Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Getting Out - Go Wet 2


I continued my quest of getting out of my home and into the sun by staying wet!
Thank goodness muh friends Avery & Koppany threw together a totally impromptu swimming party!

Avery is a great host!

As is Kopanny...

(you know Koppany, right?  the Gay Doctor?)

And the guest always includes fun, outgoing guys...







But not too exclusive, 'cause I'm there, right?

Plus, snacks & drink really added to the cooling off


Anyway, it was a fun, wet & wacky day










  
And if one were to tire of splashing around, there's a nice shady place under a fabulous tree to relax

Just put one's legs up & relax

Yes, I am grateful that my friends help me with the battle to get out of my home and into the sun for a little socializing and wetness.  I hope there is more to come, and that I don't opt to stay in my apartment editing photos instead of living them...



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Getting Out - Go Wet!


Well the sun is out and the dress is off!  Now that drag season has slowed, I've gotten a chance to relax and have fun with muh DABs and other friends.  Last weekend I spent a little time in Palm Springs where we stayed in our favorite PS rental house.

We have a favorite place where we do the same things every time!
We swim...










...We nap...

...we have a beauty day...

...We visit landmarks...

..we have meals out on the lanai...

...We pose before going out to La TablitaWang's and Spurline...


And we take in a fabulous drag show at Toucans

...This time, hosted by the Ultra-Fabulous Morgan McMichaels



...and there is always a dancer.

All in all, it was a relaxing couple of days that I really needed.  It felt nice to put the drag away for awhile...  Mostly






Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gay of A Certain Age - One For the Books



I'm saddened today.  I just read that Circus of Books in West Hollywood is closing.  I don't even live in New York, but the erosion of 8th Avenue in Chelsea upsets me, now I feel it happening where I live.  It's been a little while since I shopped at the store, but I have popped in a few times to see if there was a book I couldn't wait for Amazon to deliver, or a naughty man calendar for the year, or an issue of Fangoria edited by Bryan Fuller

 or a spare Starrfucker magazine I wanted to gift someone...

Even if I didn't go in every week, I felt its presence and constant reminder of a time when I first came to California, a new Gay, and feeling as if I had found the Mother Ship.  My first time in there, I was amazed by the multitudes of magazines- there used to be so many! I bought my first (and later, probably my last) issue of Attitude there!  There was Genre, Out, The Advocate, TeTu, Edge, Bent, In Touch, Frontiers... so many!  I also bought general entertainment magazines there, too! And that was the non-porn list.  I was delighted by the amazing choice of porn magazines, videos, toys and novelties to be had.  I would often top of an unsuccessful bar night with a visit, just to see what was new or suddenly appealed to me. Heck, I even met delicious porn actors, Carlo Masi and Adam Champ there!


I guess its demise was inevitable, if not because print & porn are not prevalent enough to sustain the business, but because the gays don't need specialized places to find their stuff much anymore.
Even though it makes sense, it still makes me wonder how new Gays will ever know that feeling of walking into a new world where they suddenly feel like they finally belong.
As a Gay of A Certain Age, I know that experiencing that feeling has made me aware of a gratitude that I carry with me all my days and a sense of loss, because that landmark will no longer be there.


And my buddy, KENNETH IN THE (212)'s take