It’s a “Friends Friday” look at some “above average joes” !

Hey, guys…it’s Rick. In the last little while, we’ve had “average joes” and “below average joes,” so I think it’s probably time for some “above average joes.” Being married to Keon, I feel fully qualified to handle the assignment!
I need to make a comment about this post. As much as I love gay art, I absolutely HATE it when assholes use photoshop to fuck up photos by adding grossly disproportionate genitals. I’m guessing that maybe as many as a third to half of the “big dick” pics you see on-line are photoshopped. I think that’s just SICK. They take beautiful bodies – created in the image of God – and distort them into obscenities. In putting this together, I’ve tried really hard to eliminate any pics that have been mutilated. I can’t guarantee that every one of these dudes are genuine/unaltered, but I’ve made a sincere effort at it. So much for words from my soapbox 🙂

We’re going strong here in the Northland. Had some cold weather and a bit of snow last week, but that’s to be expected. Travon and Max, of course loved the snow and we’re hoping for enough to make a snowman before too long. They really are a “piece of work.” Travon is crazy about his furry little bud and Max is at his side every minute he’s home. After we read together at night, when we tuck Travon in, Max (and “Muff”) snuggle in to share his bed.
We’re excited about Thanksgiving. The entire Northland gang will be at the lake for the Holiday. The grandparents are coming – and Jim and Carol are really excited. They’re promising apple pies and homemade cinnamon crank ice cream for dessert. We’ll take the dogs, of course… and it’ll be a crowd… but we’ll have two cabins and two condos to spread out it and I’m sure it’ll be a great time. Hope your Thanksgiving plans include good food and drink – shared with family and wonderful friends! xoxo Rick and Keon (and Travon and Max and Muff) 🙂

Check it out, dude. “Below average Joes”!

On Tuesday, Ben did a post of “average Joes” and it brought about a bunch of comments that the dudes were “anything but average.” So I thought I’d post some guys who appear to be a bit “below average.” They’re all HOT… they just have penises that appear to be a little smaller than your “average Joe.” 🙂

The kids had a wonderful Halloween evening. Dub had thought about dressing up as Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Then, he found out that both Erik and Austin were going to go as P.M., so he decided he’d go as Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid. It took a LOT of padding, glasses, a fake mustache and a red Chiefs cap, but he was a HOOT! Since it was a Chiefs theme, Travon decided to go as running back Kareem Hunt… and the little girl formerly known as Izzie dressed as a Chiefs cheerleader. They all looked GREAT!
Of course, all the adults wanted to go trick-or-treating with them, but we decided there were too many of us – and since Denise and Scott and Ty and Damien really, REALLY wanted to go, Rick, Keon, Alex, Cal, Ben and I stayed here at the house with the dogs and a pitcher of margaritas. Bebe is pretty hyper and doesn’t do well with all the excitement, so she chose to spend the evening in her crate (her “safe place.”) Not “Buzz.” Every time the door bell rang, he was right there waiting to see the kids. He loved every minute of it. We decided he must have thought it was a big party in his honor because his tail didn’t stop wagging and he wanted to be petted by every kid who came to the door. He simply LOVES people – and kids in particular.
Scott and Denise had promised all their friends over at the condo they’d bring the kids by, so they got an early start and made the rounds there before coming back to the neighborhood to collect even more candy. Dub (who prefers veggies to candy) wanted to do something with his… and the other kids had a lot more than they needed, so after school on Thursday, he and Ben took about a ton of treats over to City Union Mission. They said they were really happy to get it!
I guess we’d all say Halloween was a huge success here in the Northland – especially “Buzz.”

Check it out, dude. It’s a bunch of “Average Joes”!

Last week, one of our school’s science teachers gave his class an assignment. They were to pick a topic for a “special report” to present to the science classes; get the topic approved; and select a partner to work with on the project. Dub (being something of a “leafs expert”) came up with idea of doing a report on “Why leaves change colors in the fall.” The teacher approved it… and Dub asked Travon to partner with him. They had a week to complete the report. We talked with Rick and Keon and they thought a Saturday outing to work on the project would be fun. Rick called his brother “Chad” who knew “the perfect place” for the boys’ research. Said he had a friend with “about 80 acres of woods over by Smithville” where we’d find just about every tree we could imagine. So, we planned a Saturday outing over there. When we told Dub about it, he said “We should get “Pop-pops” to help.” So, on Saturday morning, Chad, Keon, Rick, Travon, David, Dub, the grandparents and I met over at the farm for a picnic and science project research. Oh, yeah. Almost forgot to mention. Travon insisted we take the dogs… so, of course we did 🙂
Saturday was maybe one of the most glorious days in the history of fall days. Temps in the low-mid 70’s… a gentle 5 m.p.h. breeze and not a cloud in the sky. The boys and Pop-pops decided to collect leaf samples from ten different trees and set off with their cameras, zip-lock collection bags and marking pens. They let me tag along so I could learn some “leaf stuff” myself.
Since it was an open area with no other dogs around, we let the pups run without leashes and they had great fun. They followed us through the woods and found rabbits, squirrels, turtles… one raccoon and one black snake to occupy their time. The guys ended up with photos, three leaves (in various colors) and a bark sample from each of ten trees.
After collecting, bagging and marking everything, we re-joined the group for a picnic. Everyone had brought food and drinks, so it was a veritable feast. By late afternoon, we were all headed home… with two very tired boys and three worn-out puppies.
Now, in case any of you don’t know why “Leaves change colors in the fall,” here’s a bit of information that’ll be included in the boys’ report:
“The leaves of trees contain three main pigments: carotene, anthocyanin, and the photosynthetic pigment, chlorophyll, which captures the sun’s energy to make food for plants. As the most abundant pigment, chlorophyll is what gives leaves their green hue in spring and summer.
Another chemical in leaves, auxin, controls a special band of cells at the base of each leaf stem, called the abscission layer. During the growing season, auxin prevents this layer from fully developing and blocking the tiny, internal tubes that connect each leaf to the rest of the tree’s circulatory system.
In fall, however, cooler and shorter days trigger an end to auxin production, allowing the abscission layer to grow and cut off the circulation of water, nutrients and sugar to the leaves. When this happens, chlorophyll disintegrates rapidly, letting carotene shine through as the yellow in maple, aspen and birch leaves. Anthocyanin, meanwhile, provides the oranges and reds of maples, sumacs and oaks. When there’s less sun, anthocyanin isn’t as chemically active and leaves are more orange or yellow than red.”
Of course, you probably already knew that! 🙂