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The Gay Chameleon - Forty-Something Gay, ep. 40

Updated on August 28, 2008

First allow me to say that I can't even believe this is my 40th video blog installment!!! Quick, someone get me a series all ready!!

Forty-Something Gay, episode 40 - The Gay Chameleon - While it's true that we gays tend to love and get a lot of attention, I think we spend a lot of our lives trying to blend in. How many times in your life have you found yourself picking up the accent or phrasing of the person you were talking to? My friend, that makes you a gay chameleon too! Read, watch and enjoy more Scott @

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      Isabella Snow 9 years ago

      I tend to pick up phrasings and words and mannerisms of people I admire. At least, this was true when I was a child and a teenager -- it's pretty rare I encounter anyone I admire these days, so I haven't done that for a while. Maybe we just emulate those traits we'd like to have, or those we think would be fun to have, if only for that car ride?

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      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Now that's too funny! WhenI was 17 I traveled to Europe to be with my sister when her firstborn came along. Afterward I traveled to Austria, and since I spoke some German I got into some interesting train conversations - always one of the great things I loved about traveling in Europe!

      Anyway, they had some cousin in Chicago and wanted to know if I knew him. Actually, he had a car dealership and I said I knew of him, which they either mistook or I misspoke, and they began barraging me with questions about why he never called, wrote, came to family reuiinions, etc, etc.

      Then, out of the blue, they looked worried and wondered if he had been killed by Al Capone! I said I doubted that since Capone had been dead for a few decades by then, but they asked me if I would take a note to him, which I ended up doing.

      Another time I was in San Fransicso at a place called Tommy's Place, which is famous for its hundreds of beers and really good corned beef sandwiches. They had three kinds of hot mustard - way too hot, ridiculously hot and don't even try it. Of course I took the third one and still have heartburn today, some 30 years later!

      Anyway, I had lost touch with an old Air Force friend and as we're sitting there eating lunch, guess who walks in but my old buddy! Small world, and not the only time when an old friend just suddenly crossed paths with me.

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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      That's great Chef Jeff, I love the whole "meet the Australian" thing. I once had a friend's father upon learning I was Jewish, pull out a business card from someone he had recently met and then asked me, "He's Jewish too, do you know him?" Although many would say something to the contrary, let me assure that all us Jews don't know one another nor do us gays but sometimes the Jews know the gays and well, it just all gets so damn confusing.

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      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Yeah, even us Straities find the blend in necessary at times.  When visiting my much more Conservative friends and relatives, I seldom talk about "Hey, I'm voting for Obama!" because I will be eating in the back yard with the family pit bull.  And he will be eyeing my steak with the attitude that I am sweating, and he is not, therefore, he WILL get my meal!

      My friends who are gay often do the blending is with deft ability, so that some people find it hard later to believe they are gay.  Maybe that's where I learned it from????

      Anyway, once I was wearing my old "Austrlian Bush Hat" and some guy comes up to me and asks in I am Australian.  Admittedly. at that time in my life I was strongly thinking of moving there, so I did my best to imitate their accents, which, also admittedly, were few and far between to find.  So I learned the old song "Tie me kangaroo down, sport," until I was pretty good at it.

      So I do my best as I'm reading a book on sailboats, which i also loved at that time, and he calls his wife & kids over to meet "The Australian."  I kept it up all the way to the end and even remembered to use the accent when I bought the book.

      Then once in Chicago I pretended to be an Italian, and again I had a small following listening to every word I spoke, asking me questions and answering my questions in return.

      I was a pretty good actor in those days!

      So, my advice is - blend in when you want to have some fun, and blend out when you want to have even more fun!

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      Raye 9 years ago from Seattle, WA

      OMG, to blend or not to blend. Best not-blend was in high school when my best friend and I were on vacation in Hilton Head, SC and played miniature golf with fake British accents to fight off the urge to speak with Southern ones. And all the locals around us believed it! Ah, to be 16 again... Having had some theatrical background, I'd say I tend to blend more often than not.

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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Ms Sooz - the image is stolen from Wicked the Broadway the show, love the image, named my cats for characters from the show!

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      Ms Sooz 9 years ago from Northern California

      This is the first time i've seen your video blog, so true! Everyone adopts their friends/associates way of speaking if you are around them enough. When I went back to Oklahoma I ended up with a slight accent while I was there, because it was how all of our family spoke. Thanks for the post :)

      Ah, PS- I love your profile image!