D saved the day. It was cool seeing him and having lunch with him, but then he just kept doing more really nice things to brighten my day. When he took a break from doing awesome things, his wife, F, picked up the slack. When both of them were on hiatus, their two dogs, J & K (did I get those names right?) continued to lift my spirits. The guest room was terrific, the guest bathroom was superb, The Growlerie was outstanding, the TV shows and ice cream were nifty, and the fancy coffee was first-rate. I'm so thankful to the whole damn family for all of that stuff, for cheering me up, and for helping me to keep this thing going awhile longer. I look forward to sharing some of that tangerine goodness with one of my FB friends in the near future and telling them all about the really good dude that bought it for me.
I met up with D in a downtown Portland, UI-friendly tavern this afternoon. Had I known from the start that he was buying, I would've ordered differently. Instead, he waited until after I'd ordered a bunch of cheap stuff before he clued me in. Still, it is appreciated. I believe it was the first time we had ever been together alone. Like a lot of my Facebook friends, I don't know D terribly well. Originally, I liked him because my wife liked him. That was all the motivation I had needed. After awhile, he grew on me, though that didn't mean we ever spent much time together. In any case, D still calls me Mikey, and that makes me grin.
Mikey was a new beginning for me. I was at the University of Idaho, partly by choice, partly by compulsion. I needed something new and, as it turned out, tweeking one seemingly insignificant letter in my first name gave me that something new. It'd be a bit ridiculous to think that a "y" could so drastically turn around a person's life, except that it did. After Mikey showed up, things got better. Even as law school beat almost every bit of individuality and uniqueness out of me, things got better. Today, things continue to get better. So yeah, I've got some good feelings for Mikey.
D is going through some exciting times in his life right now. Things are changing, decisions are waiting to be made, and things are up in the air. He can keep plugging along with the good things he's currently doing or, if he wants, he can have a new beginning of his own.
For him, that understandably may be a bit stressful, but for me, since I really have no dog in the fight, it's not stressful at all, but simply thrilling. I love to see people that have the ability to do just about anything, to pull a Mikey if they choose, and D is in that enviable position right now. He can do anything that he wants to do in life. Meanwhile, I just get to kick back, watch him, and enjoy the show. Whatever he does, I'm sure he'll do it well. And I'm rooting for him.