I don't remember the precise circumstances of Tiffany and I being introduced at that Saddle & Cycle Club Gala but do vividly recall being engaged in intense conversation soon thereafter and didn't let up until wait staff slipped past us pushing a dolly with stacked chairs. We were talking politics and the Arts, and were of similar minds and she really became amused by my ranting against that ridiculous show Sex and The City and how it ruined a generation of women...her generation. She was in complete agreement. I have only seen about an hour and a half of SATC at the insistence of a former girlfriend, who had a boxed set (natch), and it was exactly what I expected.
|Probably the worst television show ever aired...has already ruined one generation of women|
We were the last to leave the gala and I saw her to a cab. I remember thinking how much I liked her and if not leaving for the Army just knew we would quickly at least become close friends. The following morning around 9am, I got the usual post-gala call from my friend 'Terry Drama' dishing all the juicy tidbits he gathered from the previous evening. Terry, as always, had been there holding court but 9am is zero-dark-thirty in terms of Terry Drama post Gala. With his voice so animated and the hour so early, I thought something deliciously scandalous was forthcoming. Well don't you know, that all the juicy gossip had to do with that little GSL and 'Goody Two-Shoes' Tiffany with Terry reporting having already received 4 separate calls imploring him to get the dish and disseminate ASAP! I had never heard Terry Drama in such a state and hated to douse the juicy tidbitting with the boring news that I only saw to it that Miss Goody Two-Shoes was placed in a cab, without me in tow, and likely was at her 7am spin class fresh as a daisy only hours ago. Terry was crestfallen knowing he'd not have tales to tell his swans of headboard thumps (GSL's fave percussion instrument), morning sessions, and walks of shame. Miss Goody Two-Shoes would live on to add further chapters to her scandal free life. Well, Terry said Tiffany probably wasn't at her 7am spin class as she'd been working the phones all morning trying to gather intel on this GSL. All of Terry's swans logically surmised GSL must have given her far more than a few hours of convo supreme.
|My friend 'Terry Drama' resembles Truman Capote in every way except when holding a pen. Terry was crestfallen at not having any juicy tidbits to pass along to his 'swans'.|
After having revived the deflated Terry Drama's spirits, I asked him to please give me Tiffany's phone number which he had to get from another friend as he and Tiffany had also only recently become acquainted.
Minutes later, Terry passed along her number and I called Tiffany immediately, as upon reflection, I know it must have seemed unusual for us to have talked so long and gotten on so well and I didn't even ask for her number or allude to getting together. I needed to tell her why and how much I liked her. When I rang, I just said I needed to see her that day and what time would be convenient. She was getting her hair done up in my neighborhood so we could meet at the Starbucks on the corner. She looked fantastic walking in the Starbucks and I ushered her over to a quiet corner and then hit her with my Army story and how I was leaving in 2 days for 4 1/2 years and if I wasn't would love to take her out. I said a beautiful girl like her needed to find a nice guy and start a family and was going to fix her up with The Good Doctor telling her he's the best man I know and one of the very few men I've ever met worthy of her. This is when she began to cry and said: "I can't believe I finally meet a nice guy and he's leaving for 4 years to join the Army". Tiffany worked for JP Morgan Chase and I informed her another very close friend of mine, Ash, who hails from New Delhi, was going to look in on her at Chase. (A few weeks later The Good Doctor did take Tiffany out to Dinner but treated it as a caretaking exercise and, while always a perfect gentlemen, he tends to preside over all conversations and came across as patronizing since he thinks of me as a little brother, he treated her like his little brother's girl. It made it back to me,natch via Terry Drama, that she didn't have a good time and I hit the roof with the clueless Good Doctor, in retrospect, conceding his manner could have come across as patronizing. Tiffany was furious that it made it back to me that she didn't have a good time but only that while the Good Doctor was a perfect gentleman, she wasn't interested in him romantically)
Before leaving Starbucks, I told Tiffany that in 4 years, after completing my Army enlistment, I wanted to take her to our magnificent Civic Opera House and even if she was then happily married with young child, she would just have her hubs babysit and patiently wait for her return as this date cannot be broken for any reason.
Illinois Saint Andrew Society, on whose Executive Committee I served, my King James Bible, easily the most impressive looking book I have ever laid eyes on, for The Scottish Home (an old folks home we have been operating for over a century) and The Federalist Papers to The Scottish Law Society. The Good Doctor's parents aka The Magnificent Ambersons were given, fittingly, to Judge Amberson: Idylls of the King by Tennyson and Matriarch Amberson that delightful comedy by Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer (of course she loved it! and regaled all within earshot of its significance). In all, there were about 20 bequests distributed by The Good Doctor after my departure for boot camp. But I personally delivered to Tiffany, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon since I had referenced The Fall of Rome when issuing my scathing assessment of SATC.
to be continued....