The venue was nice, however.
"Very Nor-Cal," the "Nor-Cal" girl in the line in front of me announced to her non-Nor-Cal friends. Gauging by the shop, I'm guessing this "Nor-Cal" place is completely inhabited by sporty white people and is very well air conditioned.
Anyway, the ostensible topics of the night were real estate, the cold of Chicago vs. the heat of New Orleans, real estate, wine, restaurants, cheese, and real estate (standard yuppie chatter...do people still use that word?)
Anyway, the tacit topic, simmering underneath all this small talk, however, was whether or not Doctor number 3 was gay.
Of course I'd been briefed on the evidence pro and con beforehand by Dennis, the only other non doctor there.
I'd met these friends of his a few times before, but Doctor number 3, only once. They'd all known him for years, and still hadn't quite decided what the deal was. Sometimes it takes a lifetime. Sometimes even longer.
Dennis was eager to have my input, though my gaydar is notoriously faulty.
The evidence presented, before the meeting, was thus:
1. He is noticeably flirty, but in a non-sexual way. He was toward me the first time I met him, and again tonight actually, but then he does this to most folks it seems.
2. He's never been involved with any woman that anyone knows about...and these are his long term best friends.
3. He's never been involved with any man either, that anyone knows about.
4. He favors platonic female friends and gay male friends.
5. His family history (which was not elaborated upon) is "crazy". What that means, I have no idea, but I speculate it's important.
6. He's more than a little interested in grooming, fitness and clothes, but not to an excessive extent, however.
Oh, yeah, and the coup de grace:
7. He's distractingly good looking. I mean dangerously so.
Anyway, I couldn't help much with the judgement, but the cheese was good.
Ultimately, however, I lean more to the "straight" side. I think some of the gay talk is wishful thinking, but I could be wrong. I've met him but twice, very superficially.
I think the tally is equally divided on both sides still.
It just may be a case that may never be solved, kind of like, you know, Rock Hudson.