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My Dad’s 90th Birthday

100_6946What do you say for someone turning 90? My Dad is hitting that milestone this week, God willing I will be there some day too.

My Dad and I have had an interesting relationship over the course of my life. Truth is, we don’t have much in common. And I have joked with him about it.

But at the end of the day, he’s a good guy, who’s watched out for me all of my life. He has provided and cared for me, along with my Mom and siblings. I never went to bed hungry, never worried that I had a house to go home to.

When I moved out of the house, he was there to help me with it with his moving van. And showed me and my partner a thing or two about moving couches around corners.

I remember one time I was having an argument with a friend over the phone. After my Dad wrote me a hand-written note, saying that he loved me and was available if I wanted to talk about it. I still have that note to this day.

I remember him taking me places and doing things with me because he wanted to spend time with me: be it riding a roller coaster at Magic Mountain, or taking me to Knott’s Scary Farm for the Halloween Haunt.

So I may not have gone to a USC game with him, and I doubt that I ever will. But we have gone to see some action adventure movies like “Fast and the Furious” and “Indiana Jones” together. Plus we always make a point to celebrate the holidays, and birthdays together. And it is something I do gladly.

My Dad is not one to show emotions… and in that he is very much a product of his generation. Men were tough, and didn’t let others see them cry. So I was shocked when I saw him crying, when I had to put our dog to sleep. The man has a heart after all! That incident made him more human and relatable to me.

Thank you Dad for being in my life! For all of the love and friendship you have shown through the years. Ninety is a huge milestone. Happy Birthday, you have definitely earned your cake, and you can have as many pieces that you want! I tend to celebrate my birthday for about a month, but for you, I am giving you permission to celebrate all year!

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Birthday Time

I have always celebrated my birthday. This year I am turning 51 on May 5th. Last year I had a big party in the park with lots of friends and family. It was an amazing day. We played games, broke open a piñata, and had some yummy food. I will never forget that day, and all the love that was shown to me that day.Birthday Fun

This year is going to be a little bit quieter. My partner and I are going to a few shows: 1 play and 1 concert; and maybe a few more small things on the weekend, like the aquarium.

I continue to be so grateful and thankful to be alive. Every day is a gift. Sure, I get sad and depressed, what person doesn’t. But at the end of the day, I know that I have an endless gratitude list. And to think I wanted to end it all as a teen! Life did get better, and continues to be a wonderful adventure.

First off, I am so thankful for all the amazing people in my life: my life partner, my parents, siblings, extended family, friends, acquaintances, penpals, neighbors, coworkers. I walk to work and enjoy seeing the flowers along the way, and the cute dogs the neighbors walk.

I am happy with how I am aging and how I march to the beat of my own drum. Every day I come home, kiss my man, and get in my kilt. I get to play with my bird, and cook some amazing dishes that taste great and are good for you.

If I get scared or cold, I can cuddle up with my partner in bed. And then I can touch my stuffed animals (which remind me of fun times as a kid) near my bed, and fall back to sleep knowing I am blessed.

So Happy Birthday to Dan… AKA Kilt Man in So Cal. I know I will be having my cake, blowing out my candles and savoring every minute of it.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

It Got Better — Celebrating my 50th Birthday

The following speech was given on May 4, 2014 on the occasion of my 50th birthday:

Thanks for coming to Dan’s Fun Fabulous 50th Fiesta. This party has been in the works for the past year! The sad thing is — it may not have happened at all. And that’s because when I was a scared teenager I wanted to kill myself. Boy, am I glad that I didn’t! Life not only got better — it got awesome.Dan's B-Day

I’ve realized that I can be the fun, funky, lovable, caring individual I am today — and that’s all because I let me be me. I don’t have to fit in — cause I was born to stand out!

First off, thank you God for giving me strength and such a good life.

Thanks to my parents for doing such a great job raising me. Thanks to my siblings and all extended family.

Thanks to all my friends for taking a chance to know someone who may not be the easiest person to get to know.

I want to take a moment to remember all those friends and family members who have died — including our friend, Elliott, this past week. I know I am a better person for having known you.

And finally, thanks to my fiancé, Rasheed, for all that you do— for loving me and letting me grow.

Now enough with the mushy stuff. Let’s get back to the party!

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Reflections on Turning 50

I am having a milestone birthday this year. I will be turning 50 on May 5th. It is hard to believe. I have had a good life, and time has certainly flown by. Am I exactly where I want to be in my life? Not quite — but I am still in a good place.Dan at 50

I have so much to be thankful and grateful for. I see every day as a gift from God.

When I look back on my tough teenage years, I am certainly glad that I held on —even though those were some dark days. I have had so many amazing life experiences and interacted with some wonderful people over the years. I have definitely been blessed.

Sure I have had my share of drama and hard times, but I certainly hope that those times have made me a better, stronger person. I have come to love and accept myself, after struggling with low self-esteem for years. I have also come into my own as a person and a man. Yes, I am an interesting person, and yes, I am beautiful in my own way. As the unique individual that God made me to be.

When I walk down the street, I can’t say I feel much different than I did in my 40’s. When I look in the mirror though, I am starting to see my features change — I am looking more and more like my brother (not that that is a bad thing).

I am thankful to still have my parents, and my siblings. And most of all, I have a wonderful life partner and soon to be husband.

I have yet to receive my AARP membership card yet, but I will take any discounts that I can get! But for some reason, there is no standard age for when you are a senior. For some places it is 50, others, 55, 60, or 65.

I want to continue to be active: to go on hikes, go dancing, bike riding and more. I want to see Madonna on her 70th birthday tour. I want to laugh and share fun times with family and friends. I want to travel and see more of the world. There is much to look forward to and feel good about as I head into my next decade.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

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