Tracy was dozing while undergoing her chemo treatment this past Friday, and I was reading a book when two very loud voices broke into my relative quiet. They began talking about Hillary Clinton, and how one of the men would have to move out of the country, should she be elected president.
Then their conversation switched to Ross Perot, and how his candidacy in 1992 was the only thing that put Bill Clinton in thee White House. Then, as conversations so often do between two very macho, very loud men, the conversation turned to gay actors. It began with talking about "The Andy Griffith Show" - I kid you not - and then moved over to "Gomer Pyle," at which point one man revealed to the other that not only did Jim Nabors play the same character on both shows, but that he was one of "them." They then moved on to Liberace and then to Rock Hudson - with a few Hudson jokes thrown in for good measure.
All right, you are probably going - Jim Nabors? Liberace? Rock Hudson? What kind of time warp are these guys caught in?
Looking over, I saw one man who seemed to be in his sixties, and another fellow who looked to be in his early forties.
Now, I was twenty feet away from these fine gentleman, and they were only a couple of feet from the nurses' station.
If they were making racial jokes, or loud remarks about religion, I'm sure the nurses would have asked them to lower their voices. Well, maybe any religion except Islam; I can imagine these fellows showing their shortcomings in that area, as well, given the chance. I also imagine that if any of the nurses had asked them to lower their voices, so as not to offend others, they would have been mightily offended themselves. They might even have called talk radio and complained . . .
We like to talk about how progressive we are in Fayetteville, and how we live in in a city that welcomes folks of different beliefs and lifestyles. Sometimes, though, you are brought up short by reality.
On a more life-affirming note, Michael Walsh, who helped spearhead the drive to have domestic partnerships recognized by the Eureka Springs City Council, will be a guest on my program this coming week. Show dates and times:
Monday - 7pm
Tuesday - noon
Saturday - 6pm
For those who might miss the show this week, but would still like to watch, the programs will be replayed the following week - same CAT times, came CAT channel.
One day soon, look for the city of Fayetteville to webstream Community Access Television and Government Channel programming, so others across the state can see what Fayetteville offers in terms of real, homegrown television.