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July 7th, 2009


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10:13 pm - Save the Last Dance 2: Cruise Control
Last week, I had issues with flies in my apartment, and on Tuesday, after killing over three dozen flies, I was not in the mood to cook dinner, so I took advantage of Rubio's Fish Taco Tuesdays. And then I took advantage of the Barnes and Noble to finish reading Powers.

I sat in one of the chairs by the graphic novel section. To my right, someone had seemingly abandoned a stack of books by a chair, but she came by to claim them just as an employee was about to sweep them up.

An employee who looked kind of familiar. Could it be...?

Flashback to five years ago—although at the time I thought it was seven or eight years ago—when I went on a cruise to Mexico and Central America with my family. I made Cruise Friends, as you do. One day was particularly memorable. Here is what twenty-two-year-old Sunil wrote in his journal that day:

I don't remember what we were talking about, but she must have said something girls would say about me a lot, because I said, "I get the eyes thing a lot." When she asked what about them, I responded with, "...That I have them." Which amused her greatly.

Then May wanted to dance, so the four of us went to the stage where the band was playing calypso-y music. But Laura and the boy left soon after, leaving May and me the only people on the stage. I attempted to dance, moving back and forth, waving my arms, trying to match her movements.

We talked some more. I turned out she had been born in San Francisco too, maybe even at the same hospital (Kaiser). She was currently in Berkeley.

I had never really danced with a female before, and I was pretty sure that was what was happening now. As we were ridiculously visible, I kept checking for signs of parents so I could move to not be dancing "with" her if need be. Also, remember in your visualization, we're both in swimwear. Thus, skin touched as we waved our arms about, though I wasn't sure what my touching protocol was. I didn't think I could actually put my hand on her bare shoulder or anything, those shoulders that were rolling back and forth, shoulders I tried to match with my own, leaning into her, and holy God, was I turned on. I had become warm and my breathing had changed. Suddenly, I understood the appeal of dancing.

We tried to recruit Laura and her boy to the floor, but they would have none of it. Laura wanted her sister to buy her a drink first, so we went to the deck bar. There was this guy there, I think it was Josh the Stoner, who greeted me. He said to the girls, whom he had apparently met, "I've seen this guy around a lot. He hasn't said two words, but he sure can dance."

"I can? Since when?"

He said it looked like I was having fun up there, which I couldn't deny. I thanked him.


Our little group hung out together for the rest of the day. May and I talked a lot and I ate off her fork and we looked at stars, and then we both went back to our respective rooms. At the time, May was thirty-two and managed the Barnes and Noble in Berkeley. When I moved out here a couple years later, I wondered if I would run into her.

And I was pretty sure I had, at the Barnes and Noble in Emeryville. It took me a few minutes to come up with her name.

I found her at Customer Service and asked her where Jilli's book was as an excuse to talk to her. Once she showed me, I asked her what her name was since she looked familiar.

It was May.

Had she gone on a cruise to Mexico and Central America? And she had a sister? Laura, right. Yeah, we had hung out and danced and looked at stars.

She had no memory of me at all.

I told her a few more details that I could remember, and she felt bad that she couldn't remember, maybe she shouldn't be admitting that. The one thing she did remember better than I did was when the cruise actually occurred; I was confusing the timeline with the Alaskan cruise we had gone on. If I see her again, I'll have to tell her she was right about that.

I introduced myself again, five years later, and told her about my job and such when she asked. She was pleasant and nice about the whole weird affair—and even sheepishly joked with me when I pointed out how not prominently displayed my friend's book was—but then she went back to work.

It doesn't always go like in the movies.
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From:daynr
Date:July 8th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
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It doesn't, I know.
Makes me thankful for dreams.
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From:ashfae
Date:July 8th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
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No.

...but really that's kind of a good thing, or else everyone you met on the street would be a romantic chance encounter from somewhere in the past and there'd be a constant orgy of unresolved sexual tension and oh my god the chaos!!!
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From:lynevere
Date:July 8th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Hee.
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From:punzerel
Date:July 8th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Aw. I wish things were more like the movies.

(Also, I like the glimpse of your 5-years-ago writing style!)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 8th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Of course you do! Because you're adorable. How does it differ, do you think?
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From:punzerel
Date:July 9th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
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Hmmmm.... parts are very similar (the way you turn a phrase, the way you use detail) but I think now your (LJ-entry, at least) writing is more polished? more direct? I don't know what the word is. But idk, what do I know about writing?
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From:lodessa
Date:July 8th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes vacation friends are better left to vacations. Summer of 2003 I went to Cabo San Lucas with qt_ninja and met this guy Mike. We had a great time hanging out for the next two nights and turned out he lived in San Leandro. And he actually called and wanted to hang out. So I invited him along to see this band I knew play in Berkeley and it was just... well awkward and weird and pretty much ruined the nice time we'd had in Mexico.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 8th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Aw, that's too bad.

Sometimes vacation friends can be cool, though! It's hard to tell.
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From:lodessa
Date:July 8th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
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It is for sure.

My grandmother and her best friend met on vacation like 50 years ago. So it's true, you never know.
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From:lembeau
Date:July 11th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
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She had no memory of me at all.

It's like the boy I had an insane unrequited crush on in Gr. 11. He had been in my baking class and we'd partnered up a few times, even had a flour fight. The next semester we sat together and tried to keep each other awake. I met him a couple of years out of high school and he couldn't remember me. Made me glad I had gotten over him all those years ago.

But that memory that you have of May and the cruise, that's golden. Look at you go and with an older woman! Woot!

(I like that we apparently seem to be playing comment tag. Must go find another post to leave a comment on.) :OP
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 11th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
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I heart people who comment on old posts!

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