So for my first entry, I thought I start it off with a little humor. Can’t always be so serious right? I mentioned in the “About Cricket” section the gay voice. I don’t bring up this topic often and I have had some “heated” conversations about it. Mainly is the “gay voice” done on purpose or is it natural and unchangeable. My partner seems to think that most gay men intentionally have a high pitched voice or add on the lisp. He thinks it is away for people to know the person with the voice is gay without the guy saying anything. Or maybe a mating call of some sort. Well, I have said gay voice. It’s not lispy, just gay. I don’t know how to explain it other than the gay voice. But if you have spent any time in the gay community, you know exactly what I am talking about. So my partner and I go back and forth about it being intentional or something you’re born with. I stand firmly that you are born with it. I’m sure some people may intensify it, but for me it’s just how I speak. However, I know where my partner is coming from. For example my brother can do a great impression of the gay voice. And it’s pretty dead on even though he is not gay. And no, I don’t find offense when he does it. I think it’s quite comical.
Okay, so why bring up the gay voice again… because people need to know the difference between the gay voice and a woman’s voice. I say that jokingly because I am often confused as being a woman on the phone. It doesn’t bother me and I could really care less. And when it happened this past week I thought it’d be fun to share. My job is done mostly over the phone. You could say I help people manage certain aspects of their lives. Well, the other day I was speaking to a 95 year old male customer who on the phone called me “honey”. I was a little taken aback, I mean had it been a gay friend of mine I won’t of thought twice, but this old man calling me “honey”… Hilarious! It wasn’t before long I found out why. He asked for my name again and when I told him (by the way I have a very common male name) he then proceeds to tell me “well that’s a peculiar name for a woman”. I’m thinking, “oh no here we go again”. He then proceeds to call me Janice. I then try again to explain to him that I am a man and my name is not Janice. I obviously failed because when we got off the phone he told me, “Thank you ma’am for all your help”. Ah well… he’s 95, I’ll let him have this one. So there you go, beware when speaking on the phone.