Me: Hola! How are you?
Him: Doing well! I’m in the city now. Thought you might have time.
I got a text the other day from a friend-of-a-friend and was without the boy so the next thing you know, I’m downtown near my buddy Pac’s place and getting some Vietnamese food and discussing some business.
Me: Do you want to get a drink?
Struck up a conversation with the girlie sitting next to me.
Me: Sorry, are you Asian?
Her: I’m half. My last name’s Godwin.
Me: (later) I have to ask, how old are you?
Me: Of course you are.
Her: How old are you?
Me: You’ll have to guess,.
Me: I’m so not. But it was a pleasure to meet you, Ms. Godwin.
We bounced up to Ferns in the East Village where we met up with several of his co-workers.
Him: How do I only work a couple of days a week?
Me: (shrugging) Have the people you love die and leave you money. Trust me, I’d rather be in your shoes than mine. (shaking head) Sorry, that went dark. I should go.
I politely made my leave with my buddy and his friends.
Me: It was a pleasure meeting you all. (put on my red leather jacket)
Her: Whoa, Logan – you just seriously leveled up!
Me: (laughing) Wait, you haven’t seen the lining yet.
I bought the jacket when Alison got pregnant with the boy and we were close to giving birth. It was a present to myself; custom made with a custom lining.
Never wore it until six months after my dad passed. By then, I was so tired of black.
In any case, I left because I wanted to see someone.
Me: How about the hooka place near Solas?
The waiter there recognized me immediately – a red leather jacket does come in handy – and we had a few drinks.
Afterwards, we headed over to a local Japanese udon shop, Udon West.
Her: Starving! But I’m a pescatarian.
Me: (nodding) Of course you are.
It was late by the time she and I headed over to my place.
Her: We’re just friends, you know.
Me: Heavens, of course.
There’s more but that’s all I wanted to tell you for now.
The thing about living in Manhattan is that there always seems to be something to distract you from everything, right around the corner.
I could use some distractions.
Location: earlier today, playing volleyball with a balloon and the boy
Music: you’re the only reason I go downtown on the weekend