Sunday MopUp 04/13/08
The bed linens are in the laundry, getting all bleached and freshened. I'm tanked on coffee and have all the windows and doors to the house wide open, soaking up the crisp, Spring air. I'm happy to be alive; I love the world and the Weirdness in which it entangles me. This aint Breakfast at Tiffany's (even though I feel like a million bucks), it's just my "Sunday MopUp".
Snap, Crackle, Pop
When we last spoke, I was headed over to watch Sexual Chocolate play in a gay volleyball tournament last week. I had made a new friend earlier in the weekend, who expressed interest in going as well. As I got my shit together here at Casa Del Jimbo, I called The New Friend to see if he still wanted to attend:
"Hello?" he answered his cell phone, in the middle of a loud racket in the background.
"Hi, it's me, Jim! Just checking to see if you still wanted to go to the volleyball tourny to watch SC?"
"Ummm...sure." Bang, bang, clatter, clatter, clatter.
"Oookay, well the first game is at 2:30. Do you want to just meet up there then?"
"Well," he said "I was just talking to Sexual Chocolate and he told me that the first game isn't until 4:30." In the background, someone was talking over an intercom. Wait, he said he had talked to Sexual Chocolate today? What?
"Oh. You talked to him? Okay, then, how about we meet there at about quarter after four?"
"Yeah," Bang, clatter, shuffle, crunch "We were just on the phone."
"Oh. I see." I replied "I guess I didn't know you two were close friends."
"Well, I'm at the car wash with his car right now."
"You are at the car wash with HIS car?"
"Yeah. It's a long story."
(pregnant pause)"So, I'll see you at the bar at abour 4:15 then?"
And we hung up.
I get to the bar just before the game begins, and I see SC warming up with his teammates. Folks, gay volleyball is quite a sight. Butch looking men, butch looking women, and some serious queens sporting serious bling as they grunt and swear and giggle and cackle at each other. I bought a beer ($3.75 for a bottle of domestic!), and settled under an awning to watch the circus. Sexual Chocolate didn't know I was there, and there was no sign of The New Friend.
The match hadn't been underway more than 10 minutes when SC made a move to one side too quickly and a loud POP! was heard all the way over into the sidelines. SC fell into the sand, grasping his left knee. Lesbians descended upon him with ice packs and a medical kit immediately. Everyone watching turned to each other and mumbled things like "Did you hear it snap? I heard it snap!", and "That's a ligament!", and "Holy shit, that must hurt!"
The lesbians scooped him up and propped him up on the far side of the field in a lawn chair with ice packs and play resumed. I used this opportunity to make my way around the edge of the field to get to him. He seemed pleased that I had made it.
"Did you just get here?" he asked.
"A few minutes before your bowl of Rice Krispies," I replied.
"Snap, Crackle, Pop!"
"Oh, yeah. Well, it happens."
"We need to get you to an Emergency Room."
"No way. I don't have medical insurance. I need to get home, but my car isn't here yet."
"I called TNF (the new friend) and he said he was coming, but I don't see him." I said.
"Yeah, well, he's probably still at the car wash."
"Right. And, WHY is he at the car wash with your Jeep?"
"Because we went out drinking last night and he vomitted all over the inside of it on the way home."
Okay. Sexual Chocolate, the aggressive top chaser who is always trying to get into MY pants, went out drinking with a new friend of mine who seemed really into ME just on Friday night.
"You asked TNF to go out drinking with you last night?"
"No." He said, matter-of-factly, "HE called ME."
It's Sunday afternoon and things seem to have changed pretty quickly.
I went to my truck, got my cellphone and called TNF. He was still at the car wash.
"Still there?" I asked.
"SC told me what happened."
"Oh, God! I'm so embarrassed."
"Don't be. These things happen. But, the news is that SC has turned his knee. People here seem to think it's his ACL and he needs to get home."
"I don't know how much longer this will take. I'm having the entire interior detailed."
"Well, how about I come by and wait with you? When the Jeep is finished you can follow me back here to the bar."
"That would be great!"
I checked in with SC, who wanted to watch more of the tourny, and I left for the car wash. When I got there, I found TNF in the lobby with a sheepish look on his face.
"So, when you want to go out drinking Sexual Chocolate is your go-to guy?" I asked. I'll admit it, my feelings were hurt that he hadn't at least ASKED me if I wanted to go out.
"I guess so. Man, I feel bad about all of this."
"Well," I said, "This is why I stopped drinking. I don't miss those years."
And then he looked me right in the eye and said:
"Well, I have a few more of "those years" left in me."
We got the Jeep back to the bar, loaded SC into my truck, and TNF followed us back to SC's place in the Jeep. We got SC comfortable on the livingroom sofa, with his leg propped up and iced down. I checked the freezer to make sure there was plenty of ice for future use. We put his laptop close so that he could cruise the internet.
TNF wanted to catch some dinner together, so I took him to a favorite Mexican joint and we ate. I took him back to get his car at the bar and we went our separate ways.
This was all last Sunday, a week ago, mind you. I checked in with SC last night and found out that the two of them went out again on Friday night. Things got chaotic then as well. I'll spare you the details.
SC's knee is doing better. He has a brace for it, never went to the hospital, and is hoping it will just get better on its own. There was a big pool party last night at the home of someone I have never met, so although I was invited by friends, I didn't go. It's just a rule I have. I have to be invited by the person hosting the party. I don't just show up.
When I found out Sexual Chocolate wasn't going to the party either, I made a batch of mac and cheese and sausages wrapped in cresent rolls and took them over to him. We sat on his sofa and watched a Harry Potter movie on network TV. It was a quiet evening. SC tells me that he and TNF have not had ANY sexual encounters. They are just drinking buddies now. No one thought to call me, because everyone knows I don't drink (much).
SC tried to seduce me as we sat there last night, which was actually funny with him being a gimp right now and all. I pushed him away and we laughed each time he came at me. I tried, once again, to tell SC that I'm not comfortable being a bottom. He's not buying it.
I'm not sure I'm ever going to fit in. This is WAY too hard for me to figure out.