Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gay of A Certain Age - The Big Five-Oh! Part 3


Hello Christchurch!  This was the second stop on my 50th Birthday tour.  I will say that the moment I arrived, I was struck by the fresh and young feel of the city.  The airport is beautiful

I loved the art

I liked my hotel, the BreakFree on Cashel
My room was totes adorbs, you guys
No nonsense and no useless extra space!
Even the terlet and shower shared real estate!
It was well into the evening when I arrived and there was not much to do, but wander around, taking photos of the nightlife and finding a nice little cozy place for dinner. I did not do that!  Instead, I skipped dinner and took advantage of the wifi availability searching out the local gay bars.  There were none.  Well, one, but it was regularly closed on this particular weeknight.  Only thing that was available to ease my gay aloneness was the Menfriends Spa.   For those of you new to this, it's basically a place where you, a gay man, walk around in a towel and if another fella in a towel finds you attractive and you find him attractive, you shake hands and excuse yourselves to an available sitting, standing, lying down space and go at it. "It " is up to you and your new friend.  Excited by the idea of having first choice from a plethora of hot mens who all find me attractive, I got directions and walked out of the hotel and made my way to the spa.  This was a scary walk.  The streets were completely empty and dark and I couldn't help but imagine that horrible moment that is in so many gay movies where the main character is attacked by a bunch of homophobic thugs, in a  70's era Mustang, 70's era Charger or 70's era Duster who just happen to be speeding by and notice the guy walking "gay like".  I decided to push that image out of my head and just walk purposefully as if I knew exactly where I was going.  I was not going to be gay bashed in Christchurch!! Or even just plain mugged.  I finally made it to my destination.  A dark building on a dark street...
I wondered if the place was even open, but found the door unlocked and went in, totally pleased with the fact that I made it there without incident and with at least 3,000 steps on my fitbit!  As I was paying my entrance fee, I asked the guy behind the counter, "What are the chances of me making a Man Friend?" with a wink.  He replied, "I guess that's up to you."  I suppose I should have just asked "How many guys are in there?", but I just gotta be clever, don't I?

I walked in and it seemed like a nice, warm, clean, empty place... I doffed my clothes, tossed them in a locker and donned a towel.   As I turned to walk to the hot tub (I was at least gonna get a nice warm soak if nothing else, right?) there was finally a sign of life; an older fella who gave me a lusty smirk, I wasn't into him, but I was nice, just in case he was the the only one there and I had no choices, right?  Luckily, there was a young head in the hot tub. I took a quick shower, conveniently located 10 feet from the hot tub, and dropped into the steamy bubbles.  BINGO!  This guy was a real cutie, with a beard & tats and he was maybe a couple of years younger than me.  Now, if only I could tell if he thought I was attractive...  Not a few seconds later, he got out of the tub and went into the conveniently located steam room.  I'm no fool, I followed him.  Of course I was taking the risk of being embarrassed by following a guy who might be trying to get away from me, but I'm almost 50, for piss sakes, if I can't risk a little red face for sex, I should just leave.  It may have been a good plan, but the steam was so heavy in there, I couldn't see if he was checking me out or giving me a green light, or what!  The good thing was, he didn't leave.  I did.  I went back into the hot tub and he followed.  We smiled at each other and made intros.  Then, we shook hands...

We rolled around neked a lot, we did a lot of chatting, we explored the rooms.  We made a temporary home in the pitch dark "Orgy Room", which was just a room, since we were the only two in there.  It seemed we had the entire place to ourselves... and that older fella...  My Beardy Tatty friend was laying on top of me, we were alternating making out with chatting, when I realized that he was moving in an odd way... Turns out we had a visitor who, unbeknownst to me, had engaged my friend without saying a word.  I stayed put, because it seemed like something that wasn't going to take too long.  I was correct.  After our mystery guest left, we excused ourselves from the room and made our way to the showers, showered and moseyed on out to the heated "Garden Room" where my friend revealed he smoked!  Okay, I could tell he smoked, which is usually a deal breaker, but he was my only option and cute, so I stuck around.  We sat naked and chatted.  I told him I liked the "new" feel of Christchurch and he reminded me that the place was devastated by two major earthquakes in 2010 & 2011, killing hundreds and leveling a large part of the city.  He described how the earth shook up and down, rather than side to side or rolling, and how his he and his boyfriend were watching TV in bed, the quake hit, shaking up & down and his boyfriend bouncing out the 3rd floor window.  Well, there's a boner killer.  Actually,  we still fooled around a little after that.  All in all, we had a nice three hour visit.  Within that time, a few more fellas came and left, but we were having a good time with each other.

I was having such a good time, I knew I was in trouble when I thought I wanted to ask him to take a selfie with me as we exit.   The place was closing up, so I got dressed before he did, but found myself making little excuses to stay a little longer.  I even got my phone out and took a picture of the decor
I got a big kick out of this spoofy Han Solo in carbonite!  That's funny.  I didn't get the courage to ask him for a selfie.  I just lingered, while he dressed... "Oh, a glass dildo, interesting...", "What? They make these in plaid..?", "Goodness, that is large, where would that go... oh."  Since he was not emerging from the locker room, I accepted that he didn't want to go to Denny's after (Or the Christchurch equivalent) or even give me a ride back to my hotel through the dark and empty streets.  I walked, alone in the dark, singing to myself, looking purposeful and excited by the number of steps I must have been getting.  I had no reason to be worried, it all seemed perfectly safe (Although, I did tense up, when a car sped by, then slowed, then kept going).  I enjoyed the crisp night air and looked forward to the next day, my birthday!  Then I snapped this pic
Happy that I was enjoying my time away, celebrating my birthday and the fact that I had just had SEX! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gay of A Certain Age - The Big Five-Oh! Part 2

Hello, Again!  To continue, I threw a bunch of clothes in my 1 big suit case and a bunch of snacks in my carry on bag.  I flew Qantas, so I expected it would be a decent seat in economy (only because of a rescheduling, I couldn't get business class at booking and my $1,000 bid for an upgrade was, apparently, insufficient).  My 13 hour flight was torturous when I tried to sleep, but I did fall in love with RIVERDALE while I was awake and watching inflight entertainment.
Riverdale is a great show based on the Archie comics with a TWIN PEAKSy vibe and I was able to watch 11 of the 13 episodes!  Anyway, I finally got to Aukland, New Zealand, as the sun was coming up.

I loved the welcoming entry way at the airport with recordings of natives singing playing...

I was very happy with my accommodations...

Very pleased with the view

And very pleased with the view of mens on the street... 

I will say I was disappointed that my planned excursion was cancelled due to rain... lots of come & go rain.  Not one to waste a day, I left my warm & dry accommodations and walked around the city.
I stopped for a proper breakfast...

I stopped to enjoy a rose garden

I enjoyed the architecture

I took shelter from the very come & go rain...

...I stopped to take fun, moody self portraits...

When I finally reached the Sky Tower I had seen in the distance

I hopped a bus that took me around the city, which was a really satisfying journey.  I got to see stuff I wouldn't have seen wandering around on foot!

I'm also happy to say I enjoyed the night life here as well!  Muh DAB, Dennis Hensley told me to be sure to look up his friend, Nate when I got there, so I did! I called Nate, we met up and went out to a few clubs.

I think my favorite was Family, where we were immediately greeted by this queen
who readily posed for my camera and showed us what we were in for...

I also enjoyed the fellas there

The show concluded as they awarded a The Rock kind of looking guy something, I couldn't tell because of the noise and blinding hotties.

We took that as our cue to call it a night and spilled out on to the street, where the enjoyment was continuing for others...

All in all I enjoyed my short time in Aukland, a beauty that my photos haven't fully conveyed, and a great special thanks to Nate Beal, who showed my a fabulous time... and allowed me to capture this fab moments in one of those other clubs.

Now on to Christchurch!!

(Disclaimer: for the sake of briefness and sanity this entry covers Sept 30-Oct 2, as two nights were spent in each destination on this trip)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gay of A Certain Age - The Big Five-Oh!

Where the Fu@% have I been??  Did I abandon my blog like a typical CBS Monday night comedy ( is THAT still on??)  I know, I was blogging about my approaching birthday then, ... "what the whaaa?" I disappear.  Don't get too upset folks, I told you I was very busy!  That includes right up until the point that I boarded a plane at 11:30 pm Thursday night, Sept 30.  I had so little time, I'm surprised I had enough clothes packed.  My week leading up to my departure included a full day at Disneyland to celebrate my pal, Oscar's birthday

A trip to the theatre to see Melissa Peterman in HEARTBREAK HELP with muh DAB, Mike Pingel

Another trip to another theatre to see some TV Favorites in a play reading of DINNER AT FIVE with muh DABS, Mike and Terry Ray

I loved meeting Peter Brady, Christopher Knight

...and the New Gidget, Caryn Richman

...and Sissy, Kathy Garver

Then, there was the super delightful and totally surprising Surprise Birthday Party thrown for me at The Village Idiot put together by my friends, Oscar, Dennis Hensley, Brett Freedman & Mike!

Jared Hillman & Oscar


Dennis & Glenn Gaylord


The event was also a Roast and while a few people hit their nails on the head, Muh DAB Dudley Beene really drove it home!
He was hilarious with his take down of me and a few fellow party guests. (Re: my drag character Reba Areba he said, "I haven't seen a more useless spinoff since THE TORTELLIS")
It really was a special evening that warmed my heart and reminded me that while I feel like I'm gonna die alone, I won't be alone while I do it!

Finally, the night before my departure, I donned a dress & slap and did a Chico's Angels Live event on Facebook with guest, The Hottest Little Henna Head on MTV, Julie Brown!
She is a doll and I love and I want to take her home and put her next to my Dunnys!

...Goodness, I'm already pooped telling you about being surprised that I got packed at all...
I'll tell you more tomorrow!