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The Plus One

I was Morgan’s plus one a party this weekend. Morgan’s partner had an eye lift which prevented him from attending. The party was mostly gay men over fifty. Most were partnered. Most looked like old men who don’t take care of themselves. Most were not aware that ear and nose hair should be trimmed along with eyebrows. It was a cash cow for an esthetician.

The crowd was friendly which made conversations easy. One guy brought a unicycle to the party which he rode around the expansive back yard. Seriously, who brings a unicycle to a party? At first, I thought it was a desperate attempt for attention. He was good at riding the unicycle so I gave him a pass.

Later in the evening I found myself in conversation with the unicycle rider. He was an interesting guy who talked at length about his volunteer work with the homeless and teaching English as a second language. He also has a day job as an IT consultant. I got the impression he was flirting with me but I wasn’t sure since I don’t experience flirting on a regular basis. As I was getting ready to leave, he asked for my phone number. After exchanging numbers he suggested we get together for a walk in a park near my house, or for dinner sometime. I agreed to his suggestions. He then told me he has a lot of free time after work as his boyfriend works second shift. WTF? How did we talk at length and a boyfriend never come up? I guess he wasn’t flirting after all and was just looking for someone to occupy his time.

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An Easy Task

I talked with Cindi. She wanted me to measure the paintings she left at my house so she can get estimates for shipping them to Santa Fe. She also filled me in on our friend. He has gone off the rails again. He’s also going to be visiting Cindi in Santa Fe. Thankfully, I don’t have to get involved with him. That’s a good thing.

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A Favor

Since Cindi moved to Santa Fe we been having weekly calls late in the evening. The calls are a good way to stay in touch. Cindi fills me in on her struggles to market her art. She also shares stories of the odd people who live in Santa Fe. There seems to be no end to the strange antics of the people living there. I wonder if anyone has written a book about these characters.

Cindi called last night. I let the call go to voice mail as I was exhausted after working all day, working out with the trainer, fixing dinner and mowing the yard. I had collapsed on the sofa and continued my binge watching of House of Cards. I felt guilty for letting the call go to voice mail but I didn’t want to have an hour long conversation.

I listened to her message after I had showered and climbed into bed. A mutual friend living in Denver had called Cindi. He’s a guy I’ve known for years but we have never been close friends. He was part of a group of friends I associated with just after moving to Denver. He was a young real estate agent who came on the scene with a devastatingly handsome look along with a killer smile. He was the lone Puerto Rican in sea of mostly white men. He dated and broke a lot of hearts. Somewhere along the way his personal life went to hell as his career peaked. Drugs and alcohol played parts in the saga as did psychological issues. He crashed and burned leaving town soon after. He ended up in South Beach where he was just another handsome Latin man nearing the end of his shelf life. He managed to recover and pull his life together. A year or two ago he returned to Denver in attempt to mend bridges but most kept their distance. His legendary out of control behavior was still memorable even though years have passed. Cindi called to let me know he reached out to her for help. He’s in dark space again. Cindi always had a place in her heart for him. She was one of the few who had not been used or abused by him but was witness to his crazy drug and alcohol fueled behavior.

I have to call Cindi today. She asked me to call her as she has a favor to ask. I’m apprehensive about calling her back. I’m hoping the favor doesn’t involve our friend.

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About a month ago, my neighbors invited me to a dinner they were hosting for a friend who was in town to perform at the Central City Opera. I must have behaved myself as I’ve been invited to dinner again tonight. My neighbors are hosting a dinner to celebrate a successful run for their friend. Their friend asked that I be invited. Too bad he’s a married man with a charming wife.

No art tonight. I will get a great meal along with wonderful company and an update on a scandal brewing in the opera world. It looks like a number of opera singers may be looking for new representation soon. I’ll fill you in later.

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Art & Party

Mack and I hit a few galleries on Friday night. Louis Recchia opened a new exhibit of pointillism paintings at Zip 37. I always find his work entertaining and amusing.

Louis Recchia, Rainy Day in Paris, acrylic on canvas.

Louis Recchia, Rising Tide, acrylic on canvas.

A stop was also made at EDGE Gallery to check out Candace Shepard’s new works. It’s a great show and worthy of a second look. The final stop of the night was Pirate Contemporary Art to have second look at the juried invitational show. There are some great paintings in this show.

Candace Shepard, Naturally Inclined To Act, acrylic on wood.

Last night I went to the hot husband party. At least that’s what I call it. It’s hosted by a communications director and her artist husband. The party is mostly professional women with high-paying jobs who have hot husbands. It’s always a great time. The food is tasty, the booze flows, pot is passed and the conversation is always entertaining. Last night was no exception.

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A Tough Week

It’s been a tough week. The software delivery went out the door and fell on its face. The offshore testing team missed a plethora of outages. The software engineers worked overtime to fix the issues. My team lead volunteer me to test the fixes as there is no faith in the ability of the offshore team to recognize new issues. After several long days, the updated software was delivered last night. All is well so far today.

It’s a shame the company doesn’t invest in an onshore team who understands the product and knows how it should be tested. There is a lot of talent available locally, mostly in the form of associates who had been laid off from the company. Sadly, offshore contractors are cheaper. Is the offshore labor pool really cheaper when you factor in the time and effort to redeliver a software package, and the damage to the company’s reputation for quality products? One could argue the offshore team is really more costly in the long run.

I’m knocking off early today. I plan on hitting the gym and taking care of a few last minute preparations as my house guests are arriving tomorrow. They were to arrive today but their flight from Paris was cancelled. They were booked on a later flight but will miss their connecting flight. They will overnight on the east coast. Their delayed arrival means I can check out a few gallery openings tonight.

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I’ve been preparing for house guests. A good friend, who lives in Ohio, and his younger partner, will be spending two weeks in Denver. My self-described Eurotrash house guests will arrive next Friday.

My friend, and his partner, started an extended vacation at IML in Chicago on Memorial Day weekend. Their next stop was Berlin. Thanks to various social media sites, they’ve been meeting guys all over Western Europe. Their last stop was Paris, where they met a couple from Boulder. Denver will be the last stop on this travel extravaganza.

The guys are shopping for art so we’ll be hitting the commercial galleries. I’m sure we’ll also do a bar tour. There’s a reunion dinner planned at the Gold Hill Inn (Gold Hill is located about 10 miles to the northwest of Boulder, perched on a mountainside above Left Hand Canyon at an elevation of 8,300 feet. It’s a scenic drive through Sunshine Canyon on a mostly unpaved road.) with the guys they met in Paris. I’ll get the distinct pleasure of being the fifth in a party of five, unless of course, I manage to find a date in the next week.

I look forward to the visit as I always have a great time with my friend. Plus his partner is a very outgoing guy with a great sense of humor. This visit has the makings of a memorable adventure.

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