New York


 1997-98

I am enrolled in the doctoral program at Setauket University and living in a graduate student apartment on campus with three straight roommates: (using gay panic to try to get rid of the obnoxious roommate).  

Dating:
1. Jaan, the  Estonian mountain climber
2. Dustin invites me to the New York Bondage Club)
3. a Date with the Nastiest Guy in the World

Hookups:
1. Conrad, who came to my room to fix my computer.
2. The fireman (Fantasy Hookup #4).
3. The Lebanese guy who wanted to "hang out."

Friends:
1. Yuri, the gay Russian who claims to be straight,

2. Why  my nickname is Boomer.  
3. Yuri's first real date: The guy who just wanted to kiss

Travel:
1. I stay in New York for Christmas.
2. In March, I take Yuri to San Francisco and West Hollywood.
3. Visit to Estonia, Russia, and Finland with Jaan and Yuri; Jaan chooses between us/
4. In Estonia, we share the Swedish bodybuilder who looks like a serial killer
5. Conference in Montreal: wing man to a Muscle God
6. The truth about the Formosan Penis.
7. Indianapolis and Rock Island for Rocky High's 20-year Reunion.

In August, I move into a two-bedroom apartment on 13th Street in the East Village with Edward the Art Appraiser.




1998-99

I commute from the East Village to Setauket, often spending the night with Yuri.  


Dating:
1. Blake the Opera Buff and Joe the Regular Guy
2. Date with Tomor the Mongolian Shaman
Hookups:
1. Weekly bear parties on Long Island
2. Carl, who didn't want to be interviewed
3. We share the unhung hippie
4. the Muscle Bear who is not into sharing.
 5. Prasert from the Thai restaurant.

Friends:
1. Yuri and his boyfriend find me a gay hangout.
2. Yuri cruises at a Russian Orthodox seminary

Travel:
1. Back in Indiana, for Christmas, a hookup with a guy who lives only a few blocks from my parents' house.
2. West Hollywood for New Year's: the One Thing Kerry Wants in a Guy
3. Conference in Boston: the Homophobic Student in the Shower.
4. Summer in Paris.
5. We travel to Spain to  search for the world's biggest penises.
6. Third Wheel to a Muscle God,


1999-2000

I begin working as an adjunct at Hofstra University, in addition to taking classes and working as a teaching assistant at Setauket University.


Dating:
1. Jared, the HIV positive BDSM Birthday Boy 
2. Andrew Lloyd Webber.
3. Tom Wopat
4. The Theater Buff (Guy Who Got Away).

5. Stuck with a student at Jamaica Station

Hookups:
1. Edward and I share his Boyfriend for Pay
2. Ozzie refuses to leave my room until it stops raining.
3. Yuri and I share a Korean gym rat.
4. Liam gives me a present for his 18th birthday.


Friends:
1. The  Homophobic Demon
2. The Colonial Boy's First Time.
3. Barry and the Creepy Old Guy.  
4. Barry's hookup with Luke Perry.
5. Ozzie's encounter with John F. Kennedy Jr
6. Fred tells about The White Knight and the Jester.

Travel:

1. Rock Island: my Sunday school teacher's stripper sons.
2. Indianapolis for New Year's: Matt the Bartender and the Y2K Bug.
3. West Hollywood for the Oscar Party: hookup with Nate Richert, Harvey from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 
4. Zack in Providence tells about about his night with the Prince of Sweden.
5. A day at Manville Camp (Nephew Sausage Sighting #1: Ethan).
6. Conference in Durban, South Africa: Quest for the Bushman Penis.
7. Sibu, the Hottest Guy in the World
8. Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam trip.

Sausage sighting:
1.  Dr. Chester, the ex-wrestler with the Kovbasa.


I finish my comprehensive exams and begin my doctoral dissertation.



2000-01

Yuri has moved to Florida, so I have to commute from Manhattan three times a week.


Dating:
1. Mario, the teen model.
2. Shen the Chinese History Major
3. My roommate Edward tries to "make"  my boyfriend.
4. The Filipino sociology major
5. Jermaine, the biggest guy on my Sausage List.

Hookups:
1. On Election Day, I break every rule of gay cruising.

Travel:
1. Christmas in Rock Island: we teach my nephew the gay Facts of Life. 
2. Indianapolis for New Year's.
3. Eight job interviews ("Are you ever mistaken for gay?").
4. Bemidji, Minnesota: Fred and the Icelandic Photographer
5. Delaware: Jermaine's Uncle's 50th Birthday party.
6. Rock Island: attempted hookup up with the the pizza delivery boy
7. A week in Indianapolis.

I receive my Ph.D.  I can't find a teaching job in a gay neighborhood, so Yuri suggests that I come live with him in Florida.  I move in August.  On the way, I encounter the Amish boy in red bikini briefs.  At a housewarming party, Kevin the bodybuilder tells the story of the teenage underwear thief.

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