August 12, 2014
So Saturday was my birthday and people got me some presents, but they respected my wishes and didn’t do anything big. I went out for lunch with my parents because if I didn’t see my mom on my birthday, then she’d get upset. My aunt tagged along because she was visiting from out of town. She kept pointing out steak and pork and chicken dishes for me and I had to keep saying that I’m vegetarian. Finally it sunk in and she said, sounding very Italian, “what’s wrong with you, you don’t eat meat, a man should eat meat, you need meat.”
“I don’t need meat.”
“Maybe you should have some meat, Valente.” My mom out of nowhere decided to reconsider my vegetarianess.
“I don’t need meat, Mama.”
I decided on pasta primavera, because at least it was Italian and that satisfied my aunt. For dessert, they…
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August 9, 2014
Today’s my birthday, I’m 25. I don’t have anything specifically planned to celebrate and I requested that everyone I know ignore it and treat it like any other day. I’m not sure if that will happen, but one can hope. Last year was when I burned the scrapbook Emma gave me. I never really liked being the center of attention. I’m not insecure, but I kind of exist in my own world and when I’m excessively acknowledged and focused in on, it penetrates that private realm. I’m also really bad at remembering birthdays, so I guess I kind of feel guilty when other people remember mine even though I forget theirs. Today is also Gary Oldman (II)’s birthday. She’s a year old. I estimated her age when I found her, and this would seem to be the time that she was born, so I gave her my…
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August 2, 2014
So last Sunday I went on the sextuple date, triple date. First, as Solenne had requested, I went to her house to pick her up. She wanted it like a real official date, so I brought her flowers. Her uncle is a nice guy but pretty intense. When I first got there and he opened the door, the solid, brisk movement of the opening door created an air current that went through me like a ghost. And the motion was so sudden, I was startled, especially once he was standing there gazing down at me. The entire few seconds of this experience nearly caused me to shit my pants or maybe have a heart attack. But in the end, he and I were laughing together and I think he trusts me with his niece.
We went back to my place first, where I introduced her to Astrid…
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