|Me, River Drive, Philadelphia, PA - September 1974 - alone and looking for my Friend|
I know, I know. Some of you think, just because I live at one of the premier summertime resorts (Rehoboth Beach) that I'm on vacation year round. WRONG! Once you live here year round it's not like vacation. Pretty nice? Yes, of course but one does get used to living near the ocean, the overpriced and bland restaurants, the congested traffic, the paucity of shopping malls. One would think a "vacation" for me would be getting away from this mess. But no, this week really is a vacation because my good buddy Pat from Toronto is coming down Monday to spend a week with me and Bill at Casa Tipton-Kelly.
Regular readers of this blog know that Pat is my new Best Buddy. Good-looking, kind, gentle, clever, funny, non judgmental and no strings attached (he's not married unlike all my straight friends); Pat is a dream come true. A really nice guy (no smart assed, put down comments to me), who I really enjoy being with. And…….he likes Bill and Bill likes him. And, this is very important……no pressure. Pat is just a nice, good friend who, when I'm with him, I feel complete. We think alike. We have the same values. We both don't like fish.
Oh, we have our differences but nothing major. Pat is a vegan whereas I do like a well done hamburger. He does have me drinking almond milk though. Pat is also a minimalist whereas, you all know me as an inveterate Pack Rat. I'm always one step away from appearing on The Hoarders TV program (is that still on)?
This is Pat's fourth trip to Delaware. This time he's taking the bus. The trip is going to be about 18 hours. He leaves Toronto at 7 pm tonight. He should arrive in Dover at 12:30 pm tomorrow afternoon. Bill and I will pick him up in Dover.
Ironically, Dover is the reason that Pat knew I existed. During my testimony for marriage equality last year in Dover, Pat happened to see my picture
|Me at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware last April waiting to give my testimony for marriage equality, the photo that Pat saw and decided to look me up - and here I thought I had only a face a mother could love|
on the Internet. He knew nothing about me or my blog but he was intrigued by my photo. Thus he went on a mission to find out more about me. To make a long story short (cliche time again), he found my blog, started to make comments, I responded. That progressed to FaceTime and then I casually suggested that, if he was ever came down to Delaware we could have an old time photo taken.
|Pat and me, our Old Time Photo last August - we get another this week!|
Little did I know (or expect) he would take me up on that casual, off the cuff offer. He came down the next week, I met him (in the parking lot of Hotel Blue, I thought he was the parking lot attendant but that's a story for another blog) and realized immediately this was the person I've been looking for all my life. Yes, I'm married and will continue to stay married. Fifty years is nothing to throw away (Bill and I will celebrate our 50th anniversary in a couple of weeks). But Pat is my Friend and he is also the friend of Bill. It's all good folks. And we plan to have a very pleasant and relaxing week just being together.
So folks in the Rehoboh/Lewes/Milton area. If you see me with a man who looks like my brother, that's my friend Pat. My brother from another mother, and he ain't heavy.
|Me at the beach ALONE - no longer alone folks.|