Take Pride In Stride

| Friendly | October 30, 2014

(My friend and I are downtown waiting for the Pride Parade to start. The streets are crowded with people, some of them in very unconventional dress even though Victoria is normally quite conservative. My friend has the magic ability to be instantly friends with anyone, and people tell me I look like a ‘helpful librarian,’ so it’s not surprising when a confused-looking tourist approaches us.)

Tourist: “Um, hello.”

Friend: “Hi there!”

Tourist: “I was wondering if you could help me. Is there some kind of… event… happening today?”

Me: “Uh, yeah. It’s Pride, dude.”

Tourist: “…pride?”

Friend: “Yeah, you know, gay pride.” *she gestures at the rainbow flags flying everywhere* ” It’s so much fun! The parade starts in fifteen minutes.”

Tourist: “Oh. Oh! Oh, that makes sense. Okay, thank you so much. And may I say, you two are a lovely couple.”

(He wanders away, satisfied. My friend and I look at each other.)

Me: “So basically, he thought topless women and guys in kink gear normally roam the streets of Victoria?”

Friend: “Guess so. Hey, if we’re a couple now, can I touch your boobs?”

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