“….Please contact the blog author …”
I wish I could! You see she left this world on March 09, 2011 and I can’t seem to delete her blog, even though I no longer have access because she isn’t here to moderate her posts.
I met her in 1997 at the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office. She was leaving to go to Weber County and I was taking her spot … she actually gave me her badge on her way out the door. We worked together only one day at Box Elder but our futures would be intertwined.
Come to find out numerous cops rely on rumor for truth, and the stories about Jewel had me scared of her when I was finally hired at Weber County. I actually avoided her in the beginning, but that all changed when we were sent to training together, sharing a hotel room in St. George.
I’m an ass clown. I’ll admit it. I like to break the ice with humor and I didn’t change that tactic with this beautiful Polynesian co-worker.
After settling in the hotel room I wanted to take a bath and freshen up, I was sweaty from the heat of Southern Utah roasting me in my long car ride. I entered the bathroom, started up the tub, while Jewel was meticulously unpacking her bags.
It was unreal how put together this woman was. I had my overstuffed bag of cosmetics; deodorant, make-up and other potions flopped out on the counter. She had unpacked her toiletrie bag and everything had a set place on the counter. Hairbrush, then face lotion, next to the body lotion, next to the cosmetics. It was in order of use. This was in major contrast to my sporadic, uncoordinated way of getting through life.
As I undressed I could hear her unpacking her bag of clothing and actually hanging up her clothes. I had no fucking idea people actually used those closets. I had assumed, up until this point, that everyone was like me and lived out of her bag for the few days you were thrown into key card living. This made her interesting and uptight in my hastily formed opinion.
The bath was full of hot water and just right to relax my aching muscles. Feet first, sit down and slip back, letting my face submerge in the water. I slowly lift my head out of the water, like a mermaid breeching the water and close my eyes and begin to think. Bath time for me is the best time for thinking. On this day I couldn’t help but concentrate on breaking the ice with a co-worker I knew nothing about. Should I start out with a little chit chat about work? Boring! How about recent social events in the news? What am I thinking, I hardly keep up with world events and if she was the worldly type her assumption would be that I was a complete idiot (perhaps I was at that age.) All the while I kept hearing the light clinking noise of hangers being hung in the small box otherwise known as a closet.
My mind wondered and I opened my eyes too be greeted again with marvel in the line up Jewel had created on the bathroom counter. I glanced at my mess next to hers and it hit me … I didn’t bring my damn lotion!
That’s it! That’s how I’ll open the door to conversation. But how does one go about asking an essential stranger to borrow something? Will she think I’m weird to be asking to use her stuff without knowing one another? Will she assume that I’m just a person without boundaries? Fuck I hate being a girl sometimes!
No, I’d take the path of humor and to this day I’m glad I did!
While lying naked in the tub I mustered up the sultriest voice I could and said, “Heyyyy Jewwwwel.” At this point a smile spread across my face and it took everything I had not to laugh. You see once those words, drenched in sex, came out of my mouth that light clicking noise of clothes IMMEDIATELY stopped and a very unsure and shaky voice answered with, “yeah??” One thing I knew about Jewel is that she was a strong, and obviously, well put together person and I had just thrown her for a loop. Once that shaky response was given I changed tactics. With a voice that can only be described as “Barbiesk” with all the perkiness of a cheerleading squad, I said, “Can I borrow your lotion.” You heard the relief in her voice. I heard her sigh and she responded, in much the same voice as mine, “of course you can.” That’s all it took. That one moment of ass clownery changed our whole dynamic.
I let the water out of the tub, draped a towel around my body and walked towards the counter, spying all the delicious flavors of lotion to choose from.