Dude. “Buttons ‘n Bones”!

Every time we do a “butthole” post, we think of our buddy “Tim.” Obviously, not because he’s a “butthole,” but because no one we know loves a “butthole” more than Tim (and us). We love you, Tim! SLURP! 🙂


We’re settled in at Table Rock and thankful for our good fortune. If you’re going to self-quarantine during a pandemic this for sure ain’t a bad way to do it! Here’s a quick rundown:
– Ben and the kids are doing “school” five days per week and having a good time doing it. The latest is Dub told Ben he thought they should start learning to speak “French.” Ben said he spent a few hours on-line and came up with some great French learning resources. He says Dub, Austin, Bella and Tra are “catching on” really fast – and are helping Chance and Matty pick it up. Dub says French is “just like English, Spanish and ASL… just a little different.”
– Chad, Raef and “Bud” have been fishing every day and they’re getting our freezers stocked with crappie filets. So far, we’ve grilled, baked and fried crappie filets. Keon and I are planning to try roasting some next week. Dub would be perfectly happy living on crappie and veggies for the rest of his life. He told me he thought we should try making “crappie and veggie pizzas”. Ummm. Might be a good idea?
– Cal is an electrical engineer and is able to work on-line from here at the lake. Alex and Denise are throwing themselves into the new “Villas” project. Denise laughed and told us she had called her friend “Le-Ann” and told her about the Villas (in strictest confidence). She says telling Le-Ann something in strict confidence is “about the same as posting about it on Facebook.” Denise has already had five people call her – asking when the Villas will be available (it’ll be a long while). They took Bella over to the fishing camp yesterday afternoon (it’s vacant now except for the owners) and asked her to be part of the design team for the Villas. She thinks she’s in charge of the project now (and maybe is)! Alex asked us to thank “bw” for his comment about nitrogen removing biofilter septic systems. He said that’s what they put in for Ty and Damien’s cabin and it was “pricey” for sure. He’s hoping they can get a bargain price on 13 of them for the Villas project.
– Scott and Jim have been working on a “horseshoe pitching court.” They’re building it using the standard from the “National Horseshoe Pitchers Association” and it’s quite a project. Of course, there’ll be a separate court for kids. They’ve ordered NHPA sanctioned shoes on-line.
– Keon and I continue to work on-line, although our sales are off roughly 45%. Rick and Keon have been doing more work on their rock garden. They’re currently adding two covered “porch swings” and are planning a new BBQ pit.
So that’s (at least part of) what’s going on here. While we’re saying our prayers every day and hoping things will get “back to normal” before too long, life at Table Rock is pretty darned good. We hope you are all well, happy and managing this coronavirus thing successfully. It’s been great hearing from Beto, Brad and Larry – as well as our other friends. Stay safe. We’ll all get through this! xoxo David and Ben

Dude. “Heads – or – Tails”?

Hey, guys. It’s Ben. One of my favorite posts ever on URD was done by Rick and Keon back on August 15, 2018. They called it “ A Friends Friday” check of the “fore and aft.” and I thought it was great. So… a long time ago, I began saving pics for a similar post. This is the result. I also got a huge “kick” out of our buddy Tim’s comment on Rick and Keon’s post, and a lot of the “TAGS” here were suggested by him. I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do.
On a separate subject, I want to thank you for your comments on the birthday post David did for me on July 4th. I’ve thanked each commenter on that post… but I realize you’d have to go back there to see my “individual thanks.” It was a wonderful birthday and you guys are awesome. THANK YOU!


We’re back from a fun – and productive – week at the Lake. We love being down there but it’s also good to be home. I’m pretty sure Keon and Rick will want to give you details on their “new” cabin, so I’ll just say it’s awesome… and we had it finished by the time the kids and grands arrived on the morning of the 4th. As “Chad” said, “It’s amazing what a bunch of gay boys can do once they set their minds to it.”
A couple of things about our week:
-First, there was the matter of the fireworks and the dogs. It seemed like everyone at Table Rock was having a contest to see who could make the most noise, and the dogs hated it. Realizing how bad it was going to be, Dub decided to take the dogs to our storm shelter. It’s built back into the side a hill and honestly, from the back of it, you couldn’t hear a single “boom” or “pop.” The dogs were happy in there but they missed being around their people, so Dub, Tra, Austin, Bella and Kylie spent a lot of the weekend in “the cave” with them. The boys even decided to spend Thursday night there. It’s equipped with cots, blankets, battery-powered lights, bottled water, etc., so it wasn’t like they were really “roughing it.” Austin, in particular loved the idea. He said they could pretend there was a war going on outside – and that’s kind of what it sounded like. Bella and Kylie wanted no part of spending the night in “the cave,” but the boys thought it was great fun.
-We all got a big surprise after dinner Thursday evening when Cal told us Bella had some news. She said, “I might be getting a new “brother.” He may not be my “forever brother,” but we hope he’s gonna come live with us – and my Dads say maybe we can adopt him some day.” That little shocker took some explanation by Cal and Alex. It seems that Keon, Rick and their attorney helped them apply and complete the “Specialized Training” that’s required by the Missouri Dept. of Social Services. They were approved as foster parents about a month ago but hadn’t told anyone except Keon, Rick (and, of course Scott and Denise). They hadn’t even told Bella until Thursday. It’s a long story but I’ll keep it short. Last week they got a call from Social Services and they have this six-year old boy who needs a foster home. His name is “Chance” and Cal and Alex have already met him (they showed us his picture). The problem is he has “Profound hearing loss,” and Social Services would prefer to place him with foster parents who are deaf and/or proficient in sign language. Social Services doesn’t have that kind of foster parents available, so it looks like Cal and Alex may be his new foster parents. They’ll find out sometime next week. I’m sure they’ll let you know what’s happening. We’re all really excited for them and keeping our fingers crossed!
-It was a grand week at the Lake, complete with all the Northland gang, the Grandparents and Jim and Carol. There was boating, skiing, wake boarding, lots of good food, drinks and even some smoke. I’m sure it won’t be long before we’re back down there partying and enjoying the summer! xoxo Ben and David