This Just In…

It’s confirmed: I’m unattractive.

and wil definitely get the context of why I did the following, because it was one of those times where it seemed like a good idea.

I took CalTrain up from San Jose to go to the Giants game with Tap, and of course I had to take it back down. Well, it was standing room only on the train and there I was, in two layers of clothing after having sat in the sunny bleacher section for almost three hours. This extremely attractive brunette with freckles came up next to me and was carrying a book with her. I was about to make an offhand remark about the game to try and break some ice, but she started reading almost immediately. Now, I’ve read on trains before and the last thing I want is for someone to interrupt me. I took a look at the title of the book and I was absolutely floored; she was reading the latest W. E. B. Griffin. This was definitely a huge moment for me, because like only one other person on this planet that I know reads him, and on top of which, it’s like really unusual (to me) that a woman would read him. He’s the military/political thriller version of Hemmingway; overt masculine writing and perspective.

I’ve not yet read the book she was reading. Elated and with a lot of patience, I waited until we drew near to her stop, so I knew she’d interrupted herself to ask, “Pardon me for asking, but I was wondering how you were liking [the title] so far?”

She took one look at me, up and down, wrinkled her nose and turned around.

I didn’t ask for a name or a number, I was geniunely curious. Griffin’s latest stuff has been hit or miss, and I wanted to know if the book was worth it. She was halfway through it, already, so I figured she could at least help me out. Griffin’s hardbacks are not cheap 😉

Anyway, so either my Giants fanboy costume, size, face, looks, smell, or pathetic attempt to speak were wholly repulsive.

Oh, and the Giants lost, too. Wonderful day. How was yours?

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    • maggiesox on July 20, 2005 at 17:41

    Or she was just a rude bitch. JESUS. Manners, much?

    • jetblack on July 20, 2005 at 17:43

    Or maybe she thought I was line-slinging…

    • maggiesox on July 20, 2005 at 17:46

    Even if she did, there’s no call for that kind of attitude. I’d chalk it up to the fact that she’s a cow who thinks the world revolves around her, and don’t take it personally.

    • jetblack on July 20, 2005 at 17:49

    Yeah. She was pretty unattractive to me right after, but I couldn’t help but feel like I’d trespassed on her personal space by talking to her.

    I mean, I try to look at things from the perspective of others, and if I had a sweaty creepy-looking overweight Hispanic guy suddenly start talking to me for no reason… well, actually I’d talk back at the least. Of course, there’s no romantic implication for me, there.


    • getbacknow on July 20, 2005 at 17:50

    Nah, she was just a bitch. if someone can be that rude to you without even knowing you, it was really no one’s fault/problem but her own. I’m anal about being on the bus and having people STFU, but I would never be like that.

    • maggiesox on July 20, 2005 at 17:52

    Exactly. If she wasn’t an uptight snobbish cow, she’d at least have said ‘It’s good’ and gone back to reading. As she didn’t, I’d chalk it up to totally her and not you.

    Man. I HATE rude people so much.

    • jetblack on July 20, 2005 at 17:54

    I appreciate it, Maggie. Thanks. 🙂

    • maggiesox on July 20, 2005 at 17:55

    Nothing to thank me for. I’m being honest.

    • saebel on July 20, 2005 at 17:59

    If it had been me, I’d probably just not say anything (or give any facial expressions) and just go right back to reading.

    But then, I was always shy about people talking to me on trains and such when I was little, and my mother then afterwards drilled it into my head I wasn’t supposed to talk to strangers, so… even though that was decades (heh) ago, it still sticks. I’m not used to talking to random strangers.

    The nose wrinkle thing, that sucked, though.

    • jetblack on July 20, 2005 at 18:00

    The only thing missing from the nose wrinkle was a scoff, and then I would’ve been back in freshman year of high school 😉

    • jetblack on July 20, 2005 at 18:01

    That’s because you’re so approachable.

    • getbacknow on July 20, 2005 at 18:39

    That’s a nice thing to hear 🙂 But I think that type of behavior on her part is way worse than unapproachable. It’s one thing to give one word answers and avoid eye contact and drop not-so-subtle hints, but she took it to another level by just being outright rude.

    • deathbytamarind on July 20, 2005 at 18:54


    • flashfire on July 20, 2005 at 19:42

    I hate bitches.

    • sleepysluggo on July 20, 2005 at 20:32

    Wow, she was rude. Forget her. Really, it’s not worth beating yourself up over it.

    Oh, and my day was shitty. Thanks for asking. *goes off to drink*

    • jetblack on July 20, 2005 at 20:34

    I’m sorry 🙁

    • sleepysluggo on July 20, 2005 at 20:42

    But… I did get the Chaka Khan tickets.

    • jetblack on July 20, 2005 at 20:45

    That’s good 🙂

    • frumpysf on July 20, 2005 at 22:02

    dude, that’s totally fucked up. at least *I* would’ve had the decency to answer your question regardless of how you or anyone else looked.

    • thinkbluegreen on July 21, 2005 at 02:10

    It was definitely the Giants fanboy costume. That’s the only explaination.

    • new_world_smurf on July 21, 2005 at 03:25

    She’s probably one of those people who thinks everyone wants her. Skank.

    And in other bad news, I have to skip a week in Baseball Bias. Too much shit in Real Life Land. I did drink, now I’m hungover. Gah.

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