February 14th, 2007

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Happy Valentine's Day

Me kissing Michael Kessler.

I met this guy almost 13 years ago. We met in a friend’s dungeon during a “play party”. I was tied to a leather bench and blindfolded. So, the joke is that he met me a half hour before I met him!

I played hard to get – I didn’t go home with him that night. But I did the following weekend, and the one after that. Six months later, I lost my apartment in Boulder and moved into his house. Over twelve years later, we’ve renovated a house together, built a business, babysat nieces and nephews, taken classes together, changed jobs, and traveled to Italy/Spain/Mexico/England/France/Japan and all over the US. I love the big bear, and it’s my deepest desire to marry him legally someday.

The picture above was taken in a photo booth to be used as our Christmas card in 2004. Two weeks after the photo, I came down with viral meningitis and almost died. Michael drove from Denver to Colorado Springs every night, a two hour drive in winter snow. I was in a plastic bubble, quarantined because nobody knew what I had. One doctor said I had hantavirus, and the other said it was AIDS. One nurse refused to take my blood since I was gay. Michael sat outside of my hospital room with my mother – the first time the two ever met.

For that and all that Michael has done, I love you very much. I have no idea how or why you put up with me. Happy Valentine’s day.

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