It’s hot on the avenue, as I drag myself towards home, suddenly seeing the Carlyle’s awning waving the way your mom did when dinner was ready. Okay, maybe not mine, but yours I’ll bet.
Should I g0 in and drop 20 bucks on a vodka over ice, a bottle of Schweppes on the side?
Who said that? .
John Barrymore, Mae West, Errol Flynn, Dorothy Parker, my dad even, all chiming in unison...life’s short baby, live it over ice.
Lonnie, who may become another Tommy in longevity, greeted me warmly as I slid onto a warm barstool. I felt like commingling rather than hiding on a banquette like Mata Hari in a rock glass.
“Where ya been?” she said, happy to see me.
“Oh, ya know, payin bills.”
“But what does that have to do with anything. We all have bills, but you love it here. I read your blog.”
That didn’t sit too well since I often feature her, and not always in the best light, like when I said she had hips that swiveled like a ride at Coney Island.
“You’re right, Bemelmans is a favorite place of mine, but I’ve been in Amish mode, meaning, I drink at home.”
“But that’s no fun. You need inspiration, and that occasional guy to pick up.”
“Remember the fella from Wales…
Do I? But he clearly was a two-night stand, something I totally understand and have come to appreciate.
“What ab0ut him?”
He comes in at least once a month and always asks if I’ve seen you.”
Now, maybe it was the Stoli (or the price), that made me all misty eyed, because you never think someone you pick up at a bar will have any thought of you, after he leaves you back there. He was sweeter than your average I’m just passin through guy, but I’m no fool, once they say, it’s bane nayce nooin ya, that’s usually it.
“You know Lonnie, I really did like him, but he was just passing through, if you know what I mean?”
“You shouldn’t assume that. He lights up at the mention of your name.”
“You don’t say….to think he actually remembers it, well, if you see him again, send him my best, as dusty as it is. How bout that?”
“Okay, but if I were you, with slimmer hips that is, I’d fuck all that, and just leave my number…if I were you.”