With the still growing epidemic of HIV amongst the MSM community it was important to us to share a message this World AIDS Day.

This is your life…
Take control of it.
Negative or Positive.
Know your STATUS

Well it’s that time of year again. The 2nd annual AIDS Walk will be taking place on Oct 26th here in Fresno, CA and begin at 9a. I’ve set a small goal of $100 and hope that everyone can help me surpass that goal. All proceeds benefit The Living Room here in Fresno, CA that provide services to those affected by HIV/AIDS. I’m excited that this year they will have a 5K run which I think I can do no questions asked!

Hope to see all of you there in support of all the walkers and those of us who are going to run our butts off!! Below is the donation page where you can donate your Starbucks coffee & Club money! LOL

Thanks in advance for your support!

My WestCare (The Living Room) Donation Page – http://www.fresnoaidswalk.org/aidswalk/participantpage.asp?uid=3682&fundid=1909

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So I have a bit of a rant tonight. A guy sent me a message online saying, “Hi, I liked your profile and I’d like to get to know you better.” So, me being the nice guy I am, I fall for it. (Keep in mind all communication has been via text message.) So today I get this messages from him:

“Well,

Im trying to find the balance between life and on line dating.

Last time I was single in 1997 I would meet people in person.

Now with all this electronic

Flirting, it’s taking too much time from more productive things.

Most Guys have been in 2-3 year relationships at most and seem to like treating on line dating like others treat Facebook.

Their ok with saying they want an LTR but want to email you to death.

Even now, I’m emailing you and I don’t know you.

I don’t get it. How could people resist the next step to meet so non shalantly.

I have a libido and want to find someone special to enjoy that. But a lot of people are content choking the chicken I guess and want to dick around on line without trying.

So, what do you think about that;)”

My response was, “Well sounds like we need to talk on the phone then and welcome to 2013 by the way!”

So he says I can call at anytime, so I called him tonight at 7:45p and we talked for like maybe 1 minute and he says 45 seconds I swear into the conversation, “Oh, I have to go….”, uh….. Okay, well talk to you later…. click……

I swear, why try to be nice and give these “assholes” the benefit of the doubt but they all turn out to be the same! Gotta love it. Well back to the drawing board! It’s funny even my gut said there was something shady about him. Damn it Ted, LISTEN TO YOUR GUT!!!!

Portrait of a confused young man

No it’s not a pickup line! I recently read the book “R U Looking?” It’s written by Selrach Smith and you can check out his Facebook Page .(http://www.facebook.com/pages/R-U-Looking/175062022642373) The book is A Guide to Navigating Gay Dating and offers what I felt were some basics in gay dating, but yet so many men forget about or have never been experienced to. You can get read the Into at the link below. I would be curious to see what your opinions are!

Intro to R U Looking? – http://www.rulookingbook.com/files/65263220.pdf

Main Website – http://www.rulookingbook.com/

Buy the Book – http://store.rulookingbook.com/

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Dear Community Members;
I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart that supported the community event “How to Survive a Plague”.  As you all know the proceeds from the event were intended to stay within our community. While we had over 260 votes on-line less than 85 people attended the actual event. At an average cost of $8.00 per ticket the event ended in the red. I’m saddened that there was not more support from the community to allow us to give back to the organizations that support our community.


I plan on doing a similar event in 2013. With your help I know that we can make it successful! If anyone would like to discuss the financial details of the event I am more than willing to meet with you.

Thank you and hope you all will have a great New Year

Yours truly,

Ted

I ran across this great documentary over the weekend that really made me think about how we love, our relationships (current and past) and about myself. This video could not have come at a better time for me. I suggest you watch the trailer below and if you like it the exclusive full video is below the trailer. This would be something to watch with your partner and/or loved ones. Feel free to share this with your friends as well.

You will need to set aside about an hour and half, but it’s the best 76 minutes you will spend this week I promise! This would be a great time to just take some time for yourself as well. Self-help is the best medicine out there! I hope you enjoy this great video and would love to hear your feedback.


Trailer – How Will We Love?


Exclusive Full 76 Minute Documentary – How Will We Love?

HiRes Flyer (PDF) – http://myrebootedlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/HTSAP-PDF.pdf
Web Flyer (JPG) – http://myrebootedlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/HTSAP-JPG.jpg

So as many of you know I have taken on allot of personal projects in our community over the years. My latest project is to bring the film “How to Survive a Plague” to the Central Valley in observance of World AIDS Day on Nov 30, 2012 at 7:00pm. Read below and follow my blog for more information on this great community event!

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For the past month I have been working to get the film “How to Survive a Plage” to the Central Valley and today I just finalized the paperwork for the screening rights to the film. I’m currently working on a venue hopefully down in the Tower District. (I’m shooting for the Tower Theatre) I’ve choosing the Tower District because it’s close to food and personally I think it’s a great centralized location for everyone to meet up at.

Many people have asked Why did you choose to put on this event? Simple answer is that over the past few years I have raised funds for many causes. I’m always asked how the money makes it back to the community. Usually the answer is I DON’T KNOW or It goes to the SF AIDS Foundation and they disperse the funds. Well truth of the matter is we never really know if it makes it down to our community. So my plan for this year was to bring a film to Fresno in observance of World AIDS Day and have all the proceeds from the film go back directly to the community, hence the this Community Event. To engage the community I setup a voting system at http://myrebootedlife.com/vote where you the community can vote for the organization you feel should receive the proceeds from the film. Then on Dec 19th I will personally hand deliver a check to the organization that everyone voted for.

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.


Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwhFS1mUaVY

All proceeds generated from this event will be given BACK to the community. Personally I think the funds should goto an organizations that has an HIV/AIDS emphasis and/or continue to show their support ACTIVELY in our community. I will let YOU the community decide who deserves the proceeds and we (The Community) will deliver the checks to the selected organizations on Dec 19th.

How do you get involved? It’s easy as 1… 2… 3…

1. Vote for the organization you think would best benefit from proceeds from this project.

Which community organization do you feel should receive proceeds from the film How to Survice a Plague?

  • My LGBT Plus (40%, 106 Votes)
  • Gay Fresno (25%, 65 Votes)
  • WeCARE Fresno (14%, 37 Votes)
  • Fresno LGBT Community Center (11%, 30 Votes)
  • The Living Room (6%, 15 Votes)
  • All About Care (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Other - It's your choice, please choose for me (2%, 4 Votes)
  • PFLAG Fresno Chapter (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 264

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NOTE: If the organization you would like to vote for is not listed, please e-mail ted.freitas@gmail.com and I will get this added. I will then cast the vote for you.

2. Share this link with your Friends and Family, Post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media outlet! (You can click the Facebook Share button at the top or there are links are at the bottom of this post)

3. Purchase a ticket for yourself or make a donation to this community project!

Contact Info: Ted G. Freitas / 559.892.1705 / ted.freitas (at) me.com

 

Do you know your HIV Status? Well for those of you that have not been tested in the last 6 months I encourage you to visit the the Fresno Health Department’s HIV Mobile testing unit at the Fresno LGBT Community center on Sep 28th in observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. National Gay men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD for short) was founded in 2008 by NAPWA (National Association of People with AIDS). NGMHAAD was founded to reach America’s more than 6 million men who have sex with men (MSM) – because we matter! Even here in Fresno County alone we are seeing an increase in HIV infections rates and personally I think it’s alarming since it’s a preventable disease.

Fresno County HIV mobile testing at the Fresno LGBT Community Center

Friday Sept 28th from 12:30p – 4:30p

Test takes about 30 minutes and you will be given the results at the end so you will KYS (Know Your Status) before you leave.

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It’s about MSM stepping up to the plate to increase the number of us who know our HIV status. To increase the number of the HIV-positives among us who are in treatment with undetectable viral load, protecting themselves and their partners. To increase awareness of HIV and fight stigma in communities that carry the heaviest burden of this epidemic, saying, We’re gay and we matter – and reminding our communities, the virus is only a virus and people who have it deserve our help. The CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin has written about “our mission of preventing HIV infection and reducing the incidence of HIV-related illness and death, in collaboration with community, state, national and international partners” (CDC DHAP Strategic Plan 2011-2015). It can’t happen without us!   

For more information on the Fresno LGBT Community Center visit http://www.gaycentralvalley.org

For more information on the Fresno Health Department visit http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/Division.aspx?id=2553

Current HIV Stats – http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DivisionPage.aspx?id=51699

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Well I wanted to do Men in Black, but the only showing is at 4:30p and that will not work for most of us. This was the next best thing I could find.

Movie: Step Up Revolution
Date: 9/14/2012
Time: 7:15 PM

NOTE: Planning to have dinner and drinks & North India Bar and Grill Prior to Movie at 6:00 PM

‎1hr 40min‎‎ – Rated PG-13‎‎ – Drama/Musical/Romance‎

Director: Scott Speer – Cast: Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Misha Gabriel, Peter Gallagher, Stephen Boss
Emily, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer, but soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs. The crew, called the MOB, strives to win a contest for a major sponsorship opportunity, but soon Emily’s father threatens to develop the MOB’s historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people. Emily must band together with Sean and the MOB to turn their performance mobs into protest mobs, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.

Trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ6wu53BLis

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So I woke up this morning to an article on one of my favorite sites MacRumors.com. I tend to check this site every morning and find out what is going on in the world of Apple and also there are always some interesting things on there. So today there was an article about some hackers releasing 1 Million iOS UDID’s (Unique Identifiers) that were obtained from an FBI laptop. As usual, I was thinking oh great, another rumor! As I read I saw a link on the word “released”. Ok, I’ll click on it. It guided me over to another site called Pastebin.com where there were a few direct links to the actual iOS UDID’s file and I figured what the heck, wonder if I’m on that list? Downloaded the file, ran an MD5 check against it, it’s legit per the poster, decoded the file, uncompressed the file and viola iphonelist.txt (see below) was reviled…. HOLY SHIT!

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Initially I thought this was an international only list due to some of the names and the ways the devices were named, but after looking for my devices by UDID and not finding them I thought… humm let me look by city. Guess what there were people from my own city on this list. Of course I shot the owner an immediate e-mail and gave him a heads up, I’m sure the person is probably going to be freaked out, but if I didn’t tell he would have probably never known. Guess it’s good someone is watching out for people.

The good news is the cell phone number and e-mail address columns were removed from the list. The bad news is what about the device name? By default Apple uses your full name to try and name your device for you, what if you update the name and put your e-mail address as the device name? The picture above clearly shows that information can be tied back to people, how do you think I found the local person? By their UDID.

It just goes to show you that our information is not secure and that security is a HUGE issue as we become more mobile and utilize more and and all technology.

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  • ShannonMy LGBT focuses on youth - vote for them!
  • Kristin BeasleyThanks Ted for making this film available for view