Friday, April 18, 2014

MILITARY MEN: NAKED, SHIRTLESS SELFIES, AK-47'S

KINDLE BOOK REVIEW: THE TEN 10's by BENJAMIN MORGAN

AND HE CAN WRITE TOO!
Benjamin Morgan is (the very handsome) author of the new murder mystery, THE TEN 10's, it's about a group of gay men in LA who think they are so much better looking and better than everyone else that they call themselves THE TEN 10's. 

I was lucky enough to read about Benjamin's entertaining new book when it was recommended by Kenneth of kenneth in the (212). After reading Kenneth's post and the book description (you can read my review of Kenneth's own book here) I left what I thought was a funny comment about Benjamin surviving the murders (because he looks like he belonged in the Ten 10's). 

Benjamin read my comment and was nice enough to get the joke and also gave me a free copy to read. Handsome and nice too! I didn't tell him I had already purchased it - Shhhh. 

What a fun book, especially if you enjoy snark and karma. You don't have to read far before the murders start. The pace is quick and the character development and details draw you in. Though admired, envied and hated each of the 10's is a lesson in judging a book by its cover. There are real lessons to be learned about how to be gay - how to dress and work out and what drugs to take. It's like being let in on all the secrets. Fun, but I sure wouldn't want to be one.

And there's this:
A thinly veiled photographer character was based on Mike Ruiz. Says Benjamin: -”Mike was an original member of The Ten 10s – a clique in WeHo in the early 90s.  Mike and I partnered up on the project years ago if it ever went to TV or becoming a feature.  In the meantime, I turned it into a novel!  It’s extremely dark, snarky, funny and a satiric look at the pretty gay community.  I think you’ll love it!”

A great read for vacay, traveling, the beach or just an evening at home. You can buy it here and here is the book description from Amazon:


Every city has a clique that everyone loves to hate. In West Hollywood, it’s an elite group of gay men - the A-est of the A-Gays, the prettiest of the pretty boys. They’re “The Ten 10’s” – Dylan, Jagger, Chase, Fitch, Paxton, Rocco, Blade, Damian, Lex and Dante. 

A few years ago, this group of extraordinary men became friends after months of running in the same circles and crossing glamorous paths as the pretty set are wont to do. In an event commensurate with the Big Bang in significance, the stars aligned one night when ten of these impossibly perfect men found each other at the same Hollywood Hills party. When each realized there were nine others who’d reached the stratospheric heights of physical perfection they had, a band of brothers was born; brothers who happen to have sex with each other on occasion. 

So much organized beauty in one place at one time was borderline obscene. Everyone wants to be a “10,” but no amount of surgery could imbue you with the necessary qualities - it’s an attitude and a way of life. What makes a “10” is elusive and indefinable, and yet when you see one, is as plain as the not-as-perfect-as-theirs nose on your face. 

When so many beautiful men get together in any one place, it creates delusions of grandeur and elevated importance making the 10s bitchier and more self-important than the salespeople at Fred Segal. And that’s pretty bitchy. 

The 10’s have what realtors call, “curb appeal” – they looked good from the outside; the inside, however, needed to be gutted. The 10’s have yet to put their standards and doctrines down in print like the Ten Commandments, but tablets would definitely be involved if they did. 

Being a 10 means having power; the power to pick any man you want, to get into any party or club, the power of intimidation, the power of knowing you’re both envied and hated, the power of knowing that you mattered – people cared about where you went, what you said and what you did when you got there. Some can handle the power and some can’t. 

And some wouldn’t have it for much longer. 

The 10’s tannest member, Chase, recently had facial “rejuvenation” that stripped away any trace of a wrinkle and unfortunately, his tan as well. Being tanorexic, he immediately heads to the Tropic of Cancer Tanning Salon for a spray-on self-tan to generate some color. After the final pass of the sprayer rod, he drops to the ground – dead. 

And he won’t be the first 10 to go down if you know what I mean - and I think you do. But who is after these perfect men? Who wants them dead? And why aren’t they more upset that they’re friends are being killed? Instead, they hold a nationwide search to replace the fallen 10’s and revel in their newfound fame and notoriety. 

How many 10s must fall before the killing stops?

ZEN PENCILS: LIFE...PLAYING THE GAME



Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung ThanZen Pencils

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MEN IN WATER: SHOWER, BATH, OCEAN, BEACH, HOSED, SPEEDOS, SPORTS

TMI ANSWERS: TAX TIME 2014

TAX TIME 2014
1. Have you finished your taxes or are you just getting started?
Since I'm technically not working, I didn't have to file. Years ago I left my home and career in DC to move back to NY and help care for my dad, then my mom and now my dad again. I never thought or planned that I would be doing this for more than 6 months but at the time I was able to and since I had zero debt, a month-to-month lease and no relationship it was the logical thing to do. The few expenses I had were a fraction of what in-home nursing care would have cost my parents even with insurance. 
2. Do you do your taxes yourself or do you use a service?
When I did have taxes to file, I first used my dad (a CPA) and then a tax program.
3. How are you at keeping records and receipts?
I'm pretty good. At the start of each year I make 12 envelopes, one for each month and list the receipt on the envelope. Since my finances were fairly simple, keeping receipts usually wasn't necessary. 
4. How 'creative' do you get?
You can't get creative when filing a 1099 but the few times I did itemized, I might have exaggerated a bit.
5. What do you think about the amount of taxes you pay?
I think its mostly fair.

6. What do you plan to do with your refund?
I always got a refund bc I'd claim zero exemptions rather then risk having to owe anything and would always go on vacation which was usually a tennis tournament I wanted to play in.
BONUS
Have you ever paid an IRS agent personally?
I've never needed to but giving up my ass to save my ass seems like a good deal. :)



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PITs AND NIPs

TMI QUESTIONS: TAX TIME 2014

TAX TIME 2014
1. Have you finished your taxes or are you just getting started?
2. Do you do your taxes yourself or do you use a service?
3. How are you at keeping records and receipts?
4. How 'creative' do you get?
5. What do you think about the amount of taxes you pay?

6. What do you plan to do with your refund?

BONUS
Have you ever paid an IRS agent personally?

TMI Questions 
Fun, slightly embarrassing questions designed to reveal Too Much Information between you and your significant other and among you and your friends and/or family.

POST YOUR TMI ANSWERS
Post and answer the questions on your blog or tumblr page and then post the link in the comments so that others can read your answers (directions here), visit your website and get to know you too.

LAST DAY TO VOTE: SEXY HOT MUG SHOT 4.09

Monday, April 14, 2014

LICKING & SUCKING MEN'S SEXY FEET AND TOES

Urgent Appeal For Aid In Helping HIV Volunteer Flee Country

Ugandan Group Issues Urgent Appeal For Aid In Helping HIV Volunteer Flee Country

GEHO Uganda has issued an urgent appeal for financial assistance in helping a Ugandan HIV/AIDS volunteer flee her country. The woman is currently in hiding and is being sought by police after being accused of violating Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act through her work. Details:
On April 11, the Gender-Equality and Health Organisation (GEHO) Uganda, a community-based organization in Jinja, Eastern Uganda, posted an urgent appeal for travel funds for a One Way airline ticket to Canada for Dorcas Awena, 26, a longtime volunteer for their AIDS program. GEHO was set up to provide desperately-needed medical, legal and psychological support, including safe houses and legal aid, for the LGBTQ community of Jinja, Eastern Uganda - after initial introduction of the "Kill the Gays" bill. Awena fled into hiding after police raided GEHO's offices, and six local radio stations publicly broadcast her name as someone accused of violating the anti-homosexuality law. As of Thursday afternoon, April 10, Awena had avoided a third attempt by the police to arrest her. GEHO still needed $300 to cover her plane ticket. Your donation to the Safe Passage Fund will be applied to cover the balance of Awena's air ticket and a travel stipend ($800). Monies raised beyond this amount will help other LGBTQ activists and allies in Uganda, Nigeria, Russia and elsewhere in immediate danger who need safe passage and asylum.
About the Safe Passage Fund:
Right now, LGBTQ activists are under attack in Uganda and need your support. The Safe Passage Fund was created to provide immediate assistance to LGBTQ activists who are at-risk of violence, life-imprisonment or even death. In partnership with our sister fund, Urgent Action Fund - Africa, the Safe Passage Fund makes rapid grants within 1-7 days to ensure the safety, and if necessary, evacuation, of these courageous individuals.
From the appeal: "Your tax-deductible donation will be quickly directed to the neediest cases. Thank You!" The Safe Passage Fund is a sister operation to the Urgent Action FundDonate here
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Thank You
Your donation to Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights will go directly to the Safe Passage Fund, which provides immediate assistance to at-risk LGBTQ activists in Uganda. In partnership with our sister fund, Urgent Action Fund - Africa, the Safe Passage Fund makes rapid grants within 1-7 days to ensure the safety, and if necessary, evacuation, of these courageous individuals.

Urgent Action Fund and our sister funds in Africa and Latin America are the only funds of their kind to provide time-sensitive funding specifically for women’s and LGBTQ human rights defenders. We respond to all requests within 72 hours, 365 days a year.

Thank you again for your partnership in our combined efforts to support courageous activists working to create cultures of justice, equality and peace around the world.

Warm wishes,

Kate Kroeger                                     
Executive Director

THANKS TO JOE.MY.GOD.      I DONATED.

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