For those who don't know, I am a single, gay male who doesn't usually drink and is allergic to cigarette smoke.
This makes life awkward. Being gay and living in a very "bloke" orientated place like Brisbane means that the possibilities of coming on to a guy and getting the shit kicked out of me is fairly high, especially if the object of my affection is still looking for the door to his closet.
This means that any location that is not specifically gay-friendly is basically off limits for the purposes of meeting people. That on it's own is not really an issue.
The issue is that the gay-friendly venues for meeting people in Brisbane are either Pubs or Nightclubs. Both of which tend to involve most people drinking and smoking. Which means that I don't go to them.
Now, don't get me wrong. Sex is not the issue here. If a gay man is not able to get sex it's because he's not trying hard enough. Sex is easy, anything more than that however...
One night stands are all well and good, but I want more. Usually this isn't really a problem, but things have been a bit different of late.
A couple of weeks ago there was a birthday party for Lisa. Lisa and Blair (a married couple) are part of the poker group, and they had her birthday at a little pub not far from here (The Broadway Hotel at Woolloongabba). The main problem with this was that there were a lot of couples at the party. I'm fine normally, but put me around affectionate couples and I get very frustrated, mainly because it reminds me what I'm missing.
It doesn't help that one of those affectionate couples was Kelly and Kieran. Kelly is a lovely lass, very sweet, a bit blonde, but someone I really love. Kieran is her current partner. Kieran is about 20, tall, black hair, beautiful blue eye's, and a gorgeous figure. He's also an Adgee.
Adgee, short for Air Defence Guard, are the members of the Royal Australian Air Force who's job it is to patrol and guard the property of the RAAF, namely their air bases. Adgee's have to be incredibly fit as most of there job entails running around large paddocks making sure that no-one else is running around the same paddock that shouldn't be.
Where the Army has grunts, the Air Force has Adgee's.
Kieran is not that smart. He's also gorgeous.
Time to crank up the frustration meter a few notches.
Anyway, the party passed, and everything went back to normal. Until last week.
Saturday the 22nd of February, 4:25pm, on a Freedom Air flight. Perrin, Nicole's boyfriend, who she hadn't seen for about four months, arrived in Australia. Of course, the flight was late, and didn't land until 5:40pm, but close enough.
Perrin is staying with Nicole until he gets himself a job and his own place. That shouldn't take too long as Perrin is one of those people who'll go absolutely stir crazy without a job, and should have absolutely no problems with getting one.
However, the problem is I've got two very, very, very affectionate people living in my house. Crank up that dial a bit more.
The day after he arrived we organized for a group of us to go to Wet n' Wild Water World on the Gold Coast. About 45 minutes drive south of here, it's a theme park built solely around the premise of water.
So, in my car for the drive was myself, Nicole, Perrin, Simon and Gosha (I don't think that's how it's spelt, but it will do). Gosha is Simon's current chase. Simon's main problem is simple: He's too nice. However, he is a great friend.
The day down there was fun, and I think worth the $35 price tag (remember, Australian dollars for all you foreigners out there). However, there are a few things we learnt.
1) Make sure you go as an even number of people, as there are a number of two person rides. Being the odd man out can be frustrating (there's that word again).
2) Sun block that says it's water-resistant for four hours should be reapplied every two hours, not four.
3) There are a hell of a lot of beautiful people around here.
4) And lastly, I don't look as bad as I thought I did. It seems the exercise, chiropractic care and weight loss are working. Go me!
However, especially on the "couple" rides, there was a lot more frustration building. So many beautiful people, so many beautiful couples. Another couple of notches please.
And now the last week. Perrin and Nicole love each other very much, but do they have to be that noisy when they express it for each other? There is a room between my bedroom and their's (the computer room) however, that in no way is enough of a sound barrier! Lets turn that dial all the way to the top!
Edit: I forgot to mention. Sexpo, the Lifestyle, Health and Sexuality Expo was on this weekend and we (Nicole, Perrin and I) went and saw it. Being in Brisbane, it has to deal with a lot of "normals" so that's about all that's at the Brisbane one. However Nicole did get to walk all over a stranger within ten minutes of us arriving! I'm sure you can think of the additional frustration this visit gave me!
I think I'm going to explode!