Come One Come All
And bring a buddy. For the month of July, Club Dallas is fighting back with its popular recession busting "Buddy Night". On Thursday nights during the month of July, when you bring a buddy to Club Dallas during the hours of 4 pm to midnight, your buddy gets a free locker when you pay for a room. This is great value. So don't be late to this popular event!
July 4th Celebration Around the Pool
Join us poolside on Saturday, July 4th for a complimentary BBQ while we hoist the Stars & Stripes in celebration of America's Independence Day. Festivities begin at 1:00 pm sharp and don't forget our regular Sunday 1:00 pm BBQ during the entire summer. Clothing strictly optional, of course!
Lazy Hazy Days of Summer
Summer is back and that means more time out doors for many of us, especially more time by the pool working on a tan. One question that always comes up is whether or not you can get a suntan on a cloudy day. The answer is an unequivocal "yes." In fact, cloudy days often mean that there is a greater chance for severe burns. That statement seems counterintuitive on the surface because many of us think that if we can't see the sun then we're not going to get a tan but it's the invisible rays (the UV rays) that are at work and are responsible for sunburns and suntans. Its' true that clouds act as a filter for the UV rays but still about 80% of the sun's UV rays can pass through clouds, fog and haze. When we're laying out on cloudy days we don't feel as hot as we do under direct sunlight so we tend to spend more time outside. We might even neglect to apply sunscreen leaving our skin completely vulnerable to the sun's UV rays. These two factors are the main reasons for some of the severe burns that have been reported on cloudy days. So, if you do lay out by the pool on a cloudy day, you should use the same precautions as if the sun were out in full force.
Summer is fun but sunburn is not. When working on a summer tan whether you're out on sunny days or cloudy days start out slowly. Gradually increase the time you expose your skin to the sun. Always, always use a sunscreen when out doors. Look for a sunscreen that's water proof. Reapply sunscreen after you've been in the water. If you're skin is fair or your hair is red or blond or your eyes are blue than choose a sun screen that has the highest SPF factor. Limit your time in the sun during peak hours, usually from 10 am to 3 pm. If you're taking medication (especially for HIV) or herbal remedies, check for side effects to sun sensitivity. Most of all, use common sense when out in the sun and be particularly careful on cloudy days. The clouds will not protect you from the effects of the sun and can actually fool you into thinking that you're not getting a burn.
If you should find that you've spent too much time soaking up the rays and you come away with a burn, here are some things that you can do. Obviously the best possible way to treat a sunburn is to avoid being burned in the first place. There are many ways to do this and sunscreen is the best. You can buy it in many different types of SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Depending upon your skin, choosing the best one for you is not that difficult. The lower the SPF number on the bottle, the less protection you will get. A higher SPF number means more protection. If you have a fair complexion, then an SPF of 45 or higher is good for you. There is waterproof sunblock also available, so you can still enjoy water sports (Remember, we're talking water sports of the "outdoor" variety here). Also, wearing a hat and covering your skin up with loose clothing is a great idea. Being covered makes it impossible for the sun to get to your skin. Aloe helps to soothe the pain and calm the sunburn. This can be purchased at most stores and it is inexpensive, depending on the brand you buy. Aloe also has other benefits; if put on right away it will help your sunburn turn into a tan. There will be less peeling of the dead skin and possibly none at all. Using a wet rag or cloth and applying it right to the burn area will provide some temporary relief from the pain and discomfort of a sunburn. Some people say that soaking the rag in a mixture of vinegar and water will also draw out the heat of a sunburn. Make sure to take in enough fluids by drinking water. When sunburned, most people tend to get really dehydrated. Use an anti-inflammatory for the burn. This will help take away pain and inflammation out of the burn so you are more comfortable.
Whether you're out by the pool or under a shade tree or sitting at home, here are some reading suggestions to help you through our Dallas heat.
The Distance Between Us (by Bart Yates) looks at the world through the eyes of a bitter old woman and does a good job doing so. Hester Parker is not a likeable person and one finds it difficult to sympathize or empathize with her. As an individual, Hester is hard to handle, and with her family - the messiest collection of talented eccentrics gathered under one roof - she is even worse. It is only when dealing with Alex - a fellow even more damaged than Hester or her kin - that Hester allows her finer nature to come through; a nature that failed her when her youngest son Jeremy needed her most. Only toward the end does Hester manage to come through for her family in need. The Distance Between Us fascinates us with its unique (if disturbing) characters, brisk dialog and interesting plot, even if the ending left us a bit cold. Ironically, the most disappointing character in the book is Alex, the gay character
My Lucky Star (by Joe Keenan) This hilarious novel (his third) takes off where Keenan's previous books left off. He again depicts a world of humorous, campy gay life, but this time in Hollywood rather than Manhattan. Despite being published by Little Brown, a stately New England publisher, this book doesn't mince words when it comes to hot gay encounters of the Hollywood kind. While not overly explicit, it is as graphic as a heterosexual romantic comedy of errors would be. Female readers (and even some straight men) will find out what two gay men might get up to if left alone with perfect, seductive lighting! This is a fun, quick read by a Hollywood writer (Keenan won several Emmy's writing for Frasier) that raises suspicions he is writing about real celebrities and just giving them new names.
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (by Jeffrey Archer) Archer is best known for his long and entertaining sagas that span generations. However, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less covers just a few months and concentrates on four main characters who have been seriously conned by one very brilliant guru of deceit. The book plots out how the four men go about getting their revenge in often funny and ingenious ways. This is a good and light read with interesting turns and twists to the plot as you get closer to the end of the novel. You'll finish with a smile on your face.
A Special Note to Business Owners
Club Dallas is always looking for ways to help promote gay and gay friendly businesses. If you have a business website and you'd like us to help you promote your business via our newsletter, we'd like to talk to you about our link exchange program. For more information, please send us an email using the contact form on our website. We'd love to hear from you.