Check it out, dude. It’s “Movember madness”!

Hey, guys. It’s Silas and it’s November… so, of course it’s time for the Table Rock guys to grow facial hair. We don’t participate in “Movember” because we think their rules are dumb (they allow mustaches only), but I guess beards are a fall tradition here. Most of us have already skipped shaving for a few weeks so now there are some impressive beards. Dante, David, Ben, Keon, Cal, Damien and Raef in particular are looking like “mountain men.” Some of the rest of us are less hirsute but we’re giving it our best shot. So I was thinking about facial hair and thought some pics of dudes with beards would be fun. There are several types here and I hope you like the variety. Love ‘ya. Silas (and Dante).

Last night’s Halloween party was a huge success. We started off with a two-tractor and trailer hayride in the Ozark hills. I took my guitar… and one of the other teachers took his. We sang songs like “Monster Mash,” “Six little ghosts” and “Flyin’ purple people eater” and the kids loved it. We ended the hayride at “Hawks Nest” where we met up with the parents and the rest of the teachers. We were pleased (and a little surprised) that every kid had at least one parent there – and most had both.
Since the guys have all been growing beards, our boys wanted beards as part of their costumes. Alex was a champ and made beards and/or mustaches for them. Of course, Bella and Alyssa thought that was a bummer, so Alex made beards for them too. They were the cutest bearded ladies ever!
It was good to spend time and get better acquainted with the parents. They’re a good group and seem to genuinely appreciate the job we’re doing with their kids. They were all totally blown away by Hawks nest.
The best thing that happened to me was when one of the parents (a cute guy named Caleb) introduced himself and told me I’m his son Isaiah’s favorite teacher. He said Isaiah’s stuttering had been a huge problem in his former (public) school and he had been bullied there because of it. He said Isaiah would cry – or fake a stomach ache – or once even hid under his bed to avoid going to school. He says now that he’s in our school, Isaiah is up early every morning and excited about going to school and seeing his best buddies – Dub, Chance and Matty. I told Caleb I’d noticed Isaiah doesn’t stutter at all when he sings and we’ll continue working with him on it. It’s gratifying to know you’re making a difference.
We had a short day at school today because we knew the kids (and teachers) would be tired after a long night of Halloween revelry. The party was a lot of work but definitely worth it. I’m sure it’ll become an annual thing 🙂

Happy birthday, Ray. We love you!

The joy of doing a gay blog is getting to know guys from everywhere… and learning to understand, love and care about them. Ray, you’re one of our best friends. We love your comments and we love having you as a part of our UnrulyDude family. All our best for a wonderful birthday and an even better year to come. Much love and happiness. xoxo David, Ben and the Table Rock gang

Full disclosure. The fact is no one does birthday post pics better than our amazing friend, Beto. Several weeks ago, Beto sent us an excellent group of pics to use for Ray’s birthday post. The first 30 pics here are from Beto… sending his love and birthday wishes to Ray. Thank you, Beto. We know Ray will appreciate your thoughtfulness – as much as we love the pics!

Happy birthday, dear Ray… Happy birthday to you!

It’s a special day for all of us here at URD because it’s the birthday of one of our dearest friends. Thank you, Ray… for your fun, insightful comments… your genuine caring for everyone in our little community… and for your friendship. We love you and wish you good health and every happiness – today and throughout the coming years. Hugs, David and Ben

Since several of you are quicker on the draw than us, we’re going to move your birthday comments from the previous post to this one so they’ll all be in one place.
from ROBERTO: “Happy Birthday, Ray! Hope you’re having a tremendous day and that it is just the beginning of more and more great moments throughout the year. 🙂 The guys have been super busy lately, but I’m sure your birthday cake is coming very soon. 😉 Always think of you when I see a completely blue sky like today’s, and under this sky I wish you all the best, my friend, today and always. 🙂 Love and hugs,
“Beto gets the credit for reminding me!!! Thanks Beto!
I hope today and all the days of the year bring you only the best of all things!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAY! I’m looking forward to sharing your “cake!” (-:
Love you! Bill XOXO”
from JINGLE: ‘ray’s birthday?!?! Oh, Brother Beto, how wonderful of you to remember, and to remind us all!! 🙂 And to my beloved Raimund, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! All Best Wishes, my dear friend/brother/lover!!!!!”
from DENNY: “I always feel like a URD posting is not complete until we hear from you!!
May your days be happy and bright all year through!! L❤VE, Denny”
from BW: “Happy Birthday to one of out favorite URD buddies Ray! Hope you have a great day, and as I always say, it’s your birthday – do whatever you damn well please/”