On February 15, 2012 by Eden M. Kennedy

In March of 1995 I was sitting at the bar of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens reading James Crumley’s The Last Good Kiss when in walked Jack.

I had just broken up with a guy and was telling myself I wanted to be alone for at least two years before I even thought about dating again.

Michael Jordan had just had a 55-point game against the Knicks, and there were two commercials I liked at the time: one had Louis Armstrong singing “A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” and the other was a Jaguar spot that used Etta James singing “At Last.”

“I like that song,” I said one day a few weeks later, sitting on my couch watching a Lakers game with Jack. The next night he came into the bookstore where I worked and handed me a CD.

“See ya ’round campus,” he said, and walked off.

The bookstore had a café attached, and in the afternoons Jack would come there with his friend Dave after they got off work. They were building a house on Bath Street and would sit at a table on the sidewalk, their t-shirts and shorts and boots covered in sawdust, drinking Heineken.

My manager, Leslee, and I peeked out the front window at him. “Nice legs,” she said.

A few weeks later Jack and I slow danced to “A Sunday Kind of Love” at Jimmy’s while Willy closed up the bar and Dave sat slumped in a booth watching us. “I need a girlfriend,” he sighed.

Dave has a wife and three kids now.

Happy the Day After Valentine’s Day, when all hidden meanings are revealed.



14 Responses to “Belatedly”

  • But….but…what happened between him walking into Jimmy’s and sitting on your couch watching a Lakers game?

  • I am still reeling from your extreme youthfulness, evidenced by the fact that it was 1995 and he said “See ya ’round campus.”
    But also? So nice to see a post that is all about being happy about someone.

  • I love a good romantic story.

  • This post is redeaming Jack for me since the whole post of yesterday. I have still not gotten that image erased from my memory.

    • It will be there forever….. You’re welcome, and happy belated Valentines Day

  • Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens. Etta James. Willy. The nostalgia is killing me. Tell me you were working at the Earthling and this will make the perfect SB romance.

  • A lot of romances started at Jimmy’s, but your memory for detail is amazing. Now if we sat Jack down, would have tell the same story? Yeah, now that I think about it, he probably would, but it would sound more like Humphrey Bogarts voice, “I walked into a smoky bar and there she was…” Ah, love.

  • This is belatedly replying to your belatedly, but …. You guys are living proof that my mom never knew what she was talking about. She told me: “Never get married to a guy you met in a bar.”

    Happy marriage, you.

  • I’ve been assuming Jack is fabulous because otherwise how could he get you? The dude obviously had serious game.

    That’s a good meeting and falling for story. Cinematic!

  • How many children have been birthed as a direct result of Jimmy’s? Damn, I can think of three right off the bat..