Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thank God...actually, the Romans, I guess...that May is almost over. I said the same thing about April, and March, and will probably feel the same about June when all is said and done, but right now I am looking forward to a new month.

May was full of lots of good things though...although at the time they were happening they didn't seem so kids are all "adults" now, which hasn't really changed a thing yet, but does still give a strange sense of relief. Maybe someday soon they will start paying their own cell phone bills, that would be a real relief.

At Em's graduation I had to spend time with my ex-wife, their step-mom, and it was...ok. It had been over a year since I had last seen her, and I didn't get that punched-in-the-chest feeling this time. Her husband avoided me, which was nice, because though I'm man enough not to hit him, I'm not quite man enough to act like I like him either.

Then I found out that Sam has a boyfriend. She had been a little distant lately, not calling or stopping in as much. The last time she was in the cafe, I mentioned something I wanted to do...I don't remember what...and she said she wanted to as well and that we should do that. She does that a lot, "We should do that..."

"Okay, I'm taking off Friday if you want to go then."

"No, I can't Friday" she said. "I've got to go to Santa Fe for...something."

I didn't ask what. Two weeks later a mutual friend posted a picture of Sam smiling broadly with her head in the lap of a guy I don't know. Someone had commented, "They're great together, such a happy couple." I have to agree, they do look good together, and she really looked happy.

Maybe that's the "we" she meant all along.

I'm not going to mention it, I'm just not going to try anymore. It won't change one thing in our relationship...we'll both continue living our lives, reaching out to each other when we're both single and feel the need, and only then. That's the way it's always been.

In the restaurant world, Brett decided that Cafe Z couldn't make it and was going to close and try to find a job in town. I had, the month before, signed everything over to him just to get it off my books, and had written off any hope of seeing any of my investment returned. And I didn't really care about that. I didn't help him start it to get rich, I wanted to do something to help him out.

But a month later he's ready to call it quits, and though I don't agree, I really don't have a say in it anymore. So, I think about it for about an hour and call him back and offer him his job back here. The more I think about it the more sense it makes, and it should work out for the best.

I did get my investigator's license and am committing some money from the restaurant to get that business started, but the start-up is nothing compared to what it takes to get a restaurant up and running, and once that's done the overhead is almost nothing, and the money can be pretty good.

So, we'll see how that goes...still not sure how I want to do that, I'm not at all okay with handing out information to people without knowing how they plan to use it. I also really don't want to do infidelity cases...but on the other hand, people should know if their spouse might be bringing something home from his fishing trip besides tall tales.

I'll let you know.


John Gray said...

interesting post.....
sounds as though you have things sorted in your life relationship wise

mind you the policemans hat doesnt quite suit the laid back west coast lifestyle!

John Gray said...

happy birthday!
have a good one

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday, Eric!
Wishing you many more!

Texan said...

Ditto the Happy Birthday!

I wondered if you were able to get your investigator's license, You should journal your cases, with your ability to write you never know... later a book. I love to read and really enjoy a good "who done it"... make it a good romance "who done it" and its even better! If you ever are in the mind, Roxanne St Claire has a series (Bullet Catchers), pick one up, Former,PI's, Police etc. turned Body Guards all working for this agency etc.

I am so not going to say that when one door closes another always opens, even though I do believe that. Seems I am prone to cliches so I am not going to say that. :O)

Eric said...

Thanks, everyone, for the birthday wishes.

John Gray said...

the copper photo is gone!!!!!

Maria said...

Well, you know...she is missing out. And I'm with you about getting these months moving along. When the alarm woke me up at 6 this morning, I laid there and decided that I am truly not meant to be a working stiff. I don't know what happened to me regarding my true destiny: princess.

Best wishes on your birthday, Eric.

Eric said...

Yep, went back to the mountain man one...the copper will return though.
I hope your week's gotten better, John.

Thanks, Maria.

John Gray said...

couldnt have been f*cking worse eric!