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7 DECADES SERIES TYING UP THE 80S PART 18A

Monday, November 19, 2012


THE 1980S CONSISTED OF THE LATTER PART OF MY 5TH DECADE AND THE FIRST HALF OF MY 6TH AND LIKE EVERY DECADE, BEFORE AND AFTER, THERE WERE MINUSES AND PLUSES.

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1980 was a mixed bag as I was drinking very heavy, working, spending money and adjusting to life in Fort Lauderdale.

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1981 I bought a Chevy Caprice red convertible that I would have for 23 years-- stopped drinking--met Bill

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1982 I was working at Dan Dowd's who I had worked for in New York--became friendly with Bruce, Brad and Andy who I introduced to Bill and the 5 of us would go out for dinner, the movies and, in general, became friends--on November 5 Dan approached me and said I had a shortage on a check from New Year's Eve--I had worked the banquet room which was opened to the public by myself and had served close to 100 people--long story short I refused to pay the shortage and I was fired--on the 23rd Anita (Bill's 'girlfriend'--don't ask!) Bill's son Stu, Bill and I had dinner at The Spiced Apple--now closed--On January 24 I gave a surprise birthday party for Bill and Bruce said he and Andy wanted to get 'married' and suggested we combine the parties, which we did--cost $750 and a good time was had by all.--In February we saw Martha Raye, Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell and Teresea Brewer at one show, Johnny Mathis at the Sunrise Musical theatre,Steve lawrence and Edye Gormie on another night--on March 1 Bill 'got back' at me by throwing me a surprise party and Chuck, Dr. K, Tommy and Mary Culleton were there.

Mary had been the one who weighed me in at Weight Watchers the first time I went and was a one woman cheer leading squad as I lost weight each week--I assumed (DON'T ASSUME) she knew I was gay but it was obvious she wasn't from the moment she walked in with her friend and saw all the gay guys. I never heard from or saw her again.

Funny the things you remember--Bill and I took his son Chris to see "Quest of Fire" which was awful. I remember Bill and I going to see Connie Francis and also "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat" at the Parker Playhoues--on March 6 I went to work at the Rooftop where we had Bill's birthday party--it was a circular restaurant and bar on the top of a building that had been a Spanish nightclub and now catered to gays--working in a gay restaurant is one of the hardest jobs I have ever worked--will have to do a blog on just that in the future--and 6 weeks later got fired after having a fight with the chef Pierre, a prima donna if there ever was one--in June we went to the Fountainblu in Miam Beach to see Geoffry Holder--Dr. K and Issac Searcy came into town--hadn't seen the latter since I left Memphis--Dr. K was seeing a local guy named Chuck--my Uncle Ritchie went ito the hospital with heart problems so Bill and I stayed over at Flo's--Albyn and I wenttotheCoconutGrovetheatre to see a Tennessee Williams' play and it was so bad I walked out! The second time I have ever done that--in July the touring company of "A Chorus Line" came to town and on the 13th Bill and I went to see it, on the 14th Bill, Stu and I and on the 15th Mafia Mike, Vince, Bill and I went to see it the night before Bill and I were leaving for a vacation driving up to Memphis--by the way on the 22nd and 23rd we saw "A Chorus Line" in Memphis--I met Bill's parents on the way there--they lived in North Fkorida--on July 26th I started work at Brickyard West and by September 17 it was out of business--Bill went up to move his parents and Mike McCarroll, Eastern, Raymond and I went to see Sammy Davis, Jr.

The cracks were starting to appear in my relationship with Bill--I have a refernce to Lou, Bill's Monday night trick and Bill who was Bill's Tuesday night trick--and I certainly wasn't being an angel--that's for the X rated version!! We did celebrate our first anniversary going back to The Rooftop where we had gone the first night we met--we had a dinner party for Thanksgiving with Andy, Tom, Emir, Phillip, Michael and Granville.

On December 25, 1982 Flo died--sitting here, just thinking of her, the tears come.



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