The tipping point came about because of the Girl Scouts. Catherine mentioned she had been a Troop Leader in Malaysia.
“The girl scouts,” Casey laughed, “That’s worse than being a Republican.”
The response was immediate. “Listen Casey, what the frick is your problem with the Girl Scouts? They help girls all over the world.” Then Catherine added, “I am still a card carrying active Girl Scout.”
Casey tried to interrupt several times. She apologized. She said she had been thinking of the Boy Scouts, not the Girl Scouts. She ever so gently raised the issue of homophobia, her third mistake: all in the span of 15 seconds.
“What are you talking about?”, Catherine screamed, “We don’t talk about sex with the girls. We don’t ask about sexual preference. That whole subject would never come up. These are little girls. They don’t even know that word. Are you crazy?”
Steaming, Catherine hung up with a bang. When she called back within the hour, she and Casey seamlessly transitioned to talk about art and recipes and the impossibility of finding love and levity through the internet.