There are times that I realize how much different my life is now that I’m in law school. I made few friends yesterday in Property class when I said, “I can’t think of any rational or defensible reason why a same sex couple shouldn’t be able to get married in this country.” We had been discussing Goodridge v. Department of Public, and the professor started asking some pointed questions. Everyone sat and looked at their desks. So, being me, I spoke up.
And I meant it, too. There are no rational or defensible reasons. Full stop.
Some people clapped. Others gasped. Whatever. ‘Bout time they know what they’re looking at when I’m in the frame. I_am_nothing_like_these_people. I’m certainly not here to make any friends. I’ve got plenty of those I can’t handle as it is. Love you guys, really. High five later.
Today was also super weird. It has become clear to me that I now reside on a different planet entirely. I wore an Eddie Merckx hat (Thanks Jeff!). Nothing special really, the standard Merckx logo we’ve all seen a million times – an E and an M forming a bicycle. Two arched streaks of color above the logo, the World Championship strip and Belgian National Champion tricolor. It’s badass.
Here is where it gets weird. Not one, but two classmates of mine asked me what was up with “the rainbow.” They each asked independently, one guy and one girl, and each though it was a gay pride hat. A third meatball classmate (former college hockey player) merely said something about “fag” in passing, but didn’t really ask what the hat meant. He’s a sneaker head, so who cares.
Three people who had no fucking idea regarding a) Merckx, b) World Championships, or c) Belgian National. It’s unreal. A year ago, no one I worked with, rode with, drank with, or pretty much even talked to on a daily basis was confused about any of it. And, now, I’m surrounded with people who know more about damn near any topic you like than they know about cycling.
I am a fish out of water. All they see is “gay.” I need to put some distance between myself and these people. Not that there isn’t a huge gulf between us already, but damn.
Just for shits & giggles, here are a couple of links & a couple of vids with Merckx in ‘em. I had to look at something to pull myself back from the idiots around me, and hard core porn seemed like a bad choice for the library. Strange, I know. It seems “responsible” or something.