Friday the 13th: My Lucky Day! :-) - 23 years ago today Friday the 13th of January 1989 was my Lucky Day!
It was a typical cold January night, I went out with the usual crowd to a new bar in southwest Denver called Shout. I loved the bar mostly because they had the best happy hour in town, 2 for 1 beers from 4-7 and all the bar food you could eat for free!
As the night went on I saw an old friend who introduced me to one of his new friends, who almost immediately, in a very good natured but challenging way made the comment “you’re really cocky, you think you are something don’t you, you think you can pick up any girl in this bar, don’t you?”
I told him I was not cocky, just confident!
As the night progressed I danced with a couple girls and had a couple come up to me and ask for a hug because as they said “you just look like you would give a really good hug”, I have to admit that I like hugs and I think that goes a long way to being a good hugger. All of this really planted the seed deeper in my new friend that I was a cocky bar hound. I was not and never have been!
Then he challenged me! We both looked around the bar to see who might be the toughest girl to meet, there was a pretty girl, with long curly dark red hair sitting with a group across the bar, and I said, “how about her” He laughed and said “No Way”
I waited to get her attention and when she looked my way I tipped my beer and she responded with a tip of her drink. My new friend could not believe what he saw, although nothing really happened for a while until I noticed she was leaving, I stopped her and asked where she was going and she said she was leaving, I told her that I was hoping to dance with her and that I was sorry she was leaving, but she left.
My new friend was glowing, “Ha-ha! Mr. Smarty Pants, not so great after all are you?”
I was not shaken and continued to enjoy the night, a couple hours passed and the pretty lady returned and came up to me, I checked her coat and her new friends coat and we went on the dance floor. This lady was wearing a very form fitting dark brown dress and man could she dance, I have never really enjoyed dancing until that night and honestly I did not want to leave the dance floor. We had a lot of fun and I gave her my card and told her to call me if she wanted to see me again, I really wanted to see her but I did not want to see her unless she was willing to see me again, by asking her to call me the ball was in her court.
A week or so passed and I had not heard from her so I was beginning to think I blew it by not asking for her number, at least I would have known if there was something there. Then the phone rang and it was Jennifer, “who?” I asked my roommate, Jennifer! I was not sure who Jennifer was and it took me a minute to realize that Jennifer was Jenny from Friday the 13th at Shout. We went out a few times and not only did I fall in love with her but I fell in love with her 3 year old son at the same time. We are still happily together today, Friday the 13th, 23 years later to the day.
Never really knew what happened to the challenger that night, although we got to know each other afterwords, and I still thank him to this day for challenging me.