Dr. Normal isn’t much of a people person. It isn’t that he can’t get along with people… it’s more that often it isn’t worth the time expended to get along with people. He’s a busy guy and between his adoring family, his music, strange love and his day job he often doesn’t have time for himself let alone meeting new people, so imagine my surprise when he learned that a twitter pal of ours was in town and he invited him to join us at a concert and picnic in Sellwood Riverfront park.
Are you imagining it? My surprise that is…
We were already planning to attend with some other friends of ours, and I had already met Gary at a Portland tech event and liked him instantly, but I am not Dr. Normal… which is to say that even though I don’t LOVE meeting people I also don’t shy away from it the way a vampire would hide from the noonday sun. None the less I hadn’t imagined it. Dr. Normal had actually asked some one to join us solely so that he could meet him… what kind of parallel universe had I landed in?
I went about my business preparing for our picnic, doing the shopping, making the sandwiches, helping K prepare fruit salad and looking forward to a pleasant evening under the big blue sky, near the river I love so dearly.
We walked the mile to the park and settled in a big open area that was filled with families playing tag, soccer, frisbee and racing each other to and fro while we filled our plates with carefully prepared dishes from our own kitchen and that of our dear friends‘ and we ate and laughed until Dr. Normal got the most enormous mosquito bite I had ever seen and then moments later Lia chimed in that she thought she saw Gary off in the distance.
Dr. Normal cursed…. we took pictures of his bug bite (right on the edge of his hairline at the top of his forehead) so he could see it. He was frustrated by it and trying to cover it with his hair when I walked off to wave Gary and his 2 kids over to our blankets. I thought he was just being funny. I thought maybe he was being a bit odd and vain… I didn’t realize yet that he was meeting his man crush!
The rest of our evening was spent nibbling on fruit salad and watching as K played with our new friend’s daughter and listening in abject horror as Dr. Normal talked at Gary until we were all afraid his ears would bleed… He was so intent upon meeting and talking to him that I’m not sure he took a single breath.
But boy was it nice to see Dr. Normal smile…