This was the first time I'd been back to Cape Cod and didn't make a stop at 80 Queen Ann Road in Harwich, where I grew up; my parents left a couple months ago for Maine. I did, however, make another sort of pilgrimmage this past weekend - to the Mallory Dock in Hyannis. Outside of Provincetown, the Mallory Dock is the only gay bar on the Cape. When I was a kid, jokes about "fags" centered as much around the Mallory Dock as they did around Provincetown.
Arriving on the Cape around 10:30pm last Friday, I convinced Dan to head with me to the bar to see what it was like, as I had never been. It was about what I had expected. While all of the patrons we talked to said it was uncharacteristically slow that night, 10 people were all I was expecting to see. We had a drink (a steal at $7 for a vodka/soda, and double the size of any cocktail served in Chelsea), played some pool, met a couple guys (one of whom lived in my hometown), and then headed off.
It felt oddly warm to be there. Nice to stop by. Everyone seemed to know everyone else (except for Dan and me, which is probably why we got plenty of glances, being the fresh meat in the bar), which is nice - to visit.
BTW, how much do I love that on Fridays they give AARP discounts. Perfect!