I'm been working A LOT this past week or so, (yesterday I worked 19 hours!) so I've let blogging fall by the way-side. It also doesn't help that I don't have internet at home--though now that I think about it I could have written a post offline and then brought it in to work to post instead.
But I have some downtime while I'm waiting for a tape, so here's the deal on what I'm calling my "Super Gay Sunday".
The day started off with me waking and making a "Funfetti" cake for my roommate's girlfriend. It was her 22nd birthday, and I wanted to do something nice for her, to dispel any remaining idea that I don't like her or don't approve of her. Early on in their relationship, I think I was a bit stand-offish because they seemed to me to be a bad match... but with time I've come around to see that they actually are a great couple.
In addition to the cake, I went to the grocery store and bought a bushel of balloons. While the girl filled them, she asked me "are these for a boy or a girl?" which I like to think was a creative way of asking me if I was gay--so I told her the story about my roommate's girlfriend, and that as a gay man I don't have a girl, or a guy, for that matter, to give balloons too. She was really friendly and assured me that it just takes time. She seemed suprised that I was only 22...
Anyway, while the cake baked, I wrote to a strictly platonic craigslist ad for a guy looking for a "witty, dry sense of humor conversationalist". I thought that was intriguing, so I e-mailed, and we sent a few messages back and forth, before it was time for me to head down to Lawndale CA for my lunch with Spencer. So I asked him to call me while I drove, and he did.
So we talked about this that and the other until I got to Lawndale. An enjoyable time, but I had to say goodbye when I arrived at Spencer's house.
Most of you know, from my post "Another Amazing Happenstance" that Spencer is the guy I met on OKcupid who's best friend caused me so much angst when he rejected my invitation to get to know me.
Well, after essentially standing him up this Tuesday because I got stuck at work, I readily agreed to reschedule our meet-up for a Sunday lunch.
Now, a funny thing about Spencer is that he's 6'8". Now, I know this, and was fully expecting tall--but when I knocked on his door (not realizing that there was a step up to get into the front door) and he answered, I was literally taken aback. He was a good 14 inches higher than me as a result of the extra step... it was pretty crazy.
Anyway, after the initial surprise wore off, we headed towards Hermosa Pier, and decided on a Greek Tapas place. SO GOOD. We ordered a bunch of little dishes and ate and talked. Spencer is so much like me it's not even funny. I observed the language that he used, the playful and friendly manner in which he addressed the waitstaff, and was just happy. He playfully chided me for standing him up, and at one point said "Jesus Christ" and then said "I should have said Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints", directly referencing one of my initial reasons for writing him in the first place. His memory of the little details made me happy--he made me feel like he was glad to be spending time with me--I was certainly happy to be spending time with him.
I'd brought along a rather challenging puzzle-based Geocache for us to do after dinner. (Click the link if you wanna see what I mean--it's a puzzle requiring you to solve a number grid and then use the solution as your "road map"--looping you around through "senic" Lawndale, CA). Spencer apparently loves puzzles, so he was very excited to solve it. This made me happy, because so many people are sort of blase about Geocaching, and it's something I think is totally awesome.
The bummer part of this story is that he's moving to Sacramento in mid-may, and so the whole time we're hanging out, I realize that there's a good chance I'll never see him again.
The cache is that pipe of conduit bolted the the pole!!! It was so cool I was practically giddy with delight. I hope I didn't seem crazy--but I was thrilled!
Well, I dropped Spencer off at home so he could get to work. I drove home, thinking about the fun time I'd just had, and bumming out that it wouldn't happen again, most likely, before the move.
So in an attempt to distract myself from loneliness, I called the craigslist guy and asked if he wanted to hang out and maybe go to a park and walk around or something. So I picked him up and we went to Woodley Park and visited the Sepulveda Dam. (below)
This dam is awesome, and since it's for flood control, it's always a blast to visit and run up the dry spillways. Stephen was a nice enough kid, but there wasn't any chemistry, and the difference in how I felt and spoke around him and how I felt and spoke around Spencer was like night and day.
So I dropped Stephen back at home after the park, fully intending to never speak to him again, because with my extremely limited free time, I've got people who I care about a lot more (like friends) than to hang out with someone I'm "meh" about.
Anyway, I got home and decided to call my friend Brandon B, who is the first guy I ever dated. (Granted it was just a coffee date.) and asked if he wanted to grab dinner. He obliged, and we met at Bossa Nova on Sunset Blvd. We chatted and caught up, and somehow he suggested that we go to WeHo together and visit a gay club--so we did! Now granted, we went very tame, and it was a Sunday night, but all told, it was a very interesting experience to see men in such numbers holding, kissing, laughing and talking. I mostly just stood chatting with Brandon and absorbing the vibe.
Oh, and a forty year old drunk man talked to me and Brandon for a while, extending the generous but undesired offer of his cock to suck. He also groped my man boob and kissed my neck. Suprisingly, I was not threatened by this, and was more amused than anything else.
Anyway, I finally took that step and got over that fear, and it wasn't a big deal. I also had a sip of Vodka Tonic, when Brandon offered me to taste. It tasted like NyQuil... there was little temptation to drink more.
That night, after all visiting the clubs, I returned to my home at 2am, overly weary (big mistake) for the intense week we had ahead of us at work. But I hoped online and found that Spencer had invited me to his going away party in WeHo in a couple weeks. Well, it made me glad that I'd gone to get over the fear so that I can say yes to his invitation.
The other funny thing, is that Spencer's friend Brandon, the editor friend, who I blogged about getting rejected by in my "Creepy Stalker" post, will be there... so he'll get to see exactly how awesome of a guy he ignored!
Anyway, today's been super hard, so I'm going to pass out--I've had a cap of NyQuil and I'm hoping that this is coherant when I read it back tomorrow.
Oh, and I have a date for this weekend. He seems nice, and pretty cute, but not sure if he'll be my type---more on that when it goes down. Night!