First, the Lee story seems to have struck quite a chord. He really was a jerk when we were teens, but apparently his big ego paid off for him later in life because he's quite successful. Apparently he's a financial planner in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (Rhea, are you in the safe zone?) and has been written up in many periodicals for his "revolutionary approach" that his business takes. I'm also quite sure that he wrote the copy on his website because no one could talk about the greatness of Lee, more than Lee himself. I wish him well!
Now, the really juicy news. The purple paisley guy is back in the picture! Yes, despite my better judgement, I emailed him yesterday after my wonderful BFF furnished me with his email addy in a matter of seconds. I'm telling you gang, she missed her calling as a P.I.! Anyway, I sent him a very brief message that went a little something like this.
Hi PPG! I know it's been a lot of years since
And within minutes, I had a response! "I would love to." Oh my goodness, this can't be! He's forgiven me and actually wants to know what I'm up to these days. So, I wrote this long email last night, essentially glazing over the major events of the last decade (and change) and he wrote me back today with some answers that I've been looking for. And for a moment, I was reminded of why I loved reading his letters all those years ago.
For those on the edge of your seat about the book, he said he never finished it and doesn't plan to return to it. Phew! Did you hear that sigh of relief from me? He also pointed out that he's married with a child and crazy, head over heels in love with his wife. That was nice to hear. However, this next part is what struck me as so sentimental. Frankly, I didn't know guys had this gene, so I was totally taken off guard. He said that while taking his family to a beautiful European destination last year, he thought of me. And then he asked if I remembered why. (And I don't, so we'll be visiting that story at a future date) He also then said that a specific musical artist's songs always remind him of me. Wow, and I thought girls were the only ones who associated music with deep seeded emotional events and memories! (More on that phenomenon with the upcoming Eric story) And then, the clincher. He apparently lives quite close to my younger brother and would love to get together the next time I'm there visiting. Oh my, I just don't know about that. So, there you have it!
Now, I simply must go cue up my mix tape and start crafting the Eric story before Kat pays me a visit to personally ream me for leaving you guys hanging. Ha ha!