I’m one of those fortunate souls who have weekends off. Trust me, I have paid my dues, having had to work numerous weekends my first few years in radio, and also having waited tables back in the day where weekends were mandatory.
I work a split shift – 5:00 to 9:00 a.m., then 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. – so technically my weekend doesn’t officially start until I get home at 6:45, however since my afternoon shift is much less hectic and only three hours long, I tend to kick into weekend mode after my a.m. shift on Fridays.
This weekend in particular is nice, as we have our friend Craig visiting us from OrangeCounty – the actual city of Orange, in fact. More Chuck’s friend than mine, he is still a gracious guest who is not only low maintenance and thoughtful, he also gets Chuck out of the house – and out of my hair – for periods of time. One of Chuck’s only friends, having him around always puts Chuck in a great mood, and when Chuck is happy, I am happy.
Craig is a confirmed bachelor, and in no hurry to change that status. In his mid-50’s, I would ascertain that he is in it for the long haul. He enjoys women, maybe even dates a few, but actually settling down with one is not in his game plan. Perhaps he thinks they’re more trouble than they’re worth? Perhaps he feels that to have one in his life would restrict him from the things he enjoys – watching sports and playing his cello, mostly. He could very well be right, so who is to judge?
Regardless, having Craig as a weekend guest usually spells out fun, as it gets Chuck and me out of our routine. Our dogs happen to love their “Uncle Craig,” and the feeling is mutual. Craig usually brings a 12-pack of Coors Lite, flowers for me, and treats for the dogs. Did I mention that he’s gracious and thoughtful?
Chuck and Craig tend to turn into 23-year-olds when they’re together. Earlier today I drove them down to the Gaslamp so they could tuck into a bar and watch some sports. I’m sure that ogling pretty women will be on the agenda – they’re guys, after all. They’ll cab it back to the house around 5:00; later we’ll have take-out or something simple for dinner. This has become somewhat of a routine in itself.
Tomorrow the guys will more than likely watch more sports from the house, then later a brewpub. I have a hair appointment at 1:00 but will catch up with them later. I’ll make dinner that evening – again, routine, but a good one. Craig is always in awe of whatever I make, so there is no pressure; I love that about cooking for bachelors.
I truly enjoy weekend guests, especially ones like Craig. You don’t have to put on airs or go to any great trouble – and everyone, including our dogs, has fun.
Have a great weekend, everyone!