Peaceful Stroll–Too Early

Last week, the boss exclaimed, “time to see the cherry trees! Let’s go to Hains Point on Thursday for a picnic and see the cherry trees over there instead of hassle with the crowds at the Tidal Basin.”

When the boss gets this way, there’s no curbing his enthusiasm with logic.

“Uhhh, boss, peak bloom is next week. I hear that the trees aren’t blooming yet.”

But since he will be on international travel during the week that peak bloom will occur, and he has the time available on Thursday, decision was made…
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Cherry Cheer-Up Diversion

Hi, loyal blog readers. This post is a little delayed. Spouse is sick. Again. Always. Even for this very patient person, the ongoing complaints about chronic problems is taxing on my soul. We have seen over 60 specialists now (over four years), and had countless tests done. The results…
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I am back to my 2016 bah-humbug self. The shot of Christmas Spirit from visiting with my friends last Saturday night and going Christmas caroling for the 44th year in a row has withered.

Some readers are not aware that I live in the news market for Washington, DC. As such, national news is local news. I’m surrounded all the time with “news” about the incoming tragedy to be effective January 20, 2017.

This “news” is unavoidable in my area. It’s in the ozone and the air (which for now is breathable, but not for long once the destructionists and deniers become federal government agency heads). It evokes great sadness…
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20 Questions: I Guess I’m Not That Gay

I stumbled upon an interview in the local DC gay newspaper with a guy who married a local TV news guy. He was asked a set of questions that, to me, were focused on his sexual orientation and his answers portrayed him to fulfill all of the stereotypes that gay men have been saddled with. Uggghhh…. So here goes — my answers to the same questions.

1. How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
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Wear Cowboy Boots to the Office in DC?

Lucblackgoat03My website’s cowboy boots collection and this blog receive a lot of visitors from men who are curious about whether or not it is acceptable to wear cowboy boots with a suit or dress clothing to a professional office, especially in stodgy, drab, dull, fashionless and conservatively dressed Washington, DC.

Recently, I received another email from a DC-based office professional who went on a business trip to Texas and bought himself a pair of nice boots, then began to question his decision after his girlfriend made some comments after he returned home with them. The email said:
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Foggy DC Marvel

I continue to remind myself that I live in one of the most picturesque areas of the world when it comes to memorials, architecture, and traditional beauty.

Yes, it’s that time of year again when the cherry trees are in bloom around the Tidal Basin of Washington DC, and environs.

Yesterday, my boss and a work colleague took some time to take a stroll around the Tidal Basin. While the weather was damp, foggy, and cool, the stunning beauty of the cherry trees still shone through. Following are a few examples…
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