A goddamn rock
Used to go there every week or so for years. Turned 30 there. Also found a lost heart once on the long walk home from there as well.
And old habits are hard to break
Me: Hi. My name’s Logan, and you are…?
Her: (laughing, takes hand) Joan.
Me: Joan. Y’know, I knew a lovely girl named Joan in college…
I asked another woman to take a picture of me and my friends.
Me: Focus on me, the others don’t matter.
Which was a joke, of course. Because the night was only bearable because of them.
Me: You’re 27 right? You don’t have a drink?
Pez: Yes. And no.
Me: (handing her mine) Here’s a gin and tonic. Do you know the story about how it came about?
Her: (laughing) No.
Me: Great, I’ll tell it to you. It started when the British were in India…
Think I was fine, for the most part; was there a few hours. But then the bouncer – who’s an old and dear friend – showed up and I totally broke down. I remember introducing him to Alison.
“I’m gonna marry that girl one day, man. You watch.”
He gave me a bear hug and said he was sorry. The owner came out and gave me a hug and and handshake too, which only caused me to break down once again.
Me: I never thought I’d ever be single and back here again. I’m sorry I’m such a mess, man.
Him: (gently) You’re doing great.
Me: (bursting out laughing and wiping eyes) Sheyeah, I’m a goddamn rock.
Just managed to pull myself together when Bal and Mouse from my wrasslin class were leaving so I ended up leaving with them as well.
Bal headed to NJ and I walked Mouse to her station.
Me: I’ve been meaning to ask – are you dating X?
Mouse: (laughing) You should ask him. Why?
Me: (shrugging) No reason. Let’s just say I’m curious. Oh, what are your thoughts on Nietzsche?
Her: (smiles, thinks) Blessed are the forgetful for they get the better of even their blunders.
Me: Ah, that’s my favorite quote from him. There’s a lot I’d like to forget.
Her: It’s funny: You’re a nice guy, without being a puppy.
Me: (laughing) You’ll have to explain that to me someday but I’ll take that as a compliment, I think. (arriving at station) See you in class on Monday?
Her: See you on Monday.
I took the long walk home again to the west side and ended up chatting with Gradgirl before I hopped the train and made it back to my pad.
She was there when I arrived.
Me: How was your night?
Gradgirl: I was out. Danced with some people. You?
Me: The same. Jealous?
Her: (laughs) No. We both knew you’d end up here with me.
Me: So it seems. Come on in. The place is a mess.
Blessed are the forgetful.
Yeah. There’s so much I’d like to forget.
Location: same old haunts
Music: Got no place to go but there’s a girl waiting for me down in Mexico