I got the lamest email I’ve ever received today. It came from a girl that I only met once, who is the girlfriend of a former co-worker whom I’ve been friends with for almost 6 or 7 years. Let me set up the back story. I used to work at a university a few years back doing landscape. After my first summer there, a new guy was hired and we became friends. I quit working there but we stay in contact through instant messaging off and on. In July I went back home to Arkansas for the first time in almost two years. While I was home we had planned to go to lunch while he was on his lunch break one day. So I get home and give him a call to arrange the time and place for lunch. Apparently he and his girlfriend and had a massive fight over the lunch and according to him, were barely speaking to each other. So here enters the girlfriend. Sometime after I quit working at the university, this girl was hired and that’s how she and my friend met and began dating.
So when I heard that they had had a huge fight, I suggested that it might not be a good idea to get together or at the very least she should come along so she could see for herself that our friendship was completely platonic. What was then decided was that I would stop by their house one afternoon to meet her and we would catch up on stuff there. Based on this I was under the assumption that they had worked out their differences and that she was ok with this arrangement. It was quite clear when I got there however, that they had resolved nothing and the whole time was awkward and tense. Not to mention she had the TV on while we sat in the front room and kept talking about whatever it was that she was watching. After about 40 min. or so, my friend got up to go get their take out they had ordered and asked if I wanted to ride with him or stay at the house. Hmm, let’s see. How about neither? No way did I want to stay in that house alone with her and that would really ease the tension if I took off with him. So I said I had to get going and just left.
Fast forward to this past week. I went home for Christmas and once again had planned to get together with him for lunch. Let me also just say that he was not the first, last, or only person I met up with while I was home. Anyway, I caught him online and asked what day and time he wanted to meet up. He picked a day but wasn’t sure about a time so we decided that we would just meet up on IM later that week to settle the details. On Friday morning (the day we were supposed to have lunch) I noticed he was online so I asked when and where. No response. So I logged off and tried back a few hours later. Again no response. So I give him a call because I had other plans for that day and needed to know what the deal was. He answered and said that he’s sick and can’t make it but maybe the next time I’m in town we can get together. Was he sick or not? I don’t know but no biggie, I said ok catch you later and went on with the other plans I had for the day. I flew back here to Utah to find this in my email: