College

Fall 1978

Sept:
1. Freshman year, Augustana College. I declare a major in Religion. Part-time jobs at the Carousel Snack Bar (until my boss reveals his Trouser Snake), then the Student Union Snack Bar and the school library. I also work on the campus radio station.
2. Jack Keroac and his Bratwurst.

Oct:
I become a Jump Quiz Coach, which requires me to look at butts all day.

Nov:
Trip to Iowa City with my music teacher and his favorite boys

Dec:
My first hookup: The dwarf at the post office
Indiana for Christmas



Spring 1979


Jan:
The joy of saying "cock."

Feb:
Naked with a male witch.

March:
Third sexual experience: Is Mary's brother gay?

April:
My brief modeling career.

May:




Summer 1979

June:
To Colombia to build a church: Marco, the gay cannibal of Colombia

July:
A week in Indiana.

August:
1. Cute Nerd or Creepy Old Guy?
2. I leave for Germany.









Fall 1979

Sept:
1. Sophomore year at Augustana.  I spent fall quarter in Regensburg, Germany

Oct:
Date with Wolfgang the German choirboy.

Nov:

Dec:

1. Back to Rock Island.
2. Bruce doesn't like to be called gay.
3. I begin dating Fred the Ministerial Student.
4. Fred teaches me what Greek active mean




Spring 1980

Jan:
Fred shows me his secret bookshelf.

Feb:

March:
Fred and I visit the priest with three boyfriends in Des Moines.

April:

May:






Summer 1980

June:
1. Fred and I move to a small town near Omaha.
2. He insists that I see a psychologist: "Are you the boy or the girl?"

July:
1. My first three-way.
2. I suspect that Fred is cheating on me with the teenager downstairs.  
3. I leave Fred and visit L.A. but miss the gay neighborhoods.  
4. On the way, I encounter the Mormon missionary.
5. I return to Rock Island

August:







Fall 1980

Sept:
1. My junior year at Augustana.  I continue to work in the Student Union Snack Bar and the Library, and change my major to Modern Languages.  
2. I start cruising at the levee, but I am too nervous to do anything.

Oct:

Nov:
I catch Brian Drawing Naked Men in the Basement.
Indiana for Thanksgiving

Dec:
1. win a dating contest

3. Fred and I share his boyfriend in his parents' house.




Spring 1981

Jan:

Feb:
My fiction writing class tells me that Literature Must Always Be About Heterosexuals

March:
1. Adam and I almost kiss at the Bell Tower.
2. Spring Break in Iceland. Erik and the naked Nordic god.

April:
I come out to the gay cult member.

May: 
 My professor invites me to his Handcuff Party.


Summer 1981

June:
1. A week in Indiana
2.  My brother Ken gets married.  I get the upstairs room to myself.
3. I travel to Des Moines, for my first Gay Rights March.
4. Date with Mickey, the Russian Major in the Mesh T-Shirt

July:
1. Brian tells me what the graffiti meant.
2. Adam and I sleep together at the film festival in Madison, Wisconsin.

August:
Sausage sighting: the  Korean muscle bear.






Fall 1981

Sept:
1. I start my senior year at Augustana
2. Internship at a publishing company in East Moline.
3. I start dating Peter, the  Greek Orthodox priest with the pushy mom.

Oct:

Nov:

Dec:
Indiana for Christmas






Spring 1982

Jan:
Five visits to grad schools. 36 Hours of Cruising at Lambert International Airport.

Feb:

March:

1. Julien: sometimes a Bratwurst isn't big enough
2. Spending  Night with The Baptist Boy

April:
I ask my professor if Hemingway was gay

May:
I receive a B.A. in English and Modern Languages.




Summer 1982


June:
A week in Indiana.

July:


Aug:

Move to Bloomington, Indiana, into a single dorm room on the 13th floor of Eigenmann Hall, the graduate student dormitory.



Fall 1982


Sept:

1. First year in the M.A. program.  I take Mandarin Chinese and East Asian Anthropology.
2. My first visit to an adult bookstoreI buy a copy of the Gayellow Pages.
3. Five guys in Eigenmann Hall are gay.

Oct:

1. Sharing the optometrist's boyfriend.
2. I research family history (Was my Grandfather Gay?)

Nov.

1. Louisville, KY with Roy (Roy the Farm Boy butches it up).
2. The preacher and the security guard)

Dec:

Rock Island, then Indiana for Christmas.



Spring 1983


Jan:


Feb:

1. My friend Viju takes me  to a gay bar.
2. I meet my First Creepy Old Guy.
3. The Cellist Who Got Away
4. Six naked college guys

March:


April:
Meeting my first bisexual

May:

1. The Nigerian with the Tattooed Penis



Summer 1983

June

1. Viju and I move into an upstairs apartment on 2nd and Washington in downtown Bloomington.
2. Back to Rock Island for two weeks. Viju visits.
3. I visit my first bathhouse: Man's Country, in Chicago.

July:

1. Joseph and I Get Intimate in a Haunted House
2. My wealthy distant cousin Justine dies.  I go to the funeral, and meet my gay 4th cousin  Mike: Do Levis Show Baskets Better Than Armani Wool Slacks?

August:








Fall 1983

Sept:
1. Second year in Bloomington. Courses in Tibetan culture and Russian Folklore.
2. I date Jimmy, the bodybuilder on crutches, through December.  

Oct:
The Halloween Homophobe

Nov:

Dec:
Christmas break in Rock Island.











Spring 1984

Jan:
Sunan from Thailand.

Feb:
Concert in Lexington, KY with Viju.

March:
We try to find out if our professor is gay.

April:
1. Travel to Louisville, Kentucky, where I am Dumped by Richie Rich
2. The Egyptian professor of political science.

May

1. The bed-switching freshman at the Chocolate Moose.
2. Dr. Kirtis serves me his bratwurst.
3, I receive a M.A. in English


Summer 1984

June:
1. I visit India with Viju.
2. Arshad, the Zoroastrian who did it six times a day.

July:


August:

I. On the way to Texas, cruise in Oxford, Mississippi.
2. The University of Mississippi undergrad named Elmer.
3. I move into a two-room second floor apartment in Hell-fer-Sartain Texas, an hour's drive north of the Montrose. 







Fall 1984

Sept:
1. I have a job teaching English at a bonehead college (student gets naked in my class.)
2. I take Italian classes (Male Nudity in Italian Class) and apply for doctoral programs.
3. Raymond with the Mortadella, and his friend Sayid.
4. The guy who gave me the wrong number.

Oct:

Nov:
1. Election day hookup with Dan the Chain-Smoker
2. Two Brothers and Their Dad.
3. Hank's book collection.


Dec:
Back in Rock Island for Christmas,  I hook up with my old bully.




Spring 1985

Jan:
1. MMost Embarrassing Hookup
2. Sausage sighting of the Redneck Boy at the Trailer Court.

Feb:
1. The Professor (Guy Who Got Away #3).
2. The Russian Major

March:
1. The Footballer.
2. Visit to New Orleans.  The Footlong of Bourbon Street.

April:
1. The Most Skittish Guy on Earth
2. Carl, the Cowboy Cop.
3. Were the Old Lady Schoolteachers lesbians?

May:
1. The New Age Advocate
2. To Italy to track down my high school crush

Summer 1985

June:
1. Three weeks in Rock Island.
2. Move to West Hollywood, Part 1 and Part 2.

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