Mike, 17, is a semi-closeted individual from Oregon always searching for the next challenge in life.
Yes, indeed I was surprised when I found out about when the official first day of summer would be. It seems to have snuck up on me this year. I've been too busy to notice, though. I've been doing lots of stuff here at home as well as abroad.
Oregon's 2000 Boys State
The highlight of my summer so far has been my attending the 2000 session of Oregon's Boys State program, sponsored by the American Legion. Last article, I told you that I was going and I said that I'd behave (which I did). I didn't give any details as to what Boys State was as I really wasn't sure for myself. In a nutshell, Boys State is sort of like a retreat or camp: it's a week long, and while you're there, you learn about government and how it works. The learning is through direct hands-on experience -- all the boys there are part of the mythical 51st state of the union, and just like any other state, we have to form a government. We elected city, county, and state officials, we had to deal with city and county problems, we had court trials, people were tried for their "crimes," bills were discussed and passed in the legislature, there was a gubernatorial debate and election, and a bunch of other stuff like that. All three branches of government are represented (judicial, legislative, and executive), and everybody that wants a job will have one.
I'd rather not say which branch I was a part of (I'm still way too paranoid at times, I know), but I'll just say that there was more that goes on in that branch than I had ever thought before! I have a newfound appreciation for the ______________ branch, and I'm glad that I was a part of it while I was at Boys State.
Like the name says, it's just ALL boys. Obviously, for someone like me, that aspect was great! For the "straight" people however, all they could complain about was the lack of girls. To fit in, I had to do my share of "complaining," as well. It's funny, I really haven't had to do that in a while -- good thing I can be a convincing straight person when I want to be.
There's about 5 1/2 billion more things that I'd like to get into, but I'd probably end up boring many of you. I'll say this; if you're entering your junior year next year (or anytime in the future), I urge you to sign up for this. You'll learn so much from the program, and you'll make lifelong friends, too. It's only for juniors in high school, however.
In Other News...
I can't say there's a lot happening in other news for me. I fell for another straight guy at Boys State (big surprise). I told myself not to get my hopes up, and so far, I've been doing pretty good. I E-Mailed him, and he hasn't written back (which in a way is good -- it'll keep me in check). I'll still try and be friends with him, though (should he decide to write back). There's a lot of other people that I'm keeping in touch with, so I scored pretty well. New friends are always something I value.
Jazz camp is this July, so we'll see if I can't meet some of my new friends prior to going. It'd be neat to see all of them again. I can't wait -- I had forgotten how much I love being in social settings with other people that like the music as much as I do! I only get to attend events of this caliber just a very few times a year, and I always enjoy myself as much as I can.
Yes, you read correctly. It's time for me to shoot off whatever comes to my mind, so sit back, and try not to be offended.
-No Gay Marriages
I'll bet THAT got your attention! First let me say this; I'm all for gay marriages. However, now isn't the time. The United States isn't ready for it. When we still have people hurting and killing people because of the whole gay thing, when we have people like Dr. Laura (grrr...don't get me started on HER) calling us "deviants" and people believe her, when we have so many people willing to go to extreme measures to get rid of us, maybe marriage isn't a good idea...for now. Don't get me wrong; I KNOW I'll see it in my lifetime, and I hope that day comes soon, but while I and so many others are ready to see this happen, much of society isn't. The Vermont thing was a good start, and we should rejoice, but I think that's as far as we should push for a while. Just a little while.
As I see it, a lot of the problems with kids (the violence, lack of respect to teachers, parents, etc.) all stem from a lack of discipline. Sure, there are some genuinely crazy kids out there, but for the most part, the bad ones are just little punks whose parents let them go a little too far. Kids can sue their parents for God's sake, just for SPANKING them! Now, I'm not old by any means, but I came from the school of thought that when kids did something bad, they got spanked. Spanking never hurt ANYBODY. Beatings, however, are an entirely different thing (which I won't get into -- you all are smart enough to know the difference). Parents are afraid to touch their kids. When it was alright to physically break up a fight between to people at school (as in pulling the kids apart), now, teachers / faculty can be arrested for "assaulting" a minor! This sort of behavior is asinine! Solution: get the weak people out of office, parents assert themselves, and what the hell...bring back paddlings in school! There are times when things get a little excessive, I agree, but when properly administered, a little paddling is good for a kid. We've tried the 90s / 2000s way of things -- why not bring back a blast from the past?
Running Out Of Here...
I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of hell for that one, so I had better end while I'm behind. It's been great hearing from you guys, as usual, and thanks for taking the time to read this. You're the best! Until next time.
Mike is a 17 year old, semi-closeted individual living with his mom and stepdad. He is interested in music, computers, music, reading, music, writing, writing music, listening to music, composing music, arranging music, and other music related things. Mike enjoys feedback and would like to hear from you, and can be reached via ICQ: #56413145 or by E-Mail: Mike_17@gay.com