Category Archives: Friends

Happy birthday Olivia

Olivia Freeman BirthdayOlivia is both a friend and an avid reader of this blog. Among her favorite posts are the weekly Furry Fridays that I share so I wanted to thank her for her friendship and take a moment to wish her a very happy birthday.  The photo below I had been saving for a  future Furry Friday, but I’m posting today in her honor.

Handsome hunk 2

Kisses for Kim part deux

Cole, Hunter, The Maverick MenLast week I wrote about a campaign started by two straight guys called #KissesForKim to show their support for marriage equality and to show Kim Davis (the rather notorious Kentucky clerk) that love is greater than hate.  To show their support for this affirming message my friends Dirk Caber and Jesse Jackman shared a rather romantic kiss poolside.

While I still maintain that Kim is a homophobic imbecile , I do like the message of #KissesForKim, because of its love and life affirming statement; live and let live. So I was happy to see my friends (also notorious in their own right) The Maverick Men send me a picture to show their support #KissesForKim.

Let me know your thoughts and feel free to share photos of you kissing the one you love with the same hashtag. While I don’t know that it will change Mrs. Kim Davis’ mind, I do think it sends a wonderful statement that another person’s spite will not triumph and that in itself is rather sweet to savor. Thanks again Cole & Hunter.

Graham Berkeley

911At 9:03 in the morning on September 11, 2001 hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 75-85 of the WTC’s South Tower, killing everyone on board, including my friend Graham Berkelely. While I still think of him during happier times of the year, I can’t help but remember him on this day.


Gay old timeThe weekend is nearly here.  San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and NYC will all be celebrating Pride (apologies to cities I may have overlooked). Happy Pride to all on this last weekend of June.

As this post goes live, I’m flying back from NYC to spend time with Sergio and to relax with friends. What will you be doing this weekend?

Boston will miss you JustGngr

BosGuy and JustGngrFriend, fellow blogger and twitter buddy, justgngr leaves Boston to continue his medical training in NOLA tomorrow.  Tonight we’re going to celebrate his time here and the friendships that he made.  Sergio and I want to wish you much luck in the Big Easy and we look forward to visiting you.

Weekend in Albany, NY

Albany DuckThis weekend Sergio and I are visiting friends in Albany, NY.  This is a photo of me visiting last summer and provided the weather cooperates this is how I plan to spend today as well so pardon me if I’m slow to respond to emails, questions and comments.  We are busy contemplating our next cocktail, getting ready to grill outside and get caught up with our friends in Albany, NY.

Below is the home that I jokingly refer to as “Tara” which our friends purchased, gut and restored with painstaking care and effort.  The end result is a beautiful home with a gorgeous yard.  We try to come out and visit once in the summer and again in the early autumn. Marco and Michael are the perfect hosts.

TaraMarco and Michael's home

Hanging with Frenchie and the Yankee in Charlotte


Sipping cocktails from the roofdeck bar and restaurant, Fahrenheit in Charlotte, NC

Last weekend I flew down to visit my good friends David and Mark (a.k.a. Frenchie and the Yankee) who moved to Charlotte approximately 2 years ago from Boston.  The trip was fantastic from start to finish.  It didn’t hurt that the weather in Charlotte last weekend was sunny and in the low 70s and every tree seemed to be blossoming, filling the streets with the heady fragrance of spring.

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte’s hip South End

For those who don’t know David and Mark, they are spectacular hosts.  In the span of just one weekend we attended a Saturday morning mimosa party that raised funds for Time Out Youth; strolled through the incredibly picturesque Fourth Ward; visited The Duke Mansion in the posh Myers Park neighborhood; rode Charlotte’s light rail system to the 7th Street Public Market where we purchased a bottle of wine and cheese from local shops then sat down – enjoying an urban picnic of sorts in the cute little marketplace; and we even squeezed in a bit of retail therapy, going to their friend’s men’s fashion shop, SILVERFLY.  David and Mark hosted a lovely cocktail / dessert party at their home so I could meet their friends before we headed out to the gay bar Cathode Azure Club for some dancing.

While I enjoyed all that I did, my favorite time was spent together walking through their neighborhood – the South End, chatting over numerous bottles of wine and meeting their friends who are a charming and handsome bunch.

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, North Carolina’s Fourth Ward neighborhood

Charlotte, gay club

Out with the boys at Cathode Azure Club