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Thursday, June 01, 2006


I hadn't talked to Joey for a couple of weeks.

"So what have you been up to?"

"Not much," I said. I went over a couple of the more interesting events that had gone on in the last couple of weeks. I mentioned HA.

"How's she doing?"

"Good, she's still in Italy. It sucks."

"She's the one you went to the nude beach with, right?"


He paused unnaturally.

"Hey--did Madge go with you?"


"Your sister told me you guys went to a nude beach together and she got topless and you got naked."


(Twenty seconds of loud laughing.) "No! NO! You did NOT go to the nude beach with your sister!"

"Yes, I did."

(Fifteen seconds of loud laughing. His eyes are obviously tearing up.) "What the hell? If I saw my sister naked I'd kill myself!"

"It's not like we were--"

"Did you rub her down with oil?"

"Shut the fuck up. It's not like we were playing nude beach volleyball or something."

(Laughter) "Damn!"

"Honestly, you have to understand. I didn't go there with the intention of getting naked, but when everyone--not just the gay guys--is naked, it's weirder not to be naked than it is to be naked."

"I'm just picturing--(eight seconds of muffled laughter)--I'm just picturing you two, like, frolicking around--(more laughter)"

"Honestly, I didn't even see anything. At one point when I was swimming way out, I think I saw out of the corner of my eye that she had taken her top off, but I didn't see anything."

"Did she see you? (chuckle)"


"Nah, she said she didn't. I asked her. She said she didn't look."

"I guess that's good."

"I mean I was just--(burst of laughter, attempt to regain control, another burst of laughter)--hold on, I have to pull the car over or I'm gonna kill myself."

"Take your time."

"OK. (Time passes.) Well, that doesn't sound that bad."

"Nah, it wasn't."