East Rock sunset with Tammy Pham. But there is no sun. Also, we hike up what is basically a cliff face covered in snow only to arrive at the wrong East Rock. There are two. Ours has several boulders, but no benches. A jogger appears soon after, sees us talking, startles, and bolts. Finally, when the no-sun not-sets, we hike down again. My bike will not unlock and our fingers are too numb to open it. After ten minutes of this, a man walks down the sidewalk. He looks like Paul Bloom.
“Paul Bloom?” I say, hoping that it is indeed Paul Bloom because nothing else needs to go wrong on this day.
“Wow! I… was in your lecture last semester.”
“My bike is stuck.”
“Oh my. I don’t have anything sharp enough to cut that, I’m afraid.”
“…do you live around here?”
“You’re parked in front of my house.”
At this point, Tammy cries out in victory and the lock springs open. Forgetting Paul Bloom, I embrace her and tell her I love her and release her and Paul Bloom is watching impassively.
“Well,” I finally say. “That was a stroke of luck! Have a nice evening.”
“You, too,” he says, and strolls off into the twilight.
This was my evening. I’m still trying to believe any of it.