“Hey Donny, it’s Jamie“
(I could see that by the caller ID)
“How are ya?”
“Pretty good. Just workin’ on the boat. Cleaning it up. Wanna go out on Saturday?”
“What are you doing right now?”
“Just sitting at Starbucks surfing the internet.”
“Wanna come help me clean the boat? I’ll pay you 50 bux to help.”
“You don’t have to pay me. I’ll just help for something to do. I’m finished photographing cars for the day anyway”
“Alright. See you in a bit.”
20 minutes later, after a bit of small talk and changing into some shorts. There’s no reason to wear a shirt in 80 degree weather, especially when cleaning a boat. And the sun is out, so it’ll be easy to get a tan.
“Dude! What happened to your stomach? It’s almost as flat as mine!”
“I’ve been eating less. Drinking nothing but water and orange juice. Jogging 6 miles a day. Stuff like that.”
“Dude, this year we’re both single and you’re looking really skinny. We can have a lot of fun taking girls on the boat.”
“Yeah, technically I’m single, but I’m living my life like I’m not, out of respect for the woman I hope to marry again someday.”
“That’s cool, but we can still have fun on the boat, right?”
We get to work on the boat, preparing to go out on Shasta Lake this coming weekend. It’s March. It’s 80 degrees. The water will be cold, for sure, but perhaps one of us will be crazy enough to try wake boarding. I’ve now lost 38 lbs since December… this time I think I’ll be able to stand up on the board.