if i had the chance, i’d…

if i had the chance, i’d…

…take you to the beach, for the very first time. delight in watching your expressions change, as we got closer, and closer, to the sandy, seashore…the anticipation, the excitement, the wonder. seeing you sniff the salty air, and feel the warm sand, under your feet, and between your toes. walking in the tide, wading in, splashing, and jumping the waves. i’d show you how to look for agates, polished by the force of the waves, against the gritty sand. we’d collect shells, and sand dollars. waiting until the tide went out to it’s lowest point, i’d introduce you to the tidepools. i’d watch, as you held a spiny starfish for the first time, picked up a hermit crab, and let a sea anemone, close around your big toe…

…take you to the getty museum, nestled in the hills, above malibu, overlooking the pacific ocean. a scaled replica of an ancient roman villa, with fountains, and reflection pools, herb gardens, and statue gardens. inside are antiquities, from the ancient greeks, and romans… statues of marble and bronze…urns, bowls, and vessels. there are also frescoes, illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, reliefs, carvings, and jewelry. i’d watch as you took in your surroundings, both inside and out…sat down, and person watched. i’d enjoy hearing about the things that you liked, that made an impression on you…

…take you to thanh thao for your, first experience, eating vietnamese food. i’d pour you a cup of hot tea, while watching you peruse the extensive menu. knowing that you are an adventurous eater, i’d ask you if you were okay with me ordering for us. if so, i would order, hot and sour soup, vegetarian spring rolls, pad thai with barbequed pork, cashew beef, mushroom chicken, pineapple fried rice, and coconut ice cream, with sliced mangoes for desert. i would enjoy hearing your feedback, about what you liked, and what you didn’t…

…take you to the world famous, san diego zoo, for your first zoo visit. we would see the beautiful flamingos, as we walked in. i’d show you my favorite animals…the giant tortoises, the gila monsters, the polar bears, the tigers, the elephants, the giraffes, the ostriches, the penguins, and the bats…and then, you could show me yours. if you felt adventurous, and daring…i’d walk you through the snake house, holding your hand. we could snack on cotton candy, and frozen bananas. our last stop, would be by the gorilla enclosure, not in front of, but to the side…where we could sit down, and watch as the gorillas threw poop, at tourists…

…take you to portland, for first thursday. on first thursday, all the museums, and galleries, have their doors open for free, offer food, and drinks…the city becomes one big, art walk…patrons walk from one opening to the next. i’d watch your face light up, when you saw something, that you liked…listen, as you asked questions of the artists, who congregate expressing, and sharing ideas, amongst themselves, and with patrons. everyone is welcomed, many different types of art, and artwork, are represented. there are even lesser known, and outsider artists, selling their pieces, in the streets. the people watching, and photo ops are endless. i would be curious to know, what you thought, of the experience…

…take you for a walk along the waterfront, around the san diego harbor. show you the star of india. we could watch the fishermen haul in their catches. then, we could hop on a ferry, and ride it across the harbor, and you could see the beautiful, san diego skyline. i’d see your smile, and feel you sitting next to me. then, the ferry would stop on coronado island, home of the hotel del coronado. we would stay at the hotel del, for a few nights. we would dress nicely, and have dinner, in the grand ballroom. afterwards, we could walk on the beach, sit down, listen to the ocean, lay back, and count the stars. i would listen to the sound of your voice, as you told me, what’s on your bucket list, and where you would like to travel to. once back at the hotel, we could conduct our own paranormal, investigations, going to the most haunted spots in, and around the hotel…

…take you to the portland saturday market. i’d hold your hand, and let you lead me, to whatever you wanted to look at. saturday market, is where all things on one side, are hand crafted by artisans. things like: stained, and fused glass, woodcarving, blown glass, photography, watercolor, drawing, painting, homemade candy, bread, cookies, dog treats, knit goods, sculptures, wood cut prints, tie dye, furniture, etc. on the other side, are vendors selling pre-made wares such as: t-shirts, jewelry, sunglasses, glass pipes, and bongs, yak hats from nepal, paper lanterns, pocket knives, etc. there are street performers everywhere…sword swallowers, magicians, fire breathers, comedians, bands, singers, portland’s own elvis, etc. it is a great place for people watching, and photo ops…there is the silver man, the punx, the clowns, the furry bunny man, the crazy, the homeless, and the balloon animal makers. in the middle is the skidmore fountain, and the food carts. you can get whatever you are hankering for: british pasties, german pancakes, thai pho, hungarian goulash, indian curry, polish pierogies, mexican tamales, chinese egg rolls, as well as, elephant ears, carmelitas, ice cream cones, baklava, donuts (from voodoo donuts), corndogs and pizza. you never know who’ll you’ll run into…friends, family, famous people…all go, all run-ins are possible. afterwards, i would ask you what you thought, ask you, if you’d go back, and listen intently…

…take you to el indio, in san diego, on india street. where you could order anything that your heart desired…and it’s all good!! i’d witness you eyeballing the menu, and would answer whatever questions that you had. everything is made right then, and there, as you wait…the tortillas, corn and flour, masa, salsa, frijoles, tamales, mini mortaditas, carne asada, carnitas, taquitos, chile relenos, burritos, tacos, chimichangas, quesadillas, buenellos, and churros. everything is exceptional…

…take you to club bombay. it was the very first, lesbian bar, that i ever went to, at age, twenty-three. it is a few blocks down, india street, from el indio. it is an indoor/outdoor bar…always hopping, always great for people watching, a place to meet your friends, and dance, drink, play pool, play darts, pick tunes on the jukebox, and talk…loudly. i’d listen intently, as you whispered, something funny, into my ear. turning towards you, i’d see your smiling eyes, and feel warm, all over. we’d order whiskey sours, from the bartenders who are easy on the eyes, friendly, talkative, and flirty. the drinks are potent, and plentiful. great atmosphere, a community, within a community…

…take you camping, on the beautiful, oregon coast, at cape lookout, outside of tillamook…home of the tillamook cheese factory…land of the happiest cows on earth. we could camp in a yurt, overlooking the beach, with a path down to it…gather wood, and have a big bonfire, on the beach, at night, and i would listen to you tell me stories, about your life, and adventures. during the day, we could take a tour of the cheese factory, sample the different kinds of cheese, buy cheese curds, and eat ice cream…

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