How I love thee and have neglected thee – oh how I have neglected thee.
Let’s just agree to start over and and forget this ever happened, ok? Great!
- + TAKEN THE DAY BEFORE I MET JORDAN +
Remember this - Our Love Story - Part 1, and how I promised to write the next part of the story, but clearly didn’t. Here we go!
After receiving Jordan’s Facebook message: Hey there+ Thanks for the add. It was very cool to meet you yesterday.
I responded: Ya! Good to meet you and talk Long Beach! Maybe next time IN Long Beach. Hope you enjoy the rest of your SF visit!
You see. Jake and I had hung out quite a few times since I met Jordan in the park and passed along some incredibly valuable information. When Jordan left the park with Jarrett that day, he couldn’t stop talking/asking questions about me. He saw some sort of tangible charm in my unbrushed hair, scratchy (profanity-ridden) mouth and early 80′s dance moves. And if he thought that was good… just wait until he met me in all my polished, sparkly, purposeful glory. But truly, there is something to be said for being caught off guard – in moments of total and complete honesty.
I’d heard for years that I’d find the right guy when I wasn’t looking, when I was at peace with myself. I hated when people told me that. But, when I met Jordan, it was just that. I wasn’t trying to be pretty. Or trying to be funny. Or trying to get picked up. I was, in fact, just being myself. So, when both Jake and Jarrett mentioned that this Jordan man had taken a liking to me and was “super bummed” about living so far away, something in my brain just sort of switched. I jumped from a two-hour conversation in the park to thinking about the probability of a long-distance relationship. I know, I make no sense.
Two days after I sent my response, he sent this: Thanks it was hectic, but really interesting. Yeah, let me know if you are down my way at some point, I’d love to catch up.
Layla: Interesting is good… for me, at least. And yes, next time I touch my toes into LGB, I’ll shout over to you. Conversely, next time you’re in the Bay, count me as another folk to be in touch with!
Jordan: Well in this case interesting was great actually. We filmed a Hippie walking tour in the Haight, winery lunch in Sonoma, tasting tour in the Ferry Building, City Hall, Twin Peaks, Pier 39, the Cable Car Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, and the Redwood Park next to the Transamerica Pyramid. Have you been to this park? You work pretty close I think. It’s very peaceful, and has cool places to sit and people watch. Typically cool SF: bums next to suits next to tourists.
Actually, a couple of my good friends from the east coast are coming out at the end of July, so I might be back the last weekend. We should catch up then. By the way, your profile pics are awesome. Did we miss any other fun (crazy) people in the park after we left on Sunday?
Swoon. Done. Where do I sign up?
Layla: hi! that sounds pretty incredible actually… and also like you got more accomplished in one day than i have in the two years i’ve lived here. i think the park is going on my list of things to accomplish next week! the park started to get mellow after you left. i think the gay pride hangover started to sink in… city-wide. nick and i went back to my apartment, ate chinese food and watched really bad (and by bad i mean best) 80′s movies! perfect, really.
i hope you do come back to san francisco soon!
i was recently named the photo-monitor of the family. so, i’ve got all of the original family photos! going through them inspired many-a-profile pic changes and many-a-blog posts!
don’t think this is weird, ok? but… a handful of inches down your facebook page is some status update about something or other and one of your friends, J (edited), commented on it. and, i know him! sort of. he is the boyfriend of one of my dearest dancing friends of all time! how do you know him?! do you actually know, know him? or just facebook know him? ok, i think my 7th grade language means it’s time for me to step away from the computer and get started on this weekend! hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! LG
(Editor’s note – I’m super glad I’m out of the no capitalization and INSANE overuse of exclamation marks phase – it’s taking SO much willpower to not edit these! (exclamation mark used with purpose))
Jordan: Hi Layla, Not weird at all, in fact I would worry that there is too much weird stuff on my page! So are we talking about B? I know J as he used to work for my company before he started (law?) school. I’ve been around him maybe, a dozen times? So I don’t know him intimately, but enough to have a conversation. Small world: that’s such a random find!
I had an amazing weekend, so thanks for that. I’m currently sitting in JFK waiting for a flight back to CA. I had a big barbecue back in northern NY with my friends from high school, their families, and parents. It was insanely fun, and my parents were cool enough to help host it. The other nice part is that my friends’ wives are cool and the guys got to come out the night before for some mischief.
Did you have a nice weekend as well? So speaking of family, I particularly enjoyed the pic and your comment about the jean jacket. Made me chuckle. When were those photos taken? I can’t recall, but do you have immediate family in long beach, or extended too? Oh, and what do you define as bad (best) 80′s movies? That leaves a lot to the imagination. Talk soon+ Jordan
Layla: whoa! such a small world. and yes, b and i met the same month that she and j started dating. i’ve probably been around him a dozen times as well. but i do love that b… she’s pretty special.
your east coast weekend sounds so good! (and made me a tiny bit jealous) summertime mischief really is unlike any other and never seems to translate to those who haven’t spent time in that part of the world… just magic! and it looks like there was a lake involved? swoon.
i had a really good weekend as well. spent some time at work and then had a nice dinner with jake last night… he’s such an awesome pal to have… he and i can have crazy conversations every time we hang out and still learn something new about each other. probably, i will feel like a newbie in sf for a couple more years, so it’s nice to have this kind of pal… you know?
oh my. my folks… tony and louise… seriously, aren’t they something?!?!? that acid wash jean jacket photo is from the night they went to the huey lewis and the news concert… circa 1986… i was the photographer of that photo too, which is why most of my dad’s forehead is cut off. my four-year old photography skills weren’t quite what they are now. whoops.
are you the only ny transplant in your family? that was the hardest part about being in ny, when i was there. even though it’s just my mom and dad in long beach, most of our family is sprinkled along the coast of southern california. perhaps it’s because i’m the only child, but being close enough to fly home on a whim is something i cherish and love to take advantage of!
ok, probably the best worst-80′s film (that i own) is girls just wanna have fun… sarah jessica parker and helen hunt. oy. so good. though, i do love some kind of wonderful! (we also watched drop dead gorgeous, though it’s not an 80′s film… it does get funnier every time i watch it) hope jfk is treating you well and that you have a calm, safe flight home. give that long beach a big old hug for me, ok? have a great week! layla.
You still there? Let’s take a break. Looking back is sweet and I’ll take the liberty of taking my time (clearly).