Tuesday, April 17, 2012
An Unlikely, Surprising Afternoon Encounter
Upon completion of a long list of errands, and battling what seemed like July traffic on the coastal highway - in 85' heat - I decided to stop into the Purple Parrot (AKA the feathered one) for a gin & tonic; an old haunt where many a laugh-filled evening was spent with friends, wine and good food. (Image at right features 2 guys who are, for whatever reason, no longer in my life - but it was a good time.)
As I sipped the G & T, I learned that my favourite barman (who worked there for 15+ years!) had moved on to another job where he is now general manager. His new place of employment is not far from mine, so I hope to see him in the near future.
Of course, his departure from the PP has left the place in chaos. He did everything imaginable and without complaint. Perhaps they took unfair advantage of him, or maybe he was worn out by the 6 & 7, 12-hour days he was enduring. Beach resort life can be like that.
In any event, I met the new barman today, and had a delightful conversation about all things Rehoboth. His name is Kenneth and he has been a server at the restaurant for 5 years. Not quite sure that he's suited to be a bartender, he confided, he has misgivings. As for me, his personality and conversational skills make me think his fears are unfounded. He's also good looking with a bright smile and beautiful eyes. Really, a no-brainer.
So, I have made the jump; I had a drink at a previously fave bar, for the first time in over 3 years. Thanks to Kenneth, I didn't feel out of place, or alone.
Next month, Happy Hour somewhere other than my workplace. Maybe I'll look up my friend at his new workplace and surprise him. Of course, after Memorial Day Weekend, all bets are off until Labor Day. So, we'll see.
Time for olives and dinner preparations. Cheers!
And so it goes.