Last round part 2: Mikey and Rebecca

Although I spent my last post reflecting on my last round of drinks in Spokane, I felt like I left something out. See I must confess that my going away party wasn’t the last drink I had consumed in Spokane. I had actually spent part of a Sunday afternoon with my friends Mikey and Rebecca.

As I was finishing my draft of Kokannee on Friday, Rebecca sent me a message saying her and Mikey wanted to see me before I left Spokane. I went to their house where Mikey had just arrived home from working at McDonalds, which is where I first met him several years ago when he worked maintance. During my times working mornings and on shipments, I built a friendship with Mikey that took off. I had met Rebecca when Mikey brought her to a birthday party. Although we didn’t talk much at first, Rebecca and I have grown close.

We’ve spent crappy times together, like a failed “guys night out” that ended up with him vomiting on his bathroom and me pouring out a bottle of Johnny Walker Red Label in honor of the passing of Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Note I was not drunk, just irritated … I have since made it up to Mr. Walker.

However, we have also had some great times together. There was a night where I went with him, Rebecca and our friend Christina. For my first time playing BlackJack, I walked away with $50 more than when I started playing. Part of it was that it was Mikey’s money while another factor was a good luck kiss from Christina.

I also had the honor of being a groomsman at their wedding, something that I will always cherish.

After some small talk with Mikey, we went to his backyard where he had built a bar. We consumed some drinks – from the leftover alcohol that was leftover from a bachelorette party Rebecca had hosted the night before.

Once we were done with drinks, we went inside and watched “How I Met Your Mother.” Similar to the night before, Mikey and Rebecca talked about coming to visit me in Wolf Point. As we watched TV, they both drifted off to sleep, her head on his shoulder while their arms intertwined.

Prior to dozing off, Rebecca had commented how they were “boring” for not wanting to go out. I told her that they weren’t boring at all. Although many people go to bars or clubs to celebrate and have fun, there are some who go out because they are lonely and want some kind of interaction with people, whether it is a one-night stand or just someone to talk to.

What Mikey and Rebecca have are special and when I saw them sleeping on the couch, I realized that I too want that someday.


About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.

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