I must announce myself...but not reveal my cover. Over the years I have crafted a persona that blends well in this AO, although I think I may have let slip through some of the base personality. It's very difficult to maintain a sense of detachment here, you want to get involved. I've sat quietly whilst the locals have rallied, marched and chanted...making it well known that those of my group are most definately not welcome here.
I have feared that the locals would not understand (not that they could) nor would they accept me if they knew who and what I really was. A strange thought for a place that is so full of understanding and compassion...but not for me.
For years I have watched and listened, rarely speaking up, regretting when I did. It wasn't time yet, I could wait just a little longer. Listened as some of the locals said the most asinine things...biding my time...not causing trouble...don't let them think about what your beliefs and motivations are...it's not time yet.
The time however is now.
I am a Republican...I live in San Francisco...this is my tale.