Happy birthday, dear Jingle… happy birthday to you!

Here’s the deal. No blog – gay or straight – ever had a better friend than our buddy “Jingle.”
Babe, your comments constantly amaze us. We think we’ve looked carefully at every pic before we post ’em… and then you surprise us by finding a wedding ring – or tattoo -or piercing – or bedspread – or piece of furniture we hadn’t noticed, and we have a whole new appreciation of the photo. You’re a genuine original and we love you. Here’s to a wonderful birthday and an amazing year ahead filled with love, good health and every happiness. xoxo David, Ben and the “gang.” 🙂

Dude. Nice tatts!

Last night was a “sleepover movie night” for Austin, Dub and Travon in Ty and Damien’s home theater, so Rick, Keon, Chad, Raef, David and I went to dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant down on Southwest Trafficway. After that, we came back to the house, mixed some margaritas… grabbed a pipe and headed to the hot tub. When we got out on the deck and started taking off our clothes, Chad and Raef just stood there grinning. After the rest of us were naked and in the hot tub, Chad said, “We’ve got something to show you.” They took off their shirts, turned around and on their backs we saw they both had full-back eagle tattoos. They’re identical except Chad’s is outlined and accented in red – and Raef’s in blue. It’s some of the most beautiful skin art we’ve seen. Chad said the artist who did them was the same guy who did David’s and my tatts. Raef said Chad’s took 30 1/2 hours to complete and his took 32 hours. They’ve been finished for more than a month, so they both got naked and hopped in the tub with us. We spent the rest of the evening in the hot tub…talking and drinking and smoking… and doing what naked guys do in hot tubs.
We don’t know what – if anything – identical back tattoos on two “straight” dudes mean. Guess it could be they’re just friends and wanted back tattoos?

We have some kind of “housekeeping” things we want to mention. There are several of them, so here goes…
-First, we’ve been missing our friend “ray” who hasn’t commented this past week. That’s unusual – and we’re hoping all is well with him. We love you, babe!
-“Beto” commented on Thursday, saying (in part) “I could say you were thinking of me when you selected that entire 10th row (#37-41)! 😀 Nah, I’m not so conceited, but for real I’m impressed that you aligned four guys that drive me totally crazy!” Actually, we WERE thinking of you, Beto. We consider our CCC guys and try to include something for each of you in every post we put together 🙂
-“bw” commented yesterday, saying (in part) “I think I am the only nerd here who follows financial news.” He went on to talk about an article in the Wall Street Journal, saying: “Verizon is shopping Tumblr trying to find somebody to take it off their hands so they don’t have to pay the cost of shutting it down – and the parent company of Pornhub has expressed interest.” We just want everyone to know “bw” isn’t the “only nerd who follows financial news.” David and Keon read the WSJ every day like it’s Holy scripture – so, Bill you’re in good “nerdy” company! Obviously we’d be delighted if Pornhub bought Tumblr and returned it to what it once was.
-The title company is working on the Lake property and should be finished sometime next week. We’re guessing that since it’s a “cash deal” the sale of the cabin and acreage will close sometime around the 15th of May. Jim has surveyors scheduled to go out next week and do the survey. (NICE to have friends who know how to get things done!!) Keon and Rick are in the “pre-approval” process on their loan – so things are moving along nicely.
-David was talking with Denise last week and asked if she and Scott had given any thought to building a cabin on the five acres they’ll end up owning. She said “Oh, goodness, NO. That property is a special hideaway for you boys. We want Cal and Alex to enjoy their ‘lake getaway’ without having us old folks ‘hanging about’. We’re guessing you guys will eventually find ‘the right someone’ to buy those five acres.” We ask you… How COOL are Denise and Scott?!!!
So, anyway, as Garrison Keillor might say, “That’s the latest news from Lake Wobegone. Where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” 🙂
xoxo Ben and David

Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday, dear “Jingle.” Happy birthday to you!

We’re still at the lake, but it’s Friday – and it’s “Jingle’s” birthday. So… here’s to our neighbor, champion, lover, park ranger, forward-observer, commenter-in-chief, best friend, dear, sweet baby. Happy birthday, Jingle. WE LOVE YOU! xoxoxoxo
David and Ben (and the gang)

This is a first. Cal and Alex told us they’ve planned a “birthday cinema blast” to celebrate your birthday. Check it out over on Tumblr. Birthday love from us all!