Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Our First Date

A Hat ... A Ring ... And No Shrimp.

"Joe, can you believe it? It’s been 42 years."
What does she mean … “Can you believe it?”
Time to remind her ... just what made it so.
I shake my hips, thrust my pelvis like I’m being continuously goosed and gyrate a few times … that’s right … doing my "sexy" dance.
I stopped and with complete confidence, gave her a look as though to say … "Who’s your daddy?"
She seemed to be soaking it all in. A few seconds pass … and then … three and a half minutes later, after she wiped the tears and caught her breath, she says …
"Joe, please, you made me laugh so hard my head is hurting."
I never get the results I expect after busting my move.

Forty-two years ago today, we had our first date.
We were fifteen and sophomores in high school.
I had met her for the first time, just a couple of days before our date. She and her friends were just horsing around at the North End Union, a neighborhood social club that had it’s own gymnasium. It was "girl’s night" in the gym. My friends and I were hanging out and looking to get out of the cold.

Inside the club's recreation room we soon became bored and snuck down to check out the girls in the gym and before long, we invaded their space, stole their basketball and started a little keep-away.

I was a pretty cool dude back then, especially with the chicks. That night I was wearing a beret. Very French.
Thinking back, I was lucky I wasn't beat up more often.

We didn’t know these girls and they didn’t know us.
We were all just having some fun, innocently running around chasing each other. Then, suddenly, my head was naked. I turned around and there she was.
It was the first time I really noticed her. She was beautiful. She was smiling at me devilishly. She was twirling my beret with her index finger. I was awestruck. I walked towards her and she let it fly. We continued to exhaust ourselves with further shenanigans until our trespassing was discovered.

As we were leaving (being thrown out) she approached me, removed my hat from head and handed it to me. She noticed my ring, a star sapphire, and asked if she could try it on. She slipped it on her finger and told me she’d give it back later. She spoke with a slight Italian accent. I could say nothing but “okay”.

The next day I was anxious to meet her again and as if she planned it, the ring was my perfect excuse. We found each other that night at the club and properly introduced ourselves. I asked for my ring back and then asked her if she would go with me.
Go with me = Go on a date.
Go on a date = Maybe make-out somewhere.
Maybe make-out somewhere = Fat chance.

Surprisingly she said "yes" … but only if my two friends would come along and go out with her two friends … A triple date. My heart was beating a thousand times a minute. I told her it was a deal. I was so excited I almost passed out.
It didn’t take much to talk my buddies into it, we were all 15-year-olds and a only few chest hairs into puberty.

January 21, 1967 at 8pm. It was a Saturday.
It was very cold and very windy.
The six of us met near Paul Revere’s statue and began walking towards the harbor, which was only a block away. It would be quiet there. Desolate, dark and a great place for making out. At the edge of the water the wind was stronger and after only a few minutes the girls complained it was too cold and wanted to head back. With a dire need for a “plan B”, one of the guys noticed an empty truck at one of the loading docks.

I ran over to inspect. It was a refrigerated truck with a logo of a shrimp company on the side. Further investigating lead to the discovery of an unlocked back door. Inside the truck box was dark and empty, and it would shield us from the wind. The girls were reluctant while the guys were desperate horn dogs. Using the natural skills God gave us we coaxed them ‘til their noses were running and their frozen ears were about to break off.

We all stepped inside and leaving the door opened a crack, we paired off to our own dark corners. Soon there was enough heat to stop the shivering and all that could be heard was the sounds of inexperienced kissing.

I barely made it to first base, but it was a night I would never forget.

37 comments:

just bob said...

I thought you were going to tell us that you two ended up going to the Dunkin' Donuts.

Ken said...

Awwww, Joe I bet she never lets you for get it either, that it was her not you that did the picking up. lol. Joe you got beet to the punch. LMAO

moooooog35 said...

dude.

How old ARE you?

JustMe said...

I started off reading your post with that, "Awww..." feeling, high school sweethearts and all. By the end I was the disapproving mom I've become, all, "Well! Hiding in an empty shrimp truck with those poor innocent young girls!"

I remember the first time me and my ex kissed (first kiss for both of us) and what I had fantasized about being so wonderful was actually the painful reality of two sets of teeth bashing together. I had him scared for months because I made it very clear how disgusting I thought French kissing was, and that I would never ever do that. :) Fun stuff.

Bonnie said...

A beret *and* manicures??? And still kissing girls? Joe, Joe, Joe....

Mike said...

Congrats on forty-two years. That is an accomplishment for your wife to put up with you for so long. God bless her...

Heather said...

Wow. Since you were 15, huh? Awesome.

Queen Goob said...

What no coffee?!?!? It was cold, Joe, and no coffee? Gheesh, and a beret, Joe? A BERET???

Actually back then (I was young but I was there) you probably would have been a very "hip cat".

Congratulations!!

I would have enjoyed a photo or two of you guys back then hint - hint

Scott said...

Hi,
I love your blog and I think you would appreciate my sense of humor. If I link to your blog on my blog is there any way you could return the favor? I think we could both get more exposure!

Check it out: Http://scottstipoftheday.blogspot.com

Thanks so much

nursemyra said...

Joe that's a great story. despite the beret.

MadWoman said...

If I ignore the beret, and the manicures, then that was a brilliant story. 42 years eh?? And here I had you pegged for BEING 42. SHows what I know eh?

Happy sort of anniversary!

Malach the Merciless said...

Wow, I did not know I could come here for Erotic Stories about children! BONUS!

Malicious Intent said...

Awe, so cute! Congratulations!
She has done a FINE FINE job of raising you into a good man.

I always referred to that male courtship dance as the "Caveman Dance." It always involved award hip thrusting and some chest beating. Usually seen at sporting events (live or on tv)if said team is doing well OR when someone thinks that swinging their dingy around will constitute as "foreplay." Both. Funny.

I like your wife...she obviously is completely aware of her feminine powers and can use them with no mercy. I respect that.

She is however much classier than me...but she was much younger. My first date with hubby was not as classy as I had already been married, divorced and two boyfriends behind me. I believe one of our first dates included sex on his pool table.

Shit, I am thinking out loud again...ain't I?

KaraBeagle said...

You know, a beagle can do a pretty awesome hip wag too, but most of us don't get into kissing (our noses are too sensitive).

So, how long did it take her to reel you in? That stealing-the-beret thing--classic. But to kiss on the second date? Pretty forward--oh wait, it was the 60's. They say if you can REMEMBER the 60s, you really didn't experience the 60s.

(In 1967 I was 5. The only thing I kissed was my mom, and my dolls. I think I'm glad I missed out on all that other stuff...the 70s were bad enough! I caught my first boyfriend's attention by throwing grass on him while he was kissing my younger sister.)

Megan said...

I'm really glad my first date didn't end up lasting that long (proportionally!)...but it's so nice to hear about when somebody else's does...did...is...

Cheers to Joe & Mrs. Joe.

xyu95 said...

and to think i was at a few New Models shows that you and your wife were at. only 26 years ago

The Youngest One said...

Aww Daddy that one brought on the tears...Or it was the baby who won't even let me watch American Idol or Intervention without crying!!!

GEEZ

From The Inside Out said...

"That night I was wearing a beret. Very French.
Thinking back, I was lucky I wasn't beat up more often."

Umm, ya think?

I was thinking more like a classic episode of like Punky Brewster when the kids crawl in the shrimp truck and get locked in and risk freezing to death. But lukily, you dropped your beret outside the truck. Someone seen it and knew there was only one person that could have left it behind and discovered you all in the truck and you all lived happily ever after!!!

Does Scott have a picture of Cookiepuss??? OMG!!!

VE said...

Have you made it to third base yet? ;) Happy Anniversary! Damn, 42 years ago I was playing my bugs bunny guitar...

Leah said...

What a wonderful story! I don't even have anything funny to say, I just loved it. I even got a little choked up.

A toast to you and the missus!

Practically Joe said...

just bob: "I thought you were going to tell us that you two ended up going to the Dunkin' Donuts."
just me: No ... but ... more often then not that's where we do end up.

ken: "it was her not you that did the picking up."
me: Hey! You're right! She did pick me up! I never realized!

moooooog35: "dude. How old ARE you?"
me: ... and how tall are you, Rodney?

Just me: '"Well! Hiding in an empty shrimp truck with those poor innocent young girls!"
me: After ken's comment ... I realized ... she was the one who spotted the shrimp truck ... I think I was the one who was taken advantage of.

Bonnie: "A beret *and* manicures??? And still kissing girls?"
me: Just goes to show ya ... there's someone for everyone.

Practically Joe said...

Mike: "It is an accomplishment for your wife to put up with you for so long."
Me: Yes ... thank you for noticing my hard work.

Heather: "Wow. Since you were 15, huh? Awesome."
me: I didn't mention that I had about 10 girlfriends before I met my wife. I was such a playa!

Queen Goob: "I would have enjoyed a photo or two of you guys back then hint - hint"
me: I have a few pics on Facebook. Maybe I'll bring one over.

Scott: "I love your blog and I think you would appreciate my sense of humor. If I link to your blog on my blog is there any way you could return the favor? I think we could both get more exposure!"
Me: Welcome Scott! I thought I've been over-exposing myself already. but ... sure ... I'll come visit.

nursemyra "Joe that's a great story. despite the beret."
me: Thanks nursie ... you are more than generous overlooking the beret.

Practically Joe said...

MadWoman: "And here I had you pegged for BEING 42."
Me: Did I ever tell you that you're one of my favorite commenters ... and so dead on with your perceptions.

Malach: "Wow, I did not know I could come here for Erotic Stories about children!"
Me: Hmmm ... I guess I did spice things up a bit ... well sometimes ya gotta live on the edge.

Malicious Intent: "She has done a FINE FINE job of raising you into a good man."
me: She wants you to know that I'm an ongoing project.

KaraBeagle: "They say if you can REMEMBER the 60s, you really didn't experience the 60s."
me: I was a late bloomer ... It's the early 70's that I'm still remembering pieces of.

Megan: "Cheers to Joe & Mrs. Joe."
Me: I'll drink to that ... and then she'll need another.

Practically Joe said...

xyu95: "and to think i was at a few New Models shows that you and your wife were at. only 26 years ago"
me: That was so long ago there's not even a clip of that band on You Tube.

My Youngest One: "Aww Daddy that one brought on the tears...Or it was the baby who won't even let me watch American Idol or Intervention without crying!!!"
Dad Oh honey ... It may be the hormones now but once your baby is born ... It will be genuine crying because you can't get enough sleep, have a moment to youself, lose the weight fast enough, have to change yet another dirty diaper and so so many other reasons. I can't wait!!

From The Inside Out: "Does Scott have a picture of Cookiepuss??? OMG!!!"
Dad-in-Law: Oh, Good Lord! My poor Youngest One!

VE: "Damn, 42 years ago I was playing my bugs bunny guitar..."
ME: ... and you haven't put it down yet!

Leah: "I don't even have anything funny to say, I just loved it."
Me: Hahahahahahaha! And you thought you weren't funny. There!

kylie said...

great story joe

SSC~ The Domestic Diva said...

That is the sweetest story I ever heard. Not the making out part but how you two met. That is so sweet!

Deb said...

Romance in a shrimp truck. I see a Lifetime TV movie coming from this!

just a girl... said...

reading these where you guys banter never gets old. your wife cracks me up

Practically Joe said...

Kylie: "great story joe"
Me: As always ... your opinion is right on. Thanks Kylie.

Diva: "That is the sweetest story I ever heard. Not the making out part but how you two met."
Me: We got a lot better at making out ... a story for another time ... never mind ... I'll spare you.

Deb: "Romance in a shrimp truck. I see a Lifetime TV movie coming from this!"
Me: Please let it be directed by Tarantino.

just a girl: "reading these where you guys banter never gets old. your wife cracks me up."
practically a joe: we just love to banter and we love to crack you up. Thanks for coming by.

Bogart in P Towne said...

Fantastic...great story.

From The Inside Out said...

From The Inside Out: "Does Scott have a picture of Cookiepuss??? OMG!!!"
Dad-in-Law: Oh, Good Lord! My poor Youngest One!

Ok, i'm the only person in the world that knows the cookiepuss was a Carvel Ice Cream cake....

The Oldest One said...

thanks mom and dad for making me ten years later! :)

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