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Valentine Story

50 years ago today. I decided to share this story with you all. I have been posting since 2000. A bit from my blog.

It was Valentine's Day 1972 and I decided that this would be an appropriate day to tell Mark that I loved him. We were even more broke than usual and we had been spending time at Donna's apartment. I went out into the freezing Minneapolis weather to find something for Mark for Valentine's day. A tall order since I only had a couple of bucks. I am afraid that what I ended up doing was not very romantic or healthy. I haven't mentioned this before but Mark and I were both cigarette smokers. We were over a pack a day each. If you have ever been a smoker you know that being out of cigarettes is a bitch. So, I bought him 3 packs of Terrytons. I wish this was a more romantic story, but there it is. He was on Donna's bed and appeared to be sleeping. I put the cigarettes on the bed stand and climbed onto the bed next to him. I spooned with him and felt him stir. I snuggled up to him and again whispered in his ear. "I love you Mark", "I know you can hear me." He didn't respond but I knew I had gotten the message across. He later admitted that he had heard me, but he was scared. It would be a few days before I received his response. A very long few days. We drifted off to sleep.

by Anonymousreply 60January 24, 2023 4:47 PM

2000 was 50 years ago?

by Anonymousreply 1February 14, 2022 10:08 PM

[quote]2000 was 50 years ago?

R1 is supposed to be cunty, not incredibly fucking stupid.

by Anonymousreply 2February 14, 2022 10:12 PM

R2 Are you bad at English or math? Or both?

by Anonymousreply 3February 14, 2022 10:13 PM

This is cigarette advertising.

by Anonymousreply 4February 14, 2022 10:14 PM

God I hate cigarettes

by Anonymousreply 5February 14, 2022 10:16 PM

Is there a part 2?

by Anonymousreply 6February 14, 2022 10:16 PM

This EST is missing the elaborate part. 2/10

by Anonymousreply 7February 14, 2022 10:21 PM

Damn, I thought Mark was going to be dead.

by Anonymousreply 8February 14, 2022 10:23 PM

Which one of you farted?

by Anonymousreply 9February 14, 2022 10:25 PM

^ The rightful r1.

by Anonymousreply 10February 14, 2022 10:25 PM

Sounds like a bad cigarette commercial from when advertising them was still legal.

by Anonymousreply 11February 14, 2022 11:27 PM

It’s Valentine’s Day. Time to shove my fingers up my asshole!

by Anonymousreply 12February 14, 2022 11:39 PM

I have many stories from our first year together. All in a blog I wrote 10 yrs ago. Not an EST and I can prove it, but won’t waste my time. We were 20 and moved from the Midwest to SF in 1972.

by Anonymousreply 13February 14, 2022 11:41 PM

Was it like McMillan & Wife?

by Anonymousreply 14February 14, 2022 11:47 PM

Actually, it was a wonderful adventure. The Castro was still Visitation Valley and Polk St. was where the action was.

by Anonymousreply 15February 14, 2022 11:50 PM

You’ve come a long way, baby.

by Anonymousreply 16February 14, 2022 11:53 PM

The brand of cigarettes was spelled "Tareyton."

I don't know if that means this is an EST or not.

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by Anonymousreply 17February 14, 2022 11:54 PM

What the hell is Terrytons? Do you mean Tareyton?

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by Anonymousreply 18February 14, 2022 11:54 PM

And then Dionne W came in and snatched them away and cancelled her concert due to a bomb threat. The End.

by Anonymousreply 19February 14, 2022 11:55 PM

Did you toss your hat in the air like Mary?

by Anonymousreply 20February 14, 2022 11:55 PM

I don't get it. Would someone explain?

by Anonymousreply 21February 15, 2022 12:00 AM

R18…Actually, Tareyton 100s, so sue me!

by Anonymousreply 22February 15, 2022 12:02 AM

Later Mark woke up. I said to him, "Did you hear what I said to you earlier?" Mark opened his mouth to answer but all he could do was cough and cough from all those cigarettes. As he continued to cough, his smoky breath hit my face. "Mmmmmm" I thought. "There is literally nothing on this planet that is sexier than cigarette breath." When Mark finally stopped coughing and was fully awake, he said to me "Did you really mean it?". I looked at him tenderly and opened my mouth to respond, but all I could do was hack up half a lung in a coughing fit from all the cigarettes I had smoked that day. "Mmmm", he said to me. "Baby, I don't know what [cough cough] you're about to tell me, but [cough cough] I can totally smell your sexy cigarette breath [cough cough] blasting in my face." We stopped trying to talk and started to kiss, but all we ended up doing was coughing into each other's mouths. "Mmmm", we both tried to say. "Sexy cigarette breath!" Then I kissed his hand. "Mmmm!" I said to him. "Your fingers reek of cigarettes!" Then we coughed and fucked and coughed and fucked.

by Anonymousreply 23February 15, 2022 12:08 AM

[quote]R2 Are you bad at English or math? Or both?

Explain how I'm wrong, moron.

by Anonymousreply 24February 15, 2022 12:09 AM

R23…very clever. Time well spent. We both quit smoking shortly thereafter.

by Anonymousreply 25February 15, 2022 12:15 AM

Around 50 years ago on Valentine’s Day, Oliver bought Jenny cigarettes as a gift.

And then, she died.

by Anonymousreply 26February 15, 2022 12:17 AM

Was this your wedding song?

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by Anonymousreply 27February 15, 2022 12:18 AM

R2…1972 was 50 yrs ago. I have been posting on DL since 2000. Does that clear it up?

by Anonymousreply 28February 15, 2022 12:19 AM

[quote]R2…1972 was 50 yrs ago. I have been posting on DL since 2000. Does that clear it up?

I think you meant to address that to the moron at R1.

by Anonymousreply 29February 15, 2022 12:25 AM

Not sure why that was confusing to anyone with reading comprehension skills…

by Anonymousreply 30February 15, 2022 12:26 AM

R29…my apologies. You are correct.

by Anonymousreply 31February 15, 2022 12:26 AM

Don’t leave us hanging Joe. Are you and Mark still together?

by Anonymousreply 32February 15, 2022 12:34 AM

Yes. Happily!

by Anonymousreply 33February 15, 2022 12:35 AM

The story needs a strong hint about Mark's response. Otherwise it just stops. We would also like to know if he enjoyed the cigarettes, whether he loved the author or not. I mean we can sort of figure out they became a couple but its not at all clear.

by Anonymousreply 34February 15, 2022 12:39 AM

It feels like the story just suddenly ended. What happened next? Are you trying to do a "cliffhanger" OP? Will this delightful story continue tomorrow afternoon? Maybe it should be a soap called "As the Cigarette Burns".

by Anonymousreply 35February 15, 2022 12:45 AM

That’s wonderful, Joe.

May the two of you celebrate many more years together.

by Anonymousreply 36February 15, 2022 12:47 AM

I was half expecting a set of hair combs and a watch fob.

by Anonymousreply 37February 15, 2022 12:51 AM

OP, I love this, and that you're still together!

And the song choice isn't snide, your story just made me think of it. Happy Valentine's Day!

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by Anonymousreply 38February 15, 2022 1:07 AM

Shall I post more? I have more than a hundred. All are short.

by Anonymousreply 39February 15, 2022 1:10 AM

Would have worked better as a Folger's ad.

by Anonymousreply 40February 15, 2022 1:12 AM

[quote]Shall I post more? I have more than a hundred. All are short.

Dear God in Heaven, NO!

by Anonymousreply 41February 15, 2022 1:21 AM

Let me get a mug of Folgers ready to cradle, then post more.

by Anonymousreply 42February 15, 2022 1:22 AM

I would never smoke. Apparently it makes your semen bitter.

by Anonymousreply 43February 15, 2022 1:24 AM

[quote]Shall I post more? I have more than a hundred. All are short.

Thanks, Joe, but we have sufficient.

by Anonymousreply 44February 15, 2022 1:25 AM

R19 the bomb threat worked. Dionne left the area. That was their plan.

by Anonymousreply 45February 15, 2022 1:43 AM

R37? That's the best laugh I've had all day!

I'd propose marriage, but I'm a lesbian.

by Anonymousreply 46February 15, 2022 2:00 AM

On second thought, Joe, You might try submitting to the New York Times for inclusion in their Tiny Love Stories series (short tales of 100 words or less).

Good luck; make us proud.

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by Anonymousreply 47February 15, 2022 2:01 AM

I might flash my pubic hair

by Anonymousreply 48February 15, 2022 2:03 AM

This thread is like DL’s days of yore.

by Anonymousreply 49February 15, 2022 2:09 AM

U-Haul or Budget, R46?😘

by Anonymousreply 50February 15, 2022 2:09 AM

What a lovely Valentines Day memory. Now die in a grease fire.

by Anonymousreply 51February 15, 2022 2:34 AM

In 1972 just about everyone I met smoked and drank a lot. Bars were so full of smoke your eyes would sting. That’s the way it was in midwestern gay bars. Filthy habit.

by Anonymousreply 52February 15, 2022 2:50 AM

Joe, rewrite the story so it has the appropriate mysterious ending but also sense of complete anecdote.

by Anonymousreply 53February 15, 2022 5:06 AM

R28. My question whether you were bad at math or English was rhetorical I assumed it was just badly written.

by Anonymousreply 54February 15, 2022 7:16 AM

Yesterday. I’m apologising now for going over your head. I have been amuses since midday by your sentence by sentence shifts across decades.

by Anonymousreply 55February 15, 2022 10:29 AM

Joe @ r15, I think you meant to say that The Castro was still part of The Mission, not Vis. Valley.

Do you still live in the Bay Area? Where did you and Mark end up living?

This is a wonderful story. Sadly, my partner and I still smoke cigarettes.

by Anonymousreply 56December 23, 2022 6:05 PM

Thank you, Joe! I’ve been hoping you’d share your blog. Were both you and Mark dancers? Much love coming your way.

by Anonymousreply 57December 23, 2022 6:12 PM

Joe, please share some stories of your career in the dance world.

by Anonymousreply 58December 23, 2022 6:20 PM

Joe has left the building.

by Anonymousreply 59January 24, 2023 4:33 PM

[quote]I have many stories from our first year together. All in a blog I wrote 10 yrs ago.

I would say get a bog, but OP did and still felt the need to post here.

by Anonymousreply 60January 24, 2023 4:47 PM
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