2008: BEST GAY YEAR EVER!

And thus we come to the end of another year here on the good ship AfterElton.com! We’re going to be taking some time off and will return to our regular
blogging and posting schedule on January 5th with a brand new Brothers & Sisters recap explaining just what was up with those Kevin smooching Julia pics.

But knowing how many
folks might be stuck with too many straight relatives over the holidays, we want to make sure you’re able to get your daily dose of gay. With that in mind, we’ve decided to give you a look back at the BEST.GAY.YEAR.EVER! And what a year it’s been!


Heath Ledger, Matthew Mitcham, Proposition 8 protesters

We’ve had great highs — Matthew Mitcham’s surprise gold at the Beijing Olympics, the success of Milk and horrible lows — the death of Heath Ledger, the passage of Proposition 8. Each month includes links to that month’s most popular articles and blog posts (not counting the regular columns all of which you can find here), along with any relevant updates, as well as our Man of the Month. Plus, as a special bonus, at the end you’ll find our Year in IMHO whereby I give all the programs we follow (almost all anyway!) their final patented up, down, or sideways arrow.

Plus on the very last page we finally reveal that undigitized picture of Paul Rudd naked on Saturday Night Live

So sit back, relax and enjoy! And while we’re away, feel free to chat amongst yourselves and post any news in the forums. We might even be checking in there ourselves. 

JANUARYHEATH IS GONE TOO SOON, TORCHWOOD’S BIG GAY KISS, PLUS JACK MACK, TODD HERZOG AND MARGARET CHO!
The guys who bring you Angry Puppy compiled the
Ten Best Gay and Bisexual Science Fiction Characters and folks went crazy discussing it making it the most popular feature this month. Not much will have changed by the end of the year when it comes to out sci fi characters though we do learn about the  show Virtuality which has gay characters and Battlestar Galactica’s Lt. Gaeta will finally come out by the end of the year — in a webisode.

Our second most popular article was the news that Jon Robbi Baitz was out of a job in a Backstage Shake-Up at Brothers & Sisters

Over on the blog, a lot of folks shared my feelings about Why Heath Ledger’s Death is like a body blow. To commemorate his loss, we put togethter a pictorial tribute to the man who died far too young. Not everyone is so broken up by Heath’s death including Fox’s John Gibson who actually  mocks the tragedy. Gibson later apologizes, but not even conservative talk show host Joe Scarborough isn’t buying it. Naturally, Gibson goes on to whine "I’m the victim!" and after the Momon church helps pass Prop 8 in November, they’ll claim the exact same thing. 

In other news!

Captain Jack (John Barrowman) lays one on Captain John (James Marsden)

  • We take a look at sketch comedy’s greatest gay hits.
  • Project Runway’s Jack Mackenroth sits for an interview. We heart him to pieces and all year long he’ll keep doing great work for HIV visibility.
  • Before he got around to trashing Hollywood, Americans, and most everyone else, Rupert Everett first  starred in St. Trinian’s.
  • Chemistry.com’s gay inclusive campaign continues. By the end of the year, homophobic eHarmony.com will have settled a lawsuit by starting a gay dating site. Only Log Cabin Republicans sign up.
  • Survivor’s Todd Herzog discusses how he became the second gay man to be the last man standing and how he did it while keeping his clothes on. We wouldn’t have minded a little skin, Todd!
  • Perennial gay-crush and hottie Nate Berkus is set to host Oprah’s Big Give. Alas, it turns out to be much ado about nothing as Nate doesn’t have much to do.
  • Margaret Cho chats about her ongoing tour. Unfortunately, it’s a bigger hit than her new show which will tank later in the year. 
  • Heath Ledger isn’t the only actor to die young as Brad Renfro dies at age 25.
  • We review Mitchell Liechtenstein’s Teeth. No, not his real teeth. It’s a movie!About a vagina that bites. Oh, never mind.
  • AfterElton.com reader Jerome comes up with the idea for The Kiss Campaign! The very clever plan will go on to get international coverage!
  • Heroes’ Zach is still gay. In a comic anyway. In a bit of karmic retribution, the show’s ratings and critical acclaim slide all season long. 
  • In December we interviewed Ugly Betty’s David Blue but it wasn’t until this month that everyone started reading it.
  • Columnist Tom O’Neil suggests that same-sex rape makes a movie gay. I think he’s off base by about a thousand light years.
  • Outsports picks best sports pics of 2007.
  • Our January Book column is about gay artists and gay travelers
  • Barack Obama announces his favorite character on The Wire is Omar, the gay one! Even so, Barack still doesn’t favor giving Omar the right to marry his same-sex partner. Oh, well. One step at a time.
  • AfterElton.com blog editor Brian Juergens shares all the details about his evening with Kathy Griffin

And the MAN OF THE MONTH for January is — WILSON CRUZ!

FEBRUARY — THE SUPERBOWL FUMBLES AGAIN, GAY LOVE, AND IS THERE REALLY SUCH A THING AS BAD BEEFCAKE?
The number one article for the month was my editorial Anti-Gay Violence in Super Bowl Ads Still Not Funny which I wrote after I found two Super Bowl commercials offensive for promoting anti-gay violence, especially one featuring Richard Simmons being run down by a car, . A long, thoughtful discussion followed with a slight majority thinking I was bit off base. Since then, Simmons has continued starring in annoying commercials that, admittedly, make us all want to run him down. 

The top blog spot went to a Two Gay Guys vlog titled "Why are some gay men so mean? Inspired by the vicious reaction to Chi Chi LaRue speaking out about the health of gay porn actors, Brent and I examined how the gay community can sometimes be its own worst enemy.

Our second most popular article for the month was Broadway Backwards gets pretty gay. The words "Broadway" and "gay" together in the same sentence? Like that’s never happened before!

 I bet if I lose the towel, we’ll be
the most popular article for the whole year!

In other news!

Cheyenne Jackson and Eddie Cibrian as lovers on Torchwood?
The Time/Space rift would never recover!

And the MAN OF THE MONTH for February is — GIDEON GLICK!


MARCH:
BRONNIE, GAY DEMONS, PLUS THE GAYS RUNAWAY WITH PROJECT RUNWAY!

Christian Siriano scored the lion’s share of press during Project Runway and had March’s most popular article. Oh, yeah, he also won the whole PR shebang, got a guest spot on Ugly Betty and seemed pretty-well guaranteed to get more than fifteen minutes of fame. But fellow PR contestant Rami Kashou didn’t do too badly himself. And Christian and Rami weren’t the only Project Runway designketeers we interviewed either. Fan favorite Chris March also took time to chat with us as did the guy who caters the show and someone who knows someone who once sat next to Heidi Klum on a plane. 

Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres, who is going to have a very big year, hosted Danny Noriega as well as Wanda Sykes who sure talked like someone who was gay. Oh, wait, she is gay! And married! And that news surprised no one!

In other news

And the MAN OF THE MONTH for MARCH is — BILL T. JONES!


APRIL: NUKE SMOOCHES, GOSSIP GIRL’S GAY AND STRAIGHT SONGS ABOUT GAY MEN!
We knew that when Luke and Noah finally locked lips again on As the World Turns, it would be big news and were right because news the Luke and Noah kiss moratorium was finally over was April’s biggest story.


Luke (Van Hansis), Noah (Jake Silbermann)

Second most popular was the "shocking" (hint, hint — the article was posted on the first of April! wink, wink!) news that T. R. Knight and Katherine Heigl split!

Meanwhile, over on the blog, the big news was that Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies was adding a minor gay character.Too bad the show would be cancelled before that actually happened. Sigh.

In other news!

And the MAN OF THE MONTH for APRIL is — PAOLO SZOT!


MAY: GAY KISSES, GAY WEDDINGS, GAY ROMANCES!
Our first article about Forbbidden Love’s gay romance being anything but forbidden is anything but unopular. In fact, it’s the most popular article of the month. In second place is our scoop that the remake of The Andromeda Strain does add a gay to the mix. And he saves the day! Of course, then he dies…

Over on the blog, you good folks never get tired of watching/discussing/voting on hot guy/guy kisses, do you? Including this great one on Spain’s version of American Idol. I doubt we’ll be seeing that on the U.S. version anytime soon. And you were also very happy when we broke the news that Calvin (Paul James) would do some smooching on ABC Family’s Greek. Best of all, it’s with Veronica Mars/Ugly Betty hottie Max Greenfield!

Paul James from Greek, Ricky Schroeder from The Andromeda Strain

In other news!

And the MAN OF THE MONTH for MAY is — BARNEY FRANK!


JUNE: IT’S HOT, HOT, HOT IN SO MANY WAYS!
In the least surprising news of the year, The AfterElton.com Hot 100 winners are not only the top article for June, but for the entire year. Did Jake Gyllenhaal keep his title as the hottest in all the land?

In second place for the month was Neil Patrick Harris Lets It All Hang Out, which turned out to be prophetic since later in the year the #5 finisher on the Hot 100 got nekkid on How I Met Your Mother. Okay, it was U.S. TV nekkid, but still! Plus Neil did some fun Old Spice ads.

All this still wasn’t enough hot beefcake for you so everyone flocked to the blog to read ten actors who beefed up to boost their career. You’re not really this shallow, are you? Thankfully the answer is yes!

Ben Foster, Will Smith, Ryan Reynolds

In other news!

It’s practically like reporting from a war zone!

And the MAN OF THE MONTH for JUNE is — ALEC MAPA


JULY: A GREAT GAY MOVIE, THINGS GET STEAMY ON HOLLYOAKS, AND I GAY UP THE TCA!
This month’s top article is a total darkhorse and no one was more surprised than myself to learn it was our review of Ciao! This unusual gay flick had it all — hot men, a great story, love, romance, acting.

The only surprise about our second place article was that it didn’t finish in first. I speak of our interview with Hollyoaks class act James Sutton who made us all fall in love with John Paul McQueen. We still miss him! Plus we posted the first pic of Craig Dean’s return. And how about a Hollyoaks clip to round things out? Mother, may I sleep with Kieron? Like he needed permission!

Ciao, James Sutton

As for the blog, we introduced you to Project Runway’s Season 5 Team Gay with seven out fellas including hotties Keith and Wesley who made this the runaway number one blog post.

In other news!

Haaz Sleimann, Keir Gilchrist, Florence Henderson

Jonny Diaz, Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, Madison Hildebrand

And the MAN OF THE MONTH for JULY is — TOM HULCE!


AUGUST: MITCHAM IS GOLDEN, EUROPE HAS THE BEST GAY TV AND WE HAVE OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN!
If there was a theme for the month of August it would have to be the Beijing Olympics and Matthew Mitcham. Our most popular article for the month was our Gay Viewers Guide to the Beijing Olympics followed very closely by news of Matthew Mitcham’s shocking, come-from-behind Olympic gold medal win. Somehow NBC managed to fail to note the significance of the moment since, as an NBC spokesman told us "We can’t cover everything." Um, okay. Upon hearing that we got the president of NBC to say he was sorry for the network’s unintentional ommision of Matthew’s big moment. Then I got my hands on NBC’s "secret" IM messages about their coverage.

In honor of Matthew’s big moment, we post our pictorial celebration of his achievement. Inspired by the Olympics, we pay homage to the speedo! And to hot male gymnasts! And hot swimmers! And even hotter water-polo players! Did you know Matthew isn’t the only gay Olympian history? Here are nine others!

The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency might be trashy, but its popular trash as evidenced by our post on the new season’s new gay Martin, plus more hot pics of J.P. Calderon.

In other news!

Keith Bryce, Steve Jones, Chad Allen

And the GAY MAN OF THE MONTH for AUGUST is — GUILLERMO DIAZ!


SEPTEMBER: MOVIES ARE GAY, GAY, GAY
Second only to the Hot 100 when it comes to polls was our first annual 50 Greatest Gay Movies poll! Okay, the number one movie — Brokeback Mountain — wasn’t exactly a surprise but the rest of the list certainly included some unusual winners: Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild. Really? Or The Birdcage? Um, okay. Can I have some of what you’re smoking?

Meanwhile, the second most popular article was the news that a famous American Idol alum turned out to be gay! No, not Kelly Clarkson. I mean Clay Aiken, who surprised exactly no one. And by "no one", I mean anyone who calls themselves a Claymate.

Speaking of American Idol and things gay, our number one blog item of the month was news that the winner of Canadian Idol was the out Theo Tams. Those darn Canadians — first they get gay marriage before us Yanks, then they get a gay Idol winner.

Clay Aiken, Theo Tams

In other news!

Mike from Logo’s Shirts and Skins, Daniel Dae Kim from Lost, Blair Underwood from Dirty Sexy Money

And the GAY MAN OF THE MONTH for SEPTEMBER is — RUSSELL TOVEY


OCTOBER: GAY CELEBRITY BOYFRIENDS, NEW GAY CHARACTERS AND WHY ARE JOHN BARROWMAN AND GARETH DAVID-LLOYD MAKING OUT?
Who knew you guys were such fans of Jeremy Glazer, Brian Hargrove and Grant Shaffer! But given the success of our Gay Celebrity Boyfriends, article you indeed are very interested in the partners of Chad Allen, David Hyde Pierce and Alan Cumming.

You were also very interested in learning that High School Musical 3 still included Ryan Evans as a coded gay character.

The news that a former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor was gay tied for the most popular blog post for the month. Who knew folks were so interested in Tom Lenk’s sexuality! Considerably less surprising was all the interest in those pics of John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd smooching for Torchwood fans and dropping trou!

John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd showing affection, David-Lloyd showing his undies!

IN OTHER NEWS!

Jensen Atwood and Darryl Stephens, Nelsan Ellis

Top Blog post:
And the GAY MAN OF THE MONTH for OCTOBER is — RUPAUL!

NOVEMBER: BARACK WINS, PROP 8 PASSES AND ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE
What’s that you say? You want a second helping of Gay Celebrity Boyfriends? Well, here you go!

And how about we announce the winners of the 50 Greatest Gay Books poll.

In other news, Barack Obama is elected President of the United States and specifically mentions the GLBT community in his acceptance speech.

The biggest news over on the blog is our interview with the heterosexual half of the Bromantic duo known as Charm from Survivor: Gabon. Folks were also pretty enthusiastic that the retired Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife spoke out against the measure even though they are Mormon themselves.

IN OTHER NEWS!

Boyzone’s “Better”

Top Blog post:
And the GAY MAN OF THE MONTH for NOVEMBER is — ADAMO RUGGIERO!


DECEMBER: LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR IN STUPID HOMOPHOBES, GAY ALLIES AND MORE!
It’s the end of the year and that means it’s time for AfterElton.com Visbility Awards and this year, we let you pick the winners. Among the honorees you named were the folks who turned out in droves to protest the passage of Proposition 8 as The People of the Year, Brad Pitt as Straight Ally of the Year, Milk as the Best Movie while John Barrowman and Torchwood snagged just about everything else — including best book for Barrowman’s autobiography, and best exposure of private parts on a radio show (you either get this or you don’t!).

Rounding out the pack of most popular articles was our look back at the The Year in Television as well as The Year in Movies. Almost as popular was Gays of Our Lives Reader’s Choice Poll with Germany’s Forbidden Love being the big winner thanks ot the popularity of Olli and Christian.

The most popular blog post of the month is my "review" of the first two Battlestar Galactica webisodes featuring someone gay and male in the 12 Colonies.

IN OTHER NEWS!

James Spader and William Shatner on Boston Legal, Kristin Chenoweth

Editors’ Note: Some report they still can’t see Paul naked as they are blinded by a brilliant white light. You have our sympathy as you don’t know what you’re missing!

Top Blog post:
And the GAY PEOPLE OF THE YEAR are — THE PROPOSITION 8 PROTESTERS!


THE YEAR IN IMHO!
Wherein I look back at each series’ entire gay output for the year and sum up all of the writers, actors, directors, and producers blood, sweat and tears in one or two snarky sentences! This must be how Perez Hilton feels all the time. Now let’s just hope some smart aleck doesn’t get the cute idea to rate gay websites the same way!


UP ARROWS

TORCHWOOD: Captain Jack snogging Captain John! Captain
Jack snogging Ianto! Captain Jack snogging Gwen! Aiii! My eyes, my
eyes! Retcon me! Retcon me NOW! Oh, and please don’t let the third
season suck!

UGLY BETTY: What isn’t working about Ugly Betty right now? Okay, Cliff and Marc split up, but other than that this show is perfect right now including Eddie Cibrian’s six-pack.

KATHY GRIFFIN, MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST: What greater honor is there in life than being one of Kathy’s gays? Yes, a Pulitzer would be nice…

FLIPPING OUT: Jeff Lewis is nuts, but he’s entertainingly nuts!

GENERAL HOSPITAL NIGHT SHIFT: If T.R Knight quits Grey’s Anatomy this is the hospital drama he should join! Please let this show come back with both Adam Grimes and Chad Allen. Their relationship had actual chemistry.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: I can’t believe Marc Cherry let two opportunities to kill Bob and Lee get away! One could’ve gone in the tornado and one in the fire, but nooooo. Oh well, Andrew grew up, got hot, got an equally hot boyfriend and even seems to have an actually storyline in the works. And the rest of the show is firing on all cylinders.

SKINS: Now that I finally like the show they’re changing the cast? Talk about a karmic payback. At least Maxxie will live on in my dreams. No, not those kind of dreams!

MAKE ME A SUPERMODEL: Long before Charm there was Bronnie and never was there a sweeter relationship between a gay and a straight guy on reality TV. Ben and Ronnie had us tuning in every week. So they didn’t win. At least they made it to the final three.

REAPER: Note to the dimwits over at Star Trek and the Sci Fi Channel – this is how you include gay characters in your show. It’s really not that hard, straight boys.

COLOR SPLASH: Two words — David Bromstad. Sigh….

FORBIDDEN LOVE: If this were a Olympic gymnastic competition, I’d have to deduct a half point for not sticking the landing, but if not for that, the show would score a perfect ten. (That whole “sticking the landing” thing is a metaphor for the show’s botched the “Olli to Ibizia” storyline. Hey, I didn’t say it was a good metaphor!)

HOLLYOAKS: Isn’t this show really just a pale imitation of As the World Turns, but with good writing, acting, production values and gay characters who have sex?

BROTHERS & SISTERS: Wouldn’t this show be improved by having a spin-off called Two and a Half Gay Men featuring Kevin, Scotty, and Uncle Saul moving to Seattle? And they can bring Sarah with them to keep things interesting. Meanwhile Nora and Holly get a show called The Really Odd Couple, but everyone else has to die in an earthquake.

TRUE BLOOD: I don’t care what Alan Ball says; if this show isn’t a metaphor for homosexuality, then I’m not a dead ringer for Jake Gyllenhaal. No, I’m not high. Well, not very.

PROJECT RUNWAY: That hot minx-y mess Chrstian Siriano totally stole our hearts. And now we’d like it back please dressed up a hot designer outfit!

SURVIVOR: In one twelve month period we get a gay
Survivor winner and all the hotness of the Charm bromance? Even if my
torch got snuffed now, I’d be a happy man.

BEAUTY AND THE GEEK: A gay Asian man on television? It has to either be Entourage, Ugly Betty or a reality show.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW: The only way to improve this show
would to have an episode featuring George Takei and William Shatner.
With Betty White to referee! I see dead people!

RICK & STEVE: The only thing wrong with this show isn’t that it doesn’t air five days a week.

DAMAGES: Glenn Close and a complicated gay character? This violates all the rules of network television. Oh, wait *#8212 this wasn’t on network TV.

SHIRTS & SKINS: You men not all gay men on television
are middle class white guys who sink snappy one-liners the way these
guys sink three pointers?

SUPERNATURAL: Am I a bad person because “wincest” is my new favorite word? God bless slash fiction!

30 ROCK: Both Tina Fey and the show are pretty pro-gay. Plus Will Arnett is pretty darned adorable!

COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN: Best. Journalist. Ever.

SIDEWAYS ARROWS


TOP CHEF: We love the show for including two out gay chef’s in the last cycle, but weren’t so thrilled they went home in eps one and two. Plus Tom Colicchio is getting on our nerves.

NIP/TUCK: Love it for its gay inclusiveness, loathe it for its loathesomeness.

THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM: Fine, Brian and Steve are really different from the usual gays we see on TV. But they were too
different in that season finale which gave new meaning to the word
“stinker”. And just being different isn’t always interesting.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: I love having Neil Patrick Harris on our televisions every week as Barney Stinson. I just wish the show’s quality didn’t veer so wildly from episode-to-episode.

DEGRASSI THE NEXT GENERATION: Marco might be gone, but Riley is taking place though he’s kind of a mess so far.

GOSSIP GIRL: Yes, it’s nice to have gay teen Eric on the show. Now if we just saw him a little more frequently.

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Up arrow for letting Nuke rediscover
they have lips and for giving them lots of bizarre soapy melodrama. But
a down arrow still employing their own Hays Code which keeps the boys
doing what boys do! Which averages out a side arrow.

THE WIRE: We hardly saw Omar and then he got killed off! Yes, yes, it’s a brilliant show and Omar was Barack’s favorite character. I’m still annoyed.

SHEAR GENIUS
: Yes, it was very gay, but it was about exciting as watching hair paint dry.

GREEK: Yay that Calvin isn’t your typical gay character and yay that he has an actual love life, but boo that so much of it happened off-screen.

WORK OUT: I vaguely recall the show adding another gay castmember and some stuff happened, but I’ve no idea what. Anyone else still miss Doug Blasdell?

DOWN ARROWS


SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: SNL came this close to getting a sideways arrow, but it went to the bad gay joke once too often for me.

LITTLE BRITAIN USA: If a program is a comedy and nobody laughs, was it really a comedy?

PRIVILEGED: Would anyone on this show even notice if
Marco was replaced by a bread machine that produced muffins, scones,
and other tasty pastries? What’s that? They did already! And I didn’t
notice? How ironic…

GREY’S ANATOMY: The gay soldier episode was great with both those kisses, but after firing Brooke Smith to ditch their lesbian storyline plus they way they’ve treated T.R. Knight this show deserves two down arrows.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Good for BSG for having Lt. Gaeta finally come out. Now why the *&@!* didn’t they do it on the actual show?

DO NOT DISTURB: You know a show with a prominent gay character has to truly suck if I was praying for it to be cancelled. And I never pray.

TOP DESIGN: What can I say about … zzz … sorry, nodded off there. Which seemed to happen whenever I tried to watch Top … zzz …

MEN IN TREES: Remember when Terri (Mario Cantone) and George (Orlando Jones) skated in public together? That was the show’s idea of letting them have hot sex like the straight characters do. So are you still sorry it got cancelled?


THE STARTER WIFE
: I wish I had a starter gun so I could put a bullet right between the eyes of this nag of a show. Did anyone watch the whole series?

AMERICAN IDOL: Still doing the gay-baiting and still hiding the gays.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Nigel Lythgoe doesn’t have a problem with gay men, just effeminate men. Don’t you feel better now?

THE SCI FI CHANNEL: The whole network gets a down arrow because the network president says his network doesn’t need gay characters because there are gay characters on other networks! Now I feel so stupid!

DANCING WITH THE STARS: This gets a down arrow because I don’t think Lance ever stood a chance and because of their stupid "two men can’t dance together" rule.

LIPSTICK JUNGLE: At least Marco on Privileged shows up every episode. And his baking is more exciting than anything poor Roy gets to do.

KATH & KIM: This show proves there is no God. Otherwise, he would’ve destroyed the world half-way through the first episode.

BIG BROTHER 9: And this dreck would’ve made God recreate the world so he/she/it could destroy us again just to prove a point.

MILLION DOLLAR LISTING: At least the gay guy wasn’t a monster like the other two. Still, not sure why this show is even around.

THE CHO SHOW: Oh, Margaret what were you thinking?

ENTOURAGE: Wasn’t Lloyd (Rex Lee) supposed to get something to do this season? I mean besides that cliched gay pool party?

RAISING THE BAR: What a waste of Wilson Cruz and what a boring, tired coming out storyline. I find this show guilty of … frankly, I don’t care enough about it to come up with something witty.

THE VIEW: Isn’t it great how Barbra Walters gives stupid, ignorant, bigoted buffoons employment? Otherwise they’d just be fingerpainting all day.