On a recent day, I had lunch in the Palisades with two of my oldest friends, Benjy & David. Another old friend from high school is battling cancer, so we decided she might like to receive flowers. I found her address and we sent them. Later, they kept calling to tell me what a lovely idea that really was. I got texts. I got calls. It was nothing – except, all right, it might have been my idea — but we did it, and instead of that being that, they kept on giving me props. Also, our friend was very touched by the flowers, so, honestly, we were all rewarded, and that should have been the end of it. Only the boys, my boyz, thought they wanted to do something for me. Not sure why, but they did. I got a call one day from Ben.
“David and I were talking and we really want to do something for you.”
“Benny, the texts and calls have been enough. We all sent the flowers. I don’t need anything else.”
“No, too bad, we have an offer — but I know you very well, so I’m not sure you will go for it. Don’t worry, there will be many other offers, but hear this one first.”
“The Rolling Stones. I have an extra ticket, Meilani is out of town.” Ben senses my excitement and fear all rolled into one big “WHAT?!!?”
“Look, I know you, Duke. You hate crowds, you hate noise, you hate to stay out late — so give it some thought. You have two days to think about it, but we REALLY want you to come.”
“Okay, Ben, two days. Let me think about it, because you know I REALLY want to go, but it’s way out of my comfort zone. Thank you so much for the offer and for understanding me so well.”
Panic set in. (more…)