I went again to see the New Christy Minstrels. It was planned that a group of us would go together, and my friend from OK, Joe had purchased the whole table of eight. Then, because of some changes going on in his life, Allan decided to spend Christmas with his mom in San Diego because he won't be able to go for some time. And Gail decided to spend the holiday with her son's family in Tucson when she realized that she actually had enough time off to make the drive. And Joe was one of the unfortunate people who lost power in the ice storm that hit the Midwest two weeks ago; his power was restored just yesterday, thirteen days after the fact, so he and his wife couldn't come. On and on, blah, blah, blah. So as of yesterday I was the only one going. Since Joe had already paid for the tickets, he told me to just grab people off the street if necessary and use the tickets.
I made several phone calls last night and this morning, trying to convince people to go. However, everyone had plans. Well, I was not going to miss it! That meant I went alone ... and sat at a table for eight by myself!! So I stopped by the theater today and talked with the owners, and they were more than accommodating. Joe has credit for seven seats for the next time he wants to come to New Mexico. I was switched to the table next to ours, actually a better seat because it was front and center where our table was one off center. And I was sitting with, among other people, the mayor or Ruidoso, who presented a key to the Village to the NCM. Everyone's problem solved.
I was a little surprised when the mayor and I introduced ourselves, he said he knew my name. I said I was relatively new in the area, and he wasn't sure where he'd heard of me, so it was dropped. As I drove home it dawned on me that he probably reads the local newspaper front to back, and I'm betting he saw my name on one of the articles I've written. Maybe I'll call him next week and tell him he's not crazy!
I jokingly told the owners that I wanted to be sure that there were handsome, available men at whatever table. I was next to two very nice gentlemen a few years older than me, one local and the other from San Diego. We had a wonderful, spirited conversation before and during dinner, and enjoyed chatting afterward with each other and with the members of the NCM. I introduced them to some of our excellent local wines, and I got a couple recommendations for some other wines to try. Nice evening. Alas, both were married, but still charming dinner company.
And I feel very good about one thing. I'm having a lot of trepidation about meeting men. I was not at all nervous about going out alone tonight, but not seriously looking to meet a man, either. As we parted at the end of the evening, the man from San Diego shook my hand and thanked me for sharing their table. He said that it was nice to spend the evening with such and attractive (!!!!) woman who is intelligent and a good conversationalist, and charming to boot!!! OK, I'm guessing I'll be alright when the time comes. And I know already what some of you are about to say about this, but I have to say this ... it is difficult to face dating after a long relationship ends, regardless of the circumstances, and you've forgotten the "hows" of it. Add to that being 63 years old, and it is intimidating as all get-out! This bit of reassurance was very good for me.
The show was great fun!! There was audience participation for several songs as they were recording for an album they are putting together. The mic was right in front of us. Hey, maybe you'll hear me sing! LOL!! One of the songs is "Ruidoso." Watch for it!
The group also did a number of their Christmas songs and that was fun! They were having so much fun on the stage that we couldn't help but have fun in the audience, too. It was just a lovely, fun evening, and although I'm sorry Joe couldn't make it, and I missed Gail and Allan who've been to all the others with me, I had an amazingly good time!
Life is beautiful!!!