Where Love Begins

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The evening was brisk but her company and the conversation kept things warm.

There were too many beer bottles lying around to count. How many had we drank and how long had we been out here? I noticed the flame from the chimenea reflected off the bottles on the ground as well as her eyes.

She looked off into the distance and I startled her with my question.

”Where do you think love begins?” I asked.

“I think it begins with good company and a bottle of Jack,” she said in a teasing manner.

“I’m being serious,” I replied. “Does it begin with a kiss?”

“Oh come on, you know that’s how babies are made,“ she said mockingly.

”If that is the case, you must have a lot of children, because you sure have kissed a lot of toads,” I said, taking a gentle shot.

I knew she was quick on her feet and would come back with something of her own. She is very witty and I’ve always liked that about her.

”Hmm,” she said, taking a hit off her longneck. “Well I don’t have any children – at least that I know about.”

The comment made me laugh heartily – not only the comment itself but the fact that she remembered the Carol Leifer bit where it came from. My laugh made her break into a smile knowing she had gotten to me.

”Good to know!” I managed as a meek comeback in between laughs.

“Have you been in love before?” she asked with a serious tone in her voice.

I pondered the question a minute.

”I think that I thought I was in love, but perhaps was not actually in love,” I said. “I think I was maybe in love with the idea of being in love – or at least with the idea of what I wanted love to be.”

She sat silent and took another hit off the longneck but remained silent.

”Have you been in love before?” I asked.

”No,” she said flatly.

“No?” I asked somewhat surprised by her answer. I knew she had dated around a little and a few of the relationships were serious.

”No, I have never been in love,” she clarified sarcastically. “Did you expect a different answer?”

”I guess I did but I didn’t know why,” I noted.

”Hmm,” she pondered.

She turned and smiled at me and put her hand over mine. Her touch was cool from the night air but warmed up quickly on top of mine.

”What are you thinking about?” I asked her.

I could tell her mind was working cause she batted her eyes at me then looked back at the flame.

”I suppose neither of us are qualified to answer the question of “where love begins” then,” she said calmly.

With that, she wrapped her fingers between mine as we toasted her words with a “clang” of the longnecks and took a sip in unison.

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“Yeah…I’ve Seen Him Around Before…”

I used to go to a dentist who was very affable and outgoing. The only problem with that is it is difficult to partake in a conversation when the dentist is working in your mouth.

So, one day, while filling in a chip that had occurred in my front tooth, the dentist happily chatted to me in a one-sided conversation as I could only listen as my mouth was held open by some sort of medieval contraption.

Let's play 50 questions. I will go first.

Let’s play 50 questions. I will go first.

A young woman, brunette and attractive, walked over to where I was seated. It was obvious she was a hygienist or something with a similar title. Our eyes locked for a brief second.

“Oh,” the dentist exclaimed noticing the woman, “Jarrod, this is Ashley. She is one of our best workers and she is going to take care of you.”

Obviously not being able to speak, and feeling awkward, I politely waved at Ashley as to introduce myself.

“Do you know Jarrod?” the dentist asked Ashley.

Ashley hesitated for a second and squinted her eyes at me while she slowly moved her hand to her hip.

“Yeah,” she said coolly, “I’ve seen him around before.”

With that, Ashley walked off. And, that was how I met Ashley from the dental office.

So we heard you have dental insurance?

So we heard you have dental insurance?

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A Holiday Wish – 2015

Yeah, it is Christmas time again.

Yeah, it is Christmas time again.

Dear Reader,

I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday, are enjoying yourself, and Santa was good to you this year. Hopefully you did not receive any coal or any underwear, as my friend’s son explained to her that Santa brings underwear to those that are bad. Well, we have to get underwear from somewhere right? Oh, and terrible sweaters.

Ye Gods, is this even a sweater?

Ye Gods, is this even a sweater?

As for me, my day has been very quiet which I have enjoyed. We had a half a day at work on Christmas Eve. With so few people there, I was able to accomplish a lot and have a great day in the gym before heading home for a run later in the day. If only every day could be like that! I’d just hate to make half the salary!

The weather here has been unseasonably warm as one can wear shorts. It has made my run yesterday, and today, by the river very relaxing. A few very hard days in the gym left me very sore and it was nice to sleep in today. Today, I have mainly laid around and caught up on the X-Files series. I watched the X-Files movie last night so I could get back on track in the series.

Besides my run and watching X-Files, I have done a lot of relaxing. It is surely nice to have some downtime. I also got some Chinese food for dinner. When I was married, my ex-wife and I started a tradition where we could go out for Chinese food either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. This was born out of us being married on December 29th, and with all that was happening to prepare for the wedding, we didn’t travel or cook and thus this tradition was started. Though divorced, I usually get take-out, not really to honor the tradition, but to avoid cooking. But, I ate too much and the song “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd is on my mind, though it is more-so like “Uncomfortably Numb.”

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They hadn’t even started the eggnog shots yet…

Hope your day was filled with joy, family, friends, happiness, and love and in the immortal words of one Clark W. Griswold, hopefully you had “the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. ”

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Best wishes and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Festivus for the rest of us!

We will now begin the airing of the grievances!

We will now begin the airing of the grievances!