Thursday, December 29, 2022


We usually have a nice quiet Christmas, just the two of us at home, with a nice dinner and some solitude, but this past weekend our friends, the Round-The-Way Gays, Neal and David, called to see if we wanted to have drinks with them on Christmas evening. I was in the shower when Neal called so Carlos told him he’s ask me and then text back the answer. I thought it’d be nice, so I changed plans to have our dinner earlier in the day and then do cock-a-tales with The Boys around 5 and told Carlos to text back.

Christmas evening at 5PM we were knocking on their door, but we saw no lights on; Neal came to the door dressed in what I would consider pajamas—because it’s what I would wear around the house on a stay-at-home day—and I said:

“It’s not today, is it?”

“Well, it was but Carlos never texted back so I thought y’all maybe wanted to stay in.”

Carlos swore he texted; Neal swore he never got one: I checked my group text and there was nothing. All eyes turned to Carlos.


After much debate I looked through his phone and he had written a text but  it had not been delivered. So, we’re looking into the New Year, and this time I’m the one texting back.

Poor Carlos, we almost had him fully gaslighted.

I think Tuxedo needs to put his investigate journalist hat on and get to the bottom of this story. He’s onto something …

Rapist Bill Cosby is said to be planning a new comedy tour in 2023 and my questions are: is it a For Ladies Only show and is there a two-drink minimum.

#LargeMarge is under fire after accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being “complicit” in the January 6 insurrection.

Yes, according to a serial adulterer and liar, Nancy Pelosi, who was being hunted by the mob, had some hand in the attack.

Funny, though, #LargeMarge asked for a pardon in the days following 1/6.

Sometimes at work I can be very quiet, putting my head down and just working away silently, and it tends to freak people out.

“Why is he so quiet?”

“Is everything okay?”

“Ask him.”

“You ask him.”

Finally a coworker  comes up to me and says, quietly:

“You’re so quiet.”

I don’t bother to look up and I say:

“Y’all should try it.”

And then they do.

Lying Long Island Representative-elect George Santos came clean this week admitting he lied about being Jewish; he lied about his grandparents escaping the Holocaust, he lied about his education, he lied about having a college degree, he lied about places he worked, he lied about being married to a woman, and swore he was married to a man though no proof of that wedding exists either.

Democrats are calling for him to resign but the GOP is mostly standing with him because when you are a party of liars one more is no big deal.

Pope Francis has announced his predecessor Benedict XVI is “very sick” and his health had “worsened” and asked people “for a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict.” 

Hard pass.

Of note: we are off for a quick weekend getaway to one of our favorite places on the planet and, other than a pre-planned post, all will be quiet on the ISBL Front until Monday.

HNY y’all.

Mike Piek was Mister Grand Netherlands in 2018. He isn’t just a hot model with a great head of hair, he also works as a schoolteacher for children with physical and mental problems. Still, that doesn’t matter: Would You Hit It?

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Architecture Wednesday: Catskills Farmhouse

I love an old farmhouse; I love an old farmhouse that’s been renovated and yet stays true to its history. And I love an old farmhouse painted black.

This 1850s farmhouse now has 3,150 square feet, with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half-baths sitting on 41 acres at the foothills of the Catskill range surrounded by forests and meadows and gardens and guest houses and an outdoor kitchen, and greenhouse dining room.

The original farmhouse was expanded in 2020 with a modern addition of stacked stone quarried on the property and the floor-to-ceiling glass walls of the dining room showcasing wildflower fields, ancient trees and rock outcroppings.

The main, original house has two bedrooms and a shared bath, with the addition of a modern kitchen and dining room, as well as a screened porch for dining al fresco.

There’s a guest house, with living area, kitchen, sleeping alcove and bathroom; on another section of the property is a summer kitchen with a designated well, hot water, a refrigerator, and a propane stove. It is wired for internet and stands on a bluestone patio with an outdoor shower on the far exterior wall and firepit.

But if you want something a bit different for dining, a little less rustic perhaps, head to the enclosed garden and the greenhouse dining room, complete with radiant heat, electric heat pumps for heating and cooling, a full-house generator, hardwired speakers, and smart home automation.

It’s everything old and yet new again. And it’s painted black.