Jan 25, 2018
Sausage Sighting of James Arness
Kind of a bummer when you hate surfing.
I was a bit of a chubby kid, not at all athletic, and a "sissy" -- I got picked on a lot. I liked to hang out on the beach and look at the surfers, but I didn't like hanging out with them. They're, as a rule, macho, sexist, and way homophobic, surfing to "prove" their manhood, goading each other on with homophobic slurs. Even today, there are no openly gay professional surfers. You have to have a wife and kids back home.
Imagine what it was like when I was growing up in the 1960s!
The only surfer I could stand was my classmate Brian Keaulana -- Native Hawaiian, with beautiful dark skin, brown eyes, and a smooth muscular chest. He teased me all the time, but at least he wasn't mean. No tripping, no hitting, just ribbing me on being momona (fat), and on watching tv all the time.
I did watch a lot of tv. I longed to escape from the island, find my way into the world of Lost in Space (Billy Mumy, sigh!) or That Girl (I wanted to be Ann Marie, and get to kiss Donald Hollinger).
Marshall Dillon (James Arness) was exactly my type: tall, broad-shouldered, deep-voiced, a Grade-A cowboy complete with 10-gallon hat and leather vest. And what a bulge on him! What I wouldn't give to be captured and tied up by the bad guys, and have Marshall Dillon burst in to save the day! Maybe carry me off into the sunset, for lots of kissing and hugging!
Remember, I was like nine or ten years old. I wouldn't be thinking about sex for a few years.
One day I told my friend Brian about my crush on Marshall Dillon -- omitting the kissing and hugging, of course -- and he said "I know him. We buddies."
"Not!" I exclaimed. Surely he was putting me on!
"No lie, Brah. He's a surfer, and his son, too."
"Don't be buggin', Brah! He an actor, right, come over here from the Mainland to surf. His son, too. They tight with my dad, come for dinner, play Matchbook cars, like that." His father was Buff Keaulana, a lifeguard and former surfing great.
"You lolo, or pull my leg!"
"I can prove it! Next time James Arness comes to Hawaii, you come over for dinner, too."
I figured he was just blowing hot air, but sure enough, a few weeks later, Brian invited me to lunch at James Arness' house!
Apparently he really was a surfer -- he and Rolf rented a bungalow on Makana Beach two or three times a year, and flew out from L.A. for a surfing vacation.
When Brian and I arrived, James, Rolf, Buff, Corky, and a couple of guys I didn't know were sitting on deck chairs in swimsuits, eating take-out bentos full of poke (raw fish), tako (octopus), chicken and rice, and liliko (passionfruit).
The full story, with nude photos and sexual situations, is on Tales of West Hollywood.