Paint-splattered boys in briefs; quiet night on the island …

Hi, friends and readers:

Okay, I’m no expert when it comes to fine art. But, as they say, I know what I like and I like the photograph I’ve posted here this evening. I wish I could have been there when the photo was created. Who threw the paint all over these two guys? I’ll bet it was fun. And I love the sign in the background, saying easels must be put away … NEATLY.

My visit to the dentist wasn’t too bad, but my gum’s a little sore where they worked on me. I popped a couple of Advils a half hour ago and now it’s not so bad. I just returned from a three-mile run and a walk on the beach and now I’ve opened a beer. (A-h-h-h …)

This morning I mentioned comments I’d received from several skateboarders over the past 24 hours. These things seem to come in waves, I don’t know why. Most of the comments are the same: Gay skaters griping about the homophobia running through their subculture. Straight skaters denying existence of gay skaters. It goes on and on, but here’s one I really liked, from a guy named Patrick, age 16, a Charlotte, NC resident. Patrick said this: 

“Okay, I’m straight. I skate, every day. I know a few gay skaters and I’m cool with it. I mean, what’s the big f**king deal anyways? I don’t give a crap if some dude wants to kiss another dude or whatever. I really don’t.  

“To all the skaters who write you and say insulting stuff about gay skaters I say, ‘F**k you. Just shut up and skate and leave the gay skaters alone. Know what I think? Maybe you’re queer and you can’t handle it so you’ve gotta hate on guys who are open about who they are.'”

Whoa. Thanks for writing, Patrick.

Besides watching sunset I don’t have much planned for tonight. I’ll do a little editing, cook dinner, maybe watch a movie. Enjoy your Thursday evening, all.

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