When Penny and I met, she was inexplicably unaware of the wonders of either college basketball or Leonard Cohen. As our affections grew, I intuitively recognized my moral responsibility to rectify these cultural lacunae.
Duke basketball games and Leonard Cohen’s music consequently became integral elements in my wooing of The Duchess. Together, in fact, they go a long way toward explaining why she chose me when she could have done so much better.
Near the end of 2010 when our courtship began, coach Krzyzewski’s charges were, as they did every basketball season, making frequent and predictably scheduled appearances. Leonard Cohen & the Unified Heart Touring Company, on the other hand, were then completing three years of concerts with no promise the tour would resume soon – or ever.
A bit of advice to those of you entering the dating pool – apparently, suggesting to a potential heartthrob that flying to Las Vegas to attend the final show of the Leonard Cohen Tour would be a dandy first date puts one at risk of being considered presumptuous or even pushy. And, it turns out, implying that a meeting with the Canadian singer-songwriter-icon backstage would not be totally outside the realm of possibility does not improve that assessment.
In any case, Penny turned down that offer. Happily, recordings of Cohen’s music and videos of his performances were sufficiently effective in advancing my romantic agenda.
In fact, by the time I was able to make good on my promise for a backstage meeting (at the 2012 Austin show), the Duchess had already taken on the title of Mrs DrHGuy.
Make no mistake – the Austin encounter was a big hit and resulted in the accrual of many marital benefits, a number of which are technically illegal in North Carolina, for yours truly.
It also, however, raised expectations. Most recently, Penny became invested in achieving Kissing Cohen status.
Consequently, the invitation to visit with Leonard Cohen and Kezban Özcan in Los Angeles was viewed as an opportunity to earn membership in this esteemed fellowship. And, indeed, during the mutual greeting when we first arrived at Leonard’s home, smooches were exchanged between sweetie and singer-songwriter.
Alas, there is no photographic record of the kissing and, since Kissing Cohen is, after all, a photo gallery, Duchess is still not part of the official collection. She is, of course, still on a contact high from spending time with Leonard Cohen, and I am hopeful that her disappointment about the failure to obtain the desired photo will be mollified by this posted attestation that said osculation took place and that, as demonstrated in the above photo, Leonard seems happy about it.