Monday, August 29, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry just being himself

This photo has been distributed far and wide, but alas I must post it as well. I first saw it on the Dallas Voice Web site.

Many people who have displayed this photo have done so because they claim it shows his form in regard to an alleged sexual proclivity. It has been widely rumored that old Rick, who was a devastatingly handsome young man and still looks better than a lot of us at the same age, likes dick.

Now, I don't necessarily believe that rumor, but if for no other reason than appearances I would suggest that he nibble on those wieners on a stick rather than gulping them right down.

Rick, where are your handlers when you do these things? Even Anita would have told you that was going to come off bad.

You probably need to hire a gay person on your staff to advise you not to do things that are going to add fuel to the fire of gossip that you are a closeted homosexual. Unless you already have one on staff, which in such a case, might suggest that said queen is secretly planning to sabotage your presidential bid. Go, girl!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Rare Reporter celebrates 62nd birthday, retirement

I have to admit that for most of my life I've pretty much done everything ass-backwards so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I've decided to relaunch The Rare Reporter blog just as I've turned 62 and officially retired.

Two good friends of mine -- one a high school friend who now lives in Montgomery, AL, and the other a college friend who lives in Houston -- joined me in Puerto Vallarta for the celebration of my birthday last week. We had a wonderful time together eating, drinking, sight-seeing and generally living it up.

I was also fortunate enough to run into a couple of other friendly faces from Dallas while I was in Mexico.

The highlights were excursions to the jungle-covered mountains outside of the city where attached to cables we sailed over tree tops, and an exotic boat cruise down the coast of Mexico. It was a fabulous trip.

The picture above is one of me gliding through the air to the next stop while on the tree-canopy tour. I just sort of closed my eyes and hoped for the best as I neared the landing platform.

But now that I'm back home, I realize I don't want to vegetate in retirement. I do plan to spend a lot of time traveling, but when I'm not I'm still going to be writing and taking photographs. I've been doing it most of my life, and I can't imagine stopping now.

At this time my column, The Rare Reporter, is being published by the Dallas Voice, which will always be the flagship publication for my work, the South Florida Gay News, the Seattle Gay News,, and I think I've got a couple of other publications interested in publishing it.

I'm glad to be alive and still kicking. So many of my friends, both gay and straight, didn't make it this far.

They say 60 is the new 40 so I guess I've got a lot of miles left yet to travel. I'm determined in retirement to keep doing what has always gave me the most satisfaction -- serving my community.

I look forward to continuing to share the news and my thoughts with you.