My Partner Is Amazing

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    Mar 31, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    We've got another Broward House HIV/AIDS fundraiser gala coming up in a few months we're supporting. So today I phone hubby's office, to see how the day's going as I always do. Well, he needs Silent Auction items donated to this, of which he already has a few.

    But today he was focused on a Provincetown, Cape Cod holiday package he's dreamt-up. With his many connections he's getting 2 Delta airlines seats to Boston. From Boston the ferry to Cape Cod. In P-town a B&B for 2. Plus restaurant meals at the nicest places. All donated, all pure profit for the auction. He did this all in 1 day.

    Only 1 restaurant he wanted that hasn't replied because it's closed for the winter season, "Jimmy's Hideway" if you know it, our favorite gay-owned place in P-town. But I suspect Jimmy & Ray will kick in when contacted upon their return, in time for the gala.

    And yah know, my partner's turning 77 in 3 months. Plus many of you are aware he had a heart attack the end of October. Doesn't slow him down a bit. I wish it did!

    We just did the Pridefest weekend last month, 2 back-to-back 12-hour days setting up & staffing a booth outdoors, selling raffle tickets and signing up people for the SMART Ride to Key West. Then he'll be doing crew for 6 days non-stop during the SMART Ride itself in November, working minimum 14-hour days (I'm also crewing with him initially and THEN riding a bike the 165 miles, but I'm a mere 62).

    When I realized what I had signed-up for by partnering with this guy a few years ago I promptly arranged for the Ride Medical Director to be our personal doctor. I left the VA medical system and he terminated being with some clinic.

    I figured if we might possibly each face medical issues doing this Ride thing, then we should have our own personal doctor with us! DUH! And when he had his heart attack she was at his hospital beside, and gave conditional approval to his participating in the Ride less than 3 weeks later. But she & I talked privately, as I have full medical authority in writing, as he does for me.

    And on the Ride he kept saying to me: "Bob, everyone is asking me how I'm doing, and won't let me handle anything physical. And Dr. Lee is watching me like a hawk. Did you say something?" (He had tried to cover-up his emergency hospitalization, a big "secret" that was no secret)

    "Moi? Why, I don't know what you're talking about!" icon_rolleyes.gif

    This is a guy who, when the time comes, will go down will all flags flying, not end as some nursing home vegetable. He's amazing, and I'm gonna do what I can to keep him that way, and to please him as he wishes. Pamper him behind his back, perhaps, pull a few strings definitely, but also marvel at him.

    A guy who's beat cancer, a heart attack, advanced gangrene, all in his 70s, and has more drive than I do. They're gonna hafta hit him over the head with a sledge hammer to take him out. One incredible guy, whose story I wanted to share with you.
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    Mar 31, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said They're gonna hafta hit him over the head with a sledge hammer to take him out.
    Bob, you know as well as I do, that IF they was to come near him with one of those.......

    LMAO.. give him a big hug from me.
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    Mar 31, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    Art_Deco said They're gonna hafta hit him over the head with a sledge hammer to take him out.
    Bob, you know as well as I do, that IF they was to come near him with one of those.......

    LMAO.. give him a big hug from me.

    I shall! He just had a big hissy fit 15 minutes ago, though, because his cell phone suddenly lost all his stored numbers when he was about to make some calls. I think maybe the SIM card is acting up, it seems those need replacing about once a year with him, which AT&T does for free.

    I took everything apart, cleaned the filthy thing up, including the SIM contacts, and restarted it. Back to normal, thank gawd! And he made his calls. He was just storming for about 10 minutes, he gets so emotional, no wonder he had a heart attack! What an Italian! LOL!

    I tell him my iPhones never so much as burp, and I have a spare 3GS he can have, but he doesn't wanna hear about it -- too complicated for him he says. I think he'd rather have crisis than calm.

    Still, my life has never been fuller than being with him now, even if he's the highest maintenance guy I've ever known. Not so much emotional maintenance, he just needs constant looking after in his navigating the technologies & complications of the modern world, like tonight with his cell phone. Not that I'm the best guide, but enough for most of the problems he gets himself into all the time.

    And keeping up with him physically! He really can smoke me, I'm always saying "Wait for me!" in the malls. But that's OK, I do the techie things, and at this very moment he's in the kitchen cooking dinner. Something I couldn't attempt if my life depended on it. icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 01, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
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    Apr 01, 2011 1:38 AM GMT
    Well, we think Art and Carmine are both pretty amazing.


    Art I know you don't like compliments but you just shut up and open wide for this spoon full of shugah.

    -Marvin Effin Poppins (Mary's no-shit gay cousin)

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    Apr 01, 2011 4:40 AM GMT
    From the time I got on here and met Red Vespa and through the years getting to know Art, I would never imagine anyone but the guy he describes (Carmine) could and would be his partner. A partner he clearly deserves to have and I know Carmine knows what a rate gem he has in Art. A relationship for the ages.....