8-0

Seven years ago, I met an Italian gentleman who spends six months of the year in Italy and six months in his condominium here in St. Petersburg. I met him on a website entitled “Silver Daddies.” I was pleased that the gentleman was only a few years younger than myself. He was intelligent, a talker, and we seemed to get along well. We realized rather soon in the relationship, however, that we weren’t bound for a relationship other than that of friends. The main thing was that the friendship grew and became even greater when I met Dimitris. The three of us grew to enjoy the friendship together. I guess I should now introduce you to Eido who pronounces his name 8-0. What a friend he has turned out to be–bringing over jars of homemade spaghetti sauce, art for the walls, and every once in a while some Biscoff cookies, my favorite. Thanks, Eido for your friendship. We will miss you when you return to Italy in early May.

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The Deja Vu Passport

On Friday, March 29th, my partner received his naturalization papers at a citizenship ceremony. He vowed that we would be at the courthouse on Monday morning, April 1st to apply for a passport. The reason for the rush: his planned trip to his home in Athens, Greece, on May 7th. He had the passport papers filled out and ready to be mailed. He also planned to expedite the process by paying the expedition fees. We arrived at the courthouse early but finding a parking spot proved to be rather difficult. However, we parked, entered the courthouse, and were directed to the passport office. When the receptionist questioned Dimitris regarding whether he had all of the materials he was supposed to have, he confirmed that he did. Then she said, “You must pay the fees either with a check or money order.” We had not seen that restriction and, of course, had neither check nor money order with us. There was nothing to do but head home, get a check, re-drive the same avenues and streets we had just driven. After making the return trip to the courthouse, I felt that we had been completely deja “vu-ed.”

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The Lot with the Magnolia Tree

When I decided to have my home built in 1989, the lot on which it was to sit was bare. After checking, I learned that there had been a house that had burned to the ground on the site where my house was to be built. Since he neighborhood seemed like a nice neighborhood and there was a magnificent magnolia tree on the lot, I decided that this would be my home. Since my divorce, I had rented, thinking that I would probably never have another home of my own like the one when I was married. However, a builder showed me that I could build a house for the price I was willing to sink into a condo. This home would be built between the two houses that were already there. The house to my west was occupied by a widow lady. The house to the east was unoccupied. It is now 2019, and the unoccupied house is still unoccupied. I have met the owners several times when they have come down to make repairs. They live in Connecticut and have driven down, at the most, every five or six years. I could care less about the house, but oh how I would like to have the lot. I could have a garden and a pool were the lot mine. The last time I saw the owners I asked if they would consider selling it. Their response: “We’ll let you know.” That was nearly ten years ago.

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One of my Best Friends

My brother, Jackie, and I are three and one-half years apart in age. He is the younger. He lives in Georgia with his wife, Terry, and I live here with my partner, Dimitris. We are very much un-alike and yet perhaps 40% alike. We sound alike; we look a bit alike; we both used to smoke alike. But then we are totally on opposite sides politically. He is a Republican who has expressed approval for people like Sarah Palin. I was a strong Obama supporter and voted for Hillary Clinton. I am gay; he is straight, and he is at least partially accepting of my life as a gay man. So far, he has not agreed to meet my legal partner but admits that he may change regarding that stance in the future. I love my brother, and I believe in many ways he loves me. However, I am, what he calls “in the cone.” His choice is not to communicate with me other than with e-mails. On his birthday, I always acknowledge knowing that his birthday is not a day on which he enjoys celebrating. Nevertheless, I will give him a call as I have never been able to completely shut him out of my life, believing that brothers should be forever best friends, regardless of the differences between the two. Je t’aime, baby brother.
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The Best We’ve Ever Had

I don’t know when the tradition started, but it began sometime after I learned to enjoy eating spaghetti. I was a picky child regarding food and couldn’t stand the smell of spaghetti sauce (or so I thought). However, there were times when that was the only item served as a meal so I learned to eat spaghetti by holding my nose. Once I learned to appreciate the taste, spaghetti became more and more delicious to the point that every time we had it as a family meal, I always commented, “That was the best we’ve ever had.” Once when I was visiting my brother and sister-in-law in Perry, GA. Terry made spaghetti, knowing how much I enjoy it. However, she substituted turkey meat for the usual meat. The spaghetti was good but not quite up to par, and I finished my meal and said only “Thank you. That was delicious.” My brother told me later that Terry’s feelings were hurt because I didn’t say, “That was the best we ever had.” I would never want to hurt my sister-in-law’s feeling so you’d better believe that I will never have spaghetti at their home again without complimenting the “chef” by saying….well, you know what.
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The Sunshine State

I grew up hoping I would end up living in Florida where the sun shines most of
the time. My goal was to escape from the dreary, chilly winters in South
Carolina where I had grown up. The Navy provided me with that opportunity when I
was stationed at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL. I have now been in
Florida since the 1960s, and I am as satisfied with my home here as possible.
Winters in west-central Florida can have some extreme cold, but usually only for
a short time. Freezes are rare, and most winters arrive with no frost. However,
every once in a while we have a winter that is not frigid but is chilly for
weeks. That’s what we are experiencing this 2019 winter. The daytime temperature
is having trouble reaching 70 degrees, and the night-time temperatures are in
the 40s and 50s. I don’t handle those temperatures well and am longing for
spring weather and warmth. Dimitris, on the other hand, relishes this coolness and calls
it perfect. When I am cold, it is only water warmth that can thaw me out. That
means soaking in the tub. I can’t imagine why anyone would prefer living in the
colder climes, but I’m glad they enjoy cold as Florida would have an even larger
population. Darn that groundhog that saw his shadow on Groundhog Day.
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The Meticulous Airline Flyer

I don’t know whether you know it or not, but Dimitris’ nickname is Mr, Meticulous. I gave him that nickname soon after he came to live with me five years ago. As soon as he arrived, he took over the washing, the ironing, and the general upkeep of the house. He began to spray against smells and to make up the bed every day, something I had never been prone to do. He even checked the expiration dates on food we brought into the house. I had many food items which he removed for having expired dates. In January, after he had arrived in March, we made our first flight together. We were flying Edelweiss Airlines from Zürich to Tampa. During the flight, Dimitris excused himself to go to the restroom. When he returned after a lengthy stay, he reported that the bathroom on the plane had needed some attention. He had cleaned the entire restroom, adding aromatic spray, straightening up the paper towels, and cleaning the sink. I could not believe it. Later he returned and found that the spray was missing. I would definitely recommend him for a flying janitorial job with Edelweiss.

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