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A Car for MEN

Monday, April 7th, 2008


Before he died of AIDS,  my friend Tim Schapp, must have told this story 100-times.  He said it gave him a lot of confidence – along with great laughs.


It was sometime in the ‘70’s.  I had just purchased this Fiat Spider with red leather seats and a polished, wooden steering wheel.  It could KICK ASS! (between visits to the shop). On the day I bought it, Tim and I were driving to Cape Cod for our annual, 5-day summer blow -out.  At over 70-miles/ hour, top down, screaming down the New York State Thruway, I was the first straight friend  to whom he ‘came out.’

“I have something to tell you,” he said all heavy-like, “I’m gay.”

I immediately responded.  Years later, thinking about it, I reacted the same way I know my Father would have reacted – had I told  him the same thing.  My reply?

“What does this have to do with me?”