27 August 2010

Furry Friday Farewell

Today is Friday and in keeping with this sacred day of the week, I present a furry example for your viewing pleasure. Topped with leather, as an extra treat!

The "farewell" part of today's post title is in reference to my absence the next couple of days. Today is my surgery and I probably won't be back online until Sunday or possibly Monday. All depends on how I feel and the availability of my laptop. I haven't scheduled any additional posts; this is it. I tried to find something extra special for you all. Hope I succeeded.

So while I'm gone go make some adventures and share 'em on the comments! BEHR HUGS!!

26 August 2010

Behr Pick: DJemello

He's a DJ from Toulouse, France. Other than that I don't know much about him, including what his name is. Some people enter strange information into social networking sites. That has never stopped me, however, from admiring a man.

I could spend a long afternoon exploring every inch of him. Where would you start: chest? arm pit? regions not shown? Personally I'm thinking arm pit.

Thursday seems to have taken its sweet fucking time to get here. I hope its departure occurs more quickly than its arrival. BEHR HUGS

25 August 2010

SF Visit - Day 3

My final day in SF this last week was Saturday and it was a really nice day for me. It started out with sleeping in - natch! I can't recall the time I woke up but I just lounged for a little while. Then it was off to Starbucks to get breakfast: oatmeal, apple fritter, and venti triple vanilla latte. No foam. I took it back to the hotel, snagged a paper from the front desk, and just relaxed with the TV on. I think I watched a part of Night at the Museum 2.

After a while I decided how I was going to spend my day. I got up, showered, packed, and checked out of the hotel. Of course they held my bag for me. I walked to the Embarcadero where there was a farmer's market type event going on. At the end of Market street there were booths of arts and crafts, mostly jewelry. Across the tracks was the fruits and vegetables. I wandered over and through the booths and then through the building to the other side and wandered through the booths there: vegetables, fruit, cheeses, breads. The smells were wonderful combined with the sea air. I wandered around the building where I made a new friend, Mr. Gull. I tease. But it was fun playing with my camera.

I wandered through a bookshop and picked up Mark Abramson's "Snowman," the fourth book in his series about Tim Snow, the Castro, and various mysteries. Shortly after exiting the bookshop I plopped on another bench and just sat there enjoying the music of my iPod (Baba O'Reilly! Roundabout! Rhiannon!) and watching the boats and birds out on the bay.

I received a text from M; he'd just woke up. About this time I was exiting the Embarcadero and was taking pictures of four SFFD firemen trying to open a car. Evidently the owner, some woman, locked her baby inside. (And they worry about gays and lesbians raising children!!) M and I texted a little and it was determined that I didn't have a whole of time comparatively speaking and seeing each other probably wouldn't work out. I walked to 4th/Mission and had lunch at Mel's (a different one than I had been at with M). I had a tuna melt with fries and coffee. They were really busy so I sat at the counter. When I'm dining alone I prefer the counter.

Afterwards I walked back to my hotel, retrieved my bag, then headed to the airport via BART and AirBART. I had already printed my boarding pass at the hotel so it was just a matter of going through security. Unusually, I sailed through the ID check. I was slowed down slightly though with the security part; they've installed a body scanner! So it was kind of interesting although I didn't see my image.

The flight home was rather uneventful, except for the child that occasionally screamed. Yes, it was lovely.

So although there was no heavy drinking, wild sexual antics, or stoned moments....it was, for me, a very enjoyable day and trip. I wish there was a way for me to keep my job and move up there. I would in a heartbeat. I'm a bit tired of LA and its suburbs. But that complaint is to be saved for another post another day.

It's HUMP DAY! And that means I have two days left in the work week. Starting to get a little nervous about the surgery but I'll save that for another post as well.

Enjoy your day! BEHR HUGS!!

24 August 2010

SF Visit - Day 2

Continuing with my SF adventures last week, Friday was a good day.

It started with my sleeping in a little bit later than I usually do. When I finally woke up, I turned on the TV and just lounged in bed. I finally dragged myself out of bet to get ready for the day. I went off to Starbucks for breakfast: oatmeal and coffee. I then returned to the hotel.

I finally decided to head off to the work location. It's a short walk. I conducted five one-on-one trainings that morning. About noon, I went off in search of something to eat. I landed at a Quiznos not too far from my hotel. I got the sandwich and drink to go and returned to my hotel room. I watched TV and ate and basically dreaded going back to work. I called my contact to see how many others needed training; she didn't answer. So I walked back to the building. When I walked onto the floor from the elevator, my contact greeted me and informed me I was done! We chatted a bit and then I left.

On my way to the hotel I received a text from M telling me he had a quick errand in the East Bay but should be back in less than an hour. I texted him back and said I was free the rest of the day. Without going through a text-by-text recap, I'll just say that in a little over an hour there was a knock on my hotel door. If you've ever experienced this sound you know how wonderful it is.

For the next hour and a half, M and I cuddled. Now before anyone says or thinks anything derogatory, that is precisely all we did. Yes, we removed our shirts, mainly because M sweats because he is a true bear: furry all over. He truly is my physical type: buzzed head short, a full thick beard, a little paunch, and lots of body fur. And he's the nicest, sweetest guy. So we cuddled and talked. Definitely the best part of my trip.

Unfortunately he had to leave to go home, get his work clothes on, and get to work. It took a lot of strength to not keep him longer. But I know he has responsibilities and I don't want to be the one who makes him take a misstep and lose his job.

After M left, I watched TV and dozed. Ok, I fell asleep. When I woke up it was about 7pm! I got up, got dressed again, and took off for dinner. I walked over to California St. and caught the cable car to Polk Street (see the accompanying picture). If you have never visited SF or never ridden a cable car, you have to do it at least once for the experience. I enjoy the California St line because it goes up the hill and past Grace Cathedral. One of these days I'm going to jump off and step inside; I am told it's beautiful inside. Anyway, when I got off at Polk, I walked a couple blocks to Pine St up to Grubstake.

If you're not familiar with this place, it's a small restaurant that's Portuguese and American food. Part of the restaurant is made from an old cable car. It's actually very charming, kind of off the beaten path, popular with locals and tourists, and good down home type food. I had the Shepherd's Pie special and coffee. It tasted homemade, which is always a favorable quality with me. The proprietor is a wonderful man and his Latin coworker quite the cutie. As a point of reference, I'm told that back in the day when International Bear Rendezvous was held at the Van Ness/Pine Holiday Inn, Grubstake was a favorite hangout of the bears. M actually took me there on a previous trip. It's not fancy and some may think "Eww" in terms of decor and atmosphere but I like it there because I'm always treated like a local not a yokel.

After dinner I decided to walk Polk St. to the Civic Center BART and return to the hotel that way. The cable car ride is $5 for one trip; BART is $1.75 to get me back to where I want to go. The walk is probably roughly 1 1/2 miles maybe more. I returned to the hotel where I watched TV before finally turning in about midnight.

That probably wasn't as exciting as you were expecting but I got to spend time - good quality cuddle time! with M. I had a ride on the cable car, a nice evening walk, and some good "me" time in the hotel. It was wonderfully perfect for this behr. If I could, I would move to SF. I know I see it through "visitor's eyes" but I think it has to be one of the most diverse, colorful, exciting cities I've ever visited.

Tomorrow I'll wrap up my trip with Saturday's happenings. BEHR HUGS!!

23 August 2010

SF Visit - Day 1

This past Thursday, I flew up to SF for work. I won't bore everyone with the uneventful flight or the travails of trying to get to the work location from the Oakland airport in 50 minutes....suffice it to say I was late. Other issues ensued but by the end of the day I felt like everything had pretty much been successful.

Although I was pretty tired, I went to the movies Thursday night. I have a friend who works at Landmark's Opera Plaza. This particular theater has three rooms: one is big, another is smaller but still seats a good number of people, and the third seats about 32 people and is more of a viewing room. The Opera Plaza is known for showing indie films, foreign films, and limited release films. It's a great little place.

The film I saw was "I Am Love," an Italian films starring Tilda Swinton, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Flavio Parenti, Alba Rohrwacher, and Pippo Delbono. (Yeah I know - you only recognize one name!) The film is in Italian with English subtitles. It was beautifully filmed and acted. To summarize briefly, it's a story about relationships, passion, and most importantly, love.

Swinton plays a Russian woman (Emma) married to Tancredi (Delbono); he's the son of a textile magnate who turns the family business over to Trancredi and Edoardo (Parenti). This is a surprise because no one expected the patriarch to do this. Edoardo brings his girlfriend, Eva, to a family dinner and it's clear they plan to marry. The wedding isn't shown but later in the movie it's evident that the couple have tied the knot.

Antonio (Gabbriellini) is a chef friend of Edoardo; the two young men decide to open a restaurant together. Betta (Rohrwacher) is the daughter who is away at school in London; at one point she comes out to her mother as a lesbian. Swinton keeps her daughter's secret from her husband and mother-in-law. At one point, Emma begins an affair with the younger Antonio after he cooks lunch for Swinton, her mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. There is quite a bit of nudity, mostly of Swinton's breasts. It is evident from their passionate lovemaking that this is not just sex.

Through a series of clues, Edoardo figures out about his best friend's affair with his mother. During an argument between mother and son, he slips and hits his head on the stonework surrounding the reflective pool. He dies from his injury. Shortly after the funeral, Tancredi tries to comfort his wife; she tells him she is in love with Antonio; Tancredi replies that she does not exist. She runs out and returns to the house to change clothes, leave her jewelry, and leave. The closing scene is perhaps the most tension-filled and yet revealing scene in the entire movie...and it is played out with minimal dialogue. I won't give away the ending but it is spectacular acting. The cinematography is beautiful in its simplicity and the locales - Milan and Sanremo among others - are beautifully depicted. If you are able to see it, I recommend it highly.

After my friend closed up the theater we took a short walk to Mel's for a bite to eat. I have no idea how much time we spent there catching up and talking about our respective lives. Once we finished eating, we walked back to the theater so he could retrieve his bicycle. We then walked to BART where we parted company.

Perhaps now is a good time to tell you a little bit about my friend, M. We initially met on a bear social networking site and began chatting. We discovered we had a few things in common. On one of my trips last year we met in person for the first time. That night was one of the best nights I've ever had on a business trip! In fact I mentioned him in a previous post. We've kept in touch and whenever I'm in the city, we try to get together. I really enjoy hanging out with him.

So that was my Thursday night. I know it doesn't sound like much but it really was a great ending to a hectic and at times frustrating day. Tomorrow I'll tell you about the second day of my trip.


22 August 2010

Sunday Restful Sunday

I'm back home from my SF trip. Over all it was a good trip although there were some moments of stress and frustration. There were also many really good moments.

Today I'm doing laundry and catching up on stuff around the house and relaxing. I'll blog about the trip over the next few days.

Enjoy your day everyone! BEHR HUGS!!

20 August 2010

Behr Pick: Friday Fur

Still in SF so in my place here's a hot furry daddy...wouldn't you just love to find out what he can do with that tongue?

Hope everyone is well.....BEHR HUGS!!

19 August 2010

Behr Pick: Charlie

For a change of pace, I thought I'd feature Charlie...isn't he adorable? I know he's not furry...but I'd love to lick him up and down. I must admit the rosary is a nice touch, too. His chest and abs certainly make me growl deep down. But it's his cute face - boyish and manly - that really turns my head.

Since I'm away to SF today, talk amongst yourselves. :)


18 August 2010

Behr Pick: Muscled Fur

Can you believe it's ONLY Hump Day? It's been such a long week already. And it's going to only get longer. Today's featured muscle bear certainly takes the sting out of the situation, eh?

It's warmed up here, more like summer. It's a bit disconcerting though because it should have been hot like this two months ago. I hate how the weather is all wonky. To make matters worse, I leave on Thursday morning for San Francisco and the prediction there is low 60's as a high. From the fire into the cool. Oh and yes it's a work trip.

I will try to set up my posts for when I'm in SF; I don't plan to take my laptop. I'm traveling light this trip. Or as light as possible since I tend to over pack!

That's all I have for now. Enjoy your Hump Day! BEHR HUGS!!

17 August 2010

Welcome New Followers!

I have been terribly remiss in not welcoming new followers for quite some time. Let me officially welcome the most recent Behr Blather followers:

Christmaz, txlifter, Dan, Pau, Joe Janis, otumami-315, Big Gay Bear, Ziggy Starsmith, bootblacklarry, Marc, Ivan Vargus, Mad Professah

For those of you who are following and who I have not acknowledged, please forgive me. I realize you have many blog options and I appreciate that you have chosen Behr Blather.

Woofs and Grrrs to each of you and of course big BEHR HUGS!!

Behr Pick: Jack in the Box Edition

I'm feeling as big as a house this morning. And trust me, it is not as pretty as Jeff, the featured hottie to the left. Love that smile. Love that belly. Grrrrr.

Last night I went to the pet supply store to pick up litter and food for Winston. On my way home, I had a craving for a vanilla shake. I decided I'd take "the long way home" and go through the drive-thru at Jack in the Box (not sure if everyone is familiar with JIB or not). I ordered a large vanilla shake and the Sampler Trio, which contains three deep fried mozzarella sticks, two egg rolls, and three stuffed jalapeno poppers. Now you may be thinking that's not so bad but according to their website, it's almost 1800 calories! And the sodium content alone is frightening.

I don't eat like this very often. Or I try not to. And I definitely don't usually look up the nutritional value of the meal. I don't need the guilt. Today I vow to eat better.


16 August 2010

Behr Pick: Tied Up in Knots

Last night I did something I haven't done in a while...I started thinking about work and what I need to accomplish today and the next two days. I also have my trip to SF on Thursday & Friday on my mind. I of course stressed out and felt like I was tied up. And not in a good way. I finally took a deep breath and tried not to think about it.

What do you do to handle stress, especially those Sunday evening "Oh f*ck tomorrow is Monday" thoughts?

I had a good visit with my parents yesterday. Mom has been doing jigsaw puzzles and so we sat and finished one she had started. It was a lot of fun and I know my Mom liked having me there working on it with her.

BTW...I believe the tied up hunk is porn star Tober Brandt. Grrrrrr.

Enjoy your Monday. May it be quick and painless. BEHR HUGS!!

15 August 2010

Sunday Favorite: 43

Jason Sokody...with his chest in its natural furry state...how could this not be a favorite?

I just love the way he's pulling his hoodie open, kind of like Clark Kent pulling open his suit to reveal the S logo underneath. Only we get furry goodness from Jason. He is so handsome and fit and unfortunately straight. *sigh*

Speaking of Jason Sokody...kind of...on the bear social networking site to which I belong, members can vote for "favorites" and there is a short list posted in a sidebar. Well...it's usually one or two of the same top vote getters. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that there was a new name so I clicked on the link to see if he was worthy of being "top bear." Imagine my surprise and momentary glee when I recognized Jason's face! And then I noticed the location of the person and his "real" name. So I left a message for him that said "Wow! You have a remarkable resemblance to Jason Sokody!" Within a couple of days the user name was off the list. I'm hoping whoever stole Jason's pictures and misrepresented got caught by the administrator or at least realized someone could report him.

The moral of the story is....we all want to be Jason Sokody....


14 August 2010

Behr Pick: Saturday Fun

This is Kevin. He's in his late 40's. I'm not sure where he hails from or if he's single, available, partnered, or married. All I do know is I love this picture...aside from this hunky bear in the water...the sepia-tone, the light and shadow...the perky nipple just above the water line...woof.

Today is Saturday! I'm going to be doing some usual chores and errands. I need to pick up a cake for this afternoon. I'll be visiting my friends - a couple - who I met about five years ago online. I love these guys! We have the best conversations and the one is an absolutely fantastic cook. His partner is always getting me drunk. How can one go wrong? The "glue" of our friendship is movies. They own hundreds of 33mm films....films from the 30s, 40s, 50s...and now they have a Blu-Ray and possibly HD projector and a huge screen they pull down for movie nights. It's always great fun.

That's going to be my day. What did YOU do? Show the Behr some Love and leave a comment!


13 August 2010

Behr Pick: Friday Fur

In lieu of my usual blather, in honor of Friday Fur, I present four hirsute men for your pleasure.


12 August 2010

Behr Pick: Brad Romaker Revisit

Back in June I featured Brad Romaker, an incredibly handsome, tattooed, pierced, furry hunk. Since then I've discovered he's an architect and is currently working on a dog park. Read about it here. Feel free to swoon over his pictures!

Here we are at Thursday! It's taken it's sweet time getting here. Unfortunately, it's a busy day for me. I train a class this morning (it ends at 12:30) and then I'm in a class in the afternoon (it starts at 1). I will be SO glad to get home at the end of the day. I'm pooped just thinking about it!

I hope everyone is having a good week. I don't say it often but a big THANK YOU to all who follow and those who comment on the various posts. It truly means a lot to me.


11 August 2010

Behr Pick: Hump Day

I know this guy isn't my usual type of hunk I post, but I like this picture. I love his muscled back, his protruding chest, his nice butt, and how he's looking back as if to say "Well...come on!"

Yesterday I had a little bit of a headache. I chalked it up to the new lenses in my glasses as opposed to the alien egg in my head. I also picked up my new glasses...I bought a second pair as backups in the event something happens to my primary pair. Thankfully my sunglasses are my old prescription and gives me a little respite. It'll take time to adjust but it's just a "pain in the head." Get it? Pain in the -- oh never mind.

Next week I'll be going to San Francisco again for work; it's only for a couple of days. I had been hoping the traveling was done for a while but the request came in and we aim to please. The difficult aspect of this trip is I'll be demonstrating one of the systems used throughout the company. Normally it's a hands-on training where the participants actually enter data. I have no other option as we lost our training room in Alameda. Supposedly we'll be getting new space but I'm not holding my breath. Still...I don't really mind these trips especially if I can see by best SF friend. All I'm going to say about him is.....he's very woofy.

So the week is about half-over. It's about time. BEHR HUGS!!

10 August 2010

Behr Pick: Tattoo Tuesday

This is Andrew McLaren, a minor actor who has incredible tattoos and a fantastic body. I just hope he keeps up with his fitness routine to maintain the inked design, especially over his guns and chest. I've not seen any of his films and I'm not sure I remember how I came across him. Check out his IMDB profile here, where there are more pictures.

I like the second picture best although it's not HD sharp...it looks like he's let his facial hair and body fur grow out a little. I like. I like a lot.

Last night I stopped by Lens Crafters and dropped my glasses off so the new lenses could be put in. I went back over and picked them up; the prescription didn't change a lot, I don't think, but things do seem a bit sharper. The bifocal part is way sharper. I anticipate a headache later today.

I can't wait for my new glasses to get in, which I ordered as a backup pair. They pretty much like the ones I have but that was the point. I don't understand why they didn't come in at the same time as the lenses for my current frames but whatever.

That's about all I have for now. BEHR HUGS!!

09 August 2010

BehrHunt: Subway

I saw this bear on the Red Line subway in downtown Los Angeles this afternoon and just had to snap a few pics. This was the best one. He had his head down over his iPhone (or similar contraption) most of the ride but occasionally looked up.

Oh how I love them bears.


Behr Pick: Monday Trio

It was a good weekend...Saturday was spent doing chores, running errands, and watching movies (if you missed it, see Behr Movies). Sunday was spent with a visit to my parents and then an afternoon get together with coworkers and friends.

Now onto the week. It's the usual routine for me, at least that's my expectation. I don't think I want any surprises or sudden changes.


08 August 2010

Sunday Favorite: 42

I like this picture a lot...I find it incredibly erotic and sexual. It reminds me of the 1983 gay porn "A Few Good Men," which is one of the best pre-condom military fantasy films of that era. The opening sequence, in which the credits are shown, is of a young man getting his head buzzed into a military cut. As soon as the haircut is finished, an erect penis appears from off screen and...well you can imagine what happens. Not to be graphic or too self-exposing but I rarely lasted past the opening credits of that film.

Still have some stuff weighing on my mind. I appreciate the comments yesterday. In time it'll work itself out, for better or worse. It always does.

Today will be a short visit with my folks then off to a friend's for a small BBQ.

I hope the day is good to everyone. BEHR HUGS!!

07 August 2010

Behr Movie: Guys and Balls

Whenever I watch a DVD of an offbeat or indie flick I always watch the trailers for other movies in hopes to find one of interest. This is how I found "Guys and Balls." Yes, it's an innuendo. If you like GLBT films and soccer, this may be the movie for you.

Made in Germany (with English subtitles), it's the story of Ecki, a local circuit soccer player and the son of a baker. Early on in the film, Ecki is outed as gay and subsequently kicked off his soccer team. He endures a lot of insults from his former teammates and in a fit of anger challenges them to a match. The problem is, Ecki has no team.

Ecki takes off for the big city where he enlists the assistance of his straight sister in finding gay men to form a soccer team to play against the "heteros." The ensuing search is quite funny, especially the scene in which the sister, Susanne, is barred from entering a leather club. The interior scene was one of my favorites, probably because of the leather bears as extras! One of the gay men Ecki enlists on his team is Sven, a handsome young blond man who works with Susanne at the hospital. The remainder of the movie revolves around the newly formed gay team and their practice, personal relationships, Ecki's father's disapproval and subjection to insults from the community, and of course, the big match between the Gay Team and Ecki's former team. Oh and Ecki gets a boyfriend at the end of the movie. (Can you guess who?)

Like most movies of this ilk, you can probably guess the outcome. However, I found this to be an absolutely charming movie. There is a variety of characters, including a straight guy in love with Susanne who "plays gay" just to be on the team, a leather triad, and the usual queen or two. The soccer match action is fairly well shot although some sequences seem to be almost slow-motion to add to the suspense. I don't profess to be an expert on soccer but the scoring of the match didn't seem right to me; but that is a minor flaw and probably just my ignorance.

This isn't a movie you can just have playing in the background, unless you're proficient in German. It takes some concentration and you may find yourself stopping and rewinding a few times if you miss the visual due to reading the subtitles. There is minimal nudity, mostly backsides, and the language is probably PG although in German it sounds much worse! The film is rated R, for nudity, sexual language, and subject matter. On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate "Guys and Balls" a 5. It's a sweet story with some eye candy that addresses discrimination, homophobia in sports, and the acceptance of one's self.

You can get this movie on Netflix; I don't think it is a highly requested film so you should have no problem getting it. If you do rent it, I'd love to hear what you thought.


Behr Pick: Windows

Come to my window
Crawl inside, wait by the light
Of the moon
Come to my window
I'll be home soon.....
~ Come To My Window, Melissa Etheridge

It's been a strange week. A lot of things on my mind, especially right at this moment.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that you just know isn't good but for some reason you just can't pull yourself away from it? It draws you in, like a moth to a flame. It's kind of scary, kind of exciting, and you know the reality but still something within you flickers...something a little like hope...but is probably just some other deep-seated issue?

*SIGH* Yes I'm blathering nonsense as usual.

It's a day for chores, Netflix, and relaxation. I'd really like to have someone over to cuddle and watch movies...anyone care to join me??

Whatever you're doing today - enjoy!


06 August 2010

Behr Pick: Furry Friday + News

It's Furry Friday!

I'm featuring this woofy bear in a bright orange speedo because here in So Cal the weather has been on par with Spring or Autumn and not Summer. I'm actually okay with this, really, because as I get older I find that I am having a more difficult time dealing with the heat.

Back to the furry goodness: just looking at him makes me feel all sorts of things. Mostly naughty things. Not that that is a bad thing! I love the trail from under his pecs to his belly button. Grrrr! And that beard is immaculate!

On to my news: I saw the ENT again today. Today's appointment last maybe 5 minutes. At least I didn't have to pay the co-pay required by my insurance company. Well the deal is this: It's not an alien nesting in my head. I think it's the alien's egg inside my head. I think it looks like this:

Lovely, isn't it?

Seriously, I do have a cyst-like mass inside my sinus cavity. In about 3 weeks I will have endoscopic sinus surgery. In other words, the doctor will shove something up my nose and scrape out the insides of my sinus cavities, thereby removing said alien egg. (It really could just be a hardened snot ball but that's not nearly as exciting as an alien egg!) It's an outpatient procedure. I was assured by the nurse that I'll be given pain killers for post-procedure pain. Yahoo! Hand me the vodka while you're at it!

To be honest I'm a bit surprised. I really thought it was going to be nothing. I'm hoping, however, that after I'm healed there will be fewer sinus problems and headaches of that nature. Thankfully I have good insurance and the doctor seems competent.

Did I mention he'll pack my sinuses afterward and I won't be able to breathe through my nose? Yeah...really looking forward to that. Imagine my anticipation of having the packing removed! I'm sure some of you have undergone far worse procedures. I thought my kidney biopsy a few years ago was bad. This is going to really prove my mettle. I just hope I don't cry like a big ole girl.

So there's the Behrmark Update....live from Southern California! I'm looking forward to the weekend. Aside from chores (laundry, grocery shopping, etc) I'll be going to a little party Sunday afternoon where large quantities of alcohol are expected to be consumed. Now that I am looking forward to! I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend and watch out for those alien eggs!


05 August 2010

Behr Pick: Equality

That's right all....this morning every Californian woke up EQUAL. Quite a rush, eh? I understand that the rallies that were organized throughout the state and country turned into celebrations. And if anyone knows how to throw a party it's teh gays! From the Castro to San Diego to New York to DC the rejoicing and joy echoed throughout the land.

As we we celebrate let's remember that we may have won yesterday but the battle is far from over. We know that Judge Walker's decision will be appealed to the 9th Circuit Court...and whatever outcome is handed down will result in an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. And we all know that the Supremes are not ready and/or willing to take on the case. We think we know how they would ruled based on the humanity involved. That might not be the case.

However, until that hurdle is before us, we can celebrate. BEHR HUGS!!

04 August 2010

Behr Pick: Tattooed Hump Day

I've never been a big butt man. Wait....that's not what I meant. I mean, I do have a big butt but ... oh crap, let me start again.

Why do men's asses look better encased in chaps? I suspect that it's because the leather "frames" the buttocks in an appealing way, especially if the buttocks are firm. They can be smooth, as in the example to the left, or furry (something that drives me wild).

Now...take a look at this guy...his tattoo reads "Well Bred." Is it in reference to a silver-spoon childhood? Is it perhaps that he took top honors at his finishing school? Or does it mean what I think it means? *wink*wink*nudge*nudge*

As you ponder this incredible ass (and muscular back and tattoos), enjoy your hump day.


03 August 2010

Behr Pick: Alex and Dancing Your Ass Off

Alex hails from France. Très délicieux. The only other information I have is he's 28. *sigh*
Quite often throughout my life I've become obsessed with something or someone. My current obsession is with DJ Peter "Jester" Savas, who I mentioned in an earlier post. He provided the music in the main room at Kub Lucky last week. In reading up on him I discovered he has a podcast called "Press Play," which is available on iTunes. So I checked it out, subscribed, and downloaded all 38 podcasts. I'm currently listening to his 'Goin' to Gay Days' mix from April 2009. I don't profess to know much about music, except what I like, however in the first 15 minutes of this 1 1/2 hour podcast he's included Earth Wind and Fire; Idina Menzel singing "Defying Gravity;" and Amber's "sexual (la da di)". I'm loving it. How the hell he and other DJs mix music is beyond me. It's reminding me of the mash-up episode on Glee but with a constant background beat. I'm at work and SO trying not to jump up on my desk and dance my ass off.
An interesting thing about dancing...I used to do a lot of it in my college days. My BFF back in those days was a straight girl (Caro) who I knew vaguely in high school. We went to different colleges but hung out together whenever we could. One weekend we'd go to some place she wanted to go to, such as Red Onion, which was a restaurant/bar with a dance floor. On alternating weekends or evenings out we'd go somewhere I wanted to go, usually a gay place that had a huge dance floor with really cute waiters and bartenders. Occasionally we'd head down toward the beach to a jazz club to soak up a different ambiance. I remember back in the day when Caro and I went to some Christmas party for her work; we ditched out early and went to a place called Newport Station...it wasn't our "usual" night but as soon as we walked out on the dance floor, it cleared. We had the whole dance floor to ourselves. We got a standing ovation that night at the end of whatever set of songs were played by the DJ. We hadn't realized we had a reputation (good and bad)!
When I discovered the bear community and in particular bear/leather/levi bars, I discovered there are no dance floors. It's as if the patrons are "too butch" or "too masculine" to dance. Once in a while someone will be swaying or tapping his foot but for the most part it's as if dancing is frowned upon. And that's such a shame since I find dancing to be a joyous experience.
Okay this podcast I'm still listening to has also covered Judy Torres, Kelly Clarkson, Liz Clay, and Lady Gaga! I'm going to have to close my office door so I can dance!
Sorry, I digress. Where was I? Oh yes...dancing as a joyous experience. It's true. Did you know that in the Old Testament it talks about the Israelites dancing before the Lord? (Not promoting religion, just using this as an example.) The connection we have to music and movement of our bodies is as old as - well - music! It's a good thing. Music can be cerebral but I find the best music makes you move, whether it's tapping your foot, bopping your head, or full on movement as if you're on So You Think You Can Dance.
I think this is why I was so disappointed I didn't get to dance last Friday. I miss it. And although I'm an overweight guy that shouldn't stop me. Because we have souls that music feeds. So for this Tuesday, crank up the tunes, get up off your ass, and dance it off!

02 August 2010

Behr Pick: Magnificent Monday

What better way to start the week than with Jason Sokody? I am confident that you will all agree that he is the perfect man for Magnificent Monday.

Go out there and be magnificent!


01 August 2010

Sunday Favorite: 41

What a weekend!

I went to Kub Lucky, a bear event that was held at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. If you remember, I was thinking of going because I need to get out and socialize. Friday morning I went online and bought my "advance" ticket which saved me $2!

I started out my evening by going to the Hearthstone Lounge at the California Grand Hotel. This is one of my favorite places to go have a cocktail or two. I had two cosmos - yum! As the waitress brought my drink, a gentleman sitting with another guy commented on how pretty my drink looked. When the second drink arrived, the guy commented again and we ended up having a nice chat about Disneyland, alcohol, Club 33, Southern California freeways, and travel. The two men are straight or so I assumed since the talker of the two kept talking about a girlfriend. I finally told them I needed to go.

I walked over to the House of Blues, got my ticket, went through security, then walked up the stairs to the outside patio. There were tons of bears, cubs, and men of all shapes and sizes. I saw some friends and talked to them; I ended up knowing maybe 4 guys at the event. Attendance was well over 200. On the outside patio, the music and videos were courtesy of DJ Zach. I didn't really pay much attention to his music selection until later.

Finally the main doors opened so down the stairs to the main venue I went and I admit to being a bit overwhelmed. There were so many men! And a few women as well. The music was provided by DJ Pete Savas, who is a freaking HOT daddy bear. I love men who can pull off wearing a kilt! Now I do not profess to be an expert on house music...in fact a lot of it sounds the same to me. I did recognize Lady Gaga's Bad Romance but that was about all. I did enjoy the music and light show.

The event was hosted by a drag queen named Momma...she was "okay." At one point she was screaming into the microphone while the music was blaring (with that heavy bass thump thump thump) and I couldn't understand a single word. She lip synched to "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and was passable.

I only had one complaint: the go go bears. They were not what I consider bears. One was beefy but all were smooth and extremely muscular. I enjoyed watching them - and spotted the straight ones who were obviously not "into" dancing. Another complaint is the price of drinks. I decided to drink beer - Bud Lite of all things - and they were $10 for a 24 oz can. WTF? I had two. LOL!

I never did meet up with some of my other friends who were supposed to be there. I did, however, make a new friend, Eric. He's younger than me, clean shaven, more chub than bear, but a nice guy. He started out with the classic pickup line "You look so familiar!" We started chatting and spent most of the night just hanging out together watching the others dance, the go go boys, etc. I really wanted to get into the pit to dance but I just moved to the music on the sidelines.

At one point I needed some air so I went back up the stairs to the patio area (it overlooks a portion of Downtown Disney). I was in desperate need of a cigarette (yeah yeah I know - don't hate and don't judge) and bummed one off this cute Latino. I offered to pay him but he told me no. Anyway, I moved to the railing and found an empty bar stool. I was playing on my cell phone (web access, you know) and someone moved their arm in front of me. Standing before me was the most adorable guy....kind of a ginger maybe more auburn. We chatted briefly and I tried to get him to unbutton his shirt but he was shy. I complimented him on his beautiful smile and he hugged me and we exchanged names. He asked if I was drunk and I said maybe a little so he cautioned me about driving and DUIs. A complete sweetheart. He made me feel all good inside! I started realizing how good the music upstairs was and debated about spending the rest of my evening there.

I went back downstairs and after a while Eric and I decided to leave. I said my goodbyes to those friends I could find - but unfortunately not the young ginger. So I basically walked Eric to his car since I was walking that way. We chatted some more and went our separate ways.

It was after 2:00 a.m. when I finally got home. And no...I didn't get pulled over! I went to bed and slept til 9:30. Winston let me sleep, which was a miracle in itself. Saturday held exciting events as well: I did house cleaning and took a trip to Lens Crafters to pick out new glasses and order new lenses for my current frames. Thankfully there was some sort of 50% sale on lenses with frames. The lenses are what are expensive as those of you who wear glasses know.

Last night I watched my Netflix: "Being John Malkovich" and "Third Man Out." I was in bed by 9:00 pm!

Today will be the usual trip to the Parental Unit's house. I've got some laundry going; I still need to do ironing. I'm not sure why I don't have my work clothes dry-cleaned. Maybe because that's not how I was raised. Anyway, that's about all I have to tell!

I hope everyone had as good of a weekend as I did! BEHR HUGS!!