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.  


3 comments:

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 interesting....uh-hem...shopping like we did on Friday night? hmmmm? :)

Jeff Mack said...

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