Today I am going to keep things very short, as I have an incredibly busy day, including lunch with my friend Jim G. Sure, I could make the lunch only an hour, but that’s not how Jim G. and I roll. There is catching up to do, laughing to do, eating to do. I have had to say “no” to lunch with Jim G. the last three times he has asked, and I’m afraid he’ll feel like I am avoiding him. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Jim G. is one of my best friends, a gay gentleman who I first knew through his cashier job at Albertsons grocery store in my neighborhood. He was always upbeat, funny and cordial when I would come through his line. One day there was a screaming kid a few check-stands down, and I rolled my eyes, looked at Jim G. and said in a low voice, “Oh, my God, please get that kid out of here and home for a nap.” Jim G. not only thought that was funny, he totally agreed.
We became friends soon after, and it turns out he listened to me on the radio on Magic 92.5 (back then), without knowing I was the same person coming into Albertsons. He used to think, when hearing me on the radio, “Wow that Kelly Cruise (my on-air name on that station) sounds like a cool and fun person to know,” and when he saw me at the store he thought, “That lady seems like a cool and fun person to know.” When he found out I was the same person, he figured it all made sense.
We’ve been friends for about 4 years now. Kind of like my partner in crime, we both enjoy eating and drinking and just having fun. We just “get” each other. Maybe part of that has to do with the fact that we’re both Scorpios.
So, time for me to head out to lunch with Jim G. Friendships need to be nurtured, and since he and I haven’t hung out in about a month, we’re overdue. Even when your dance card is booked, some friends are so worth carving out time for.