Yes, I know Shakespeare’s Juliet only had one T, and it is a little odd that the international spelling alphabet would use extraneous letters when its whole purpose is to make communication easier, but I didn’t save this post for Romeo because I didn’t have anything else for Juliett.
I saw the Baz Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet with my friend Jeremiah (another J name), who I had an enormous crush on at the time. I won a radio contest to go to a special preview showing and somehow got Jeremiah to go with me. You know how you tend to remember the most bizarre, seemingly meaningless things from your youth? I remember that before the showing began, the radio hosts did some Romeo and Juliet trivia questions with the audience. I answered one correctly and won a pillar candle, kind of like those religious ones that Walmart sells. And I remember clearly that we were sitting on the left side of the theater, about halfway down and I pushed my way out of my row and ran down the aisle like an ecstatic and slightly off-kilter Price is Right contestant to claim my prize.
Those are rather unusually specific memories, I think. Maybe it’s because I crushed on Jeremiah so long that that night is emblazoned in my memory. Nothing did ever happen between us. We were our own tale of star-crossed lovers. He was dating someone when we met, then when they broke up I was dating someone, and back and forth it went for three or four years. We became very good friends, though, and at one point when we both found ourselves single, we made out on the couch in my North Buffalo apartment. Also a very specific memory – I remember the configuration of the room, the pattern of the fabric on the sofa, all of it. But alas, it was too late for us. By then we had been platonic for so long that I just couldn’t do it. I felt like I was kissing my brother. I started giggling and pushed him away and that was the end of that. It’s just as well; we never would have worked out for a multitude of reasons. REDACTED
What else are people writing in the A to Z Blog Challenge? Check out today’s featured blog, sponsored by the letter J: Jamaica: Political Economy. I went to Jamaica with a friend last year. We rented a car and just drove around to see what we could see. We met some great people and had some unique experiences, but still, Jamaica is a country I know basically nothing about. This blog is informative and fascinating.