ve been really busy since the weekend and this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and put my fingers on the keyboard.
So what’s been happening? Well, on Tuesday Nick Roberts and I did some filming for his new project, called HIV – What Now? It’s still in development but once it’s up and running it will be a website with resources for people newly diagnosed with HIV… Collecting information, advice, and helpful news to guide people through the difficult first day, first week, first month and onwards. It’s a really exciting and refreshing thing to be working on, as there isn’t very much out there that reaches to people on a personal level… we can all Google our questions but the answers are sometimes hard to understand if you’re encountering these terms for the first time or if you’re having lots of conflicting feelings and emotions about your diagnosis. The main message behind the site is one that’s gotten a little lost in the wider gay community lately as HIV becomes more common-place, and sometimes we forget that for some people, it’s the biggest change that will ever happen to them and they aren’t always in the best place to get support.
After shooting some introductory videos for the site and a couple of discussions between the two of us about our experiences we packed up our bags ready to leave San Diego. Rob Rodin, Nick and I piled in to Rob’s car and we drove up to Los Angeles to stay the night in a motel so we were already in town for Wednesday morning – and Universal Studios.
If you’ve follow me on Twitter, you might have seen a few tweets yesterday from me at the park… I have wanted to visit Universal Hollywood since I was a tiny kid, so yesterday was like Christmas for me. My mother promised me if I got good grades at school she would take me and unfortunately although I turned out to be an A-grade student, my parents just couldn’t afford it. Well – it took another twenty years but finally I made it!
I nearly got eaten by a T-Rex, I got attacked by Jaws, I stood on the Apollo 13 re-entry capsule, I got my ass squeezed by Beetlejuice (say his name three times and he comes, uh… hello!), I nearly got stabbed by Norman Bates outside the Psycho motel, I got up close with the DeLorean from Back To The Future… it was the best day I’ve had in a very very very long time.
Just as we were leaving the park I jumped up on to the edge of the pool by the Universal neon sign – overbalanced, and fell in. Sadly, Rob Rodin was laughing so much he missed the photo opportunity, but it did mean that when the three of us went to have dinner at Super Steve’s place, I was only wearing one shoe as the other was totally soaked.
I’m in Los Angeles for one more day and then tomorrow lunchtime I’m flying up to San Francisco for the weekend (I wonder what on earth to do in SF for a weekend? I’m sure I’ll think of something. Or someone!) Then next week it’s back to New York for a day and a half, then on to Berlin.
I’ll leave you with a few snaps from Universal. And I’ll be back to blogging daily now that things are a little calmer 🙂 x