I only knew him for a short while, but I've remembered him for years.
I don't particularly remember our first meeting, I just remember that he began keeping me company. That's the only way I can describe our "relationship".
I worked evenings as a hotel desk clerk, and during slow seasons I typically ran the desk by myself. We met during the slow season.
He told me he worked construction, but he didn't seem like what I think of as a typical construction worker - David Hodo, he was not.
He had longish thick dark hair with a little bit of wave in it. It was always shiny and clean. He combed it back, and some of it would fall forward over his forehead. I found that very attractive.
He had a full beard, but it was kept short - Sean Connery, not ZZTop.
He wore silver wire-framed glasses.
He had a medium to large build and usually wore jeans, boots, a button-down shirt, and a black leather jacket - at a time when I was impressed by leather jackets.
I worked most weekday evenings, and soon I began to anticipate his visits. He would first go into the hotel lounge and have a beer before coming out to "keep me company". He always acknowledged me when he first entered the hotel, before going into the lounge.
He was rather quiet and soft-spoken and struck me more as a writer or musician than a construction worker. He wasn't particularly flirtatious - didn't say any silly pick-up lines and didn't give me the impression that he was trying to impress me. I found all of that very attractive.
I enjoyed our conversations. He would tell me about his day working construction. It wasn't a passion for him, and I sensed that someday, he would do work that was. I was a college student then and sometimes talked about school or the hotel. It may sound boring, but I enjoyed his easy company.
I didn't know his actual age, but I was 20 and he was, I'm guessing, at least in his late 20's.
We never went out - never spent time together other than those nights I was working the desk. I vaguely remember him asking me to go out, but I can't remember why we never did.
That bothers me. To this day, that bothers me.
Yesterday's NaBloPoMo prompt:
"Make a list of everyone you've ever had a crush on in your life, then choose one from the list and describe him or her in great detail"