I just got back from the South.
I never think of southern Virginia as the deep south – but I believe that I might be wrong. The accents are not massively strong, but they are there.
The other things that exists are the right-winged politics, a love of GWB and/or his ways, confederate flags and everything cooked in lard.
My hotel room literally looked out over Liberty University – home of Dr. Jerry Fallwell. It is also his burial site. Had I been with folks who could have and would have backed me up, I’d be posting some footage of me dancing on his grave – literally. But, it’s scary scary town for a growed-up homo like me. …and Jer is buried right outside his office, so the chances of being tarred and feathered for attempting that .avi were probably like 4 in 10.
For as big as the city is (and it is much bigger than I ever anticipated), there are some stunted thought processes down there. And where had I thought I could get away with this and that to educate folks on their perceptions – I knew enough to lay low and not ripple the waters.
Shame on me.
Case in point – while at a very nice dinner, one of the staff of my new clinics said “I bet your wife thinks you’re just eating a hamburger for dinner tonite”. Now I have the ring, but I don’t have the wife. But with a table of 30 who were all born and bred in VA, and this being my first encounter with them, I wasn’t really willing to discuss my living arrangement or sexual
preference orientation. I didn’t really answer her, so I didn’t lie – but I was hardly forthcoming or truthful.
But then in a town like this, it is like 1 against 1000, so you choose your battles – whether you like them or not. And it’s business. Sometimes you zip the lip for the bottom line.
Shame on me, indeed.
That being said – I absolutely 100% regret not stopping when I saw the sign that said: Foamhenge. But by this point, I just wanted to get home (and btw…Saturns have the most uncomfortable seats ever!). This is a clinic site I might get to 2-3 times per year, unlike my others were are 2 times per month. When am I really going to have a chance to do that again?
Live for today people. Live for today!
Song by: Jackson Browne