A shirtless guy in a beanie; it’s cold on the island tonight ….

Hi, friends and readers:

I decided to put up one more “guy in a beanie” photo this evening, and I don’t know about you, but I think Mr. Shirtless to the left here looks pretty damned good in his beanie. What a great body, with a handsome face to go along with it. Definitely boyfriend material …. 😉

I had to call my doctor’s office to schedule an early appointment tomorrow, because I have developed an ear infection, likely due to water getting trapped in the ear when I swim my laps at the YMCA. Thee inner ear is kind of achy and I’m sure I’ll be putting antibiotic drops in the ear tomorrow. Oh, well, that’s the price I pay for staying fit. 🙁

I still went to the YMCA this afternoon, to workout and then speed-walk on the treadmill for twenty minutes. I felt great when I left for home around 3:30 PM. Now I’m back on the island, freshly showered and ready for a relaxing evening.

It’s cold and windy on the island tonight. I think the temperature’s going to dip below 50 degrees F overnight, which is just about as cold as it ever gets here. It’s fine with me. I have a good HVAC system that will keep me toasty, and a gas fireplace to enjoy as well. Bring the chilly weather on ….

Have a nice Monday night, friends.

Sexy guys in beanies; chilly morning on the island ….

Hi, friends and readers:

I like the look a beanie imparts on certain guys, but you rarely see young men wearing beanies in Florida because it’s rarely cold enough here to warrant wearing one. Today, however, is an exception. When I walked out my front door to collect the morning newspaper, it was cold and gloomy outside. My cell phone says it’s 58 degrees right now, which is pretty low for central Florida.

I actually don’t mind the cold weather, after enduring five months of hot and humid conditions. I might even get a blaze going in my fire pit tonight if things stay chilly. And the cold weather reduces our insect population, which is also a welcome relief. Bring the frigid temperatures on.

A friend and I visited my timeshare to use the hot tub and sauna last night, We ended up sharing the facilities with a group of folks from Maryland who were very nice, plus one young man–I’d guess he was 21–was extremely handsome in his board shorts. I couldn’t keep my eyes off him. 😉

Anyway, I went to bed early after our visit to the timeshare, but then I ended up reading for a long time. Then I slept until nine this morning, which is late for me. I worked on a writing project for a bit, and then solved the N. Y. Times Monday crossword puzzle.

Since today is Monday, I’ll be visiting the YMCA for a workout session, but no lap-swimming today, as I am fighting off an ear infection and need to stay out of the water until the infection clears up. 🙁 Instead, I’ll take a three-mile walk after I get home from the YMCA. (Hey, the sun just emerged from behind the clouds. Yay ….)

All right, everyone, have a nice Monday, wherever you happen to be today.

A super-cute guy and his camera; gloomy Sunday on the island ….

Hi friends and readers:

I have no idea who Mr. Selfie to the left here is or where he lives, but I wish he dwelt next door to me. What a hot boy: great hair and skin, great athletic body. Perfect boyfriend material. 😉

Well, I had an absolute blast at my friends’ Christmas boat parade party. The weather was perfect on the lake–70 degrees, dry and still. We motored over to a waterfront marina and bar-restaurant, where about 30 boats were docked, all of them festooned in lights and inflatable Christmas characters. My friends and their guests brought tons of tasty food, and the beer and wine flowed.

By the time we returned to my friends’ home, I’m afraid I was more than tipsy, and I only lasted an hour or so before I hit the bed. I ended up sleeping until 9:30 this morning, and woke up hangover free. I shared a nice breakfast with my friends, then drove the 45 miles back to my island home. Thankfully, traffic was light and I made the trip in 50 minutes. 🙂

It’s a gloomy afternoon, here on the island. The sky is overcast and a light rain is falling, but I guess I’ll drag my butt out the door around three PM to take a two-mile run, since there’s no wind blowing and it’s not even chilly out there.

I don’t have much planned for the rest of my day, other than watching a little football and baking a chicken breast for dinner.

All right, everyone, I hope you enjoyed the photos of Mr. Selfie, (God, he’s cute.) and I hope wherever you are today you’re enjoying this holiday season as much as I am. And keep a smile on your face, it’s important.

Boys in backward ball caps; Christmas fun in store for Martin ….

Hi, friends and readers:

I don’t know why, buy I find the look of a backwards ball cap terribly sexy on certain young men, I guess because it gives a guy a sort of irreverent look.

Now, have a look at the guy to the left: great skin and hair, beautiful dark eyes, and I like the way that ball cap sits on his lovely head. I would also bet the farm he was stoned on weed when he took this selfie. Also, I presume he’s a student at University of Michigan, which makes me wonder if a lot of guys at the school are as cute as him. Anyone know?

Last night, right after I ate dinner, I spent an hour on the phone with a former German exchange student of mine who I spent ten days with this summer, mostly in northern Italy. He was sixteen and seventeen when he lived with me, but he’s 35 now. We are still the closest of friends, even though we live 5,000 miles away from each other, and it was so good to talk with him.

I was supposed to visit my timeshare with my friend/neighbor after the phone call, but I was so sleepy I had to cancel the hot tub excursion and climb into bed with a book. I ended up sleeping until nine this morning, and that’s okay. I needed the rest after a busy Friday.

Tonight, I will drive 40 miles northward, to spend the evening with one of my oldest friends and his wife. They live on our county’s largest lake, and tonight is the annual lighted boat parade. We leave their dock at five PM in their heavily-lit pontoon boat, along with plenty of beer, wine and snacks.

After the parade, we’ll have a nice meal and enjoy two bottles of good-quality wine I picked up at my island’s wine market, and I will be spending the night up there, as I don’t like driving after I’ve been drinking much. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

By the way, do you find the guy to the left here as appealing as I do? Great skin and a nice, athletic build. I wonder why he’s making that face? Did he just have a fight with his boyfriend?

It’s a beautiful day outside, sunny and about 75 degrees, with little wind and low humidity. Right after I finish this post, I need to visit a church thrift store down the street, to search for an ugly Christmas sweater to wear tonight. Have a great Saturday, friends.

One more photo of Gavin Casalegno; pretty evening on the island ….

Hi, friends and readers:

Yesterday I posted two photos of Gavin Casalegno, and since then I’ve been informed he is a bona fide film actor. I have never seen any of his work, but I find Gavin incredibly beautiful: great hair, intoxicating eyes, and those lips. They practically beg you to kiss them. I’ll bet he can do amazing things with them, too. 😉

By the way, the Spanish word “casalegno” means “wooden house.” H-m-m-m-m.

It’s been a good day for me. I had a very productive day in the writing department, and my third workout/lap swimming session this week. I’m feeling fit and relaxed for the weekend.

A friend and I just shared a drink up on my elevated deck, where Frosty The Snowman and my halogen Christmas lights are glowing. It’s lovely here tonight–in the upper 60’s. clear and still. I plan to dine on leftovers in a while, and then my friend and I will visit my timeshare down the street to soak in the hot tub and do a bit of sweating in the sauna, a nice way to end the day.

Have a nice Friday night, friends.

A boyfriend in your bed. What could be better?

Hi, friends and readers:

My last boyfriend and I split up about two years ago, after we’d lived together nearly seven years. And while I don’t miss all the issues that ultimately doomed our relationship, I do  miss the simple joy of waking up next to another guy, first thing in the morning. And I miss falling asleep in another guy’s arms at night.

Face it, you can’t beat having a boyfriend in your bed, and I’d be happy to share mine with any of the guys in today’s photo posts. I mean, check out Mr. Blondie in the upper photo. If I were lying next to him when the photo was taken, I would say, “Stay right there and I’ll bring you some coffee in just a few minutes.” 🙂

I spent a very pleasant evening at my friend’s last night. He had a lovely blaze going in the fire pit on his deck. The night was cool but not chilly, just right for December. After we drank a couple of beers we got takeout from our favorite pizza place, then dined indoors, where I finished a bottle of wine I’d brought with me. It was a fine evening, and I know my friend enjoyed it as much as I did. It’s hard to beat old friends, isn’t it?

I got home around nine PM, and I spent an hour with my fireplace lit, enjoying my Christmas tree and reading a series of letters I had written to one of my best friends during my college and law school days. We’re talking letters 40-45 years old, some typed, some handwritten. The friend I wrote them to died several years ago, and his brother found the letters when cleaning out his deceased brother’s house. He was kind enough to save them for me, and he gave them to me last week.

The letters, about a dozen of them, took me right back to the times I had written them, not all of them happy times. I was a terribly conflicted young man in my late teens and early twenties, but I muddled through the difficult times with the help of my friends, and once I discovered what I wanted from life, I was fine.

All right, everyone, I need to fix lunch before I drive into the city to visit the YMCA for a workout and lap-swimming session. Have a great Friday, wherever you might be today.

Beautiful Gavin Casalegno; sunny and cool on the island today ….

Hi, friends and readers:

The guy you see in today’s photo posts is named Gavin Casalegno. I don’t know the first thing about him, but I presume he’s either an actor or a fashion model. In any case, I think he’s one of the hottest young men I’ve seen in a long while, maybe even sexier than Francisco Lachowski, 😉

I spent a very pleasant couple of hours sharing drinks and seafood dinners with three good friends. We had some laughs and shared stories of our recent activities, and the time just flew by. I came home and lit my fireplace. Then I spent a little time in my easy chair, enjoying my Christmas tree and decorations.

I rose at nine this morning, and after a quick breakfast I spent a couple of hours writing new material for my novel-in-progress. One of my main characters contracts a disease called Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer mostly seen in young adults. I’m at the point in the book where he undergoes chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and it’s tough stuff to write about, but necessary. I’ve done all my research to be sure I get things right, so I am ready.

Outside it’s sunny and fairly still, but the temperature’s in the mid-50’s, which is pretty darned chilly for central Florida. After lunch, I plan to take a three-mile walk, here on the island, and then, if the wind’s not blowing too hard, I’ll take a two-mile run around four PM. Since today is Thursday, I will spend my evening in the city with my oldest friend, We’ll drink a few beers and order takeout for our dinner, always fun.

Have a nice Thursday, friends.

“Boy Erased” is a film you should see; chilly night on the island ….

Hi, friends and readers:

Last night a good friend and I had a quick dinner of tasty tacos, then we visited a theater to watch the film, Boy Erased. 

I can’t say enough good things about the film. It’s a compelling story about a religious Christian family who forces their college freshman-aged son into gay-to-straight conversion therapy. The son, Jared, is played by Lucas Hedges, who is the boy in the top photo here. He did a great job in his role and was quite convincing.

In one pretty shocking scene, Jared has his first gay sexual experience when he’s anally raped by his college buddy, Henry, a closeted Evangelical Christian played by British actor Joe Alwyn, who you see to the left here. (And the scene is not the least bit sexy, so don’t expect it to be.)

Anyway, the film’s beautifully acted and the script’s compelling. And by the way, the screenplay is based on a true-life experience, which makes it even more powerful. The story, I believe, is set in the mid-1990’s. I recommend you see it.

I’ve had a good day so far. I had to drive to Tampa this morning for an appointment, through the usual thick traffic. I returned to my island for lunch, then drove into the city again to visit the YMCA for a good workout and lap-swimming session. Now I am home and ready for a  relaxing, but chilly evening, as it’s going down below 50 degrees F tonight.

I’m going out to dinner with three friends to celebrate one guy’s birthday. It should be fun. Have a nice Wednesday evening, friends.

One more guy at a swimming pool; cool weather’s moving into central Florida ….

Hi, friends and readers:

I know you guys liked the “swimming pool” photos I posted this morning, so I thought I’d put up one more of my favorites. The young man to the left has an amazing body, just perfect for modeling a Speedo-style suit. Notice how his shoulders are broad, and his legs are muscled, but he’s narrow in the hips and his butt is rounded and compact. His waist is tiny, too. Simply amazing …. 😉

I’ve had a really good afternoon. After my three-mile walk, I ate lunch, some tasty turkey soup my neighbor gave me. Then I got busy on a list of chores: doing a load of laundry, watering all my house plants, using a leaf-blower to clean up my patios, cleaning my bathrooms, and adjusting the stays on my front door blind so it doesn’t bang around when I open or close the door. (God, my life’s exciting …)

Now it’s all done and I am ready for a nice dinner and a meaningful movie about a young man whose parents force him into gay-to-straight conversion facility. I’ll let you know if I liked it or not.

Have a nice Tuesday night, friends.

Hot guys and swimming pools; gloomy morning on the island ….

Hi, friends and readers:

I have a timeshare unit in a condo down the street, less than a three-minute drive from my house. The facility has a wonderful swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, all of the sparkling clean, and available for my use all year round.

Last night, my friend and neighbor visited the facility to soak in the hot tub and then do a bit of sweating in the sauna. It all felt great, and made me realize how lucky I am to live in this beautiful place. (Now, if only the guy to the left here would have joined us in the hot tub, my evening would have been complete.) 😉

I was up quite early this morning, and after breakfast, I sat down at the keyboard and banged out new material for my novel-in-progress, now at 65,000 words and nowhere near finished. I wrote for 2-1/2 hours and the stuff was pretty good, I think.

Now it’s 11:30 AM, and I am done writing for the day. Outside, conditions are overcast and foggy, so it’s kind of a gloomy atmosphere. A cold front is approaching central Florida and temperatures are supposed to plunge early Wednesday morning.

I just a few minutes, I plan to take a three-mile walk for some exercise, here on the island. Then Ill make a quick lunch for myself. I plan to take a two-mile run around four PM this afternoon. Then, this evening, a friend and I will dine out before seeing the film Boy Erased at a cineplex in downtown St. Petersburg. It should be a nice evening, so I am stoked.

All right, everyone, I need to put on my walking shoes and shorts, so I will close this post by wishing each of you a happy Tuesday, wherever you might be today. And keep smiling, it’s important. 🙂