Saturday, May 31, 2014

Philadelphia Rooftops

Me and Bill on our Philadelphia roof deck - 1972

Found some more old photos folks that you haven't seen before.  I'm sure regular followers of this blog are tired of me reposting the same old photos of me (and Bill) of long ago.  Well folks, as  I said in a previous blog posting, I found a whole new treasure trove of old photos which I will be subjecting you all too.  

These two photos were taken on the rooftop of our 16 ft by 50 ft (including a small backyard) townhouse at 2409 Naudain Street, in center city Philadelphia.  They were taken in September 1972 (42 years ago!) with a self-timer camera.  Of course the subjects in the photos are yours truly (in some God awful red striped shorts) and my Bill.  At this juncture we were together a grand total of seven years.  

Bill built that roof deck for me so I could work on my tan.  I didn't get out of the city that often and when I did it was only to visit my parents in Downingtown, a suburb thirty-seven miles west of Philadelphia.  And of course I didn't and couldn't "work on my tan" when visiting Mom and Pop in Downingtown.

I look at these pictures and think "Wow, a lot of water sure has flowed over the dam since these photos were taken."

Check out that Philadelphia skyline folks.  That's a million dollar view.  And yep, we had it…..made.
I wonder what happened to those pants

Friday, May 30, 2014

Another Visit to the Dermatologist

Another day and another visit to my dermatologist.  A few weeks ago I had an uninvited guest pop up on my left cheek.  It looked like a wart.  I suspected it was something other than a wart.  However, even if it was a wart, I didn't want to spend my remaining years with a wart protruding from my left cheek.  Hey, I know I'm no beauty at 72 and my face is starting to crumble but I do have my limits. So, last week I called and arranged a visit with my dermatologist.

I used to go to the VA for my dermatology appointment but I'm sure by now you've all heard how long it takes to get into the VA.  My dermatology appointments were taking up to four months at the VA.  Like all my medical appointments at the VA, once you get there, they take great care of you but it's the getting there.  And by the way, I'm glad Eric Shineski, the current VA administrator resigned today.  

Don't let the door hit you on the way out

The VA needs a complete overhaul but first they need a leader who looks and sounds like he's mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.  The bureaucratic nightmare that is the Veterans Administration. From a president (Obama)

Hey prez, at least act like you give a damn

who doesn't give a shit to the members (mostly Republicans) who consistently underfund and ignore the needs of our country's veterans, it is time to end this injustice and neglect of those who served so valiantly this nation.  And I'm ranting again.  I am so angry about this whole mess, from our president who at times seems more concerned with Shinseki's feelings than recognizing the real problem to the politicians who take our veterans for granted like they're getting free medical care and should be grateful for whatever dollops of care they get.  I am so angry about this whole mess and especially at those venal Republicans who are now trying to score political points over this real scandal.  I thank God (or whoever) that I now have Medicare and can go to the doctor of my choice and mostly avoid the delays of trying to get VA medical care that was promised to me when I signed up January 27th, 1960 and joined the Army and put my life in their hands for this country for three years. 

Pvt. Ron Tipton, potential cannon fodder

My dermatologist stuck a needle in my face to numb the area and scrapped off the offending "wart" which turned out to be a keratosis growth.  Keratosis is a pre cancerous growth.  I've been having them for over thirty years now, no skin cancer so far.  But of course you all know I have a cancer already, prostate cancer.  No one gets out from this trip (Life) alive.  I am just so thankful I'm one of the lucky ones who isn't caught in the web of dysfunction and deceit and ineptitude which is the Veterans Administration Medical system.  And I am also thankful that I have regular visits with my VA doctor to check on my health.  That's one thing I never had in the private medical system, preventive health care.  During a routine blood test (every six months with the VA), my prostate cancer was discovered.  I also use the VA for all my prescription medications.  They are very efficient (and cheap).  No waiting at Walgreen's for my prescription to be filled for this vet.

Have a great day everyone and try not to let the bastards get you down.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Why I Like the Internet and Blogging

Me, June 1974 (40 years ago!)

The Internet and blogging often get a bad rap these days.  All the moaning and groaning about loss of privacy, you have to get over it folks.  Just assume that everything you do is monitored by the government and recorded.  This is a fact that was brought out in the open by Edward Snowden.  Is it any wonder that the government is in such hysterics about condemning Snowden and tossing him in a jail cell, naked, with a light on for 24/7 for the rest of his life?  We have to get past out loss of privacy folks, it's a way of life in the Big Brother world.

Now, here is why I like the Internet and blogging. A few days ago a former co-worker of mine read an old blog posting of mine about where I used to work in Philadelphia, Girard Trust Bank.  She commented on my blog and new we're in touch again.  I love this!  So many folks from my Previous Life are gone, it is so nice to hear from someone who is still alive and well even though it is hard for me to imagine that my young and beautiful co-worker is now a 67 year old grandmother.  

I told her that I had old photos of her taken at work.  She asked if I could post them.  So, I went digging through the boxes that I have yet to unpack in my basement storage room from our move to Delaware in November of 2006.  Yes, I am ashamed to admit I still have boxes (I'm not telling you how many) that are still unpacked.  Well folks, digging through those boxes I came across about a dozen photo albums that I haven't looked at in over 30 years!  You know what I'm going to do with those photos, scan them to my computer and share them with you all. Another Big Project that I will happily undertake.

Yes, I love the Internet and blogging.  Through my blogging I have met and am now friends with my Brother From Another Mother, my soulmate and good friend Pat from Toronto, Canada.  Pat and I are so much alike.  He's the friend I've been looking for my whole life.  Cute, handsome, sexy, smart, and we have so much in common. I've never had a friend in my life that has had all these attributes.  I've spent a lifetime looking for him but through  the Internet and my blog I found him.  I won the lottery with this guy!

I have also made other friends through my blogging and the Internet.  You all know who you are and I appreciate every one of you.  

I was wondering what I was going to blog about today.  Lately I've been leaning towards a rant but I didn't really want to take my faithful blog followers on another one of my political rants or the "poor me" rants.  So here is something positive that I'm writing about today.  Yes folks, today is a good day.  When I feel myself slipping into depression, despair and hopelessness something wonderful happens like it did this past week to remind me of how good my life is.  

Was I really that hot? What happened?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend Meme

Me and Mike Smith - Poodle Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

I like memes but don't usually do them.  However, this time I think I will.  This is one that Sean, The Jeep Guy started.

1. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance but it also signifies the "Official" start of summer. What are your plans this weekend?

Hanging around the house, working in the backyard and taking rides with Bill - did all of those yesterday and today!

2. What is your most and least favorite thing about summer?

Most favorite = the long days and warm weather

Least favorite = The heavy traffic and aggressive drivers which make it not only dangerous to drive to Rehoboth Beach but almost impossible unless I'm willing to sit in traffic from a half an hour to an hour. Usually, after Memorial Day until Labor Day, I avoid Rehoboth Beach like the plague because I want to live.

3. What do you think of when I say "Bar-B-Que?"

Grilled hamburgers which I would love one right now.  Alas it is not to be, too much trouble setting up a grill and most of the store bought hamburger is tasteless because of all the hormone injections.

4. What is your favorite summer food?

Fresh summer veggies like corn, zucchini, tomatoes and fruits like peaches, watermelons and cantaloupes.

5. Are you is (in) swim suit shape yet?

HA!  I have a roll around my middle that refuses to go away and I am certainly not putting that on display nor be the subject of ridicule as just another Old (72) Man on the Beach.

Me, Herring Cove- Provincetown, Mass

6. Given the choice, which do you prefer: ocean, lake or pool?

Pool.  I love the smell of chlorine. 

7. Which summer blockbuster movie are you most looking forward to seeing?

I already saw it, "Stranger By The Lake."

8. Summer reading: What? Recommendations?

I read all the time.  There is no "summer reading" in my world, there is Reading All The Time.  I usually have two books going at once; one by my bed stand and the other in the library bathroom.

9. Vacation Plans? If you can't, what would you do if you could?

I would love to visit Provincetown one more time before I check out of this existence.  Oh I know it's not like it was when I was a regular vacationer in the 70's and early 80's but still…..just one more Tea Dance at the Boatslip would be fun. 

10. Did you ever have to go to summer school?

Yes, Mother forced us (me and my brothers).  Didn't have to go but she thought we needed to do something "productive" with our summer.  BIG MISTAKE. She never did it again. All we did was make ceramics and wax beads.  What a waste of time when we could have had real fun. 

Sex on the beach?

Of course, Provincetown. Remember? Sand, heat and gawkers. What was I thinking? Thank God there weren't iPhones around then.

Watch out Michel Phelps! Me doing my best backstroke in Provincetown Bay

Stranger by the Lake

When I was just a ten year old whippersnapper (1951), going to the movies at the Roosevelt Theater in Downingtown, PA I used to fantasize about seeing my favorite male actors……nude.  Well folks, that's happened.  And I don't mean porno films, I mean a regular, full production, well acted and written movie.  That movie I saw a few nights ago named "Stranger By The Lake."  

 Well folks let me tell you, be careful what you wish for.  First of all this isn't a "gay" movie.  You know, those cheapie movies done on a shoestring with shaky camera work and a nothing plot usually populated with stereotypical gay actors (the "gay accent" which is a big turnoff to me).  No folks, this movie is an Alfred Hitchock

genre psychological thriller….only with one BIG difference…..plenty of dingle dangle on display.  And I don't mean a 2/10th of a second shot of a man's gentiles   (I don't call a man's genitals "junk", thank you).  And I wouldn't call the genital display gratuitous, it is reality.  Yes folks, we have finally arrived at REALITY at depicting scenes of real life as they are.

I'm not going to do a review of the whole movies other than to say that once I got past all the casual, matter of fact full front nudity (none of that "Full Monty"

 tease here folks, you do get the FULL MONTY…A LOT), the story was actually quite good.  In fact, I was rather enthralled and surprised by the ending which, to me, is always a sign of a good movie.  

Now some of you (mainly my very nice lady friends) will see this movie and think, "That can't be the way it REALLY is."  Let me assure you (ladies), it is.  Not that I have any first hand knowledge (well, maybe a…..little bit) but I'm telling you, this movie accurately portrays one of the more seamy aspects of the gay "lifestyle" (so to speak).  

To me, this movie was thought provoking on several different levels.  First it showed the banality of total nudity.  I didn't see anything sexy at all about the continual full display of "the goods."  But then, maybe that's me, I grew up with my sexual fantasies.  I've always preferred a bit of sexual mystery.  

Then there is the other level of the main character being attracted to an unattractive (to a typical gay man looking for surface beauty only), pot bellied older man.  I found "Henri"

Franck and Henri

a much more attractive human being than I found Michal, the Tom Selleck look-alike.  But then I never found Tom Selleck attractive either in a sexual manner.  

"Michal" and "Franck" from "Stranger By The Lake"

But that's me, I go for the nerdy, nice guys but not the smart alert Napoleon Dynamite smart assed jerk nerds.  In fact, the Napoleon Dynamites of this world I could smack in the head, they annoy me. There is a reason they're losers but I digress. 

Back to the main course subject at hand (no pun intended).

So so sum up, much to my surprise I found that I rather like this movie a lot.  One of my tests of a truly memorable movie is do I keep thinking about it?  Is it realistic? Does it raise questions?  Does it make me think…..about life and life's choices?  Well folks, this movie surely did.  


So if you decide to see it don't be put off by the very casual and matter of fact nudity.  Hang up your inhibitions and concentrate on the story….and the scenery.  Yes folks, this movie also had great scenery but no music.  None, nada, zilch.  A zero musical score unless you count the wind blowing… pun intended again…through the trees.

This is a haunting movie folks.  I recommend that you see it.  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The VA - Now Here's a Real Scandal

The Wilmington VAMC - the one that I use
(photo that I took 2012)

The Republicans have been floundering around trying to push faux scandals like the Benghazi, the so called IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, and even the kidnapping of those 300 Nigerian school girls that the Republicans are trying to blame on Hillary.  But now here comes a real scandal, the shameful VA (Veterans Administration) cheating scandal where some VA centers were caught falsifying records on how long it took for veterans to see their doctors. This folks is a real scandal.  See here.  But the Republicans better be careful before they jump on Obama for his failure (and it IS Obama's failure given his past speeches about fixing the VA) because they would not have done any better.  In fact, if the Republicans were in charge we probably wouldn't have a VA.  

One of my many visits to the Wilmington VAMC

This is one reason I am now a registered Democrat.  Prior to  2000 I was a lifelong registered Republican.  However, when George Bush and his Republican chicken hawk cronies  got into power in 2001, one of the first things they did was issue an order that the VA should stop marketing the availability of the VA to veterans like me.  Then they attempted to eliminate veterans like me from even accessing the VA and only making the VA available to veterans with service connected disabilities. This repugnant action against me, as a veteran who put my life on the line for three years with the promise that I would have lifetime medical care if I needed it, completed my transmigration from lifelong conservative Republican to a flaming liberal Democrat.  I was already traumatized by the 1992 Republican convention where Pat Buchanan gave his famous "culture war" speech which disowned and criminalized gays like me as not part of this country.  What really radicalized by was all the good Germans white folks in the audience enthusiastically cheering on his hate filled speech.

Hitler Pat Buchanan rallying The Cause to the Good Germans Republicans at the 1992 Republican Convention

The Bush Administration weren't able to drop me from the VA because there was such an outcry from veterans' groups.  Veterans like me, who had already signed up in the VA, were grandfathered into the system.  However, the Republicans and the Bush administration were successful in creating eight classifications of veterans eligible for VA care.  The classifications ranged from total disability (classification 1) to veterans like me (classification 8).  The Bush administration even tried to charge ($2,250 a year) for veterans like me to remain in the system.  Thankfully they were not allowed to get away with this outrage.  So Republicans, don't give me your false outrage now that President Obama has failed to keep his campaign promise to "fix" the VA.  I almost threw up yesterday when I saw Republican Sen. John Thune and his fellow vulture Republican senators make a statement about how "outraged" they were at President Obama.  


Hey Thune, I'm outraged too but here's a clue Republicans……you don't have to do anything.  You're going to look like the vultures that you and reinforce your reputation for unbridled hypocrisy.  

So here's the deal folks.  There is a BIG.PROBLEM.AT.THE.VA. And yes, President Obama has fallen down on the job.  And Eric Shinseki should be removed from the VA.  He's hapless.  Did you see his "I'm mad as hell" moment the other day before the Congressional sub-committee?  I almost fell asleep while he was expressing his "outrage."  Wake up Shinseki!  No wonder not much is getting done at the VA.  Shinseki gives somnolent a whole new meaning. 

Mr. Excitement

You want "mad as hell"?  Here's MAD AS HELL (Howard Beale from the movie "Network")

As I mentioned before, I am a veteran and I use the VA.  There is a problem with getting timely appointments.  A BIG PROBLEM.  But I have to say this, I have always received excellent care from the VA…..once you get to see a doctor.  

I've had two major operations at the VA, both successful.  The VA monitors my health care every six months but taking lab tests.  The VA discovered I had prostate cancer.  The VA discovered that I had Gilbert's Syndrome (a non-life threatening liver ailment).  My VA doctor ALWAYS has time to talk to me.  The VA provides all my prescriptions at a reasonable cost.  Without the VA I probably wouldn't be here today typing this blog post. But folks, I'm one of the lucky ones because I'm already in the VA system and have survived despite the Republican efforts to kick me out of the system.

Having said this, now is the time to get the VA straightened out for this thousands of veterans who have put their lives on the line in defense of this country.  Now is the time for president Obama to wake up and take charge.  Maybe he will have to cut back on his time for greeting sports teams at the White House and maybe even fire Shinseki (who I'm sure he put in the VA to make up for Shinseki being sacrificed by the Bush administration by daring to state that the United State would need a lot more troops in Iraq if we invaded them).  Talk is cheap president Obama.  DO SOMETHING!   And you Republicans who are all so eager to jump on the Vulture Bandwagon and use the veterans who are suffering and dying from the way the VA is run now, have some human morality and join in helping to fix the VA so our veterans can have the proper care that they deserve.  

VA Outpatient Clinic - Georgetown, Delaware (the one where I see my doctor is is EXCELLENT!)

Monday, May 19, 2014

This and That

Ron's life

Hi folks.  Been pretty busy around here the past few weeks getting the backyard in shape for the summer.  This spring so far has been fabulous.  Just wonderful weather.  And I'm enjoying every day.

Nothing earth shattering to write about other than we're still plugging along here at Casa Tipton-Kelly.  

(Not) Casa Tipton-Kelly

I'm on the outs with Bill again but that's normal.  He always thinks I don't pay enough attention to him.  Maybe I don't.  I've always been basically a loner all my life and I guess I'm not going to change.  I told him that when I moved in with him almost fifty years ago.  We're still adjusting to that fact.  I hope he doesn't read this because he hates for me to write about our personal problems but hey, that's my life now.  There's a LOT that I can't write about in this blog but I can and will write about the home situation.  Not the best now but, hopefully, it will get better.

I think I'm back on track to working two nights a week at the hotel.  Even those two night have been pretty busy but this is The Season.  I would rather be busy at the hotel than the boredom of passing eight hours at the hotel with only one or two guests in the hotel.  

Looks like I'm going to get back on the Medical Train again.  I had two warts pop up on my left cheek.  Last year I had one pop up on my forehead which I promptly got rid of.  I'm getting rid of these warts too.  No witch am I.  

I've already made an appointment with my dermatologist so he can "suck" them off (hey, that's what he calls the machine that "sucks" them off).

Loner on a train

I just finished reading the latest blog posting of "Scott."  I "met" Scott when he commented on my Inspire posting about what I went through with my prostate biopsy.  He was hesitant to get his biopsy because of the pain, discomfort and humiliation.  He finally got it and sad to say, he has prostate cancer and it has spread.  He decided to start a blog (at my suggestion) about his progression.  I feel so bad for him.  He's only a young guy (50) and he has to face this.  Again, this is just another one of those situations where I realize how lucky I am.  Here I am, a 72 year old geezer and I'm worried about the side affects of my localized prostate cancer (sometimes small - a white mucous like substance -involuntary anal discharges, not a full erection, no sperm, and fatigue).  I read of Scott's medical condition and what he is going through and I thank God and I'm not even religious. Here is Scott's blog for those of you who are interested in reading it. Click here.

These days the most exciting thing in my life is laying mulch.  I do love working out in my backyard.  I do love having good health (relatively so for a prostate cancer dealing old geezer of 72 who is a loner).  

That wheelbarrow is waiting for me.  Talk to you later!

Come join me in my garden 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Crashes and Gridlock in Delaware

Here's what happens when you don't yield the right of way

There are a lot of advantages to living in southern Delaware but there is one BIG disadvantage…..traffic in the summertime.

Thankfully no one was seriously injured when yon teenager pulled her Ford Explorer into the path of a Lexus - you get hit

We moved to Delaware in 2006.  I was very careful where I chose to build a house and live in my retirement.  I love Rehoboth Beach and the "cottage" feel of the town.  However I could neither afford the houses ($700,000 and up for a "cottage") or the lots.  Lewes is a cute town just up the road three miles from Rehoboth but I couldn't afford their prices either which fell into the same stratosphere.  

Air bags deployed - lady wasn't seriously hurt

I checked out the environs of the Rehoboth Beach area for several years.  While there are many nice communities with prices more in my range, I soon realized that in the summertime, when the hordes of tourists descend on Rehoboth that the traffic was not only gridlocked but dangerous.  Route One scares me.

Yon teenager took out the Cave Neck sign - she would make her yon teenager boyfriends proud

So, after much thought and consideration I chose a lot in a development ten miles north of Rehoboth Beach, on the east side of Route One. In retrospect my decision has turned out to be…..well let's say BRILLIANT. 

This is what stupid looks like and why teenagers have such car insurance - they think they're indestructible 

Just this week, as I rolled into work on Wednesday my bosses wife called him and told him that "traffic was backed up because there was an accident at Cave Neck Road."  Familiar words my friends, familiar words.  I left for work at 2:40 PM.  The accident happened at 3:15 PM.  A 16 year old girl who failed to yield the right of way (as so often happens on Cave Neck Road) and she got smashed.  Thankfully she wasn't seriously hurt, there have been people killed at that crossing, but maybe she learned a lesson.  YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY DUMB ASS.  

Not an unusual scene where Cave Neck Road empties into Route One - thankfully no deaths this time

Cave Neck Road is just about a mile down the road from where I turn out of our development on my way to work.  I always stay in the left lane because three miles down the road I have to make another left to go into Lewes.  Bill (of course) drives in the right lane (always the opposite of what I do) and has to quickly get in the left lane when one of these dumb assed aggressive drivers doesn't yield the right of way coming out Cave Neck Road.  Sometimes people turning into Cave Neck just scoot across which is apparently what this 16 year old did.  

So I just missed this one folks.  Then this afternoon, after my nap I decide to take a ride to Sandy Hill Nursery.  On the way back, cruising down Route One all of a sudden the traffic slows down…..then comes to a ………STOP.  Yep, another accident.  And here we are folks, late Friday afternoon, and the Horde is descending on Rehoboth Beach and points beyond (Dewey Beach, Ocean City, Maryland) for a weekend of fun and frivolity and obviously someone else has taken their aggressive driving a bit too far.  I just hope no one was injured this time also.  

Fun at the beach folks.  This is why when The Season begins, most of us locals stay as far away from Rehoboth and off of Route One, because the Crazies are out.  

Safe driving folks, safe driving!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"The Kiss"

Michael Sams kissing his boyfriend on national TV - "OMG! The sky is falling!"

"The Kiss" of course is referring to Michael Sams, the openly gay University of Missouri football player who was drafted into the National Football League on Sunday.  Michael was so happy with the new he heard on the phone that he dared to kiss his boyfriend on national television. 

Of course the Usual Suspects sent the Twitter universe into overload with comments like former NFL running back Derrick Ward who appeared to take exception to how intense Sam's kissing was.  Ward wrote:

Derrick with Khloe Kardashian - Uh, should I be offended by this PUBLIC display of affection?  Just asking.

"Man U got little kids looking at the draft. I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen." And later posting, "I wasn't against him kissing his significant other.  All I said was he shouldn't Had done it the way that he did it. Even if he kissed a girl I woulds said the same thing." 

Uh huh.  Here we go again.  Sounds like my brother saying "Ronnie, I couldn't care less what you and Bill do but do you TELL EVERYONE YOUR'RE GAY?"  The old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" mentality folks.  Some straight folks will "accept" what you do in your private life but just don't show affection in public, it might cause my children to think gay is normal.  You know folks, the "Crazy Uncle in the Attic" mindset that some straight folks can't shake.  

Crazy Old Uncle Joe

Heaven forfend that gays should act like other folks in public.  We're not talking about having sex in public, just a kiss between two human beings who love one another.  Why do so many people feel threatened by that simple act of affection?  

An angry lightening bolt God - "get out of the way, He's mad!"

I think the answer is more than just simple bigotry against gay people.  I think those who are offended by same sex couples acting just like heterosexual couples in public feel it sends a message that gay is normal.  Well folks, it is.  God (if she exists) created me this way.  I'm not a mistake (regardless what some people may think).  In fact, I'm a pretty good guy, especially compared to some of my peers.  And yet, if I show affection in public to someone who loves me and who I love in return, that causes some to want to hide their children?  You got to relax peeps.  RELAX.  Gayness is not contagious.  You either are or you're not.  

RELAX.  And prepare yourself for more "kisses." 

The times are changing folks.

Yes folks, we're making a lot of progress in societal recognition that gay folks are just like straight folks but I'll know we're really making progress when I see a Cialis commercial that has two MEN in a bathtub. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Michael Sams Drafted!

It happened!  It actually happened!  An openly gay football player was drafted into the National Football League.  His name is Michael Sams

Michael Sams is a University of Missouri college football player who decided not to let others determine how he would live his life.  Michael Sams is gay and he came out. I have to admit I am in awe of the courage this man has demonstrated.  

Now I have something else to admit, I am experiencing schadenfreude again. I am throughly enjoying the discomfort of all those homophobes who are beside themselves now knowing that not only did an openly gay college football player get drafted but he kissed his boyfriend right in front of everybody!  Oh my, the sky is surely falling for those folks.  

First it was the repeal of the odious "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that ignoramuses like John McCain said would destroy the military.  It didn't.  Then there was the same sex marriages that those who were opposed said would destroy "traditional" marriage (whatever that is).  It didn't.  Now an openly gay football player who isn't ashamed to show his emotion and KISS his boyfriend.  I bet my homophobe cousin in North Carolina (who told me never to "step foot on his land again" when he found out that I "practiced the gay lifestyle" won't be watching Monday Night football anymore. 

Surely the End of Times, a man kissing a man!

Don't  you feel just a little bit sorry for those folks?  After all, that was their last acceptable prejudice, "the gays."  Now that's gone.  What's next?  A woman president?

Random Observations on a December Morning

Late yesterday afternoon sun on our cozy home (in the background).    What? Yet another selfie of yours truly in a hoodie on his property in...