So yesterday evening I get an invite through Facebook fro a name that was familiar, but I couldn’t place the face. After clicking on the page I saw a close-up pic to realize it was a friend of mine from 15 years ago at Bethel.
When this guy arrived at Bethel he was BIG TIME. He was in early 20’s and had given up a job as an engineer at what was one of the largest electronics companies in the world. He was brought in specifically to help upgrade some of their systems. We were all jealous because unlike the rest of us he had his own room in “THE ICE BOX”, it was like the drunken bachelor pad at bethel.
Anyway, after about 4 months or so there, he had this “girlfriend” that would come by and he would pick her up in the lobby. She was very pretty, but that was fairly general for anyone who had a girlfriend at bethel. The thing was she had a very short and popular hairstyle that you wouldn’t see most “sisters” with. She also, didn’t talk much. One evening me and 3 other guys were waiting in the 124 lobby to go to the gym and she was downstairs, and he ran over to her and scooped her up and off they went down Columbia Heights and we started teasing him about his new chick… asking her what hall she was in and If she had any sisters or friends. (The desperation was insane) Out of nowhere he blew up and literally yelled at us to get out of her face! We did and we apologized the next day. This went on for a few more weeks and then she stopped coming around and he said they broke up. No biggie right???
Well, about a week later while I was cleaning the lights in the lobby of the “30” building I saw him in the corner and he was completely pale-faced and looked sick. I asked him what was wrong and he said, he had made some mistakes and that the brothers wanted to talk to him before he left. I said, “You are leaving before your review?” and he said I am pretty sure that there is no way I am not getting into trouble. Dude actually gave me a hug, and sat back down. I was flabbergasted! All of a sudden out of nowhere 4 brothers come over to him and take him into the elevator. That was the last time I saw him.
As usual a lot of rumors began to swirl and one in particular was that his girlfriend was not a witness and was a prostitute! It was an awesome rumor because we figured if you are gonna go out that it’s the way to do it. Like all things the rumor became boring and that was the end of that.
Well I found out that she indeed was prostitute and they never actually did anything physical. His intentions were indeed to have sex with her, but the first time he met her and prepared to do the deed he couldn’t go through with it. She asked why and he told her there is no way that he could because of his beliefs. She told him that she had a friend who had been one that she met in a safehouse in Minnesota when she was kicked out of her home by her abusive JW father. He proceeded to say that he and the girl continuously met up (yes he still paid her) and just talked and she provided him support. NO PHYSICAL activities at all. That was hilarious. He said she actually encouraged him to make the decision to leave and get on with his life, and he did. After he got kicked out, DF’ed and everything else he found another job and did pretty well for himself. JW free and clear!