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Offline leatherman

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long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« on: November 24, 2016, 09:12:18 PM »
in a way this post is about "living with HIV" but I decided not to post in that forum because in a way all this is about living IN SPITE of hiv.  ;)

I just celebrated living 32 years with HIV. WooHoo!

(oh! and I just recovered from having a hemorrhoidectomy too! :o what a pain in the ass that was!! ROFL The good news is that riding the roller coasters next summer will certainly be more pleasant ;) )

Next week, I'll be the featured speaker (along with being director and producer) at our local World AIDS Day event held in conjunction with Winthrop University. This event is always a unique WAD event and will be the 6th year that I have participated as speaker/director/graphic design/stage manager. Instead of being the traditional memorial event, we hold an educational Cultural-Credit event with usually 250-350 students, followed by a short candlelight vigil. As the feature speaker, I'll be talking about the "Tools in the HIV Prevention Toolbox", tied in with my Ryan White Part A advertising campaign that we ran for the last 6 months on all 300 Charlotte city buses about "Everyone has a part to stop HIV". I'll also be leading the Vigil as I usually do. Sadly, I have 3 more close friends to add to the list of the departed this year; but hopefully, our message will prevent any of these students from being added to this list in the future.

But my best news of the month is that I will be getting married this Saturday!!! :D :D :D

My boyfriend (of 3 yrs) and I have been talking about this ever since I moved in with him early last December, as we saw progress moving towards the approval of same-sex marriage. Since June, we just never had a good reason to name a date and put it on our calendars; however, three events have conspired to our decision to get hitched now.

1) during the next months worth of time, I celebrate the anniversaries I had with my two late long-term partners (10 yrs ea). Hopefully, this way, even though I'm terrible with names and date, I'll be better able to remember my future anniversaries with my new partner, if all these anniversaries are close to each other. LOL

2) the uncertainly of the future after the Presidential election. I'd much rather have my marriage "grand-fathered" in, or be part of the lawsuit to restore same-sex marriage than not get married, if they change the laws.I certainly don't want to miss the opportunity I never had with my other guys.

3) the former volunteer coordinator at the local ASO (who also happens to be one of my good friends) is throwing a party for our little group of advocates/volunteers who have been working together for years. Since Larry and I first met as volunteers, it seemed appropriate for me to ask if we could make the party a little bit more special and get married then surrounded by a small group of our best friends. In SC, we only need a notary to complete our wedding, and one of our friends at the party works for the court system here and just happens to be a notary, so the pieces just fell into place for the date for us to get hitched.

In less than 48 hrs, I'm going to be a married man with my wonderful husband Larry!

Larry (on the right) and I at Pawleys Island a few months ago during hurricane matthew
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Offline DANIELtakashi

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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 06:05:01 AM »
Congratulations.
Both of you look great.

Thank you for sharing the happy news.
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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2016, 07:28:33 AM »
Congratulations Mikey  :)
Wishing you both the best !

Big Hugs , Wade
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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2016, 09:25:14 AM »
Congratulation to you both!!  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2016, 10:53:45 AM »
Best wishes on your imminent nuptials.  You both deserve the very best!  Cheers.
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Offline CaveyUK

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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2016, 02:01:18 PM »
Congratulations! Great news!!!

and hope the speech goes well next week too :)
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Offline abrokenman

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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2016, 08:35:38 AM »
Congratulations to you both, may you have a wonderful life filled with Love, Laughter and Memories Together! Enjoy your special day.
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Offline skeebo1969

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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2016, 10:29:51 AM »


   Congrats Mikey!
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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2016, 11:27:02 AM »


Wish You The Best!   :D
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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2016, 01:03:38 PM »
thanks everyone. I'm so excited. Around 6 hours left to check the "single" box if I'm going to fill out any forms.  ;D

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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2016, 01:14:50 PM »
Nice rings!  I look forward to some posted pictures of the nuptials and reception!  I hope all goes well.
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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2016, 01:51:29 PM »
and reception!
we hadn't really planned on a reception (we're too old, practical and poor for that) but at thanksgiving one of my sister-in-laws took the bull by the horns, and now we're having a reception on Dec. 16th - or so I've been told.  ;D we got barraged with questions about the color palettes, guest lists, registry for gifts, invitations, etc. I never knew there was so much to plan! LOL as a 50-something year old gay guy who never imagined same sex marriage would be legal, and who hasn't been a 15-yr old girl ever in my life, I haven't spent much time ever thinking about wedding/reception plans. LOL actually I didn't even know all this was something to think about; but I'm thinking about that stuff now, I assure you.  ::) ;D
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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2016, 07:35:31 PM »
Great  news  Mikey   happy for you both...enjoy  the  "reception"  ... it  is  great way  to meet  all the family  that  you  never see otherwise

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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2016, 12:25:55 AM »
Congratulations. I wish you both all the best for the years to come.

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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2016, 05:13:00 AM »
Congratulations and wishing you both lasting happiness togather.

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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2016, 06:39:11 AM »
Congratulations! Hope you and your Husband had a joyful wedding day. It's nice to see that as Gay People we have that opportunity in having the same right to marry. May the Two of you have a great united and bonded marriage.

Glad to see that your Family, friends and other loved ones are there to have a reception for yinz. I know, it must be a whirlwind with all the planning that goes into it but you guys are worth it and deserve to have "Your" special day wedding cake and all. BTW.. very nice rings you have for one another. A little jingle came to my mind seeing those "Every kiss begins with Kays" ha-ha, but I am sure you both had your first kiss with one another before these rings and may you have many, many more!
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Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2016, 07:18:59 AM »
Not on here much anymore but am glad I logged in today to see this.  Congrats Mikey, from one old timer to another lol!!  I wish you nothing but happiness!!

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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2016, 08:23:48 AM »


    ojo.    felicidades s, Mikie and mabt mabt more hiv birthday, im behind You a couple of years, but you are older than me, lol, just one year.. congratulations again my friend

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« Reply #18 on: Today at 04:21:13 PM »
Hi Mike,...

Wishing the both of you, happiness, peace, love,  and good times for many years to come !!

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