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So I discovered yesterday that the guy who wear interesting shirts (his dad played ukelele--I'm sure I spelled that wrong--at tourist traps in Hawaii  back in the day, and he inherited ALL THE SHIRTS.  I am so charming him out of the one with pink flamingos and palm trees) who comes in all the time lives 5 doors down from me AND plays Munchkin!

"I thought that was you the other day, but you were walking like you just wanted to get you and your beer home.  Now I'll just say howdy, neighbor!"

He works at Morehead and brought me THE COOLEST shirt yesterday.  It has the state outline with "SciNCe is cool"

Okay, I may have a bit of a crush.  And I may or may not have invited him over so I can kick his AND the spousebeast's ass at Munchkin.

Speaking of men who complicate my life, I ran into Lance yesterday at the bus stop.  It's been months, and I figured he'd finally made good with his threat to go off the grid.  I won't lie...I've missed him more than is probably good for me.  I thought he had just faded out of my life.

Nope.  He fell off a roof on a contracting job to make extra money.  He's in a wheelchair.  It might be permanent.

We're food service workers.  We bash our bodies around.  That's what we do.  He can't get a job if he's in a wheelchair and this is in his blood.

I helped him on the bus, was rude to a couple of students ("You've wanted to do that all, day, haven't you?"), and settled in next to him.

And that's when it came.  "I'm sorry you were worried  I just didn't want you to see me like this.  I can't even make it up your steps.  I just...I'm sorry."

I didn't cry.  How, I'm not sure.  I just said "Then CALL.  We'll sit on the fucking lawn if we have to."

In a season of so much loss in my life, having Lance back is a relief.

I can't use the L word yet.  But my heart is healed in places I didn't know were broken.


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Aug. 20th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
I just love cool shirts. Got a pic of it?
Aug. 20th, 2016 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad Lance is back. <3 <3 <3 Makes me feel like there's hope for the rest of us.
Aug. 20th, 2016 11:50 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Sorry about Lance :( It was very nice of you to help him on to the bus.

And wow, very cool neighbour. Any guy who wears cool shirts (a pink flamingo, at that) is good to me.
Aug. 20th, 2016 11:58 pm (UTC)

Sorry about Lance. :(

Aug. 21st, 2016 12:23 am (UTC)
I am so happy for you that you have Lance back. :)

One of my very favorite people on the planet had a penchant for Hawaiian shirts. I can never see one now without thinking of him (he passed away a few years ago) with a fond smile.
Aug. 21st, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad Lance is back.
Aug. 21st, 2016 10:45 am (UTC)
I get crushes all the time. I am so bad,

Awesome about the gift from the customer.
Aug. 22nd, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
The man with the Hawaiian shirts sure sounds like somebody! It's almost like he's a character out of a Charles de Lint story.
Aug. 23rd, 2016 11:30 pm (UTC)
The spousebeast and I joke that we live in Newford. I have had so many weird and wonderful experiences here that come straight out of a Charles de Lint story.
Aug. 24th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
So glad Lance is back in your world! I know how it feels to have a missing friend come back. There aren't words for it. :)
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