Show & Tell: Kid Clint and the pivotal burrito

June 22, 2008

in Excavating, Love, Show & Tell, Stories

“Find out,” I told my friend, Don, “find out what you can about that guy with the blue eyes.”

Don was the teacher of my Improvisational Comedy class. In addition, he was my contract employee, since I had hired him to teach the class for the adult learning network I ran in the mid 1990s.

One of the perks of my job was that I got to interview all the teachers and observe a 15 minute teaching demonstration of their classes. I also got to attend any class in our 64-page catalog, which we published 8 times a year. My areas of expertise became broad as the Great Plains and deep as its topsoil during the Great Depression.

I’d been spending my Saturday nights in the lower level of a bar where Don’s improv troupe performed. A team of 15 players rotated 5 in and out each week, and several times I’d caught this very cute 20-something guy with piercing blue eyes. A guy who didn’t always resort to the easy laughs one gets with crotch humor (Halloooo, google pervs!).

In fact, this guy proffered very literate humor. As a business major, I recognized but didn’t “get” his references to Dante and Melville, to Cervantes and Scorsese. I just knew he was smart and funny. And had gorgeous eyes.

Hence my request to Don.

“What, exactly, would you like me to find out for you?” asked Don the Monday after a show.

“Just the important things,” I replied. “Find out if he’s single, if he’s straight, and if he’d like to meet me.” (It was, after all, the theatah.)

On Thursday, Don called with three answers: yes, yes and yes. And that the troupe was to perform at a street festival Saturday afternoon.

That day we had a brief hailstorm during which I subjected my sister, Tami, to witnessing a trying-on of my entire closet. I hadn’t told her why I cared so much about my appearance.

The clouds finally cleared and we headed to the festival. We found the stage (really just a blocked-off intersection) and watched the street performance, where Blue Eyes ended up playing Clint Eastwood as a kid. On his bare knees in the middle of the street. With a lit cigarette hanging out his mouth.

Don had told Blue Eyes about me. In fact, while offstage, Don pointed our way and said to him, “Remember I told you about the girl who wanted to meet you?”

“Yeah,” said my prey.

“See that girl over there?” Don said. “Oh, yeaaaaah,” Blue Eyes said, appreciatively.

Don was pointing at my sister. My very BUXOM sister.

“It’s the tall woman behind her,” Don finished. “Hmmmmm,” was the response, with perhaps an equally approving head nod (I’ll never know, will I?).

We angled to meet each other after the show. After some misses, we ended up at the same burrito booth at the same time.

Extending a hand that bore a wrapped burrito, he said “Hi, Lori. Don has told me about you. I’m Roger.”

With that, our fate was sealed. 14 years ago this week.


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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

chicklet April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Cool that you initiated with your hubby – me too!!


My name is Andy. April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Awww so cute!!!!


The Casual Perfectionist April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Awww…what a great story! :)


tobacco brunette April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Oh I love that story. So sweet…Happy first meeting anniversary!!


Vee April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

What a great story!


Joanna April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

What a wonderfuk meeting. Dont you love those first moments when you hve butterflies in your stomach? Happy anniversary!


butterflyanla April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Thanks for sharing such a cute story.I am here from show and tell.


JuliaS April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Great story – those must have been some awesome burritos!:0)Thanks for sharing!


millie April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Love a good story with a very happy ending (hm, or beginning?).


Lavender Luz April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Thanks for sharing our moment, everyone!Deathstar — what were the odds!?Sheri — great idea.Ms Planner — I hadn’t thought of it that way, but wait ’til you hear the proposal story.


Ms. Planner April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

On his knees in front of you from day 1! I love it!What a great story. 14 years – wow, I can still feel the love flowing from the way you wrote this post.


Sheri April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

It’s a great story! Speaking of initiating…will you ever tell of the proposal to get married?


Deathstar April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Awwww, that’s so lovely. And rare in the theatah – straight, single and interested!


sarah April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

What a wonderful story!!


Julia April 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

What a ballsy lady you are. I like ballsy ladies.


jeni June 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

awwww. luzzy……. this is great:)))) i love it.


Barbara December 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

Fate sealed over a burrito – there’s a chic flick in the making. Fun!


Helene Bludman December 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

There’s a feel-good story! Sounds like he might have been looking at you (and not your sister) the whole time.


Sharon Greenthal December 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Blue eyes and a burrito. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Happy anniversary.


Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) December 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Fun story. I can see the street fair and the dialogue is right on!


Haralee December 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Sweet story! I like your question criteria!


Bonnie December 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

What a cute, funny, and smart story. Congratulations on finding the right one! I’m blessed as well, and thank my lucky stars every day!


Lois Alter Mark December 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

It all comes down to the burrito! You should send this to Chipotle to sponsor :)


Connie McLeod December 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Your story made me smile! love the blog hop


Darryle December 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Fun story and congrats on your 14th anniversary!!


Janie Emaus December 4, 2012 at 8:08 am

Sometimes I wish we could relive those first moments all over again.


Lynn Forbes December 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

Nothing a bit of humor and a good burrito can’t accomplish! Great story. Would love to see a photo of you two!


Lori Lavender Luz December 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Lynn Forbes December 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Handsome couple then and now.


Marci Rich December 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Love the detail in this wonderful story of girl-meets-boy-with-burrito! And happy anniversary!


Nasreen January 7, 2013 at 8:25 am

I love this :) My husband and I went on our first date to an improv comedy show. We were married on stage there 6 months later on Leap Year Day and now go back every 4 years to celebrate our anniversary. A sense of humor really is the best quality in anyone!


Kristi Rieger Campbell May 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

AWWWW! Love it! I wonder if it was a class going on while I was still there??


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