I and Rosa walked over once again to Rodger’s for ribs day. My father had put sixty more dollars on my tab yesterday so I and Rosa had plenty of money to eat on. These meals only cost $5.25 including the drink so I find it hard to eat up sixty dollars every week so I don’t mind Rosa helping me in this great culinary largesse. I wouldn’t tell my father that though.
“I noticed your tent was in the back yard this morning when I walked over,” Rosa said.
“I slept in it last night,” I replied.
“Doesn’t that scare you sleeping outside in town?” She asked.
I smiled. Little did she know, but I was truly crazy last summer.
“I used to just sleep on the ground in the backyard last summer every night,” I said.
“You can be so weird sometimes,” Rosa said. “That would scare the shit out of me and I would never be able to sleep.”
“I slept like a baby,” I replied.
Rosa and I left the restaurant and walked over to the shopping center looking for George.
“I still don’t like him,” Rosa told me of George.
“You two are my best friends and you don’t get along. I find that sad about the most important friends in my life.” I said. “I wish you two would make up and dismiss your differences.”
“The only way I would like George is that if he sobered up and quit being a mooch off of you,” She replied. “He uses you as a money lender and wouldn’t look out for you like I would.”
I realized Rosa was jealous of me and George’s relationship. She is actually competing and vying for my attention over George. I can’t say it isn’t flattering. I’ve never had people fight over me before.
Today, a very shifty looking new character was hanging out down at the shopping center. He was a white guy in his late twenties with a weathered beard and face. He looked like he had been exposed to the most extreme of elements and weather for months. Rosa, like George, has a sixth sense as far as people are concerned on the streets.
“I don’t trust that dude,” She said after he had left when he walked up to ask for a smoke.
I also got weird vibes from the dude and didn’t trust him as far as I could have thrown him. Luckily, he left to continue on with his journey to another town.
“That dude is on meth,” Rosa said after he had left the shopping center. “You could see it in his eyes and face.”
I don’t know what it is about the shopping center, but it attracts such interesting and many times nefarious characters. The summer months also see heightened activity down there as well. It is going to be an interesting May, June, July, and August. I will have lots to write about. Hang on to your britches cause it is going to be a wild ride.