This Fourth Of July weekend has been a good time. I spent Saturday at a terrific barbeque, hosted by a friend of a friend. The hostess was a knockout! And her pitbull, Otis, was awesome, too!!! --- Last night, I went to my fave haunt, THE ABBEY. The place was packed! Okay---jam-packed! I could see the younger crowd, having the time of their lives. Reminded me of when I was there age, walking into a bar & thinking I owned the world! I still wish black, gay guys were kinder to each other. But, as they mature, perhaps they'll feel what I feel. Anyway, one guy I know was there with another dude who wound up getting into a fight outside the establishment. I am soooo thankful it was outside the place, but I wish it hadn't happened at all. Despite the fact that those fighting truly only represent themselves, I know--to "others"--that they represent all black & latino guys. I'm not sure why some people can't manage avoid physical confrontations at all cost, but I am sure that that kind of behavior is NOT wanted at THE ABBEY. Not by the bar's owners, employees NOR customers!! --- It is 6:27 PM and I am in for the night. I'll step outside to water some plants and possibly go to the grocery store for yogurt or something, but not goin' out to party. No, sirree, Bob! --- To this entire nation, though, I say, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!