NIGHTLIFE: Twenty-six years ago, the host expected a dozen people to show up. Instead, more than 40 joined the first Prime Timers party in Boston for mature gay and bisexual men and their admirers. Now there are more than 8,000 members in 80 cities around the world. And founder Woody Baldwin lives right here in Austin! I’ve addressed this the Austin Prime Timers thrice, once in the ’90s regarding the arts building boom, once in ’00s on Austin’s unique gay culture, and Monday night at a Z Tejas banquet that sat about 50 men. I spoke on the way I find the subjects for my far-ranging columns. My secret: I got out, meet people and listen. During the cocktail hour and later at dinner, I stumbled on stories about long-term AIDS survivors, the Tipps iron plant near the Amtrack railroad station, childhoods spent on ranches and farms and a hippie fashion business. (But I’d like to start with a profile of Baldwin, who attended last night. He’s now in his 90s.)

ROADS: Convert Interstate 35 to tollway? Reported by Ben Wear in Monday’s Statesman: "Oh my God! Did you hear, Interstate 35 is becoming a toll road?! No, it’s not. But after the state’s top transportation official in a meeting 11 days agospeculated on that remote possibility — remote as in Pluto remote — and the Texas Tribune wrote about it, the chatter took off. Tom Pauken, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, took the trouble to denounce the idea. Several TV stations and a few newspapers wrote about it. And now I’m writing about it. But before any of you begin writing about it, too, to any and all politicians whose email addresses you can find, rest easy. The hurdles — political, legal and financial — are immense. Federal law probably doesn’t allow it. State law almost certainly doesn’t." http://shar.es/8pWqk(Ben at his best.)

HEALTH: Confused about healthcare changes? Here’s a handy guide. Reported by Nicole Villalpando in Monday’s Statesman: "Health insurance is confusing, especially right now. Since October with the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace, Central Texans have even more things to consider when deciding where to get insurance. Today we offer an updated guide to the marketplace as well as what you might see on your employer-provided, private-pay or government insurance plans that will be new in 2014." http://shar.es/8poIp(A great service to the reader.)

FAITH: Atheist megachurches take root across the U.S. Reported by Gillian Flaccus for the AP. "It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God. Nearly three dozen gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors have sprung up around the U.S. and Australia — with more to come — after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year. The movement fueled by social media and spearheaded by two prominent British comedians is no joke. http://shar.es/8posL(Well, what do you know.)

ECOLOGY: East Texans seek shutdown of Pegasus Pipeline. Reported by Jim Malewitz in the Texas Tribune. "For nearly 83 years, Jim Howell was hardly one to cause a political ruckus. But this spring, he realized that a crude oil superhighway ran through his backyard — just two feet below his patchy lawn and seven feet beyond a newly built porch displaying a sign declaring "cowpokes welcome." "At first I felt guilty and stupid," Howell said about not knowing that a 20-inch-wide pipeline passed so close to his compact brick house. Guilt turned to alarm as he read more about it, and as representatives from ExxonMobil, its operator, showed up to add a row of yellow- and black-striped warning markers. The pipeline, named Pegasus, was the same one that ruptured about 320 miles northeast of here in March, spewing at least 210,000 gallons of heavy Canadian crude into neighborhood streets in Mayflower, Ark. http://trib.it/1aIbsb6(Looks like it was wise to hold off on the Keystone project.)