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2004-03-10 - 5:37 p.m.

I spent the last few days with Jimmie and his family in Colorado. Most of it seems like a blur, as is usual with me, which is why I like being able to keep track of it all on sites like this before I forget anything else.

The first day I was there we took a 3 hour nap after Jimmie's mom yelled at him for the name Jimbo being on her computer instead of her own. I was disturbed, but as I've said before, most of my first impressions of people are wrong, so I tried to reserve judgement. But the episode freaked me out a little. Later I was to spend more time with his mom when she was feeling a little more rested and friendly and decided that she's not the screaming harpie I first met. But what a character.

And so was his dad, who I met the following evening. Every other word was sum'bitch, and lord help the man who takes away his television! When Jimmie and I got there, Jimmie's uncle (his dad's brother) and cousins were over and trying to get the volume back on the television after experimenting with a certain additional box. They were being pretty funny and his dad heckling his brother the whole time, sitting on his layz-boy throne. They got the broken volume tv situation figured out and I heard a couple funny stories about Jimmie from his dad.

We went skiing while I was there, and I didn't break anything or require any sort of medical attention in any way. I only took one or two nasty spills, and I have a new chairlift story to tell. We went to Blackhawk, a crazy faux mining town that's really a bunch of casinos, and we had a great time playing blackjack. Jimmie won $50 on a crazy slot machine, and even though we ended up down for the day, we had a great time. We drove around a lot, and played mini putt, laser tag, and bowling (simultaneously!) at this place that houses all these things in the same complex. Well, maybe it wasn't simultaneously. But that would be a pretty cool game of laser tag. We went out to eat at The Melting Pot, and I cried because it was so good. We also went to Boulder and spent time in Borders looking up cruise information and playing Trivial Pursuit, which I won, even though Jimmie cheated. We had a great meal at Mataam Fez, a Moroccan restaurant in Boulder, with Jimmie's mom, stepdad, brother, sister and her fiance, and their two young children.

Unfortunately the trip was somewhat spoiled at the end by a total dick who called Jimmie in and said he needed to be at work, resulting in Jimmie having to spend a couple hundred to fly back a day early. It also cast a pallor on our last day together. Jimmie was very visably upset about it, including having a facial tick he was so upset. I tried to do everything I could to make him feel better, but no amount of tea would have changed anything. I still haven't heard from him tonight; I hope it got worked out.

Jimmie this, Jimmie that.

In any case, I had a lot of fun with him, and I enjoyed meeting his family. What an insight into someone's character. I haven't met anyone's "the family" for a long time.

Of course, all of this is serving to turn what was originally supposed to be a brief dating interlude before I left Georgia into something more serious. His mom was pressing me for details on the way back to their house after we dropped Jimmie off. "For being just friends you guys do a lot of stuff together," she said. And that's true.

Well, one day at a time. Hopefully we'll have a lot more days together sometime soon.

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