As I mentioned, this guy and his partner are coming for a weekend visit at Chez Breen. Well, they’re coming for his class reunion and to visit other family and friends, but they’re staying at Chez Breen for some of the time. Tom and I went to school together, he was a year behind me, and we knew of each other but never hung out or anything (and did not know of each others closeted homo-natures.) We reconnected via Facebook this year and blogging and have been developing our friendship on line. Since he was coming back to the area for his reunion, it seemed like a prime opportunity to get to spend some time together in person and meet his partner.
It will be a busy weekend at Chez Breen as, besides having these two handsome men with us for a couple days, we are also hosting a graduation party for our friend Tony who just finished his last class at Massage School Yesterday. His best friend and his partner are doing all the planning, inviting and prep (OK, maybe I’ll be helping with the set up a little) but, for the most part, we just offered our house as the venue. (People, we really do have a rocking party house.) It looks like it’s going to be the biggest party ever held at Chez Breen: canopies, rented tables and chairs, and more guests than we’ve ever had. I’m a little nervous but in for a penny, in for a pound.
I am currently reading “The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Josh is half of the Fabulous Beekman Boys. I met Josh at a fund raiser a few years ago and won a copy of his first book, “I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir”, in a raffle. That book was about his early days in New York City, living as an advertising art director by day and a drag queen named “Aquadisiac” by night. The book also details his relationship with a crack-addicted male escort, “Jack.”
This book is about how he and his now partner, Brent, made the transition from Manhattan Men to Sharon Spring Farmers. It is kind of weird, in a cool way, to read about all these things and people I know well: their town of Sharon Springs, their shop Beekman 1802, their best friends Doug and Garth and the American Hotel. So far an enjoyable read and I look forward to getting further into the journey that brought them from New York to a reality show about farming. The show itself is light hearted and entertaining enough. Kind of difficult to sit through the constant tension and bickering between Brent and Josh (Aside to Josh: How do you not wallop Brent sometimes?) but I have a warm spot for Farmer John (and that adorable BF of his) that keeps me coming back for more.
That’s all for now, folks.