Son “Comes Out” to his Father at McDonald’s

Son “Comes Out” to his Father at McDonald’s

I’m impressed this made it though the approval process when it comes to pitching ideas for global brands and their next big commercial. This one packs a punch.

We see a guy with his dad at a McDonald’s drinking coffee. The son wrote, “I like boys” on his cup and his dad abruptly walked off with his McCafe cup. We’re left watching the son sitting alone in total sadness. But then his father returns with his McCafe cup (possibly refilled) and writes over his son’s admission, “I accept that you like boys” and we sigh a huge sigh of relief.

Yes, this is a huge step and maybe the next ad can be the dad taking his son and the boy he likes to McDonald’s as opposed to another version of this commercial. Watching the ad makes people think like’s still something wrong for linking the same gender, even if it’s for a small brief moment. Straight people never have to come out. There isn’t a time in a straight boy’s life where he has to sit with his loved-ones and contemplate explaining that he’s into girls/women. Sexual orientation is such a small fragment of who we are and when I look back at my “coming out” I think — why was it anyone’s business?

Kudos for McDonald’s for taking this leap…let’s see them take two more!

Our One Year Wedding Anniversary

one year wedding anniversary nando and german

 

It was one year ago today that German and I slushed our way through the snow and said “I do” in front of an impatient city hall worker in New York City and got married. Our official witness was one of my best friends, Charlene but also present were her then boyfriend and our Russian immigrant photographer Vlad who would constantly spit out phrases like “Put heads together like so” while bringing his hands together in a clapping motion. It was romantic, it was intimate, it was rushed as there were 200 other couples waiting to be married after us. Our officiant, after telling us we could now seal our marriage with a kiss, yelled “Next!” and we rode off into the sunset…or in our case, took a flight to Miami Beach and said goodbye to the snow.

This year won’t be any different — we leave for Miami tomorrow, except it is different, we’re an old married couple now, with a baby, our little Leona. She’s our 1 year old shih tzu puppy who’s taken over our lives (if our instagram and Facebook accounts are any proof). She’s already been to Texas and Iowa and now it’s beach time and we’re super excited. But we like to think we’re a modern married gay couple living in Brooklyn New York. We Snapchat to communicate important messages to one another like, “Don’t forget the Nair tonight!”

And while German was Nairing my back last night, I couldn’t help to think how our lives have changed in just one year. It’s easy to get caught up in every day crap and the stress of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” so I’ve developed a calming device for myself and it’s speaking to myself as my older-wiser-self. I’m sure there’s a study somewhere cautioning this as an early cause of a personalty split, but for now it works. I talk to myself from “the future” in order to not stress out and put things into perspective. Let’s say I have a presentation to give and I’m freaking out about it. I talk myself down from the edge and pretend it’s a week later and say something like, “That presentation was so sexy hot, I’m thinking of changing careers…thanks Nando! And who does your hair?” Or if I have to give an update on a project I’m working on and I haven’t received all the content I need to show much progress, the conversation in my head goes something like, “Wow, you’ve really taken being the lead on this project to the next level Nando. I’m so glad we hired you! Best decision ever! And who does your hair?”

I figured I could use this device in the positive and it got me excited to think about the future with German and our 10-year wedding anniversary. Here are the things I’ll be discussing with him as he Nairs my back on that trip. (And by now you’re probably wondering just how hairy is my back — well, let’s just say, it’s a Zach Galifianakis situation…don’t judge)

 

  • Do you remember our wedding day? No it wasn’t raining, it was snowing, read the blog!
  • Geesh, can you warm up the Nair in your hands a little more?
  • I can’t wait to hit the beach and nap. Do you think they’ll bring us Jell-O?
  • Did you buy the extra metamucil packets?
  • Joe’s Stone Crab is only a few hours away.
  • Yes, clip your toenails before we leave.
  • I don’t know, who am I? A weather man?
  • Oh yeah, take the blue one — you look extra sexy in that one!
  • Should I take the red one? You know, the red one? The red one? THE RED ONE? Forget it.
  • Leona on our 1st wedding anniversary…remember how she peed in the pool?
  • I love you.
  • THE RED ONE!
  • We saw Frozen on our honeymoon in Miami.
  • Wanna do that spa thing we did with the torture chamber water thing that goes across your back that we did? Did you like that? It was weird…but in a good way, right?
  • Damn it, you always miss a spot! I’m walking around the beach with Donald Trump’s head sticking out of my back.
  • Should we try going somewhere different next year for our anniversary? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
  • Our first date? Yeah, of course I remember it. I called you Santiago when I wrote about you because I wanted to protect your identity.
  • Don’t forget you have 3 photography sessions when we return and I have a consultation with Shonda Rhimes on the show she wants to do on my life called “Nando.”
  • Is Snapchat still a thing?
  • You really don’t remember the red one?

Leona the Lion

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Leona had a photo shoot with daddy today and according to him — she actually sat down and posed (due to several chicken treats and toys). It’s always a challenge to get her to take photos but once they are snapped and we look back — they were always worth the trouble. Who knew we would become “those” type of puppy parents? But we have. She’s our little baby and is spoiled rotten.

33 Ways to Stay Creative

33 Ways to Stay Creative

It’s come to my attention that several of my friends are in the creative space. How did I come to this conclusion? Because I was once “in the space” and I’ve stopped and it’s like a flashing neon sign in my lazy face that I haven’t been actively creating anything but ass indentations on my bed, couch and chairs. But I’ve also learned it’s a part of my process as a creative. I go through waves. Sometimes it’s a solid 6 months of energy-crazed content about careers, dating or self-improvement and then it’s a wave of riding nothing but a bag of Doritos to my face.

I believe everyone is creative and I know there are many out there that would love to have the argument of “Not me, I couldn’t create anything if I had a loaded gun pointed to my crotch!” But think about it–Are you good at making people laugh?  In your circle of friends, are you the Pinterest queen pinning for the best pink items around? When you’re around your husband, do you compliment his attempt to use hair products? All those examples take a form of creativity.

As I was researching “ways to get off the couch” I can across this little piece of work that spoke to me. Although I’m not gonna lie, I think it’s ugly…but the content is key. Take a read. What are some other ways you stay creative?

 

33 ways to be creative
33 ways to be creative
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