Today I got the shock of my life. I was at the gym and on this rare occasion I had my I Phone with me. My jeep Wrangler needed new connectors for the battery so I was waiting to get the call from the shop to come pick it up. Kudos to Andersons Auto on Andrews Ave. The place is gay owned and operated and I like to keep my money in the family, but I digress..
I got a call from my SIR, Paul who informed me that his three former dogs are all alive and well. Tuffy, Ruffy, and the long lost name I couldn’t remember, GEM. I sat on one of the benches in a state of total shock, amazement and profound joy. I honestly thought they were all dead like my brother boys but lo and behold they are all alive and well.
Those two big built bruiser wrestling dogs were together after almost 30 years. Gem is still on his own but the three of them have been basically never out of touch with each other. I feel SO revitalized and comforted to know that AIDS didn’t get them. They knew I was around but SIR never said a word until I asked about them. Odd thing with what I know of Old Guard. Information on someones personal life wasn’t put out there like it is now. IT was personal not public. You always felt protected not exploited.
Within 25 minutes I was on the phone with ALL THREE OF THEM.. There’s talk of a family reunion at some point over the summer. I had a million questions for them as they did for me…again I cant share some of what we spoke of. The Personal thing. They said they were very proud of me and the way I turned out and I needed to hear that from them because I was always the trouble maker, the Tazmanian devil, the pain in the ass youngest boy and lately I seem to be the whipping post for everyone down here in South Florida, not because I did anything malicious or mean, because to be mean and malicious you need forethought and in my case there wasn’t any, but because when you make a mistake and you are considered to be an icon, there are always people who take unbelievable pleasure in tearing you down when you fuck up, being malicious toward you, and that’s ok, because in their rage they justify their malice, (the do as I say not as I do syndrome) so this call couldn’t have come at a better time.
I will go into more detail in my next blog when I get to talk to all three of them more at length.