Hey all. Haven't done one of my just random talky posts in awhile. It is partly that I think I am a lot busier at work and partly that I just don't seem to feel like I have much of interest to say. Not that this will be particularly interesting, but I do have a bit of time to kill :)
Thought I'd ruminate on a nice party DR and I went to on Saturday. Since DR has been here in California the vast majority of our socializing has been with my family...sometimes his family...and occasionally my friends. Not that we do a great deal of gading about. However, on Saturday we went to this gathering specifically to see an old friend of his who was in town for a brief visit. It was kind of a family gathering. I knew nobody, even remotely, besides DR. He knew his friend, his friend's girl friend, and a few others peripherally. People from his high school days, which he spent partly in CA. It turned out to be a nice party. The people were friendly and DR was so happy to have time to talk to his old buddy. He quite deserted me, but I had gone expecting that and ended up having a very long talk with this Cheyenne guy, a few years older than me. He was super drunk and could spin quite a yarn. He actually reminded me a bit of my ex father-in-law. When we left, DR kept saying what a good time he'd had. He was so happy. I was glad he was happy, but also felt kind of bad because it made me aware of how much he is missing....not sure how to put this....HIS kind of people. Hard to explain. Let me give an example though. No one in my family smokes. None of my friends smoke. DR does, and when he's around us he slinks off like a criminal every hour or so. At this party EVERYONE smoked. I mean, it was outdoor smoking, but lots of it. It is more than that, but again, hard to explain.
I was glad he had that afternoon and evening to feel so pleased and relaxed. What I took away from all this was the reminder of how different the two of us are in some ways. Sometimes it is hard work to bridge the differences, but I think it is worthwhile. I hope it is worthwhile. Yeah, it probably is.