My son Dylan wanted to stay overnight at a friend’s house last week. We packed him up and were about to leave when we discovered he’d left his house keys at his mother’s house.
The next day was Monday. He was off school for spring break. Valerie and I had to work and wouldn’t be home to let him in. I told him he couldn’t go. He was very disappointed.
I told him this was a lesson in responsibility. Maybe next time he’d remember his keys. He grew more disappointed. I’ve always been bad about discipline so I started trying to find a solution to our dilemma.
Then I remembered I’d given keys to my friend Sharon. She orchestrated the home end of our surprise party for Valerie while we went to a restaurant so she had a set.
Dylan’s sleepover was saved. As we drove to her house it came up that I had keys to
I’ve been really lucky with friends. I have several best friends and confidants.
She was born an army brat in
She loves any kind of counter culture. I’ve seen her holding court in gay bars, blues clubs, and youth raves before they were called raves. I’ve had adventures with her that I doubt she’ll ever give me permission to recount.
I worked at The Oyster Bar for a year before we met. This was before it became a popular music venue. Our customers were railroad and barge employees. They treated me like a little effeminate twit. We had river rats that were larger than most cats.
My first job there was cleaning up after closing. I’d sleep there and was so afraid of the rats I’d sleep on a table.
My girl friend I had been living with moved to
There was a big flood before the flood of 93. We were out partying ‘til dawn at the riverfront. I’ll never forget
We spent a lot of evenings after the bar closed in the parking lot shooting off fireworks. She always found the best.
Somehow through all of this she raised her daughter. I learned a lot about parental patience from her. People who see me lose my cool should try to imagine how bad I could have been.
There’s no way to tell the whole story here but I have to start somewhere. There will be more.