I really did know

Sometimes when people read my blog posts, or my novella (READ IT), they mention the dialog.  This is occasionally followed by “You don’t really talk like that, do you?”

The simple answer is “yes.”  But the truth is that you can only have such fun conversations if the other person is on the same page as you.  (Read:  A little looooopy.)

This morning I read a tweet by the lovely and fragrant Ben and I had a flashback to one such fun conversation.

Picture it: Halifax, Nova Scotia, sometime in the *mumbles* 90s.

It was a simpler time.  We knew nothing of Y2K’s impending horrors or Jennifer Lopez.

I was at some kind of soiree at the Business Society House dealie with a few buddies and a crapload of other dudes.  It was boring, moderately depressing, sausage-irrific and still daylight.   I took a seat and wondered if all of my ex girlfriends had really been that evil.  (Mostly, yes.)

Suddenly I heard what I assumed was just an effeminate dude ask, “Is this seat taken?”

I turned to say “Fill your boots” (as I’m nothing if not a colourful Cape Bretoner) when I saw her.

How can I describe her?

She looked like the offspring of Blair Waldorf and Sydney from “Melrose Place.”

Yeeeeaaah, buddies.

She smiled at me.  My eyes, I’m sure, betrayed my attempts at suaveness.

“Do you mind?” she asked.

“Since you are the only woman in this room of fifty dudes, I think I can put up with it.”  I replied.  (Not bad, right?)

And we were off.

I really wish that I could remember the entire conversation.  It just flowed so well.  Sparks flying like a motherfucker.

Five minutes in I got my first, “You’re cute.”

To which I, of course, replied, “I know.”

Ten minutes in, my friend jumped in the chair on the other side of me.  He tapped my shoulder.  When I turned, he gave me the “Who is that?” eyes.

I gave him the shrug and “Be fucked if I know” face.

He gave me the “You dog!” wink.

I gave him the “Really?  ‘You dog!”  Seriously?” stare.

He gave me the “We’re not doing that anymore?” face scratch?

I gave him the “Did we ever?” squint.

He gave me the “I need another drink” nod.

At that point, I felt a banging on my leg.  She was actually slapping me on the knee.

“Yes?” I asked.

“Pay attention to me!” she smiled.

“Princess-y AND demanding, I love it,” I thought.  (Now is not the time to discuss how crazy I am.)

So I paid attention to her.

She told me about her favourite book.  I replied that, “My eating chicken fingers, playing pick-up basketball and flirting with gorgeous redheads at questionable parties doesn’t leave much time for reading.”  She told me, “Your parents must be proud.”

I should mention that she was wearing a plaid skirt and white button-down shirt.  (The official uniform of insane sexiness.)

At one point she said, “You didn’t mention my outfit.”

“I did not.”

“Most guys would have commented on the skirt.”

“I’m not most guys.”

“Clearly” she smiled.

“Besides, what if I am wearing mine the next time we meet?” I asked.

We liked the same music.  We liked the same movies.

And yet…

I just knew this was not a love connection happening.  I knew that either 1) she was completely out of her fucking mind (not a deal breaker) and/or 2) she had a boyfriend (a complete breaker – even then.)

The universe didn’t like me enough to send me a girl like this to date.

It still doesn’t.

At some point a little while later, it was decide that she and her two male friends and me and my friends would all head down to The Dome.  (This is where your mention comes in, Ben!)

So we did.

The Dome, for the 99.9% of you that aren’t from Nova Scotia, is a collection of crappy bars that are all interconnected in downtown Halifax.  (The appeal is clearly quantity, not quality.)

It was pretty packed that night.  As soon as we got there, she grabbed my arm (a love connection would have involved grabbing my hand) and took me out to the dance floor.   Not my favourite place to be, but she was hard to say “no” to.   She found all of her female friends dancing in a group in the middle of the floor and introduced me to each of them.  Between the loud music, and my general disinterest, I didn’t catch a single name.  (What?  I was 21.)

The night continued.  We danced a lot.  We had more fun conversations.  And then her cadre of wet blanket friends started pulling her off to the edge of the dance floor.   A male name kept coming up.

So, she finally took me aside.  She told me about her boyfriend.

“But, if I didn’t have a boyfriend…”

“I’d already be calling you a cab?”

She hit me on the arm.

I smiled.

Her friends grabbed her, as they were all going to the washroom together.  She yelled, “Stay right there” as they rounded the corner.

I, of course, found my friends and left.

Two minutes later, my buddies and I were standing on Pizza Corner, enjoying some King of Donair goodness.  And then we had one of those soul-bearing conversations that you ladies have always wished that we’d have…

“Pete, what happened to the tete rouge?”

“Boyfriend.”

“Bummer.”

“Ehh.”

My least favourite part about this story is that, if it was fiction, I could put a fun ending on it.  Because, even then, long before blogging, and at a time when the only writing I was doing was jotting things like “What up, fucker?” on white boards on dorm doors, I knew it was a fun tale.

I knew that it was a special meeting.  I knew that it was a rare thing to find a conversation partner like that.  I knew that I’d remember it, and her, for years.

But mostly I knew that King of Donair made the best pepperoni pizza in the city.

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37 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    He gave me the “I need another drink” nod.

    I do this nod very well. Too well, actually.

  2. shine says:

    I’m so confused. You have interconnected crappy bears? Are they still alive? Are they taxidermy style? Are they stuffed?

    Okay, and now I’m going to read the rest. I think I can get the image of a bunch of people packed into a bunch of interconnected dancing live Care Bears out of my head now.

    No…I can’t.

  3. Sid says:

    I have a best of Jennifer Lopez double CD. I paid for a best of Jennifer Lopez double CD … I’m so ashamed. Well, not really. Let’s be honest here. I have no shame.

    The Dome … a collection of crappy bears? Huh? Okay, I’m gonna a dumb blonde here for a moment (please don’t laugh) but when you said that I assumed you went to a zoo. In fact I’m still not clear as to what a collection of crappy bears are.

  4. Kara says:

    I met a guy like this once while I was working a college fair in Chicago. He was at the booth next to me. Such a connection – that went no where. Good times.

  5. Ben says:

    Okay. Do I need to explain the magic of Alexandria’s Pizza to you?

  6. MJ says:

    Girls with boyfriends out picking up men cannot be trusted. If you two started a serious relationship, how would you ever be able to trust that she wasn’t out playing the field anyway?

  7. Amanda says:

    Tete rouge. Do all Canadians mix French phrases into English dialogue, even non-Québécois? Fancy.

  8. LiLu says:

    I absolutely adore that you called Ben fragrant. Perfection.

  9. JenBun says:

    I hope she reads this blog and kicks herself for having a stupid boyfriend when she met the incomporable (and also fragrant?) Peter DeWolf! :)

  10. Elizabeth says:

    You still should have closed the deal. Ha.

  11. Colleen says:

    I can’t stop singing Britney Spears’ first hit (term used loosely) now that you mention that outfit. Which, if it was the 90s, was moderately hip, but still questionable.

  12. brandy says:

    I’ve decided I have a new life goal. Spread the word of your tartness to all the blogosphere. Wait.. tartness? Hmm. That’s not sounding right. I mean your tart status. The fact that you are a tart. There. That’s better.

  13. Lindsay says:

    So, you are telling me that the missing component to the secret recipe for eternal male happiness is a plaid skirt? I’ll keep a couple in the fridge next to the collection of international beer.

  14. i couldn’t get the “effeminate dude” voice out of my head. even the picture of blair waldorf didn’t help. sorry.

  15. AuburnKat says:

    That takes me back to my college days…I guess you could say I was an innocent tease…but I never had a bf.

  16. miss mpls says:

    Is it in any way normal for a straight man to describe another man as “fragrant and lovely”?

    No?

    I didn’t think so.

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