Dude. It’s Friends Friday. Time for some “Lumpy, bumpy jeans”!

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. ‘Way back in June, 2019, I did a “jeans snippets” or “pocket full of miracles” post. I loved it, but Jingle and some others didn’t much care for it, so I never did post these “bulge” pics. I know everyone wants to see faces, but I sometimes think the mystery of a “snippets” post is exciting. Anyway, I had this post ready to go and Alex texted and asked if anyone had a post he could “tag-on to.” So here it is… and if you don’t particularly like the pics, maybe you’ll at least be interested in what Alex has to say 🙂 Love you guys. Rick and Keon

Hi. It’s Alex. In the last post when I told you about selling the Berry Farm Place project, I mentioned that one of the best things about selling the property is making a new friend. His name is Dante and he’s the son of the developer who bought the project.
Denise, Nathan and I first met Dante when he showed up on the job site one morning and introduced himself. He’s 23 years old… has black hair – long on top with close-cropped sides… wears two big diamond studs in each ear… and has a startling electric smile. It took him about 20 minutes to convince us we needed to listen to the offer they were making us. After he left, Denise said “My God. That boy is gorgeous. He should be a model!”
Anyway, we finally agreed on the terms of the sale and got the attorneys working on it. A few days later, Dante called me and asked if we could “go to lunch.” I said, “Sure. I’ll check with Denise and Nathan to see when they’re available.” He hesitated… and then said “Could it just be you and me? There are some personal things I’d like to talk with you about.” So the next day we met for lunch at a quiet little restaurant in Kimberling City. After the waitress brought our food, Dante said “Can I ask you a personal question?” I said “Well, you can ask.” He said “Are you gay?” I was surprised by the question but said “Absolutely.” He said “Do you have a boyfriend?” I said “Yes. And even better, he’s my husband and we have two amazing kids.” He flashed me one of his electric smiles and said “That’s SO COOL!” So then I asked “Are you gay?” And he said “Yup. Absolutely. And I have a boyfriend in St. Louis whose name is Silas. We’re planning to get married as soon as things get straightened out on the Berry Farm and I’m moved down here.” I asked “Does Silas work for your Company?” He said “No. He’s a middle school science and phys ed teacher. Right now, he’s working as a substitute teacher until we can get moved and married.”
He had a million questions about Cal and me and the kids and our friends – and I finally said “Our friends David and Ben have a gay blog and if you want to look at it, it’ll answer every question you could possibly have about us.”
The next week, he called and said “I’ve been looking at Unrulydude. It’s awesome! In fact, I went back to the beginning where David and Ben met over at Park College – and I’ve read every word of the blog. I know about all you guys now. It’s the neatest story I’ve ever read.” I said “I can’t believe you’ve read it all. It must have taken days.” He chuckled and said “I read pretty fast and I didn’t look at the pictures as I went. Now Silas is reading it too. I do have one question, though.” I said “What’s that?” He said “When do I get to meet Dub?” I just laughed and said “I’m sure we can arrange that.”
We’re planning a get together up at Ty and Damien’s next Saturday and have invited Dante and Silas. Everyone is excited about meeting them. We’ll keep you posted. xoxo Alex

…a pocketful of miracles…

“I’ve got a pocketful of miracles…
But if I had to pick a miracle…
My favourite miracle of all is you
And me.” …Jimmy Van Heusen

Hey guys, it’s Rick. First, I guess I may owe “Jingle” an apology for these pics because I know he doesn’t like photos without faces. Sorry, dude. We promise to do better next time 🙂
Keon and I spent all last week at our cabin at the lake. We worked really hard and made lots of progress. When we got there, we met the antique dealer who’s buying the furniture and helped him load it to take to KC. Then, we hauled off the old appliances. It’s amazing how much bigger the cabin looks when its empty!
The next thing we did was strip and sand the kitchen cabinets. They’re solid birch and ready for Alex and his magic spray gun. They’re gonna be really pretty!
After that, we started on the rock garden. It was mainly just a weed patch when be bought the cabin but we knew it’d be a very special, beautiful place when we finished with it. I won’t bore you with all the details, but it’s about 25′ x 50′ and we moved every statue, bench and rock. Jim (and a friend of his) came over and helped and we did it in three sections… moved everything out… dug out all the weeds… put down two layers of ground cover sheeting… then put everything back. The only things we didn’t move were the two beautiful Emperor Japanese maple trees. The first day, we were moving rocks and Keon yelled “FUCK ME!!” and went running toward the cabin. He’d run across a big snake. Jim was laughing and said he thought Keon had “great moves.” Jim saw it and said it was a king snake – and one of the biggest he’d seen… probably 4 foot or longer. He said we wouldn’t need to worry about copperheads or timber rattlers because with the king snake there, they wouldn’t be around. He said king snakes will eat smaller snakes, even if they’re poisonous to people. There were two big pots laying on their sides and it took all four of us to move them. Turned out they’re “bubbling urns” and had fallen over because their in-ground water storage basins had collapsed. Jim found us some new ones in Branson and we dug out the old ones and put in new polyethylene ones. Whew! What a job. We also had to get new pumps, but finally… by Friday evening, we had it all done. It’s beautiful and I’m sure we’ll spend many hours out there!
By the time we got home late Friday, we were “bushed.” Keon said he was “sore in places he didn’t even know he had places.” I think we’re beginning understand what “bw” said about how a home and a second home are “more than twice the work.” xoxo Rick and Keon