The county where no one's gay

Mar 25, 2013 | Posted by: Gay And Proud | Full story: www.cnn.com

Franklin County, Mississippi (CNN) -- Statistically speaking, Franklin County should be straighter than John Wayne eating Chick-fil-A. The middle-of-nowhere rectangle in southwest Mississippi -- known for its pine forests, hog hunting and an infamous hate crime -- is home to exactly zero same-sex couples, according to an analysis of census data.

In other words: It's a place where gays don't exist.

At least not on paper.

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<quoted text>I used to enjoy the night out at a bar, when I was 24 or so. Now it is beyond tedious. I feel like the chaperone at the high school prom or something.

Plus, in MY day..oh, does that make me sound old or what, in my day cocktails were like 75 cents, call drinks a dollar ten. Now the cheapest go for like seven eight dollars, sometimes more. that gets pricey REAL fast. And, even drinking has become dull and old hat. Nothing 'better' than watching a group from out of town pound down shooters and scream in triumph at how much FUN they are having.
That describes every bar I've ever been to. I think the only reason I ever wanted to go was because I could. I guess I just assumed gay bars were somehow...different. I have a gay friend in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, he loves going, and he's close to 38. I think maybe that's why I assumed gay bars were different.

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I guess PS is still relatively inexpensive. Drinks in NYC often cost $12 -$20 each. And that's not even an exotic drink.
Yep, when we travel, we like to go to the most elegant place in town we can find...ONCE on a visit, I might add.

Last fall we went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas to visit their incredible 30th floor bar which faces the Strip on 3 sides and watch the sun set. it was lovely, but when the bill hit my table for two drinks it was FIFTY dollars. The view ain't THAT great. That was about the same as I paid for a tank of gas to DRIVE to Las Vegas the day before.

That did happen in New York also, for two drinks and that was in 1996 dollars. God knows what a similar venue cocktail would be today.

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Kimberling wrote:
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That describes every bar I've ever been to. I think the only reason I ever wanted to go was because I could. I guess I just assumed gay bars were somehow...different. I have a gay friend in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, he loves going, and he's close to 38. I think maybe that's why I assumed gay bars were different.
You know what, last year I visited a pal in Dallas and he took me out to a couple of places and boy, oh, boy, did I have a great time! I'm thinking it may have been me in vacation mode, but it was the most fun I had had on a pub crawl in years. I was amazed at the amount of clubs in Dallas. It beat out Palm Springs for amount of choice and even West Hollywood doesn't have that many lined up in one area.

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I agree. For years my life and my fiancee's social life revolved around the bars, and I too have not been to one in over 20 years.
But I find it hard to believe that they are all disappearing.
Isn't Damron's still around ?
Here is their website: http://damron.com/

I didn't explore it, but it appears they are into more than just a bay bar guide now.

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Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>I used to enjoy the night out at a bar, when I was 24 or so. Now it is beyond tedious. I feel like the chaperone at the high school prom or something.
Plus, in MY day..oh, does that make me sound old or what, in my day cocktails were like 75 cents, call drinks a dollar ten. Now the cheapest go for like seven eight dollars, sometimes more. that gets pricey REAL fast. And, even drinking has become dull and old hat. Nothing 'better' than watching a group from out of town pound down shooters and scream in triumph at how much FUN they are having.
There is a video bar in this town that airs show tune clips and that is a popular night, the only one I can tolerate. Luckily the demographic here is a bit more, uh, MATURE, and for once I don't feel like grandpa seated at the children's table.
I tended bar in two of the better known bars in town when I was in my early 20's. I watched a lot of older gay men get drunk and start trolling for tricks. Nothing sadder in my book. I was curious about life before my time, and talked to a lot of them when they were still sober. I found out a lot of history. I'd like to pass it on, but it's not my type of writing. And I most definitely do not want to become one of those, so I keep away. Besides, my hubby never liked the bars. And I usually only went to see drag shows.

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I guess PS is still relatively inexpensive. Drinks in NYC often cost $12 -$20 each. And that's not even an exotic drink.
To rich for my blood. I'll just stay at home an make my own Martinis. Never let it be said that Ralphie-Boy wasted any money.

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<quoted text>Yep, when we travel, we like to go to the most elegant place in town we can find...ONCE on a visit, I might add.
Last fall we went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas to visit their incredible 30th floor bar which faces the Strip on 3 sides and watch the sun set. it was lovely, but when the bill hit my table for two drinks it was FIFTY dollars. The view ain't THAT great. That was about the same as I paid for a tank of gas to DRIVE to Las Vegas the day before.
That did happen in New York also, for two drinks and that was in 1996 dollars. God knows what a similar venue cocktail would be today.
I read this post, and my computer went into sleep mode waiting for me to wake up from my faint. My sphincter tighten up so much it hurts to sit now. 50 bucks!!!!!

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I read this post, and my computer went into sleep mode waiting for me to wake up from my faint. My sphincter tighten up so much it hurts to sit now. 50 bucks!!!!!
We also got a lovely little dish of olives and tiny pickled tomatoes and soy coated peanuts and other savory thingies, all of them salty to pep up one's drink appetite, though.

We had to ASK for a window seat, however. At first she sat us near the back, with absolutely ZERO view, except for a slight peek at the far away mountains. I didn't come up here to stare at a wall, honey! Not at those prices.

Between you and me, the drink wasn't even that good. A TALL glass which I was in horror of knocking over, with thick blended fruit, a little rum or something in it, and a cherry and a sliced orange on top. I would have preferred one of your martinis from home, a plain glass, with a nice super market olive on a tooth pick.

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<quoted text>We also got a lovely little dish of olives and tiny pickled tomatoes and soy coated peanuts and other savory thingies, all of them salty to pep up one's drink appetite, though.
We had to ASK for a window seat, however. At first she sat us near the back, with absolutely ZERO view, except for a slight peek at the far away mountains. I didn't come up here to stare at a wall, honey! Not at those prices.
Between you and me, the drink wasn't even that good. A TALL glass which I was in horror of knocking over, with thick blended fruit, a little rum or something in it, and a cherry and a sliced orange on top. I would have preferred one of your martinis from home, a plain glass, with a nice super market olive on a tooth pick.
That's the way I fix them. I don't go for fru-fru drinks. I'm fru-fru enough without them. My food and my drinks are always down to earth. I'm a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I was in Vegas a couple of years back, and we ordered drinks at the bar in a casino. 2 Martinis cost $30, and of course there was the expected tip. I took a trip off the strip and bought the mixins' and made them in the room after that. Now I pack my suitcase with everything I need for drinks. Munchies I swipe from the buffet. Oh, and by the way, I save aluminum foil, string, and rubber bands, among other things. Ya never know when they will come in handy.

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That's the way I fix them. I don't go for fru-fru drinks. I'm fru-fru enough without them. My food and my drinks are always down to earth. I'm a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I was in Vegas a couple of years back, and we ordered drinks at the bar in a casino. 2 Martinis cost $30, and of course there was the expected tip. I took a trip off the strip and bought the mixins' and made them in the room after that. Now I pack my suitcase with everything I need for drinks. Munchies I swipe from the buffet. Oh, and by the way, I save aluminum foil, string, and rubber bands, among other things. Ya never know when they will come in handy.
Before all the Homeland security nonsense, you could take those cute little bottles of wine or champagne on the plane, they came in ideal at the hotel when you wanted a cheap cocktail before going out. Now, alas, you are nearly FORCED to buy expensive drinks out. One time, a friend and I brought a full bottle of champagne on the plane with us and the flight attendant was more than glad to serve it to us in flight. Those days are long gone.

PS..next time you go to Vegas...a tip I learned on line from a buffet review of Strip restaurants...get there right before they change the lunch prices to dinner. Usually at 4:30, so show up at 3:45, dawdle over your meal and at 4:30 they strip away the cheaper cuts and fired chicken with fillet mignon and pheasant and replace herring with smoked salmon and bring out crab legs instead of lettuce and tomato. You get full access to the better stuff and save about $12 per diner! Works every time.

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<quoted text>Before all the Homeland security nonsense, you could take those cute little bottles of wine or champagne on the plane, they came in ideal at the hotel when you wanted a cheap cocktail before going out. Now, alas, you are nearly FORCED to buy expensive drinks out. One time, a friend and I brought a full bottle of champagne on the plane with us and the flight attendant was more than glad to serve it to us in flight. Those days are long gone.
PS..next time you go to Vegas...a tip I learned on line from a buffet review of Strip restaurants...get there right before they change the lunch prices to dinner. Usually at 4:30, so show up at 3:45, dawdle over your meal and at 4:30 they strip away the cheaper cuts and fired chicken with fillet mignon and pheasant and replace herring with smoked salmon and bring out crab legs instead of lettuce and tomato. You get full access to the better stuff and save about $12 per diner! Works every time.
another tip: Go downtown. The resorts have all gotten just as expensive as eating out in NYC: They're catering to the convention crowds, and meals are no longer subsidized by the gaming operations. But downtown still feels the need to offer good food cheap to draw the patrons in.

I particularly like the microbrew at the Queens and the fixe prix at their steak house.
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Now if we could only move up to a country where no one's gay, then a world where no one's gay!

Utopia!!!

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Now if we could only move up to a country where no one's gay, then a world where no one's gay!
Utopia!!!
Try the People's Demokratik Socialist Republik of Kanada.

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Now if we could only move up to a country where no one's gay, then a world where no one's gay!
Utopia!!!
Now if you could stop lying and stop making up false homelands, it would be a utopia.

What a skeevy little lying coward.

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<quoted text>Before all the Homeland security nonsense, you could take those cute little bottles of wine or champagne on the plane, they came in ideal at the hotel when you wanted a cheap cocktail before going out. Now, alas, you are nearly FORCED to buy expensive drinks out. One time, a friend and I brought a full bottle of champagne on the plane with us and the flight attendant was more than glad to serve it to us in flight. Those days are long gone.
PS..next time you go to Vegas...a tip I learned on line from a buffet review of Strip restaurants...get there right before they change the lunch prices to dinner. Usually at 4:30, so show up at 3:45, dawdle over your meal and at 4:30 they strip away the cheaper cuts and fired chicken with fillet mignon and pheasant and replace herring with smoked salmon and bring out crab legs instead of lettuce and tomato. You get full access to the better stuff and save about $12 per diner! Works every time.
I learned that trick long ago. I'm very frugal,fixed income you know, so I watch and listen carefully to save a few bucks. I actually learned that trick from a gay woman I met in line waiting for the buffet.

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another tip: Go downtown. The resorts have all gotten just as expensive as eating out in NYC: They're catering to the convention crowds, and meals are no longer subsidized by the gaming operations. But downtown still feels the need to offer good food cheap to draw the patrons in.
I particularly like the microbrew at the Queens and the fixe prix at their steak house.
That's a good tip. Also, you can travel in any direction away from the strip, and find more moderately priced restaurants. I suppose most folks are just to lazy to leave the strip.

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