|Not Janik or me|
The membership fee varied depending on your size (yes, they took measurements). "A" got in free.
So the majority of men drinking beer, playing pool, and cruising had the endowments of porn stars.
It was quite a nice place for sightseeing, and sometimes guys would invite you back to their house.
In the spring of 2003, I met Janik, smooth, muscular, balding, in his early 40s, in the A category and then some, as big as my Cousin Joe, or bigger (#9 on my Sausage List).
He was pleasant to talk to -- even after I admitted to being American (usually I claimed to be Canadian to avoid being asked why Americans were such idiots). And at the end of the evening, he invited me back to his place -- in Heerenveen.
Still, we had a very nice evening, and in the morning Janik said, "Stay here with me. We can be lovers. I can get you a work visa."
Living in Europe with a muscle god in the A+++ category vs. teaching sociology in Florida? It sounded like a good deal.
So I cancelled my day in Brussels.
I hate sports and Japanese food.
But we had a very nice evening later, so I cancelled my train to Paris.
On Tuesday, while he was at work, I took the train into Groningen and saw the Martinitoren (St. Martin's Tower) and the Netherlands Stripmuseum (a museum of cartoon and comic strip art). But the train was so crowded with rush hour traffic that I didn't get home until 7:30 pm. We got Indonesian take out and watched The Simpsons dubbed in Dutch.
I would have to learn both Dutch and Frisian to live here. I like languages, but I'd really rather learn something that would be useful outside of Friesland.
On Wednesday, I signed up for a Frisian class and then went out looking for jobs on my own. The manager of the only gay bar in Heerenveen, Le Clochard, said he could use a waiter who spoke English and German. That night Janik and I went to the gym, then got Japanese take out and watched soccer on tv.
I still hate sports and Japanese food.
Waiting tables and watching sports with a muscle god in the A+++ category, or teaching sociology in Florida?
On Thursday I took the train to Amsterdam and got on my 5:00 pm flight back home.
See also: The Top 13 Beefcake Sights of Amsterdam