The thing that triggered it was a discussion of the Patriot Act, of all things; she commented, I disagreed, she replied, I replied again... and suddenly she was angry with me, and accusing me of being a pervert. Let me repeat that; she accused me of being a pervert because I had made the effort to be her friend (which I had done because I had stumbled across her in the usual DJ drift, and liked her cartoons).
About ten years ago, while struggling through a midlife career change, I realized that I really wanted to teach high school; I found out that I really enjoy dealing with teenagers, and that I have a gift for teaching. I also realized that it was economically impossible for me to go into teaching at this point in my life without going through bankruptcy, which I will not do. I have also been assured by any number of current teachers that I would never survive the administrative political bullshit, which seems true.
The idea of being afraid to make friends is offensive to me; I am trying very hard to not allow modern paranoia to affect my behavior; I am doing my best to live a righteous and courageous life.
Tonight, that got be accused of being a pedophile.
There just are no words.