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Offline Blixer

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I so love the beach.....
« on: June 13, 2007, 08:05:44 PM »
The Gulf Coast (specifically Pensacola Beach area and the Gulf Island National Seashore) is one of my favorite places.  In the past few years I've grown to love just going down and relaxing on the beach.  I've always said if there is one other place I'd love to live it would be the Pensacola area.

Anyway, I took 3 days off of work and drove down to Pensacola.  It is a 10 hour drive from where I work.  I had a great time.   And there is some great scenery.  Nothing like friendly, half clothed, hot guys walking down the beach.  The people are always so friendly. By Sunday, I had met a significant number of friendly people and was invited to join in with a group of about 30 guys that get together every weekend and enjoy the sand and surf.  They ranged in age from mid 20s to mid 70s and got along great.  They were very open and made me feel at home.  They invited me to go to the bar with them after the beach and we had a great time laughing and playing pool.  I got strict orders to make sure I call them before I come back down so I can get together with them again.  It was so nice and so very different from what I'm used to in St. Louis where almost no one speaks to you and the gay community is very very closed.

Anyway, I didn't have any reason to disclose my status but I did have an interesting encounter on Sunday.  I had spent the day talking with a guy named Richard who was just out of a relationship.  (His ex actually showed up at the beach).  Anyway, at the bar, Richard leans over and points to this really cute guy who had been on the beach that day.  And Richard said,  "that's his trick from Mobile and I bet he doesn't have a clue that the other guy is Positive."   It just reminded me that there is still a lot prejudice.

Anyway, here are a few of the "beach shots"!  The first couple of me and then just a couple of general ones.



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5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007, 08:11:09 PM »
 :)


Looking nice and tanned there David !!! Hopefully try to get to the beach this weekend. Need a little de-stressing. Water temp here in the Gulf now is 86 degrees. Like a bath !!


Ray  8)
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
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Offline Blixer

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2007, 08:21:19 PM »
It was very nice in Pensacola last weekend.  Very nice water temps.  We even got to watch a number of dolphins playing just offshore on Sunday.  And then somehow a group of 20ish guys seemed to lose their trunks in the gulf.  Hummmm....   LOL
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2007, 08:26:26 PM »
  And then somehow a group of 20ish guys seemed to lose their trunks in the gulf.  Hummmm....   LOL


 ::)  I'll keep my eyes open for those missing trunks, if they happen to float down around this way !! :P


Enjoy-----Ray
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline Life

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2007, 09:19:15 PM »
David....  Wow what a change in scenery for you!  I have not been around water like that in 20 years...  Let alone hanging with 20 other people who happen to like "similar" things!  ;D   I might also add you look absolutely lickable!!

Hugs,


Eric

Offline Robert

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2007, 09:34:44 PM »
wow....whose that guy in the Raebans?  Sexylicious~~ ;D
..........

Offline Blixer

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2007, 09:41:01 PM »
David....  Wow what a change in scenery for you!  I have not been around water like that in 20 years...  Let alone hanging with 20 other people who happen to like "similar" things!  ;D   I might also add you look absolutely lickable!!

Hugs,
Eric

Eric, the mountains are GREAT, but I love the gulf too... and particularly Pensacola.  And far be it from me to ever complain about getting licked....  ;)


wow....whose that guy in the Raebans?  Sexylicious~~ ;D

And Robert, The guy in the Raebans will be at AMG but with substantially more clothing on... at least in public.....  LOL

David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
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Offline fearless

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2007, 09:46:56 PM »
Me loves the beach too.

You are looking great, and the sand is so white, but where are the waves?

Oh, and I have a question too - does your sand get really hot in summer? like, foot scorching hot? or do you have that wonderful 'air-conditioned' cool sand like I found on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico? The make up of our sand makes it all but impossible to walk on in mid-summer. It can be quite amusing watching people hop, skip and jump there way to the surf.

I've attached a pic of my favourite beach in the world. Damn, I wish it was summer here. I hate the cold  :'( :'( :'(

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Offline aztecan

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2007, 12:25:36 AM »
Hey, we have lots of beach here, ready for the taking.

No crowds!

One catch - bring your own water.

HUGS,

Mark

All of the spots in the photos below are within one hour of my house.


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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2007, 01:31:33 AM »
I love the beach too...  Highway 1 follows the California coast and from where it is in Sonoma County (from Mendocino County to Marin... there is not 1 beach called Sonoma Beach.

Recently I was doing business with a small company in Alameda.  The person I was working with asked for my email address (Sonomabeach@isp and he was the first person to ever get it.  Have the best day
Michael
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2007, 07:52:26 AM »

Oh, and I have a question too - does your sand get really hot in summer?



 :o  The sand gets VERY HOT in the summer here !! I've got to keep something on my feet. May as well be walking on asphalt !! As far as the waves. That doesn't happen often, unless we have a nice westerly breeze, or unless there's  a storm brewing out there. Most of the time no waves, got to go on the other side of Florida for that !! Even on the other side, the waves are not that large, but fun !!

Ray
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline David_CA

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2007, 09:13:52 AM »
Nice pics!  When I was young, I lived in Alabama.  We used to go to the Gulf beaches often, Panama City in particular.  It's amazing how different the Gulf beaches are from the Atlantic ones.  We now live about 14 miles or so from one of the 'premier' beaches in NC, but I believe I prefer the Gulf beaches.  The really sad thing is that I think I went to the beach maybe once or twice in the past couple of years.  I used to go that much each week, but traffic is SO bad here that it's often not worth it, and the beaches are way too crowded.  I was in Orlando a few years ago for work.  I drove over to St. Petersburg for the day... talk about a pretty place!  I think this winter we may have to make a road trip to Florida!

David
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  Atripla started 12-01-2006
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05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
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Offline purpledragonfly

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2007, 09:26:44 AM »
I lived in Fl. for 10 yrs. and thought i hated it, the crowded roads and people every where, now i want to go back.My oldest son and his two sons are moving back next yr. I am trying to talk my youngest son into moveing back but because my father just died my son doesn't want to be that far from his grandmother. I really miss the beaches tho. I remember Passagrile, and Green Key up in Pasco County.Maybe if i keep nagging he will decide to go. But i still have my memories lol.

Wendy

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2007, 10:40:02 AM »
one of my fav. place in Cali

Eastern Sierra by Alabama Hills... right next to Mt. Whitney.

The first pic is San Diego mt. overlooking Anza Borrego Desert

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2007, 10:40:35 AM »
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2007, 07:41:33 AM »
I lived in Fl. for 10 yrs. and thought i hated it, the crowded roads and people every where, now i want to go back.

I remember Passagrile, and Green Key up in Pasco County.Maybe if i keep nagging he will decide to go. But i still have my memories lol.

Wendy


 :) Oh yes,  Pass-a-griille beach was quite the spot. We used to go down there a lot back in the 80's. The gay part of the beach was south of the restrooms, and the straight beach north of ther restrooms. There was a bar called the "lighted tree" where we all used to go to, after the beach. ( Right across the street from the biker bar !!) That area has changed... Still a very nice beach.

http://www.tampaattractions.com/beaches_passagrille.html


"Honeymoon Island" beaches ( just north of Clearwater beaches were voted second best in the country)


Ray




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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline newbernswiss

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2007, 08:45:38 AM »
Blixer,
Since u love the beaches and men, treat your self to a trip to P town, Mass. I went up this past week-end and stayed the whole week. I live in Florida, Tampa, frequent Key West, but find P town, Mass to be the place in the summer. Check it out.
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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2007, 11:09:57 AM »
i didn't know that Florida was gay gay gay state...
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Offline purpledragonfly

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2007, 12:21:17 PM »
Ray, thank you for reminding me about Honeymoon Island it is so peaceful and beautiful there. I also remember the Lighted Bar, had some really good times there  ;) i really hope to be able to go back down there. I have friends living in New Port Richie still and they are begging me to come back down. Maybe i can go for a visit soon that would be wonderful. You know its true you really don't appreciate something until you don't have it any more. I really miss Fl. Thanks for bring back memories everyone. :D

Love Wendy

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2007, 09:10:30 PM »
I love the beach too.  I have spent time at Destin and Panama City FL beaches.  I love the sugary white sand and clear aqua waters.  I so miss living in Miami only for the wonder sugary white sands and aqua waters.  The Keys also are so pretty and lets not forget Cozumel Mexico and Blezie Central America.  Oh how I wish I was in Tahiti!
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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2007, 12:04:26 PM »
i didn't know that Florida was gay gay gay state...


 :D Only on Fridays and Saturdays ! We have plenty of gay people. A lot of us are just older, and our balls are stretched down to our knees !! :o 8)


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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2007, 01:59:19 PM »
I remembered Bucko saying somewhere that its gay gay gay everyday down there,,,

is it pretty much spread through out the state? or around major Florida ciites like Miami?
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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2007, 05:23:23 PM »
Blixer,
Since u love the beaches and men, treat your self to a trip to P town, Mass. I went up this past week-end and stayed the whole week. I live in Florida, Tampa, frequent Key West, but find P town, Mass to be the place in the summer. Check it out.
Bring plenty of lotion ::)
Hey newbern, thanks for the recommendation.  I shall have to check that out.  I do love to travel but haven't been to Mass except for conferences.  So maybe I should make that one of my next summer destinations.
David
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8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
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Re: I so love the beach.....
« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2007, 09:49:31 AM »
David, you know that Tampa is only an extra 7 hours drive from Pensacola.   I have a great idea, I so need to call you with details, but we should meet up in Pensacola at the end of August.  I even have friends (like you they are more like family) that we can stay with.  Maybe stay for a few days.....  Hugs to you ..... 

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