OK, the original cast of "Inner and Outer Demons, the movie" met face to face today. Maybe I should explain how this all started.
When I first started my journal in June, I often did searches for journals with interests common to mine. For instance, I would go to AOL Journals and type in a word like horses. That led me to one of my favorite Journals, Csandhollow's "My Day And Thoughts".
One day, wondering if there were people in my own area with journals, I seached J-land for "Kansas City". The first one to come up was "Inner And Outer Demons". I went there and discovered it was a brand new journal, with only a couple of entries. "It's just some gay guy," I thought to myself, and went on to other things.
But I returned to the journal. This was a person radically different than me; in fact, I'm not sure we had anything in common. But I kept going back. He seemed very angry in many of his entries, but you could feel, somehow, that there was a real person with a heart there. I began to leave comments, and one day got brave enough to e-mail him with a question or two. For instance, I wanted to know how his parents handled his being gay. He was very polite in the way he answered my questions.
Somewhere along the line, another person started leaving comments in Toonguy's journal: another local person, Simwarford. He seemed nice enough, and very intelligent. After his leaving a few comments in Toonguy's journal, I e-mailed him and asked why he didn't have his own journal. After all, he seemed to have plenty to say. (Should I mention that Sim is gay too?) He said he preferred to use Toonguy's journal as his own, and in the long run, it's worked out well.
One day it occurred to me that this whole situation could be the basis for a movie: Right-wing, conservative Christian woman, age 60, starts having regular dialogues with two gay men. Maybe something in the vein of "Driving Miss Daisy". Perhaps a writer could fictionalize it and turn it into a thriller; or make it a tear-jerker with somebody dying at the end (the old woman? one of the gay guys?).
All my life I've pretty much stayed in my circle, and more or less tried to stick with people who believe like me. A while back I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone and meet someone I'd not ordinarily run into. So we, the cast of an imaginary movie, planned a meeting.
Russ chose the place we'd meet. It's the first bar I've been in in years. In fact, even in the days when I drank lots of beer, I didn't go to bars. But today I made an exception, and it was a great adventure. We laughed, we hugged, we talked (well, Sim didn't have a lot to say, but the rest of us made up for him). We all had an excellent BLT for lunch.
I'm learning that people can be interesting and fun, even if they have NOTHING in common with me. I even forgive Russ for not liking John Ashcroft. ROFL!
Rachel and I both took pictures, but none of them turned out. She ended up with one shot where you can actually tell who is who, and you'll find it on her latest entry.
My husband was relieved that Sim and Russ didn't try and "recruit" his wife; nor did they turn out to be axe murderers.
What an adventure today has been.