Saturday, January 7, 2017
Six Degrees of Separation: From Fred to Fred's First Lover
So look carefully at your next date or hookup: chances are you, or someone you know, has been with him before. If you dig deeply enough into the histories of your lovers, you will run into your ex lovers there, a chain of emotional and erotic experiences that extends back through history.
1. Fred, my first boyfriend, We met in December 1979, during my sophomore year in college, when he was a 28-year old intern at the United Methodist Church in Rock Island. We dated for a few months, lived together during a disastrous summer in Omaha, and then stayed friends for the next thirty years.
3. Seth. A graduate student in chemistry, later a chemist, who taught a horribly heterosexist lab section, before Kevin the Vampire and I convinced him to lay off. And hook up with us.
Seth dated Kevin after we broke up, and then moved on to Matt.
That's right, the ex-boyfriend of my ex-boyfriend dated the ex-boyfriend of my ex-boyfriend.
I don't know what the eminently empirical scientist saw in the aging hippie, except maybe his Kielbasa beneath the belt. But they were together for a couple of years.
6. Justin. In the late 1950s, when Peter Orlovsky was a student at Columbia University, he dated a young Classics major named Justin. Who went on to graduate study at Harvard, got his Ph.D., and for some reason chose to teach in the Midwest, Knox College.
7. Fred. Where, twenty years later, with a beard and a belly, he taught -- and dated -- the theology student who would become my first lover.
See also: Fred's Nine Lovers.