Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Almost Always Counts

Sometimes the internet is the devil. Because of it, have I...

a. bought $50 worth of hair products
b. entertained the comedic timing of porn starring Asian girls
c. given I.tunes half my paycheck
d. plotted spending the next paycheck at I.kea
e. been found via face.book by that Harlem cutie who couldn't hold a convo worth a damn but knew how to...


So anyway...

If you guessed all of the above, you are correct.

But sometimes the internet is not the devil. Like when it allows me to get in contact with someone who would otherwise be too far away for me to chat with.

Say if they were in, I dunno...

Iraq.


Like Almost Fiance.

Again.


Geesh.


I would like to pretend that it isn't as hard on me now as it was back then as we are no longer We. But the truth is, I have known this man for seven years. I know his mama and his sister and his grandmother. I've seen him naked and held his hand and cooked for him and travelled with him and slept in his (hairy) arms and watched football with him and talked to him for countless hours on end. Even if we rarely talk, it makes me feel some kinda way to know that I can pick up the phone and call him whenever, which is why it makes me feel some kinda way that right now I can't. And it makes it decidedly harder to commit to an unflinching optimism for President Obama and his policies on the "wars on terror" when you are still getting messages that someone you know and love is doing a six month tour in Iraq. (Seriously though, Air Force, why can't you ever send his ass to like... Greece? We ain't fighting nobody there or something?)

The thing is this; we are no longer We. But he's still my favorite ex-boyfriend. And I still know his mama. And he is the only ex to speak of that I can talk to like the friends we once were before he seduced me. (My story and I'm sticking to it.)

And I want him home.


At work, I am surrounded by some ex-military men, some war veterans, some Republicans who would kindly risk a million more soldiers for the chance to find Bin Ladin, some Democrats who don't understand that there is no such thing as world peace, thereby necessitating the need for a strong military. They debate all the time about the two wars we are fighting, what they would do if they were in power, what they believe, what the military needs to do... blah blah blah.

But I can never quite bring myself to join in. Not because I don't care. Not because I am not just as passionate.

But because this is not a general discussion for me. This is not an intangible scenario of what if. This is not a meeting of ideals and ego.

This is a friend. This is family.
He's 24 fucking years old. He'll be a daddy in December. He's his mother's only son. And the only man alive who has ever bothered to remember my favorite flower.

So forgive me if I can't quite grasp your talking points.


Talking to him made me feel better. No it's not easier now that we are not We. It's still a question mark, looming but unspoken, of whether or not he will get home safely, no matter how good I know he is at his job. It's six months where I won't be able to stand watching or reading the news. 180 or so days where if I hear from someone we both know that I haven't heard from in a long time, or see a number I don't recognize pop up my cell phone display, I will get nervous.

Because that is who I am to the We that we are now.

Sure, sometimes Almost Fiance can be a dick. And yes, he was always a bit too enamored with how attractive my sister is. And true, our breakup hurt and he's a perfectionist, and there are no more romantic feeling between us anymore and we bicker and he's a Redskins fan for whatever inexplicable reason, but I almost married him.



I almost married him.



And I know his mama. And his smile. I love his friends. And I have memorized the way he drives. I believed him when he called me beautiful. I love his little sister like my own. I've talked to him for hours without realizing it.

We are We, even if no longer in the romantic sense.


And I want him home.

*sigh*



I dug this up out of the archives. I can't believe I never posted it.

New Years Eve 2007

I'm nervous.

Which is hilarious in and of itself.
I'm not sure why. I have no reason to be. None whatsoever. This is not unlike a million times we've done this.
Except it kinda is.

I fuck up the directions. Even with the help of the new navigation system The Notorious B.O.B. got me for Christmas after taking extreme pity on my lack of ability to decipher directions in the vast wasteland that is Texas. I can't even listen to random white woman's computerized voice telling me where to go? I don't know my right from left now? I haven't

If I really sit and think about it, I can recognize that I'm only nervous because I am always nervous before the first time I see him after a long absence. Because our friendship is dear to me, because I always worry that time will have corrupted what was always, fundamentally, a crisp and strong connection before life got in the way. I'm nervous because our friendship means alot, and I would hate to happen upon one of those instances wrought with tension that is usually the precursor to even more extended bouts of separation that eventually lead to eternal silence.

But I don't have time to contemplate all that because I see him driving up. Granted, I can't really see him but I recognize his fast-for-no-logical-reason-other-than-I-can driving skills. He pauses briefly in front of me, long enough for me to put my car in drive and follow him through the gates onto base. He parks and jumps out and he's still the Almost Fiance I remember. He's smiling that cute smile at me. I'm immediately comforted as I sweep him over head to toe... and realize he's in basketball shorts.
"Uh you do realize it's goddamn December."
"This is not cold."
"I guess if you're not auditioning for the role of token nigga eskimo up in Alaska this ain't shit," I mutter under my breath as I climb outta the truck, thankful that he didn't hear me because surely I would have been setting myself up for failure.

We laugh and we joke all the way inside as I give a blood sample and a lock of my hair to the person working the desk so she'll allow me onto base, and we go on about our way.

"I haven't planned anything for tonight. And it's cold. And you wanna go down to the Riverwalk."
"What?!? YOU didn't plan anything for the evening?!?! Who ARE you?!?" I ask all incredulous.
"I know right. I was gonna make us reservations for dinner on one of the river boats, but it's fucking freezing."
"Yeah... about that..."
"I said I didn't."
"Good job, Almost Fiance."
"You women are never satisfied. Which shirt?" he asks me, holding up my two options. Knowing he's gonna be contrary than whatever I say, I respond, "The gray one."
"I kinda wanna wear black," he says hanging the gray one back in the closet.
"That's what I wanted you to wear too." He looks at me, his lips slightly parted, ready to ask me something and I cut him short. "Six years, Almost Fiance."
He smiles and starts to iron.

While he's getting ready, we talk and laugh and joke, probably far too loudly for whoever lives next door. At that point, I find myself so incredibly silly for being even the least bit nervous.

In the cab on the way downtown, we come across the most socially inept cab driver on earth. When "Hood Nigga" comes on, he turns it up amidst his exclamations of, "Yeah homies!" and throwing up faux gang signs. And while Gorilla Zoe is in fact MY.SHIT. I refuse to so much as push my lips up into a smile. Is he serious? And then he regales us for about 10 miles with his stories about some foolishness that the military gives you to eat and the explicit details about what it did to his digestive processes. Oh for real? Mmhmm. That's tragic.

We finally make it to the Riverwalk, stupidly let them give us a table right on the water and spend all of dinner huddling under the sorry ass little heater they have set up outside, which clearly woulda worked, if only the wind hadn't been blowing. Did I mention I didn't have a coat? Yeah. About that...
We decide our only recourse is drinking. So we do.

As we drink and eat, we talk about our lives as we left them, who we've become, friends we used to share. He starts telling me about some foolishness with a previous sideline hoe and then his most recent ex.
"I really thought I was gonna marry that girl, have kids with her," he says.

As he's telling me about her, I check inside myself for any signs of jealousy. It's there, but very tiny, hiding in the corner, barely even visible. Mostly I find myself wishing it works out for him. He's a good guy. He's going to be a great husband and an even better father.

He can't be too bad. I almost married him.

We swap stories, him telling me about his ex and his exploits, me telling him about the Ex and Bob, and all the other ridiculousness that has occurred since Us. It is amazing to me how comfortable it is between us. I'm not entirely sure why I'm surprised. It was always this way with us.

We head home and pass out far earlier than we mean to, probably indicative of our old age. We spend New Year's Day together before I get back on the road. Even in our silences, there isn't a moment where I feel uncomfortable or where our jokes and laughter don't reverberate in my ears, where I can't still feel how the chemistry between us radiates into my bones.

As I'm driving back home, I feel pretty peaceful. It's funny how, when life happens, sometimes the thing you're left with is more profound than all the other things you were trying to build.
A friend.
A refuge.



Love





And because I am just conceited enough to believe you stop by here from time to time to check up on me

come home, ok?

- L.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

GO VOTE FOR MY MAMA! NOW!!!!

Hey blog fam!

My mom was selected to receive a mini makeover with TLC's Clinton Kelly of "What Not to Wear". She really enjoyed herself and she looks GREAT! (and she has some fabulous Michael Kors shoes that she doesn't know yet that I am going to steal, lol) But that was only the first part of the process. She wants to win a head to toe makeover and shopping spree in NYC with Clinton and to do it, she needs your help. Please go to http://www.macysmakeover.com/vote.html and vote for her. The last time we checked she was behind in votes so every vote counts! Please feel free to pass this along to anyone that might be willing to support her. You can find her original email below with a bit more info. Thanks so much for helping her dream come true!!!!

http://www.macysmakeover.com/vote.html


Love,

La :-)


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All,

Some of you were aware that I was blessed to be a winner of the “ Clinton Kelly/Macy’s Makeover America-Austin” on last weekend. Well the before and after pictures are finally posted on the website and I need your votes to win the grand prize to visit Clinton in NY for the full head-to-toe makeover.

All you have to do is click the link below and vote for me, I’m listed as “Vicky R.”! Then pass this along to all of your friends, extended family, and anyone else who would like to support me in this effort and have them to do the same. I currently only have 8% of the votes…EVERY VOTE HELPS! J

Thanks,

http://www.macysmakeover.com/vote.html


Vickie

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Block is Notsomuch Hot

Welcome to this edition of writer's block. In it, I ramble on about nothing because I cannot seem to form a complete, rational, written thought of any kind. So instead, you get this.


X Factor finished the Avon Walk this weekend! Woo! Go congratulate her on Face.book and such.

I haven't been much for TV lately, (with the exception of Keeping up with the Kardashians which, for some reason Kim's ass I am totally obsessed with) but I have been going hard with the music. For some reason, it has taken me this long to completely fall in love with "Rockferry". I've had it, but haven't really been giving it much play. And then this weekend... I dunno, maybe it was my current emotional state, but I am pretty sure this is what love is. One of my favorites, "Stepping Stone"...


You used to call me up from time to time
And it would be so hard for me not to cross the line
The words of love laid on my lips just like a curse
And I knew, oh yes I knew, they'd only make it worse
And now you have the nerve to play along
Just like the maestro beats in a song
You got your kicks you get your kicks from playing me
And the less you give the more I want so foolishly
But I will never be your stepping stone
Take it all or leave me alone
I will never be your stepping stone
I'm standing upright on my own



*swoon* Also, I was listening to Pandora while doing some pretty serious manual labor with my co-workers on Friday (you're right, that's not in my job description) and it was apparently 90s rap day. I could barely work for being so distracted. So now I desperately need to get my 90s rap game together via I.Tunes. Any and all suggestions for downloads should be left in the comments and would be greatly appreciated.



I hate growing up.


And, more importantly than all of that, is this. I've stalked Michael's blog The Cynical Ones for the longest, ever since Shani hipped me to it a few years back. He's an excellent writer, extremely funny and insightful, a little snarky... basically all the things I look for in a blog crush. But every once in awhile he writes something so incredibly great and right on point, that I can't help but envy his talents and honesty just a bit more. Go on over to The Root, read his article there and show him some love.


In the meantime, I will continue to pretend I have something worthwhile to say...