Trip the Flight San-tastic

First, a big happy birthday to the only girl to ever steal my heart, my precious pawed princess, my fair lady licks-a-lot, and all around paw-some pet and gal (puppy) pal, miss Rita Mae, who turns 9 today.

How are we celebrating her birthday? By abandoning her at a kennel with her brother, Harvey, and heading out of town. (We’re very bad Daddies.) After dropping the K-9 kids off later this morning, we’ll be heading to Framingham, MA to stay overnight, then we’re catching a flight in Boston tomorrow morning and heading to the west coast for 3 huge, life changing, bucket list items, can’t-hardly-believe-it’s-happening events:

While it’s been hit or miss as to whether this trip was really going to happen (due to a protracted healing period for my Mom, who had hip replacement surgery on my birthday in May, had 2 subsequent hip dislocations, one additional surgery, and is finally on the mend but has needed around the clock care and assistance as she has healed and learned to walk again with braces, walkers, and physical therapy) I am finally able to announce it’s a go.

This trip provides a much needed break from work, a chance to meet two long time blogger buddies, an opportunity to explore a new city, and a chance to add to my abysmal flight count – this will be only the forth roundtrip flight on an airplane in my 48 years of life, the first being our trip to San Francisco in 2010; the second, our trip to Las Vegas in 2016; the third, our trip to Key West in March last year for the BF’s birthday. Although I prefer car trips to flights – I find other plane passengers are less accommodating than my husband, when I blast my favorite show tunes and sing at the top of my lungs (also, it bothers them when I remove my pants) – there a few more far-away places I’d like to visit before I hang up my wings for good,  and that includes this destination.

Here’s hoping I don’t get lost at Comic-Com, my mini-beard meets with Fearsome’s approval, and RG isn’t appalled at my complete lack of racing knowledge, aside from what I learned watching Wacky Races in my youth.

 

 

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Whittle while you work

A small milestone as I slowly whittle away the days until retirement: as of today, there are 2,500 days until I can retire.

Fortunately, I will not be at work the bulk of the next 4 weeks, for a variety of reasons (2 trips and a week of training). That will be a nice break from my normal work routine.

But today is a sunny Saturday and I plan on getting the most out of the weekend before my 2 day work week next week.

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Independence Gay

How do the gays celebrate the 4th of July?

Let me show you how we do it, Sassybear style.

First, we organize our closet and drawers:

Sorted socks…

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…uncluttered undies…

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…and organized outer garments.

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Then we scour the master bath:

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FYI: This is GREAT for removing shower glass door water mineral build-up!

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Then, we put all our cleaning tools away, shower, put on comfy clothes, and start dinner.

First, we mix up a nice light summer cocktail, such as a Ruby Red Cosmo…

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Then, we grill up Turkey Burgers and seasoned potatoes, for a fulfilling fourth meal.

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Finally, we select some of our favorite gay flix for viewing.

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This, my friends, is how we have a fabulous fourth.

And, just so there’s a little more stars and stripes in my post, here are three of my favorite comic book American-themed super-groups:

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Patriotic P.S.

Here’s a Puppy Pic, but not mine. This is the BF, Jim, and his precious puppy, Quinton:

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OK, Fine, here’ s my little pups, too, resting after a long day of…resting.

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Patriotic P.S.S.

I got this fun Giraffe art paint-by-number in the mail. I can’t wait to work on it.

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Happy (and safe) 4th of July, all!

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Dog-erpillar

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Thank you Stonewall rioters

If not for the brave queers who resisted and rebelled, I would not be who, what, or where I am today:

a 48 year old, out gay man, married to another out gay man for almost 20 years, openly gay manager of a government agency, living in a suburban neighborhood with my rainbow flag proudly flying in front of my home.

There are no words to properly express the depth of my gratitude.

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Hometown Pride

My oldest brother and his girlfriend are visiting for a few days, from Arizona, and staying with us. We took them to the local Farmers’ Market this morning, in the nearby city of Troy, and were pleasantly surprised to see this image stenciled on the sidewalks about the city:

What a fantastic surprise.

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World Giraffe Day June 21

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Today is World Giraffe Day. World Giraffe Day is an annual event initiated by Giraffe Conservation Foundation to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live) of the year – June 21st – every year!

Most of you who follow my blog know by now that I have a slight… affinity… for giraffes, and have stashed a few giraffe items around my house. I will share a few photos of these items. Because giraffes are spotted for camouflage, they are hard to detect and, because not everyone is as keen as I am at spotting giraffe paraphernalia, I have taken the liberty of pointing out the handful of giraffe items in the following pictures of my home, room by room.  Get ready for a Safari, Sassybear style!

The Back Porch:

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The Kitchen:

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The Living Room:

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The Dining Room:

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The Master Bedroom:

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The Guest Bathroom:

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The Guest Bedroom:

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I hope you were able to spot a few.

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SQUEEEEEEE!

Look what cane in the mail today:

One month from today, we’ll be tucking these bad boys into our carry-ons and heading to San Diego.

Can’t wait!

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FYI: All are Welcome!

For the record, I support everyone’s right to be who they are and love who they want, including:

heterosexual, cis-gendered, bisexual, homosexual, lesbian, transgender, polyamorous, asexual, pansexual, monogamous, open relationships, theists, atheists, agnostics, binary, non-binary, gender-queer, naturists, and everything and anything in between.

We all have the right to live our lives, have our beliefs, and experience our loves, in ways that are natural and fulfilling to us.

Before you judge or attempt to dictate how other people identify, live, or love, ask yourself if you’re willing to allow someone else to dictate to you who you are, how you identify, and who you love.

If not, then you are an ally!

During this pride month, and in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, I encourage you all to embrace and celebrate who you are, who you love, and what you believe.

See beyond skin color.

See beyond gender.

See beyond orientation.

See beyond belief system.

See beyond relationship structure.

See humanity in everyone!

Embrace diversity!

Explore acceptance!

Embody unconditional love!

We are all valuable!

Happy Pride!

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Bwahahaarp

This article was in our AARP magazine this month and we got a kick out of it.

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