>> Monday, April 13, 2009
(Note: Ily rhymes with smiley. My niece named her. I+L+Y= I love you)
Kate has been driving me batty. She's been doing nothing but talking about Alberta this and Alberta that for weeks in a way that makes it absolutely clear how she must feel-- though she denies it completely despite it being so obvious. So I finally meet the girl, and I just don't see what the big hub bub is about. I mean, she's cute, sure. But she seemed rather quiet when I saw her. I don't know. Maybe you have to get to know her or something.
Gabe and Rich showed up in their casually late way. Listen, Gabe acts cool and laid back, but you want to know his secret? He's actually really shy. I knew him when he was a little kid, and he used to wait for Rich to go up and talk to new people before he would. He's not fooling me with his new act.
Other girls seem to fall for it though. Like Maura Taung. As Gabe and Rich and I stand around conversing, Maura stands behind us staring. If she doesn't back off, I may have to do something about it that won't be very lady-like which might even be considered very Kate-like.
"Did Kate talk to you?" I ask Gabe.
"I don't know. She said she needed to talk to you though." I look around and spot Kate in the water. Is she expecting me to do everything for her? "There she is. You should go talk to her." I can see him hesitating, and I'm ready to shove him in the water, clothes and all. But he takes off his clothes and strips down to his swimming trunks like a good boy.
Then there's me and Rich.
"So, we've gotta be outta here by sunset, right?" Rich asks. "Did you maybe want to do something later?"
I stand in front of him making as big a deal as possible about my having to think about it. "Hmmmmmmm... I dunno, Rich."
Remember to leave them wanting more.
It's almost 6pm. The official curfew is 7pm. After that, we can't be outside. It's sort of a weird rule. It's called a curfew, but we don't have to go home. We just can't be outside. So I start to clean up, and Rich helps me. He catches me up on the hill by the garbage can.
"So did you think about it?"
I just smile as I try not to let on that I have been thinking about it. Down by the ocean side, I can see Gabe and Kate and Alberta playing nice. "Sure. But I get to drive."
Rich grins, then pulls his keys out of his pocket and heads down to the beach to leave them with Gabe.
I also head down to the beach to start getting people to leave and to warn Kate not to stay too late.