We didn’t get these pics posted on Dub’s birthday, but I couldn’t bring myself to delete them.

Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Dub. Happy birthday to you!

David and I really like Rick’s “Friends Friday” post with the artwork of Matthew Conway. We think his renderings of straight guys showing off their bodies for the world to see are awesome. That got me thinking about guys and selfies and how much I like looking at them – straight, gay, or whatever. Here are a few I think are especially hot.

Dub’s birthday party yesterday was pretty much perfect. To start with, he brought in the mail and had 22 cards. He was thrilled. It took him almost an hour to open and read each one… and carefully save each card and envelope. Angie called and talked with him for a long time and that was really special.
Keon, Rick and Alex got here early to help get everything set up – and people started arriving a little after four. Everyone was here. Dub’s grandparents and my sister (and her boyfriend) and Erik, Mark and Pam, plus Austin, Ty and Damien- and Mr. Martinez. Christian and Shelby plus Craig, Matt, Caleb and Kerry got here about 4:30 and, finally, Spence arrived just in time for salad and pizza. Dub and the pups were crazy excited and everyone was drinking wine and singing happy birthday and celebrating Dub’s special day. The individual (make your own) pizzas and salads were a big hit and it was just a big, happy party. We had talked with Dub (and all his guests) in advance… and decided since he has so many toys and things, we’d do a “toys for tots” birthday party. So, everyone brought gifts – and Dub took off the gift wrapping, but saved the toy packaging – and we put each toy in a big paper recycling bag. We ended up with two huge bags of toys-for-tots – and Dub was just beaming. It’s a good head-start on this years’ campaign of sharing.
Around 6:30, the party started breaking up – and Dub, Erik and Austin were off with Ty and Damien for their big movie night in the new media room.
When the crowd was gone, it was just David and me… Keon, Rick, Alex and Spence. So we sat around talking for a while and then Keon said, “I think it’s time for some tequila shots.” So, we brought out the tequila, salt and lemon wedges and all got ready to “Lick, Sip and Suck.” But… that’s a story for another day 🙂

Hot jocks… and soon… a birthday boy…

I admit… I’ve never figured out the deal with jockstraps. I mean, they’re just a nut sack and a couple of straps that leave your ass hangin’ out. I personally prefer low-rise briefs when I’m playing soccer or working out at the gym. Having said that, I have to admit some guys look really hot wearing a jock. Like the guys here 🙂

Plans for Dub’s birthday are pretty much finalized. We’ve contacted everyone we can think of and let them know about the “birthday card palooza” so we’re pretty sure he’ll be getting lots of cards. David and I asked him what he wanted to do for his big day and he said he’d like to have a pizza party here at the house. David has spent the last two or three years experimenting with pizza dough recipes and his thin crust pizza is pretty amazing. Of course, Dub likes his “veggie lovers pizza” that has zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, artichokes and bell pepper strips. We decided to have the party on Saturday, the 4th – so everyone can come – then, we’ll have a quiet celebration on the 5th for just the three of us – or maybe the three of us plus Rick, Keon and Alex?. On Saturday, Austin and Erik will be here – along with their parents… and Rick, Keon and Alex… plus Christian and Shelby and Spence – and Mr. Martinez. I suspect my sister and all 3 of Dub’s grandparents will be here as well. Shelby has volunteered to make a huge carrot cake, and I’m sure we’ll have a crowd.
After the party, Dub and Erik are going to spend the night at Austin’s house. Damien and Tyler have just finished their new basement “media room” – complete with a Samsung 110″ high-def t.v., custom sound system and power reclining theater seats. We haven’t seen it yet, but I guess it’s pretty spectacular. The boys are really excited about it and it’ll make a nice wrap-up for the public part of his birthday.
I can’t believe Dub is growing up so fast. It seems like maybe just yesterday was the first time we met him – and now David and I (and the pups) can’t imagine life without him. I mean, I want him to grow up and all… but it’s just so wonderful having a little dude around and getting a new view of the World through his eyes. Wow.