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Title The Star, No. 10, March 23, 1984
Contributor
  • Hyde, Robert
Date March 23, 1984
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 009
Transcript 8 The Star/ March 23,1984 Still Looking By Tom Dolan There I w.as in my '65 VW, rubber tipping my gums as instructed by my periodontist, rocking the car forward and back, waiting for the light to change, when who should pull up next to me but Dirk, my steady, the only almost-constant in my life. I rolled down my window and hollered, "Hey, Dirk! Where ya goin'?" "I'm on my way to the Gondola. Wanna meet me there?" "Sure," I said. The Gondola is an Italian restaurant offering two meals for the price of one on Thursday nights. No sooner had we given our order to the waitress, "Two cannellonis, please," than the trouble started. "Would you like to come over for quiche tomorrow night?" Dirk asked. "Gee, I'm sorry, Dirk. I have other plans." My friend looked stricken. "Are you seeing somebody else?" he asked. "I have the feeling no matter what I say, I'm in trouble," I said. "I'd rather not answer questions about tomorrow night." "You're going to have sex with him, aren't you?" he said. "I have no idea," I replied. "You're open to it, aren't you?" "I can't rule it out," I said, beginning to squirm. "What kind of work does he do?" asked Dirk. "He's an artist.'' "You're susceptible to artists." "I'm susceptible to men," I s.aid. "Is he good-looking?" "I'm not answering any more questions," I said, as two steaming plates of cannelloni arrived at our table. "They smell great!" I crowed. "I can't eat," said Dirk. "What do you mean you can't eat?" I said. "I'm too upset." "If you choose to be upset, that's your business. I'm going to enjoy my cannelloni," I said, digging in. "I don't know how you can sit there sucking up cannelloni under these circumstances," said Dirk. "If you don't ease up, I'm going to have indigestion. Would that make you happy?" "Yes." "Listen, stupid, we love each other," I said. "Let's not be miserable." "If you love me so much, why are you seeing this other guy?" "It's important for me not to feel owned. I'm tired of the compulsory Friday night fuck." "You're hurting me," he said. "You're hurting yourself. Peripheral relationships can enhance the primary one." "Bullshit!" "One man's bullshit is another man's wisdom. Anyway, I'm not going to marry this guy." "You don't know that," he said. "You're right," I admitted. "But what makes you think I'm going to run off?" "I just feel it," he said. "Your feelings are off the wall. But if you choose to create a purple monster, go right ahead! It will be amusing." "Amusing?" 'Allow me to embellish the fantasy. This guy is an Adonis. As soon as he steps into my apartment, we plunge into bed and stay locked in an obscene embrace 'til dawn, when we pack our suitcases and head for Niagara Falls." Better Sex in the Country Is your love life getting you down? Don't call your shrink, head for the country, says an article in the Glasgow Daily Record. An Italian doctor says many sexual problems are caused by big-city noise. He claims his patients' sex drives and fertility improved as soon as they were ensconced in more peaceful environs. "That's enough," he said. "I'm sorry," I said. "Well," said Dirk, "you got what you wanted," one of his favorite expressions. "So did you," I chimed as if on cue. "I guess this is it," he said with the aire of a 19th century tragedian. "Not again?' I said with mock surprise, sucking up the last of my cannelloni. "I didn't think it would happen so soon," said Dirk, "I'm not ready for it." He hastened to add, "I think I'm going to freak out." I used to attract guys that liked to watch Saturday morning cartoons. Now I attract guys that cry. "I'm going to cry," announced Dirk. "Please don't cry in the canneHoni. You'll ruin it," I said. "That's not funny," he said, choking up. "I should have said I was working late at the office." "You've ruined my evening," he said. "You're not exactly making mine," I said, adding "I'm sure you'll devour that cannelloni as soon as you get it home." "How can you be so cruel and heartless?" "I'm only being honest. Honesty is a powerful aphrodisiac." "So is love. Can we negotiate this thing?" asked Dirk. "Sure," I said. "Let's start with the premise that you're manipulative and I'm paranoid." "Who's manipulative?" "You are. That's why we have so many conflicts," I said. "We do not?' he screamed as heads turned. "Don't you ever say that!" Glaring at his untouched food, Dirk continued. "You're making a big mistake." Commentary "I know," I lied. "I love mistakes. They're wonderful opportunities for personal growth." "I can't stand the thought of sharing your body with another man," he said. "Then think about something else," I said, adding unnecessarily, "Haifa loaf is better than none." "That does it! You're hopeless." "Shut up," I said. "I will if you will," said Dirk. "Do you want to go home and fool around?" I asked. Dirk smiled across cold cannelloni and said, "Do they put whole dinners in a doggie bag?" "Let's ask," I smiled back at him. Dolan is a syndicated gay columnist who lives in San Diego. His articles appear here and in other gay publications. Apply today to receive a Community Credit Card. Your Community Credit Card Trom the Voice Publishing Company allows you to place advertising, order subscriptions or buy specially-advertised items in the Montrose Voice, Dallas Gay News and the Austin/San Antonio Gay Community Star—and charge it. When your monthly statement arrives, you have a choice of paying the full balance—or paying just 1/4 of the balance and carrying the remainder over to the next month. Your Community Credit Card will also allow you to receive special discounts at certain Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio shops, stores and clubs. These will be announced in future issues of the newspapers. After passing our credit requirements or establishing yourself with a good paying record, your Community Credit Card can also be used for emergency check cashing at locations in Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin and San Antonio. More benefits will soon also be available to Community Credit Card holders—including discounts and VIP treatment at gay hotels and guest houses in South Florida, New Orleans and California. They will be announced in Texas' gay community newspapers—and on brochures sent along with your monthly statement. Apply today for your personal Community Credit Card. APPLICATION Community Credit Card The Credit Department ot the Voice Publishing Company MONTROSE VOICE—DALLAS GAY NEWS—THE STAR HOUSTON-DALLAS-FT. WORTH-AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO Name Home Address City, state, zip _ Date of birth — _ Home phone _ Do you Q rent or D own your apartment or house? How long have you lived there? If less than 3 years, where did you live previously? How long there? . . Where do you work? 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