(I need to work on my swearing.)
I arrived at Ocean Prime at 6:30 PM. The valet guys swooped in.
I hadn’t even called Gene, to confirm our date.
When I walked in he stood up immediately. I had one thought:
“Holy Shit, it’s Robert Redford”.
He was a 59 year old version of Robert Redford.
He pulled out my chair and was in every manner, a perfect gentleman. He had that relaxed, confident energy a lot of politicians have.
When he opened his mouth to speak his voice was a cross between John Edwards and Jimmy Carter.
He arrived one hour early for our date.
We had a delicious dinner, the best of everything.
He grew up on a peanut-farm.
Now he’s a big wig at Hewlett Packard...but played it down.
A man slipped into the seat beside me. (We were seated at the bar.)
His voice sounded like Will Smith’s in the film, 6 Degrees of Separation: Preppy, studied, deeply confident and full of laughter. The restaurnt staff was making a big deal.
He was wearing penny loafers with tassels.
My date went to the bathroom and the man turned to me, “Good evening, my name is Charles” he said.
I was waiting for my car to be returned by the valet...and he approached..we laughed.
We're meeting Friday for drinks.