Friday, February 8, 2008

Best Friends Forever?

There are times, particularly like tonight, that make the idea that I'm leaving hard to believe.  

Here I am, sitting in my perfectly in tact apartment without a box packed or a picture off the wall, after a fantastic night of martinis at the Russia House with friends.  Just another D.C. Friday night.

It makes me wonder a little bit about what my Friday nights in Colorado will be like.  I make it sound like it's another planet or something - like there will be no place to grab a nice dirty vodka martini on a Friday night there.  

I do think it will be different, however. 

I imagine all my Colorado martinis will be drunk by a crackling fire with snow swirling outside (regardless of the season) while herds of elk bugle in the evergreens beyond...  

Ok, that might be a little over the top.  

But a more realistic vision of where and with who I will be drinking those martinis is a little harder for me to conjure up.  

Truth is, despite living in Denver through junior high and most of high school, I don't really know the city that well at all.  And even though I know of a lot of old friends and acquaintances who live there, I certainly haven't kept in touch with most of them enough to be able to invite them out on a Friday (or Monday, or Thursday)  night for a drink. 

The knowledge that I have really no friends that can just meet me for a drink, or whatever activity, at the drop of a hat is exciting and a little disconcerting at the same time.

I'm looking forward to meeting new people and building new friendships, but what about my old reliables?  The ones I can call on to do whatever, whenever?  And, as I explore my new city and get to know all it's nooks and crannies, who will I be able to share my discoveries with?  

For a while, it will be my best friend in Vail who, for an unknown amount of time, I will be living with at first.  But there will come a time when (she's thanking her stars) I will have my own place, perhaps in Denver, and then what?

I'm not really concerned, I guess, just curious.

There's no way of knowing what will happen until I actually get there.  So, until then I will continue to enjoy my packed schedule of goodbye happy hours, dinners, coffees and lunches with my D.C. family and will keep looking forward to the new and unknown.  


Kelly's Languages said...

Hey, I was flipping through the channels and guess what was showing on HD-Theater? "Discovering Denver!" When I looked it up on the channel's website, I found something called "Destination Denver".

Two things I remember about Denver are E. Colfax Ave. and Shotgun Willies! HA!

DC Love said...

Oh Kim - Don't you worry, I will be out for a dirty martini or two...question is, do they have any like we did on Friday night? hmmmm? :)

Jeff Mack said...

You are going to love Denver. I can't wait to see you there!