Are you gay?

We were packing up, yesterday. The parking area had been full again, when I’d arrived and I had had to park a few streets away.
Was not going to carry my still wet painting and the pallet that I don’t clean (Oil paint is expensive, in my case. Don’t like to waste it.) around the streets, of Gymea.
By now there was lots of space, so I’d gone to get the car and came back in to collect my things. Two women were still there. The others all gone.
We had a bit of a chat. That’s when I was asked. I cannot remember how the topic came up.
It was asked in the way that you might ask someone, whom you have now known well for about three years, what their religion is, whether they vote liberal or labor or whether they like league or rugby union.
It took me by surprise, in the same way as did the question, a few years ago, from my father’s step-sister, still living in Gouda: When was I going to return? (In May I shall have been in Australia fifty-two years. Taking a trip there is lovely but the concept of returning had never entered my head.)
No. I’m not gay_, I replied, happily.
Here it comes. You’ve probably seen the Seinfeld episode that I’m thinking of, now! (_Not that there’s anything wrong with that!
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Couldn’t stop myself from explaining that it has occurred to me that I have had gay friends. It was quickly agreed that that was only natural because I paint, I play the piano accordion, I frequented Bob Potter’s Ballroom Dancing studio for years!!
At least I got a compliment out of the topic because it was only logical that I should associate with talented people. :)

Then again, at high school, there was this boy…………. I’m kidding! I’m kidding!

Are you gay?

MrJoop

Ramsgate, Australia

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Light-hearted chat. After class. Simple question (Now having spent three hours a week in art class, four terms a year, for three years together.) Are you gay?

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