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MAR 2017

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hatsforhopelouisville.org LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 37 When he texted later that night — My bad dude Hahahaha! Sorry about myself — I was too sad and cowardly, and even stung with a strange sense that he had be- trayed both of us, to text back till the next morning: Hahaha Dude, no worries. e nap is king! And over the next few weeks, I went to Bistro 1860 and sat at the bar and we laughed, like always, till people glanced at us and the owner told us to keep it down. But I never confronted him, and now I still wish for a repeal of time so that I could break his jaw or lock him in a shed, rather than condescend to his addiction with simpering niceness. One day in early May, Euan texted me. He and Stuart had gone to church in Smoketown but were ready to start drinking. Want to hang out with us sinners today? Where are you all? I wrote. ey kept moving, going from bar to bar along that corridor from Smoketown into Germantown and the Highlands, and at one point, Stuart sent me a picture of Euan. He was standing on the sidewalk against what looked like an old garage. Even though it was afternoon, the picture had the knockabout rawness of dawn to it — he was wearing aviators, and the sun fired the red in his beard. His arms were lifted, cradling his head, and his hair was perfect. Easy Rider. Euan used to talk about leaving bartending and riding out to California to be a wine rep, and sud- denly I saw him driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, writing me postcards and telling me to come visit. When I got to the bar, I wandered out to the side porch and saw Stuart. "Char- liebow," he said, holding out his arms. "Come here, brother." Euan appeared with another round, and Stuart told me he'd made a clear and conscientious decision to start drinking again. I cut him off. "Listen, man. I think that's a terrible idea. But I'm not the judge or the jury, and I just want you to be well. So if you need anything, all you got to do is ask." Something happened to Stuart's eyes, and he blinked. "Well," he said. "I still hate myself. But I love my friends." Stuart said he had an appetite coming on, and we went to the Valu-Market in Mid-City Mall and bought asparagus and rib-eye steaks and fingerling potatoes. We waited for a taxi on a bench next to Ramsi's and Carmichael's across from a homeless couple sitting with two pit bulls at their feet. Euan and I watched Stuart offer them cigarettes and pet the dogs. Af- ter a moment, Euan said, "I need another job, man." College Guide Coming May 2017 Louisville Magazine's complete guide to finding (and getting into!) the right college for your student. The 2017 College Guide will be distributed to all public, private and parochial high school juniors in Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Floyd, Clark, Harrison, Scott and Crawford counties in Indiana. 625-0100 x32 or advertising@loumag.com

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