On my Street
My buddy Wall-E helps out a ton at the gym with various maintenance tasks that are beyond abilities of Chad or myself – either due to skill, time, or both.
One thing we’ve been meaning to do for a while is to replace several of the lightbulbs in the gym because the ceilings are pretty high up.
After one Saturday class, I gave Wall-E my keys to the gym so he could stop by before class one morning and swap out alla the light bulbs for us.
So, I handed them to him and then headed home. Turns out that I gave him my house keys and not the keys to the gym.
I called both him and Chad to apologize for the mix-up – after I managed to get back into my pad.
Me: Dude, I’m an idiot – I just swapped my house and gym keys yesterday and forgot I did that. I’m so, so, so sorry about that.
Him: Hey lucky enough I’m on the upper west side right now.
Him: In fact I think I’m in front of your apt.
There are approximately 8,000 miles of streets in NYC – or enough to go from NYC to LA, back to LA, and back to NYC again. And outta all those streets, he was on the same street as my apartment.
In fact, he was literally across the street.
Me: Jesus Christ, what are the chances?!
I once told Alison that we were darned, not dammed. That turned out not to be true.
However, in this instance, it was. Because while I messed up the keys, he ended up across the street from me, but…
Me: Did you manage to change the lights?
Him: They didn’t fit.
In another weird coincidence, at the end of the year, the kid had to pick one animal/insect/fish/something to study and I suggested the dragonfly.
Me: They’re the greatest hunters on the planet.
And so, he picked that and wrote an entire report on it plus made the cool little sculpture you see above.
Well, we stepped outta our pad last week and right on the sidewalk of our street a huge – and I mean HUGE – dragonfly settled directly in front of the kid.
The last time I saw a dragonfly in NYC was also in front of my building, but way back in October of 2008.
That week, Alison called me her boyfriend for the first time and I was on cloud nine.
Haven’t been on cloud nine in ages. Or anyone’s boyfriend for that matter.
But, at least the kid doesn’t need much to be on cloud nine.
Him: IT’S A REAL DRAGONFLY!!
Me: (laughing) Yes, yes it is, kid.
Thought of a song that mentioned dragonflies and that got me going down a rabbit-hole of memories. Bad ones.
Plus, Mouse’s family is dealing with a litany of serious medical issues with her family – she wrote about it on IG so I don’t think I’m giving away any confidences away – which is also reminding me of things, for better or worse.
She’s a super tough chick and refuses any support, especially from me, but she’s helped me and the kid so much in the past that I’m trying to find a way to return the favour, somehow.
Her: It’s fine. I’m in admin mode.
Me: They’re lucky to have you.
Location: earlier tonight, around the way ordering the zero-sugar black raspberry cocktail while trying to look interested
Mood: complex and fulla zero-sugar black raspberry cocktails
Music: They had a pet dragonfly (Spotify)
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