Some of you may be familiar with my odd desire to be chatted up by a homosexual man. Well, about a week ago it happened. And where did it happen? At a Catholic church function of course! (Why had I never thought of that before?)
I don't want to get into too much detail because I have a feeling I will end up being friends with this guy, but he approached me by commenting on my gaudy class ring. Now, I wear this ring primarily to serve that function of being a potential conversation starter. This was the first time it ever actually worked.
I have had bad experiences at these after-mass receptions meeting some creepy people, but this guy was cool and was an interesting conversationalist. However, after a while he did register a strong signal on my gaydar. Very subtle affectations, nothing flamboyant. But given the neighborhood in which this church is located, it was all but a lock.
After a while I was getting a little more than just a friendly vibe. I have been on the hunt enough to recognize the patterns. Again, nothing egregious, but I naturally kicked into defense mode out of consideration for him and made sure to mention that I was there to see my girlfriend* who had volunteered for the event. He made sure to leave off the "girl" when he mentioned already having met Red.
I actually blame/credit her. It is her preference for V-neck tee shirts that had me with one less button than usual buttoned. A very small tuft of evil chest hair was visible, which I am sure made her New Jersey heart melt. But seeing how that was the only thing out of the ordinary from my usual manner of dress, I have to conclude that is what did the trick. (Not very scientific, so this is a shaky theory at best.)
And it wasn't until I went back to recount this to her that the relevance of what had just transpired actually dawned on me. I was then beset with a smug grin for the next several hours. At any rate, as previously stated I am hoping this will result in a new friendship. Maybe some day we will all sit back and laugh about it while sipping martinis and playing Trivial Pursuit.
*As of this posting this is not an official status, but we are dating again.