I’m not sure this qualifies as a nightmare

It does, however, meet the part of the definition that calls for a dream that makes you sit up and take notice, so I’ll mention it here.

I’m on the periphery of a popular local eatery/takeout joint when I pick up on the crowd buzz, and what I’m picking up is implausible in the extreme: they’ve set up separate entrances marked “Straight” and “Gay.” Shades of the Southern South, I’m thinking, and what the hell for?

On an impulse, I went in through the “Gay” entrance and noticed that no one was checking credentials, assuming such a thing were possible. I walked over to the “Straight” entrance: nobody watching that door either.

And the crowd seemed about twice as big as usual, so obviously the artificial constraints, or whatever they were, weren’t discouraging customers.

I’m still puzzling over what, if anything, I am to make of this brief tale, except to note that people of any description have little use for attempts to pigeonhole them.





5 comments

  1. McGehee »

    4 November 2006 · 10:17 am

    That scenario strikes me as something P.T. Barnum might have come up with.

  2. CGHill »

    4 November 2006 · 10:22 am

    Well, it fits nicely enough into the “This way to the egress” story.

  3. david »

    4 November 2006 · 11:48 am

    What, pray tell, was this place? Whereabouts in OKC? Is it known in some way as being a favorite haunt of either gays or straights?

  4. CGHill »

    4 November 2006 · 12:36 pm

    It doesn’t correspond directly to any particular place, though it definitely resembled (architecturally, anyway) a larger version of Braum’s. Since the Braum’s I usually patronize is at NW 39th and Penn, an intersection usually regarded as the nexus of gayness in Oklahoma City, I have to assume that it’s not exactly a Temple of Hetero, but this may be an unwarranted extrapolation.

  5. Eric Scheie »

    5 November 2006 · 4:38 pm

    I can’t go in.

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