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"Are you going to San Francisco..."

March 27th, 2006 (07:04 pm)

It was raining when I left this afternoon, and my list spanned the breadth of Central
Austin. Thelonious and I faired well enough, and I am happy to say my breaks are
better than a good portion of those on SUVs out there. The drizzle was interspersed
with actual pouring--and still Thelonious and I held our own.

It went well at Opal's--I was unable to sit down with someone, but the chat I
got up to with the wait-staff was encouraging.

Yeah, that's my dream gig at the moment. I utter the name, now that the deed is done.
Opal Divine's Penn Field. Just around the corner, and a beloved spot of mine and
ohchicken. *crosses toes and eyes*

Slowly made my way to Threadgills, Mother Egans and even *chokes* Paradise
Cafe. Mother Egans was promising--chatted with the owner (one of them) who was
impressed with my rainbow of Austin experience and 'High-End' list of references.
(God Bless Tait, Cox, and the Stocktons!)
And alas, Frank at The Paradise Cafe (the owner) recognised my mug when I walked
in the door, dripping and removing my helmet and scarf. He was all too happy to see
me and clucked and nodded as he glanced down my sheet of accolades. Clapped me
on the back as I left--oh dear. I'll take it, I will....but, oh dear.

At this point the magic hours of "BETWEEN 2 and 4 PM" had passed. The other two
spots on my list will have to be hit tomorrow. Two blocks from Lovejoys, I allowed as
how I should pop in for a cup of Joe and warm up before heading home.

I walk in at the stroke of 4, as they are opening--Cello holds the door and Casey greets
me from behind the bar with: You always show up here when someone is talking
about you!
Hadn't seen him in ages, was happy to see he had stuck around when
the bar changed hands...He's opening his own place soon, and I cannot wait to be it's
Patron.

Cup of coffee the way I like was plunked in front of me, and the guy to my right felt the
need to introduce himself--as he counted himself a regular and yet did not know the
wet little brunette. Mike asked where I worked, and I laughed. The chatter continued
as the Usual Suspects wandered in and took their places. Casey explained that I had
known him since before he was of legal drinking age.

(felt old, yes--but proud)

Ben blew in, with a freshly bleached new do--and announced that he was leaving for
San Francisco tomorrow. For good. Moving. Everyone was floored.


Ben & Gin circa September 2005

He's been here as long as I have, but never lost his standing as a daily regular.
How many Staff Christmas Parties, Lovejoys camping and fishing and whatever trips...
How long have we known each other? 12 years. Over 12 years. Through the good and
the bad and the Marriages and the Divorces and the Babies and the Funerals...

A round of Jeager was lined up on the bar.

I smiled over the lump in my throat, as we all swallowed.

Ben hugged me and beamed a bit...I told him I was so glad I had stumbled in today.
He told me quietly, that he was too.
He hadn't wanted to leave without seeing me.

Family.
Somehow I always know when I am supposed to walk through that door.
I don't go there often, but when I do--I'm supposed to be there.

Took me 30 minutes to creep home in the rain logged traffic... but it gave me time to
look around--out across the river as the line of metal boxes lurched along the Congress
bridge. Home. It keeps changing, no matter how hard I try to hold the strings tight to my
chest--people keep moving and evolving. Places disappear, others take their place.

Ben is coming by shortly to take me to dinner. We're going to El Chile... ironically one
of the places I did not make it to today because of the weather slowing me down. I am
looking forward to a Mojito with my old Friend...before he flies away from us.

Sad and lovely...rainy day.

Comments

Posted by: barry_barry (barry_barry)
Posted at: March 28th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
chinese bear

Yay! I'm glad you made it, despite the rain. Once I realized that it was actually wet before the ride home(when my weatherman predicted), I was worried about you and Thelonious in the crazy Austin wet. Sounds like a productive, and rewarding day. I'm glad it went well.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: March 28th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
Bee

Thelonious does NOT like the rain.

But he started, over and over at each stop.

^_^

Reluctantly, we made our rounds.

Posted by: Pumping Iron Hearts (woundedmarigold)
Posted at: March 28th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
emo

Home. It keeps changing, no matter how hard I try to hold the strings tight to my
chest--people keep moving and evolving. Places disappear, others take their place.


I like that line.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: March 28th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
Explodex's Ginger

Me too.

Thanks, Drozd.

Posted by: Gregory Parks (tokenpants)
Posted at: March 27th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
bobblehead

Mojito! Mojito.

This is a different Ben, right? And am I to believe that you quit your other place? How did I miss that post?

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: March 29th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Pinky

You're kidding, right?

This is a past-post.
A year-ago-to-the-day.

THAT was the first date Ben and I went on,
and THAT was when I got my job at Opal's.

One year anniversary.

Posted by: Gregory Parks (tokenpants)
Posted at: March 29th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
coon

I totally didn't glean that from syntax or separation of text. Sorry.

This is me feeling stupid.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: March 29th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Cowgirl G

I guess the Mirror Bit throws it off...
It was an old Austin Saying:

There are only 9 People in Austin, it's all done with Mirrors.

A rather incestuous City, my little Town.

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