Thursday, March 29, 2007

Pick ups...

So I've had my fair share of weird pick-up-like experiences...

My first memory of a man's sexual interest in me was when I was 12 and walking to the shops after school in my uniform polo shirt and netball skirt. While crossing at the lights a man stuck his head out of his window and wolf-whistled at me. I was mortified.

Being in a brass band I used to get heaps of lecherous old men telling me how pretty I was over their Carlton Draughts. I was always mortified.

I remember once at a bar a guy bounced a tennis ball at me. I was mortified.

Having a slight disability makes you a target, I guess: Once on a dance floor a guy lifted his pants leg, showed me a giant scar and said "I was in a car accident. I nearly died." And then pointed at my abnormality I was mortified.

Once at the wake of my dad's friend a young man was reintroduced to me after many years (I couldn't remember him) and he said to my dad, in front of me, "You didn't tell me your daughter was so beautiful." We were at a wake. I was mortified.

Last year, the boy I ended up adoring said to me in a drunken stupor that we should bathe together, right there and then. We had barely shook hands at that point. I was mortified!

And then this morning, at the train station as I was quickly running to my next train, I was stopped by a young man who told me he had seen me on the train every day and wanted to ask me out, but didn't know how. So he handed me a book, and said his phone number was in it. I could see my train arriving. He handed me the book. I said thank you and ran to my train.

Yep, you guessed it.

I mean, who does that? The guy left the receipt in the book. He spent $21 on a perfect stranger. Now I feel totally obliged to contact him, just out of courtesy to thank him for the book. I'm not interested in dating anyone right now. I'm taking a break. It tires me just thinking about it. Maybe I'll send him a message and say that I'm happy to chat with him on the train, but a date would be a little full on right now. I found him on MySpace (I hate it but I love it too). He's not my type at all, but he doesn't seem freakish. I guess I'll talk to him.

Just the other day my friend and I were saying how unreal sitcoms were, that strangers do not ask each other out after bumping into each other at the cafe. But I guess they do...

I don't think I have a normal pick-up story. Come to think of it, the whole pick-up thing is pretty weird. Do tell, readers. Do tell.


So I texted him something along the lines of "Hey ****, its Stef from the train. Thank you very much for the book, I'm flattered. I think going out might be too full-on for me right now, but I'm happy to chat on the train. See ya!" I also started reading the book. He didn't reply. (What's with that? He buys me a book but doesn't reply?)

This morning I saw him get on the train, the look on his face when he saw me was of a kind of embarrassed sadness. I smiled. We shook hands and introduced ourselves. He was shaking, obviously nervous. I smiled again, I wanted to put him at ease, but at the same time didn't want to be flirty. I thanked him for the book and said I'd started reading it and I was enjoying it, I said it reminded me of Bret Easton Ellis (it's actually a deliberate p/m reference to him, with a nice healthy dose of sex-and-the-city commercialism thrown in for good measure. Kind of like Chuck Palahniuk writing chick-lit). Anyway, he told me about himself. I told him very little, and reiterated that I was not interested in dating because I was just out of a really intense year/relationship and was quite enjoying my time alone. This was 100% true. I told him it was very nice to meet him though, and that it took a lot of guts to do what he did, which was great. I had to run to my train. Maybe I'll see him again next week. I'll probably try to avoid it. Its weird, I feel I should talk to him, as he gave me a book. But we didn't click, and I don't want to lead him on, nor do I want an early morning train friend: I quite like dozing.

Yes, he was harmless and sweet. I feel bad because it was all kinda wasted on this old cynic.

The End.


Susanne said...

Stef, that is awesome! I'm not too sure about the leaving the receipt in the book part- let's hope it was an oversight and not left purposely so you'd know how much he'd spent. :)

That kind of stuff never happens to me. I'm jealous! (Well, sort of. I guess it can be uncomfortable if you're not interested in the person).

I think it would have taken a lot of guts to do that and it's very sweet. Pity he's not your type!

Stef said...

Hey Susanne!

How are you? Have you been to Thailand? If so, how was it? We should catch up, I'm free most arvos.

Yes it was quite brave and sweet of him. He would've had more of a chance if he'd just come up and talked to me, though. I felt this, like, pressure with the book.

Steph said...

What an amazing story! You know all the best couples have great "how we met" stories, what a shame he isn't your type!

Very cool thing to happen though.

Rach said...

What a cute and bewildering story. It's a shame he isn't your type, but what an ego boost. Especially considering he's on your morning train, and, I don't know about you, but I'm never at my best in the morning.

When I was at uni in California a guy once had his friend ask me out. I'm a curious girl so I did actually meet him for a coffee just to see what the deal was. Needless to say, it was a brief an pointless meeting.

Picking up is dumb. I think it's all down to fate.

Susanne said...

Hey Stef, I'm really good, thanks! Thailand was amazing. Hope the new job's going well.

Would be great to catch up soon- I'm a little busy at the mo' with moving out (yay!) but I'll get in touch soon. I miss all my honours kids!


P.S. I'm glad you talked to the guy.