I find crickets in October to be kind of bittersweet. Especially here in the upper Midwest, it is, well, difficult. It is a comforting sound, but it is also sad. You know that eventually the weather is going to freeze and the crickets will be dormant until the next spring. It is a wonderful sound, but a sound full of feeling that it cannot deliver upon.
Today it was warm. Tonight there are crickets. I wonder how much longer they will be around. Soon, they will be gone.
Today, at work, I was listening in on the conversation of some of my co-workers. It kind of made me sad. They were talking about gays.
The guy said that he really didn't mind "them" as long as they didn't hit on him.
I got to thinking. He probably considers himself very open and hip. But what he said is still homophobic. How would he like it if he had to worry that every time he talked to a woman, she just might deck him or maybe even try to kill him.
And then another guy said something about "and then they get so mad if you say that they chose to be gay."
Then the first said, "And why do they have to talk about it all the time?"
I probably should have called them on it. But I just sat there and said nothing.
I am shocked how much heterosexism permeates our society. If I were to do to Nick in public what I see others do in public, we would probably be in jail. But for the hets, it is ok.
The job is interesting. I am getting paid to sit in class, learn about 20 minutes worth the stuff, and play computer games for the rest of the time. I guess I would rather get paid almost $17 per hour to play games there than to sit at home and do it for nothing.