Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A Beer for a Friend

I spent a long time this morning down at the shopping center. I was sitting reading a magazine as I waited for some of the gang to show up. George finally came pulling up in that beat up old car of his and beckoned me forward.

“Buy dis brotha a beer,” he said as he rolled down his window.

I walked inside the grocery store and bought a single Milwaukee’s Best Ice beer. I felt extremely self conscious about it as if everyone would think I had started back drinking. The things I do for George, I thought as I stood there.

“I hope this is not for you,” Virginia, the cashier said.

“It’s for a friend,” I replied.

“Uh huh,” she said suspiciously. “I shouldn’t be selling you this.”

I never did like Virginia. She always was a surly old cow.

I walked back out to hand George the beer. He cracked it open and guzzled it down and then lit a Garcia Vega cigar.

“Where’s your crazy chick of a friend?” George asked of Rosa.

“She’s at home sleeping,” I replied. “We talked this morning.”

“I still say you two are fucking,” George then said. “You spend all your time together.”

I got disgusted with George and got out of the car and told him goodbye. He drove off to go do what George normally does. It makes me angry that I can’t have a best friend who is a woman without everyone thinking we are sleeping together.


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zirelda said...

My daughter is in 5th grade and wonders why all of a sudden she can't be friends with guys.

I guess there are two schools of thought but seems like most people hang on to the one that says "women and men cannot be friends" Sad, that.

LAB said...

I just think George doesn't know how to relate to women unless it is through sex!!!

Don't let it bother you so much.

KYRIE said...

In what country u are livin in again n in wht century? I understand if it is a ultra conservative country somewhere in the middle east or in my great grandama times! But in this day n age the only ones tht should be dealin with whether a "boy" n "girl" can be just friends are those in grade school. So Dawson's creek people! Grow up!

PipeTobacco said...


Unfortunately, what you describe is a truism that will not go away. There will always be a percentage of the population that any male/female relationship is sexual no matter what you do.

I think that presumption is somewhat hardwired into our brain circuitry because of the important role of copulatory behavior in survival of the individual/species. Therefore some people will just presume that idea regardless of evidence to the contrary.

I know this has happened to me occasionally over the years for there have been a variety of times where I had very close friendship and/or research partnership with a female who was not my wife. The snickers and rumors abounded several times.

Since my wife knows my trustworthiness and knows there is no way in hell I would disrespect her in that way it was easy to ignore the whispers. Actually, it also eventually became fun to pander to the rumor mill a bit to attempt to show them how silly their notions were.

So, I guess what I am saying is... at one level it can be annoying to have the "talk". But it really doesn't amount to a helluva lot... so you might as well either ignore it as best you can, or find a way to make it funny and turn it back upon the people who are assuming the wrong notion.


C. R. Morris said...

I've obviously never met George, but he sure does make me angry a lot. @@


It sounds to me like he's just jealous, to be honest with you.

Beers and Broads seem to be all that matters to him right now.

But, I will hand it to him that at least he's not afraid to be himself..there are quite a few of "us" out there that sugar coat around things, mousily stepping away from confrontation. George, well, he looks it in the face.

good for you for not getting too tee'd by it all.

claret said...

Some of our best friends can be with the opposite sex. I know I have a good friend that's male. As for you buying the can of beer, I think the cashier should have been more concerned if it was a litre bottle of bourbon or something like that, not a can of beer! If she was really looking out for you then she would not have served you, but she did, thats says alot to me. As for George, well I bet you feel really used, as he just verbally abused you after you buying him a beer. I know next time I would think twice, no matter how nice a guy you are!

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simonsays said...

Men and women CAN be friends, but there will always be those that think it's more. Jealousy, I say. The hell with 'em.

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Cheryl said...

George being George. Rude and crude. And, probably drunk. You're the one who's doing really well.