What am I doing here?
This is all kinds of “not me”. Sitting in a dark car outside some stranger’s apartment building, heat blasting through the vents of the old ’78 Ford and Jon Bon Jovi telling me the trials of living on a prayer from the cassette in the tape deck.
This better not be a mistake. I hope she knows what she’s doing. Of course, she’s half drunk already and it’s only 8:23.
Wait, it’s 8:23? I’ve been sitting here almost 15 minutes now! What can be taking so long? She was supposed to go in, find him, and come right back out. All I’m supposed to do is drive…and wait apparently.
I have no clue who this guy is. She said she met him in her chem class. For all I know he has bottle-thick glasses and buck teeth. Chemistry. Complicated math. Test tubes and Bunsen burners. It all spells “geek” to me.
When we were planning all this back at our apartment, she said he was cool, but…, I don’t know. This just feels weird.
Maybe it’s because I’ve never been the driver. Or maybe it’s because we’ve never done this with some guy we barely know.
Does that clock seriously say 8:29, now? What is taking her so long?
Should I go in and get her?
No. I don’t know where to look. She didn’t give me an apartment number. She said his name…but was it Mark? Matt?
Ohhh! I don’t know!
Let’s go already! Come on. Come on. Come. On.
Wait a minute.
Is that her? Yes! Finally, we can get out of here!
Just be cool. Just be cool. I don’t want this guy to think I’m nervous or new at this. She probably told him I’m the cool roommate. The one who’s 21 .The one who has the car. The driver for this little adventure.
I see her, but where’s the chem nerd? That can’t be him walking a step behind her….Can it?
No way! Now he’s beside her, and they are both heading straight toward my car.
This cannot be happening!
If that is some geeky chemistry nerd, I need to seriously check my definitions. Here he comes…swaggering?…yep, that’s a swagger…toward me in these black leather boots that he probably thinks make him look tall, and I bet he’s at least six foot to start with. And that biker jacket! It doesn’t do anything to hide the muscles underneath it. Plus the dark scruff on his chin, and…is that a do-rag on his head???!!!
This is not good. This is not good! What has she done?
Oh, crap, they’re getting closer!
Don’t let him sit in the front. Don’t let him sit in the front. Don’t let him sit in the front. Please don’tlethimsitintheFRONT!
They’re opening the doors!
They’re getting in, and…HE’S SITTING IN THE FRONT!
I can’t believe she did this to me, but she’s back there laughing at some joke told on the other side of the door, and then there’s introductions and a sing-songy high-pitched, “Hiiii” from me and then a CLAP! as he slaps his hands and rubs them together.
“Whoo hoo hoo!” he booms in a big voice and smiles in a way that softens his entire rough face. “Let’s get this party started!”
And just like that, I’m pulling away from the curb, en route to a Friday night party with my college roommate chattering excitedly in the backseat, and to my right is some would-be hoodlum.
Me and the hoodlum at a more formal affair. (It was the ’80’s. Please forgive the hair!)
And the hoodlum turns out to be a pretty nice guy who gallantly offers to parallel park my big boat of a car when we finally get to that party…and who barely drinks the liberally flowing beer so he can carry on a coherent conversation with me…and who helps see my intoxicated roomy back to our apartment then stays to talk until 5 a.m….and who takes me out on a real date the next night.
Who was that menacing leather-clad do-rag-bound hoodlum?
He turned out to be my hubby.
***Today’s post was written in response to the Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge to write in the style of Gonzo journalism. What’s that, you ask?
“Gonzo journalism differs from typical reporting in that Gonzo journalists renounce claims of objectivity, often place themselves in the story as a first-person narrator, and include verbatim dialogue to capture and convey their first-hand experiences. The work can often have a “stream-of-consciousness” feel to it.” –Wordpress Daily Post
In doing so, I also accidentally wrote a post that addresses today’s Zero to Hero bonus assignment to explore a different blogging voice.
I hope you enjoyed the story of how I met my husband. It’s all true…even the do-rag!