Peter Derk

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Peter Derk doesn't understand why they've never sold a Twix called "Twick" that's just one long bar made of the two bars mashed together.

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Peter Derk Can I tell you a story about this?

The first time I was in a gay bar was because of an incident where a friend's car got towed. We walked a ways to…more
Can I tell you a story about this?

The first time I was in a gay bar was because of an incident where a friend's car got towed. We walked a ways to meet another friend, a gay guy and his partner, who were going to help us out. They were in a gay bar, and they insisted we have a drink with them first before we got down to business. By which I mean "get a ride home." By which I mean get in a vehicle and drive it...let's just keep going with the story.

I walked in, we had a drink, and I left. And you know what? Nobody hit on me. Nobody talked to me. It was almost like -gasp- pretty much a normal bar.

Now, I fully expected that guys would love me. Because ladies were kind of ho-hum about me, so I figured that meant dudes would be all about it. Because a gay guy is the opposite of a girl, right?

Nope. Turns out, nope, not at all. In fact, a gay gentleman's proclivities really don't have much to do with a woman's. It's kind of like it's own whole thing. Actually, I'll revise that. It's exactly like it's own whole thing.

This was a lesson learned when I was maybe 21. So a little old, but what can I say, I grew up podunk.

So while turning to gay men might seem like an alternative, flipping the switch from OFF to ON, it doesn't really work that way.

Here's my advice to you and really the advice I would give to any young person who is having this sort of problem: Pursue an interest that's NOT having a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Get interested in something. Get a hobby. Seriously. This is the best thing you can do for yourself, and it's going to make your future relationships much richer.

For one thing, you'll become a better, deeper, more interesting person.

For another, if your hobby is pursuing romance, then once you have romance, what then? What do you have left at that point?

Get a hobby. I would possibly suggest some sort of queer studies classes in your particular case. Or model rocketry. (less)
Peter Derk Why would you ask me this in September? I think I'm a confused old man, but it seems I was asked in September 2019 what is on my summer reading list,…moreWhy would you ask me this in September? I think I'm a confused old man, but it seems I was asked in September 2019 what is on my summer reading list, so I can only assume this is for summer 2020.

Beer labels. Not craft beer, for real beer. That writing is tight. (less)
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Get yer free Ghost Dick!

You read that right. I mean, you read the words correctly, but the meaning is probably kinda goofed up.

I wrote a very short, very dumb little book called Ghost Dick: Private Eye. With a title like that, would you have it any way other than dumb?

It's free for Kindle for five days starting May 17th, 2018. Grab a copy. Tell your friends to grab one. Grab it by the ass and never let go! Read more of this blog post »
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