Sunday, March 15, 2015

Rite of Spring, without Stravinsky; Clubs really need 24-hr garages near U St and near Dupont

Saturday night, I finally got out for a “normal” evening of clubbing.  Suddenly, after weeks of unusual late winter cold, it was mild, in the 60s, warm enough for a little thunder.  The Town Danceboutique, apparently for the first time ever, opened its new patio during nighttime disco hours. The upstairs DJ program was called "Dirty Pop". 
There is a new stairway from the dance floor to the patio, which definitely sounds like a good idea.
All around, in the neighborhood, apartments and condos are going up, like the Schay across U St. I hope they don’t encroach.  You wonder how an outdoor parking lot can survive in the area.  The businesses (including the 930 as well as Town) need to build a regular 24-hour commercial garage and charge a reasonable smart-phone flat rate on weekend nights.  (In West Hollywood, the Library became the night paid lot, with no street parking, and a flat $10 a night charge when I was there, and, yes, I went to the Abbey.)

I’ve been reading Jack Andraka’s book “Breaththrough”, and will review it soon on my Books blog.

But Chapter 4 goes into detail about the rejection and bullying he faced in middle school (8th grade?) after he “came out”.  I thought that in an upper middle class Baltimore suburb, in a blue state, that school systems had a better handle on this problem by year 2000 or so than they did.  Still, at the time, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was ten years away, and the first marriage victory for a state would not happen for four years. 
We’re left to wonder where these attitudes hailed from.  What did others want from “divergents” like me?  It seems that, when I was growing up, marital sexuality was seen as a communitarian  thing – the permanence of the passion depended on the social support for it, and the exclusion of everything else.  We were a big leak in the picture.  But a lot of the bullying seems to come from more basic things:  a vulgar extension of the idea of “survival of the fittest” (including reproductively speaking, Putin style), and a cultist need to see everyone held to some kind of pre-ordained (or scriptural) idea of virtue, so that all the hardships (and unfairness) of real life took on some meaning.
Still, saying or implying that you probably wouldn’t have children was seen as a bigger threat to the community than sexual aggression or infidelity in the usual sense. 

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