In 1991 I was running around Hot Springs trying to bring my new magazine The Spring, to life. I was writing stories and selling ads and delivering…all the time. There was a good looking cook at Acapulco’s (Now the Colorado Grill) who flirted with me and asked me out all the time. But I ignored him and thought he was just a player cause all the girls in town liked him. Alex was lean, dark and sexy.
I went on a date one night with a landscape architect from Duke University. We had dinner at Acapulco’s where Alex ran the kitchen. The second my date left the table to go to the bath room, I swear to you, Alex Hampo walked right up to me and said, “Why are you out with him? I saw you first.”
It was the cutest most immature thing I’d ever heard. He thought he’d called “Dibs” on me and was completely indignant.
When the landscape architect returned Alex shifted gears and started schmoozing the guy. Alex was charming and when my date asked where we should go for dessert and after dinner drinks Alex said we had to go to a place called Edelweiss (in the basement of Spencer’s Corner).
Of course when we arrived at Edelweiss, Alex was already there. Waiting for us. I hate to admit this because it was horrible and immature but as soon as my date was out of the room….I left with Alex. We went dancing.
I’m not proud of this story but it’s one of my favorites. Dude from Duke University, I’m sorry.
But apparently my instincts were right that night.