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  • After exGay, nudist, exhibitionist, cult vitamin selling Mark moved out, the property owner returned a sense of modesty to the house next door by first putting the living room curtains back up, then having a work crew clear out the back yard.

    The bougainvillea by the garage was torn out. The old shrub roses removed. All the old fruit trees from the persimmons and pomegranates to the lemons and oranges were cut down. They didn't bother touching the huge blackberry bramble.

    The owner put the property up for sale, telling John that he was tired of dealing with renters. Soon enough, the for sale sign came down and we had new neighbors yet again. This time a married thirty-something yuppie Chinese couple. Unlike the previous renters they’ve paid attention to both house and yard. Rebuilding the path down the hill, planting trees, and after they had a child, building patios for him to play in.

    Over the decade and a half that John and I have lived in our home, or rather, from the two, now nearly three decades that we know about it, the house next door has gotten straighter and straighter. From openly gay couple, to closeted single gay man, to exgay man, to a straight married couple with child. A journey complete. Then again, I did once see the boy in the driveway, playing by twirling around in a circle flapping his arms about in a not entirely masculine way while yelling out to the world "Look at me! Look at me!"

    In truth, this is a sign of nothing, though I like to think that it hints that the journey is not over and the trend may someday change. 
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