You need people in your life that are blockers. Blockers are people that get out and defend you from bullshit. Erik (aka Straight-ish Boy) and Steven (aka Hazel Eyes) are my blockers.
These two men have been my protectors from negativity. I would love to say that the road to Disco Valante has been easy but it has not. Whenever I’m feeling down or some asshole wants to cast doubt on the success of Disco Valante, these bad ass, mutherfuckers come to my rescue by ripping “Doubt” a new asshole.
Steven (right) is living in Sicily now but he frequently calls to make sure I’m emotionally centered and Erik (left) always makes sure my mind is on the task of success. Erik sent me a most encouraging postcard from Guam last week. I was really touched. I almost cried (shhh don’t tell anybody).
If you don’t have friends like them, get some.
I love you guys.
This is my good friend, Naotomo Umewaka, who I first met him when I used to live in Japan. This half Japanese, half Labanonese guy is a crazy dude with a big heart. Tomo is a Temple University student trying to become a film director.
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I really dislike tighty whities. However, I will let them pass this time because Tomo wore them with much swagger during his sky diving trip in Hawaii.
Below I have added some prep shots of him getting ready and then executing his dive.
Also don’t worry, he’s 21. Even though he looks like he is 14 when not sportin’ a beard.
I constantly get emails of people wanting to see the fantasy of military guys going gay for each other. In my endless effort to exploit my best friends for my professional and financial gain, here you go. Look how natural these two are sportin Speedos and applying sun tan lotion in the hot summer sun.
Calm down Disco Valante blog readers! Hazel Eyes and Straight-ish boy are strictly for the ladies…as far as I know. But you know what my gay friends say, “The only difference between a straight guy and a gay guy is a couple of beers.
These two complete my three-some “bro-mance”. I affectionately think of Steven and Erik as my brothers. They are possibly the two most free spirits I know. They have always been supportive of me and I love them for that.
To Steven: “Kings to me!” – inside joke
I’ve featured my best friend Erik in two previous blog entries and I constantly get requests about him on my email. One person has taken a particular interest in Erik (read comment). My friend Trey Cruz of Trey Cruz, a blog about “Pop Culture and Media Gossip at its Gayest” has offered my best bud an exclusive photo shoot offer on his blog! On behalf of Erik, I had to decline the offer because Erik is defending our nation on the beaches of Guam…protecting bars from going out of business. Erik is extremely flattered Trey! He asks you keep him in mind until he returns to the US.
Please visit and read Trey’s fantastic blog!
I don’t know about you, but my friends and I love grab assin’. There’s nothing like kickin’ it with buddies and letting go.
I don’t believe in having associates, life-long friendships are what I build. There is nothing comparable to spending time in the company of good friends while eating good food, sipping mixed drinks and filling our hearts with laughter while we discuss bullshit.
Disco Valante, is a more than a clothing label. It is an entity that exudes style. And meaningful relationships are at the heart of true style and well being.
To my friends who support me in my quest to live the impossible dream, I love you!