Bertie Higgins leans against a column and smokes a cigarette. Palm trees sway in the gentle breeze in the park. He holds onto a twentysomething woman’s arm as they stand by the ocean. They hold hands as they run to the dock. He hugs her.
He steers the sailboat and stares at the twentysomething woman, as she leans against the railing. They smile at one another. She avoids his gaze as they ride by the palm trees on the road. He pulls her towards him as he steers the boat. They watch the sunset and take a walk on the beach.
Bertie Higgins excuses himself and stands up on the pier. The twentysomething woman says she’s sorry. He shakes his head and walks away. As he leans against the railing, watching the ocean, he thinks of all he sacrificed for the relationship. He delayed his move to a lakefront home after meeting her. He convinced his parents she wasn’t immature. However, it turned out his parents were right.
Higgins sits in his boat. If she wasn’t coming back in an half hour, he’ll go. She can find her own her way home. There were plenty of guys her age, (which she wanted to date), who would be more than happy to do so. He pulls the boat of the dock as she runs, waving his arms. It was a half hour and 2 minutes later. He wasn’t waiting any longer.
Higgins drinks a beer with his friends as they sit on the patio. His friend exclaims, “you left her there?” He says, “yep.” A second friend clinks his bottle with his and says, “good for you.” Higgins says she was pretty. But he had to push her to do things. She didn’t want to take time off work for him, saying because she’d got in trouble before. His friend suggests he knows of a thirtysomething woman who likes him. Higgins says she may sound nice but it’s not his type.
Director: N/A Year: 1982