… I went on my first (sort of) date with Gizmo Guy. Actually I went out with two guys that night – at the same time. Sort of a menage a trois but without the sex. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!) More to follow …
Gizmo Guy always looks at me and asks “How do you remember dates like that?” (meaning calendar dates, not date dates) I reply – how can I forget such a momentous date? (meaning date dates, not calendar dates.)
For instance, officially I met Gizmo Guy for the first time on July 3, 1976 – possibly, although we went to the same high school for a couple years, and we had the same friends so we may have bumped into each other and not realized it. Thing is, I also need to admit that it wasn’t love at first sight – at least on my part. In fact, I don’t really remember meeting Gizmo Guy that day. You see, I was on a date with one of our mutual friends – Igor (not his real name, but that’s his real nickname when we were in high school.)
Igor was also Gizmo Guy’s neighbour and sparring partner at their karate class. Yup, even though Igor was 6’5, 250-300 lbs (it fluctuated according what season it was), he took karate. Gizmo Guy tells the story of how when they walked into the dojo the sensei asked why the heck a big guy like him needed karate. GG used to wonder too since being in the best shape of his life, and about 80 pounds lighter than Igor, he once accepted a challenge to a footrace against Igor – with Igor running backwards. Gizmo Guy says he ran flat out – hardest he’d ever run in his life – and STILL lost.
(It was a really hot car at the time – honest!)
Anyway, I got off track here – yeah, I know that’s usual for me – the night of July 3rd, Igor had asked me out on a date – a group of friends from high school were getting together for a ‘pit party’ as they were called. (Where I grew up is very rural and the area is famous for only two things – its Christmas tree farms and its gravel pits. Of course, teenagers of the area often had their parties in abandoned gravel pits where our bonfires and drinking wouldn’t be noticed by anyone else around. At least that’s what we thought. Of course our parents had all used the pits for the same purposes when they were our age.)
What I didn’t realize was that Igor was going to take me to an ex-boyfriend’s house to meet up with all his buddies first (he had a LOT of buddies.) Ex-Boyfriend, from here on in known as Scumbag, and I had not parted with a ‘let’s be friends‘ type of break up. Scumbag had taken me home from a party at midnight using his cousin’s car. The next school day, said cousin teased me about how he’d found a used condom in the back of his car and accused me of putting out. I discovered later that day that scumbag had dropped me off then driven two lines down and picked up another girl. How did I find that out? The bimbo he picked up sat directly behind me in Biology class and was talking about it with the girl who sat beside her.
Since only about six weeks had passed since that had happened, I wasn’t in a particularly good mood to be sitting in Scumbag’s house once more. So while I was there, I was the Queen of Ice. I sorta remember Gizmo Guy walking in and being introduced. I also remember being particularly offish to him, figuring him for being Scumbag’s friend. (He wasn’t – GG hadn’t met SB before that night.) We then went from Scumbag’s house to Scumbag’s cousin’s house to pick up more people – and more beer. While Igor left me standing outside by the car, I stood and talked with Gizmo Guy for about five minutes – and that’s the last I remember seeing him that night. (He says he got bored with the party and left early.)
Don’t you just love GG’s hair?
Gizmo phoned me during the following week and asked if I’d go out with him again on July 17th – and I said yes.
And the rest is history.