Dallas Pride Today 9/16/12 — And Frustration Ensues, SIGH...

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    Sep 16, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    I don't normally like to make these whiny rants, but I don't have gay friends, so I'm going to vent here. (Any RJ'ers in Dallas please let me know where to park in the "Gayborhood," near Cedar Springs though for future reference! )

    So today was supposed to be my 1st pride ever, except that by the time I got there it had already ended! I drove around for nearly an hour looking for parking! It was insane. Finally, I parked several blocks away (Dallas gays–where do y'all PARK?!) and walked there...by the time I got there, people were leaving and there was just garbage and broken beer bottles lying in dirty puddles (yes, it was raining as well).

    My few gay acquaintances of mine had already left by then. The only people that talked to me were a few groups of butch lesbians...no offense but that is NOT my target audience. Finally, I was so disgusted by all the cigarette smoke, reefer smoke, and general filth that I decided to walk back to my car (as I was afraid my car might get towed). Then a really cute girl sitting in a truck rolled down her window to chat me up. That was the only positive thing that happened there...only she was female.

    Sigh...I assumed that Pride would go on all day, not just the morning and early afternoon? I had to go to lunch with my parents first, so I got there after 3 PM and finding parking and walking there took an hour at least.
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    Sep 16, 2012 11:59 PM GMT
    active_athlete saidI don't normally like to make these whiny rants, but I don't have gay friends, so I'm going to vent here. (Any RJ'ers in Dallas please let me know where to park in the "Gayborhood," near Cedar Springs though for future reference! )

    So today was supposed to be my 1st pride ever, except that by the time I got there it had already ended! I drove around for nearly an hour looking for parking! It was insane. Finally, I parked several blocks away (Dallas gays–where do y'all PARK?!) and walked there...by the time I got there, people were leaving and there was just garbage and broken beer bottles lying in dirty puddles (yes, it was raining as well).

    My few gay acquaintances of mine had already left by then. The only people that talked to me were a few groups of butch lesbians...no offense but that is NOT my target audience. Finally, I was so disgusted by all the cigarette smoke, reefer smoke, and general filth that I decided to walk back to my car (as I was afraid my car might get towed). Then a really cute girl sitting in a truck rolled down her window to chat me up. That was the only positive thing that happened there...only she was female.

    Sigh...I assumed that Pride would go on all day, not just the morning and early afternoon? I had to go to lunch with my parents first, so I got there after 3 PM and finding parking and walking there took an hour at least.


    I would have gone if I had a car but... I have my reservations about it still-- mostly for the parking, crowds of people, cig smoke (which I hate), and general filth you so speak of. icon_neutral.gif

    Oh well.
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    Sep 17, 2012 12:20 AM GMT
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    active_athlete said


    I would have gone if I had a car but... I have my reservations about it still-- mostly for the parking, crowds of people, cig smoke (which I hate), and general filth you so speak of. icon_neutral.gif

    Oh well.


    Aaaahh! I forgot you lived in the Dallas area. It was kind of last minute though and I didn't think it through...I should've just taken DART, but I've never taken DART before so I didn't know which stop to get off at, etc. Dallas is so confusing for me b/c I live in the 'burbs.

    Oh...and how in the hell do you survive in Texas without a car?! This isn't NYC or Boulder or Portland...
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    Sep 17, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    lol so u went to gay pride and all u got was hit on by lesbians and another girl? sounds like it wasnt much of a pride lol
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    Sep 17, 2012 1:24 AM GMT
    Ha no worries,my first gay pride I went with my sis. So you didn't made it to this years pride, there's always next year. Is really the same shit, just wait for next years,and hopefully with a group of friends. My buddy attended Dallas pride. I couldn't go for i had to work. Don't stress about it , its not the end of the world....I'm pretty sure theres another pride fest happening else where sometime soon.

    Typing on my phone,so give me a break /:
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    Sep 17, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    The sum total of the Pride celebration only lasts 2 hours? Lord, even here in backassward Ohio is goes on all weekend!
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    Sep 17, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    The best way to do it is to stay overnight the night before at TheGuyNextDoor's house and then you can just walk over!
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    Sep 17, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    Double Sigh

    it's all good though; sure you just lost my number or something.
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    Sep 17, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    Ah, was that today?
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    Sep 17, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    I think rain tamed the event along with it being on Sunday. Many people (myself included) had to leave early. We didn't even go to the parade we just did brunch in the Gayborhood and then headed home.
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    Sep 17, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidDouble Sigh

    it's all good though; sure you just lost my number or something.


    You're in Dallas?? icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 17, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
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    camfer saidThe best way to do it is to stay overnight the night before at TheGuyNextDoor's house and then you can just walk over!

    LOL.. actually, it's 2 blocks walking distance of my front door and there's a ton of pre-parties you can crash on your way. Just gotta know your way around the hood!


    LOL...problem is I don't know my way around Dallas. I just went to the "strip" my first time with a gay acquaintance for the first time 2 weeks ago and this was my 2nd time there. (I didn't even try stuff w/ guys until nearly 2 months ago.) The first time I went my car got towed (I'm from the suburbs where I can park anywhere and not worry), so this time I was friggin' paranoid about parking.

    (Also, how come whenever I go to Dallas, I get mosquito bites? I keep hearing about West Nile...)
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    Sep 17, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    cajun504 saidlol so u went to gay pride and all u got was hit on by lesbians and another girl? sounds like it wasnt much of a pride lol


    To be fair, I was on Cedar Springs for maybe a maximum of 15 minutes. I spent most of the time on US-75 getting to Dallas and then driving around endlessly looking for a spot, where I could legally park w/o getting towed. The ONLY time anyone even talked to me was when I was walking to the gay area...the first group that talked to me was a group of lesbians, who asked, "Are you gay like us too?" The next time was when I was walking back to my car and the cute (straight) girl asked if I was having a good day...