Archive for July, 2016

A Sad Tale Of Greed

The breakup of a socially prominent local gay couple is being splashed across social media. There was a significant difference between the incomes and assets of the two men. Together, the men acquired four houses and numerous cars. Both men are in their late fifties. I was one of many who received an email disclosing some of the details of their prenup. It’s a case of marrying well and divorcing better, but not being satisfied with divorcing better, and wanting to divorce extremely well. The man with the lower income is not satisfied with just one house and a new Range Rover. He’s using social media to plead his case and publish salacious details that should be kept private. It’s a sad tale of greed, fast living and a quest to find happiness with material goods while trying to avoiding aging. It’s like a gay version of Valley of the Dolls.

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Disappointment Drive 14

I had a date with a guy last Thursday. It had been six months since my last date. He was a few years older than me along with being in shape and a rather handsome guy. We met at the Denver Art Museum for a tour of the galleries in the Hamilton Building. We had a lot of similar interests. He’s well educated and well read. He has owned several companies and holds six patents. He’s into hiking and other outdoor sports. He designed and built a log cabin in high country. He was a man with many accomplishments.

We had dinner after the museum. The date was going well. The conversation flowed. He was the first guy that I felt a connection with. He was the only guy I’ve dated who I would considering seeing a second time. He seemed to be enjoying himself too.

After I told him I was HIV+, I was moved into the friend column. I understand and accept his decision but it’s a disappointment. At least I found out sooner than later.

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An Unmarried Man

Double A’s family immigrated to the United States from Belfast when he was nineteen. The move was motivated by a desire to escape the violence from civil unrest. Double A has achieved the American Dream. He became a citizen, graduated from college, achieved professional success and is financially sound. He owns two homes along with two cars. He’s had several significant relationships but has been single for about eight years.

Double A has kept in touch with a childhood friend in Belfast. He’s known the guy since he was ten years old. They talk on the phone every Sunday. They have an odd history of never being single at the same time until recently. The guy is visiting Denver for two weeks to see if he wants to move here and develop a relationship with Double A. That’s the basis for my reference to Double A’s mail-order husband in the previous post.

While they have a lot in common, things are not going well. I’m not sure if it’s a case of unrealistic expectations, or, if the guys have become set in their ways. The guy will not be moving to Denver. Double A is counting down the days until the guy returns to Belfast. Double A will continue to be an unmarried man.

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Hot & Lazy

Paddy was MIA on Friday. He finally texted late Friday night just as I was heading home from the galleries. Paddy’s nine-year-old Great Dane has bone and lung cancer. Chemo will cost around $20k but there’s no guarantee it will cure the cancer. Paddy has decided to put the dog down. He’s was a complete wreck.

The Colorado Women in Abstraction show at the CVA is a something to see. It took four years to curate. The exhibit was scheduled to open a few weeks after the DAM’s Women of Abstract Expressionism so it would not steal any thunder from the DAM’s exhibit. The CVA was packed with a who’s who of the local art scene. There were a number of artists I had not heard of. I need to go back for a second look.

The rest of the weekend was rather lackluster. It was hot. I was lazy. I didn’t accomplish much. I managed to pull myself together on Sunday afternoon to meet Double A, and his mail-order husband from Ireland, who’s in town for two weeks. More on that later.

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I hit the galleries on Friday night. Paddy and I are headed out tonight. We’ll probably rendezvous with Perry and Patricia at some point.

I’m looking forward to the new show at the Center for Visual Art. Colorado Women in Abstraction opens tonight bringing into focus the accomplished artwork of 32 women in Colorado. This show is running in conjunction with the immensely popular Women of Abstract Expressionism, currently on display at the Denver Art Museum, which recently received a great review in Time magazine.

I think it’s going to be a fun night.

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Crisis Averted

The Cold Springs Fire is 80% contained. Cindi’s house is no longer in danger. Two twenty-something men from Alabama have been charged with arson by the Boulder District Attorney. The men failed to properly extinguish a campfire which started the Cold Springs Fire. The men are facing two to twelve years in prison. Their neglect has caused the destruction of eight homes and has changed their lives forever. It’s a shame.

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Art Evacuation

Cindi flew to San Francisco early this morning for client meetings. She texted me late last night letting me know the Cold Springs wildfire could move in her direction if the winds shift. If that happens, I’m to meet one of her employees at her house in order to help him crate and load sixteen paintings into one of her trucks so they can be safely stored at her warehouse. If there’s room in the truck, I get to decide what other pieces of art and furniture can be saved. Her art collection has some pricey pieces by locally well-known artists and has taken years to build. Cindi doesn’t care about anything else in her house.

There’s really no way to save the house if the fire come through the canyon. You have to pray the fire gets under control or moves in another direction.

The Cold Springs fire has destroyed eight homes and burned 528 acres. It’s only 25 percent contained. However, crews are making progress in getting the fire under control. I’m hoping I don’t have to do the art evacuation.

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