I saw Berlingirl again the other day:
Her: I like your happy words, like lovely and wonderful. I also like hilarious, what a great word! And actually - actually is actually so useful!
Me: (nodding) It is.Her: I brought you something. (hands me this)
Me: Lemme guess, it's a baseball.Her: Funny...No, but it does come with a catch - is that how you say it? You have to drink it with me here before I go or with me in Germany someday. (pause) Unless you drink it with the woman you love.
Me: (laughing) Fair enough.
Life is long and the world is small. I'm sure I'll see her again.
Almost a year ago, I wrote this. After I walked the girl to where she was staying, I ducked into the 24 grocery on Broadway. That same manager saw me and gave me a big smile.
Him: How's everything my young friend?Music: she knows I know what she's thinking
Me: It's a beautiful night - I've no worries, no troubles.Him: (nodding) That is a beautiful night.