This past weekend we had some early birthday festivities for B’s birthday. Buffalo tenderloin (it was divine!), lobster, salmon, risotto and even an exquisite creme brulee cheesecake were involved. Paired with pear martinis, complex Pinot Noir, and B’s signature Bombay Sapphire gin + tonic…and you have yourself a party. In your mouth. (Is it too early for a “that’s what she said” joke?)
Anyway, when you enjoy that much good food and drinks, conversations begin to flow in tandem with the alcohol. The more alcohol, the looser (and more open) those conversations become. A group get together that started off with stiff conversation turned into a rather juicy topic: Hall Passes. And that, my friends, is when people start showing their true colors.
So around the table we went. One woman said her Hall Pass would be Brad Pitt. Another said her Hall Pass would be William Levy. You think The Bachelor’s Juan Pablo is hot? Look up William Levy. Muy pero muy caliente. Mine? Well, it would be an extremely
easy tough choice for me. Chris Pine is up there, along with Dermot Mulroney, but if I had to choose one I’d have to say Chris Pine. My husband knows I pine for Chris Pine. See what I did there?
In past conversations, my husband’s mentioned Halle Berry among others. That night, he said his Hall Pass would be Sofia Vergara. And why not? The woman is drop dead gorgeous with some serious assets. And the men seem to swoon over her accent.
But really, what are the odds that would happen? If I actually ran into those celebrities, I can tell you one thing, I would be at a loss for words. I ran into a Spanish telenovela celebrity once and I was so starstruck that my words tumbled out of me like a waterfall, and not in a graceful way. So, if my husband runs into Sofia Vergara? I would say “Oh honey, there’s Sofia! Go talk to her! I’ll cheer you on!” In my head, I’d say it in her famous Colombian accent. (Let’s just say I’ll spare myself that embarrassment.)
I personally believe that any healthy relationship should allow for such daydream-like conversations. Whether you actually decide to redeem that proverbial pass or not is up to you and your partner, but I believe such conversations are indicative of confidence and trust between two partners. If you can joke about this in a lighthearted way your relationship can weather just about anything.
What if you could have one, no strings-attached Hall Pass, no questions asked…would you take it? And if you did, (I won’t judge) wouldn’t you make that hall pass count? Wouldn’t you pick “the best” you could, as in, a celebrity?