After all the mess I made of my life when I was 19 I gave up on meeting a good man. The very next day I met Bobby Jeffrey, my ex-husband.
I went to the Star Trek movie "The Search for Spock". I went by myself because I knew I would want to sit through it twice and none of my friends would do that. After the first movie I heard a loud crash behind me. Some guy had sat in a seat and it broke sending him crashing to the floor.
A few minutes later I felt a tap on my shoulder. A man's voice said, "Haven't I seen you someplace before?" I thought to myself, "surely he could have thought of something more original than that to say." I turned around and to my surprise I HAD seen him before.
I said "hey, you're the guy from the bridge!"
He said, "So, that's where I've seen you, I knew that I had." We started talking.
Here is a brief history of the "guy from the bridge". He was a flagman who gave out roses and wore funny hats. One day I had to walk across the bridge and he asked me "if I wasn't afraid I would get raped or something." I coldly informed him that I could take care of myself. Later that week I was in another part of town and some guy went by me in a van whooping and hollering and hanging out of the passenger side window. It was him. We ran into each other another time as well. I just seemed like fate kept putting us together.
After the movie ended he asked me if he could take me to dinner. He used the classic line, "I'll buy you a steak or anything you want." I told him steak was fine but I would rather have a hotdog. He replied that he was not a cheapskate. Again I told him I would just as soon have a hotdog and we ended up at my favorite hotdog place "Mecca Drive-in".
Then he took me home and he asked if he could see me again. I said "yes" and after a polite kiss I went inside.
The next day at 2pm (the appointed time) he wasn't there. At 5 minutes after 2, I left and went to a friends house. About 15 minutes later my mom called and in a singsong voice said to me, "Bobby's he'ere." (you know the voice- the one for a boyfriend she entirely approved of)
I told her I would be right there. He was late because he had been getting us a roast chicken and a bottle of wine to take on our picnic.