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    Tuesday, February 21, 2006

    A Time To Vandalize

    From my home state, this letter in Ask Amy:

    DEAR AMY: My husband and I have lived in our quiet suburban Denver neighborhood for six years. About two years ago, two young gay men moved in across the street. They've taken the ugliest, most rundown property in the neighborhood and remodeled and transformed it into the pride of the street. When it snows, they shovel out my car and are friendly, yet they mostly keep to themselves. Last month I went out to retrieve my newspaper and watched them kiss each other goodbye and embrace as they each left for work. I was appalled that they would do something like that in plain view of everyone. I was so disturbed that I spoke to my pastor. He encouraged me to draft a letter, telling them how much we appreciate their help but asking them to refrain from that behavior in our neighborhood. I did so and asked a few of our neighbors to sign it. Since I delivered it, I've not been able to get them to even engage me in conversation. I offer greetings but they've chosen to ignore me. They have made it so uncomfortable for the other neighbors and me by not even acknowledging our presence. How would you suggest we open communications with them and explain to them that we value their contributions to the neighborhood but will not tolerate watching unnatural and disturbing behavior.

    Wondering


    DEAR WONDERING: You're lucky that these gentlemen merely choose to ignore you.

    Your neighbors could respond to your hospitality by hosting weekly outdoor "gay pride" barbecues and inviting all of their friends to enjoy life on your quiet suburban street. I can hold out hope that they will choose to do this, but I'm spiteful in that way. Your neighbors sound much more kind.

    In your original petition to these men, you basically stated that while you value them when they are raising the standard on your street and shoveling your driveway, you loathe them for being who they are.

    The only way to open communication with your neighbors would be to start by apologizing to them for engaging your other neighbors in your campaign. Because you don't sound likely to apologize, you are just going to have to tolerate being ignored.


    This letter, and its presumption that Amy Dickerson and her readers would agree with the writer's point-of-view, really upset me. I hope the asshat comes home to find her/his tires slashed, car egged, etc.

    I think this upset me so much because there is so much agreement: the idiot letter-writer, his/her pastor, and some other neighbors who were willing to sign onto such a stupid-ass document. And, the fact that someone would be troubled by an acquaintance's behavior enough to have a sit-down with their Pastor ... ????

    I so often forget the world we are living in.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

    What gets me is the absolute cluelessness of the letter writer. What posessed her to think it was OK to accept all the hospitality and then be confused after she shit on the neighbors.

    2:57 PM  
    Anonymous Bitch | Lab said...

    ain't dat da troot poob! it was so utterly disingenuous i thought it had to be a fake letter. but, you know, if she's old enough, she probably doesn't see her het neighbors kiss in public or else, if they do, she doesn't even notice. but the utter ickiness of fags doing it....

    reminds me of the time the partner of a new prof went to see about library privileges. she was both the daughter of an alum and the partner of an employee. she asked the clerk which would give her the most benefits.

    He started screaming at her not to shove her sex life down his throat!!

    1:05 PM  

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