Saturday, October 02, 2010

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Friends, Again

1. Do you make and keep friends easily? Yes. I'm really blessed that way.

2. Who was your very first friend? The woman I refer to on this blog as, creatively enough, "my oldest friend." We met in Kindergarten (Mrs. Erler's afternoon class) and later that school year her family moved into the apartment building across the alley from our house.

3. Who has been your friend the longest now? See above. I remember our serious bonding taking place over The Beatles after their life-altering appearance on Ed Sullivan when we were in the first grade. I, naturally, chose Paul as my fave rave, since my love-at-first-sight that Sunday night was like a force of nature. She went with George. We're friends to this day and yesterday I put in my time-off request at work so I can spend her 54th birthday with her in California this December.

4. Tell us about your best friend. He is a good person, who tries every day to be a better one. He puts the well-being of his family first at all times. And he gets me. He actually admires me! So being around him is as comfortable as being wrapped in a quilt.

5. Tell us about the friend who gets on your nerves the most, and why. It's gotta be Kathy. There's much about her I appreciate, but she can make me nuts. For example, she's always tweaking me for being too conventional in my approach to life. Particularly religion. While I'm a practicing Unitarian Universalist, I still believe Christ is my personal savior. How bourgeois of me! I should consider the Tao and Indian mysticism! And, even as UUs go, why did I have to choose such a provincial congregation? They talk about GOD all the time! She's clearly more creative a soul than I, for she's not spiritually satisfied within my church. Now let me be clear: I don't care what you or anyone else believes because I know that Jesus is there for me, the same way I know the sun sets in the west. I'm not evangelical in any sense of the word, it's Kathy who kept visiting and revisiting the issue. And then guess what -- SHE JOINED MY CHURCH! First time I saw her sitting a few pews in front me, she just kinda shrugged and giggled and dismissed it as one of those "Kathy things" she does. I didn't strangle her then and there because I have too much respect for houses of worship and besides, I know I would have been prosecuted.

6. Tell us about the last time you let a friend down. I can be too hard on the aforementioned oldest friend. But it's hard to watch her indulge her almost irresistible attraction toward self-sabotage.

7. Tell us about the last wonderful thing a friend did for you! An ex invited me to his youngest son's high school graduation. We broke up in 1981, and yet he still thought enough of me to include me in this big event in his life. I was very, very touched.

8. What was the last 'friend' thing you did? Last weekend, my oldest friend and I went though a big box of old teeny-bopper fan magazines, junior highschool vintage, and laughed sooo hard at what turned us on back in our long-ago virginal days.

9. Have your ever been jealous of a friend's S/O? My oldest friend was recently involved with a guy who had the nicest, firmest arms. Especially noteworthy for a man over 50. I called him Billy Big Arms and asked if, now that they have broken up, I can do him. She just laughs because she knows I'm kidding. I am kidding, right?


  1. I'm not surprised that your exes think highly of you. You missed Wednesday Wickedness. The quotes of Sir Paul were this week... ;)

  2. Billy Big Arms... that really cracked me up. And I'm not surprised that you make friends (and keep them) easily!

  3. Holy cow! Remember Bobby Sherman and that hair????

    Have a great Saturday!