Sometimes life’s adventures really knock my socks off.
Travel with me back to November 4th, 2009.
(PS – This next part of the story is really personal, but I’m definitely way past it, so no worries. Plus, it helps set the stage for the rest of it…)
My boyfriend of almost 3 years had just dropped me off at the airport. I was en route to Las Vegas for a week to attend a business conference. I had never been before and wasn’t all that interested in the location, but was looking forward to the conference.
He and I were on really rocky terms at that point, and I could feel the end of our relationship almost inevitable, but our last conversation before I left town was one that promised he’d go to therapy.
Unfortunately, he made choices with another female later that night that ultimately ended our relationship.
I found this all out just two days after I had arrived in Vegas.
Imagine finding out the WORST type of betrayal when you’re out of town. Horrible! Helpless!
Naturally, I was devastated.
Crying, sobbing in the middle of the Palazzo hallway at 2am because I didn’t want to wake my roomie I was bunking with during the conference (as totally understanding and comforting as she was). For hours and hours I bawled, trying to understand what I had just found out.
But, in my true figure-it-out fashion, and after ditching day 3 and 4 of the conference by staying in bed, I finally pulled myself together enough to get some fresh air down in the casino that next evening. After all, I was staying in a suite at the Palazzo and it was my first time ever in Vegas. Might as well make some good use of it.
I accompanied a girlfriend of mine from the conference at the roulette table. I don’t gamble so I sat there watching, mildly entertained.
At one point, a tall white guy with a friendly face and confident demeanor came and sat down next to me.
He places three crispy one-hundred dollar bills down on the table and gets himself in the game.
He strikes up small talk with us as they all played.
His name is Alex.
And he’s winning.
And winning some more.
Aaaannnd some more!
Dang! Homey is lucky! Or good. Or both.
He’s actually really funny and charming and eventually offers to buy both of us a drink at the piano bar nearby.
We are now quite entertained by our new friend and so we leave Roulette and make our way to a table to continue more conversation.
Eventually, my girlfriend says it’s getting late and heads back to her room.
I’m left there with Alex and we stay awhile longer. The chatting turns to flirting and then I gather what is obvious interest from him.
Due to my VERY recent devastation, I candidly pump the brakes. I tell him I’m a total mess, my boyfriend had just cheated on me and he doesn’t want to have to deal with that.
Who would?! Talk about a rebound sitch!
But he doesn’t care. He’s really interested. And totally shocked and almost angry that any man would EVER consider doing me wrong like that! WTH?!
And/or totally wants to have a random hook up in Vegas. Not that THAT’S ever happened with people in Sin City before. *sarcasm* (Either way, it’s too early to tell Mr. Alex’s intentions.)
I’m due to leave to go back to LA soon, and the week was coming to a close. He asks me when I’m coming back to Vegas because he travels there for his business all the time. Strangely enough I have tentative plans to be back that next week for another conference. I still had to figure some things out, so I was on the fence.
He invites me up to his suite for drinks but I politely decline. I had so much going on in my mind at that point and being the classy-ish lady that I am, I don’t think it’s a good idea to stay with a stranger, so yeah, no, thanks.
He’s cool with that and I get no extra pressure or begging. A gentleman.
He walks me to the bank of gold elevators, pretty sure he kisses me, and then says, “I’d REALLY love to see you again next week. Please consider it.”
Shortly thereafter, I was on a plane back to the City of Angels.
What a whirlwind trip.
My mind was reeling.
As much as I had felt someone had physically ripped my heart out of my chest, this angel type of a guy came along the last part of the trip and made me feel wanted, important, adored.
There was no denying we had a special connection, either. During our chat we had found so many things we had in common, and already had WAY more similarities than my
current ex-boyfriend of mine.
I arrive home on Saturday AM, lug my suitcase into my room, and crash on my bed.
Not much later, my phone rings.
He can’t stop thinking about me and wishes I had never left.
By then I had figured out I was definitely going to attend the other conference that next week and had already booked a flight back out on Monday. I had no plans for the weekend but to rest.
He’s glad to find out I’ll be back soon, but not ok with waiting the 48 hours to see me.
“So change my ticket for me then,” I tell him, chuckling to myself on the phone.
No way is some guy I just met going to pay to change my flight info. I had plans to be back shortly anyways!
“Send me your itinerary and I’ll do it,” he says. “We can spend the weekend together. You’ll have the best time.”
This dude is serious!
“Really?! But I literally just got off the plane from Vegas and you want me to come right back?”
Well, folks, I’m sure you can guess where this story goes.
I thought, “What the hell…” and grabbed my suitcase.
A few short hours later, I was flying back to Vegas.
The story continues…