Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day 2015

My Christmas card to Bill this year - photo doesn't show the true sparkle but trust me, it's there!


Good morning folks and a very Merry Christmas to you all!

This is the first time in years I've had off Christmas Day.  Actually, I do not remember the last time I had off Christmas Day but I'm liking this.  

Bill and I don't "do" Christmas in the traditional sense.  However, we do like Christmas and all the pagan pageantry (Christmas cards and colored lights).  We stopped exchanging gifts years ago, more years ago than some of my blog readers were alive.  Whoops!  I'll take that last statement back.  I don't believe I have any blog readers under fifty years of age.  If I do, I challenge them to leave a comment stating their age. But I don't believe anyone, especially young gay man or  woman would read a blog of a 74 year old retired gay man.  Why would they?  But I digress.

So Bill and I don't exchange presents (we have everything) but we do exchange Christmas cards.  The sparklier the better.  And this year I outdid myself with a real sparkler ($6.99 worth)!

Later on this morning I'll take Bill for a ride down to Rehoboth Beach and the boardwalk.  Christmas Day is a wonderful day to get on the road because NOBODY IS ON THE ROADS!  I LOVE IT!

So to one and all, I hope you're all enjoying this peaceful, loving, and happy day.


30 comments:

Jon said...

What a gorgeous card! I hope you and Bill have a fantastic Christmas. Gifts and decorations are only secondary......It's the love that counts.

Did you have to remind me that I'm over fifty??? (*smile*)

Raybeard said...

A very joyous time to you and Bill too, Ron - from another who has long since stopped 'celebrating'.
Glad you managed to post today. Was wondering if should send you a wishing e-mail, but I'm just as happy to do it in open style.
I'm just about to have my special Xmas meal (alone, of course) of fried egg sandwiches - but with (as a nod to the season) a small plate of Brussels sprouts too. Do I not spoil myself? Maybe yours is a wee bit more elaborate?
Enjoy the rest of the holiday season - and will be looking out for your further Yuletide postings, if any, along the way.
All the best to both!

Unknown said...

Hi Ron!!! I'm a 32 year old gay guy that loves your blog!!! I think you are a very interesting guy. I love reading all of your stories about the earlier days, especially when you write about the gay community in days gone by. You are truly an inspiration to us younger gay guys. Your courage in coming out in those dark days for those like us is an inspiration! I admire you for your strength. Merry Christmas to you and Bill!!

Travel said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

pat888 said...

Hey Ron - Merry Christmas to you and Bill. I think a lot of the traditions fall by the wayside unless you have young children which reenergizes the day. But sparkly cards are always good - and good wishes to others. I've missed a lot of your blogs lately as I seem to have been really busy or distracted.

Pat

Jardley said...

Hey Ron,

I'm a 25 year old black queer woman, I discovered your blog while on my trip to Philadelphia this past weekend. I've stayed because I enjoy your voice and love reading about your life. If that makes me weird so be it, I've got a lot of things that interest me and I'm okay with that.

Ron said...

Jon,
Again, you are so right. It is ONLY row love that counts. "Gifts and decorations (while nice) are only secondary. And yes, I really splurged on the card this year. Why not? Bill so appreciates his cards and being with me, as I do appreciate being with him. Two days ago he was gone all day at the VA hospital. I MISSED him. No, I just like my life the way it is now. Bill at home and very nice friends through the blog (some special) and friends at work and great neighbors.
Ron

Ron said...

Thank you Ray. Always so good to hear from you, one of my favorite blog friends. Your Christmas meal of friend egg sandwiches is something I haven't had in years but I do love them. Alas, today we don't have a special Christmas meal, just the "usual." But that's alright, we have each other. Besides, we keep putting on the pounds even though we're eating less.
My best to you always this holiday season Ray.
Ron

Ron said...

James,
Wow! I have to say I am truly surprised that a younger generation gay man is reading my blog. Hey, guess what? I used to be young myself and I know what it's like. If there is one valuable piece of advise I can offer to you and other young gay men (and women) is that getting old isn't bad at all. Oh sure, you have the aches and pains but man oh man, my life is better now that it ever was when I was young and yes, I do mean the sexual part too. Unbelievable? I would never have believed it myself if you had asked me when I was your age but it does happen. But then, maybe I'm just lucky.
And thank you for reminding me to write more about my younger days in the gay community. I have so much to share which, I realize may shock some of my more staid and conservative followers but I do want to put all that history out there in the blogosphere before I check out.
Thanks James for the comment. All comments are appreciated.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Ron

Ron said...

Thank you David. Our best wishes to you and your honey too!
Ron

Ron said...

Pat,
You're right, "sparkly cards are always good!" Don't worry about missing my blog postings, they will be there forever (and ever).
Ron

Ron said...

Jardley,
Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather! I never in a million (well maybe ten years) would have believed a "25 year old black queer woman" would read my blog or find it of interest. Welcome! I am thrilled to have a broad(er) appeal (no pun intended). Now I'l really have to watch what I write about women (smile).
Have a happy holiday season Jardley.
Ron

Ur-spo said...

Happy Christmas to you both! May 2016 be a marvelous year for both of you!

Jardley said...

Well believe it! :) Here's a picture to a face: http://jardleyjean-louis.com/blog/about-me/

Happy Holidays to you too Ron!

Melissa said...

Ron - I am a 46 year old straight white girl. I found your blog several years ago and enjoy what you say and think.

Merry Christmas to you and Bill

Melissa

Ron said...

There you are Jardley. Very cool! I'm rather flattered that some of my followers are more than just other older gay men like myself. We can be boring you know (smile).
Ron

Ron said...

Thank you Dr. Spo and the same to you.

Ron said...

Thank you Melissa. As I responded to another female (who knew?) blog follower, I am rather surprised and pleased that I have blog followers other than the same old boring older gay males (no disrespect to them though).
Ron

Raybeard said...

'Ta' again, Ron. Likewise.

Unknown said...

I absolutely love the stories of younger days, especially all of your vacation stories. I also enjoy all of your pictures from back then. You were smoking hot!! Very sexy legs!!! Anyway, I hope you continue to write. You are a great role model for us younger guys, from fighting for our rights to your long time relationship with Bill. Thanks again!!

B-Kat said...

Hi Ron,
I've been a follower of your blog for at least a year. And I'm also a 46 year old straight white woman... And Canadian. I appreciate your candid honest entries. I love your huge yard and the tours of it you have done. You should be proud of all your hard work! I'm looking forward to your trip to Cali!
Cheers!

Ron said...

Hi B-Kat! Welcome to my blog. Makes me feel good to know that I have such diverse followers. I have more garden tour videos which I haven't posted yet and will do more. Thanks for the encouragement!
I wish you a very happy new year!
Ron

Mimi said...

Hi Ron, I am a 48 y/o straight woman. I enjoy reading about your adventures! Have a Happy 2016!

Ron said...

Mimi,
Thank you so much for your comment. What a pleasant surprise, I had no idea I had so many readers of my blog that were not old gay men (smile). Welcome and a very happy new year to you also.
Ron

Julie said...

44 yr old lesbian who loves a good story --and you and Bill certainly are one! ps..my partner and I got married this summer on our 25th anniversary!

Laurent said...

Best Wishes to you both for 2016, good health and happiness!

Alicia said...

Challenge accepted :) 36 year old woman here! Hi! Been reading about a year now. I always like to check in and see what adventures you've had. :)

Ron said...

Julie,
Very cool! I am so glad I've gotten so many responses to this posting and from such a diverse group of folks. Who knew! Congratulations on your marriage. Have a very happy new year!
Ron

Ron said...

Thank you Larry and my best to you also for the New Year.
Ron

Ron said...

Alicia,
I can't tell you how surprised I am to receive so many diverse responses to my blog posting. Truly, I am surprised. Please and surprised. Welcome! My best to you for the New Year.
Ron