Modeling, Narcotics and Gay Porn


Two weeks ago, I had a model audition. I hate those auditions. Models are like actresses but cattier and not interesting. My model booking service always sends me to the same studio for auditions, I don’t think it’s the only company they work with, but it’s the only company that calls me in. The studio is very clean, a large big screen plasma TV, a white shag rug and lots of glass. Glass walls, glass doors, glass tables.

Last time I was there for an audition, I saw two people walk into the waiting room and scope out the girls, pinch their faces in disappointment and shake their heads. Shortly thereafter, I was told by a red haired woman with a pointy face that she couldn’t work with my hair type and excused me in a room full of bitches. Other girls were excused before me, but something about the moment turned me off to those casting calls. I am not a model, I can’t walk, and the only knowledge I have of modeling is from watching every episode of America’s Next Top Model at least once. (Yes, I have.)

So that particular morning, I thought about skipping the audition. The studio is all the way out in bumfuck Woodland Hills, it takes gas to go out and be rejected in person. Its part of the business, I get it, but it reminds me a little bit too much of picking teams in gym class. Though I was the most athletic girl, I was the least popular. They never let me forget it. Here I am again, updating my Facebook status, leaning up against the back wall trying to stay upright on heels.

We were called back and the clacking of high heels on linoleum filled the building. Then, we were pulled into a presentation room and a very sweet Latina gestured towards me first. Me? First!

She asked me to step aside with one other girl, and then we were asked if we would agree to a specific haircut and color. She showed me a spread called Glamazon featuring an Asian woman with long flowing hair and bleach ends. I said, “Yeah, I am fine with that.”

Immediately, the two of us were ushered into a salon parlor where I had to sit on my bony ass for 4 hours as my hair was cut and dyed while being forced to listen to bad pop music. The other model was friendly enough; she had very short hair that was being chopped even shorter. She said, “I book these jobs often enough to make good money, but I am a commercial actress and they always give me hair cuts that aren’t very marketable.” They cut one side of her hair at a strict angle over her ear, left the other side long and dyed portions of her bangs green, purple and frosty blonde. The rest of her hair was a deep black. I loved her look.

She was reading a book and didn’t talk much.

The beautiful Latina working on my hair was conducting a live webinar on the 2 styles- both looks for the fall.

She cut my hair and asked, “When was the last time your hair was worked on?”

I said, “Here on another job in January. I can’t afford haircuts. Well, I can at Supercuts but I don’t know what’s so God damn abstract about asking to look like Lindsay Lohan. Billowing layers. They always only give me two, long bangs and a trim.”

She said, “Well this is better, getting paid to get your hair cut.”

I said, “Yes, its ideal.”

She said, “I chose you in the waiting room. I wanted you as soon as I saw you. If you were here for another casting call, I was going to wait around and try to nab you.”

I blushed.

We discussed dating.

She said, “Anywhere else in the country and I would have a boyfriend. But dating in LA sucks.”

This hair stylist was gorgeous, I mean, she looked like a softer Jennifer Lopez.

She continued, “Now I am finally at that age where I can date someone in their mid-40s and not feel weird about it.”

I said, “Where are all the guys our age?”

She said, “I don’t know where they are.”

I booked this job for $400. That’s the most I have ever made on one job before. Of course, I don’t get paid for 60 days.

When my hair was blown dry, I looked in the mirror and looked different, almost elegant. I have never been that pretty before.

I updated my Facebook status, “Don’t believe what the media tells you about age. I just looked in the mirror and am prettier now at 33 than ever before.”

We were fitted for wardrobe, and the other model came out in a jet-black bob and a black vintage dress, I said, “Wow, you look amazing.”

She was suddenly cold with me, barely looked over and said curtly “Thank you.” Swiftly, she turned around and walked out. Jesus, don’t hate me for being beautiful.

When I drove home, I was high on the whole thing. I knew that eventually I would start getting jobs. There have been some great, well paying prospects calling, auditioning.  . . But no bookings. Sooner or later, I had to book something.

I called my parents. My mother didn’t pick up. She’s mad at me.

Two week before, she was pushing me into moving back to Washington again. What would I do there? My life is HERE.

She said, “But you are miserable there.”

I said, “I am not miserable, I am heartbroken. I was heartbroken up there too. I was miserable when I was stuck in a lease with a boyfriend who was beating me up and my bosses were torturing me. I asked to move back then. You said, ‘Tough Love.’ TOUGH LOVE. I started over on my own and I am not going to give that up.”

She said, “Oh, I see. You are going to bring this up. We gave you that car years ago and I send a couple hundred a year when I can. I . . . I have a headache. I have to lie down.”

I was tipsy but WTF . . . if Jennifer Lopez can move into her father-in-law’s ranch in some Robert Redford movie, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO SOMEWHERE TOO. She wasn’t there for me. That is when I stopped calling my mother once a day, and stopped caring what she thought.

She pushed me into grad school. She pushed me into getting married. She pushed me into office jobs. She pushes . . . with no foresight. When I reach for her, she lets go entirely.  I can’t take that anymore.

So here I was, with great news and she was going to turn her back on me again. She and Abe have a lot in common.

I called Alan and left a voicemail. He was in the process of buying a car and finding a new apartment. It seems like everyone is in a major transitional shift. I left a message on my sister’s voicemail and then I rushed over to Trent’s to take him to the doctor.

Two weeks before, Trent got in a fight with a taxi driver. The driver wouldn’t accept credit card for payment, so they were driving around for an ATM but Trent didn’t want to dish out extra cash for gas while they were looking, so tempers simmered. They found one; Trent was tossed on whiskey, wine and tequila. He ate a sandwich, got in a fight with the driver and smeared the sandwich all over the back seat of the car. Pushes came to shoves and they got in a fistfight.

Trent’s lip was split and his hand was swollen to three times its original size.

One week later, he was sitting on his boyfriend’s lap in the back of a car sharing the seatbelt. The car of intoxicated twenty-something’s erupted in an argument of sorts and the car smashed into a barrier off the freeway.

Trent’s wrist popped on his swollen hand.

He is beating himself up.

I told him I would drive him to the “free clinic” which is actually $40. I was late, trying to fit in a free lunch with fridge food back at my place in the middle. I fucked up.

As I was driving him, I said, “I am worried about the people you are hanging out with. I heard you were dragged by a car once a couple months ago . . .”

He said, “Oh. Yeah. Persian guy.”

Trent likes to seduce men who are on the fence with homosexuality. When he gets them to turn, he loses interest. I guess you could look at that as evil, but I think he is doing a public service. I mean, at least now they know they are gay.

We were 2 minutes late and they said the doctor left for the day.

I called around other clinics, but no one could give me a straight answer on whether or not Trent would have to pay, they all just referred us to Urgent Care which is at least $100.

We sat in my car and Trent told me not to worry about it. It was hard making an appointment, he hated the clinic and its the bureaucracy and would rather just drink a bottle or two of wine with me.

So that’s what we did. We grabbed a couple bottles of white at a liquor store and went back to his boyfriend’s place. Kent, the BF, is a high school teacher and wasn’t home from school yet.

Trent said, “At work we see how these boys hurt your feelings when they don’t call back or whatever. It hurts us. You are smart, gorgeous, and really funny. You can’t let them hurt you.”

I hung my head and gave a slight nod.

Trent said, “I really like the blog and I am a total snob. I think you are going to end up being one of those artists that isn’t appreciated until after you die, like Emily Dickinson.”

I said, “Yeah, I don’t really mind. I think it’s my calling to document a life of struggle right now, at this moment in time. And I have to live it to capture it.”

We exchanged some secrets, which easily rolled out of my mouth onto the bed where we sat. Trent smiled and nodded. I did the same. No tears or bursts of confession, we were just kicking in the drywall. We knew each other already, the details don’t matter. Its ok.

Kent came in, cute, early 30s, a little shorter with a full beard and glasses. I hadn’t met him yet, so when he walked in we were pleasant but studying each other from a cool distance.

Trent said, “She is like my soul mate.”

Kent said something to the effect of, “SHE’S your soul mate. Oh, then shall I leave you two alone . . .” or something. It was playful but not.

They invited me to a drug dealer’s house to pick up narcotics for the Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood the next night. It’s a pretty big deal down here.

While Kent got ready and the boys kissed, I emailed Alan. Buzzing from cheap wine I wrote . . .

Me: June 10 at 8:08pm

“I just looked up how long it takes for all the body’s cells to regenerate because I don’t want Jaq’s vagina on my vagina. It’s 7 yrs. :-/ ” (Jaq is his ex-girlfriend and my ex-friend).

Alan: June 10 at 8:09pm

“Of all the arrangements of words I had not wanted to see tonight, I think that one might be at the top of the list.”

I wrote: June 10 at 8:32pm

“Let me redeem myself: I think about you all the time. Half the time I think about having lots of sex with you and even going down on you (which I never fantasize about) and the other half I am thinking about how to make you happy. Maybe I will learn how to cook.”

Alan: June 10 at 8:53pm

“Nicely done. And I saw your kitchen! You know how to cook! You just have to know how to cook for me. (hint: it involves a drive-thru) ”

Me: June 10 at 9:17pm

“Going to a hippie drug house soon. I want to slow dance with you. And eat Thai food. And be your girlfriend.

Does that scare you?”

Alan: June 10 at 9:22pm

“Well hippie drug houses scare me. Baths really don’t offend Mother Earth. Other than that, no.”

I followed them to this house, and a middle-aged woman in a short black bob, purple (almost stylish) short moo moo and knee high pink socks in pink converse greeted us at the door. The wall to my immediate right was full of vintage Barbie dolls, from floor to ceiling. A room straight ahead appeared to have a red couch in the middle of green walls.  She guided us to the kitchen, which was wall to wall of sci-fi toys still in their original packaging. All the toys were grouped by brand, “AstroBoy” “Jetsons” . . . stuff I never heard of. The toys were the wallpaper.

The ceiling had stars and planets painted as a backdrop with the occasional space ship toy hanging suspended in the air, facing off with another similar model craft. A few of those laser toy guns, like Flash Gordon, lined the wall over the doorway. It was extravagant.

The cabinets had no doors, so you could see vintage glasses and bowls from the 60s in perfect order. A Vintage B-Movie poster covered the entire fridge door.

The woman, Marcia, was nervous. She didn’t make eye contact but was very direct. “What do you want?”

They said xanax, cocaine, adderall and Mollys (pure MDMA). Trent offered to buy me something. I said I never tried adderall. He got me a pill.

We left and walked back to Kent’s apartment.

Once the second bottle of wine was opened, the mood changed. It became an emotional free for all.

I told them about a lover I had in college, and how once I asked him to wear his boy scout uniform and gave him one of the first blow jobs I had ever performed. Kent had a boyscout uniform, put it on and I took pictures of him making out with Trent. It all felt very natural in the moment.

 10pm

Trent, “Yeah I was in a porn. I was young, really young. I didn’t know what I was doing. You can see me though.”

I said, “Did you get paid well?”

Trent, “No, I accidentally left the check for $600 in the car when I argued with this guy on the film. I asked for the check back but he said that was it. So I didn’t get the money and now my ass is out there. Whatever.”

10:20pm

Kent, “My brother’s friends used to bully me all the time. I was forced to drink my brother’s urine.”

 10:33pm

Me, “I had sex when I was 14 with someone older, in his mid-twenties. It was horrible. It was a terrible experience. I was uncomfortable, there was this black light, it hurt and I didn’t know him very well. I ran into him when I was an adult and he asked me if I regretted it. I said I did. He said he didn’t because it was a beautiful thing. I shook my head. I wanted him to know that I hated what he did to me. 14 is young, you forget how young until you actually meet a 14 yr-old.”

I still tell people I lost my virginity at 16.

I never really tell that story because I am ashamed of it. Somehow with them, in this tiny little apartment, I felt like I could say anything and there would be no judgment. It would never be held over my head later. They just knew what I was talking about, in a way most women I know don’t.

We took half a pill of adderall and then I saw the beautiful white lines of coke lined up on the glass table. Kent offered me a line.

I looked down at it and said, “Hello, old friend.”

The snort of white powder tastes like aspirin. As it crawls through your nasal cavity into the back of your throat, your heart starts racing. The real high is about to hit as it slowly drops down the back of your throat into your heart.

I sat down in Kent’s massage chair, the only chair in this studio, which violently rolled into my back. It was painful but I thought it would help work out the kinks in my back. Unfortunately, thanks to the drugs, I sat there for 5 whole hours while my flesh was beaten into rubber cement. My mouth hung open in excruciating pain thinking and emailing. Oh God, the emails . . . WHY!?!? While the chemicals were still merging into my blood stream, I started emailing Alan.

Me: June 10 at 11:50pm

I want u

Me: June 10 at 11:52pm

I want to give u the best sex of Ur life. If I concentrate I think I can.

Alan: June 10 at 11:52pm

Me: June 11 at 12:06am

I am trying to learn about blow jobs for you.

Me: June 11 at 12:44am

You are beautiful. I want to make you a vegan milkshake, give you a Bj and then kiss you.

Alan: June 11 at 12:46am Report

My umm… tastes change with my mood. all of those tastes include you though. now I’m off to dream about you.

Me: June 11 at 12:47am

We are talking about genocide. I wish u were here. Or just awake. Law is more important than drug escapades with me. But u Are amazing enough to make this even more interesting.
Alan: June 11 at 1:18am

Woke up long enough to tell u I miss u already.. bed seems empty.. talk to you tomorrow.. take care of your gays 😀

Me: June 11 at 1:50am

I miss you. Stuck with the massage chair while they discuss higher intelligence and Mayan culture. Always thinking . . . about you.

GAWD, did I send that? For SHAME.

Sometime after, Kent was on his phone, scrolling through a community website trying to recruit a boy for a threesome with Trent. They had tried a threesome earlier in the week, but Trent lost his erection when he realized that he was jealous and asked the boy to leave. The boy picked up his clothes and ran out. Kent thought it rude but this may be Trent’s first love. He must experiment to know what makes this affair different than the others. Experiments must come with failures.

Trent knew what Kent was doing on the phone while I typed away.

They got in an argument and I mediated.

I said, “Trent, what Kent is trying to say is that because the Prozac makes it difficult to keep an erection he wants to bring someone else in the mix so you are sexually satisfied.”

Trent said, “Really?”

Kent said, “Yeah.”

Trent, “I am sexually satisfied.”

I said, “Kent, Trent gets jealous in threesomes.”

Kent said, “Really!? I didn’t know that.”

I said, “Yes, Trent is in love with you.”

Kent said, “I know . . . ”

Trent said, “I love you.”

They kissed. I resumed emailing, but branched out to men I had unfinished mental business with.

To Cabby (my first love from 10th grade). June 11 at 3:21am: “Why did you really break up with me?”

To Atticus (one great date and no call back) June 11 at 3:22am: “Did you read the blog?”

To Kashul (two nice dates and no call back) June 11 at 3:23am: “Did you read the blog?”

To The Prophet. (the most intense love affair of my life) Sat, Jun 11, 2011 at 3:26 AM: “Do you read the blog?”

I didn’t email Abe, nor had any desire to. That’s when I knew I was really over him.

Kashul emailed me back right away, June 11 at 4:09am

“Send me the link… ”

I wrote, “June 11 at 4:35am

“Nah. Just checking. 🙂 ”

He wrote, June 11 at 4:35am

“Checking what…?”

Cabby wrote back, June 12 at 3:57am

“Social pressure amidst my delayed maturity the result of my first TBI.” (Traumatic Brain Injury) Cabby was hit by a car in the 7th grade and in a coma for two weeks. They actually had to staple the top of his head back on. When he woke up from the coma, he cruised through college, got his Bachelor’s Degree and resumed high school so he could be a normal kid and got caught up with me. He will never be normal.

Now he is a Registered Sexual Offender for initiating a sexual relationship with a high school student. I always joke he never got over me.

***

While Kent and Trent continued debating experiences with botched threesomes and their night in a sex club, stating who was jealous of who, and who wanted Kent and not Trent or Trent and not Kent- I would step out for a smoke.

One would follow me out and we would continue talking. Trent and I got on the subject of attempted suicides, we both had done it and were both institutionalized for it. We really do have a lot in common.

I said, “And what really sucked, is in the mental institution they wouldn’t give me vegan food.”

Trent, “That’s why in jail I exchanged apples for burritos.”

We went back inside, and we finished the coke. I thought about the Prophet, it is my only association with cocaine and part of why we bonded so intensely . . . just like Kent and Trent were bonding now, and I with them. Drugs can corrupt the mind, but they also bind souls.

Kent said, “You are so pretty.  So is Trent.  So pretty.  There is so much pretty in the room I can’t take it.”

I straddled Kent, squeezed his cheeks and said in a baby voice, “You are a cutie pie. Whose a cutie pie? You are. Yes you are.”

Kent asked to put on a video one of his students gave him, it was Pink Floyd Live. Trent didn’t want to watch a video of Pink Floyd, and I even think there was mention of who was jealous of which Pink Floyd band member. Trent wanted to put on gay porn and was describing a scene to me. I asked to watch it and crawled in bed with both of them, sitting at the end of the bed between their feet.

In went the DVD and I watched two scenes of men dominating and degrading each other. It was interesting; I hadn’t ever really seen men do it to each other.

Now watching porn isn’t exactly erotic for me. It’s more like watching Discovery channel but porn moves a little slower and offers less information. The men were angular and blocky with one incredibly feminine man; they call a Twink, always in the mix. Trent is a self-described “Twink.”

Via Wikipedia: “Twink or twinkie is a gay slang term describing a young or young-looking gay man (in his late teens or early twenties) with a slender, ectomorph build, little or no body hair, and no facial hair.  In some societies, the term chick or chicken is preferred. The related term twinkle-toes, which implies that a man is effeminate, tends to be used in a derogatory manner. The terms can be complimentary or pejorative.”

After two scenes, I waited it out until all three men orgasmed on the one guy and then said, “Ok, its 6am. I’ve got to go home.”

In unison they said, “Noooooo! Stay!”

Kent said, “You have a very calming energy.”

I wanted to go home and give myself a few orgasms before the coke wore off, and I would assume they would want to do that to each other. Not to mention, I had an audition in four hours.

Trent walked me to my car and said, “Now you are a really Hollywood starlet.”

I sniffed up one nostril and said, “I’m ready for my close-up.”

We laughed and I went home. I gave myself about 12 monster orgasms. And I don’t use that term lightly. Between masturbating, I played some Pink Floyd and flirted with Alan on-line some more. I don’t know when that kid sleeps.

I wrote: “Sorry about the emails. I didn’t promise you I would learn to cook, did I?

Then I wrote, “I’ve decided after this evening with my gays, that a couple just starting out in love should not go to sex clubs or have threesomes.”

The adderall remained after the cocaine was soaked up by the morning light. I felt worried about nothing in particular and I was shaking a little.

Alan wrote, “Yeah, you are going to want to do a lot of things, but your body will be useless for the rest of the day.”

He was right. I missed my audition, and from that point further, I promised myself never to let the drugs interfere with my career again.

It took me about two days to recover. I couldn’t sleep at all that night and I worked the day after, and then I had my modeling gig. I am getting to that age where looking tired could ruin my career. So I slept a lot, and drank lots of grapefruit juice.

Monday morning, I went in for my first modeling job. I couldn’t afford a latte and the coffee maker I bought for $2 at a second hand shop was broken already, so showing up at 6:30am uncaffeinated was brutal.

Then, to have to sit in a chair and stare at yourself for hours on end while two people whip your hair about … is maddening. I thought about sex to keep me alert.

The woman who rejected me at the last casting call because she couldn’t work with my “hair type” came in to help. She said she entered into a beauty contest to help give her a title, so it would be easier to book hair seminars. She kept saying, “I was way out of my league. One girl gave me something to keep my bathing suit from going up my butt and it was super glue. Another girl said, ‘Congrats on making the top ten. Oh yeah, you didn’t.’ And walked away. They were so mean. So I never did it again.”

That’s why she was so cold to us at that last audition. The thing is, we are all exposed to pretty bitches. It made her want to be one. It makes me not want to be one.

When I left to change into wardrobe, with my hair and make-up done, I looked in the mirror and said, “Never in a million years did I think you could look like this.”

We did the first webinar, which was sickeningly boring. I sat there and let someone display my hair with a very medium smile on my face. They asked for a soft, no teeth smile, keep our face relaxed and not look into the camera during the webinar because it makes viewers “uncomfortable.”

We didn’t rehearse, so during the live taping I was brought in with the other model to show off the final hair style. In heels, I am well over 6 feet and I couldn’t fit on the screen standing up.  So they gestured for me to crouch and hover over the other model.

We had two webinars with a three-hour break in between. We decided that I should not only do the next show barefoot, but also sit in the chair with the other model standing behind me.

During the break, I started talking about my sex life to keep my mind going and engage the others. The other model chugged a 5-hr energy shot and started turning red on any part of her body that was touching the seat or a surface. She had alabaster skin, so the red really freaked her out. I told her to drink some water and flush it out.

The Make-Up Guy became a confidant with the other model. I told them about the director who kissed me during the audition.

Other Model, “Ew, gross. I would never take that role. Ever. ”

I said, “I am taking it, I don’t know, as long as he isn’t the lead actor. I like the script and haven’t done a short in a while.”

Other Model, “Eugh, I don’t think it’s worth it.”

Then I told her about Joel and the $100 check. The Make-Up Guy, a big, black and very feminine man gave the old gay, closed mouth, “Nuh uhhhhhhh.”

Other Model, “What does he do?”

I said, “He is an actor but he also bartends.”

They both laughed and she said, “What is he going to pick up another Saturday night shift so you’ll be his girlfriend. That’s pathetic. Tell him, ‘Hey Asshole, I make more than that just so people can do my hair.”

I get that I was supposed to feel shame and outrage. Everything is complicated though. Joel liked me in a way that made him feel desperate enough for a grand gesture that had nothing to do with his heart and soul. And I felt badly about that.

Other Model, “Thank God I am not hot. I don’t have to deal with directors trying to kiss me or men paying me for sex.”

She thought I was hot? Please.

I said, “You are married. You are in a different category.”

She said, “I don’t bring my wedding band to auditions, but I guess that’s true.”

I said, “I think men can smell that I am vulnerable.”

The Make-Up Artist shook his head and said, “Its hard dating out here. Its because no one is called out on their behavior. You can be whoever you want to be.”

After the second show, I sadly took off the dress and left to deal with more audio grief on my project. It always seems like a waste of pretty to go home alone after a shoot.

The emails came back to haunt me. (Preface: Atticus sent me a puppy rescue story about a dog who shared my first name a week or two ago.)

Atticus emailed back: June 14 at 3:11pm

This may be a stupid question but what blog? Also I should probably mention I have a girlfriend at the moment, so after you tell me about this blog we should maybe go back to our no-talking-during-relationships situation. I know I know, I initiated this one, but that puppy story was just too cute.

***

I wrote: June 14 at 3:31pm

Oh if you don’t know it’s irrelevant. I was not of sound mind or body when I emailed you and a few others that night.

I figured you had a girlfriend. I am also dating someone but in my relationships emails aren’t a threat. Being adults and all.

Why don’t we do one better and defriend? That way you can feel much more secure in your relationship.

Atticus wrote: June 14 at 3:57pm

Dude, I’m an adult, come on now. I know emails aren’t a threat but I can imagine a saucy email exchange somehow biting me in the ass months later, so I dunno…just being courteous.

If you would like to defriend, no judgments. I have no desire to defriend you.

***

I wrote: June 14 at 11:09pm

I wanted to go home and smoke a bowl before responding to you.

A) I would not have a saucy email exchange with you because I am seeing someone I think is special, and out of respect for him and disinterest from me, there is no need.

B) Courtesy, Atticus . . . courtesy would NOT be taking a girl fresh off a break-up out on a date and then asking her to come home with you while having no intention whatsoever to call her. You were not forthright with me, and though it worked out for the best, I am seeing now that you didn’t respect me as a friend, as an individual or as a woman. For all I know, you had a girlfriend at the time.

I called you after my break-up to meet because the relationship made me feel cynical and lonely. I thought spending time with someone I connected with and was attracted to would remedy the emptiness. Your behavior only amplified it. And then to find out you miraculously recovered from heartbreak to form a relationship with someone else, when the truth is, you just wanted me for that night.

I am a girl with a heart and mind. And the “diss” I guess is the right word for it was burn on top of fucking gushing blood from Abe.

I spent a few days wondering what I did wrong and concluded you read my blog and didn’t contact me because of it. Which I would actually kind of understand.

As far as I am concerned, I dodged a bullet with you. I am glad I didn’t sleep with you and even happier I didn’t get to know you.

You are a douche bag, Atticus. The new guy is making up for it though, you are lucky. Otherwise, I would be really pissed off right now.

***

He wrote: June 15 at 1:01pm

Your contempt for me lies in the assumption that bringing a person home for some physical fun is somehow immoral, that good people, male and female, don’t do this all the time without assuming it’s somehow a precursor to a relationship. I resent the notion that this makes me a bad person. If I had somehow lied to you, that would be a different story. You told me you don’t have sex outside of committed relationships, and I respected your boundaries. (Not true, I was on my period, which is why we didn’t have sex)

You were respected. You know what a rebound is, and you know that everything about that night has the obvious markings of one. To quote you:

“I called you after my break-up to meet because the relationship made me

feel cynical and lonely. I thought spending time with someone I connected

with and was attracted to would remedy the emptiness.”

If you didn’t want it to be a rebound then don’t talk about your recent breakup, and don’t go home with your date. I owe you nothing but the respect a good person deserves, a respect you seem to think that I do not.

Very sorry to message you. I’m glad to hear you’re seeing someone who makes you happy.

***

I wrote: June 15 at 1:13pm

I have had a lover since and was open about what I wanted from that relationship before we got physical. That is the difference between you and me. Not the act, the means to achieve the act.

I liked you. You knew that. You blew me off.

Goodbye.

***

My email exchange with Cabby pretty much ended with his offer to buy me a plane ticket to Hawaii and give him a chance to sexually satisfy me. Something he failed at when he came to visit LA in 2006.

***

And then Joel, after not hearing from me in a week and change, he read my blog and wrote me a painful email. Per his request, I cannot include it in the blog. I felt badly though, and I think I owe him a conversation.

The blog continues to stack cross winds into a tornado of dry, hot emotion. My personal life was bloody last week, but at least my career was doing well.

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My sister took leave from her 9th grade English class and came out for a Joyce conference in Pasadena to stay with me for two nights. I asked her about the man she was seeing, who she was so excited about during her last visit.

She said, “Something’s off. We have gone on 8 dates and not gotten passed first base. He always walks me to my car, is always the perfect gentleman . . . but I think he is either living with his ex or still married. Unless he is still too hurt about his last relationship to get physical.”

I said, “Men don’t work that way. Women do, but not men. Sex is their motivator for almost everything.”

This made me profoundly sad. My sister has not been in love for years and hasn’t had sex in four. Love is magic, when you don’t see it or feel it, you stop believing it exists.

I told her that I partied with a high school teacher who does cocaine. She said, “I don’t blame him. I drink every day, I have to or else I couldn’t bare my job. I gained back all the weight from the surgery.” (She went through two liposuction treatments, which were frankly grotesque. I nursed her back to health after the first one and I never want to see blood and fat ooze out of tiny holes in my sister again.) She said, “I gained back all of it. But I am going to keep drinking.”

That morning, she woke up suddenly and said, “I don’t know why I always have angry, violent dreams.”

She isn’t happy. God damn it.

Before work, she asked me to pick up some marijuana lollipops from the clinic. To my knowledge, my sister doesn’t smoke at all. I think it will do right by her, so I did.

She hated the conference and felt like it was a waste of time, so when I came home after work with the lollipops, there were 6 empty bottles of beer and Mick Jagger singing on my computer screen. I looked at her and she said, “I didn’t know what else to do. I couldn’t find the remote.”

The next morning, I woke up from a dream where a strange man was pressing into my back hard like the massage chair. I said, ‘That hurts, stop!’ And then I was restrained while he pressed harder. The pain was unbearable. The thought I had in my dream was ‘Let go of your body and leave. Die.’ I woke up with a breathless gasp. My sister touched my arm and said, “It’s ok.”

She picked up her phone and scrolled through the news. Information before breakfast.

My Sister, “Looks like Weiner is stepping down.”

Me, “Its about time. Jesus.” He shouldn’t have lied, looking back; maybe he shouldn’t have resigned either.

My Sister, “And his wife should leave him, but she’s pregnant.”

Me, “So?”

Sister, “She should give it up for adoption. I wouldn’t want any connection with that piece of shit.”

Me, “A baby is more than a connection to the father, it’s a life growing inside of you.”

My Sister, “Blah-blah-blah, blah-blah-blah-bah. I need a wash cloth so I can take a French whore’s bath.”

We got up and went for coffee at a local Starbuck’s, which is our ritual now when she comes to visit.

Walking back to her car, she spilled coffee on her sleeve while rustling through her purse.

Sister, “Damn it.”

Me, “Help is available to you. I have this whole other hand. You don’t have to do everything by yourself.”

Sister, “Apparently, I do. Apparently I will be dying alone while on your deathbed, you will still be getting angry emails from men.”

We said goodbye. I hugged her hard while she lightly patted my back. We are totally different people. She hasn’t discovered the secret. I can tell you, but you have to give yourself up to it 100% . . . “Fuck it all.  Live for your soul.”

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