A recent conversation with a good friend who is, shall we say, much more conservative than I:
Me: I’m moving to New York, and trying to figure out what neighborhood to live in. Where do you live, again?
Friend: Washington Heights
Me: Do you like it?
Friend: It’s a great community of singles and young married couples, I have fun here, I don’t particularly like my roommates but that’s okay, our lease ends in May and I’m looking for a new apartment. Hey, do you need a roommate?
Me: Actually, yes. But I should tell you something. I have a boyfriend who live a couple hours away from NY, he’ll be visiting every so often and I’d want him to stay with me. I don’t know if you’re okay with that, but I just wanted to put everything out in the air.
Friend: Well, I think you know how I feel about that [I do, she would feel extremely uncomfortable]. But, you can always look for someone else who is comfortable with it, and if not, you can try to find a small one bedroom place and just live by yourself.
Me: Well, if everyone there is going to disapprove of my lifestyle, I’m not sure I want to live there.
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. My beef with the Orthodox community. Or atleast, one of many beefs with it.
Side note: Was that correct usage of the term “beef”?