Sunday, August 16, 2015

Thoughts on Pride

Charlotte Pride is the weekend.   I went yesterday to the street festival.  Later on today I am going back to see the Parade.  

To be perfectly honest I don't like parades and I really don't understand why other people seem to like them so much.  I am not talking about just Pride parades, but parades generally.  My small town has an annual Thanksgiving parade that literally the whole town comes out for.  I sit through it every year.  I somehow feel like I have to, but I really don't like it.

Back the Pride parade today, I am going.  I want to see what it's all about and what happens.   Back in June I went to my very first Pride parade in London.  It was fun, and not quite what I expected.  We will see what happens today.  

Yesterday (and today) there was a street festival.  A few stages with bands, lots of local businesses with booths, and lots of people.

I went with the Chef.  It was nice to not be there alone, but it was also nice being there with someone I liked.  (T says I love him, but I am not to that point yet.)  Pride and other "gay" events are not really Chef's thing, but he went for me, which I was pretty happy about.

It was a lot of fun.  I like people watching and there were a lot of people to watch.  There were a lot of young hot homos there, but there were a lot more regular looking people.  There was a lot of people my age or older.  There were a lot of pretty, muscular guys and there were a lot of... er ... not so pretty guys.   There seemed to be a lot of straight people there.  There were not that many gay couples holding hands, but when I saw straight couples, the man was almost always holding the hand of the woman he was with.  (tee hee)

Chef and I were at this booth waiting to talk to the people running it.  I can't remember what it was, but it's not important.  There was a young couple in front of us.  They were about 25, and it seemed to me that they had been together a while.  When they talked, there were very in sync with each other.  In a lot of ways K and I were like that (and still are).   I was thinking about how sometimes wish I had that when i was that age.  That I would not be at Pride now with a guy I was thinking about getting serious with, but instead being there with my partner of 20+ years.  

I don't spend a lot of time thinking about, "what if I had been able to come out in my 20's". but I did have a flash of it today.  

I'll let you know how the parade comes out.