I’ve been very social for my summer self this week. Dinner with a friend on Tuesday, another Friday, and a Jersey City double header today. That’s well above average for a non-travel summer week. It reminded me of some weird musings I put to paper last summer and other ideas about levels of friendship particular to me.
The core of any friendship has to be laughter, and this week’s hangouts were not disappointing in yielding and/or solidifying inside jokes. I’ll start there, in no particular order:
-You’re his favorite! -Does that title come with a cash prize?
Is that Kavanaugh with a K?
Interrupted work flow.
Y’know that time I got wasted and snorted coke off that guy’s dick.
Your hair is white and your legs are white!
I said, “I want,” and he said “no” (one) I said “I want,” he said “no” (two… up to five).
A forum… for stuff. And things.
I’m very lucky to have friends who are as weird as I am and/or forgive my weirdness. I know they’re all excited to see what I do with my “gap year,” “time out,” “walk about,” and that is contagious, especially when I remember they’re all cheering for me.
Now, again in no particular order, some measures of friendship – at least in my book.
You’ve invited me to your home (childhood, dorm, adulthood).
I showed up.
I slept there.
I’ve invited you to my home (childhood, dorm, adulthood).
You showed up.
You slept there.
We’ve road tripped together and you didn’t mind that I sang and/or tried to control the radio (car, van, bus).
We were going to a concert.
You steer me away from stepping in dog poop and/or tell me the ground is uneven up ahead and/or tell me how many stairs I have to go down.
You know to hold out a hand for me to hold when there is ice on the ground (whether it’s daylight or night, whether I’m drunk or sober).
You’ve met at least one of my siblings.
We have performed together (school, church, karaoke).
We have gotten shitfaced together.
You’ve been around the next morning/afternoon when we wake up hungover.
You’ve seen me sleeping and/or crying and/or puking.
We’ve played any board and/or card game.
We’ve watched a World and/or Euro Cup match together.
I’m not a very social creature, so you should feel accomplished and special if I’ve ever left my home and/or pajamas to spend time with you.