Before I unplugged the phone...
One of the gays, we will call him Country Gay or perhaps CG, is throwing an 'impromptu' party tomorrow, and I am invited. So too is my er...hmmm, I want to say lover, but that smacks of twee, but I can't think of what else to call him. I loathe the word boyfriend and feel I am too old for one. Partner makes me think of work, and chum doesn't really soar, now does it?
Paramour, that will do. Anyway, he is invited too-by name no less. This is strange, because I don't recall ever mentioning his name to CG, or any of the other Gs either. But then the gays are like dolphins that way, sneakier than you would give them credit for.
Dilemma then. I'm not sure that I want to subject my paramour to one of their parties this early in our relationship.
The last one I attended ended up in uproar; there were two fights, tears, accusations of infidelity, drunken weeping, terrible dancing, one partial vomit and one actual, the gardai were called eventually and everyone ended up out on the street at half five in the morning dazed and confused. Some of us went home, the rest of the party went to Capel street to an early house. The cops were called again. A Norwegian was tearfully arrested.
To this day it is still spoken in shuddering hushed terms.
Now, I'm not gong to try an pretend I am some delicate flower here, I can tear it up with the best, but those nights are few and far between. No matter what resolve beforehand, these parties always end up like a Viking maruading celebration. Gordan Gheko styled excess is de rigeur.
And then there is the paramour, he has asked once or twice, very casually now, when he might get to meet some of my friends. He suggested a dinner maybe.
That is fine, but who do you ask? I can imagine the calls the next day if I ask this one, or that, but not this one. Dinners can be a little stiff and staid, I prefer dinner not to be an introduction.
I am stalling.
No, this party might actually serve a purpose, rather like teaching a chap to swim by flinging him in the deep end and releasing the piranas.