Dude. This is tonguetastic!

As we know, the tongue is a wonderful and amazing thing. It’s vital for chewing and swallowing food, as well as for speech. It has many nerves that detect and transmit taste signals to the brain. The four common tastes are sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.
O.K. these are the commonly recognized purposes of the tongue. We’re betting you guys have found other valuable uses. Please let us know your favorites. xoxo David and Ben

Dude. It’s “Eyes wide open” on “Friends Friday”!

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. Keon and I want to bring you up-to-date on our “new” cabin at Table Rock. It’s been a whirl-wind and now that it’s finished, we’re looking forward to lots of summer fun at the Lake. We won’t bore you with the details but there a few things we just have to tell you.
First, Alex is amazing, he took charge of the project and didn’t slow up till it was done. He was like a squirrel, climbing around on the scaffolding and spray painting every square inch of the interior while the “gang” kept up with him, masking off the doors and woodwork. We had selected muted shades of blue and green and it turned out great. He surprised us at the end by doing a mural on one wall of the master bedroom. It’s a colorful painting of the rock garden and when you first look at it, you see the Japanese maple trees and the benches and bubbling urns… then, you realize the real center of attention is at the back. There’s a shirtless black boy in shorts and oversized sneakers… with a big grin – sitting on the rock retaining wall with his arm around his dog (who also seems to be grinning). It’s beautiful – and both Denise and Carol wept a bit when they saw it (Keon and I -and I think some of the other guys) may have teared-up a little, too.
Then, there was the flooring project. When we bought the cabin, the floor was covered with ugly gray indoor-outdoor carpeting. Raef and Chad looked at it and went to work cutting it into strips with utility knives and ripping it out. The gang pitched in and hauled the carpet strips out to the dumpster. There were some cracks in the concrete slab so Raef and Chad went to Branson and got some quick-set concrete patch and filled them. They did a wonderful job and when they were finished, Alex pronounced the floor “smooth as a baby’s butt.” It was then just a matter of laying the finish flooring. We used un-grouted, ceramic-vinyl tile that Alex says will be super easy to care for.
Denny has asked… but we honestly don’t know what to think about my brother’s relationship with Raef. We know they live together and own a dog together and stay together at a fishing lodge when they’re at the lake. Dub calls Raef “Unca Chad’s boyfriend” and somehow gets away with it. Of course, Dub still calls Bella “Izzie” and gets away with that, too 🙂
The last thing we did was move the furnishings in. Alex, Cal and Denise had helped us find and buy all the furniture and wall decorations (except the mattresses) at consignment shops and estate sales. It saved us a LOT of money and looks AWESOME.
Finally (as Steve Jobs might have said) “one more thing.” Alex wouldn’t take any money for all the work he did on the cabin. When we tried to pay him, he just laughed and said “Hey, you can’t afford me. Of course, at the prices I charge, I couldn’t afford me either.” So… Keon and I were really pleased we could help him and Cal with getting approved as “foster parents” by the Social Services Division. They still haven’t gotten the final word on “Chance” but we’re praying for them and hoping everything works out. It’d be wonderful having a new addition to our “Northland gang” and we know they’d be amazing foster parents – and Bella would be a terrific sister. I’m sure they’ll keep you posted.
Keon says the next time we go to the Lake, no one had better even mention the word “work” to us 🙂
xoxo Rick and Keon

It’s “Friends Friday,” and the “eyes have it.”

Hey, guys. It’s Keon. David has done several of these “suck eyes” posts and they’re one of my absolute favorites. Rick and I spend hours and hours sucking each others’ dick and I love the way we maintain eye contact while we’re doing it. We think it’s one of the best (and most intimate) things about dude sex!

Ben had suggested Rick and I might want to drop by the school sometime and “chat with Travon’s Art Instructor.” So, last Friday we did. She seems like a genuinely nice person and couldn’t say enough good things about Travon. She said he might be the “most promising art student at the school.” Said his “concepts of color, space and movement are exceptional…as is his ability to depict and describe creative meaning.” She kind of lost us along the way, but we got the idea. She showed us a bunch of his artwork and we were totally blown away. There were drawings/sketches of Muff, Max, Rick and me and the lake cabin and boys making crank ice cream… and lots more. One, in particular just stopped us short. It was a group of white kids in a room laughing and playing… while in the corner a small black boy was sitting, bent-over with his head in his hands. When we saw that, we both teared-up and were just speechless. I don’t think either of us had realized how much mental garbage our amazing little dude is still carrying around with him. When we got home, we were both like just hugging him and telling him how much we love him. It’s like sometimes there just aren’t enough ways to make sure he knows how special he is to us.
xoxo Keon and Rick