It’s New Year’s Eve, and I suppose we must celebrate in one way or another. Me, I’m staying home and building a fire on my patio. It’s a pretty night here: 72 degrees F and still. I love it.
Tonight I am posting two of my favorite photos. The one on top is Luke Halpin, when he was maybe 16. For gay boys my age Luke was an idol because he wore very little clothing on his TV show, Flipper. He often appeared in teen magazines; the girls were crazy about him. And the gay boys went nuts over him. I understand he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which makes me sad. Luke, I will always love you.
Okay, the second photo I have posted tonight is a shot of River Phoenix, perhaps the most beautiful guy who ever lived. And very talented in the acting department. Poor River, he succumbed to drug and alcohol problems in the 1990’s
But I have things to be happy about: my health, the beautiful place I live, my friends and neighbors. I love my fishing camp and the YMCA. So, despite the downsides of my life right now, I am grateful.
Look, count your blessings, Please do. I wish River Phoenix were here tonight, to enjoy this nice night with me, but he is gone and I am not. I will carry on in his absence.
All right, everyone, I must get on with business. Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, wherever you are. I wish you the best.