Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

MARIA & ARNOLD & LCR: Life Of The Party?

On Thursday, October 12, 2006, Don and myself attended a cocktail reception at the exquisite new home of Nadine Shiff and Fred Rosen to help raise funds for the Schwarzenegger campaign. As we entered we were greeted by a server who served us either a choice of sparkling water or Pinot Griego. Nadine herself welcomed us. Also welcoming us was co-host Cristina Ferrare. Maria and Arnold showed up and after being introduced by Fred, made a short speech about how California is finally working together again. I could not agree more. Don and myself were the only LCR members there but the tent was large enough to give us plenty of room.

It was a charming experience where we got to mingle and talk to Sylvester Stallone and a Sony Executive, Anne Merrin.  Cameras flashed as the four of us talked.  Sly could not join us for dinner and Anne, well she said something about her son and I do not remember seeing her at dinner.

Following the cocktail reception, about thirty of us went next door to the Bel Air Hotel where we were treated to a scrumptious dinner hosted by Jordan and John Davis with the menu prepared by Chef Douglas Dodd that included the best Kobe Beef I have ever had. Maria usually does not pose for political pictures but being Maria, and us being LCR "boys", she gladly posed with us and her husband. She even made them retake the shot because she said Don moved.

Dinner was quite intimate and I was seated four persons away from the governor. To my left was the lovely and charming Mrs. Barbara Davis. We had a wonderful conversation about all her hard work on behalf of children's diabetes and her up-coming Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton. To Don's right were Layna Friedman and Alan Friedman of Alan Diamonds. They were a very charming couple and we would love to take up their offer on going to Telluride for the film festival at the end of summer.
I toasted the honorees of the evening, The First lady of California and the Governor, with a simple toast, "To Arnold and Maria, and to quote Shakespeare, 'To the future, the Undiscovered Country'." I sat down and turned to my right.  Don whispered "I feel it."  I responded, "What?" Don shot off "Tomorrow."   I, with irreverent whit   replied, "It's called tomorrow."

Honestly, we had a night to remember. Arnold and Maria treated us royally  but there was one person who tried to let everyone know that we were "new" in a snarly fashion. He came from a family that owned a company. He let everyone know it and in particular, us. I shot back that we were Log Cabin and represented a vision. But I have to thank him.  As a transition from the comfortableness he placed us in, I used that opportunity  to make that toast that I stole from Star Trek

The evening ended with us walking back to Nadine and Fred's home because they permitted us to park our Prius at their place instead of driving after the cocktail party to the Bel Air next door (only in LA-LOL)
It was our first fundraiser where it was not gay themed (or where we were not the only ones) and we proudly wore our LCR pins. We were made to feel included in every way. With the Governor a shoe-in for the next four years, the tent is large enough and it is up to myself, Don and; the members of LCR to ensure that it stays that large.

Presence at or in the party is more important than ever than absence.