Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-12-08



strap this on
by lisa rock

This article shared 1436 times since Wed Mar 7, 2007
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

uditions are so much fun. I have been traveling these beautiful United States in search of the next theatre gig. I've been to Florida, Wisconsin and NYC and next week it's off to Las Vegas. You have a two to four hour plane ride, a night in someone else's bed ( take that how you like ) , and the taste of the local culture. Then you get to go spend two to four minutes singing and/or doing a monologue or reading a side from a script. You either get a phone call with the job, or you see the rehearsals have started and realize you didn't get it.

I personally don't mind the audition process. I have appreciated being able to travel and spend some time with old friends. On my trip to NYC, I had a harrowing day at the airport on my return. The flight was supposed to leave at 7:30 p.m., but was delayed until 11:45 p.m. This was during the Chicago blizzard that was headed for NYC. Needless to say, I was grateful to make it home. Anyway, it helped me figure out the Top Ten Ways to Pass the Time at an airport. So Strap This On:

The Top Ten Ways to Pass the Time at an Airport with No Full-Service Restaurants

10 ) Talk to total strangers. I was in a bar at LaGuardia. They had cafeteria-style service for the food. Since the bar stools were up against a wall with a counter wide enough for a small size paper plate to fit on, my breasts kept brushing up against the woman next to me and vice versa. I felt it was only proper that I introduce myself.

9 ) Drink. While they only had the choice of a cabernet or a merlot for reds, I was able to choke down several glasses.

8 ) Listen carefully to total strangers. It turns out the couple I sat near was in town for a funeral for someone who used to work at the company I do my day job with. This endeared us to one another. The next round was on them.

7 ) Find common bonds. It turns out that the young man at the end of the bar had lost his father recently as well. This brought about another round of drinks.

6 ) Mingle. As the bar closed, we heard the overhead page that there were some seats available on stand-by for an earlier flight to Chicago. I turned and smiled at an attractive woman who surprisingly turned out to be Lisa Ling. I told her how fabulous she was, and we chatted for about five minutes until she got on the plane. Sweet, lovely woman.

5 ) Put politics aside. The young man that had tagged along with the older couple and myself was on his way home to his wife and baby. He was on leave from the service. The earlier flight had one seat left on it, and the older gentlemen I was with said outloud that this young man was in the service. All of the business men that had obviously been in the airport all day as well stepped back and said, 'Go ahead, son.'

4 ) Follow friends to the Admiral's Club. None of us were members. We just took the elevator up, and all acted like we belonged there. They have a bar and free snacks.

3 ) Enjoy the ride. They had better wine in the Admiral's Club.

2 ) Think ahead. Make sure to take extra free food for the plane ride home. This way the food soaked up the third and fourth glasses of wine my new friend had so graciously bought me.

1 ) Steal electricity anywhere you can to keep that cell phone charged, so you can call your partner to give her updates on when you're coming home. Thanks, Robin!

Have a good travel story? Let me know at

This article shared 1436 times since Wed Mar 7, 2007
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Gay News

VIEWPOINT: FDA must lift discriminatory blood-donor policy 2022-01-26
- With the nation's blood supply at its lowest point in a decade, and the American Red Cross declaring its first-ever national blood crisis earlier this month, it is time for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...

Gay News

VIEWPOINT Who is my neighbor? 2022-01-20
- The notion of functioning as a Good Samaritan is one that transcends any particular faith tradition. The idea of humans treating humans in a humane way sounds so simple, yet history and modernity are replete with ...

Gay News

Failure to enact Freedom to Vote is a blow to vulnerable groups 2022-01-20
-- From a press release - From Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund: "The failure to enact the Freedom to Vote, John R. Lewis Act is a profound blow to our Democracy. The inability to ensure ...

Gay News

VIEWS Trans women passing the torch 2022-01-19
- I am writing this letter to the editor to compliment Windy City Times on its recent article "Passing the torch: How generations of trans women approach activism, advocacy," by Max Lubbers. The article highlights how the ...

Gay News

Two join races for state office, Personal PAC comments on threats to reproductive rights 2022-01-18
-- From a Personal PAC press release - Chicago, IL — Today, following the news that anti-choice extremists Richard Irvin and Avery Bourne would run as Republicans for governor and Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, Personal PAC President and CEO Terry Cosgrove released the following ...

Gay News

VIEWS Hoarders 2022-01-10
- One TV program that I alternately love and hate is Hoarders. The producers send a team of psychologists, organizers and laborers into a person's home and they all work (and argue) about cleaning the place up ...

Gay News

VIEWPOINT For LGBTQ community, the movement behind Jan. 6 is an existential threat 2022-01-08
- The stakes could not be higher. The LGBTQ movement has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams in democratic societies worldwide. Where we have had access to freedom of speech and assembly, remarkable advances have followed. This is ...

Gay News

LETTER Continue the dialogue on racism 2022-01-08
- I am writing this letter to the editor about the article that appeared on the Windy City Times website titled "A look at Northalsted/Boystown bars since 2020 town hall on racism," written by Cris Villalonga-Vivoni. Also, ...

Gay News

LETTER Remembering Archbishop Tutu 2021-12-28
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away in Cape Town, South Africa, on Dec. 26 at the age of 90. In 1984, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his efforts to bring about a peaceful transition to a society with ...

Gay News

VIEWS Remembering our sister-friend bell hooks 2021-12-16
- bell hooks died on Dec. 15, 2021, at 69, in Kentucky. As a Black Appalachian, bell hooks was inarguably one of the nation's prominent feminist scholars and authors, and a friend to everyone she met. Last ...

Gay News

VIEWS Will Smollett's hoax affect public perception of hate crimes? 2021-12-13
- Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett was recently found guilty on five of the six counts of felony disorderly conduct for concocting an elaborate racist and homophobic assault against himself. Each Class 4 felony count can land ...

Gay News

SAVOR Sweetwater Tavern & Grille 2021-12-04
- The popular Loop spot Sweetwater Tavern & Grille—which specializes in contemporary U.S. cuisine, and which is part of the Bottleneck Management stable of restaurants—has a lot going for it. First, there are the views of the ...

Gay News

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Thanksgiving is a time to reflect 2021-11-24
- Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for a God that created us and loves us. The sins of racism, sexism, ageism and classicism are neoclassic examples of how we have fallen short. We have come ...

Gay News

VIEWS Young people need to listen to LGBTQ elders' intergenerational experiences 2021-11-20
- For one of my first Windy City Times assignments, I was lucky enough to spend nearly three hours interviewing longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Michael O'Connor. As queer individuals living in Chicago in 2021, we had plenty in ...

Gay News

VIEWS Reporting on queers of color needs to investigate absence as much as presence 2021-11-19
- Earlier this month, I pitched a Windy City Times article that sought to explore how role playing games (RPGs), such as Dungeons & Dragons, enable queer people of color (QPOC) to explore their gender and sexuality ...


Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.