Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You’ve got a friend in me


Can you think of that one friend who’s more loyal than the others? Who would do anything and everything for you if you asked? Or even didn’t ask?

I have this friend, we don’t talk much now but the occasional text here and there since we live in different cities now, but when we were in the same town, we were pretty close. We were unlikely friends. No one understood our friendship and we actually got a lot of flack for it, especially him.

yes, *gasp* it’s a guy!

He was my partner at work and as a lot of partnerships go, you tend to get very close with each other. Only thing that made it extra odd was he’s a big tattooed tough, deep mumbling voice guy who doesn’t take anything from anyone, (read: looks like a thug) and I was a straight lace, by the book girl who had people take bets on when I would cuss.

I remember this one time when I found an ad in Craigslist for a free bed in a city 1 1/2 hours away, I called him up, asked if I could borrow his truck and next thing I knew, we were on the road. Anyone that saw us together would do a double take…if anyone’s been to San Luis Obispo, CA, you know if you saw a “thug” walking into a yogurt shop with a white girl, you’d be looking for an exit, trust me.

We were eating our yogurt in his truck that night, when these teen boys parked next to us, clearly drunk (nice, right?) and as they walked by the back of the truck, they jumped on his bumper and walked away. He jumped out of the truck, “said some words” and those boys were practically peeing in their pants, apologizing a hundred times.

What made it even greater was an hour later, he was having his smoke by the back of the truck (since he knew I hated it) and the boys had to walk by him. They were still apologizing as they got in their car.

I realize this is odd, me talking about my old partner.

We weren’t anything more than friends, believe me. Everyone speculated but he always stood up for me, setting the guys straight, even though it resulted in them calling him Mr. …and my last night. gotta love that.

I’ve been thinking about loyalty. Not many friends can say they have that loyal friend.

Even though this might be awkward, I can’t think of any of my other friends that would choke another man to the point of making them cry because he called me a b****.

Is it odd that I chuckle at that every time I think about it!? I realize how bad it is to choke another person out over a word, but the level of devotion he had, is beyond my understanding. And what makes it even more so, is I wasn’t even there when the guy called me this. It was my day off, which just makes it even funnier crazier to me.

Sorry, I realize a lot of you aren’t accustomed to my work stories or ‘prison Emily’ but I think about him often and how we were the unlikely pair. I always tell G-man it would be so fun for them to meet. I have no doubt G-man would thank him for watching over me at work.

Do you have a friend like this? Not necessarily one that would choke someone, but who would do anything for you?

::did I just freak you out by this story?!::

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meme-and-he said...

It is interesting that some friends are so loyal...its like it just comes completely natural to them. I love it.
anddd that picture looks just like my dog back in Chicago. SOB FEST.

the blogivers said...

Ha! My twin sis is that friend for me... though I don't think she has ever choked anyone in my defense. She did kick a few boys in the shins for me though, so that counts for something.

Lisa @ honibun@blogspot said...

Good friends are hard to come by and loyal friends (to the point of choking others) even harder......

You have been blessed to have known such a special person!

Laura said...

I love this story! It's so nice that you have each other... regardless of how opposite you are!


kendra @ little almanac said...

I so get this!! I think growing up I had more guy friends than girl friends. I love that I married my best friend :)

kendra @ little almanac said...

I so get this!! I think growing up I had more guy friends than girl friends. I love that I married my best friend :)

Stephanie said...

Oh my husband, hands down. And of course, Tabitha. I'm pretty lucky to have two people I'd say.

And I don't think this post is weird at all. I think you are very lucky to have such a great person in your life. : )

Daisy said...

I love that! I really appreciate guys who protect girls :) I have a friend who is that loyal but she is tiny. I really appreciate her friendship :)

carissa at lowercase letters said...

a loyal friend is like a pot of gold! i have a few and am very thankful for them.

Laura Elizabeth said...

It's like a buddy cop movie... people are partnered with the person most opposite to them and it all works out in the end.

I love hearing your work stories, they are so interesting to me and so foreign. I like hearing about experiences that are different from the usual.

I can't think of any situations where friends would have to step up to the plate for me, but I like to think there's a few people I can rely on.

Jennifer Blair said...

I loved this story....and no it didn't freak me out. I can imagine that you'd get really close to your partner in those kind of situations, but it sounds like you were extra blessed!

Tabitha Mahoney said...

Stephanie cheated and commented first. I'd say M and SS.

Love this.

You weirdo...just kidding

Megan said...

My girl friends are like this! So very loyal and protective! With our miscarriage, they swarmed around like little guards, just daring people to say something or upset me. They are the best!

Jess said...

I love you. I love the ramble-yness of you. I may have mentioned this before (sorry) but a friend of mine from high school mentioned to me once that she loved getting letters (back when most people still sent them) from me because she could see how my brain worked. It was such a compliment to me. Is that weird?


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