Well, I did it! (Part 2)

This is a postscript to Dancing with one of my Demons and Well, I did it! (Part 1)

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I arrived at the party and (at least I suspect) Lisa was watching for me to help my "transition" into the house.

I hung pretty close to the entrance, for quite some time, and enjoyed listening to The Limns play. They got my foot a-tappin' and I may have even bopped my head to a catchy beat or two. They did a really nice job, and it was the first time in "way too long" that I have enjoyed a live music performance.

On Lisa's request (I suspect to help me socialize) I brought a few cigars to share with a few other of her stogie smokin' friends. She got us all together, and sent us outside - but, alas the temps outside proved to be a bit colder than these fellas were comfortable with, so after half a cigar, I was was outside finishing my cigar while flying solo again.

A very friendly woman came out to stargaze, and started talking to me about Venus and Jupiter, and wishing upon the first star of the night. Seemed like a nice enough gal. Very "new age". I visited with her for a while, and then she also headed in. Before long, my bottled beer started freezing (yeah, it was that cold out). I finishing my cigar, and beer slushie, took a deep breath, and headed inside.

Here is where the story gets pretty cool!

While trying to blend into the wallpaper, the "new age" woman appeared out of the crowd, approached me, and introduced me to her husband. He too seemed to be a pretty decent fella. We ended up making "small talk" for a bit while listening to the music of The Limns. We found some really interesting common grounds on our shared religious beliefs, interest in world religions, and a similar upbringing.

At one point, Lisa's youngest son joined The Limns, and took "2nd mic" with the lead singer, and we all moved to where we could get a better perspective. After he finished singing, the room cleared out a bit, and I noticed a painting hanging on the wall at the other end of the room that I had not noticed before.

I picked up on the fact that this other guest was also looking at the same painting, so I turned and made the comment to him. I said "for a brief moment, I thought that may have been a Hieronymus Bosch Painting..." He turned to look at me (with a look of shock and surprise) and said he was thinking the exact same thing!

WHAT?!?!? Are you kidding me? What are the odds that this guy knows who Hieronymus Bosch is??

He then asked how I knew about Hieronymus Bosch (after all, who wouldn't ask... especially if you knew about Bosch's work - highly detailed landscape paintings of debauchery, violence and human defilement - a little "out of the ordinary" as far as artists go... ). That got us talking about art, fiction novels, and authors. Once we hit on the "Bosch connection", I relaxed significantly, and found that I can actually enjoy talking to a person I had never met before! (A huge leap for me!)

See! I CAN do it... It's not "easy", but with a little bit of work (and the help of a "fidget" in my pocket) - I was able to beat my own demons down somewhat!

So then, "after the fact", thinking more about it as I drove home, I started feeling pretty bad, and guilty for not "sucking it up" and meeting "Ron". And for that, I am truly sorry.

Despite my inept social skills, I really did have a good time. I think I need to see that "I can do it" once and a while! Thanks, Lisa & Andy!


  1. I'm glad that you had such a good time. Next time it won't be as intimidating.

  2. highly detailed landscape paintings of debauchery, violence and human defilement

    Funny, I have never seen this guy hanging around any of our family reunions. But I'll seek him out next time.

  3. David,
    This is really strange! Just last month I made my first down payment for my full back tattoo! The problem was chosing what the artist would render, as I could not decide between "The Garden of Delights" or "The Seven Deadly Sins" or "The Last Jugement".
    Next time we are on shift together, you can help me decide - and shave my back again.
    Thanks, you are really a "helper" as they say.


  4. I'm so glad you had a good time. I dread going to parties where I will know only a few, so you're an inspiration.

  5. Thanks for the encouraging words everyone..

    Oh, and "Anonymous Co-worker"... It's "The Garden of EARTHLY Delights".

    You may want to brush up on your Bosch before you go with the full back tattoo!


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