Saturday, February 9, 2008

'The Man' Tales - I Hire A Friend

My life in the chat room was becoming more interesting nightly. I entered the room searching for my friends, but especially for Dragosani. Sometimes I found him there, and sometimes I found him in another chat room where his name was Ghost in the Machine. I would lurk and reread previous chats to see what he had been up to and who was interested in him. When the green-eyed monster settled in my chest I stopped and had an honest talk with myself. The talking didn’t solve anything – I just knew I wanted more of him.

In the Parlor we sat on the couch and Dragosani would hand me a golden key. This key took us to a private room where no one could see us or know what we were doing. It was still a chat room and I didn’t understand how he did it – but I grabbed that key and went along willingly. Sometimes when he posted the key – someone else would grab it and then the room would not be available to me. I never knew who did that – maybe it was Ayns or perhaps it was Sean. We always found another room where we could chat in private.

Most people went off to a private room to have virtual sex. Dragosani was not like that. He refused to ‘talk dirty’. Instead we got to know each other. Slowly I learned of his real life and he learned of mine. It was like being on a date – the kind where you sit on the bench and hold hands or share some lunch. He was quiet and shy and he made me feel peaceful.

In the real world there was anything but peace. My doctor had an office in the same mall and that was the only reason I went to him. His wife stored her fur coat with us – maybe for the same reason – and we had become friends over the years. She was his nurse and I looked forward to going to the doctor so I could visit with my friend. One day she appeared in the store and told me she had left him and was looking for a job. I hired her right there on the spot – knowing she would be an asset to the store even though she had never done any selling in her life. She was bubbly and happy and vivacious. My mother was furious! I had to explain and justify why I had hired her and inside I was praying that my friend would be the salesperson I thought she could be. She proved me right and my mother dead wrong.

The doctor was furious as well. The first appointment I had with him after I hired his wife was tense. I told him that how I ran the family business was my business and not his. He was my doctor and that was all. He retaliated by telling me the abdominal pain I was suffering was because I was an unmarried fornicator and that I needed to get on my knees and talk in tongues for half an hour a day and I would be cured. I changed doctors.

‘N’ loved to party and was looking for a man. She had to make up for the years she had wasted with the doctor. Who better to help her with that quest than me – another single woman on the lookout for a man. She didn’t think I should spend my evenings in the chat room and insisted that I go out with her and enjoy some real life. At first I dragged my feet, afraid of what would happen. She enjoyed a drink and I had been staying away from it after all the years at the bar. But she insisted.

We decided that Thursday nights would be our night to howl. It was ‘ladies night’ at the country bar in the big city. The first 5 drinks were free to the women and that had our attention and plenty of other women’s as well. And where there were plenty of women – there were plenty of men.

16 comments:

Living the Dream said...

Hi I thought it was about time I replied to you and said a big thank you for commenting on my blog. I have popped into yours quite a few times, but the trouble is, I stay too long because I have to keep reading...... Well done, I love it. This blogging is so addictive, thank goodness we haven't got television, this is far better

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

I'm still here and reading, Aims. And thankyou for all your visits and comments - always appreciated. Margot xx

Breezy said...

Oh you are really stringing this out Aims if it was a book I would of peeked at the last pages by now. Absolutely compulsive reading

Amy said...

Eek. I'm scared what will happen on your Thursday nights.

dawn said...

Now a twist in the story. I didn't see this coming. Looking forward to the next instalment. I have a little better time today aside from doing foyer lunch (which was smooth because I have a great team) and getting the donkey in the shelter and having no water for a short couple hours. It is a fend for yourself supper night so I am just relaxing.

Lane said...

The insigt into the chatroom world is fascinating.

I can tell you Aims, your life is an education to me:-)

I Beatrice said...

What an absolutely ghastly doctor! Can't think what he must have been like as a husband......

So glad your new friend escaped.

belle said...

There's an award for you over at mine :o)

Breezy said...

Hi Aims I've tagged you for a meme over at mine

dawn said...

I have something on my blog for you.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Well, this could be interesting. I'm also learning a lot about chat rooms from you. It's quite an education!

Stinking Billy said...

aims, I think you have given the show away today. Not that it need to spoil anything, because the writing is so good that we will keep coming back for more, anyway

aims said...

Hazel - Welcome! I know you are busy renovating - hopefully I'm not too much of a distraction - it will get you in trouble!

Margot - Thanks for delurking...

Breezy - That's what a story teller is suppose to do. And if you had turned to the last page - shame on you!

Amy - LOL

Dawn - I didn't tell you guys everything that day!

Lane - I don't know which is better - the knowing or the not knowing.

Dearest B - I knew you'd pick up on that and comment! He truly believed he had a direct line to God so he didn't have to go to church - but he and his nurse spent the first half hour of the day talking in tongues before they opened the doors. I should have written a letter to the medical professionals and complained. But I was much younger then...

Belle - Thank you so much! I had already received this one but who doesn't love lots and lots of kisses!!

Breezy - I'm going to have to start a new blog for memes and everyday life I guess...does anyone know how to get an extra 24 hours out of a day?

Dawn - Thank you girl! It is a Major award!!

RC - You never know what is around the next corner on the learning curve...

Joy T. said...

LOL "fornicator" LOL Sorry, but that word always sounded dirtier then anything else to me. I bet you didn't know you were going to a holier then thou doctor. Sorry for laughing but people like that really do need to take a pill.

aims said...

Joy - I should have written to the board about him for so many more reasons than that - but I know - bad me...

dev said...

okay, now I understand..how you met N....and I'm with I Beatrice on that doctor....and am loving the insight and romantic way you portray chat rooms...and of course Dragosoni is one of the few men with class, but we knew that, didn't we kiddies?