Hi folks, I realize that I left some of y’all with a bit of a cliff-hanger a few weeks back when I wrote about finally getting together with my old friend JL for dinner after not seeing each other for years and years. So anyway, here’s a quick recap of the evening…
I get a text from her about an hour before we’re supposed to meet and she says, according to her GPS, she’ll be about 15 minutes late. No problem I tell her, drive safe and I’ll see you there. I decide to head on over at 6pm to grab a table since we are meeting at a pretty popular Mexican restaurant at dinnertime on a Saturday. I pause outside to send her a text saying that I’m here, but then see that she’d already texted me that she got there early and has nabbed a table already and tells me where in inside she’s sitting.
As I approach the table she hops up to wave me down, and then gives me a big hug. She’s still beautiful– tall, lovely figure, and a smile that lights up the room. The waiter arrives right on cue and she orders a margarita– a gal after my own heart! I order the same, and we start with some small talk as we glance over the menu. When the margaritas arrive they’re sufficiently large and sufficiently strong, and after we place our orders we start talking about life, the universe, and everything.
You know when you have a friend that’s just so easy to talk with? Me and JL seemed to have that going on. Our dinner and conversation lasted two and a half hours, talking about old times, our lives, my kids, her boyfriend, our exes (she was previously married too), books, movies, television shows, politics. We chatted for so long I had to order another margarita! Honestly, I think we could have gone on for longer but I thought that perhaps her boyfriend might start to worry about her, so I reluctantly said goodbye and we promised to get together again soon.
Oh yeah… there was also the matter of the gal she knows that she wants to set me up with! We talked a little bit about her and she sounds like a sweet woman who has apparently been a bit unlucky in love. JL said she was about ready to give up on men– Oh no! I said, don’t give up! I mean, I’ve been about as unlucky as you can get and I still hold out hope for love and romance.
Anyway, JL mentioned that she’d seen my Facebook event for this year’s Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival in Richmond. After not being able to rustle up anyone to go with me last year — an utter tragedy — I made a Facebook event for it several months in advance and will be beating the drums and sending out notices to all my friends to round up at least a few of them to go with me. JL mentioned that maybe she could bring her friend with her that weekend and they could go with us– sounded like a plan to me!