Category Archives: Friends

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


Visiting Frenchie and the Yankee

Frenchie and the YankeeA couple years ago our friends “Frenchie and the Yankee” moved from Boston to Charlotte, NC for a new job opportunity.  While neither Frenchie or The Yankee are from Boston, they certainly succeeded in making it their home and long lasting friendships.  I know Sergio and I are not the only ones to miss this fun couple.

I’ve been remiss in visiting them in Charlotte and am rectifying that by flying down to visit them for the weekend.   Frenchie (shown above with me) and I have talked a few times and it sounds like the weekend will be spent, eating, drinking wine of course, and getting caught up.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but “I’m really excited to go to Charlotte.

The Cayman Islands on my mind

Grand Cayman IslandRegular readers will recall that in the fall I encouraged you to book a trip to a warm destination (if you could) in late January or February to break up the winter.  Maybe it will make you feel good to know that I follow my own advice; two weeks from today, we fly to The Cayman Islands to visit my friend, Steve.

Steve is near and dear to my heart because if it weren’t for my blog, we may have never met.  Back in the day Steve also wrote a blog and that is how we met.  A chance visit to Boston  to see a concert gave us the chance to meet in person and we hit it off.  Steve’s the kind of guy who melts your heart the minute you meet because he is handsome and thoughtful.  Although I’ve known him for a few years, until now I’ve not had a chance to visit him so I’m really looking forward to seeing where he lives, meeting his friends and visiting someplace new.

Have you ever been to the Cayman Islands?  Tell me all about your experiences.

Thanksgiving day

Gay thanksgivingIt is Thanksgiving in the US today, and I am spending the day with my family up at Lake Winnipesaukee (quite the mouthful – eh?).  If you observe the holiday, I hope you can have yourself a relaxing, fun-filled day with friends and or family.

Happy Thanksgiving

One year ago I was here

The Maverick MenHanging out on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.  Can’t believe it has already been a year.  I leave for Brazil later next month; this time Sergio & I travel alone to spend time with his family before spending a few days in Sao Paulo.