New Shorts / by charles desrochers

Hey Y'all,

Hope everyone's holidays were a blast and that whatever you celebrated met your expectations. This did for me, but that's only because I set mine very very low. Christmas got to see the family and on New Years rather than fighting tooth in nail to be social and have the typical New Years experience I sipped vodka and seltzer and watched The Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy network. Like i said, best new years in a long time.

Last year I found myself with some friends in San Francisco wandering from bar to bar negotiating cover fees trying to find just the right place to celebrate the ball dropping but were so indecisive, so above the crowds that were gathering at these places that we found ourselves in the middle of the street in the city's strip club district when the clock finally hit zero. It wasn't fun to say the least. I had never been to a strip club before then and it still stands as the only time I've ever stepped foot into one. Having missed midnight we wanted to at least enjoy in a party or two that may still be going on so we journeyed on into the night only to be turned away by bars at capacity or clubs charging $50 a head. When we finally came to one that we negotiated down from $25 to 5$ a piece it turned out to be one of the seediest clubs in the district.

I was the first to go in and the very first thing I saw was a girl on stage lying stomach down with her chin resting on the floor and her head up. She wasn't moving, and she sure as hell wasn't dancing. I still can't figure out what was going on but there were at least 50 men all standing around watching her do the caterpillar. I started to do a loop and that's when I saw the only other girl in the club; she was wearing almost nothing and straddling this dude while they made out. This of course had an audience as well. In all the loop took about 5 minutes and before my friends could even reach the bar I told them we needed to leave and that was it. Our big New Years night was a total bust because we had high expectations and very little planning. So I don't make plans, I don't have expectations and I have a great time.

Anyways, I've been writing a lot of shorts lately, I've already released one on the site and I'll be posting the first half of the other this week. If you read it I hope you enjoy it.