This has taken me a long time to fill out, because I was not sure what I wanted to say. But, here goes. I am a masculine guy, but I am very affectionate with people that I am attracted to. It took me a long time to come out, so for all those years before I did, I was afraid to even touch another man, for fear that they might think that I was gay. So, I guess that you could say the floodgates opened.
I live in South Florida, was born and raised in NYC (Brooklyn), but came out in Los Angeles, so I consider myself a "born again" Angelino. LA feels like home, but you can't completely take the New Yorker out of me!
I am actually still pretty shy when it comes to meeting people that I am attracted to and I find this site has been very helpful to me in that regard. So, thank you to RJ for that. I have met some nice men here.
I love to travel and experience new cultures, although I have done much lately. I love going to the movies, especially sci-fi, but any good movie. I also like playing sports, and even though I am not the talented of athletes, I do okay and would be willing to try most anything. I always wanted to learn to hang glide, but could never get anyone to go with me- chickens! LOL
I am actually fairly sensitive, but don't wear my emotions on my sleeve, so even if I get hurt, I may not show it or voice it. However, I do cry at tearjerker movies, so watch out! And I do get passionate when I talk politics and gay rights.
I have a corny sense of humor (get that from my dad), can be stubborn (get that from my mom), especially on things that I have formed an opinion about, but I am able to change my opinion an admit that I am wrong, if I am shown new evidence, or someone has a persuasive argument to the contrary.
I don't have a lot of really "close" friends, because I take my friendships very seriously. My friends know that they can count on me, trust me to keep my word, and be loyal. But, I expect the same from them. Unfortunately, all of my closest gay friends are all gone, due to a certain little bug that has plagued our community, and I am the kind of the last man standing.
This brings me to the next point; that I am HIV+ as well. Actually, to be more precise, I was diagnosed with AIDS way back in 1988. I have never had the full blown case. It's not something that I enjoy talking about, and I don't like to dwell on it, but it's always there, kind of like that relative who's overstayed their welcome, BUT JUST WON'T LEAVE! But. I'm still here and I figure that all this time is a gift that my friends and many others like me did not have. I only bring all of this up, because anyone who might become involved with me has a right to know, beforehand, and realize that this is a part of my life.
I used to be a real party boy, and still can be, under the right conditions. And if you have ever been lucky enough to go to parties at The Saint, or party in San Francisco, you'd know why. That was a little bit of heaven.
So, I hope that I haven't scared most of you off, but I can only live my life honestly.
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