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Mike S.

July 2001

Happy Month of July!

Hello to all! What a great way to start off July--on the 4th day, we get to come in with a bang, so to speak, and light off pyrotechnics. How cool is that? I've always enjoyed the 4th and look forward to it with the same child-like enthusiasm that a 10-year-old would. The neat thing about it nowadays is that *I* get to light off the explosives which makes the entire experience more rewarding, of course. I hope that you all have a marvelous holiday and that you choose to be safe in whatever you do.

A Little Blip on Last Month

Once again, the mention of "B" brought lots of E-Mail this past month and I'm very excited about all of it (for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, I'd suggest reading my past two month's articles). Something went a little haywire with my E-Mail (ok ok, user error), so I may have deleted some messages before I sent a reply to them--so if you didn't get a reply from me, just send me an E-Mail letting me know and I'll get right on it.

A-Music-ing We Will Go

This past month, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a music camp/workshop with "B". We drove down together in my car, and the car ride was just a lot of fun. We listened to each other's CDs on the way and talked and laughed a whole lot. When we finally got down there, we were in awe of the beauty of the wilderness area that was around us. I took lots of scenery pictures and I'm glad that they came out--I have new desktop wallpaper for a few months now.

After we checked in, we were assigned to our cabins. "B" and I wouldn't be able to stay in the same cabin, but we were going to see a lot of each other anyway, so it didn't make that much of a difference. I stayed with some pretty cool (well, other than the homophobic thing) guys and we stayed up at nights talking, telling not-so-G-rated jokes, and enjoying each other's company.

The staff down there was fabulous! They kept us all fed well, made sure we didn't get into trouble, and most of all, they made damned sure that we all had a good time over there. Nobody was going to pay hundreds of dollars to go to a camp that they aren't going to enjoy. Kudos to all the staff--hope to work with you guys next year!

Over the course of the week, I came to realize how much straight girls REALLY irritated me. Well, now that I think about it, it probably had SOMETHING to do with the fact that most of them hit on "B", and most of them weren't very friendly (although there were some girls down there that I had lots of fun hanging out with). "B" seemed to enjoy the attention that he was getting from a couple of the girls down there, but as the week progressed, his agitation with them was becoming more and more obvious. By the end of the camp, he really disliked one in particular (and if you can imagine, so did I).

At first, "B" and I sat together for meals and stuff, since we didn't have other friends to sit by, but by the end of camp, there were lots of us that started hanging out with one another, and so we actually almost had to have two tables to sit all of us at meal times! It's really great when you can go to a place like that, not knowing anybody and then leave there making some of the best friends that you've ever had.

There were different activities for us to do every mid-afternoon, and we took full advantage of them. We even had the opportunity to leave the camp (with supervision, of course) and go explore the wilderness area around us as well as the civilized parts. By the middle of camp, I was yearning for something sweet, and ice cream at a local shoppe nearby was my savior in that instance--as well as many other campers who were of the same mindset as I!

Like I said that I would (or did I even say it?), I behaved very well during the whole ordeal and I can go to sleep at night knowing that I didn't do anything that I will later regret (not that I had the chance, or anything, but still...). "B" and I talked about our experiences on the way back, and we shared funny stories, complaints (sore feet, smelly people, etc.). He plans on going back next year, but as for me, since I'm now out of high school, I'll be unable to go back. I'm glad that I got the opportunity to go, however, and can't wait to hear how much fun he has next year.

Personal Stuff

As for stuff that doesn't have to deal with "B", I can't say that there are a lot. I've started working however, and so having a paycheck is nice. My sorta-supervisor is a cock who hits on anything with tits, but my boss is VERY cool. I like him a lot. My co-workers...well...I have mixed reactions. I like one of the girls because we get along just great (although she doesn't know about me), and I sorta like another one (but she smells like a certain foul body part that only a female has). The other one that my jerk of a supervisor hits on is about as shallow as a mud puddle, so I have no time to waste on her. The older guy (older than us teens, anyways) is awesome, and he always has ideas for the business and is always trying new things out, which I really like. Finally, the one I don't talk with a lot, I don't have a problem with. We work in different sections of the building, so we don't get a chance to talk a lot, but from what I can tell, he's a pretty nice guy.

Not-So-Personal Stuff

Ok, well, I had to come back to it, but as you're reading this, it's going to be (or be past, depending on when you read this) B's birthday. I bought him a CD of a musician that we both really like and admire. I know that he'll like it, because I've heard him talk about this particular musician before (in fact, he's borrowing one of my CDs of this musician as we speak), and he's said nothing but good things about him, so I thought that this would be a shoe-in, so to speak. I'm not sure when I'll give it to him, however. It may be before his actual birthday, so I don't have to go over while he's dealing with his family or anything like that, or afterwards. I'm thinking beforehand would be better, because it would seem like I'm more on the ball than everybody else. Hahaha!

Excuses

Here we are, about to end the article (mine, anyways), and I feel that, once again, it's not my best. My sincere apologies once again. The deadline crept up on me, and so I've had to type this out rather quickly (thank you 2nd semester keyboarding class!). I hope that next month I can write about something that I've wanted to write about for a long time but never had the chance to dive into it. And no, I'm not going to tell you what it is because I'd like for it to be a surprise (and it may get you to come back reading after all). It'll be semi-controversial, though, and I'm looking forward to tackling it. And it's going to take a lot of research, as well. That's all the clues that I'm going to give to you.

As far as the quality of this article, well, I think it's passable, although I'll do my best never to write something like this again. That is, of course, until the next excuse presents itself...

I've LOVED hearing from you all, and I hope that you continue to write me! Make sure--if you haven't already--to let me know what your personal thoughts are on an 18 year old and a 14 year old dating. While "B" and I aren't dating, I'd still like to know what you think about this sort of (non-sexual) relationship. Is it bad? good? am I wasting my time? should I be thrown in prison? All that I ask, once again, is that you read my articles from the past two months so that you can get a better picture of what really is going on here. Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon!

God Bless,

Mike

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Mike is an 18 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


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