When I had some old friends over last week, we were talking about my penchant for picking up hitchhikers—it was honestly like a sport for me. I would go out for drives specifically to look for them, like some bizarre reverse serial killer, like a fisheman who throws the fish back into the sea.
I even have pictures of some of them because I ALWAYS had my 35mm camera with me back then.
But one of the other things I used to do with
- wanton abandon,
- complete disregard for my safety,
- literally no forethought,
was invite perfect strangers off the street and into my house every time I was having a party.
I mean, this all ended after I started dating Henry (although I still got a few blind dates in there before he made me stop), but I had a really great run. I even briefly dated one of my street invitees!
But specifically, Sarah and I were talking about the time I had a party in 2000 because The Cure was nominated for a Grammy. (I like having parties, ok?)
Of course I had my trusty Canon and took a bunch of pictures of my friends who were tired of having their pictures taken.
I found the roll of undeveloped film a few years later, after misplacing it, and when I had it developed, I discovered amongst the shots of friends at my Cure celebration party, a picture of a guy I didn’t recognize.
I figured he must have been a friend of a friend, but when I showed the picture to my brother Corey, who was there that night, he said, “No! That’s that guy you called in from the street!”
And he went on to say that I flung myself out of the front door like I was known to do when I spotted someone passing by my web, I MEAN, HOUSE. I allegedly called this bro up to my front door and asked him if he wanted to come inside and celebrate the Cure’s Grammy nomination, and he said he was going to the gas station to buy cigarettes, but he would come back.
So the story goes.
And everyone was all, “LOL yeah, he’s not coming back, Erin. You fucking freak.”
BUT THEN HE CAME BACK.
AND I HAVE A PIC SO IT HAPPENED.
I honestly barely remember this and I remember almost everything so I must have had a lot to drink that night. But Sarah said she remembers this and she was there that night, so.
I wonder if that guy remembers that night, if he ever tells people about the weird girl who practically chased him down the street until he promised to come to her party. I wonder if he even likes The Cure??
This concludes my story.
(And no, The Cure did not win a Grammy. ㅠㅠ)