September 1997

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to yet another exciting and entertaining column from the one and only. . . JOSHUA!!!!

The Wonderful World Of Work

A few days after I sent in my August column, my factory received a rather large order, and to be able to meet our production quotas, everyone has been offered all the overtime they want. . . literally! I've worked almost every day since then and put in extra hours each day -- let me tell you, overtime makes for a very lovely check come payday. It does take a toll on me however, I mean it seems like all I do is eat, sleep, and work. . . which tends to make my boyfriend Mike rather unhappy. And sometimes when we're together, I'm not in the mood for anything. . . I feel asleep one time while he was giving me a blow job. . . that's BAD!

Mike's a very understanding guy, so that helps things out a lot, but it's still rough for me being away from him so much. We just have to make the most of the time we have together. On one of my rare days off this past month, we spent practically the whole day together, and it was so awesome to be able to continue on where we left off in our relationship.

Last month, I mentioned about a house that I was interested in buying and I've decided that I want to go for it. My parents are really happy about that, because they've always told me that buying a house is probably the most important purchase you make in your life, next to a college education. Now I have to decide about selling my apartment building, or keeping that and letting my tenants pay my house payments? I'm really caught up in that debate, because that apartment is a steady source of income, but at the same time I'd like to have a more private home, and a permanent one at that.

Another thing that keeps coming up is that Mike has been hinting about possibly wanting to move in with me, this is something that I've offered to him before but he was reluctant to take me up on. Things aren't much better at home for him, and he's torn between living with me and being around for his little brother, David, who's basically out of the closet for all practical purposes. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes!

David is starting puberty and there's a noticeable increase in tension within their household, it's almost where you can sense it as soon as you walk into the place. There's an argument going on between him and his parents on such a regular basis that I actually try to avoid going over there, but I can't really stay away. Sometimes it's a lot like the scene from the Pearl Jam video "Jeremy" where the kid is yelling at his parents.

When David's around me he's a totally different person, and the same is true when he spends time alone with Mike. He turns into this totally easy going person, and is so relaxed with us. . . maybe it's because he knows he's around two guys he can relate to? We really don't talk about gay issues with him;actually, that stuff never really comes up. Now the concept of gay bars makes more sense to me!

A big thing that he fights with his parents about CONSTANTLY is that he wants them to go to a PFLAG meeting, and they are just not too hip on that concept at all!! I understand the issue from both sides, but I think that maybe he's pushing them a little bit to hard, and they're trying to protect him. He also made it clear that this school year he's going to come out to his classmates. I had a very, very long talk with him about that one and I hopefully talked him out of that idea. I'm not against people coming out, but he's taking too huge of a risk considering that he goes to a very conservative school system. It's not like he attends the Harvey Milk School!

Well, I have to cut this one short, but I'll make up for it next time.


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