They deserve it
Random Girl: You threw her a birthday party? You’re such a good guy!
Me: (shaking head) Nah, it’s a less the quality of my character, and much more the quality of hers. Anywho, that’s her story, not yours. What’s your name again?
We all stayed for a bit longer but I ended up trying to avoid several people that night, for various reasons.
Which, let’s be honest, sounds about right.
Him: Logan! You gotta stop drinking, or you’re going to do something you’re going to regret.
Me: With them? (shaking head) They’re not the women you should be worried about with me.
Him: All the more reason to stop. (stepping away) I’m getting you some water.
Me: Yeah. (nodding, sliding into seat) That’s probably a good idea. Yeah…
There was one woman I spoke to that night who wasn’t a rando, though, and it was the most interesting conversation I had that night.
She was actually the wife of a friend and she asked me some questions about my past; turns out that she (kinda) knew me before I became the me you know
You see, she knew me when I drank with the Devil. But that’s a story for another time.
Her: Holy s__t! I was there that night! I must have met you!
Me: (laughing) I was the grey man. Very few people actually knew or met me, which is how I liked it.
Her: (later) Do you remember B? And C? Man, I had such a crush on B!
Me: (laughing) Haven’t heard that name in decades. C called his group, Jade after a chick – well, Jade was my girlfriend. But she was a lifetime ago. It was all a lifetime ago. (shaking head) I’m not that person anymore. Not even a little bit. (looking around club) OK, maybe a little bit…
That couple went home – but not before handing me some red envelopes – and I sat down at our tables with my thoughts about all my possible pasts.
Shoot, I also need to thank my cousin Ras and her husband Kit – they gave me a red envelope for my son as well. More on that in a future entry.
Anywho, everyone slowly left, one-by-one.
Him: I gotta go. You should go home, too.
Him: Why not?
Me: (shrugging) Because I won’t leave Mouse alone on her birthday if she wants to keep hanging out.
Him: We’re all too old for this. She’s too old for this, now.
Me: (laughing) Well, me for sure. Look, I gotta make sure she gets home ok.
Him: She’s not your responsibility.
Me: (shrugging) She is tonight.
Afterward, Mouse and a handful of friends went to the hookah bar next door. The one with the weird bathrooms.
Her: We are at hooks place.
Hadn’t done anything like that since my dad passed of lung cancer, but I knew she enjoyed it so I went.
I made the waiter laugh and told him it was her birthday so he comped us a plate of fries.
Him: You’re funny.
Me: My life’s nuthin if not one tremendous f_____g joke, man. I’m gonna need some water. And some complex carbohydrates.
It was well past 2AM when we finally left. It was just Mouse and me at the end.
Mouse: Thanks for doing that. Everything. Even the hooka bar; I know how against that you are what with your dad and all.
Me: Of course. It was your night. You get anything you want, if it’s in my ability. You deserve it.
Her: My friends were impressed.
Me: Well, win for me, then. So, what now?
There’s more but that’s between her and me.
I did everything I intended to do and more – both for her and Chad. That felt good.
The night went exactly as I had hoped it would. Better even, actually. They both left for home with huge smiles on their faces.
Like I said, if anyone deserved it, it was the two of them. Each for their own special reasons. We pick the people we choose to care about, for reasons none of us can fully articulate, but that we all innately understand.
Chad and I spoke the next day.
Him: I just wanted to say thanks for doing that. I had a great time.
Me: Good. That’s all I wanted.
My reward for alla this? Slept like the dead for 13 glorious, uninterrupted hours.
For someone that doesn’t sleep well but dreams a lot, that’s a win too.
Unrelated to everything, did you see the Star Wars Fight Scene breakdown Chad and I did?
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Location: bed, glorious bed
Music: I’ll wait for somethin’ more