We are headed on our annual trip to Vegas next month. I wasn't going to go this year but then things changed and I was going. Now I'm regretting going.
Now, how can one be regretting going on a trip, you wonder. Well, a variety of reasons but mainly one. I have been a bunch of times so there's not much left for me to see now. I'm becoming more of a hermit as time passes. And then there is Kevin's brother.
His brother has mental illness, mixed with just being an ass. The older he's gotten, the worse it has gotten. He has anxiety and depression and it's untreated. He not only refuses to address it, his parents have "allowed" (not quite the right word, roll with me on it) him to exist in this headspace that allows horrible behavior.
I have full understanding that people with mental illness can't always control their behaviors and we have made allowances. We don't ask him to plan things, we don't have him drive anywhere, we know he can't be counted on in an emergency.
It's not a case of "Well, he just can't help himself" but a case of "You should have put a stop to this behavior forty years ago." Plus the need for medical intervention. Instead, it's just "Oh, he's always been that way." and "that's just him" that just ladles guilt onto anyone who dare express frustration. He has been consistently dickish and when called on it, can rein it in. So, there is the distinction between illness and being a jackhole.
We have seen him be an ass, to put it lightly, to everyone from his elderly parents to the new baby, to strangers. An ass in such a way that friends have backed away. An ass like yelling at his wife so loudly over the phone that we can hear him as if he's in the room. An ass like wake up a sleeping baby and saying "I was just playing."
He doesn't pull it with me because he knows there would be bloodshed, not only inflicted by me but by Kevin. He pulls it with Kevin but always when it's just one on one, which is abusive and makes me furious. Which shows control and intention.
This is the part where I say that Kevin has purposefully pulled away over the last year or two. He has finally recognized the unhealthy state of that relationship. He also sees his future without his parents as any sort of buffer and support. And that we have friends slowly backing away.
So, of course, this is who we are traveling with. He has an unhealthy attachment to Kevin and he does whatever Kevin does. He includes himself in whatever Kevin does. If Kevin friends someone on social media, so does his brother. If Kevin starts liking something, so does his brother. If Kevin has a friend, he is their friend too. You get the idea.
Here's the zippy twist and trip regret. Originally, I was going to skip this trip. I can't hardly be in the same room as his brother. To quote a mob movie, I've seen too much. It's not just the assholery. It's having conversations interrupted because he can't bear to be not in on the conversation, it's endless texting, it is relentless.
But months ago Kevin mentioned driving to Vegas. I told him that if it were just he and I traveling, I am all in. 100% down with that idea. But the idea of doing it with his brother was a dealbreaker. So, Kevin decided not to do it. (there were other reasons also, to be fair)
His brother had decided that he was going to do it anyway. We were relieved, finally he was going to do something separate for us. And this is where we were stupid: We believed him.
I booked our tickets and was planning our trip in my head. We were going to have 1.5 days alone and possible one day at the racetrack alone plus the flights. It was actually going to be a vacation. I was thinking of things that Kevin hadn't seen or something we could do together. I was actually excited for time alone with him and knowing that Saturday and Sunday, I would probably just kick it in the hotel room and wouldn't that be lovely.
Then my sister-in-law texted me and asked to get together to book tickets. (because they are helpless. Seriously) There was a blue mushroom cloud of profanity above my head for quite a while. Of course they (he) changed his mind and we were stupid enough to fall for it.
To make it more awkward, Kevin was with his brother at an event. I couldn't call him and yell "AREYOUEFFINGKIDDINGME!?!?!" So, I texted him instead. He replied that he was sorry and that he would do everything possible to still keep our plans. Isn't that just ADORABLE? Like the narcissist is going to let that happen. Sweet, sweet boy.
Now I'm back being annoyed and wishing I'd just stayed home. But I didn't want to be away from Kevin for a week, I didn't feel great about him traveling alone and I do love Vegas.
"Lucky" for us, they have to take a different flight home because they waited so long to book tickets. This caused a meltdown "How are we going to get to the airport!?!" he said. "It's called a TAXI." is Kevin's response. He's already practicing.
They want to share a car (like always) and I haven't volunteered for that yet. I may lie and say that we can only get a small car and that they need their own. But then we're stuck with a small car. That's not cool.
So, we'll see. This is why headphones and alcohol were invented. And we're hanging with our friends so I have to focus on that too. We have 25 days to plan. It will give us a good story to tell, maybe.
But I'm still pissed.