Pauley and I both worked for our small (population less than 20,000) town’s major employer and we knew each other casually, but our friendship really began in 1996. In that year we both moved up to jobs in Administration and found ourselves in the same department with the same challenging boss. Her pseudonym will be CB. The C could stand for words other than “challenging” but I will leave that to your imagination.
CB’s first order of business was to move me and Pauley into the same office. As the department head, she wanted and needed a private office. Perfectly understandable. No problem. But then she pulled us away from our assigned work duties and insisted that we spend a whole day moving furniture and file cabinets and arranging our new digs to her specifications. She topped the day off by gifting us with a large scary plant (tree?) as an “office warming present.” At some point during this process,Pauley and I exchanged an“is she crazy or what?” look and our bonding began. The initial bond quickly grew into a very strong, deep and supportive friendship. From CB’s point of view it probably looked more like an unholy alliance.
We quickly discovered that we had a lot in common: the same astrological sign, twenty year marriages, the stress of raising teenagers, similar political views, similar family backgrounds and of course, the same love of 60s music. I was properly impressed by the large framed Beatles poster on the wall above her desk and she told me that she had been in love with Paul McCartney since she was five years old. I would soon discover that this was only the tip of the iceberg. She also spoke of having a Beatle Room at her house (more on that later) and the fact that she sent Paul a birthday card every year.
So, that was the beginning of what turned out to be our second teenagerhood. Not all fun and games but definitely a lot more interesting than the first time around. I am currently working on a list and deciding which adventures to write about first. They will not be in chronological order. Next chapter soon.