I’m a nymphomaniac courtesan at Motel 6 on Niagara Falls Boulevard making predictions about love. There’s no better place to write about romance than a seedy motel. It’s where you can spark up some pcp, listen to the night’s heavy breathing, dip into the ink and sink into your thoughts. My adventures in the name of love are hot, but extinguish rapidly. It’s a tough gig, being a romance columnist, but I’m opening my diary to you.
My weekend began with a call from Mick, my jealous friend/sugar daddy. We went to Mickey Rats, the watering hole for the overtan and over-50. I picked him up, since his car’s AC is broken, but I didn’t mind. I spread my NY Times and Lacoste towels on the sand. Mick returned with a pinot grigio in one hand and what turned out to be his fourth scotch in the other.
“I can’t listen to you go on about Jerome,” Mick said. “You have been talking about him all day.”
“We went out for drinks,” I said. “What’s the ordeal?”
Mick’s face turned red. He said he was moving on with another woman. Ok fine, I said. What did I care? I’ve told him numerous times that this wasn’t going anywhere.
“I need someone who is serious,” he said.
I started crying, then whacked Mick over the head with an empty Styrofoam container from Hot Mama’s Canteen. He charged at me like the tragic lead in a Shakespearean play. I splashed my entire pinot grigio across his face and power-walked away.
“Leave me alone,” I said. “Leave me alone!”
“I can get home on my own,” Mick’s voice echoed behind me. “I don’t need you. Go blow Jerome!”
I left Mick on the beach. He had to pay $200 for a cab back to Lancaster. When I got home, I sought refuge in the form of an older man’s sympathetic ear. Call it what you will, daddy issues maybe, but I called “Esquire” – a married, way-too-old for me man. I was baked from the beach, in more ways than one.
“Meet me at Bennigan’s in 30 minutes,” he said. “I’m not in driving form.”
Even though Esquire is by most accounts a professional man, whenever I hang with him he’s drunk and kind of smelly. I can’t really explain my desire. Is there ever an explanation for matters of the heart? I found Esquire lurking outside Bennigan’s in a deteriorating flannel.
“Bennigan’’s is closed. It’s closed, man,” he said.
“Hmm. I know a place.”
We drove a half mile to a dive on my side of the tracks, which means patrons knock each other over the head with pool cues and play “Stan”-era Eminem. We had one drink then got cozy in my car.
“My dick doesn’t work,” Esquire said dismally.
“Can’t you score Viagra at Chophouse?”
“That’s not the point. I’m married. And old. How old are you, anyway?”
“And I’m married,” Esquire continued. “But I…love you. I do.”
What happens in my Pontiac stays in my Pontiac, where Esquire and I are concerned. I dropped him off at the corner of his street.
The next day I found NY Times and Lacoste towels folded neatly on my porch. I had all these emails from Mick, since I blocked his number. But I had zero time to deal with him. That day, I was to have a “normal” date with a hopefully “normal” man. Actually, JJ was probably just my thirtysomething flavor of the week. Even though all he talked about was baby mama drama and the diamonds he’s got on layaway, I thought maybe – just maybe – he was worth a shot.
I met him last summer, when I was office assistant at an auto garage. My job was to literally buy Busch Light at the gas station on Military. JJ does body work. I liked his glasses.
The plan was to hit the beach – a different beach. I drove, since JJ’s license was revoked. Fist pumping techno boomed from the beach club.
“If we go in there, I’d come out in handcuffs,” JJ said as we walked by. “I hate guido fucking douchebags.”
“We can, um, avoid that,” I said.
We settled beneath an umbrella at Cabana Jims. I slurped a marg on the rocks. JJ threw back ten shots of “Jamo”. After this booze smorgasbord, our food arrived. The waitress placed my cobb salad and JJ’s dinner of choice – a $15 girlie drink served in a giant coconut – on the table.
“Damn,” I said, eyeing the coconut, which bore some kind of tiki smile face expression.
After the beach, as the sun went down, we walked around the Japanese Garden. I decided I’d make out with JJ, then call it quits. We weren’t a match. He seemed like a hot mess.
“Why don’t we make out on this log?” I said, taking JJ’s hand.
“Make out?” JJ drawled in a drunken stupor. “That reminds me of fourth grade.”
I stared at JJ through the leaves. He was wearing patriotic shorts. Ugh.
“Look, look, I’ll just walk home,” JJ said, wandering away. “There’s like, moms and kids over there.”
“What?” I said. “So?” I guess JJ wasn’t an exhibitionist like me.
“I’m going to go blow some lines,” he said. “Peace out.”
I went back to the Pontiac, cackling like a witch, relieved to be rid of JJ. The truth is that a writer sleeps alone.