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

Dude, do you want me to get out the belt?

On Sunday, our buddy “Jingle commented, saying: “Hey Buff!! Apropos of nothing, I had an idea for a post… Belts!! I don’t think you’ve ever done one on any of your Blogs?!?! Certainly not URD!! Whatta ya think??… Might be fun, especially the way you treat a topic!! 🙂 haha”
We commented back, saying :”Yup. You’re right, babe. Never been a “belts” post on any of my blogs. Sounds fun. Why don’t you send me a pic or two to make sure we’re thinking the same thing. xoxo David”
So… Jingle sent us a bunch of pics (some of which are included here) and we added some and here you have it. “BELTS”. Thank you, John… for the post suggestion, the photos, your invaluable contributions to URD and your wonderful friendship. We love you!

Dudes… Commando!

Dub and Ben are on Christmas break now until January 5th. We plan to head to the Lake Tuesday morning.
Dub “skyped” with his Mom this morning and, since it would be their last visit before Christmas, they opened their gifts together on-line. He saves all his “Skypes” with Angie and afterward he showed today’s to Ben and me. This year, Angie gave him three hand-made African beaded leather bracelets. One for strength, one for health and one for valor. Dub was absolutely thrilled. He has all three on his right wrist and we seriously doubt he’ll ever take them off. Actually, they are really cool!
It seems like Christmas is coming really fast year. We hope you guys have your plans made and that this will be your best Holiday ever! xoxo David and Ben