My Friend, My Adult Friend

Maria’s text is the pebble that triggers the avalanche of memories.

“You were with us in Atlantic City?”

No further context in time or space is needed; she’s referring to the Phish concert run at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, a night of many firsts. That date — October 29, 2010 — is indelibly engraved in my memory, as it was my first Phish show, and the night Maria first introduced me to her long term boyfriend George with the disclaimer “You’ll end up liking him more than me.” More important than my indoctrination into the traveling circus of Phish…