4 years ago, I worked for the SJU Baseball team. I had become friends with a few of the players and we would routinely chat on AIM (remember AIM?!) in the evenings while watching baseball or CSI or whatever.
4 years ago tonight, my friend Ryan came over to watch the Phillies game with me. I didn’t have cable at the time but the game was against the (stupid effing) Braves so we were going to watch it on TBS. When he arrived, we sat at opposite ends of my couch and turned on TBS only to find out that it was blacked out. Oops. It was a Saturday night so I suggested, half-jokingly, that we watch the Family Channel because there was a 3 hour block of Gilmore Girls on! Expecting him to be like, thanks but no thanks, he said, “Whatever you want to do is fine.” I kind of didn’t believe him cause, like, he was there with the expectation of watching baseball and was now okay with watching the Gilmore Girls? I put it on expecting him to come clean that he really had no intention of sitting through 1 let alone 3 episodes of GG. But he stayed. And we watched. And watched.
At some point my brother called and we talked for a few minutes and I mentioned that I wanted to watch the game but it was blacked out and he said, “I think it’s on channel 9 tonight.” I changed the channel to see and, sure enough, there was the Phillies game. On my TV. We had already watched a good deal of chick TV but Ryan just chuckled.
That night we also walked around the corner to Pat’s Steaks and had our first cheese steak together. The guy at the counter was chit-chatting with me and referred to Ryan as my boyfriend which he so totally wasn’t and I looked at him like, “uhhh, I can ignore that if you can.” But he was unfazed and not freaked out at all. I obviously didn’t know Ryan very well as he is generally unfazed and not freaked out at all, but at the time I was relieved because I was having fun hanging out and I didn’t want that to send him backing away like, “Ew we’re not ‘together’ dude!”
After we came back, we ate our cheese steaks on my corrugated board coffee table and flipped back and forth between GG and Phils v. Braves. It was super fun and the first of many baseball games and Gilmore Girls episodes we would watch together.
Happy Cheese Steak-iversary, Hoagey Bear. I heart you!