Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Sushi, good-looking women and the QCX-mini

Sometimes, about twice a month, I like to go out on my own and eat sushi. A leftover remnant of my Navy time in Japan. I sit at the bar and have a variety of raw fish, drink a Kirin beer and do a little paperwork.

Usually I'm alone at the bar - it's 12 noon and a weekday. But today was different.

As I was departing my house to go to the place where Chinese chefs pretend to be Japanese (and I pretend to believe them) a Fedex truck stopped and delivered a package from Turkey. It was from my favorite favourite ex-pat, Hans G0UPL and the box contained a QCX-mini.

I accepted the package and resumed my travel for lunch, with the QCX-mini riding shotgun.

Arrived at the sushi bar, sat in my chair at the bar, said hello to the chef, placed my order and began thinking about when I might start the QCX-mini build.

My tall Kirin arrived; shortly thereafter, so did an attractive woman who sat two seats down from me. She was of the Latina persuasion with a friendly smile. Mid-30's or so and pretty as a poem.

Turns out, we had a lot to talk about and we were both in the mood for conversation. She was from Guanajuato Mexico. I was there years ago - it's a lively college town with a lot of cultural attractions. Concerts, plays, the whole bit. It's an awesome colonial city situated in a beautiful, mountainous part of Mexico. I think I could live there.

Maria - that was my lunch partner's name, of course - made lingering eye contact as I told her my impressions, as a tourist, of her hometown. I probably did the same as she updated me in the changes to Guanajuato over the years. She told me she's a legal secretary here in Kingwood.

We spoke in both English and Spanish. She spoke fluent English but I wanted to show off a bit and she was kind enough to indulge me.

But in the back of my mind.....I was thinking "Should I tell her about my QCX kit? (Tu quieres ver mi QCX?)" It's just out in my car. I could do the unboxing right here in front of our Kirins, ikura, and California rolls. I'm joking of course; I really don't eat ikura.

And then it happened - she asked me if we could meet here again, telling me that her friends don't like sushi and that she doesn't like to eat alone. And she gave me her phone number.

Ah, if only I was 30 and single. This was a foot in the door to many possibilities - a welcome mat to social exploration.

But I'm in my 50's and married with the full realization that a lunch date with an attractive young woman would probably not go over very well with the other half. I took her number and hinted that it might not be possible to act on it. The last thing I wanted to do was embarrass her with a straight-out "No, I can't".

We said our goodbyes and I drove home with vivid fantasies of when I might begin melting solder and caressing the various parts of my new kit into place.

Do you name your radios? I'm going to call this one "Maria".

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12 comments:

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Good story, now.....you have to go. For a date with Maria and solder her till she does what you want ;-). 73, Bas

John AE5X said...

I'm looking forward to the night when Maria WSPRs for me :-)
73 - John

PA2RF said...

Women and radio's...Interesting story ! 73 Ron PA2RF (also in his fifties)

Anonymous said...

Looks like your package came from Turkey (25 Aralik = 25 December) good luck with the qcx 73

John AE5X said...

I'm already working on my 1 April posting - and how to include the finished QCX-mini into the narrative. But the above story is true...
73 - John

John AE5X said...

I have another one on the way (for a different band) with the 50w amp kit included in the order. Not sure which band (20 or 40m) I'll build first.
73 - John

K2WO said...

Good one John.....great read! Maria and QCX-Mini.....what a combo. You have a way with words. BTW, I received my Mini last week from Sedalia, MO of all places.

73,

George
K2WO

John AE5X said...

Hey George - long time no see! I hope you've been well. Yes, I've heard that Hans is distributing some of his products from MO for stateside orders. Have fun with the build, maybe we'll have a mini-mini QSO.
73 - John

geocrasher said...

Of course, a relevant Dilbert: https://dilbert.com/strip/1995-01-19

John AE5X said...

Love it!

Dave New said...

I guess your other half never reads your blog?

John AE5X said...

Periodically, but I told her this story verbally.