This weekend was an exercise in indulgence. I didn’t go to the gym, or run errands, or do much of anything other than enjoy myself. Did I use the excuse of my birthday to genuinely have fun? Absolutely. Do I regret it? Absolutely not.
I had never seen a Broadway show before. I have stuck primarily to high school and community theatre productions, and the occasional semi-professional theatre downtown. But after the Pulse Nightclub shooting on June 12, Equality Florida and the cast of Fun Home came together to bring Fun Home to Orlando, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
I live in Orlando. I have lived in Orlando for most of my life. My office is a few streets over from the Pulse nightclub. When the news was unfolding all day, all morning, it was a shock. It was a shock that this could happen, in my town, a few streets away from my work.