“Elbows, Elbows, on the Table….this is NOT a Farmer’s Stable”

July 15, 2010

These pearls of ADVICE were imparted (sp?) to me at whatever age a child is ALLOWED to sit at the rosewood Family Dining Table …with your Mum and Father……and be served dinner……

what 6…8??? dunno…but only my older sister and I were at the table….as one of our Scandinavian maids ..served us…

Father (he worked for CIA..the White House..the State Dept..etc etc)….at one end and Mother at the other…do remember one night ….when they seemed to be sparring…

and Mom threw her baked potato at Dad …who being the football player he was, caught it without so much as a flinch…..(which must have pissed her off slightly)

…thanked her…put butter on it and ate it…as my mouth had dropped to the floor…under the Rosewood Dining Table with the dim Crystal Chandelier above…Knorr Besswax “drip-less candles” (that dear Aunt Betty Foster use to send as a Christmas present EVERY year…)….in my father’s Mother’s Silver Candlesticks …that have my grand’s initials on them….and for some reason I think way back then …wedding presents for women about to be married HAD THEIR initials on them…..rather than what they would change to be when they got married….

.this was before Anita and Gunnar arrived from Denmark…he had been an undertaker and SURE LOOKED like it…those dark circles under his eyes….remember I had to go downstairs ..to the basement in DC …where they had their room…to tell Anita …the phone was for them…I knocked …

she opened the door to their room…she was naked but wearing a thin white bathrobe….and MAN WAS SHE BUILT!!!…..

FIRST nude woman I EVER saw…..

. skeleton-like Gunnar was totally naked ….sitting on the bed with his TV tray in front of him…watching Telly and totally non-caring that the son of the man that they worked for had seen them nude…I just assumed it was a common thing with Danish people……so I did not mention it to my parents….

the other one was …”SIT UP STRAIGHT”…Mother did not seem to have a rhyme for that tho……..

WHAT brought this up was …

well…let me digress as usual ….

yesterday was the FIRST day that I had to have the AC on…which costs a fortune to run….as usually it starts running nonstop from June through the first of October (but I have been VERY fortunate that this has been the mildest spring and summer since I moved here in ’69)

….well for some reason it was NOT working that well …..so called up Wards AC/Heating…to see if one of MY favorite Men was available……Curtis

I TOTALLY love this man…as he exudes….such HAPPINESS and WARMTH….I call Ward’s at the drop of the hat…as he just MAKES my day .

He is SOO…Sooo Wonderfully Happy…. is like 6 feet 2..skinny as a bean pole….has the MOST beautiful dark chocolate skin…and the whitest of teeth with a non-stop smile that just bowls you over….he has been married for many a year and is actually my age……he TOTALLY is the bomb!!!! would LOVE to meet his wife….I really feel so BLESSED to have someone like him in my life…albeit once or twice a year….

Anyway had a call at 7 AM from Alex to tell me that his mum Isabel…my wonderful domestic engineer was having a terrible Arthritis attack and could barely walk….well I have known dear Isabel for gosh…like 25 years at least…she has seen me through almost all of my 7 lovers…and since living here 9 different roommates in this house…since I moved in 11 years ago….her children …as babies use to play on the carpet of my apartment …well at least 20 some years ago….

I just ADORE Isabel…..she is like a sister….she does not speak English …nor do I Spanish….we JUST seem to communicate through smiles ….she actually is in my will…..

well with Isabel not coming …had to change towels and sheets for my roommate Maria and myself..and wash them…lord that washing machine SURE makes ALOT of noise……and HOW does one EVER fold the bottom sheet with all that elastic in it???? I just got so pissed off that the bottom sheets are like in a ball in my linen closet….wonderful Isabel will figure out my mistakes…

.and shoot ….I TOTALLY appreciate Senora Isabel….. soo soo much more…..walking up and down these f..ing stairs….think there are 54 of them…or is it 34…well the townhouse has 5 levels……with 3 landings from the laundry room….so go figure…..

Getting back to “Elbows” on the table….I went to my NEW fave restaurant…”Angeli”…Italian……in my hood….

what I LOVE about it …compared to the “Idiot”…is that it is intimate…tables are VERY close to each other in the main SMALL … dining room…..the first room is like Siberia…but is only filled when the main is full….

it is a WONDERFUL hodgepodge of people….to my immediate left …(I sat in the front… near the window)…was a straight couple…he was wearing a black V neck T…n jeans..with TATS all over his arms… on the left arm ..all the tats were colored …on the right arm …there was no color…..I could really not figure any of them out…the left arm …nearest me …had lots of vines and flowers….he was probably in his 40’s ….jet black hair…which I was not sure if it was or not natural…but think it was…natural….

his girlfriend …. was Hispanic..I think..or Asian……I could not really look at her without being VERY obvious…as they kept looking at me..to make sure I was NOT listening to them….I heard them saying something ..after looking at me…about the “Old Melrose”….(sigh)….

..when I go out alone…I take my “burka”….the New York or the New Yorker mag…..so NO ONE thinks I am really looking at them….and it is interesting but after a few brews…my being able to read…changes to where I am JUST hearing and observing WHAT is going on around me…and NOT reading the article about McCain..as in the current issue of New York….

to my right were two lesbians…the butch one… VERY Blonde n white…..like Scandinavian with curly hair…white T..n jeans…VERY pale skin …

her lover…….. had dishwater blonde hair…with a simple one piece dress (what do you call that)…the butch one kept squeezing the other’s hand…like too much…so don’t know if there is Trouble in Paradise….as dishwater …kept pulling her hand away….

the table across from me ..was ..well at first was occupied by a GORGEOUS Asian …Girl…she looked like a better Penelope Cruz (if that is possible)….with these Orphan Annie eyes (…the old b/w comic strip from my youth) VERY WIDE open eyes..(now that I think of it…I have heard of Asians having their eye physically altered to be more OPEN…..) ..she was totally drop dead gorgeous…..she was joined by a straight girl friend…dish waster blonde…(where did THAT expression come from)….with long hair….too skinny …and anemic looikng….at one point she lifted her tresses and there was a tatt on her neck…which disappeared when she dropped her hair….they were later joined by 2 other women….

the table beyond the table on my left, with the guy with tats …were 2 women in their late 30’s or early 40’s.with a man in his 40’s (all 3 were attractive..well at the end of the day anything is ..until I look in the mirror)……talking about the Memphis Music scene…..I unfortunately could not hear most of their conversation….

the table to my right beyond the lesbians was full of 6 neighborhood Jewish people in…their 70’s….3 couples…

straight ahead beyond the table….of “Penelope Cruz” look alike and her friend was

..an Asian couple..I want to say Chinese ……very young…well for me…like in their 20’s….he was VERY HANDSOME…a “beater” T on….and WHAT muscles!!! ……and the reason I know they were straight…she waited on him…in the sense …she got up and got him (they were seated next to the bar..n this is a tiny restaurant)…condiments..like Parmesan cheese…and cracked pepper …so he could dip his bread into the Virgin Olive Oil….and she fed him…..and he kept smiling…with his Asian (unaltered)..eyes BEAMING…

Saturday nite am going out for one of my BESTEST evenings….with my dearest friend Michelle…to see my GORGEOUS…ELECTRIC friend…..the jazz singer…….the UNBELIEVABLE BARBARA MORRISON.

…a woman who TOTALLY SELFLESSLY…is OUT there …NON STOP…….to make OTHERS HAPPY….. her Life just always catches me …I mean my mouth drops to the Floor by her ENERGY…..(as she is close to me in age)…but she just GIVES …n GIVES……she is about to take off after Saturday for her normal European Summer schedule…

she just HAS IT!!! …my Mum was lucky enough to hear her at the Dakota in Minnesota…..and Barbara even acknowledged her …(which is on one of her CD’s…..)..many many years ago….

I JUST TOTALLY LOVE LIFE….and the people I encounter in it…

I was SOO saddened…today hearing about the death of my dear freind and ex-roomate Nacho’s father……

so get your ass off the couch…..light the fire…and start dancing….as you never KNOW!!!!!

n Nacho I soo soo love you!!!

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