Travelling in the DC metro rails is always an experience for me. Something strange has to happen everytime I travel. Once it was a bunch of excessively tattoed teenagers, next a Howard Dean political group, next time a group of anti-war demonstrators and then now an interesting conversation.
OK, today's conversation on the train is what I'm going to discuss here. On the way home tonight from downtown DC, the passenger in the seat behind mine was visibly sozzled (drunk!). He couldnt sit straight leave alone stand up straight. He broke the ice by asking me where I was from to which I answered "India". Upon which he tattled off a long diatribe against G.W.Bush and left me wondering what in the world I had said to invoke such hatred from nowhere.
After 5 mins of his tirade he paused to question if I was gay. Now, he had definetly gotten too personal at this point and I didnt want to continue the conversation but for some reason I blurted out "No, are you?". He replied in the affirmative. That made me a little queasy but neverthless I tried my best to ignore him. The next thing he said was as strange as the entire conversation so far.. "Today is my 10th anniversary of being HIV positive". At this point I was definetly uncomfortable but anyway hung on to sanity with the hope that he might get off at the next stop. And sure enough he did. At first I was relieved, but in the 15 minutes of journey that ensued I felt very guilty for feeling the way I did.
I didnt mind him being gay or HIV positive but it was the first time I had come into contact with such a person. Its nice and dandy to hear and see such people on TV and radio but reality is a difference experience.
Its been 20 years since I am traveling by DC Metro rail.Travelling in the DC metro rails has always been exciting experience.You meet different kinds of peeople.But yesterday something strange happened. On the way home tonight from Fort Totten as usual, the commuter in the seat ahead mine was absolutely drunk. He was almost collapsed. He started the conversation by asking whether I am from India.I said I from Mexico. Next 30 minutes followed was series of lectures on anti war,conditions of prisoners and so on.He even went back in 1979 of that Iran embassy hostage case.Ok,fine.I can listen to people of different kind. But what will be your reaction if you are asked in the train whether you are a gay or straight! I replied negatively.I asked "Are you?" to which he replied yes and said he is president(east coast) of "Gay association of immigrants from India" Enough said,finally gave a major blow by saying whether I want to join celebration party.For what?This guy is celebrating 17th aniversary of his suffering from Hepatic and Splenic Bacillary Peliosis!!Next 10 minutes he again explained me everythng about disease.I was not at all listening to him.After sometime I was feeling guilty. Last 20 years,I saw varius types of people in journey.But never saw this kind of guy.