I faved Maggie & Will 1973
by Vermont Ferret
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This is another of the photos Maggie sent recently. I’d forgotten how long her hair was — I’d had no copies of any of these pictures of us. We were renting an apartment — one we really loved living in too — near Centennial Park on Elliston Place in Nashville, right across the street from Rotiers Restaurant; and I’m ashamed to admit it, but we lived directly below my ex-girlfriend Carolyn, whom I’d dumped to live with Maggie. It was the only apartment available in the area of Nashville where we wanted to live; and at $150 a month for a two-bedroom place, we couldn’t pass it up. Much to my unremitting regret, living so close to Carolyn was sheer hell; but I had a knack for making my life hell. For myself, for Carolyn. Hell for Maggie too — especially on those occasions when she and Carolyn would encounter each other on the building’s stairwell and Carolyn would start screaming at her. I was an utter retard. This was during a period of my life when I’d do the stupidest shit in the world on a regular basis. My guy friends, naturally, loved the irony of it all, encouraging and celebrating my stoned out, entropic approach to life. I took this shot one morning shortly before I left Maggie to live in Austin. I think it’s a terrific shot. Maggie was the last woman I ever loved. Sad, but true. UPDATE: Maggie and I have reunited since I first posted this photo, our first face to face contact in 32 years. She’d even kept the original contact sheet thumbnails (such as this one) for the picture on this page and and for all the other photos from the roll I’d shot. Just last night Maggie told me over the phone that the ring I’m wearing on my middle finger is the Capricorn ring she’d bought for me in New Orleans soon after we’d moved in together. The search for a suitable 21st century replacement continues. Life is good. No, great !
October 09, 2005 at 10:48AM