Day 9 – Denver
I had a relaxing morning on Wednesday. Before the girls left for school, Emily told them a story about me. She told them that when she discovered that I liked to sing, she asked me to sing for her. I agreed to do it, but I requested that they (Emily and Kelly) turn around and we had to turn the lights off. Emily recalls that I sang Ave Maria. I laughed when she told that story, because I know that I have done that to other friends along the way (Mindy? Kim?)! I got to visit with Emily some more after she took the girls to school. Then I had to leave to meet my friend Forrest (Fo) for lunch. So, I filled my water bottles, grabbed the precious pickles, said goodbye to Emily, backed out of her garage CAREFULLY and headed to Illegal Pete’s.
Fo and I met Freshman year at Miami in the basement of our dorm during the first few days of school. I think I had gone down to the basement to do laundry, and I was waiting on the couches. Out of nowhere, these two guys come bouncing (I mean literally bouncing…LITERALLY!) towards me. These two Energizer Bunnies were Fo and Rob. I think they introduced themselves to me before they bombarded me with questions: “Where are you from? What room do you live in? What’s your major? What’s your name?” I shyly (seriously – I was a little shy) said, “Mary Clare.” He responded, “Mary what? Mary Christ?” I am sure I corrected him, but to this day (yesterday to be more specific) he calls me Mary Christ. When I asked my college roommate, Katie, if she remembered how I met them, she said, “Not sure – I just remember they were the kings of the dorm!” A true statement! Fo and I stayed in touch during our time at Miami. So, when Fo saw my Blog posted on Facebook he messaged me to find out what was going on. I told him that I was passing through Denver, and we arranged to meet for lunch. It was so great to see Fo, and meet his wife, Claudia. They took time out of the house demolition/renovation project to meet with me. We had a great time catching up. I am not sure when I saw him last. I guess it is possible that it was at Miami – maybe 1997 or 1998. Anyway, it was such fun to see Fo.
After lunch, I headed to Amy and Todd’s. Amy and I have been friends since the 6th grade. We were NOT friends right away. Amy tells a story about one of our first encounters. Apparently, Amy asked me if she could borrow my eraser. I let her borrow it, and she broke it (she claims it was an accident). I became upset immediately (practically in tears) and said something like, “I had to buy that with my own money! It cost me 75 cents!” We did become good friends after that, and we hung out in high school. We went on trips together, and lived in Denver at the same time. When I was moving back to Ohio in 2000, Amy drove with me and a truck full of stuff (we were also going to attend a wedding in Ohio). We thought it would be a good idea to tow her car behind the U-Haul. It probably was a good idea, but it would have been a better idea to properly secure her car to the car trailer. Thank goodness the car didn’t slide off, but when we discovered this little problem, we fixed it right away.
Two years ago, Amy, Todd and I (and another couple) went to London for a week and then went on a Seine River Boat cruise. We had a great time! Amy and I talk weekly, usually when she is walking her dog, Clyde. The last time I came to Denver (January 2005!), I saw Amy briefly when she and Todd were living in the burbs. I was excited to see their new downtown condo in the Glass House.
I drove downtown, and made my way to the Glass House. I gathered my overnight bag, important documents, computer, and the precious pickles. Then, I proceeded to the front desk to pick up the key. Amy and Todd live on the 16th floor of this building. SIXTEENTH! It is a beautiful condo, with a gorgeous view of downtown Denver. However, it is very high off of the ground – I mentioned that it is on the 16th floor, right? Oh, and the windows are floor to ceiling (hence, The Glass House). I have just a small fear of heights. This about did me in. I tried to go out on to the balcony, but that caused me some unpleasant feelings.
I chatted with Todd, and paid some serious attention to Clyde (the darling Cairn Terrier), while waiting for Amy to get home from work. As I mentioned, we talk to each other once a week (usually on Sundays), so there wasn’t much to catch up on. We had a great evening. It was so fun to get to hang out and chat in person! We were all tired, and it was going to be an early morning, so it was time to sleep. I started to freak out a little bit as I thought about how far up we were. I kept imagining that I would fall out of bed, and then out of the window. It was totally irrational, but that fear of heights took over my mind! I have no idea what that was all about. Despite the height of her home, Amy is a terrific friend, and I adore Clyde (oh, and Todd). It will be nice to be in a closer time zone.