In early October of 2013, I had moved to Benicia, starting anew, and sharing an apartment with my sister. It seemed like the right time to change my Facebook relationship status back to single. Within a day or so Cindy messaged me saying “hey, I noticed your relationship status changed to single, does that mean you can go out on a date?” I immediately said “Yes it does!” Later, I teased her a bit, asking her if she was stalking me. She vigorously denied it, but it made me feel pretty damn good to think she was interested. I certainly was.
So we set a date and went to an Italian place on College Ave. I remember picking her up at The Fairview House and had to take my shoes off to go inside. The doorbell had a PTouch printed label that said ‘push it-push it real good’. We had a fantastic time, drank a lot of wine and laughed a lot. When I dropped her off back at her place she said to me “I really had a great time and I’d like to do this again”. I felt exactly the same way and told her as much. I had a show with The B-Side ‘70s in Alameda that weekend and said she should come to that. I got a room nearby in Oakland, knowing it was probably not a good idea for me to drive all the way back to Benicia that night. I didn’t expect anything (but of course was hopeful) and that was the first night we spent together. We were pretty much inseparable from then on.
“That’s My Puddin”
Within a few weeks she was to move out of the Fairview House and into Beacon St. She had this idea to place a time capsule in the wall where a contractor was replacing the back door of Beacon St with a sliding glass door. She posted to Facebook “…what would you want to put in a time capsule?”. People said “buttons” or “jewelry”. I said “lyrics”. A few days later she messaged me and said ‘hey I need those lyrics by Wednesday’ I was like “Uh ok!”. I wanted to get them to her quickly but didn’t want to write a super intense love ballad. It was only a few weeks we’d been dating so I opted for a more light-hearted thing. I didn’t want to come off creepy at that stage! Those were the most creative I think I’d written because I was under time pressure, I didn’t want to be super serious and creepy, yet I wanted to convey that I felt pretty strongly about her. When I sent them to her she replied with “Oh my god you are adorable”. That was when I know I’d succeeded.
That’s my Puddin Lyrics:
She came along like a little tornado
She’s super hot like a cherry tomato
Swept me up and I never came down
On the upper east side end of town
That’s my Puddin
I love all the things and stuff she does
That’s my Puddin
Making us laugh and causin’ a fuss
Her name is Cindy and she’s super fun
She sure gets lots of things and stuff done
She’s a real doer she don’t mess around
She’s the one I’m really glad I found
Next I’ll write about my introduction into her amazing world of Friends and Family (and mine!)