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Last night the realtor, the waiter, K and I were watching The Golden Compass as a thunderstorm raged outside.  There was a sudden streak of lightning followed immediately by thunder and the sound of breaking glass.  We thought the deck or the metal patio furniture had been struck by the lightning.  We checked the deck and everything was fine so we resumed watching the movie. Several minutes later fire trucks and ambulances arrived.  We looked out the front windows but couldn’t see any damage.  The realtor ran up the stairs to the rooftop deck and found smoke pouring out of the condo building next door.  Several of us grabbed umbrellas and went to check out the action.  The lightning hit the condo on the end of the building next door and the unit was on fire.  The fire department quickly had the situation under control and we returned to our place to escape the rain and finish watching the movie.  This morning the building manager informed us that the damage was confined to the end unit and two kayaks outside.  Thankfully, the unit was unoccupied.  Another condo was also unoccupied and the two occupied condos had been evacuated.  The property management company was working to clean up the mess so that tenants arriving this afternoon could move into the three undamaged units.   My heart goes out to the people who rented the destroyed unit this week.  Mother Nature has tried to ruin their vacation before it started.  Hopefully, they will be able to find other accommodations in P-town this week. 

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P-town Part 2

The scientist and the non profit worked have left to visit friends in Boston before returning home.  The lesbian scientist will not be joining us due to a family emergency.  The waiter from Boston has a group of friends coming over for a day trip on Saturday.  He has also invited a friend to join us next week since we now have an empty bedroom.  It will be nice to meet the waiter’s friends.

 

It’s been an interesting week.  You learn a lot about people when you share a house with them.  I don’t think all of our personalities meshed this week but we all got along.  It was fun to hang out with the D.C. guys. 

 

Most of the crew went to dinner at The Red Inn on Wednesday night.  The meal was most enjoyable.  Tonight we are going to Jimmy’s Hideaway and next week a dinner is planned at The Mews.  K cooked a great dinner last night.  The D.C. guys came over and brought a selection of deserts from the Portuguese Bakery.  It was a wonderful evening.

 

I weighed myself at the gym today and have not gained any weight even though I have been eating desert every evening, enjoying cookies, eating chips and been drinking margaritas at cocktail hour.  It must be all the walking because I’ve only done two half hour cardio sessions at the gym.  I’m not really obsessed with my weight.  I just want to stay in shape.  I was a mess after cancer treatment and have worked very hard to get back in shape.  I have a flat stomach and six pack abs are just starting to appear.  Not bad for a fifty one year old.

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Thirteen months ago the realtor to the stars, K and I spent a night in Boston before taking the ferry to P-town.  K and I stayed in a hotel and the realtor stayed in a Bed and Breakfast.  As fate would have it the realtor met the waiter at the B&B.  The waiter was visiting a friend who worked at the B&B and the realtor was checking in.  Evidently, the realtor was doing more than checking in.  On the ferry ride to P-town and for most of the next several days text messages were exchanged between the realtor and the waiter.  A few days into our visit the waiter came over on the ferry and spent a few days with the realtor.  The realtor found a holiday husband.  After we returned to Denver and the realtor returned to Dallas the communications continued with the holiday husband.  The realtor returned to Boston to see the waiter and the waiter flew to Dallas to stay with the realtor.  Over a year later they have flown to see each other several times.  So the waiter has been upgraded from holiday husband to boyfriend.  Negotiations are underway for the waiter to move to Dallas.  The waiter will not move in with the realtor in order to maintain his independence and establish his own base in Dallas.  They do plan on sharing a household sometime in the future. However, the realtor will need to stop working 24X7 or he may find himself single again.

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P-town Morning

P-town Morning

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P-town Part 1

The trip has been good so far.  K upgraded us to first class for the flight out, used miles for a hotel on Friday and upgraded the rental car.  One of the perks of being married to a road warrior is the use of miles and hotel points to make vacations more affordable.  We’re hoping for upgrades on the flights home but I doubt it will happen as the DNC starts on the 25th and we’re returning on the 23rd.

 

Not much has changed in p-town.  Several new houses and condos near our place and the price of everything has gone up.  The real estate agent the waiter spent $65.00 on lunch yesterday.  It was nothing out of ordinary (a salad, two entrees and a couple of sodas).

 

We had beautiful weather on Saturday and Sunday.  It rained on Monday and it is raining again this morning.  Most of the guys are working on their laptops since it will not be a beach day.  K and I will probably head to the gym later. 

 

Looks like a holiday husband will become a full time boyfriend.  More on that in the next post.

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Vacation

We’re heading to Boston tomorrow and arriving in P-town on Saturday. We’ve rented a place for two weeks. Our friends from D.C. have already been there for week. We will be able hang out together for a week then they head home. The D.C. contingent consists of three software company executives, a retired lawyer and an actor (he may not attend if production starts on a movie). Our house consists of one corporate slave, one lawyer, one scientist, a real estate agent, a waiter and a non-profit employee the first week. The second week a lesbian chemist replaces the scientist and non-profit worker. The chemist is also a vegan so meals may be challenging. I have referred to everyone by occupation, as I have not asked if I can publish their names. There is also another house of guys from D.C. that I consider acquaintances but not friends. All of these guys are lawyers. Sounds like the opening line of a joke. What happens when six lawyers share a house in P-town….

I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting for the next two weeks. I’ll have Internet access and everyone is bringing a laptop but me. Vacation is vacation. Unlike my housemates, I’m not bringing work to the beach. I wonder how many times FedEx will make deliveries to the house?

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The Mini Cooper

Several years ago Ann, K and I were driving from Munich to Prague when we first saw the new Mini Cooper. It was not being sold in the U.S. yet but had been written about in several car magazines. We stopped at a BMW dealer to check it out. K had been interested in the car and seeing it in person sealed the deal. When we returned home K called our auto broker to order the car. He paid a deposit and was put on the waiting list. We waited and waited and waited. Finally almost a year later K got his Mini. It was the third Mini sold in Colorado. The car was so much fun. He bought the Mini Copper S which came with 17 inch rims and run flat tires. Everything was fine until K hit his first pothole. The impact bent the rim and ruined the run flat tire. The rim and tire cost almost $1,000.00 to replace. This was the first of three such incidents. Eventually K replaced all of the run flat tires and rims with regular tires and rims. The Mini seemed to be cursed. It received several dents and scratches while being parked in various lots. The windshield was also replaced but that is common in Colorado. About a year ago we said good by to the Mini when K traded it for a Nissan pick-up truck. We still reminisce about the Mini. It was a fun car to drive.

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Just what I needed

I’m going on vacation starting Friday. I’ve been flooded with last minute work and one of our major systems is down. Nothing like a little stress to make one really appreciate a vacation.

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Damage Control

It seems that after only six posts I need to do some damage control. K has started reading this blog and was taken aback about what I wrote about Dale in my first post. Dale did treat me like a king in the early phase of our relationship. We were together a little over four years but dated off and on for about a year before committing to each other (that’s a story I’ll save for another post). About a year before Dale died from AIDS he developed dementia. He didn’t think anything was wrong. Since he was in another world he had no idea how crazy his behavior was. I eventually had to go to court and get mental health warrant issued. He was picked up at our place by Dallas Country sheriffs and held in a psychiatric ward until a hearing a few days later. The judge ordered him held for forty-five days in the psyche ward. While he was locked up I started getting calls about bounced checks. Dale had written $3,000.00 worth of bad checks the morning he was picked up. A few days late my American Express bill arrived. Dale had charged over $5,000.00 on my card when he was in San Diego visiting a friend. All of the charges were for goods and services (airfare, limo rental, hotel rooms, and meals) that could not be returned so I was stuck with the bill. It was a financial mess that I was left to clean up. He was released from the psyche ward with a court order to remain on his psychiatric medications. When he would stop taking the meds I had to threaten to call the court. As long as he stayed on the drugs he was present in our world. To sum it up, I prefer to remember the good times when he treated me very well and not the hell I went through at the end.

K is very, very good to me too. He took me to Paris for my fiftieth birthday. He has been by my side through all of my various HIV related illnesses and my recent battle with rectal cancer. I’m not always the easiest person to live with. We’ve been together for sixteen years so we must be doing something right. K, I love you. In retrospect, I can see you treat me like a king too.

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The other day K tells me he thinks I should buy another BMW. He said he liked the 3 and 5 series BMWs I have owned better than the Acura I currently drive. I told K that I was uncertain about buying a BMW that will sit in the garage and depreciate. My current car is three years old and has only been driven 15,000 miles. I work from home almost every day so I’m not driving 70 miles round trip to the office. I then suggested that he buy the BMW. K countered with the idea that we buy the BMW together and I would be the primary driver. K prefers driving his truck that can run over almost anything without ruining the tires and rims (I‘ll explain the ruined rims on the Mini Cooper in another post).

This isn’t the first time a partner suggested I buy a BMW with them. When I lived in Dallas my first partner, C, came up with the same idea. At the time I was working full time and he was waiting tables part time. C thought we should have one “good” car that we could share. He had already picked out a red 3 series BMW and took me to the dealership for a test drive. I was immediately suspicious of the situation when I met the salesman. He was just the type of man that C thought was hot. Too make a long story short, it turns out that C was having a fling with the BMW salesman. Needless to say, I didn’t buy the BMW. Our relationship ended and I bought a condo instead of the BMW.

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