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Masculine W/M, 64, 5'10", 175, Brn Hair, S&P Beard & Mustache, Hazel Eyes, Hairy, 16 tattoos on my arms, all black/old style, getting more on my forearms until they are "sleeved", Cock is 6" X 6 1/2", Lg. nuts, Brn bush, Cut. HIV Neg. Basically lonely up here in the rural upper Central Valley of Northern California and would really like to find another partner sometime to share my life with. I tend to gravitate toward blue collar guys with skinny/thin/wiry builds but it's not set in stone, I've seen some big, burly guys that rocked my world too, just as long as they're honest and good-hearted. I'm a low-maintenance kinda guy and don't care whether you have money or not, or know which fork to use for the salad (But since most of the forks I use when dining out are PLASTIC, the issue is moot anyway). I'm tired of bein' alone, I need someone to hug and someone to pal around with, a buddy to laugh at my lame jokes and someone who I can listen to when they have a bad day. And if you have a Flattop haircut, you're halfway there already! But I am NOT looking for hookups, well, I guess it would depend on who wants to hook up. I'm a college educated guy but basically a blue collar dude at heart. A Vietnam-era U.S. Navy veteran, where I served as a Radioman, Third Class Petty Officer at the U.S. Naval Communications Station, Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. Also a veteran of the active U.S. Navy Reserves at Telecomcen 119, Pt. Mugu, CA. and the active U.S. Army, California National Guard, Cavalry, where I served as a Corporal, Armor Reconnaissance Scout in the 1st Squadron/18th Cavalry, Charlie Troop of the 40th Inf. Div. in Redlands, CA. I received an Honorable discharge for each of my military services. I like to work with my hands and like most to work outdoors, which is why I mostly worked in landscaping, which I still do on and off.
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My Wonderful Life.....Yeah, Right!!!

Hey Guys! Good to be back full time on Tribe after having so much trouble with it before. Anyway, I had a colonoscopy up at the V.A. Clinic in Redding a few weeks ago. They ran into a polyp that they had a hard time trying to remove and they scheduled me for another try 6 weeks later. Well, that didn't work either. The polyp is called a "carpet" polyp because it lies flat. The other problem was that it was in a place that was hard to access in any event. They did the pathology tests and I was negative for cancer both times, but the carpet polyp is pre-cancerous so it has to go. The problem is that they cannot just cut out a small part of my colon due somehow to a major artery that serves it. The upshot is that they are going to remove my entire right ascending colon and part of my transverse colon. They will also remove the last few inches of my small intestine and, when the section of colon has been cut free, they will join the end of the small intestine to the remaining transverse and descending colon. Evidently this is somewhat of a common procedure, even though the parts that they cut out are substantial in size. If there is a cool part in all of this it is that they are going to be doing the surgery by robotic laproscopic method. The surgeon makes the initial small cuts in the abdomen for the robotic "arms" and actually performs the surgery at a control console a few feet away from the actual patient. Evidently robotic laproscopy means that there are smaller incisions and all the procedure will be done inside my body, including the removal and withdrawal of my resected right colon. In a usual laproscopic colectomy, as it is called, bring the surgical area outside the belly where it is treated before returning it back inside the body. By not bringing the colon outside, it makes infection much less of a worry. Also the robot, even though controlled completely by the surgeon, has greater dexterity and range of motion that a surgeon's hands. I have the physical and consultation with the surgeon who will do my procedure on June 3. The actual surgery will be shortly after that, but I don't know now how long that will be. I just want to get it done and over with. It should have minimal effect on my body after it heals, but complications are possible, including having to remove the robot and do an "open" procedure through a vertical ten inch incision on my lower belly, which would involve a considerably longer recuperation of a couple of months, but they say this is outcome highly unlikely. Since V.A. Hospitals are "training" hospitals for med students, they never perform the actual procedures, which are done by board-certified surgeons. My surgeon will be from the U.C. Davis Medical Center not far from the V.A. Hospital in Sacramento. I have had other surgeries at this same hospital and they have all been extremely professional and have very friendly and competent staff preparing me for surgery and assisting in the O.R. But this is still a major surgery and I need to be ready for any kind of convalescence, though the robotic procedure has the fastest return to normal activities, especially when compared with traditional open surgery with large open incisions. I'll let you all know how the consult goes and also after the procedure is completed. Talk to you later, my friends!
Fri, May 27, 2016 - 11:02 PM permalink - 3 comments
Another new pic. This one was also created using the "oil painting" app at dreamscope.
Fri, January 29, 2016 - 7:54 PM permalink - 2 comments
This was done using an "oil painting" app.
Fri, January 29, 2016 - 7:53 PM permalink - 0 comments
Here is one of my new photos. This one was done using a "Van Gogh portrait" app.
Fri, January 29, 2016 - 7:52 PM permalink - 0 comments
hey Guys,

Just wanted to tell you that my Dad, Walter W. Gray, passed away on Oct. 20, 2015. He was 89 years old. He was wounded twice during WWII, once in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for Valor. In order to accomodate family from back East, the funeral was held on Nov. 12. After the viewing, we had a Veteran's escort on motorcycles all the way to the V.A. Cemetery at Igo, Cal. When we got there, there were two lines of Vets who saluted as Dad's hearse passed by. There was also a bagpiper who played "Amazing Grace" as Dad's casket was lowered into the grave. There was a nice service there, a 21 gun salute, "Taps" was played and the flag from dad's casket was folded and given to my Mom. It was a beautiful sunny day. After the service I went to each of the 20 or so motorcycle escort Vets and thanks each one for honoring my Father. Since I was wearing my Navy uniform, many of them thanked me for my service. The day could not have gone better, all circumstance considered. I miss my Dad. But, he was good right up to the end, he was mobile three days before he passed so he did not suffer a long, painful death, and I am thankful for that. He was also almost blind from macular degeneration, and he passed before he lost his sight altogether, which was also a good thing. I don't know what else to say. This message is late because I didn't have access to Tribe til lately. Hope everyone is doing well. Check out the new pics on my profile, created by an app at, where you can take an ordinary photo and have it converted to many different painting styles, it's pretty cool, check it out. Take care.

Fri, January 29, 2016 - 7:48 PM permalink - 5 comments
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