December 19th, 1989
The Westin Stamford Hotel
I was so concerned about Frankie that I kept the adjoining room door open and throughout the night, I popped in and out to check on her, like one would, a baby. Each and every time I found her in a different position which reassured me enough to stumble sleepily back to bed.
Just as I was finally dozing off this morning, Frankie came bounding into my room.
“Darling! Are you awake?” she screeched.
Eh, no. I’ve been up all bloody night keeping an eye on you! I didn’t say that of course but I certainly wanted to.
“Sweetheart,” she continued. “Why is there a wheelchair in my room?”
I sat up and stared at her. “Are you serious?”
I filled Frankie in on the reason for her new mode of transport and when I was done recounting the latter part of the evening’s events, she covered her mouth with her hand and giggled like she was twelve again. I tried desperately to maintain my scornful expression but watching her laughing so hard made me do the same.
“Ok, that’s enough,” she said, trying to compose herself. “We have to get ready.”
“Gam is coming to pick us up.”
“Waaay,” she said in a fake drawl.
“No. I. Am. Not. Going. Out.”
“You have to come with us, Gam has the day all planned for us.”
“Sorry but no. I really need to sleep.”
“Party pooper,” she said, blowing a raspberry.
“That’s me,” I said, gleefully crawling back under the covers.
Sleep was blissful until Frankie returned and blasted the radio. The adjoining door was open and I poked my head in.
“Frankie? You there?”
“Darling!” She exclaimed, making her way towards me with her arms outstretched.
“Why are you all dressed up?” I asked.
She hugged me tight. “We’re meeting the crew in twenty minutes.”
“Oh no! I thought I’d only been asleep for a little while.”
“Guess you needed it.”
No shit, Frankie!
Frankie omitted to tell me Gam would be joining us and he looked slightly bewildered when everyone started showing up in the lobby.
“Who’s he?” Sarah whispered.
“His name is Gam. He’s a friend of Frankie’s. He lives here.”
Sarah snickered when I shrugged my shoulders.
On the Captain’s recommendation, we made our way to Fatty’s restaurant. The sleeves of Frankie’s dress were covered in pale pink feathers and each time Alan (our Captain) turned to talk to her, he pretended to sneeze. Sarah, Matt and I were walking behind them and couldn’t stop laughing but Frankie seemed oblivious and just kept talking.
Dinner with our entire crew was most enjoyable, a great bunch for sure and I think the fact we’re spending Christmas together prompted everyone to make an appearance tonight.
After dinner, most of us went to the Top Ten club, where Sammy and his bodyguard (oh, please!) were inside. The second Sammy spotted Frankie, he made a beeline for her. Sarah gave me a questioning look and gestured towards Gam.
“No idea,” I shouted.
The music was loud so we couldn’t hear what was being said but Frankie and Sammy’s body language told us everything we needed to know!
Frankie made her way over to Gam and Sarah and I watched Frankie telling Gam he had to go. And he did. Just like that, he made his way towards the exit and once he was gone, Sammy beckoned for us to follow him to what appeared to be the VIP area. Inside the ropes, we lounged in armchairs with tiny lights inside. Even the Captain joined us!
The champagne (courtesy of Sammy) flowed and we were all in very good spirits. I joined Sarah and Matt on the dance floor, just in time for the chorus of, “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” We sang in a way that pretty much guarantees we’ll have no voice tomorrow.
I can definitely relate to that song!