Last Christmas was a really rough year for me. My long-term girl friend and I broke up. My mom passed away (my dad several years before) and I got transferred for my job. I was in Rhode Island and I didn’t know a damn person except for the few people I’d met at work. My apartment was still bare with only a bed and a TV because I didn’t have time to furnish it properly yet. I didn’t even know my neighborhood really well so I had no idea where I should go eat or where would be a good place to meet people. I was too old for bars anyway.
I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself. So, last year at Christmas I spent the days I had off sitting in my apartment, eating pizza and watching Netflix by myself and wondering where on earth my life was going.
This year? It’s a different story.
The first part of 2017 kind of sucked. But eventually, I started making some moves towards making some friends. One of the best moves I made was stopping at Rhode Island Dolls in Woonsocket, RI. I’d been out in Woonsocket for a business meeting. By the time the meeting got out (what a long day) I was starving. Normally, I would have gone through the drive through at a fast food joint but to be honest I was sick of fast food. One of the guys at work had mentioned Rhode Island Dolls and said they had really good food. I saw the sign out of the corner of my eye and pulled into the parking lot on a whim.
Now, strip joints weren’t usually the kind of place I hung out at. Sure, I’d been to a few. What guy hasn’t? But I’d gone with buddies for a bachelor party. I’d never gone to one by myself before. So, I actually sat in my car for a good 5 minutes before I got out and went inside.
Soon as I stepped through the doors, I was glad I had. There was something different about the place.
I grabbed a seat at the bar, ordered a drink, and asked for a menu. I was surprised at the diversity of the food options. I didn’t think that gentlemen’s clubs would have much to offer to eat but there were lots of choices. There were burgers and pizza, appetizers and main courses. And steak! I hadn’t had a steak in a while since I’d been eating so much fast food. So, that’s what I ordered.
While I waited, I looked around. There were other guys like me that were there by themselves and there were some tables with multiple people at them. There was even a table where there were a few women. One of the guys at the bar started chatting with me. It was nice to have a casual conversation for a change – something that didn’t focus around work.
My food came and I dived in. And I have to say that was one of the best steaks I’ve had in a long time. It was juicy and cooked to perfection and the fries that came with it were home made and crispy, just the way I liked them.
As I ate, I talked to the guy at the bar and then a couple more men came in and we had a good conversation about baseball and who was going to get into the World Series.
Then, a dancer came on the stage. The guys invited me to come and sit with them at the front, so I finished my food and joined them.
Well, this was unlike any other stripper I’d seen before. She was beautiful and sensual, and she really knew how to move. She was a professional that’s for sure!
After that first trip to Rhode Island Dolls, I started to go there more often – whenever I had a chance really. I made friends. And I really enjoyed the dancers.
So, this Christmas Eve, I won’t be alone. I’ll be at the RI Dolls Annual Customer Appreciation Christmas Eve party, hanging out with people I like and beautiful girls. It’s a hell of a lot better than sitting in an empty apartment with pizza and Netflix, I’ll tell you that much. But knowing that I have people to be with and a place to go has made it so that I don’t even miss my old life anymore. Yes, I miss my parents at this time of the year but the ex? Well, I don’t miss her at all!