Monday, January 31, 2005



And then HE entered my life.

All that summer of '74 it was party after party after party. If not on the Houseboats, then a field party, or a kegger, or a neighborhood party. That is where we met, at the Winchester Apartments. A series of maybe eight small cottages, laid out in a semi circle with a common area in the center. The houses themselves were two small rooms and very coveted. The coolest people lived there. Molly and the Redhead had one along with several other of my friends. A small complex legendary for their big parties.

He had been in a self imposed exile, trying to figure out why a good friend of his had committed suicide. He was reentering, perhaps emerging from a depression, back into the college town social life and ended up at that party, sitting on a stoop, meeting me.

For some inexplicable reason, he fell head over heels for me that night. I spent the rest of the summer trying to avoid him. I did not know how to let him down easily, so I just ran when I saw him.

He left school, left Murray behind and moved to Arizona. One day I received a letter from him. I mentioned it to one of my friends, Jill. She immediately asked to see the letter. As she read it she began to cry. I had no idea she had feelings for him!  It made me ......wonder about him.

Shouldn't life be more like the movies? A crashing crescendo of powerful music announcing the arrival of the most important, most influential person you will ever have in your life?

Wouldn't it make life....easier? 


yakima127 said...

Yes, it would...JAE

lotzamoe said...

Maybe it's just the photo, but it looks like Jon Bon Jovi was in love with you.

njlittlebear said...

yea it would make it easier...and way more dramatic !


ksquester said...

Those were the days my friend, I thought they'd never end......I'm in Arizona, want me to send Luke The Wonder Dog to hunt him down?    Anne

ryanagi said...

Hmm. He's just my type. Scruffy and a little dangerous looking. ;-)

garyvp said...

This entire series is wonderful...congrats on some great memories , great photos and great writing.


sonensmilinmon said...

I'm so enjoying this series of yours. :-)  Yes it would help considerably if they did that, maybe I would've avoided the ex!  But, this is real life.  He looks likes my Tom Cat, a guy I dated briefly ... and there is a story there but, I'm not sure I want to share it!


dcmeyer420 said...

Another great entry, Mary!  Why, he looks like my first celebrity crush, Leif Garrett (sp?). Thanks for another great installment in the "Addicted to Love" series.

nellemclaughlin said...

He's got that cool look about him that so intrigued me in those days back then. :) I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying these installments. MORE! MORE! :) Nelle

readmereadyou said...

It sure would make life easier. Reminds me of a line from "Moonstruck" about love:
"I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn't know this either. But love don't make things nice, it ruins everything, it breaks your heart, it makes things a mess. We're not here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. We are here to ruin ourselves and break our hearts and love the wrong people and die! The storybooks are bullshit."

mrccgoody said... should and it didn't for me either...i am loving these stories!

suzypwr said...

I am loving these chapters of your life!

slowmotionlife said...

Ah, if like were like the movies, there would be a script-writer, and everyone's hair would always be perfect, and women would wake up in full-makeup.  Not gonna happen.  LOL  He *was* adorable, though.   With great hair.  I can definitely see how you fell for him.  :)