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Gift guides and goodbyes

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

I assure you, yes, my head is clear as I write this (though the fire department just left my building 'cause my druggie neighbors had a "batch of something" that caused the fire alarm to go off, yikes!), and yes, Virginia and Virgil, there is life after SGN. As this year comes to a close, I am taking stock of my 22 years at the Seattle Gay News and realizing I'm moving into a bigger pond than working here is allowing for, so after this column, there will be one more, and then you can look for me elsewhere - hopefully in the pages of Dark Discoveries Magazine, a horror 'zine that I'm currently courting and hope to seal the deal with in the new year. Stay tuned, and who knows, maybe you can say "I knew her when" after the screenplay for one of my stories turns into the next horror movie box office smash.

And as I take stock, I'm loving all of you. If all works out, you can still read me in the future, on my blog at bloggerspot.com under, of course, Lipstick and Lust, and definitely in The Seattle Sinner and St. Louis Sinner, where I have two other tasty columns for your hungering eyes to devour. Mwhah, mwhah to all of you darlings.

Okay, before I tear up (like I did at the wedding of two dear Transgender folks last Saturday), on to other things, like letting you know that if you still need gift bag gifts (the way to go if you're on a budget and want folks to be super impressed at your largesse) to fill, one place you must visit is Harem. Located at Broadway and Roy, this little oasis has everything for the discerning giftee, including the most adorable handmade ornaments by a local artist. I bought one for me and one for my honey bunny's niece, and a scarf for his mom from this place, and am super happy about my choices.

Also there's always that store that says "Rug Outlet" located at the back of the Zipcar parking area on Pine and 12th, which is anything but a "rug outlet." No this place has vintage clothing, tchotchkes, cool ornaments (this one added more to her "wonder tree" from here), and just about everything else. Oh, and the owner's super nice, too. You could also check out Madison Market, where you can get everything from skincare stuff to makeup at affordable prices. Me, I also check out the Ballard farmers market for lip balm, Caveman Bars (nutritious yummies that are great for the health nut on your list), or antioxidant chocolate that tastes good and won't make them feel guilty.

Bottom line, it's the thought - not the price tag - that really warms the hearts of loved ones, my dears. With that thought, some cute stuff was bought for this one's life partner from a certain vintage store near Olive and Summit that boasts the fedora of my dreams. Mum's the word on what was bought as honey reads this column, too. Oh, and adopting a pet or giving to an animal charity like Wolf Haven or The Humane Society or Defenders of Wildlife is a good idea, too, as a gift for someone or just to do to make you feel better about an out-of-control world. It sure makes me happy, and every year they send me pretty cards and wrapping paper, so what's not to like, eh?

So, what - besides holing up in my Digs to stay away from the druggies in my building and cuddling with honey bunny and doing some "behind the scenes" play - has this one been up to? Well, defending those poor bikini baristas in Bellevue to anyone who'll listen, and damning those prudes who want to see the world close to a hell consisting of vanilla pudding, white bread, and black-and-white reruns of the most boring show anyone could think of for eternity. Also, this one did manage to pick up the yummiest lip gloss from Duque (located in Ballard near the Sunday Farmers Market on Ballard Avenue NW) and it's now my go-to stuff to wear everywhere. Also tried and loved Details Coconut Coast body mist and have gotten many, many complements from my dear one ever since. And still loving the elderberry/zinc lozenges from Super Supplements to keep me healthy during cold and flu season, and highly recommend them to all.

Okay, babies, that's it for now, and hey, if you haven't checked out that new commercial with Alyssa Milano flinging her gorgeous locks for her line of NFL clothing, honey, you have missed a real treat. Ooh la la! I also like the Ricola commercial where the coughing fellow ends up with his skating partner's buttchecks on either side of his head as he asks pleadingly for a cough lozenge. Let's hope no one takes that one off anytime soon. Next column (and last column), I'll let you in on my personal best and worst list for the year, but I will tell you a "best" moment was getting attention from a construction worker with honey bunny in her grrrl drag, and a worst moment was having honey bunny get a parking ticket during "Monkey Month" in the U-District. Also, my fave new bands are The Black Eyed Peas, 'cause I want to be Will.i.am and dress like him and Rhianna (and her band) - this one wonders if that one's a little Queer, 'cause on SNL she was rocking some interesting boi moves. For now, buhbye, kiss kiss, and peace out, and have a groovy holiday season, babies!

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