In Jr. High and High School I remember hanging out with friends on the weekends at parties or other activities and when a guy walked over that my friend was into, as the odd man out and my duty as the third person, I was to make myself scarce. Or at least be prepared to be ignored for the time he is there. I’ve even made plans with friends only to have them canceled because an opportunity to go out with the guy they are into has come up. While I don’t like plans being canceled, this is semi-acceptable. Hell, I’ve even been completely and totally stood up by a guy before. No call. No message. Just me waiting and waiting with no idea where he is or what’s going on (this was before cell phones and he wasn’t answering his landline). In the single’s world this is what happens. But when push comes to shove, with the exception of engagement/marriage, I think friends should come first before the “significant other”. But a new sort of ditched happened to me this weekend.
Saturday afternoon I’m sitting on my couch watching a little TV trying to muster up the energy to take a shower because I had just finished working out. While I’m sitting there, my phone rings. On the other end is a girl I’ve been friends with for 7 or 8 years. I answer and ask her what’s up and she asks me if I want to go see Batman. As a side note, the two of us had just seen Batman the previous Monday. I’m a little baffled and tell her sure I guess so, but sensing something else is happening I ask her what’s going on. She proceeds to tell me this story, in tears no less, about the guy she is dating. In all of these years of being friends, I think I have seen/heard her cry only once. Maybe twice. So I knew she was incredibly upset.
Apparently, they were supposed to go see Batman together on Saturday. She was going for him because she had already seen the movie and he had not. So he picked the day and the time and she had bought the tickets earlier and was to pick him up as soon as she got off work. She went by his house to get him only to find out that he had gone canoeing with his friend and hadn’t bothered to call and tell her. Now I don’t know if he thought he would be back in time and that’s why he didn’t say anything to her or if he forgot about the movie completely.
Batman was a good movie. And I would see it again. However, we had just seen it and I wasn’t overly anxious to see it again but of course told her I was on my way to meet her at the theater. After all, that’s what friends do when one of them is upset right? I jump up to get my keys and realize I’m still in my gym clothes. And I stink. Very badly. I don’t have time for a shower so I quickly put on another gym shirt that turned out to be 3 sizes too big and sprayed on some perfume. Because we all love when someone tries to cover up body odor with perfume/cologne.
On the way over to the theater she calls me back and says that she’s going to see if she can exchange the tickets for another movie since both of us have already seen Batman. Works for me. I show up a few minutes later and she has tickets to see Hancock but we have an hour to kill. She gets something to eat and we walk over to the bookstore to look around to kill some time. While in the bookstore, her phone rings and it’s the guy but she’s so ticked she doesn’t bother to answer it. Good for her. The Batman movie is supposed to start in about 10 minutes and now he’s calling her back?
We leave the bookstore and head into a shoe store and then decide to go ahead and go to the theater even though we still have a half hour before it starts. We get seated and she pulls out her phone and says,”I know I shouldn’t listen to this but I’m curious.” I say, “Nope you sure shouldn’t. But whatever your phone.” She listens to the message and tells me that he is here at the theater. What? So she leaves to go call/find him. Since she never answered when he called he had started to walk home. She was gone for about 15 minutes and when she came back in, guess who was with her? Hello, talk about awkward. This was the conversation I heard them have:
Her – “Well at least we picked Hancock and not Mama Mia like I really wanted. Mama Mia started too late. Or you would have to sit through that.”
Him – “I’ve already seen Mama Mia.”
Her – “You’ve already seen Mama Mia? When did you do that?”
Him – “I got tickets to the pre-screening and saw it before the movie was released.”
Her – “Oh. Well, thanks for asking me if I wanted to go. I really appreciate that. That was thoughtful of you.”
Me – (thinking) Holy Hell! Awkward! AWKWARD!! At this point I tuned them out because a commercial for the new season of Heroes came on.
The movie ends and in my mind I’m thinking that she will drop him off at home, I’ll follow and we (she and I) will go back to her place and hang out for the night. The credits are rolling and it’s still a little tense so I wait for her to be the first one to say something. She looks at me and says, “Well, thanks for coming….sorry.” What? WHAT??? Seriously? I’m momentarily stupified as I mull over what I’m hearing. And what I’m hearing is this: You’re dismissing me? After you called me in tears, angry and frustrated with this guy because he ditched you. Ditched you! Probably only showed up because of the angry voice mail you left on his phone before you called me and realized how pissed you were and that he was in trouble. I jumped up and came immediately, in smelly gross gym clothes, because that’s what friends do. I even said the obigatory girl things like, “I’m so sorry!!…” “You have every reason to be upset…” “Don’t apologize, you have nothing to be sorry about…” And now, with the snap of a finger, my role is done. I’m no longer needed. Well, how do you like them apples? I just looked at her and said the first thing that came to mind which was “you do realize this is all going in my blog right?” – as though that’s any kind of threat HA!
So there you have it. I was introduced to a new way of being ditched. And I have to say, I’m not a fan.