Happy birthday, dear Larry. Happy birthday to you!

Larry. Dear heart. Friend. Soul mate. Lover. We wish you health, love and every happiness on your birthday. THANK YOU for being one of UnrulyDude’s best and dearest friends. Happy birthday, baby. We love you!

It’s a “Friends Friday” look at “dudes spared by the knife.”

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. I think it’s probably time to bring you up-to-date on what’s been happening in our corner of the Northland. We’re busy getting ready for Christmas, of course… and Gram and Matt’s wedding… and all the other stuff that takes place during the Holidays. Travon is as excited about Christmas as a little guy could be. He had money saved up from his chores so Keon and I have both taken him shopping. He’s gotten gifts for Max, Keon, Dub, Bella, Austin and me, so he’s done with his shopping and we’ve helped him get the presents wrapped and put under the tree. He’s so “pumped” about the gifts we’re not sure he’ll be able to keep them secret until Christmas gets here. It’s the first time he’s ever been able to buy gifts for others and it means a lot to him.
I wasn’t surprised to learn that my brother Chad had broken up with “his woman.” Her problem with drugs is a seriously one and she’s just plain “bad news” as far as I’m concerned. Chad told me that he had refused to have sex with her without a condom because he knew she was having sex with other guys when she was off doing meth. When she got pregnant he knew it wasn’t his baby but he was willing to raise the kid as his own if she’d quit doing drugs and messing around. When she wouldn’t do that, he finally decided he had no choice and ended it.
What I WAS surprised about was that he wanted to experiment with gay sex with David and Ben. I mean, he’s a good looking guy (plus, he’s pretty hairy and uncut) and I know he’s a very sexual person – but I’ve never pictured him doing gay sex. I guess life is full of surprises.
Anyway, last weekend we all volunteered to help him get moved into his new place. Cal and Alex went over to check out the place last Friday evening and he (Chad) said Alex took one look at it and said, “Dude. This place needs serious work. You should let us help you with some cleaning and painting.” So we all showed up Saturday morning with cleaning supplies, paint brushes and rollers. By Saturday evening we’d painted the living room, hallway, one bedroom and bathroom. Alex even took him over to his storage unit and picked up some club chairs, tables and artwork he’d bought at estate sales. By the time we left Saturday night he was completely moved in and the house looked AWESOME. You wouldn’t believe what Alex and the Northland gang can accomplish in one day!
The wedding is set for Saturday at David and Ben’s house and we’re expecting a crowd. It’s not the ceremony Gram and Matthew had planned but with Denise and Dub in charge, I’m sure it’ll be great. We hope Santa is good to you this year and that you all have wonderful holidays! xoxo Rick and Keon

Beautiful Things !

It’s Thursday afternoon and I’m pre-posting this for tomorrow. I’m sure no one will be surprised to hear we’re headed to the lake tomorrow morning for the Labor Day holiday. David is driving this time and we’ll be taking Dub, Travon and Austin with us. Rick and Keon will follow us and are bringing the pups with them. Cal and Alex went down yesterday to finish the moving process and to hang window blinds, etc. We’re all excited to see their “new” cabin. Scott and Denise will bring Izzie and Kylie – and a big birthday party is planned for Saturday afternoon. Cal and Alex had planned on doing Izzie’s party on her birthday, but she said she wanted “crank ice cream and strawberry cake” so, of course Jim and Carol are taking care of that. We’re hoping for good weather but they’re saying “a chance for thunderstorms” on Sunday and Monday. At least we’ve got the storm caves in case it should get nasty.
Rick said he was doing a pre-post for Sunday and we’ll be home and posting again on Tuesday. Hope you guys have a safe, healthy, happy Holiday weekend. xoxo Ben and David