Community Killers

Crystal meth is killing the gay community.

Not just the members of it, but the community itself, and any semblance of the presence OF a community that we have had.

In the course of the last year, three people I know personally have been arrested, imprisoned, or nearly killed by the effects of crystal meth. These are people who have held great positions in the community and were well-respected. They led lives that would make one think they had it all.

But meth destroyed all of that. All they had is gone. They are either going to rot in prison, or spend the rest of their lives weakened and dying due to the damage done to themselves.

Today I learned of another person. This person was entrusted with a great deal of information, and was expected to deliver great results to one of the many groups I am involved with. And now he’s been arrested on the accusation of possesion with intent to sell crystal meth.

The old cliche saying is true… you think you know a guy.

Being a person who has never done drugs of any kind, yet who has certainly experimented with other things in life, I can see where people would be curious about certain things. But this has got to stop. This plague is ruining our community in ways that HIV/AIDS could never have dreamed. There’s a credibility issue at stake here. And for as many years as we have been fighting for that credibility, the presence of this demon is subtracting days, months, and years from it as each life is claimed by its claws.

I can honestly say that I will never get involved with crystal meth. I have in the past, and may in the future, come in contact with people who have been or are involved with it, but I just cannot let it ruin my life in any way, shape or form. It’s vital to my survival as a gay man, and to the survival of the gay community as a whole, that people think this way.

It is my hope that many more people out there will take on this pledge and keep it out of their lives as well.

My trip to Eagle River

Eagle River, WI is a tiny little town waaaay up in the northern part of the state. You’d think it was completely podunk, but it was really quite lovely. My friend Jeremy’s family has a cabin up there and he’s been talking for years now about getting a group of us to go up there and experience a weekend at the cabin. Well this year was that year… and not a moment too soon.

It was absolutely lovely. The cabin itself isn’t really a cabin at all– hell it’s bigger than my parent’s house! There were plenty of beds for everyone and three bathrooms. Hardly roughing it. But who cares. Outside the back patio (or lanai, as Jeremy called it), there was a gorgeous lake just waiting to be explored.

And explore we did… by speedboat, pontoon boat, on waterskis, tubes, rafts, and just plain swimming. It was beautifully warm, both in the air and in the water, and extremely relaxing. Even though we were only there for a few days, I have to say it was one of the nicest vacations I’ve taken in a long time. And certainly easy on the pocketbook too. 🙂

So here are some pictures from my trip– there are more on my Flickr site, so feel free to check them out too!

Morning on Cranberry Lake

The cabin, back view

The sparkling waters

Rafael in the sunset

Sunset on the lake

The boys in the water

Jason in a tube

AMAZING!

WHAT a day!

Since starting the Launching Pad YESTERDAY, I have had over 450 hits… that’s in ONE day. That’s the most I’ve ever had in one day.

AND I hit 20,000 hits at 7:45 PM CDT.

I do have to thank all my regular readers, but I also have to thank BlogExplosion for introducing me to a lot of those visitors as well. If you haven’t checked it out, do yourself a favor and pay them a visit. They can help drive a lot of new visitors to your site very quickly!

Now on to other stuff…

Welcome to my new home!

It took a while, but I’m finally here!

Welcome to my Launching Pad!

Before I even start, I must thank two very wonderful people for putting so much time, energy and sweat into making my little vision happen. Those people are Scott-O-Rama and his friend, Lisa, who owns and operates E.Webscapes, a blog design company. Scott and Lisa, THANK YOU from the bottom (and the top) of my heart. You did an amazing job, and I am VERY pleased with the results.

So please visit their sites and give them some business!

The new look was based on my design… I did it in Photoshop all by my little lonely self. Problem was, I had no idea how to transfer what I had put in pixel format to the format I needed. And… I wanted to use the template in WordPress, not in Blogger anymore. Talk about challenges!

I almost must give some props to Feisty Girl, because she came up with the first set of coding for this site. She took my color schemes and graphics and made a valiant first crack at it. I then sent her coding to Scott, who contacted Lisa, and between them both, they made it work.

So strap yourselves in, please keep your hands and arms inside the cabin, and don’t forget your helmet. This rocket is about to take off.

Oh and don’t forget to change your links… RcktRamblings is now closed. 🙂