Ever since becoming a heretic myself, I have been looking forward to new opportunities to distract missionaries. So far I haven't had much success living out in the middle of nowhere.
But this summer, over the July 4th holiday, I ran into a couple of Elders setting up a display in Alexandria, VA. One Elder was so distracted by me that he was watching me rather than paying attention to the fact that the folded-poster he was setting up was upside down. At which point I started to fumble for my camera.
I was standing about 30 feet away when I finally took a picture but unfortunately, in the mean time, the other Elder noticed and had him correct it. Bummer, it would have been awesome, a picture of a Mormon missionary watching me as he was setting up a poster upside down. I was tempted to walk over there and ask him to recreate the scene for me so I could take a picture.
Lesson learned. Never put away camera!
They were sort of giving each other "high fives" for whatever reason as they noticed me take their picture. I was with two other somewhat regular looking gay guys who both looked like tourists, but I stood out, I was wearing knee high boots. I would like to think he was enamored with my boots. Many people are. I mean I totally understand if he was as I can totally relate.
When I was a missionary in New Zealand back in the early 91, I found myself distracted, ...erm VERY distracted by guys in those one piece motorcycle leathers with matching boots and helmet as they zipped down the road on their matching sport bikes. I HAD to watch them! I could not look away! Every time they went buy I twisted my body around in the car seat to continue watching! It's just one of those things. Leather clad male bodies drive me wild! My companion, however, was in his own world. Staring down the road. Lost in his own head somewhere thinking about his girlfriend at home or the fact he was leaving the mission in about a month anyway. He had no idea.
Anyway, here's the picture I finally got:
|July 3, 2010: Alexandria, VA|
So young, so earnest, so naïve. Those were the days. I'm glad they're over.
And here is a shot of me in my boots: