Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ft. Lauderdale Sunday Reflections

We arrived safely in Ft.Lauderdale yesterday and got to the home of our friends, M and D, around noon. Having awakend at 4:00AM to catch our flight out of Norfolk, we lazed around the pool most of the afternoon after having a couple of Bloody Mary's with lunch. M and her mother have been clients of the boyfriend for roughly 30 years. Her husband D is a riot and a great sport. They have a beautiful home that backs up to a canal that connects to the inter coastal waterway. I can see why they escape Washington, D.C., whenever possible to come down here (they also have a condo in Virginia Beach for shorter get aways).
Steps from the patio is their 35 ft boat which we will go out on tomorrow. Tonight we are having several gay couples over for a dinner party. One couple is from Newport News, Virginia and own a condo here, and the others are couples that the boyfriend knows from prior visits. M and D are completely at ease around us gays and are graciously allowing us to host the party tonight. The boyfriend, a/k/a Martha Stewart, has the menu all planned out and did the grocery shopping after lunch yesterday.
Last evening we went to Georgie's Alibi in Wilton Manor and and a ironically immediately ran into a couple from Hampton Roads who also own a place in Sunrise - crazier yet, we ran into them again today when we went to Sebastian Beach, one of the local gay beaches (more on that below). After the club, we ended up at a great men's clothing store where be took advantage of a great sale and bought some clothes (the boyfriend paid since every spare dollar I an using to pay off the former wife) that one cannot find in backwards Hampton Roads. Being out last night I was struck by the difference in gay acceptance in this area. It truly underscored for me the amount of revenue southeastern Virginia loses out on because of its pandering to the Bible beaters. As I have said before, bigotry clearly carries an economic price.
The beach was gorgeous today and it was my first time at a gay beach. The water was beautiful and a great breeze kept it from being oppressively hot. The array of body types and ages at Sebastian Beach certain showed the fallacy that there is a gay stereotype. The crowd was just as diverse as any cross section of the straight world. More on the trip another time.

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