So Much Not to Miss

February 14, 2014

I swore when I left for dinner tonight that I WOULD not write an iota…nada…nothing….

before I left I started the 2nd season of Netflix’s “House Of Cards”…which got even better reviews in all the papers today than the first season did….

after finishing the first episode of the second season…I realized I had to go back and see how the first season ended…

for me viewing these episodes all at once…is like a warm blanket with your fire lit and the snow falling outside…

as I was walking back from LaLa’s .. I passed by the modern house that sold last fall for 2.8 million dollars…

I happened to look up to the front deck…….

there was a lone male…in the darkness…his face lit by his lap top….smoking a real cigarette….

it was the way he smoked …. that brought back a flood of memories…

he inhaled…..

the ember glowed…

he slowly blew out a soft stream of smoke…holding his hand in a wonderfully affected way…as he glanced down at me….

well it just HIT me………..in an emotional falling leaves way….

…I AM Happy that I am not famous, or a star with a recognizable face……

as I realize WHAT they give up when they become “stars”….being mobbed by their public…..

they have to have “handlers” and security ….and do NOT have the chance to interact with an average person whom then might like to talk with…..

as tonight a man who is a bus boy at LaLa’s talked to me for the first time …

when I originally had met/knew/saw him…he was the type I would not like to meet in a dark alley…..heavy set Latin with a pony tail…..

he has always been nice in a gruff way…

as has my Argentinian who is wearing an arm brace from Volley Ball at the beach …..

but tonight…..I asked about his son..(who is a teenager….and obviously speaks 2 languages)….

Omar said his son wants to learn Chinese…which blew me away…..he said he is taking a special class on Saturdays…..that he is a Good boy/man

I went back to my article in the NYT “Nothing to see, Yet So Much to Miss”…when the Argentinian came up and tapped me on the shoulder where upon I turned and in seeing him …

hit his bandaged arm….meaning to fist bump him…..

he said No Problem…he just wanted to say Hello…and tell me his arm was getting better…and his life was Good!!!!

I sighed…and went back to reading “Nothing to see…”

noticed a figure hovering next to me..looked up to see my gay waiter Dan….who must be all of 27…who wanted to tell me that it was “their anniversary”….

I said How Long…he said 5 years…..

he baked a cake last night…and decorated their candle lit house……for his lover before he got home from work….

he asked me what I was doing this weekend…..

I said going to some friends house in Pacific Palisades…

he said WOW….

and going on Sunday to see Noel Coward’s “Brief Encounter” at the Annenberg with some friends…

he went WOW again

and then I felt bad…I don’t know why….like I was too happily entitled…………….

until I passed the handsome smoker on the front deck of the 3 million dollar house……

sighed to myself thinking……

So Much Not to Miss!!!!

3 Responses to “So Much Not to Miss”

  1. Richard Steele said

    I always like your stories, wish I had the life that you have, although I am very happy in PS with Dear Robert. Happy Valentine’s Day. R&R

  2. Jack Balzer said

    Love the story…. Maybe the next time u see the man in the 3 million dollar house u should wave….he may be looking for a nice friend like u 🙂 🙂

  3. Diana Devers said

    Agree with saying hello to the neighbor Robby – and with loving your story telling. 🙂

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