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August 23, 2007

keepin' it real

Oh jeezus, who ever thought declaring jihad was so exhausting? Truth is hard work. Anyway, moving on...here's a real picture of me, taken with a real camera. My real barber Tina did a real extreme job when all I asked was for a clipper fade on the side:
buzzcut jimbo
I did not want to end up looking like Sgt. Jimbo, 2nd Mate in the Blog Gestapo Legion of Truth, but some things can't be helped I guess.

Anyway, to wrap up that drama , it was another blogger who e-mailed me recently that best summed up how to sniff out bullshit on the 'net: make sure you establish a 'chain-of-trust' map of people you do know, whom you have met, who you know to be reliable and trustworthy. Anything else is suspect. And depictions of tragedy and drama are always seductive, and good reading! But too much gives reason for skepticism.

No, I do not think Vladimir Putin shirtless is hot. He's pale and hairless. But I applaud his shirtlessness for just being shirtless. The political analyists don't need to go any deeper into it other than shirtlessness is next to godliness. Gays have known the joys of shirtlessness for years. Vladimir Putin: you are awesome, but pasty and hairless.

My luggage arrived yesterday. I'm afraid the cheese curds aren't as fresh as they could be, but I'll bring them into work tomorrow since there are some unbelievers here. I'm glad I took yesterday off - sifting through e-mail took a lot of time yesterday.

First rugby scrimmage of the season this Saturday, on a weekend I had hoped to keep free of commitments. But the field is at a fabulous farm out in Poolesville, on the banks of the upper Potomac. It's quite idyllic so I can't pass it up, and I hope to take some good photos then.

My post-Wisconsin thoughts about living in DC remain the same - I am not a crazy person for saying hello to people here, for being outgoing to strangers, and expecting to converse with people right after meeting them, because that's really how people behave where I grew up. But you start to feel crazy here when you keep behaving that way, and get such mixed reactions from people - usually shock, sometimes complete ambivalence. In Wisconsin, there are no expectations with starting up a chat with a person, and people say hello to you in almost any circumstance, just to be friendly. Returning to the subdued and comparatively unfriendly Mid-Atlantic is always a shock.

That, and I'm reminded every time I visit back home why I like the kind of guys I'm attracted to: big, scruffy rugged guys turn my crank, because that's what I grew up with. I was imprinted on what is 'woofy' at an early age. It is too bad guys are so clean-cut here in DC - more guys need to have goatees and wear camo pullovers, in my opinion.

Posted by jimbo at August 23, 2007 1:32 PM


You look so pretty Jimbo. Grrr... I am moving on from the drama as well. Lord. I have lost sleep reading and reading the last few days. I personally blame that on why I got my ass kicked in my tennis match this morning. Grrr.... I hate losing.

Posted by: brettcajun at August 23, 2007 3:08 PM

LOL, I see guys like that almost every day. Guess you're in the wrong city!

Posted by: tonkamanor at August 23, 2007 3:17 PM

I think you look great as Sgt. Jimbo, and though I can't actuall see it, I'm convinced that you still look good on the inside as well. :-)

Posted by: circleinasquare at August 23, 2007 3:36 PM

Jimbo - please thank Tina the barber for me. Delicious pic. Shifting to another topic.... Has anyone mentioned that those two cacti on the windowsill are a bit, well, phallic? Silly me... of course you knew that.

Posted by: Andrew at August 23, 2007 3:36 PM

You look good.

Do you like that haircut?

Posted by: Paolo Rossi at August 23, 2007 3:39 PM

You look good.

Do you like that haircut?

Posted by: Paolo Rossi at August 23, 2007 3:39 PM

I think I experienced that in reverse:

Years ago me and coworkers went to a conference in Madison, WI. When we arrived, a bus was arranged to pick everyone up from the Airport to bring us to the conference rooms. When we got off, the bus driver said over and over as people walked by, "You have a REAL GOOD DAY now!" And he did it was such a happy friendly smile. I mean he had this air that he only wished the very best for us.

Now, we're all coming from Boston. And I'm from NYC. And my first thought was "Is this guy totally making fun of us? This is just WAY too friendly."

While I did smile back and say, "you too, thanks," as usual, I remember thinking I should say "Hey, fuck you, buddy!"

As I reassembled with my coworkers, we discovered we all felt the same thing.

And then we all said, practically in unison, "You know... I think he was being serious."

And we walked into the conference hall as if we'd had a Revelation.

Posted by: atari_age at August 23, 2007 3:48 PM

Coming from Wisconsin myself there is a certain something about the lumberjack types that just got me going...and still does!

Posted by: scotte at August 23, 2007 3:49 PM

Jimbo, if Brett continues to blather on about tennis, I suggest we declare jihad on him next.

Posted by: durban bud at August 23, 2007 3:55 PM

I felt the same way when I first moved to DC. Even in the work environment I was shocked to learn how odd and unfriendly people were.
Have you checked out http://www.eatcurds.com/? What brand of curds do you usually buy?

Posted by: Sarah Jean at August 23, 2007 4:23 PM

Jimbo, are your lips pursed in that photo?

Posted by: Rob at August 23, 2007 4:46 PM

If I were you I'd ask your barber to cut a little more off the top.


Posted by: Paolo Rossi at August 23, 2007 4:48 PM

Pursed lips? I thought only T.J. did that.

Posted by: Andrew at August 23, 2007 5:29 PM

The new haircut might appear a little drastic in your eyes, but I'll say here it looks awesome on you. Then again, you could be shaved bald and still be hot. And a rugger to boot? Damn! On another subject altogether, get your office building's super to remove the offending tiles ASAP. That mold is creating spores that you end up breathing, along with your co-workers.

Posted by: Rick at August 23, 2007 5:53 PM

For a moment I thought you had a sailor blouse on too. You should go to Halloween as a sailor man. That would be woofy.

Posted by: homer at August 23, 2007 6:28 PM

I *heart* scruffy jimbo pics. grrr!

As for the "anonymous syndrome" as I just named it, I would agree w/that. People are often misled into thinking they are completely anonymous when they really aren't. It all starts w/an IP address.

Posted by: moby at August 23, 2007 6:59 PM

How could that be anything but real? Despite the minor miscommunication with Tina, you wear it well.

It's a small town/big city thing - the larger the population, the smaller the personal space. Be outgoing. Speak first. You're already charming, so I guess it'd make you charmingly eccentric?

Posted by: Jim (The Canuck One) at August 23, 2007 8:03 PM

Dude, you SO hit the nail on the head. I was never attracted to southern boys-- gay or otherwise. Well, I did have passing fancies for the occasional redneck, but that was only for rough trade purposes.

Your description of the midwest is precisely why I moved back here to Minneapolis. I like big, beefy, midwest, NICE boys.

Posted by: cb at August 23, 2007 8:10 PM

Jimbo, gotta disagree with you. I only spent a year in the Minnesota/Wisonsin area, but I find folks here waaaaaay friendlier. Maybe it's because they recognize you as a kindred spirit out there and me as one here, but I found people icily polite there and very warm and inviting here.

Posted by: Patrick at August 24, 2007 12:48 AM

Its Jimbo.My.God !

Posted by: KAS at August 24, 2007 4:16 AM

You know how I feel about the military and military boys in general- buzz cut it all, be rough and ready full buzz cut man and let it all grow back in.

Posted by: Gay Canuck in the Capital at August 24, 2007 8:38 AM

You look reallllyy cute Jimbo!

Posted by: patrick at August 24, 2007 9:57 AM

Is that a mullet I see or a trick of the camera?

Posted by: seth at August 24, 2007 10:38 AM

Hey - There's nothing wrong with being pasty and hairless. It almost looks like you have a mohawk. Hot.

Posted by: dumbek at August 24, 2007 10:43 AM

Washington will not change. And yes, you...and I... live in the wrong city. And the hair looks more like a modest mohawk which is totally cool.
So, I'll see you in Chicago or the Pac. NW in a few years [though, I saw you at Nellie's last night ; - ) ]...'cuz you just can't be here 2-3 years from now feeling the same way. And agreed there is a much higher concentration of "woofy" in the MW and NW...and perhaps a few guys that are capable of a longer than 2 week courtship. I heart DC.

Posted by: Curt at August 26, 2007 4:35 PM

Very attractive :)

Posted by: Jimmi at September 26, 2007 6:58 PM

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