Sunday, March 9, 2014
Jeff came into my life in 2002 and with him came this little doggie named Cricket. At first, she would eat my shoes (and underwear), but after watching her one New Year's Eve and sharing a Miller Lite, we became friends. She was one of the sweetest, cutest and just plain out good dog. Jeff had her since she was just a pup and she was there for him through thick and thin. When I rolled into their lives, she was there for me too. She was also there to help raise Pino when we adopted him. She practically trained him on the ins and outs of our household, and could not have done a better job. Even when we adopted Roxy, she was the one to put the young ones in their place. Cricket would have been 15 in April. We had to make a tough decision to let her go as her health was going rapidly. Our wonderful Vet made this passing as easy as it could be and we appreciate that so much. Dr. Ryder and her assistant were at our home, Thursday for advice and then came back on Friday after we made the unfortunate call. Cricket is now running in doggie Heaven playing with other pups and watching over Jeff, Pino, Roxy and I... She has been a part of Jeff's life for nearly 15 years, and part of mine for about 11 years. For me, this is the first pet of any kind that I have had for more than 2 or 3 years, so it hit me just about as hard as it did for Jeff. Our little girl is now with the Angels at Peace and not in pain. Cricket you are already missed by Jeff, Pino, Roxy and I...but also by our wonderful family and friends who have been by the house the last couple of days, saying their good-byes and just being there for us in person or via phone. Thank you all for your emotional support. It means the world to us. Now, it took me a bit, but here is our tribute to a wonderful dogs life. Please take a few minutes to watch.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Last week I went in to record radio spots for Stern Insurance at local radio station... ignore the hair, I was running late... but listen below to the two spots that aired during the evening drive time the last two days... help me build my business y'all. Even if you are out of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I may still be able to help you... shoot me an email!!!
Monday, February 24, 2014
I know we have to fight for equal rights. There are many ways to do that. I think the only thing that rubs me the wrong way is when a gay couple (or single person) sues a business or company for not wanting to provide a service to gays. It may be a statement and bringing out that company to the public as one that discriminates, but would you really want to do business with someone who does not approve of who you are? Instead of mounds of legal fees, trash them on their website or on Facebook... well, not trash them, but mention them and tag them, link to them and mention their bias against the GLBTI community. Honestly, a majority of the time, we search out gay owned or gay friendly places to do business. Why add stress to a wedding or other celebration because they will not make a cake or do your flowers... I am ALL about gay rights and equality, but don't waist good money on fighting these fools in court... If someone does not want my business because I am gay... fine, fuck you!... I will make sure that no one I know does business with you...gay or straight... We need to respect each other. I may not like all the things that everyone else likes, but, I will have an open mind and respect your opinions. I will do business with you. I look forward to the day when we can all just do business, watch sports or other television/movies and not have to hear "the first gay" to do something... it has been happening for years. Let everyone live their lives...if you don't approve, move on and live your life.
Sorry...Just watched Anderson Cooper slam some Arizona politician...
Sorry...Just watched Anderson Cooper slam some Arizona politician...
Monday, February 17, 2014
I don't do this often, but as I was cruising through the many websites and blogs in my RSS feeds, this picture popped up on one of them.... THIS is the definition of a hot older man. Sexy eyes, grey hair and all.... would like to see a full body shot of this guy... Happy President's Day!!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Welp, Valentine's Day fell on Friday and about 8 inches of snow fell on Thursday... so Richmond was a pretty big mess... and others had it worse... I did run out to grab some lunch for us Friday as Jeff worked from home and then we pretty much spent the rest of the day just chilling out and watching TV, eventually ordering Chinese and watching the Olympics...
Roxy was so cute laying by the fire on Thursday during the snow...
And then she was giving some love to Cricket...
All Jeff wanted for Valentine's Day was me to put this on the toilet, clean up dishes and change out the sheets... all done... I dunno know about this though... it is one of the soft one...all nice and cushy...
I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day and enjoy your President's Day Weekend!!!
See below the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom...Via Thomas Jefferson 1777 and voted into law by Virginia in 1786... I think it pretty much sums up things pretty well. Worship whatever God or Deity you wish to. The Government should not force you to follow any laws based on one particular religion or create laws based on that religion. This leads me to the Gay Marriage wave crossing the country now. I, as a gay man, am not asking any particular religion to approve my marriage. Would it be nice, yes. Do I need it? No. I need all forms of Government to recognize my marriage and the benefits that are due to me and my spouse. I pay taxes to the Government bodies, not the Church of any denomination. And in the end, it will not be any particular religion that will be paying benefits to my spouse should I pass first, it will be the Government. So, recognize all couples, gay or straight and if their religious affiliation does not want to see the love, then that is the problem of that Church. No matter what Deity you pray or don't pray to. You will always be loved on Earth and in the after life. I digress.
An Act for establishing religious Freedom.
Whereas, Almighty God hath created the mind free;
That all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens, or by civil incapacitations tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and therefore are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being Lord, both of body and mind yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do,
That the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavouring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world and through all time;
That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions, which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical;
That even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions to the particular pastor, whose morals he would make his pattern, and whose powers he feels most persuasive to righteousness, and is withdrawing from the Ministry those temporary rewards, which, proceeding from an approbation of their personal conduct are an additional incitement to earnest and unremitting labours for the instruction of mankind;
That our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry,
That therefore the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence, by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages, to which, in common with his fellow citizens, he has a natural right,
That it tends only to corrupt the principles of that very Religion it is meant to encourage, by bribing with a monopoly of worldly honours and emoluments those who will externally profess and conform to it;
That though indeed, these are criminal who do not withstand such temptation, yet neither are those innocent who lay the bait in their way;
That to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency is a dangerous fallacy which at once destroys all religious liberty because he being of course judge of that tendency will make his opinions the rule of judgment and approve or condemn the sentiments of others only as they shall square with or differ from his own;
That it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government, for its officers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order;
And finally, that Truth is great, and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them:
Be it enacted by General Assembly that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities. And though we well know that this Assembly elected by the people for the ordinary purposes of Legislation only, have no power to restrain the acts of succeeding Assemblies constituted with powers equal to our own, and that therefore to declare this act irrevocable would be of no effect in law; yet we are free to declare, and do declare that the rights hereby asserted, are of the natural rights of mankind, and that if any act shall be hereafter passed to repeal the present or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right