An Old Friend
I re-united with an old friend today. We hadn't seen each other in at least 10 years. We re-connected on Facebook through a mutual friend. I was graveyard manager at Sambo's and he was a customer when we met some 30 years ago. Billy would come by after the night clubs had closed for coffee or maybe something to eat. Sometimes he'd be with a pretty girl,,,sometimes not. He loved trivia and he, another guy, and I would try to stump each other after the bar run(The period when we served the nightclub patrons after the clubs closed and they went home.). We started seeing each other at the clubs on my nights off from Sambo's and hung out at the bar. I changed jobs a few times after Sambo's going from selling insurance, to managing a fast food place, then being news director at a local radio station. When the station changed hands and formats, I headed to Dallas to get back in the food service business again. After a couple of years, I changed jobs and ended up in Little Rock, Arkansas where I was fired after 2 years. Headed back home to Waco and somehow hooked up with Billy again. The social scene had really changed since I'd left with single support groups, churches with special classes for singles, and social clubs. Billy showed me the "ins" and "outs" which made it a lot easier to get back in the swing of things. We had a lot of good times together going to the clubs. Billy always had a way with the ladies and I usually ended up being the third wheel as we went from club to club. I really envied him. He could talk to any woman in a club and I believed he could have any woman in a club. Me? I'd be the guy sitting next to him at the bar smoking a cigarette and having a drink, sometimes entering into the conversation. It was a good combination. I would live through him. But, all good things must come to an end. I joined a church and realized outside of Billy, all my friends were "bar friends" and lost track of him. Well, Billy suggested we get together today. At first it was to be at Barnes and Noble for coffee, but he missed it. He called and asked about lunch. He knew I couldn't afford to pay so he did. After lunch, we went to truck stop for coffee. Oh the memories,,,3 hours of them. Billy has been retired for 3 years now even though he's 4 year younger than me. Still goes to the nightclubs and still a hit with the ladies. He hasn't changed much,,,a little older like the rest of us,,,a little wiser. We will see each other again. Hopefully, I have a job and I can buy him lunch. It was a great day and I needed it.