I love spending long stretches of time with the asphalt splayed out in front of me, the window rolled down, the weight of the air against my outstretched arm. I've felt this way for a long time. Car rides were one of few things that soothed me as a colicky baby. My mother would drive in circles around the block of our Midwestern neighborhood, waiting for the vibration of our red minivan to lull me into a quiet. As I entered adulthood, the road became my therapist. When crushes didn't return my affections or bosses were fickle with praise, I grabbed a coffee, loaded up cassette tapes (then CDs, then MP3s, then streaming radio) and let the highway ease my nerves, just as it did when I was barely out of the womb. With an abundance of vacation time and a vagabond spirit, I decided to see America for myself through the road trip to end all road trips: Route 66. A predictable choice? Maybe, but this particular drive is legendary for a reason, and I wanted to see it for myself. Armed with a … [Read more...] about Good for the Soul, Bad for the Heart: Two Weeks on Route 66 With My Ex
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I think in a way we all wish we were Chuck Tingle. Increasingly notorious for being the author of modern classics like Pounded by the Gay Unicorn Football Squad, My Billionaire Triceratops Craves My Ass, and Pounded in the Butt by My Own Butt, Tingle is one of the leading lights in the monster erotica movement—and a reminder that we live in a world in which it is not uncommon for authors to make sizable amounts of money writing eBooks featuring explicit encounters between man and beast. That’s just a thing now, and we might as well accept it. Tingle, in particular, is a self-professed master of the “tingler,” which he describes as “a story so sensual, so erotic, and so powerfully gay that it will change the whole way you look at erotic romance literature.” The enigmatic author is fixated by unicorns, Bigfoot, and dinosaurs, but he isn’t above opportunism: one of his stories is called Pounded by the Gay Color Changing Dress. I can’t vouch … [Read more...] about I Got Erotica Master Chuck Tingle to Workshop My Dinosaur Erotica
Less than a mile from the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk’s office, where Kim Davis had made her last stand against gay marriage, my partner and I picked out wedding cupcakes at Artsy Tartsy, a bakery that also happens to sell home decor and children’s dresses. On the table in front of us, still in its protective brown envelope, was our official Kentucky marriage license, issued 40 minutes earlier. The long sheet of paper had our names on it, with blanks for the necessary signatures: us, an officiant, two witnesses. Where the county clerk’s name would have gone, it just said “Rowan County.” My brother was taking pictures. “You should be happy,” he told us. “You look shell-shocked.” Getting married in Kentucky, in a town swarming with bused-in anti-gay activists, had not been our first wedding plan. Allen and I had been together for seven years, and we’d gotten engaged a month ago after talking about eloping for a while. … [Read more...] about Kim Davis’s Kentucky Is for Lovers: I Got Gay Married in Morehead
I never thought I would be one to question my personal level of devotion to my friends, particularly those of the girl variety. I am a champion of all the best female empowerment mantras, known to shout “uteruses before duderuses” or “Venus before penis” at the emotional peak of any and all femininity-fueled moments, including but not limited to: bachelorette parties, spurning misogynists at bars and any time Beyonce’s “Love On Top” comes on. I am a great friend to my main women. I will scream-cry if you ask me to be your bridesmaid, I will reply with a sincere YAASS if you tell me that you’re two wines in and about to do something crazy. I know when to tell my friends to live their truth and buy that top they’ve been eyeing, because both tops and truths are important to women and that is something I definitely know! But despite the veritable pounds of Dove chocolates and swapped clothing, the thousands of sex-positive and … [Read more...] about Am I Cherishing My Female Friends Enough? Am I??
Workout programs usually aren’t labeled as “full-body” or “body part” routines, but we’ve all heard of “leg days” or “arm days,” versus workouts that do it all. Every program wants you to build muscle, get strong, or lose weight. Choosing between full-body or specific focus routines, however, isn’t easy. Full-Body Workouts Are More Efficient and Ideal For Beginners In a full-body routine, you train every major muscle in your body, like your chest, back, arms, hamstrings, and abs, in each workout. They incorporate exercises that engage many of those muscle groups in one movement, like squats, deadlifts, and overhead presses, all of which are also called compound movements. Compound movements demand a lot of energy and burn more calories, but they also beat up your muscles and typically require you to rest more between each set of exercise and whole workouts. The upside is that when you work out the same muscle groups by … [Read more...] about Should I Do Full-Body Workouts, or Work One Muscle Group At a Time?