In the past few years, the holidays have not been my favorite time of the year. I have said here before, I do not do nothing very well. My job obligations are minimal during the last two weeks of the year so I have plenty of downtime. I fill that downtime going down rabbit holes which I would rather not do. I fill that downtime with alcohol, which I wish I didn’t do. And this year, the whole Facebook fiasco had me angry.
So on December 20, 2022, I accepted an invitation to a holiday party at an event venue which I have become friendly with. I was there recently (the sweater dress and the stained glass window photo) and had a ball. This time, while enjoyable, it was not very well attended and I knew really know one. So I took off after only an hour.
It was pretty early, around 5:30, I looked pretty good, so I decided to hit a terrific Happy Hour at a very high end Italian restaurant. I sat at a crowded bar and enjoyed my Manhattan and cavatelli. After some time, a young lady sat next to me and we struck up a conversation.
We probably talked for well over an hour. I invited her to our upcoming Very Sherry Christmas holiday party. She then opens up and tells me she tried to kill herself a week back, just before we parted company. I gave her a few hugs and said a few things, which I cannot remember now. I was taken aback quite a bit. Well that was just the kind of thing I needed to lift my case of the blues (not). I hope I helped in some capacity and we’ll see if she shows up for the party (she did not). All I really care about is that she is doing well and doesn’t try anything like that again.
You never know where the day will take you. One thing we agreed on before she dropped that little bit of news was that we both really enjoyed going out alone, sitting at a bar and meeting new people. I wasn’t in the best frame of mind afterwards and got involved in a text conversation with Sher and I was a total a-hole. I apologized to her the next day and will do so again here. I had a bad case of the holiday blues…….
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