Starvoice • 04.08.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYholcomb

Steve Holcomb turns 31 on Thursday. Holcomb led his 4-man bobsled team to  the first U.S. gold medal in that race since 1948 at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In doing so, he won the hearts of bears everywhere. Soon after his rise to fame, the Facebook group “Bears for Steve Holcomb” was started.

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THIS WEEK

The sun is aligning with Eris stoking competition and identity issues. Venus in Pisces is in semi-sextile with both helping to show keys to cooperation and conciliation. Consider how your own achievements can raise not just your stature, but others’ also.

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ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Take care of yourself first, so you can be in service to those around you who need help. When you’re clear on who you are, you can be the most generous star in the sky.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Think about your last will and testament as an exercise in who and what is important. When you’re gone, what will be left? The real question: What do you want to achieve before then?

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Your social goals are clearer than your personal ambitions. Feeling vague about your career signals a transition that leads to greater clarity. Talk about it with your friends for help.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Work and accomplishment are keys to fulfillment. A personal best is more meaningful than competition. Share work and credit to get more done and learn from others how to do a better job.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Be as loud and outspoken as you like. If that gets you into arguments, treat them as a game. Playfulness is sexier than conquest, although you don’t need help in that department either.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
An erotic competition with your lover helps you come together in more ways than one. Sharing ideas, even if you don’t act on them, can build intimacy, laying the foundation of a happy home.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Be clear about whom you’re competing with and competing against. Empathizing with colleagues helps, but clear verbal communication is more reliable than warm, fuzzy feelings.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Take responsibility for boosting morale at work. Small competitive games bring people together. Reevaluate your health regimen. You’re out for a personal best, not to outdo others.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Push for your best performance but trying to best others is secondary. If that becomes your goal you can cause rancor among people in your family or community.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Empathetic communication diffuses a lot of the trouble. Practical techniques, sensible logic and the “tried and true” aren’t really helping. Trust more in your intuition.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
If being more clever than your friends is important, you need new friends — or maybe they do. Who really does count in your life and why? Tell them — not for their sake, but for your own.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Sweetness and empathy are your best traits when they’re not a cover for codependency. Cultivate traits that drive you to success. If you want to help others, do it from a position of strength.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 1, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Steve Holcomb is straight bear bait

A few months back Resource Center Dallas’ Rafael McDonnell penned a piece for our Viewpoints page about Steven “Holcy” Holcomb, the straight Olympic bobsled champion who refreshingly appreciates his many gay fans. At the time McDonnell noted that there’s even a Facebook fan page called, “Bears for Steve Holcomb,” which now has 1,870 members.

McDonnell reports that on Friday, he got a chance to meet Holcomb face to face. Holcomb was in Fort Worth at a national conference for Advocare, a nutrition and sports supplement company that also lists Cowboys tight end Jason Witten among its clients. Holcomb had invited all his Facebook friends to come to the event at the Fort Worth Convention Center. McDonnell, who sent along the above photo, said this of the encounter:

Jason [my roommate] and I both got pictures, and he told Holcomb that we were the two who were texting him while he competed in Canada. He not only remembered that, he also said that he suspected that the texter was a guy because we didn’t disclose a lot of personal information or offer up a picture. But, in his words, “That’s cool.” I told him about the column I wrote for the Voice and he got a big smile out of that.

As McDonnell noted in his original column, it’s sure nice to see a straight athlete who isn’t so homophobic that he squirms at the thought of having gay followers. But I’m also here to tell you that you don’t have to be a bear to want Holcomb to drive your sled. On the other hand, if you like bears or being chased by bears, you may want to pick up some Advocare.

—  John Wright