Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Going to the Prom?

Betty B____. (out of respect, I won't use her last name here)

I didn't date much in high school. I took out one girl once and dated another girl for a couple of months. When prom time came up there was no one to ask. I had not yet realized that I was a homosexuist, although all the mannerisms signs were there. So I asked Betty. She was one of the guys who I sometimes drank with. I really don't remember too much about that night because at some point I passed out from too much drink and marijuana. Betty went on to major in Physical Education (like me) and the last I heard, was a practicing lesbian. Go figure.

Fifteen years later, when I was a supervisor of crews in the offshore oil industry, I was interviewing guys for offshore work. A guy came in, all neatly dressed in a black suit and sat down. He had Betty's (unusual) last name. It turned out, of course, that he was Betty's younger brother. I had last seen him when he was about 6 years old. I hired him.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for the wonderful and attentive staff at Mom's nursing home; they keep me informed of anything of importance

that since selling Mom's home, some of my mornings are a bit less hectic

for a powerful Step 2 meeting yesterday

for progress at letting things go that used to drive me nuts

for some curiousity to find out what life and my HP are trying to teach me

that a close friend has agreed to tag along with me to London later this year

Lives based on having are less free than lives based on doing or being.
-E.Y. Harburg

17 comments:

Mary Christine said...

You're so dang cute Daave. I bet Betty was happy to be with you that night.

Scott said...

isn't he adorable MC?? dAAve, thanks for the bit o' history!! I love the quote, it's so dang easy to get caught up in the having rather than the being.

sirreene said...

It's a great photo. Did anyone ever say the HS years were the best? They must have been under the influence.

Gwen said...

I love when stuff like that happens. :)

Tab said...

I love that curiosity line,
its so true! Makes it so much easier to open our eyes in the morning huh?
Another wonderful list Daave :)
And that is a spiffy pic with you sport'in a big bow tie! lol
do they still make those? heehehe
Thanks for sharing ~

dAAve said...

tab -- my mother made the entire tuxedo, from scratch

Lex-Sunshine said...

Isn't it a small world : )

nice tux and pic!

Diego said...

Yes Sir, seems like we're always the last ones to find out.....Let go or be dragged....

lash505 said...

Great photo Dave. That look is in style now.

Tracie said...

Great photo, and I LOVE the quote. God bless less hectic mornings.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

You are going to London?! How cool is that?!
I see you,
JJ

BigSkymAAck said...

The quote was relly good. I think it is interesting how life makes it's own twist and turns in this small world.

Trudging said...

Very cute!

Shannon said...

I just love that pic... you are such a HOTTIE... :)
I love your gratitude thanks for sharing

Ricky!!! said...

That is a great story.

castor said...

What a sexy dude you've been! Certainly you've turned some older gay's heads!

Sober Chick said...

You are a hottie dAAve! Yay for mom spicing your look up. :) Thanks for sharing this insight of your past about you.