April 29: The Night of my 21st Birthday

Last updated on April 12, 2016

Number-29This is now over twenty years ago.  I have had exactly twice as many birthdays now.

The setting is Deep Ellum.  I am living in the old Dave’s Art Pawn Shop.  We have the entire shop, including the main floor, the mezzanine, and the loft upstairs.

I have a custom-made dress – black brocade, floor-length fish-tail hobble skirt and Victorian-style long-sleeve top with Mandarin collar.

I am having a huge “house” party with kegs, bands, and a BDSM demonstration, as it is also the “grand opening celebration” for my new business.

Things are in full swing, and I take a moment to pop out for a bit, walking a couple of blocks down the street to a bar (that’s probably not even there anymore, we know how Deep Ellum is).  I order a rum and coke just because I can, take a sip, leave it on the bar with a generous tip, and go back to the party.

The rest is (gratefully) muddled and lost in the depths of memories.  I only remember that that was the high point of the evening.  Everyone got paid, I broke even, and then I got up the next morning to go to work.


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