Thank you Best Gay Blogs for featuring me on the 12/30 posting of your website. Just when I needed it most too.
To all my readers: You've got to check out this very thoughtful and beautiful write up (you may need to scroll down to 12/30 if you're reading this on a different day).
Here's a repost for you...
Bandit Talks: The Life of a Moderately Conservative Gay Guy and His Dog Bandit
You know, folks, you're going to like Bandit Talks. Though a bit on the ordinary side, there's something rather comforting in almost a l950's sitcom way. While Danny Thomas isn't mentioned, and there are no people named Beaver, there is a certain charm linked to this blog that leaves you feeling relaxed and wondering if the writer really is as decent and wholesome as he projects himself to be. He spends Christmas Eve with his sister and brother-in-law, watching IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and playing with the dog…he gets a Movado (plus a lot of other good loot) from his boyfriend, and he’s actually met the man of his dreams. Well, aside from the “man of his dreams” comment (those in long term relationships, who’ve been together more than ten years, know that’s debatable), you can’t’ help but really liking this guy a lot.
But don’t be mistaken, there are some real things here, too…the things to which everyone can relate at one time or another. Like this comment from a recent post, “Every once in awhile I still get weirded out: Thinking about the past, worrying about the future, wondering if I’m doing the right things. I guess that’s normal right? Last night after coming home from a good night, I was a little emotional. Can’t quite put my finger on it but maybe it’s just that there’s so much going on in my life both personally, professionally and emotionally I guess I just need to cut myself some slack. I don’t know.” Oh, yeah... sounds perfectly normal and this only makes the blog better.
Best of all, this is a classic example of a structured daily blog that reads more like a diary then most out there. After all, that’s what blogging started out to be in the first place. And this writer is dedicated to keeping it up daily. Here’s a comment we can all agree with, “If there is one thing about Christmas that I don't like, I'd have to say it’s the over commercialization. Yesterday, I caught a glimpse of a PBS documentary on how some other cultures celebrate Christmas. The simplicity and intimacy of these celebrations nearly brought tears to my eyes. In places like Northern Italy and Switzerland families spend an entire day traveling into the mountains to chop down a tree. Then at dusk sledding back down the snowy hills, in the dark, holding candles to find their way back to their house. In these small little European villages, Christmas is truly as it should be - about love, spirit, the birth of Jesus and giving. The joy and contentment on a child's face upon receiving one or two simple little presents from Father Christmas can't compare to the gluttonous display of some American celebrations.” And that was an example of the tenderness of this blog page…but you also have to wonder if he’d be willing to give back the Movado in exchange for one of those “simple little presents” he writes about. Not many of us would, but we all wish Christmas would slow down a bit in this country, and give us a chance to celebrate the true meaning.
As it states above the profile, “Forty year old gay guy, enjoying and discovering things that make life fun, funny and adventurous.” And he’s sharing it all with the world, too.